(Author’s Note: I have a feeling I know who A. Noni Mouse is, because I’ve seen that kitchen before. If I’m wrong, then someone has the exact same layout for a kitchen than others I know… )
The Mission Bell
by Miles H. Rost
“You finished the dishes, Harlan?”
Harlan didn’t say too much. He knew that when the bell rang, he’d have to be off to work. He didn’t want to leave many words behind.
“I baked a cherry pie. Want a piece?”
“Thanks, Caiera, but no.”
Caiera knew that Harlan didn’t want to say much. She tried to make him as comfortable as he could, before that bell sounded.
With long silence between them, it was cut by the church bell’s chime.
Harlan picked up his rifle bag, and went to the door where Caiera snuck a kiss.
A sniper’s life.