Characters: Cloud, Zack
Word Count: 100
Author's Notes: Fusion with Mad Men, with Cloud as Don Draper.
Cloud felt rotten, but the most painful thing about the war was Zack Fair's hopeful smile.
"Eighty days and I'll be home." The softness in his voice seemed to belong to a movie hero rather than to a real man. "I'm going to be a salesman. It will be great."
Cloud thought of poverty and his mother's hatred, and burned with envy. He was surprised by how horrible he felt when a misplaced lighter and gasoline ended Fair's life.
Yet when he switched his dog tags to the dead man's, all he felt was hope spreading on his own lips.