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One More Time


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One More Time

 

 

AAA cracks and whacks the fuselage

 

with steel fragments, small holes

 

causing rapid decompression in the rear

 

compartment crowded with four frozen

 

souls attempting to maintain their cool.

 

 

Frantically maneuvering to upside

 

down and pulling back on the stick

 

sends the small jet plane to clear air

 

and down into oxygen richer air.

 

 

No one bleeding. Back to the mission

 

at hand, all jammers working the threat

 

signals ahead of the approaching B-52

 

cell of three spreading tons of shrapnel below.

 

 

No lingering to watch the carnage,

 

turning off the targets but monitoring

 

scopes for signals seeking revenge.

 

Back in friendly territory, we loosen straps.

 

 

I’ll take a cold Bud, please, and don’t

 

wander away. Ring the bell. I’m

 

buying the bar. Tomorrow will surely

 

be another day.

 

 

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This is vivid and nightmarish: to know that each moment could be the last; that an impersonal 'payload ' of destruction is delivered and the “cold Bud,” a reminder that respite is purely temporary.

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Nice job juxtaposing the stress of the mission with the wind-down, Franklin. This is probably based on real life experience, but it makes me think of that series "Burn Notice" (starts again tomorrow). They go on all these harrowing missions, but when it's over they're always sipping mojitos by the water, lol.

 

Tony

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Larsen M. Callirhoe

you are good at delievering a nail bitter. each time i read one of these i might read the one where shit hit the fan and you exhusted yor payload. very mesmerizing franklin but nevertheless enjoyed the read. victor

Larsen M. Callirhoe

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David W. Parsley

Another good capture, Franklin.

 

- Dave

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