The Quiet Man by Richard Randall
THE QUIET MAN
He takes his time walking to his favorite coffee shop.
It had been one of those days and he just needed a
minute to catch his breath. Things will be fine, he told
himself. Somehow through it all, he knew things
would fine. Not today. Someday though. Just not
today. He gathers his wits and opens the door to the
little place. It’s clean and comfortable and he scans
the space looking for table that’s out of the way and
that will let him work and be invisible. He’s begun to
treasure this little bit of time where he can fade into
background. The young guy behind the counter
makes his latte and calls out his name. And no eye
contact is made from either one… which is fine.
Looking someone in the eye might be too telling. He
doesn’t realize that the kids that run the shop have
nicknamed him “the quiet guy”. He’s there most days
and says very little and after a while disappears.
Almost like a ghost you see out of the corner of your
eye and then he’s gone...
So begins the new collection of short stories from Richard Randall, the author of “one hundred little men”. “The Quiet Man” is a group of tales with humor, horror and having the courage to face the future.