On the corner of Grafton and Duke

I squandered my time trying to define him, so I erased him from my story and left him standing on the corner of Grafton and Duke.

If you encounter him on the corner of Grafton and Duke, a puzzled, elusive character, not yet fully written into life, be kind to him.

No one is as real to me as people in the novel. It grows like a living thing. When I realize they do not exist except in my mind I have a feeling of sadness, looking around for them, as if the half-empty cafe were a place I had once come to with friends who had all moved away.
— Mavis Gallant

WordPress Daily Prompt: Puzzled