Dark girl in the blue dress — finale

It was night again, and his sense of time had vanished.

The work of carrying nitroglycerine through the mountains fleeted through his mind. Nitro, he thought, or was it dynamite or perhaps — and a strange word came to him — stielhandgranates?

He lay face up on the pad of reed fibers wrapped in purple cloth, and Pira-Tapuya was beside him brown and naked, her eyes open and smiling.

The jungle was still. The kerosene lamp unlit. The scarlet parrot was motionless in its cage and quiet. But there was moonlight through the open window.

All was utterly silent.

Pira-Tapuya said nothing as her hand came to his uncovered chest. She pushed, he gasped, and her hand slipped through his skin and ribs.

She stroked his bloody, beating heart within, which was wonderful.

Tears of joy and relief ran down both sides of his face, and he knew he would stay in this sweet green jungle forever. And he would never be alone again.

****

The doctor sighed, not for the first time that long and difficult night, and pulled the blood-stained sheet over the young man’s face.

From the foot of the cot, he took the clipboard and read the slip of paper.

John Phillip Hudson, corporal, age 24.

Pulling a pen from his breast pocket, the doctor scribbled:

Time of death 11:24 p.m.

Passchendaele, Belgium.

2 November 1917.

Cannon thundered in the distance.

6 thoughts on “Dark girl in the blue dress — finale”

  1. On the Great War: I have always been of the mind that if the U.S. had not stepped into the fray, #2 would not have happened. France and the Lowland countries would have given up some land, but the mid-part of the last century would have been much less bloody had Germany not had to deal with U.S. power on the battlefield. The Franco-Prussian War of 1871 is a good template for what might have been, had the U.S. stayed out. The treaty afterward caused a snowball effect that caused a lot of problems later. Read “The Consequence of the Peace,” a prophecy one egghead published after the war that foretold the Depression.

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    1. Norm: The peace treaty was a disaster that made Hitler and World War II almost inevitable. The Allied vengeance, and vengeance it was, was a colossal mistake.

      Regarding the other points, ah, hindsight. We will never know.

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  2. Was hoping the Dark Girl Saga installments would continue intermittently until after the election… nice respite from all the political dialogue. However, what is, is. Very good conclusion Félipe. You definitely caught me off guard.

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