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Excerpt, Essay 5, A Home for Rover

(Two captains, a dying dog, military red tape, and a stolen truck, all set in Korea.)

Three months into my tour, I meet Pat in the laundry room of our barracks one evening, a few days after she arrives at Suwon. A pilot had alerted me that a new lady captain was on base. Out of 800 airmen, only a few of us are women, and even fewer are officers, and it is expected that we will befriend one another. Pat is leaning against a dryer reading a paperback, rangy and handsome in that definite way of tall brunettes. When I walk in, she looks up and smiles.

“Oh, hello,” she says, as if she were waiting for me, and shuts her book.

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