It is Christmas Eve 1943 at The Powers That Be Café and Nat, the lonely café owner, does what he can to offer some warmth and comfort for families and lovers to say goodbye to soldiers who heading into battle. When he finds Kent, a G.I. far from home, outside his back door, he offers him a hot meal, a place to rest and some much-needed comfort. In return, the two men find themselves passionately entangled in taboo lusts and something deeper that neither of them expected...love.
It's 1943 and Nat is the owner of a restaurant called The Powers that Be Cafe. His place is beside the train station so he gets a lot of GI's coming in right before they ship off for war.
It's Christmas Eve and he finds a young GI out back and invites him in for a free meal and rest before he leaves in a few hours. Kent notices how Nat is looking at him and tells him he has never been with anyone before and doesn't want to die a virgin. The ending was more a hfn (happily for now) because Kent decides not to get on the train and go to war, so we don't really know what will happen with him but Nat and Kent decided whatever does happen they will deal with it together.
I really enjoyed this short novella. I would have liked to have learned more about Kent as he was really only in about half the story and I would have liked to have learned what happened to them after the story ends. The mood of the story was a little sad but had an uplifting and hopeful ending. I'm giving this story 4 stars.