“Distrust of and disappointment in people had kept him alive this long.”
A fun short story. Great set up and world building is just a few pages.
“It was assumed, in every age, that when one spoke of ‘the war’ everyone else knew exactly which war they were talking about.”
The reader is drawn in and swept along. Perfect ending.
“As much as he wanted closure some days, the deep fear of death … won over every time.”