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FlashNano Day 11: A Warm January

November 11, 2017

Day 11: Write a story told by a child

A Warm January (393 words)

I think I… I think I must have fallen asleep. I’m not sure. It’s still dark. Yeah, I must have fallen asleep for a little bit. That’s me, I can sleep anywhere the guys say! I tried calling for Russ but he didn’t answer; Russ is my pal, and I could swear he was right here just a few minutes ago, but I must be wrong. It’s hard to think he took off but… I don’t know. Maybe he’s just around, didn’t want to make any noise and wake me up. Good old Russ.

Yeah, I think I must have fallen asleep. Either that or something. I don’t know. I feel a little confused. It’s chilly. It was a nice day, sort of warm and muggy even, but now it’s cool. Warm. Strange for January. A warm January, ha, imagine that! Back home there’d be snow everywhere but not here. No sir, no snow. Just jungle. I wonder where Russ went? I can’t feel my legs. They’re there, but I can’t seem to move my feet and I can’t sit up to feel them. Well, maybe I fell asleep but I’m awake and I’d sure like to know where Russ went to.

I had to have fallen asleep. Nothing else makes any sense.

The last thing I remember before dozing off is getting off the transport in Keh Sanh. Me and the guys. Sarge jumped down first and then we all followed. I remember the sounds of gunfire and explosions – I’ll probably never forget those as long as I live – and then we were all running in different directions. Russ and I stayed together but then—

But I guess that’s when I fell asleep.

I don’t feel so good all of a sudden. My head’s feeling really light and… and I can’t focus my eyes; I can’t focus on anything. And I’m cold. I’m real cold. I think it must be getting along toward daybreak though because I can see the sun coming up. So that’s good and maybe Russ’ll amble back and we can get out of this place. Boy, but it’s awful bright for the sun but everything over here in Vietnam is different.

I’m real cold and… and I’m afraid.

I don’t know where Russ went to but I… I wish I wasn’t alone.

“Momma? Momma, you there? You—”

– End


Praying for the day when we live in a world that makes its priority to keep our military personnel safe.

With thoughts – and thanks – to all American service personnel, past and present, on this Veterans Day.

What is FlashNano: “Created by Nancy Stohlman in 2012 in solidarity with NaNoWriMo. FlashNano is in its 6th year!” Click HERE to learn more.

(Please pardon any typos or grammatical errors. My goal at this point is to just get the story down. I can worry about fine-tuning and editing later if I want. Thanks for reading!)

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