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Lily lay back in the soft,

green grass of the pasture.

White daisies, golden brown-eyed Susans,

prickly blue viper's bugloss, and frilly

Queen Anne's lace surrounded her.

She beckoned1 to him from

what seemed like miles away.

He hiked through the grass

calling her name. She began to

stroll away from him

into the distance. He had

to reach her! He loved her so!

If they couldn't marry, he would

make her his mistress! Nothing could

extinguish the flame of his love!

He would cling to that

until his dying day.

Lying stationary2 was taking

its toll3 on Jack4's circulation.

His feet and hands were numb5.

Something was tickling6 his nose.

He managed to tilt7 away

from the irritant, whatever it was.

He was so thirsty! He tried

to lubricate his lips with saliva8

but had none. His bladder felt

like a separate entity9 that

would overflow10. He could stall

the urge to void no longer

and allowed the urine to

flow out of him.What did

it matter now? He was

as good as dead anyway.

The fort stood in the center

of the pasture. A moat filled

with sharks protected its walls

from any possible intruders.

Jack pedaled his bicycle as fast

as he could. The sharks

whipped back and forth11 so quickly

they created foam12 on the surface

of the water. He had to

cross the drawbridge before

it was raised, segregating13 him

from his regiment14 and his

pregnant wife, Lily. She saw him

approaching and skipped onto

the bridge to greet him.

The bridge was rising.

The sharks were in frenzy15!

He rode as if the hounds

of hell were after him.

He had to reach her!

His right arm was wedged

against a rock. No matter how

hard he tried, he couldn't

wrench16 it free. This was

getting tiresome17. He felt

a stitch in his right side.

That's all he needed now

to die from a ruptured18 appendix!

He had wriggled19 enough to

increase the size of the slot

in which he was trapped.

Were those voices he was hearing?

He wasn't deaf!

When he fought his way

to the surface of consciousness

once again, he was being carried

on a litter over the inverted20

battlefield. Bodies were strewn everywhere.

The stretcherbearers stumbled over

the rough ground but maintained control

of their human cargo21 as they

made their way to the field hospital.

The fuse leading to the dynamite22

in the stern of the oil tanker23

burned so rapidly that Jack knew

the ship would explode before

he could reach the hatch

to extinguish the flame.

The olive green ship was almost

within his reach when it blew up.

He felt as if he were

on a grill24. His face was

aflame. His body felt as if

the skin had been ripped

from it. He wanted to die

before the pain grew worse.

His forehead felt cool.

He opened his eyes slowly, painfully.

A white-clad nurse sponged

his face gently. As she became

aware of his gaze, she stopped

her ministrations and offered

him a sip25 of water.

“Take it easy,” she whispered.

“You mustn't drink too quickly.

Too much, too fast

will give you nasty cramps26.”

Jack was aware of bandages

on his muscular arms and casts

on both legs. Intravenous tubing carried

a clear fluid into his veins27.

Consciousness was still transient.

Dreams of a strange pasture mingled28

with reality and continued to

haunt his sleep. He understood

he was on a hospital ward29,

but where? And how did he get here?

The pretty young nurse was back.

“We cabled your wife.

She knows you were injured

but are on the mend.”

“How did they find me?”

Jack asked.“A patrol looking

for survivors30 found you buried

in the the foxhole31. You were

calling ‘Lily!’They started digging

and there you were. You were

stabilized32 at the field hospital

before they could bring you here.

We scrubbed you up and started

to you with I.V. therapy.

You were very dehydrated and

suffering from urinary retention33

and renal failure. Your kidneys

may never function normally again.

The good news is that

you survived,” she explained.

A stray strand34 of hair fell

across Jack's cheek hiding the tears

that crept from his eyes.

He was grateful to have

his life back. He silently saluted35

his friend. Mike hadn't been so lucky.

The cable from Lily arrived

the next day. “We have a son

stop Born 05 Dec. stop Healthy

stop Named him Michael stop

I love you. Lily stop P.S. Dad

bought the pasture and

deeded it to Michael.”


