The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.
The soldier, in full dress uniform, sat at the counter without touching the food April put in front of him.
“Home on leave?” she asked.
Looking up, he shook his head with sad, hollow eyes.
As she waited on other customers, she saw him weep, teardrops falling on the newspaper he was reading.
When she next noticed, he was gone. April cleaned up the counter where he’d been, picking up the newspaper. Her heart broke when she saw the splotches of his fallen tears on the obituary page. It was his photo looking back at her; his burial was today.
To read other Friday Fictioneer stories based on this photo, select the smiley blue frog.