When I am reading a good story, there is nearly always a moment, early on, when I feel suddenly pulled, like magic, into the world the author has created. It happened on page two of C. Joseph Jordan’s “The Quiet,” when I read the line: The doctor who examined him had a propensity to slam doors. After that sentence I was right beside Sergeant Malick, twitching at every loud noise and experiencing the strangeness of the real world after wartime. At his Welcome Home party, Sergeant Malick wanders through the house he grew up in. He is a changed man, unable to share the secrets he carries, but room by room, he begins to leave the soldier behind and find himself again. C. Joseph Jordan has been working on “The Quiet” for years, and it shows in the careful way he re-creates Sergeant Malick’s experience. Be sure to visit our Q&A to find out how Jordan revised the piece and drew on the experiences of current soldiers returning from overseas. As timing would have it, just as One Story went to press with this issue, President Obama announced that all American troops would be leaving Iraq by the end of the year. Here’s to everyone coming home safely. Until then, I hope our readers will enjoy “The Quiet,” a haunting story of one soldier crossing between two worlds.