Eddy's Current

Eddy's Current by Reed Sprague Read Free Book Online

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Authors: Reed Sprague
in Boise, Idaho, and enlisted. His parents supported him. He had kept his end of the bargain by attending UF for a year, so they would keep theirs. He was off to boot camp. His experience at boot camp made him feel somewhat the way he felt while at UF. He was different than the other soldiers, more serious and determined, but socially behind his peers.
    The terror attacks against the U.S. on 11 September 2001 forever changed Alex. By noon that day, he had solidified his future plans. No longer would his plans to become a federal law enforcement officer be just dreams, and no longer would those plans represent only the distant future. From that moment on, Alex’s every decision would be directed to the end that he would one day serve his country as a federal agent working to protect Americans from terrorism.
    Alex went to the library on base daily to read books about service in the CIA, FBI and other national security agencies. He longed to be a major player in the protection of the United States. And maybe, just maybe, his mother’s prophecies were to come true. For now, though, he could not dream. He had to work. He had to be productive, just has he had been all those years in the fields for Dean Rodgers.
    Completely unexpectedly, but as a direct result of the terror attacks of 11 September 2001, Alex was dispatched to Afghanistan. Afghanistan sounded more like a disease to him than a country. It was a place about which he knew nothing. He called his mother to tell her the news.
    “Hi Mama. Hi. I’m going to go out of the U.S. for awhile, Mama.”
    “What! Where are they taking you, Nino? To Mexico? To Latin America? There’s much work for the U.S. to do in Latin America.”
    “No, Mama. I’m going to Afghanistan.”
    There was silence on the other end of the phone, a long period of silence.
    “Mama? Are you still there?”
    “Yes, I’m here,” Felicia said, as she fought back tears.
    “Nino, Nino, do you understand that there is a war over there? America will punish that country for training the terrorists who attacked us. I don’t want you to be killed, and I don’t want you to kill others. This was not supposed to happen.”
    “I know, Mama, but everything has changed now. The terrorists must pay. They must pay for their murder. We will get them. We will get them. I have to go now. I am going for training, then off to Afghanistan. I love you.”
    “I love you too, my Nino.”
    “Goodbye, Mama. I’ll call you in a day or so.”
    “Goodbye, Nino.”
    The officer responsible to train Alex and the other soldiers who were to be sent off from that division to Afghanistan stood to the left of a map of the region to be invaded. The officer’s presentation was thorough, but the map spoke more clearly than he could have hoped to. Though young and inexperienced, the soldiers could tell from the map that Afghanistan contained hundreds of mountains, several small cities, and hundreds of smaller villages.
    They would also learn that Afghanistan contained millions of flowers from which heroin was produced, and a huge number of terrorists, near–terrorists, and terrorist sympathizers. “This looks like a God–forsaken place; how could these primitive people have done to us what they did on 9/11?” Alex thought to himself as he studied the map.
    Alex and the other soldiers who arrived with him in Afghanistan were stunned by what they saw—work wagons pulled by oxen, travel by camel or on foot, water carried for miles in buckets. Afghanistan made Crimpton look modern, and that was no easy task.
    Immediately upon arrival at the town outside their army camp, the soldiers were greeted with a hail of gunfire from the Taliban fighters. These people may have carried their water in old buckets and used oxen, camels and their own feet for transportation, but they had sophisticated and powerful guns, and they were well trained in how to use them.
    The Taliban fighters attacked Alex and the other soldiers, and the fight

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