Kiko is awake.
The news has been told.
Now comes the tough times.
Hopefully the family can go out and find the ring.
I’m thinking they’ll have higher priorities than the ring.
Ain’t nothing can take that pain away but love, prayer, and time…
Diamond in the rough is odd as she had it on her finger right? Took a heck of a lick to jerk it off in the crash. I figured the EMT’s or nurses took it off and kept it for her for later…
Maybe it hadn’t been sized yet, I’m not sure he knew her ring size, but went ahead and presented it to her. It probably slipped off.
So Jack saw it coming, and did the only thing he had time to do, to protect Kiko from the crash…. he died a Hero…dammit.
And Zed knows it, and can’t tell him thank you for my daughter’s life….
Zed will show his appreciation every day as he helps to raise Jack’s child.
Does she even know for certain about the child? Last I checked she acknowledged to Jack that she was “late”but never said for sure.
Tucker at the crash scene with his best search party looking for the ring in 3…2….1….
The doc told Zed and Sam that “the baby will be OK.”
Jack was one of the few characters who never really came alive for me. I’m glad to have this act of courage to remember him by.
As Heinlein once said of a man on a railroad track, it was his right, and his proud duty, to sacrifice himself for his woman, the mother of his child.
That is how a man dies.
That is how a man– lives.
No greater love….
I understand your “good bye,” but I pray it is not final.
You will always be welcome here.
My eyes are watering. Dan allergies!
“Diamond in the rough is odd as she had it on her finger right? Took a heck of a lick to jerk it off in the crash.”
It may have been a bit loose unless he knew her size. My wife’s ring had to be resized before it fit.
And there’s a lot of forces loose when two vehicles meet at high speed. Weird things happen. Like people being ejected, but their sneakers are still on the floorboard.
If Tucker needs help, I’m available.
Spent a week searching for a ring that flew off a girl’s finger in a boat anchorage. Fiancé` had just given it to her and it was definitely too big. She threw a rope at the dock, and the ring went with it. Water was too deep to walk and too shallow to get below the surge. Finally had a calm day and the metal detector found it in ten minutes. VERY happy girl!
Makes it a lot easier to find with a metal detector if the ring and the diamond stay together…diamonds have a very high mohs (hardness) and heat conductivity but zero electrical conductivity, the bounce-back from which detectors work.
So how do the ring and the diamond get separated?
March 2005 wifey was driving home from Publix on US 27 in her nearly new (12/04) bimmer 325. Idiot shoots out of a side street and nails her right front, pushing her through the median and across multiple lanes of oncoming traffic which thank God missed her. Significant damage to the car (Allstate paid 20K for repairs instead of totalling it) and wifey had some shock and minor injuries for which she was transported to the hospital about the time I got to the scene. It was there they realized the injury to her left hand and wrist, from impacting the corner of the windshield and frame, had squashed the raised mounting prongs on the ring flat, and of course her 1.5 dia was gone. Lots of searching on the roadside (a little disconcerting as 18-wheelers cruise by at highway speed 10 feet away) to no avail…talk about a needle in a haystack. Also went to the towing impound and did my own search to the degree that I could and notified the specialty body shop in Tampa where the car was taken for repairs, to be on the careful lookout for our shiny bauble as they disassembled the dash/windshield/front clip. No dice. Gone. Possibly scarfed by a worker but more likely just lost to the scrub grass and sugar sand on the side of the road. Man a detector capable of picking up heat conductivity would have been great, but they ain’t got that.
So other party had Allstate too but crappy coverage so mine kicked in to fix the car, pay the medical of wifey, and replace the dia after sending them proof and pics of the squashed mounting. Since I was a longtime pawnbroker who also dealt in jewelry including GIA graded diamonds, that is of course what hers was, but I had to have a jewelry friend who did work for me order the replacement which got back the same quality stone we had and also let our friend make some money on the deal.
Old lady’s wrist still bothers her some, but all in all a pretty good outcome, and of course I swapped off that little BMW not long after it was done; shop did a masterful job, I like to mess with old cars and have a pretty good eye for body and paint work but I’ll be damned if I could tell there had been major work done. Still, damaged goods in my mind and we swapped cars back then very regularly anyway.
I’ve read that mortar impacts can blow a body right out of their boots. Sudden pressure does strange things to these bags of water called people.
