Nina was eight and George 77. They both lived in a friendly, little neighbourhood of Zurich. As a last resort, the Parkers brought their daughter Nina to Switzerland for a clinical trial. She had been sick for a while, and no treatment had helped her so far. Even this time around, the chances were slim. Nonetheless, the hapless parents didn’t leave a stone unturned to save their daughter. To begin with, the doctors had given her a few months, but after her recent evaluation, it seemed Nina had even less time than that.
While the eight-year-old struggled with a life and death situation, across the street, Nina’s septuagenarian neighbour George was looking for a new lease of life. After having lost his wife to a fatal illness, he had reached the end of the road. Yet, he never lost the zeal to start afresh. Even at an age when most people stay put, George wanted to use his life’s savings to travel the world. An eternal optimist, George’s heart knew no complaint. Yet, there was one regret he couldn’t shake off—missing out on the privilege of being a father. But life has its ways of making dreams come true. Never mind the age, time or place.
He turned around, and in a blink of an eye, he was gone.