Flies in the Bullets Shack

(A Vietnam War story regarding Flies, 1971)

It was a warm afternoon inside the ammo dump, in the rounds shack-consisting of 2 rooms, walls built out of plywood, floors or vase of long wooden boards-flat timber regarding the most portion, you might see via their cracks, positioned crooked alongside 1 another; also typically the shack was some sort of smite lopsided, almost wobbly, and very broken. Planted in 12 ga shot by several beams beneath the floorboards, about a half foot high, amongst the soft white sand that surrounded this, providing an playground regarding the lizards in order to engage in entertainment, unnoticed.

I transported a semi outdated ‘Stars and Strips, ‘ magazine beside me when I got to see a bullets shack (where all of us soldiers did our paperwork for aide and distributing of ammunition towards the convoys arriving from many locations in the area.

I carried that will old ‘Stars plus Strips, ‘ mag for a 30 days, until an innovative one came out there, and used it to swish aside flies. These were all over the place in the ammo shack-we were infested using them, with their buzzing around as if we were invaders: fat plus thin bellied files; some dark some others light shads involving dark, long and even short winged jigs, biting your fingers and face, plus ears, behind your neck, swarming around you, sneaking the shirt sleeves, diving into your eyes as if they had been small punishing missiles, trained by Vietcong to annoy an individual. -me, us!

There are dead or declining flies, also strolling flies on each of the three desks within the two rooms with the shack, filling the particular atmosphere with putrid debris, aiming to one’s mouth, but quite content if they missed, and merely landed on the lips. They contaminated everything, clinging, plus climbing, and in many cases some crawling, within their most effective gait possible, especially the big fats bellied ones, they’d try to get away but I would swat them, sadly leaving a dumpy-bloody mess, I really tried out to simply terrify them away, nevertheless like I said before-or implied, these people were already brained cleaned and ready to be able to sacrifice their lives for the lead to.

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