1 beckoned b70f83e57673dfe30be1c577dd8520bc     
v.(用头或手的动作)示意,召唤( beckon的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He beckoned to the waiter to bring the bill. 他招手示意服务生把账单送过来。
  • The seated figure in the corner beckoned me over. 那个坐在角落里的人向我招手让我过去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 stationary CuAwc     
  • A stationary object is easy to be aimed at.一个静止不动的物体是容易瞄准的。
  • Wait until the bus is stationary before you get off.你要等公共汽车停稳了再下车。
3 toll LJpzo     
  • The hailstone took a heavy toll of the crops in our village last night.昨晚那场冰雹损坏了我们村的庄稼。
  • The war took a heavy toll of human life.这次战争夺去了许多人的生命。
4 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
5 numb 0RIzK     
  • His fingers were numb with cold.他的手冻得发麻。
  • Numb with cold,we urged the weary horses forward.我们冻得发僵,催着疲惫的马继续往前走。
6 tickling 8e56dcc9f1e9847a8eeb18aa2a8e7098     
  • Was It'spring tickling her senses? 是不是春意撩人呢?
  • Its origin is in tickling and rough-and-tumble play, he says. 他说,笑的起源来自于挠痒痒以及杂乱无章的游戏。
7 tilt aG3y0     
  • She wore her hat at a tilt over her left eye.她歪戴着帽子遮住左眼。
  • The table is at a slight tilt.这张桌子没放平,有点儿歪.
8 saliva 6Cdz0     
  • He wiped a dribble of saliva from his chin.他擦掉了下巴上的几滴口水。
  • Saliva dribbled from the baby's mouth.唾液从婴儿的嘴里流了出来。
9 entity vo8xl     
  • The country is no longer one political entity.这个国家不再是一个统一的政治实体了。
  • As a separate legal entity,the corporation must pay taxes.作为一个独立的法律实体,公司必须纳税。
10 overflow fJOxZ     
  • The overflow from the bath ran on to the floor.浴缸里的水溢到了地板上。
  • After a long period of rain,the river may overflow its banks.长时间的下雨天后,河水可能溢出岸来。
11 forth Hzdz2     
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
12 foam LjOxI     
  • The glass of beer was mostly foam.这杯啤酒大部分是泡沫。
  • The surface of the water is full of foam.水面都是泡沫。
13 segregating 34054727ded3ba31b566be90e4f5e936     
(使)分开( segregate的现在分词 ); 分离; 隔离; 隔离并区别对待(不同种族、宗教或性别的人)
  • The government has just repealed the law segregating the public facilities. 这个政府已经撤销了分离公共设施的法律。
  • Siblings and dizygotic twins share only 50% of their segregating genes. 同卵双生双胞胎和双卵双生双胞胎分享仅50%的基因。
14 regiment JATzZ     
  • As he hated army life,he decide to desert his regiment.因为他嫌恶军队生活,所以他决心背弃自己所在的那个团。
  • They reformed a division into a regiment.他们将一个师整编成为一个团。
15 frenzy jQbzs     
  • He was able to work the young students up into a frenzy.他能激起青年学生的狂热。
  • They were singing in a frenzy of joy.他们欣喜若狂地高声歌唱。
16 wrench FMvzF     
  • He gave a wrench to his ankle when he jumped down.他跳下去的时候扭伤了足踝。
  • It was a wrench to leave the old home.离开这个老家非常痛苦。
17 tiresome Kgty9     
  • His doubts and hesitations were tiresome.他的疑惑和犹豫令人厌烦。
  • He was tiresome in contending for the value of his own labors.他老为他自己劳动的价值而争强斗胜,令人生厌。
18 ruptured 077b042156149d8d522b697413b3801c     
v.(使)破裂( rupture的过去式和过去分词 );(使体内组织等)断裂;使(友好关系)破裂;使绝交
  • They reported that the pipeline had ruptured. 他们报告说管道已经破裂了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The wall through Berlin was finally ruptured, prefiguring the reunification of Germany. 柏林墙终于倒塌了,预示着德国的重新统一。 来自辞典例句
19 wriggled cd018a1c3280e9fe7b0169cdb5687c29     
v.扭动,蠕动,蜿蜒行进( wriggle的过去式和过去分词 );(使身体某一部位)扭动;耍滑不做,逃避(应做的事等)
  • He wriggled uncomfortably on the chair. 他坐在椅子上不舒服地扭动着身体。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • A snake wriggled across the road. 一条蛇蜿蜒爬过道路。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
