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Black Stone

By Jullian Gray

 

Rated: PG

Summary: Hannibal’s thoughts as he stands at The Wall on Memorial Day.

Warnings:  None

 

 

Hannibal stood back in the darkness and looked at the black stone shining in the moonlight.

 

“So many,” He whispered as he moved closer, his fingers touching the smooth black marble. “so many.”

 

His heart ached as he looked at the photos, flags and flowers that lined up against panel after panel, of cold black stone. But what caused the tears to sting his eyes were white names, one after another etched into the black. There was no end to them, they continued on and on, into the night, a visible reminder of the fifty-eight thousand, four hundred, and seventy nine brothers and sisters lost between 1959 and 1975. Young men and women who had given their all to protect a country and people that they didn’t even know. And then there were those who were lost, MIA’s that were not accounted for, lost forever never to be returned to their loved ones or their country, buried forever on foreign soil.

 

“So many,” He choked as the thought of the loss. “so many.” Unable to bare the thought of it anymore he closed his eyes and rest his head against the black stone.

 

“John?”

 

The voice was so soft that it was almost lost on the wind, but he had heard it, and suddenly the loss he was feeling didn’t seem quite as painful.

 

Turning around he grabbed the blonde and pulled him to his chest, hugging him close to his body.

 

Thousands had been lost, but he knew of one that had been spared, there was one name not etched in white on that black stone and right now that one was all he needed to pull him away from The Wall.

 

End

 

 


Black Stone by Jullian Gray

 

 


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