The Remaining: Trust
Publication Date—Mar 25, 2014
The biggest decision of Abe Darabie’s life came on a day that started warm and ended cool. October in Coronado was a trick of nature. During the day, the sun baked the sands along the coast but never seemed to have much effect on the cold Pacific. Then the sun would set, and the winds would gust along the beach, and the sand would begin to feel as cold as moondust.
The fact that they’d shipped them all to Naval Base Coronado told Abe all he needed to know about what was in store for them. He felt out of place in his ACUs. A stranger in a strange land. When he’d first arrived, he’d passed one of the SEAL instructors, a stout man wearing his dark cadre sweatshirt. The instructor had smiled and nodded, like he’d known something Abe didn’t.
Just before dawn on the day of that decision, when the sun was still just a red smudge being birthed on the eastern horizon, the sixty candidates for Project Hometown gathered in a classroom that smelled of humid must and salty sea air.