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Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)
TITLE: The Volunteer (i)
By Angela Moore
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He had wanted to make a difference, and his life certainly was different now. More different than he had ever imagined. All it had taken was his right hand in the air and few simple words. He hadn’t been pushed into it. He hadn’t been forced. He had stood there, willingly, ready for whatever came his way.
He remembered the day the planes crashed. The images were burned into his memory. He could have backed out. But he knew he wouldn’t. He was too strong for that. The first six weeks had been a roller coaster. Up before dawn, pushing through the pain, struggling to stand tall… it had been a blur, but he knew it would be worth it when it was over.
He hadn’t anticipated meeting her and falling in love. But he did and he spent a month’s earnings on a little diamond ring. He glanced back at the picture, smiling at the ring on her finger. He knew she wore it proudly. He missed her.
A muffled explosion in the distance jarred him back to reality. This was his reality now. This place, the smells, the foreign language. He ached to go home, but he knew why he was there. Smiling, he put the pictures back in his pocket, in the place closest to his heart. He picked up his gun and he went back to work. He is an American soldier.
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