On his Monday walk through the park, Ed passed an elderly woman wearing a black hijab. “Nice day,” he remarked. The woman continued on, remaining silent and avoiding eye contact.
On Tuesday, Ed saw the woman veer off the trail ahead when she spotted him approaching.
On Wednesday, the woman came around the corner just as Ed entered the park. She seemed startled and immediately quickened her pace.
On Thursday, the woman continued walking toward Ed from the opposite end of the trail. Ed nodded with pleasure when he finally heard her accented voice.
“Another nice day,” she said.
This 99-word story is my contribution to the February 17 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge to "write a story of a character who is diverse."