Friday, May 2, 2014

Wednesday Words: Jack



Jack raced away from the fizzling and foaming of a chemical bomb lobbed at his fellow troopers, sending them scattering in different directions.

He vaulted over a ragged fencing into a barren field, harboring a blister of hope that his comrades were alive. The riptide of emotions swept over him, just as he heard a crunch beneath his left foot.

Oh, please God!  No! He whispered.

The land mine was pressure activated and always fatal.  Jack’s mind raced through the possibilities and what equipment he possessed.

Please, Jesus, make this work…If not, I’ll be kneeling at Your Feet…

Jack fired a grappling hook to the nearest tree and pushed the automatic retract button.  It pulled him up and out as the IED exploded.  He saw and heard the blast, but from the safety of the tree.


With drops of blood splattered on his uniform, Jack knew he had some injuries, but was saved, and had been in many ways.



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Delores from http://ramblingsoftheterminallyaging.blogspot.com  faithfully lists 6 challenging words each week.  This week This post shows the word as underlined words.  Please click on the delightful photo of a running creek in the right sidebar to access other participants.  It will be well worthwhile.






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    1. Thanks, Delores! And, Thanks for the words. You always give bloggers words that send us in different directions.

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  2. A moment like that would make you see everything in a new light

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    1. Life and death would do that to a person.

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  3. Good one. I was right there as the story was told.

    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Glad you could visualize the moment of decision.

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  4. A scary reality for more people than I want to think about. Thank you.

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    1. I cannot truly imagine the terror one would feel. Princess Diana made it one of her causes -- to force countries to remove land mines, now that conflicts are over for that country.

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  5. A reality too many live through and too many don't

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  6. Can you even imagine? God bless our troops, again and again, that's all I can say.

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  7. Wow! Not many survive a pressure activated land mine. I'd be thanking god for the rest of my life.
    Great use of the words.

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    1. Thank you. Our military has a tough and deadly goal.

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  8. Huge sigh of relief for him. Thankfully this had a happy ending...

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    1. I could not have written it any other way.

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  9. Nice job. I can't even imagine having that presence of mind in a situation like that.

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    1. The Marines I know can do that. Something about training and strong will. Besides, I would not let Jack get blown up.

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