Rejected Sergeant

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This is a story about a Sergeant who fought war in a far away land, Azu, and was coming back home to his family.

The Sergeant called his wife from Azu.

“My dear wife, how are you doing? How is my little son? I'm coming back home, but there is something I need to ask, just a favor. There a friend of mine I would like to bring home when coming back.” Asked the Sergeant.

“Okay babe, you can bring him along with you, I would love to see him.” Replied his wife.

“Honey, you should also know this,” the Sergeant continues the call, “He was hit by RPG and was seriously wounded, he lost a hand. He doesn't have a family, that's why I want him to stay with us.” Said the Sergeant.

“Babe I'm so sorry about your friend, bring him along. We will help him look for a place to stay.” Said the wife.

“honey you don't understand, I want him to stay with us.” Replied the Sergeant.

“Babe, your injured friend staying with us will be a burden to the family. Maybe you should forget about your friend and come back home. Someone else will help him or he will find his way to survive.” Said the wife.

After hearing this, the Sergeant ended the call. He didn't say anything to his wife again.

Few days later, the Sergeant's wife received a call from Azu medical center. Her husband had died in a car accident, she was told.

The wife was so sad, she went to Azu. She was taken to were the death bodies are to identify her husband's body. She saw her husband's body, but to greatest surprise, what she saw really shocked her. Her husband had just one hand.
He was the one pretending to be the injured friend.

We always find it easy to love those completely okay. We don't like staying with people who are disable or are not healthy.



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This is a heartbreaking story, @cryptofi. Two broken hearts: the wife who failed her husband (without knowing it), and the husband, who did not have the courage to tell his wife the truth. Perhaps one lesson to be learned from this story is that we should be honest with those we love.

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Thanks for the comments.

I will do my best to comment on other writers posts.

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Oh how sad. The tale of the missing hand was just a test for his wife. Unfortunately, she did not pass the test, and lost him - both his life and his love for her.

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A test she failed and now resulted to her husband death, because she couldn't accept his friend condition. Unknown to her it was her husband. I wished her husband made it clear to her.

Beautiful story and touching

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