By M.D. Smith, IV - 101 words
“Mind if I sit here?”
He looks timid—not like the others.
“I’ll get the next round if you want.”
Is that a blush on his cheeks?”
He sat. “You’re very nice. I haven’t been here in a long time. Not since…”
He looked down, smile gone.
That’s genuine emotion. He’s about my age, too.
“Almost five years. Friends advised meeting new people.”
Glad they did. What kept a good man like this hemmed up?
“No, Cancer. Eighteen wonderful years before…”
“I think I’ll have a refill.”
We need to get to know each other better.
Author Notes: M.D. Smith, IV lives in Huntsville, AL. He has written over 150 short non-fiction stories in the past 20 years for Old Huntsville Magazine. He’s written over 200 fiction stories in the past three years, and nationally published in both Good Old Days and Reminisce Magazines.