desert ghost

desert ghost

Originally uploaded by micahnova

We had long completed our tour. Few had survived. Jx had perished instantly with the discovery of a land mine not 20 feet from the air strip. It was a sign of things to come. We lost contact with base command and our GPS choked on sand. Lost, water deprived, and scorched beyond recognition, 3 remained to wander the sea of tranquility for another 2 years before I returned to base alone. The base appeared out of nothing, over a sand dune like any other sand dune I had seen those past 2 and a half years. I arrived at the camp that night and saw a fire going. There were 4 people sitting around it drinking licorice tea. Jx was with them. He looked up at me and smiled, “Welcome back!” and handed me a mug.

~ by micahnova on April 27, 2008.

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