Final Flight.......................scribbles and bits #92

Final approach

     Most of the soldiers sat quietly, lost in their thoughts or maybe just playing a part in a daydream. Once in a while, some soldier would convulse, as if snatched from slumber....and then he would relax once more. Sometimes you could hear someone whisper to themselves about their mother or wife. Nothing in particular, other than their name and a few loving words. The younger kids, straight out of high school, would reminisce about their best girl, only for a moment, and then go silent again.


     The chopper was dark inside and strangely quiet with very little turbulence or vibration. It was also very dark outside and raining, which caused the inside of the chopper to feel cold and heavy like a blanket of old snow. Also, no one was geared up, nor was anyone wearing a helmet. The uniforms were also surprisingly clean, as were the troops.


     The flight seemed to take all night, but finally the dark was washed away by a warm and brilliant sun that immediately brought smiles to every man on board. The clouds looked like liquid crystal, shimmering and expanding in all directions. Slowly....very slowly, the chopper descended. Everyone was trying to look out and identify the surroundings. The transport chopper stopped in midair and hovered for a few moments, and then landed like a feather on a pillow. The men were ordered out by the pilot. Once out, the transport quickly lifted and took off as over the horizon, there were still more choppers coming in. The soldiers immediately formed ranks. The formation was then marched a short distance to a magnificent gate, and then marched in, everyman in perfect step. As they entered, they passed an old and distinguished man dressed in a white jogging suit. He smiled and waved, and then called out....”Well done lads, well done." It was Saint Peter.

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Comments (20)

  1. pastormike

    ooohh.. never saw that coming. undercurrent indeed.. as powerful as anything you’ve written. bless you for ths…..

    May 15, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Thanks Mike.

      May 15, 2014
  2. vis4

    nice tone.

    May 15, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      As always, thank you my friend.

      May 15, 2014
  3. JayDee

    I have to be careful here…I mad an innocent innocuous comment on another scribbles challenge then afterwards it seemed that I was blocked! Me!! Anyway …. Right, ahem! Well I certainly didn’t see that coming Charlie, I enjoyed your write. ps…is that worth a block?

    May 15, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Thank you for the kind comment JayDee.

      May 15, 2014
    2. pastormike

      most certainly wasn’t me J.. I’m really sorry that happened. I don’t know what I can do or say to fix the damage but please know I had absolutely nothing to do with it..

      May 15, 2014
      1. JayDee

        That’s ok mike. The event in question had absolutely nothing to do with you at all. I’m certainly not a person who goes about leaving offensive comments on peoples blogs – it’s not my way. I was just surprised that after making a comment on a story, an observation in actuality, the person in question defriended me and then blocked me. So leave it at that .. I dislike drama.

        May 15, 2014
        1. pastormike

          yeah..me too. I had it happen once long ago and never did know why.. people are stranger than anything.

          May 15, 2014
  4. sweetpaws

    beautiful .. would hope all those lost souls were blessed

    May 15, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Most assuredly they were.

      May 15, 2014
  5. SEC

    Salute

    May 15, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      When will we ever learn?

      May 15, 2014
      1. SEC

        When men no longer seek to force their vision on others who disagree or wish to be the controlling power.

        May 15, 2014
        1. uncle_charlie

          Amen to that!

          May 15, 2014
  6. GoldenPig2012

    I have nothing to say. My sons are “war age” and I cannot say a damn thing because my heart hurts.

    May 15, 2014
    1. uncle_charlie

      Bless them all.

      May 15, 2014
      1. GoldenPig2012

        Yes, bless them, protect them and bring them home where we can keep them safe, in fact, don’t send them anywhere at all.

        May 15, 2014
        1. uncle_charlie

          Bring them all home, because we can longer stop the carnage that the rest of the world is heading for.

          May 15, 2014
          1. GoldenPig2012

            Yes, yes, yes………bring our babies, our hearts, our loved ones home. They are in a place that will not change, despite all our efforts and deaths.

            May 16, 2014