A couple of weeks later I was getting the mail from the mailbox
before walking back into the house. I put all the junk mail into
a pile before separating Dad's mail from Mine, Mom's, and
Wyatt's. I was looking into my pile and smiled as I got to a
letter addressed to Bailey Blondie Williams. I opened the back of
the envelope and pulled out the single sheet of paper….
Man that was corny. I must say, it was pretty cheesy. But I
liked it. It was cute. When I read your letter out loud like we
always do here I got kissy faces from all the guys. I'm just
saying could you tune down the girly. Just saying.
Now where was I going with this letter…..Right now I remember.
I miss you too Bailey. More than you will ever understand. You're
so different than any one I have ever met. You let me be me, no
one else does that. That's why you're my Blondie. Because I'm
I told Skylar that you call me Hollywood and he started to
laugh. I must say the jokes I have heard since he spread around
the platoon that you call me that, well let's just say I might
spend some time in church when I get home.
Skylar says hi. He's been sitting there staring at me like I
need to get my head checked out for what seems like about 2
hours, but it's only been about 20 minutes. I told him I was
going to write you back since I got the time, and he just laughed
saying to tell you that you promised him cookies, and he wants
them. I'm not really sure what he's talking about really. The
heat has been getting to his head lately. That so we just really
likes that magazine that my brother sent him. One or the other.
Only god knows which one.
But getting to a serious note here, I do miss those days. When
I think it's not going to get any better, only worse, I just
think of those times. I see that I loved that day when I gave
Harley that stuffed dog, I'm happy he likes it, and see that when
this is over I got some where to go. Somewhere that I have been
fighting to protect. Sleep tight Bailey Williams, this marines
here waiting for your letters. They should be getting the phones
working soon so I should get to talk to you soon, but till then I
won't get to hear the sweet sound of your voice letting me to
Okay I got to go beat the crap out of that thing I call a twin
brother. He is reading over my shoulder saying what I'm writing
to all the guys. I hope to hear from you soon. Stay safe Bailey,
I miss you.
I sat down rereading the letter over and over. I closed my eyes
as a single tear slipped down my cheek…..
The next couple of weeks weren't that eventful. School wasn't
that bad, work was fine, everything was….fine. It had started to
snow. Like it does every winter so I took pictures and sent them
to Taylor. I was pulling on my boots when I felt a hand on my
shoulder. I looked up at Mom. "Bailey maybe you and your brother
should stay home." She said looking out of the window.
"Mom it's going to be fine. Remember Wyatt got the tire chains on
his truck so it won't be too bad." She gave me a pleading look.
"Look outside Bailey. It's going to snow so bad today." She said
as Wyatt came in from outside.
"We know mom but it's only a half day at school and it's suppose
to start snowing at 2. We should be okay." Mom sighed giving both
of us a defeated look.
"Okay please stay safe you too." I kissed her cheek.
"We will Mom." Wyatt opened the door sending an icy blast into
the house. Dillon walking into the front room still in his
pajamas. A big snow storm was supposed to be coming into the
area. They were saying that we should be getting about 4 or 5
feet of snow. Almost all the schools in North Carolina have been
shut down still farther notice, but not ours. Mom took the day
off and is keeping Dillon home from school also. Wyatt and I have
to go to school because coach wants all the football players
there and I need to finish taking a test from my science teacher,
so we are toughing it and going in. Mom gave a nod and kissed
both Wyatt and I on the cheek.
"Stay safe you too. I will have lunch ready when you get back."
"Okay Mom, I love you." I said walking out pulling my jacket
closer to me.
"Love you too Mom." Wyatt said coming out after me. We both got
in his truck and left getting to the empty school in about 10
minutes. "Man it's deserted." Wyatt said scrunching up his nose.
"It is come on let's get inside, it's freezing out here." I said
as we ran into the school. Wyatt looked around and scrunched his
nose up again.
"Dude, no one's here." Wyatt took my hand as we started to walk
through the empty halls.
"Okay, this is creepy." I whispered to him causing him to nod in
agreement. Wyatt got to the locker room and looked at me.
"Stay here okay I will be right out." I nodded wrapping my arms
around myself as Wyatt went into the locker room. A couple of
minutes later Colt stuck his head out the door.
"You may come inside princess." He smirked at me. I shook my head
at him and walked into the locker room as he held the door open
for me. I walked into the heated room and looked around at the
"Morning sweetheart, you might want to get comfortable because
you aren't leaving." The coach said looking at me.......