Silently as the people watched, the black hawk helicopter lifted into the air. “Bless those Americans,” said Aasir. He tore open the box dropped by the helicopter. “They’ve sent us supplies.”
“Why don’t they stay and help?” asked his younger brother, Barakah.
“Because our government hates Americans,” grunted Aasir. “Technically, they shouldn’t enter the country.”
“Accursed government!” spat Barakah.
“What they did bring us?” asked Elder Nemat, leaning on his cane.
Aasir held up the brick-sized package. “I don’t know. It has writing. Barakah. You know the American alphabet. What does it say?”
Barakah squinted. “It spells, “M-E-A-L, r-e-a-d-y t-o e-a-t.”
“What does that mean? Is it food? I hope it’s food.”
“I have no idea,” whined Barakah. “If the Americans stayed they could explain.”
“It looks like a brick,” said Nemat.
“You’re right.” exclaimed Aasir. “They’ve given us building supplies!”
“We can repair our homes,” said Nemat.
Aasir crowed triumphantly. “Yes! We’ll have real shelter once more. Bless those Americans!”
MREs (Meal Ready to Eat), have a bad reputation for tasting terrible. Fit for anything else other than eating. Still, for a soldier on the battlefield, or for civilians trapped inside a battlefield, it’s better than nothing. I understand they’ve gotten much better now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meal,_Ready-to-Eat
Every Monday, it’s time to finish the story. The opening sentence for this week is, “Silently as the people watched, the black hawk helicopter lifted into the air.” There’s a great pic of a Sikorsky BlackHawk as the media prompt. Look here for more stories based upon the prompts: http://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/mondays-finish-the-story-jan-5th-2015/