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The rain eased to steady drizzle as the train screeched to a halt at platform 6, but the grey sky reflected my mood.

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03/04/03 Original Writing Coursework Allen Hoten The rain eased to steady drizzle as the train screeched to a halt at platform 6, but the grey sky reflected my mood. Ten years earlier I had left from the same station but now things were different. Now, I was a successful army sergeant. I had nothing to prove. Except to my parents. Thet's why I was back. Thoughts were running through my head. "Will they forgive me? How will they react?" surely it wouldn't be that hard, afterall I had been through a war. I stepped off of the train, minding the gap which existed between it and the platform, then made my way out of the station. Five minutes later I found myself walking down Green Street, towards my parents house. I was gathering my thoughts and trying to think about what I would say to my parents when they opened the door. Why was I worrying about what they'd say and how they would react? They were my parents, John and Pat Patterson. However it wasn't that easy. Ten years ago there was a fatal accident within the Patterson household. I was eleven years old and obsessed with army-men, and all I ever wanted to be was a soldier. ...read more.

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My parents did not give me a chance to explain what had happened and so I got on a train and headed off to a carers home in Kent, not knowing what had happened to my neighbour. When I was sixteen years old I went to train as a soldier at a camp and by the time I was nineteen I had past with flying colours and was prepared and ready to go to war - if there ever was another war. Unfortunately there was a war against Iraq, in a bid to kill Saddam Hussein. The next thing I knew I was on my way to Iraq in a Black Hawk helicopter with many Chinooks following behind. Our objective was to kill or capture Saddam Hussein. This is what I had trained for three years for, sweating, battling, sometimes even crying. I was not going to fail myself now! The helicopter touched down and we was straight into the line of fire. Bullets were being fired every which way but loose. They were coming at me from infront and to each side of me. Our grey and green camourflage suits didn't really help me and the rest of the men in a wide yellow desert , but we carried on fighting, even if we were obvious to our enemies. ...read more.

Conclusion

" We've done it boys...Mission acomplished!" I sent this message out to every radio reciever on our countries side. The Iraqi people were free from their brutal leader. I was then sent back home to England with all the other hundereds of thousands of troops, except there was only one home I hadn't visited, and that was 'my home'. So this is why I came back, to see my family and to find out what happened to my neighbour. I arrived at the front door and rang the bell. "Jimmy...Jimmy you're back." Mum said with a tear in her eye. "I've heard about you and the war. We've been watching it on the tele." I stepped in and sat down. "Hello son, we've missed you so much," dad said. I began to tell them about my time in the war. I had survived and so to had my neighbour whom I had accidently shot. She was now living in a home with her family. We had both survived our injuries from gun shots, but I could now safely say that my aim had improved! After ten long years away from home I was finally reunited with my parents and I also knew how happy the Iraqi people must have been to be set free. I also felt that I had done my late grandfather proud, but I would never want to go through that again... ...read more.

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