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Another Wall: Part III
by Ray Adams
Bert shook his head, a sad look on his face. “It’s no use, man,” he said. “We’ve been trying to talk sense into him for five hours. And all that’s happened is we’re drunk as skunks.”
“And equally disgusting,” D.T. said.
Bert chuckled, but the grim expression did not leave his face.
“It don’t make no never mind anyway, boys,” Sorbini said. “I done signed the papers. A done deal. I’m going. In two weeks, maybe less, I’ll be out there shooting at Charlie, doin’ my patriotic duty. I’m revved, man. Totally revved.”
The finality of it all hit D.T. like an M.P.’s baton. His soul filled with sorrow. He tried to think of something he could do for his friend, something more than buy him another drink. He looked around the bar, trying to think. His eyes passed over someone sitting by herself in the second room. It was Rosie.
D.T. laughed, wondering how none of the G.I.’s had even noticed her. That must have been the first time that ever happened. Usually, she was the center of frantic GI attention. D.T. had always liked Rosie. She was a happy soul, always free with a pretty smile and a snappy, “Wie gehts.” She’d gone from being chubby the first time he’d seen her to looking sleek, like a little kitten. And just as affectionate. She smelled a lot like Linda’s did, and D.T. loved it. A combination of stale beer, cognac, cigarettes, cheap perfume, and that strong, musky odor common to the fräuleins who hung out at the GI bars. She was in Linda’s so much, D.T. wondered if it was her main home. He’d heard her father had died in a Soviet hard labor camp in Siberia after the war. He knew nothing about her mother, but Rosie was surely like all the other fräuleins who hung out in the G.I. bars, having split with her mom and left to fend for herself.Dear Readers, These nine stories are now available on both Kindle and Nook for your reading pleasure. Best wishes, Ray Adams Book art by: Noel Gonzalez http://noelgonzalez.com/contact.htm (With the exception of Picnic and Peyote)