The Things They Carried
Lee Strunk and Dave Jensen
This is another pair of slightly less important soldiers. In terms of the story, they really only matter when they're with each other, and otherwise, the two are your average pair of cocky young men stuck in a war. They start out enemies, when Strunk steals Jensen's jackknife, Jensen breaks his nose, and they end up friends – kind of. Their pact to off each other should either of them receive a wheelchair wound isn't exactly the warm and cuddly kind of friendship we tend to prefer. But their enmity isn't the normal enmity, either – who breaks his own nose out of the guilt of breaking another guy's nose for stealing their jackknife? In a way, by apologizing to Strunk, Jensen is Strunk's friend by the end of "Enemies." And by failing to kill Strunk as he'd promised, Jensen is Strunk's enemy by the end of "Friends."