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If I Leave Here Tomorrow: Waystation

If I Leave Here Tomorrow: Waystation

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In the essay, Invictus Writer David C. Ake tells the story set against the backdrop of the Iraq War. This story is about his two friends who helped pull him out of a rut after his girlfriend broke up with him. It's a story about life in the war zone.
In the essay, Invictus Writer David C. Ake tells the story set against the backdrop of the Iraq War. This story is about his two friends who helped pull him out of a rut after his girlfriend broke up with him. It's a story about life in the war zone.

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by DAVID C. AKE
WAYSTATION
 
Tis story is or Jose Perez and Jason Bell. I hope it takes youback to this time in our lives. Gentlemen, those were the days.
 
I’D BEEN IN HE ARMY FOR WO YEARS when the girl I thought I wasgoing to marry broke my heart. She called me crying and said she didn’tlove me anymore. It was over. Our orever was no more.Save your pity because it’s not as sad as it sounds. It was my rst love, butit wasn’t
true
love. It was one o those high school inatuations
with
lovethat lasts ar too long – three years too long. Like a million young ools, Iasked her to be my girlriend when I le or training. We wrote letters thatnaively mapped out our lives aer the Army. But aer basic training I wasstationed in Germany and she stayed in the states, and the bond betweenour hearts broke rom the separation o thousands o miles. She did what Iwas too stupid to do when she called to ask i we could still be riends. I washeartbroken, and when my unit was allowed to go on leave and no one waswaiting or me back home, I was lonely.Summer was coming to an end in 2003. Fighting units were rotating intoAghanistan and President George W. Bush was on V celebrating the de-mocracy America had just brought to a reshly “liberated” Iraq. For soldiersat the time, uncertainty hung in the air like a og. We didn’t know when theorders would come down, but we were sure we’d be in a combat zone soon.My unit missed the invasion and subsequent toppling o Saddam Hussein’sregime, but we knew it was only a matter o time beore it was our turn. Tecommander told us he’d try to get us a mission so we could stop watchingthe war on V, but or now, he said, we should be with our amilies.Usually when we were allowed to go on leave, I caught the rst planehome to be with my girlriend. I should have own home to Indiana to visit my amily, but I didn’t want to be anywhere near my hometown. Its a
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitableviews of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain

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