by Crystal Arbogast. from Insights (A Collection of Contemporary Short Stories) 2005. War is hell, as two friends find out.      The mass of helmets lurched backward as the landing craft plunged into the dark water. Sea spray glistened on the surface of everything it touched, catching the light of the artillery fire. Private Eddie Hagen glanced at the faces of the men around him. Some were praying, while others held pictures or mementos of sweethearts and family, before carefully tucking them away inside of their jackets. The rest stared into the unknown, their faces expressionless, Continue reading