posted on Sep, 26 2009 @ 06:28 AM
The phone rang out just as Damien had climbed into bed. He was startled by the sudden brake in the calming silence he had become accustomed to.
“Who would be calling me at this time of night?” he thought to himself. He sighed and answered with a tone in his voice that was sure to express
his discontent, “Hello?”. On the other end he hears, “Damien, how are you this is mom”. Damien now had to think on his feet because he knew
the trouble he was in. Without missing a beat he exclaims “Mom, how are you doing? It has been awhile, is everything okay?” In a manner that
only moms can do she answered that all was fine and what was that tone. He chuckled as he told her that he just getting into bed when she called.
The conversation went on for just over an hour. They said their goodbyes and he hung up the phone. Now exhausted from the days' task he lays down
his head and drifts off to sleep.
He first dreams of freshman year with his roommate Johnny and their mutual friend Sam. They were inseparable from the moment he walked in. They
attended every party, pledged a fraternity even volunteered at the local shelter together. Damien's dreams flows like a movie with everything
correct. He remembers Sam was reluctant to pledge the fraternity because he was afraid he would not fit in. Sam by most counts would have been
“different” from the guys at the fraternity. They still did it though and Sam got in. Of course they never told Sam they had told the fraternity
that they would not stay without Sam. Understandably they chose to leave that out when they gave him the news. The dream then fades and Damien opens
his eyes to check the time. 12:27 was not quite the time he was hoping for.
He drifts off to sleep once more and the dreams begin again. He is older now and him and Johnny are sitting in the park laughing at some children
playing in the snow. Damien's happiness soon comes to an end, as he turns to Johnny and asks, “where is Sam?”. Johnny explains that he wanted
to say goodbye but could not face leaving his friends. Sam had taped a note to the door and left during the night. Johnny opens the letter and
starts to read. “Damien and Johnny, I am sorry I must go. This place is just not for me anymore. I thank you both for your kindness and all the
things you did for me. You guys will always be the best friends I have ever had. I wish you two the best and good luck in school. Your Friend, Sam.
P.S. Thanks for standing up to the fraternity for me. Of course I always knew.” As the sadness set in for Damien he opened his eyes again. He
did not want the dream to continue anymore. With a quick glance at the clock he laid his head back down.
It seems like no time has passed and he is right back there again. Him and Johnny are standing in the hallway impatiently waiting for their final
grades to be posted. They lean against the wall as they make fun of the freshmen walking past. Both of them remembering how that once felt. The
teacher walks out with the results in his hand. They spring up off the wall with excitement in their heart. This is the moment they find out if they
graduate. Johnny checks their grades and the journey is done. Damien feels sad as he knows today they part ways...
...At that exact moment the peace of the night is broken by a deafening cry. His mom springs up in bed and grabs her husbands arm. His dad startled
by the yell ask her what is wrong. With tears in her eyes and the grief on her face, she tells her husband their son is dead. There never was a
phone call, no college not even a graduation to attend. See Damien was a soldier, his boots in the sand. His time was almost done and they were
waiting for the phone call, “Mom, I am coming home.” So if you go back and read this all over again, change everything dealing with college into
war. Read it again this way and then you have finally met Damien, Johnny and their friend Sam.
[edit on 26-9-2009 by KFISHCC]