I woke with the feeling of being moved on a warm chest. I opened
one eye as Tanner started to stroke my face. "Hey." I smiled at
"Hey, did I wake you up?" He asked still stroking my face. I
shook my head and cuddled up to his chest.
"I was having a bad dream anyway so it is a good thing I woke
up." I said kissing his chest just wanting to be as close as I
could be with him. He pulled my head up from where I was trailing
kisses down his stomach. He kissed me gently as he looked into my
"Do you want to talk about it?" I shook my head as tears began to
fall. "Hey, hey, hey no crying." He kissed my wet cheeks.
"Please please I just want to be close to you." I said trying to
stop my tears. Tanner ran his hands to my hips.
"But you are close to me." He said moving my hips a little.
"I need to be closer please, please I need the comfort." I said
as new tears started off. Tanner pulled me down flipping us over
so he was on top of me.
"If that what you need I will be happy to help you there." He
smiled pushing his hands under my t-shirt and pushed it over my
head. He trailed kisses down the waistband of my pajama pants as
I held my hands on his head as it went lower and lower till it
got to its target making me gasp for air, my tears forgotten…………
I laid there with Tanner as we were still 'connected' as I lay on
top of him. Tanner held me there as he tried to slow his heart
down. I closed my eyes trying to slow down mine. I started to
fall asleep as it was so tiring to keep up with him sometimes.
Come on he is a marine, I'm a little 18 year old girl. "I love
you." I mumbled in my half sleep state. Tanner watched me as I
fell asleep on his chest. He pulled my blanket up to my back as
he stroked my bare back.
"I love you too." He whispered closing his eyes not wanting the
moment to end but too tired to stay awake……..
I woke you to a lightly snoring Tanner under me. I smiled at him
moving so my arms were folded on his chest as I put my chin on
them and watched his face. He opened one eye and looked at me.
"Hey." He smiled. "Good morning beautiful." He said leaning up to
"Morning Handsome. Did you sleep well?" I asked getting up for
him causing him to moan slightly.
"Best I have slept in awhile." He nodded. "How about you?" he
smiled sitting up as I walked to my dresser to get clothes. I
turned to look at him as he bit his lip looking at my naked body.
"It was bliss. No nightmares." I smiled slipping on his shirt so
I could take a shower.
"Where are you going?" He asked looking at me as he slipped on
"For a shower care to join me?" I asked walking out of the door
as Tanner stumped out of bed after me. I grabbed two towels from
the linens closet.
"Baby? Can I talk to you?" Mom said walking up to me.
"Sure Mom, just can I take a shower first?" I asked watching
Tanner stubble out of my room. He stood up straight as he saw my
"Sure sweetheart. You must be Tanner." She smiled at him.
"Yes Ma'am, you must be Mrs. Banks. I have seen pictures that
Hunter showed me when we were deployed and at boot camp. It's a
pleasure to finally meet you." He smiled shaking her hand.
"Oh Mrs. Banks is my mother-in-law. Please call me Patty." She
smiled at us.
"I am just going to take a shower." I said pulling Tanner with
me. Mom nodded.
"I will be in the kitchen come in when you're down." She looked
at Tanner. "You too Marine."
"Yes Ma'am." He nodded letting me pull him to the shower with me.
I shut the door and giggled at him as he wrapped his arms around
me as I turned the water on.
"That went well." I smiled at him. He nodded at me pulling me
into the shower.
"It went better than I thought it would because of with hunter
and everything." He said helping me wet my hair and scrub shampoo
"Nah, my mom is cool with it. Well kind of. I think she will be a
little mad at me but I hope not too bad. It also is Christmas eve
today so family is flying in." I nodded washing my hair out
before making him push his head back so I could wash his hair.
"Oh so um when do you want me to leave?" He asked closing his
eyes. I fingers stopped moving.
"Why are you leaving?" I whispered not looking at him scared of
"Well it's just that your family is flying in and I just, well I
don't know if you want me to be there." He took my face in his
hands making me look at him.
"I don't want you to go I want you to stay but if you don't want
to stay then that's okay I guess. You can go then." I washed off
the rest of my body wash and got out of the shower. Tanner
quickly finished and pulled me to him as I was brushing my teeth.
"Baby I didn't mean that. I want to meet your family. I want to
be there but I didn't want you to get scared because I want to be
here and I want to be there for you for a long time. I can't
imagine you not there when I get home from now on. I love you
Ryan. More than anything right now." He kissed me before he took
out my tooth brush and brushing his teeth. I looked at him
spitting into the sink.
"You love me?" I asked looking at him. He nodded.
"I do. So much Ryan." He said spitting into the sink over my
shoulder before washing the brush.
"I love you too." I nodded more to myself then him. "I love you."
He kissed me.
"You don't know how much that means to me." He said snuggling
"I should go see what my mom wants to talk about." He nodded
wrapping me in my towel.
"Go see what she wants." I nodded going to get dressed before
walking into the kitchen to see Mom drinking her coffee.
"Ry we need to talk." She said looking up from the newspaper that
lay on the table………….