20 inverted 184401f335d6b8661e04dfea47b9dcd5     
adj.反向的,倒转的v.使倒置,使反转( invert的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Only direct speech should go inside inverted commas. 只有直接引语应放在引号内。
  • Inverted flight is an acrobatic manoeuvre of the plane. 倒飞是飞机的一种特技动作。 来自《简明英汉词典》
21 cargo 6TcyG     
  • The ship has a cargo of about 200 ton.这条船大约有200吨的货物。
  • A lot of people discharged the cargo from a ship.许多人从船上卸下货物。
22 dynamite rrPxB     
  • The workmen detonated the dynamite.工人们把炸药引爆了。
  • The philosopher was still political dynamite.那位哲学家仍旧是政治上的爆炸性人物。
23 tanker xqawA     
  • The tanker took on 200,000 barrels of crude oil.油轮装载了二十万桶原油。
  • Heavy seas had pounded the tanker into three parts.汹涌的巨浪把油轮撞成三载。
24 grill wQ8zb     
  • Put it under the grill for a minute to brown the top.放在烤架下烤一分钟把上面烤成金黄色。
  • I'll grill you some mutton.我来给你烤一些羊肉吃。
25 sip Oxawv     
  • She took a sip of the cocktail.她啜饮一口鸡尾酒。
  • Elizabeth took a sip of the hot coffee.伊丽莎白呷了一口热咖啡。
26 cramps cramps     
n. 抽筋, 腹部绞痛, 铁箍 adj. 狭窄的, 难解的 v. 使...抽筋, 以铁箍扣紧, 束缚
  • If he cramps again let the line cut him off. 要是它再抽筋,就让这钓索把它勒断吧。
  • "I have no cramps." he said. “我没抽筋,"他说。
27 veins 65827206226d9e2d78ea2bfe697c6329     
n.纹理;矿脉( vein的名词复数 );静脉;叶脉;纹理
  • The blood flows from the capillaries back into the veins. 血从毛细血管流回静脉。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • I felt a pleasant glow in all my veins from the wine. 喝过酒后我浑身的血都热烘烘的,感到很舒服。 来自《简明英汉词典》
28 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
混合,混入( mingle的过去式和过去分词 ); 混进,与…交往[联系]
  • The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑声和歌声交织在夜空中。
  • The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 当大家开始放松的时候,这一男一女就开始交往了。
29 ward LhbwY     
  • The hospital has a medical ward and a surgical ward.这家医院有内科病房和外科病房。
  • During the evening picnic,I'll carry a torch to ward off the bugs.傍晚野餐时,我要点根火把,抵挡蚊虫。
30 survivors 02ddbdca4c6dba0b46d9d823ed2b4b62     
幸存者,残存者,生还者( survivor的名词复数 )
  • The survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for six days. 幸存者在救生艇上漂流了六天。
  • survivors clinging to a raft 紧紧抓住救生筏的幸存者
31 foxhole AsOzeP     
  • On an impulse he kicked some sand into Ridge's foxhole.一时性起,他就提起脚来将一些沙子踢进里奇的坑里。
  • The sentry guard dived into his foxhole and closely observed the stranger towards him.哨兵跳入了散兵坑,密切注视着陌生人向他走来。
32 stabilized 02f3efdac3635abcf70576f3b5d20e56     
v.(使)稳定, (使)稳固( stabilize的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The patient's condition stabilized. 患者的病情稳定下来。
  • His blood pressure has stabilized. 他的血压已经稳定下来了。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
33 retention HBazK     
  • They advocate the retention of our nuclear power plants.他们主张保留我们的核电厂。
  • His retention of energy at this hour is really surprising.人们惊叹他在这个时候还能保持如此旺盛的精力。
34 strand 7GAzH     
  • She tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ears.她把一缕散发夹到了耳后。
  • The climbers had been stranded by a storm.登山者被暴风雨困住了。
35 saluted 1a86aa8dabc06746471537634e1a215f     
v.欢迎,致敬( salute的过去式和过去分词 );赞扬,赞颂
  • The sergeant stood to attention and saluted. 中士立正敬礼。
  • He saluted his friends with a wave of the hand. 他挥手向他的朋友致意。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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