This has been such a heart wrenching arc. Tears are gathering again.
And how… manly tears flowing here…
At least she is surrounded by loving family and friends. She won’t be an unsupported, desperate unwed mother. She will have all the love and support she wil need to work through her grief, and love and nurture her baby.
It is apparent in Chris’ work that he can move us all in many directions. Bravo Zulu! Vengeance on a grand scale. Quiet resolve to improve our nation’s lot. Questions.
Simpler, more innocent times, eight years ago.
Not sure what to say about this line of the story. Other than it hits really hard, D#$% you Chris or thank you. I’m not sure which.
My sentiments exactly. He tries to reflect real life, events, and concerns, but dang.
The fact it touches most of us as it has is a clear indication of his skill.
Mr. Muir, you have done it again. You have taken DBD and created a storyline that mirrors real life so closely that we think we are actually there experiencing the same thing.
I don’t know how long ago it was, when my Libertarian friend Jim sent me a link and said “I think you’ll like this cartoon”, but I have been here ever since. You take some of the pain away from the daily grind, and really do make things bearable.
Thank you Brother!
There had better be retribution in there somewhere.
The guy is dead. There is no retribution.
Jack left his hand print on her shoulder.
The outline would make a fine tatoo.
Retribution of both the immediate and long term kinds…Zed and Co. will handle the former and our state gov is working hard on the latter…
This is how real change is effected, going after the sick institutions of radicalized leftism that are ruining our children is a great step…one of the dumped “professors” of something but obviously not irony stated, “our universities are being weaponized!”. Ha!
Crap, wrong link again…
That article makes it sound like woke liberal profs are the being unduly persecuted for pushing bad science. (Warming/cooling weather, LGBTQ superior rights, BLM BS, genital mutilation of children, grooming etc…)
Disclosure: I’m an instructor in the very hard sciences at a Power 5 SEC school. The very fear of the other profs for questioning the established religion is palpable. Never know when somebody is going to drop a dime on you for wrongthink. (I had this done to me for reasons no one would say.) So the really best and brightest say F it and take the first early out opportunity.
In The Fla it is seeming more as if the *actal* best and brightest can finally concentrate on teaching the truth, free from the fear of being cancelled or worse. The profs and their “disciplines” mentioned as hightailing it from here are among those who pollute the state as evidenced by some of their quotes. Here’s hoping this is a trend that can continue past 2024.
THAT place. NCF. After 9-11, I was in security at a hospital. We always knew when the children were having a party there. Young girls would start showing in the ER drugged out of their minds. Knew a few children that were attending there, studying the equivalent of blindfolded basket weaving.
I got hit by a motorcycle and the impact was enough to throw my family signet ring off. The highway patrolman who responded to the accident found the ring, even brought it to the hospital. It was a heavy gold ring but had been run over and the back part broke. Jeweler was able to fix it. Wearing it today, 39 years later. Perfect metaphor for what you just did to my heart with these story developments Chris. This is going to be a much tougher repair job, good luck.
This is something that can only be repair with time, but there is a saying (that is attributed to several people), that states:
The cure for anything is salt, whether it’s through sweat, tears, or the sea.
Time at a beach will help in so many ways. Helped me when I was in a similar situation.
In other news:
“The strategy by leaders in border states to send illegal immigrants to blue cities is working perfectly. In the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, residents are already reaching their limit…”
Just remember where you saw that strategy first.
Chris doesn’t receive the accolades he deserves.
I see Don P. Buying Jacks ranch and merging it in with the DD as additional “embassy property” give some of these up coming youngsters and couples a place to live in the future.
Don P. won’t need to buy it, Farmer8. Jack’s child will inherit.
That may not happen, especially if the ring is not found, or even if it is. Jack and Kiko were not married, in a legal sense (though sacrificing himself to save her made them as married as it’s possible to get). Even a DNA test on the child may not establish legal parentage, depending on the local inheritance laws, and if there are other surviving relatives, it may be moot. I expect it will all be revealed, in good time…
That’s his kid, and direct line trumps any other relations.
Common Law married? Dunno…
In Fla, irrelevant to legal marriage, pregnancy prior to death makes that baby the first in line heir (as opposed to after death as by artificial insemination etc.).
Doesn’t sound like the Kiko I “know”…must be the shock.
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