By Van Heerling
Southern soldier Eli West wakes in a cave and discovers he's held captive by means of a soldier of the Union. Shot, drugged, and tortured, he descends into the darkness and the wonderful thing about his subconscious, uncovering a time whilst he used to be nonetheless in love, a time earlier than conflict, a time initially fell away.
***Author word: This publication comprises descriptions of photo warfare violence and in a different way. it can now not be appropriate for the simply squeamish. even supposing "Dreams of Eli" is a love tale in contrast to any advised, the writer needs to make it transparent that the reader's sensibilities aren't spared.
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He kept his thumb near the safety of the M16, breathing in the reassuring smell of fresh gun oil over the rich organic smells of the jungle. His head kept swiveling around: Did VC ever climb trees to take potshots at passing GIs? How the hell could the man walking point watch for booby traps in this? And if someone started shooting up ahead, should he throw himself on the ground so the guy in back of him didn’t blow his head off? After a couple hours, when they’d covered maybe two klicks and driven off every form of life in the whole area, The Wolf called a halt and they dropped down for a smoke and to suck hot water out of their canteens.
However, the Army decided to place LIFE on the shelf for a while. They were issued their jungle fatigues, but it was ten days before the last of them were processed and shipped out. They cooled their heels at the base in Bien Hoa, getting up basketball games or playing poker, submitting to lectures and inoculations, sitting around with beers at night to watch the fireworks display of distant battle over the horizon, champing at the bit. They even picked up garbage for a while, since the sergeant couldn’t think of anything else to do with them.
The image of his father’s shattering head startled him back from the brink of sleep. No, that’s not what I want. It was my fault; I didn’t have to keep on and on. But he wanted me to, and he knew I would. He always knows, and there’s something going on, and today was different. But the bed’s warmth tugged at him, and the images and sounds faded, and narrowed, and settled into a brief awareness that something K E E P I N G WAT C H 19 had changed, that the evening’s catharsis had broken more than the computer.