This is the third week in a row I’ve drawn a hearts card (Ace of Hearts for this week) so once again, I’m reading a story from “Flashes of War” by Katey Schultz. I promise I shuffled the deck twice but fate must have other designs!
This week’s story is called “While the Rest of America’s at the Mall” – it’s definitely a short story, 3 paragraphs to be exact.
This is told from the point of view of a Navy SEAL while in Iraq. I had to read this story three times and I still don’t understand it. What I got out of it is that the SEAL is in the water, under fire, remembering his family, orders an air strike, and is then commended by his Lieutenant for a job well done. How does this tie to the story title?
“So corny it could be from the movies, and I wish this was, all of us busting drug convoys 50 klicks north of Kabul, while the rest of America’s at the mall.”
I have no idea how it ties – to quote anymore would mean I would just quote the whole story and I still would have no idea how it all ties together or what it means.
Has anyone else read this? Any ideas?
Here’s hoping next week I get a break from Schultz or at least draw a card that ties to a longer Schultz story 🙂