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Topic: Winter (11/14/05)
TITLE: A Dream
By Paul Mobley
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Northwest Greenland is one of God's wonders. Beautiful in the dark season winter snow and ice
glistening by starlight, yet it can be deadly.
Airman First Class Norden turned, restless, and moaning on his seat. His recurring dream had
returned. Standing at the end of the runway, in full arctic dress, hood zipped up to his eyes with
insulation hair covering his eyes, and pick and shovel in his hands. Confusedly he looked around
at the snow and ice, and the ground frozen harder than concrete. What am I doing here ? And
Slowly moving he drove the shovel into the snow and ice as best as he could with the mittens
hampering his hands. The shovel never touched ground. This is crazy ! What am I out here for ?
Then he heard the plane. The only jet fighter on the base taxied to the end of the runway, turned
around and paused, and then began its takeoff. Norden watched it lift smoothly into flight. Norden
shook his head in puzzlement. A Russian plane in the area ? I should be back in quarters where
there are weapons and ammo. Looking around again, a decision reached, he turned toward the
terminal, an oversize trailer, with a sign over the door stating "The Top Of The World."
The plane, gone a few minutes at most, was landing. Norden stopped and watched as it came to
rest at his end of the runway. It never turned to taxi back to the heated hangar. Norden waited.
Then the canopy slid back, and the pilot was scrambling out. Getting to the runway the pilot
began screaming, "there's a dead man in there" as he ran for the terminal.
Norden watched in horror and wondering where did the dead man come from. Shaking his head
he started for the terminal. Then he woke up, in Ohio, on a train home for R & R.
The dream never did make sense, but it kept coming back. After a few seconds he rose and went
to the rest room and washed his face to get rid of the dream. Setting down he looked outside at
the grass, the trees, and bushes contrasting them with the barren Arctic.
The porter came through and Norden got coffee and a doughnut beginning to relax.
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