Faint Hopes by Ken Liebeskind
“Everyone makes mistakes.” He looked over at Don, another gay waiter, and winked at him. Don smiled back, confirming their world.
Two years later, it was a different kind of world, one without Lee in it, David thought.
Walking away from Lia’s restaurant, he struggled to make sense of it, but he couldn’t. He wondered why the power Lee had displayed in their relationship hadn’t been powerful enough to protect him from the disease.
Suddenly, he had the desire to return to Lia’s restaurant and talk to her about Lee. Perhaps she could put it in perspective for him. Maybe he would ask her out for a drink after all, and they’d go back to the old restaurant. David would close his eyes and think of Lee and there he’d be, standing by the bar in his Lacoste shirt and khaki pants, big and brawny, making David feel unsure of himself, a strange but somehow comforting place to be.