Going Away and Going Home

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: War and Military  |  House: Booksie Classic
A boy has joined the military and memories haunt his life... Now he will make a decision. Hope you like it.

Submitted: May 03, 2012

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The soldier laid down in his bed late one night. As he laid there his mind was like a never ending slideshow. Memories danced around in his brain. The first memories were his days as a young boy. Either playing a board game with his sister, or curled up on the couch watching a movie. Then it flashed to his teenage years in junior high as a smart mouthed kid. When high school approached he finally knew what he wanted to do with his life. As a Freshman he sat back and watched all the older students get into fights. He so badly wanted to stop it, but he knew he would just get laughed at and shoved aside. The next year he joined R.O.T.C and that was basically the start of his career. His father didn't understand why his son would pick such a dangerous job or how he even came to that decision. Two nights after his son told him what he wanted to do with his life he went to his son and they talked for hours. Now his father understood why he wanted to do this. High school was quickly ending, but Mark wasn't ready to leave just yet. So he applied for college and studied the military and studied math and science. Two years of college seemed to be enough and he felt like he was ready to start his life. Next thing Mark knew he was saying goodbye to his family as he boarded the plane. After being on the plane for hours he landed at his destination. Getting off the plane he saw a crowd of men and walked to them. They were guessing where they would be stationed. It was somewhat obvious that the group bet a lot. He stood there not talking but watched them. A sergeant came to the men and gathered his troop around. When he finished telling them where to go the crowd separated and realized none of them had won the bet. His memory skipped forward to his family at home. The last time he saw them was when he boarded the plane it had been three years since then. Sure he sent messages and tried to call when he could but it was nothing like seeing them in person. As the slideshow ending he glanced at the clock on his nightstand and saw he had a few minutes to spare, before his next shift. Picking up his phone he dialed the number annd waited for one of the familiar voices to answer the phone. He didn't have to wait long. "Hello". A girls voice answered. He knew it was his younger sister he replied. "Hey Nik". Hearing a squeal on the other end of the line he waited for his family to join his sister around the phone. That night they talked longer then he ever expected. After saying 'goodnights' and 'i love yous'. He made up his mind. Since this was his last year of his contract anyway he figured he would keep it that way and go home to his family. Maybe find a job that he's good at and watch his little sister grow up.


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