Caught in a maelstrom.
Unarmed in the midst of a firestorm. I’ve no ammo, no shelter, no weaponry. Surviving on wits alone, calculating the odds of remaining unscathed. But there is no unscathed. Already the impact of it all has left its mark, rendered some of my best assets defunct.
The path before me is blurry from the smoke of a thousand shots, a hundred bombs, the haze of death and dying. Future prospects lie before me, mocking with their epic possibilities. A wrong move now will affect not only my existence but the lives of those around me.
Leave no man behind. This edict runs incessantly through my mind. Protect the poor, the weak, and those in need. Leave no man behind. Sacrifice yourself, or parts of yourself, for others in need. Do not assign limitations to saving a life.
Help, serve, heal, protect. Maintain honor. Give, do, be, fight. Figure it out. Conquer the maze. Think outside the box to reach the outside of the box. Save them. Save them all.
There must be a way. There must.
Failure is not an option.