A Short Story

By Loren Hammer

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Copyright © 2012 Ryan Goble

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“No Shit, there I was…” the soldier began in the fashion typical of one of his profession.

“I was stranded with a flat tire overnight on the freeway, creepiest god-damned night of my life.

“A flat tire as mechanical issues go is pretty much an easy fix. If you must break down on a trip it’s pretty much what you hope for, right? That is unless you don’t have a jack, then it becomes a fairly insurmountable problem.

“I was having a boring ass weekend in the Guard, and was looking forward to getting out. Mostly I was glad this weekend was almost over. As always happens, the First Sergeant gave his motivating speech about driving carefully on the way home, including some rubberstamp advice to pull over and take a nap if you get sleepy. I was on this occasion, it turns out, I was actually listening.

“I missed my family and friends, and my daughter had surgery scheduled for the morning to have a mole biopsied, no big deal. I was in a hurry to get home. I normally stop off somewhere and get some Red Bull before I drive, because I get drowsy. This time I didn’t, like I said, I was in a hurry. I just changed into my civvies and high-tailed it on, out of town.

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