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Posted on Feb 9, 2007 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

Interactive Combat Story: The Calm Before The Storm

By Brandon Neff


You cry out for the medic and your call joins those all around you. The medic is needed in several locations and you hope he will arrive in time to save the life of your friend, if indeed his wound is dire.

A moment later, the shelling begins anew and you shield the body of your friend from further harm. More blood spurts from the wound with each passing moment and you cringe, knowing that the medic will not brave the barrage to come to your aid. You must wait for another lull and hope he is nearby.

You hold Pvt. Luker’s hand, squeezing it gently and whispering encouragement to your ally as you wait. Soon the shelling stops and you renew the call for medical attention.

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