I'm a writer. I write m/m erotica. Kind of dark stuff, even though in real life I like rainbows and puppies and kittens. Not all at once though. That would be overwhelming.
Nope, I'm not crying. Move along, nothing to see here.
This free short packs an emotional punch. It lost me a little toward the end with the big time shifts and the stuff with the soldier's mother, it just felt unnecessary, and I would have preferred more depth and less "telling" if that makes sense, but that's often the issue I have with short stories -- something always has to be condensed but the actual end-end: perfect.
Read it. It's free, the narrator has a wonderful voice, and it's lovely.