A Touch of Jade (Short Story): Hoshi and her husband love to watch the ebb and flow of the city's people passing through the park. They sit upon their bench and watch. Holding hands. Her hand over his. To warm him. But before Hoshi leaves the park that morning a secret will be revealed, a spirit will command her and a gift will be given. And every moment left to spend with her husband will have a value more precious than Jade.
"A Touch of Jade" is part of the Geriatric Magic universe and can also be found in "The New York Collection: Five Stories of Magic & Life," with foreword written by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. The New York Collection's complete short story list is:
A Touch of Jade
Streets of Light
A Little Park Wind
The Geriatric Magic Short Story Series: A hawk-face woman in a red dress walks city streets on a mission of magic. To find those with the indomitable spirit to live, though their bodies will shortly fail them. To each she finds she gives a gift. A gift of magic. And from the least expected of benefactors: Death.