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  • The old men sat huddled on the sea wall, watching the waves crash below them. They both knew it would start to rain soon; the sky had turned three shades of grey, and each bore the heaviness of the rain yet to come. Neither of the men was in a hurry to go elsewhere. As the wind whipped the murky water into toussled waves, misery seeped into their hearts, and their last glimmer of hope washed away with their mutual decision to accept the truth.

    "They're not coming home, Tom," he said, not turning to face the other man. "It's been 21 days, and still no word." He spoke softly, staring out to sea, his eyes a mirror to the dull horizon. The sky and sea had now fused into the grey horizon, and the troubled water began to calm.

    "I know it. I know they won't be coming home," said John, his tone resolute but resigned, his voice somehow managing to cut through their thick silence. "I don't understand. It was on the news, Tom. Everyone knew what was happening. Why didn't anyone help?"

    John turned to look at Tom, his expression no longer grim, as the pent anger and frustration of the last three weeks finally culminated in sadness, that last of all emotions.

    They now both both knew that their grandsons were no longer alive. The harsh reality - that the submarine would never resurface - slowly sank into their hearts.
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