Hunter wrapped his arms around me and spun us around. "I missed
you so much!" I cried into his uniform.
"I missed you too." He said burying his head in my shoulder.
"Why didn't you tell me you were coming home?" I sniffled pulling
my head out to look at him.
"I wanted it to be a Christmas surprise." He smirked kissing me
"This is the best." I smiled as he dropped my feet on the ground.
"Hunter?" TJ asked. They did there man hug.
"Hey Bro." Hunter smiled. I think the height different is kind
of funny. TJ was a Dad really. Same face, same eyes, same
personality, same built. He was about 6'2, which isn't bad. But
Hunter on the other hand, is different. When Hunter turned about
13 Mom told him he is really her brother. It took him a long time
to get used to it, but even if he is my uncle he will always be
my big brother. Hunter looked so intimidating some times. Well
all the time. He was a 6 foot 6 ball of muscle. He had black hair
and amazing green eyes that could scare you till you live under a
rock for the rest of your life. Every muscle was rock hard, but
he was a softy. A big teddy bear. Hunter wrapped his arms around
my shoulder and pulled me inside to the warmth of the house.
"You know it's not Christmas yet." I smiled laying my head on his
"Yeah but Christmas came early this year." He smiled kissing my
head. We walked into the kitchen were Mom stood washing a dish in
"Mom look who I found outside." I smiled she looked around and
dropped the dish in the sink. She ran up and hugged Hunter
"My Baby." She cried out kissing his head. "My baby is home." She
smiled blinking her tears away.
"I'm home Momma. I'm home." He smiled burying his head in her
shoulder. Asher looked at Hunter and slammed his hands on the
"What's up with you cranky?" I asked sitting next to him. He held
out his sippy cup to me with that look saying 'I want juice'. I
took the cup and filled it up with some apple juice. I gave it
back to him and he started to guzzle away at it.
"Who is this little guy?" Hunter asked sitting next to Asher.
"This is Asher; I'm babysitting him for awhile." I said taking a
bite of my food.
"He is a cutie." Hunter said shoving food into his mouth. "Hey
Ma, do you think I can invite a friend to Christmas?"
"Is it one of your platoon brothers?" She asked taking a drink of
"Yeah, it's Tanner. He is like TJ and me. I have known his since
"Doesn't he want to spend time with his family?" TJ asked.
"His mom doesn't like that he joined the marines." He said
reaching for the butter for his roll.
"First timer?" I asked.
"Nah I think his Grandpa was one."
"Well he is welcome here whenever he needs some were to stay. Our
house is always open." Mom said as I finished off my food.
"Thanks you Ma. I'll call him later." I put my plate in the sink
and picked up Asher. "Where are you going?"
"I'm going to give Asher a bath then call Emmy." I smiled walking
out as my cell phone started to ring. I took it out of my pocket.
Emmy* Hey Ry
Me* Can you hold on one minute
I put my phone on the sink counter. I got the water read in the
tub and put some bubbles in it. I sat Asher in the water. I put
my phone back to my ear.
Me* Okay sorry I was putting Asher in the bath tub.
Emmy* Don't worry about it. I have a little while before work is
done. I'm on dinner break.
Me* Yeah, we got home safe but the roads are really bad.
Emmy* I heard. I have to figure out how to get to your
Me* Do you have any were to go to so you don't have to
Emmy* A friend has a house down the road from the Applebee's I
work at. I just want to get there so you don't have to watch him
Me* I can watch him tonight. Do not worry about that. What I am
worrying about is you. Please go to that friend's house. I don't
want something to happen to you. I want you to be safe.
Emmy* I know and I think your right. A couple of guys came in
saying that there is at least 3 feet out there and they keep
plowing the roads every hour. It's icy out.
Me* Please stay safe. Don't drive. I will talk to you tomorrow.
Asher will be safe with me tonight.
Emmy*Okay I will call you tomorrow. Tell Asher I love him.
Me*Okay I will. Bye
I hung up my phone and set it back on the counter and looked at
Asher. He had a head full of bubbles and was looking at me.
"You're staying over here tonight okay Baby?" he looked at me
before putting bubbles on my hand and giggling. I washed his hair
and cleaned him off before taking him back to the TV room. I
dressed him and put him on the floor. I curled up on the couch
watching him stand up on the couch. Hunter stood in the door way
looking at me. "Hey." He smiled.
"Hey." I smiled. "Come on in." I laughed at him. He sat down and
we both watched Asher stumble forward. He got too close to the TV
stand that I was about to grab him when he fell, face planting
into the shelf. I jumped up and picked him up as he started to
cry. "Aw buddy don't cry Shh its okay." I said rubbing his back
as I got his pacifier and slipped it into his mouth. Hunter
"Let me hold him." He said. I handed Asher to him as He laid his
head on Hunter's shoulder and held onto this blue t-shirt. I have
to admit. Hinter looks good holding a baby………