Sarah hadn’t seen him since he was deployed to Afghanistan eight months earlier. They were planning to get married when his tour was over. But then he called her from Germany to tell her that he had been wounded in action and would be returning home in a few days. Fortunately, his wounds were relatively mild.
He asked her to meet him at the Chelsea Beach Bar, where they had first met when they were both there for spring break during their junior year at college. They had been almost inseparable ever since. Until the day he shipped out.
She was anxiously waiting for him near the bar, anticipating seeing him for the first time in eight months. She saw him wave at her, but noticed as he got closer that he was limping. When he finally got to her, they embraced, holding tight to one another.
When he told her he was shipping back in a few days, with tears in her eyes she said, “Then let’s make the most of our time together.”
Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Photo credit: Michelle DeAngelis.