for a very long time the soldiers remained on the pier. a few of them stole looks back to the ship on which they arrived. several of them paced or circled in place. most of them nervous and fidgety. all of them anxious and uncertain.
we watched them from our windows for a very long time. we fogged up the glass with our breaths, wiped it clean, and fogged it up some more. they were charming and we were hoping they would get hungry enough to start marching our way.