Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing excerpts of the angelic characters from a work in progress, THE DARKNESS WITHIN, Book Three by Angelica Hart and Zi.
ANGEL WINGS OF HOPEHael’s Tale of Kindness
Non-disclosed War Zone
The saddest moment is when the one who gave you the best memories becomes a memory ~ for the love of pets
Private Mason Fredrick Carson jogged back from the mess hall, avoiding the news photographer who popped in now and then and took some newsfeed photos. Though friendly, Mason had a shy side. Besides, he wanted to get back to the barracks; he had a letter to write. He had a correspondence going with a Kindergarten class back home.
He was serving his time well, yet wasn’t a hero. As a young boy, he used to play soldier and he’d be the one saving the platoon, leading the charge, taking the hill, carrying a wounded soldier to safety. He wanted to do more, and kept looking for the opportunity.
“Hey, Flintstone” called out another Private, Yetes. Everyone called Mason Flintstone, partly cause once he saw the yesteryear cartoon, he took up blurting out Yabba Dabba Doo, during euphoric moments.
“Hey, Yetes, what’s up?”
Yetes tossed Mason a small first aid kit. Yetes had lost his and had many infractions against his name, so during a surprise inspection, Mason gave Yetes his own, and took the penalty himself. “Thanks, I owe you.”
“Got your back.”
Mason often did little kindnesses. One friend needed to send extra money home to help with medical costs for his spouse’s unexpected surgery, Mason ran a fundraiser fifty-fifty. He created a bird feeder behind the barrack filled it as often as he could. Why? Winters were harsh. There were other little things he did on a daily basis and never thought much of it. It was just who he was. Was he taken for granted by his friends? Pretty much so.
It was a cold night, just after mess. Cutting between two barracks, he heard a yapping sound. "Yabba-dabba-doo you want me?" He sniggered.
Looking about, he noticed a furry little pup with a dab of mud on its head.
"Nice head gear."
He didn’t know its breed, nor cared, but he could tell it wasn’t very old and shivered. “Hey, little guy.” Mason dug into his pocket where he had put a dinner biscuit for a nighttime snack. He offered it to the obviously famished pup.
With a hesitant stride, the pup nibbled, then chomped on the biscuit, licking Mason’s palm to the last crumb. “You all alone?” Mason asked already knowing the answer as he picked up the creature.
As do most dogs, and all puppies, the cur licked and cuddled.
“I’m calling you Dabba,” Mason said, making the decision to keep the dog even though it was against regulations. Mason kept Dabba in his cargo pants pocket, protected it and fed it and mostly loved it. If others noticed, they pretended not to do so.
Yetes whispered, "Got your back man. We all think you are one great guy."
After several weeks, the news photographer returned.
She kept looking for the perfect shot and kept getting the norm, troops marching, American flag against the sky, soldiers in a cluster. Then, as if someone brushed past her quickly, she spun about and took a picture of a solitary soldier, on the short side, nothing stood out about him, and she thought, she’d end up deleting it later. However, when later came, she realized the soldier was actually clandestinely feeding a puppy, whose head poked out from his calf cargo pocket.
She returned to the squad and asked about Mason. She wanted a release and interview. He disinclined. She asked others who took his back as if the pup did not exist. On further investigation, she discovered the private carried the toy dog with him everywhere, while his platoon protected his choice. She was inspired by this profound compassion.
The picture went over the wire and became viral, enthused people to look out for the homeless animals. If a man at war can take the time to care for a pet, so could they. It affected people round the world.
Ironically, his commander became aware of Mason's insubordinate act and ignored it.
Prior to his being sent home, the platoon arranged for Dabba to be shipped to Mason's sister.
Dogs came into our lives to teach us about love and departed to show us loss. A new dog never replaced an old dog, but merely expanded the heart.
About the Story: The Darkness Within is a fast-paced supernatural thriller involving, kidnapping, romance, gypsies, and supernatural beings. The tale revolves around private detective Brie (Gabriella) Tyler's investigation of several missing young women believed to be runaways. Somehow, it connects to a past she cannot remember. While trying to find his missing niece, Jake Marlo, the owner of prestigious private detective agency, crosses path with Brie. Independent and feisty, Tyler resists Marlo's help and romantic attention. The two collide as heinous henchmen and supernatural forces threaten to destroy their lives.
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