Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Lori Maynard, iDenise Nowakowski, iMike Monahan, iOdin Roark, iLem Yedowicz, iD.L. Carroll, iJennifer Miller, i

  Home > Drama > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Sponsor Me!
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 7,838 Titles
· 41,514 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Before 2003

Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
The MacLomain Series Boxed Set (Books 1-4)
by Sky Purington

Travel through time with the MacLomain Clan. One short Celtic story and three time-travel Highlander novels...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Books by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Artificial Courage.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, June 29, 2012

Rated "G" by the Author.

Share    Print  Save   Follow

Recent stories by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
· An Update: Mule Face, May 2014.
· Bonds.
· An Update: Pastor Bruce Bilkey, May 2014.
· Oktavius D'Mariel: Special Needs Parenting 101.
· An Update: Gabrielo Bustamente, May 2014.
· An Update: Blondelle Hawkins, May 2014.
· Anastaysia Hope: Special Needs Parenting 101.
           >> View all 7,357

A soldier pretends to be brave when he is really not.

I am a failure as a Marine.

I wanted to follow in my Pa's footsteps.  He was one of the bravest men I knew.

I always thought Marines were cool.  They looked so sharp in their uniforms and regal manner.  I wanted to be just like them.

Then when I went into the Marines after high shool, I found out differently.

Being a Marine is not what it is all cracked up to be.

I am currently in Israel, trying to help freedom fighters defend the people of Israel from attacks by the Palestinians, who want nothing more than to take over and control things.  It is a very dangerous time: rocket attacks and gunfire are very common here.  We have to be on guard constantly and pray to God that we aren't caught in the enemy's path.

I also have lost all my nerve.  I'm not nearly as brave as I claim to be.  I try to put on a brave affront when with people or my fellow soliders, but on the inside, I am a lily-livered chicken.  I am quaking like a bowl of jello.

If the head of my troop or my fellow Marines knew how I really felt about being in the military, they'd laugh me back to boot camp ... or perhaps, boot me out altogether.  I am not cut out to be a Marine!

Just yesterday a rocket landed quite close to me.  It was totally unexpected.  I about had a moo cow, shit my drawers, and had a heart attack (all at once, mind you).  I started blubbreing like a baby.  It was extremely mortifying trying to explain to my buddies why I was weeping like a kinderagartener on the first day of school.

I just thank God I or my buddies were not hurt, but still ... I startle easily at loud noises.  Maybe it was wrong for me to join, but I wanted to be like my Pa, as I alluded to earlier, and I wanted to make a difference for our country and our allies.  Now I'm beginning to see that my being here is nothing but a joke.

Just keep me (and my buddies) in your thoughts and prayers: it is hell being in a danger zone; I personally don't know how these poor people can take it day after day or week after week!  What I wouldn't give to be back home in Galveston, Texas, lazing around on the beach or surfing in the warm Gulf of Mexico waters ....

Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/29/2012
Well done Karen, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/29/2012
The last thing, I think, that most soldiers want to do is harm another human being. I'm sure that many of them would turn tail and run, if given the chance. However, they have a job to do. Kill, or be killed. A heartbreaking write, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/29/2012
a good tale..but those who have been there would say..hey you stood and didn't run..what do you expect, to laugh at danger..get a clue. You stand and fight or guard or what ever the orders are until you you are ordered to go.

Popular Drama Stories
1. Read: The Mexican Swimmer - 9 page short-s
2. asylum...
4. 'Wake Up, Mommy. ...'
5. 'It Can't Ever Happen To ME!: My Story. (P
6. Just One More!! (Binge Drinking) (Part One
7. The Hunt
8. A Bad Day At School.
9. Shadows in Time
10. Play Hero

Finding Isabella by Alfred Garrotto

A young woman adoptee returns to her native country to search for her birth mother and siblings...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Finding Isabella by Alfred Garrotto

A young woman adoptee returns to her native country to search for her birth mother and siblings...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.