Mutual Acquaintance

“Excuse me Staff Sergeant, can I ask you a question?”

Cree paused and quickly assessed the tiny sergeant standing in front of him. The young Marine looked harmless enough, perhaps even a little terrified. Then, assuming the Marine might just want to know why Cree’s hair fell nearly to his neck, he softly answered.

“Of course, what can I do for you?”

“Do you know, uh, [***]?”

“Um, yes I do,” Cree answered, completely surprised by the question. He straightened up and began paying extremely close attention.

“Yeah, I’m, uh, one of those,” the tiny sergeant said softly.

“Do you need to talk?” They now had Cree’s complete and undivided attention. He knew that the young Marine needed to feel at ease.

“Yes please.”

Cree escorted the Sergeant to an empty office nearby and they spent several minutes visiting. Agreeing to meet the following Monday, they went their separate ways.

***I’ve opted to leave the mutual friend completely out of this to respect their privacy and identity.

About Cree Dalene 15 Articles
I grew up in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, México, where people either owned cattle ranches or fruit orchards. Much of my work ethic came from working on Rancho La Mesa (my family's ranch). That ranch also sparked what grew into my wild imagination. I read somewhere that you should write the story you want to read, and that stuck with me. My writing began in sixth grade, around the time I began learning to type.

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