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Heroes Never Bleed

by Adam J. Whitlatch

It’s a thankless job being a hero, and before you tell me that I’m wrong, let me tell you something: I’ve watched friends and family die at the hands of my enemies – no one should ever have to bury their friends so young. The shrapnel imbedded in my knee makes me cry out in agony whenever I climb a flight of stairs and I limp when it rains, but I never blamed anyone for it; just the price for being a hero. I’ve been dead four times; my heart restarted twice by chemicals, once by defibrillation, and once by hand. My body is a roadmap of scars left by knives, swords, bullets, arrows, and weapons that – if the government has anything to say about it – you’ll never know about. My dreams are haunted every night by the faces of the men I killed in the line of duty; bloody visions of viscera and gore and the walking dead that leave me gasping and clutching at the sweat-drenched bed sheets while my wife sleeps on, completely oblivious to my pain. But the thing that hurts the most – more than the shrapnel, the scars, the sleepless nights, or the broken bones... the thing that cuts the deepest is the fact that no one ever once said “Thank you.”

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Adam J. Whitlatch is a horror and science fiction writer living in southern Iowa. His newest novel, E.R.A. – Earth Realm Army, is dedicated to heroes, both acknowledged and unsung. The author asks simply that after reading this piece you go find a hero, be they a soldier, a firefighter, a policeman, or a doctor – and just say “Thank You.” (Adam's complete works on 6S can be found here.)

13 comments:

carson said...

Outstanding piece of writing with a deep impact. Thank YOU for the reminder.

Joe said...

A great six, leaving you wanting only more. It's a novel in six sentences. Love that line: "I’ve been dead four times; my heart restarted twice by chemicals, once by defibrillation, and once by hand." What an imagination Mr. Whitlatch has! At least I think it's his imagination, unless he's not telling us something...oh, yeah, thank you, for writing and sharing this!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Very thought-provoking piece.

Libby said...

-grins-

Thanks to Sam and the rest of the crew.

Blurry said...

Great 6S and well said, a little appreciation goes a long way.

mgirl said...

Thank you, Adam for a great eye opener. We take so much for granted. Fantastic six!

Madam Z said...

Thank you for a great piece, Adam. And I do say thank you to public service people, every chance I get.

Jessie said...

You make it feel so real, in my mind I can see him waking up in a cold sweat. Cool story babe. It's so very sad and yet so very true.

Anonymous said...

Adam, I would like to thank you for all you did.Especially putting your life on the line. This is very well written and I hope this is going to become a book.

b

Joe said...

Reread it and it is still an all-time great story and again, this reader wonders what Adam is NOT telling us! LOL.

Adam J. Whitlatch said...

Joe,
As I've said many many times, "E.R.A. is a work of fiction... except for the parts that aren't." :)

Kevin Michaels said...

Another great read by an excellent writer! Love the line: "My dreams.... leave me gasping and clutching at the sweat-drenched sheets...". Strong visuals and great descriptive passages and ncie point at the end. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Nice.