A Walk in Darkness…the complete writing (as of now)…unedited…

“So, you have no desire to get re-married?” I sat in the small white office. It was as bland as the doctor I told my problems to. A diploma hung behind his metal desk. His desk was empty of clutter, the lone object on it was his desktop computer. Dr. Wilson Friskers peered over hisContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…the complete writing (as of now)…unedited…”

A Walk in Darkness…unedited, incomplete…

The cold winter air nipped at my neck, as the icy breeze blew through the pines. It didn’t help the concrete bench didn’t absorb heat. A small smile crept across my face. “Mom was right, every day is not a bad day.” I bounced between one horror and the next between 2013-2015. To combat myContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…unedited, incomplete…”

A Walk in Darkness…new writing, unedited, incomplete…

Those three little words, unfit for duty, destroyed whatever confidence I was left with given all that transpired. The house I bought for my family was repossessed. Everything seemed to fall apart at once. I felt like Job in the Old Testament. My marriage was destroyed, my career lost, and to top it off, IContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…new writing, unedited, incomplete…”

A Walk in Darkness…unedited, incomplete…

My soldiers were in the motorpool when I arrived back at work. Mondays was slotted as a day of maintenance. The rest of the week it was where I kept my squad; out of sight, out of mind was my creed. For some reason or other, my soldiers respected my methods. I rewarded them timeContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…unedited, incomplete…”

A Walk in Darkness…or The Walk…new writing, unedited, incomplete…

I arrived at the Quartermaster Unit on a cold day in December. If I thought it was cold on the day I arrived, I had seen nothing yet. Generally, when new NCOs arrive to a unit, they meet their First Sergeant and Commander first. Mine was nowhere to be found. So, I met my PlatoonContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…or The Walk…new writing, unedited, incomplete…”

A Walk in Darkness…new writing, unedited, incomplete…

Once again, I refused. The war was still raging, I needed to be there to fight it. My pain grew. It felt as if my head would rip open at any moment. It fueled my determination to press through. “I’m not a sissy,” I told myself. Fellow soldiers rotated in and out. Some went onContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…new writing, unedited, incomplete…”

A Walk in Darkness…new writing…incomplete and unedited…

 Outpost Charlie was a small camp located outside of an oil refinery town. For as far as the eye could see there was nothing but oil wells. The only difference between those in the United States and those here was that these were on fire. Towering flames shot out of the wells; the desert appearedContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…new writing…incomplete and unedited…”

A Walk in Darkness…new writing/continuation…unedited and incomplete…

The small base that I was stationed at sat nestled about 45 minutes from Wurzburg. The largest town closest to us was twenty minutes away. I adored the small village we lived in. Everything was within walking distance. It did not take long for my family and I to make friends there. Besides the normalContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…new writing/continuation…unedited and incomplete…”

A Walk in Darkness…rewrite #1…incomplete and unedited…

The blistering sun rose from the endless horizon. I sat on the concrete T-wall and watched as the fiery planet came out of the darkness. It is 0600 and the thermometer read a hot 98 degrees. “I am in hell. How does anything live in this godforsaken place?” Sweat streamed down my face. I scrapedContinue reading “A Walk in Darkness…rewrite #1…incomplete and unedited…”

A Walk in Darkness (The Walk)… A rewrite…incomplete and unedited…

It was Falcon that damaged my psyche the most. This city destroyed my humanity. Something meaner and darker replaced the kind boy from Mississippi. Of course, such drastic change never occurred at once. It began about ten minutes after the assault on the city. “SSG Paden, take a squad and clear the buildings. If anything,Continue reading “A Walk in Darkness (The Walk)… A rewrite…incomplete and unedited…”