Copyright 2010 by Mark Fitzgerald
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It was to be spoken of for fifty years to come. Twenty years already now, since it happened, it is retold to each incoming group their very first night. It was historic. It was heroic.
But we'll get to that part later.
First, we have to do what they call in high school English, "the exposition of the antecedent action". I have to tell you about the things that happened before "it". The other things that happened on that island in Texas.
Two summers before, Parker took the job, not to be part of the rugged outdoors but, to be close to Carla; who was also going to spend five blistering weeks at this Boy Scout camp by a lake in North Texas. As were a good half dozen other theatre students from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.
Not that they saw much of each other over the five weeks, in the end.
The program had a number of "outposts" which the Scouts would visit, one after the other, until they had completed their week in the wilderness. Parker's was "Viking Camp".