Five-Day Liberty

"Man, how did you score five days of shore leave?" Navy E-2 Tex Collins muttered, faking a hurt.

"Aced the last three inspections and built up my days," E-1 Randy Harrison answered. He was standing at the mirror just a couple of steps from their upper-lower bunk on the destroyer, the USS Deringer, parked just outside of the inner harbor at Manama, Bahrain.

"You're gonna' miss me," Collins said, making his voice into a pout.

"Yeah, I know," Harr

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