I walked into the empty apartment like I have for the last week.
It never really had life since Tanner left for deployment. I
sighed and walked to the kitchen to turn on the radio like I
always do. I looked around the dark room remembering all the
times he was here. I started to smile as a tear rolled down my
"Tanner what did you do?" I walked in laughing. He sat there
shirtless grinning at me. He was covered in flower making his
hazel eyes stand out. "What are you doing?" I giggled at him as
he tried to stand up from the kitchen floor, only to fall hard on
"Ouch that really hurt." He said pulling a face, closing his
eyes. I started to laugh uncontrollably at him. He opened his
eyes to look at me. "What is so funny?"
"Your face was priceless. I'm sorry it was just too funny." I
said biting my lip to try to stop laughing. He laid back on the
flower covered floor. The flower crumbled on his abs so you could
see the lines of each one, making me bit my lip harder. He looked
up at me and almost smirked but held it back.
"Can I have help up?" He started to pout.
"Sure Baby." I smiled giving him hand in his. He took my hand but
instead of pulling himself up he pulled me down on him. I gave a
squeal as I landed on him giggling. I put my hands down making
him smile before spinning us around and rolling me in the flower.
I put my hands on his face rubbing the flower all around making
him start to laugh and pull off my t-shirt. He rubbing his body
over mine rubbing flower on my freshly showered body. I giggled
as I felt his fingers start to pull down my pants making their
way to my underwear. "I love you Tanner." I smiled kissing him.
"I love you too Ryan." He whispered trailing kisses down my
I opened my eyes looking around the dark room. I missed him so
much. I felt the tears start to fall down my cheeks. I put my
hand on my baby bump and rubbed it gently. I looked at my watch
knowing I have to get to Mom's house so we can go get Dad. I
walked into the bedroom pulling off my work shirt and slipping on
one of Tanner's. I pulled on a pair of black shorts and picked
out a hoodie. I sat down on my bed and looked at the messed up
covers. I couldn't sleep the first night Tanner left so I pulled
one of his t-shirts onto his pillow and cuddled it all night till
I fell asleep. It smelt just like him so much. I picked the
pillow up and took a smell of it closing my eyes, wishing it was
really him and not just his shirt. I sighed opening my eyes
coming back to reality. I put the pillow down and sat up as I
felt my phone vibrate next to me. I picked up my phone and looked
at the screen.
Me* Hey Mom
Mom* Where are you we are going to be leaving soon and you're not
here yet. So as I was saying where are you?
Me* I'm at the apartment.
Mom* Why are you still at the apartment?
Me* I'm leaving now, don't worry Mom.
Mom* I'm sorry, your Dad is just getting in soon and I want to be
there for him, all of us.
Me* I know Mom. I'm locking up now so I be there. Chill your
Mom* I'm sorry, I'm just so nervous.
Me* I know Mom. I will be there soon.
Mom* Okay I love you, see you soon.
Me* I love you too Mom. Bye
I hung up my phone getting in Tanner's truck and driving away.
When I got back to Mom's house I pulled into the driveway and
closed my eyes. I heard my car door open so I looked over at the
door. TJ was standing there looking at me. He pulled me out of
the car into a hug kissing the top of my head. I laid my head on
his shoulder and took a deep breath. "How are you sis? I have
barley seen you since you work so much." He whispered. I
"You see me at school."
"I know but it's different. I don't get to see you when I get
home anymore." I hugged Lagan as he walked out.
"You'll get used to it soon. I promise. Anyway you need to get
ready for Parris Island, both of you." I said smacking Logan's
chest. Logan started to smile at me.
"Yeah, yeah I know." He smiled as Sam ran over hugging me
tightly. I felt Aaron run up and hug me too before both of the
boys ran off. I walked into the front door to hear laughing. I
smiled as I saw Aunt Alex, Aunt Megs, Aunt Kirsty, and Mom
sitting in the living room. I walked into the living room and sat
down next to Aunt Kirsty.
"Good Afternoon Ryan, how are you?" She smiled. I put a hand on
my growing belly.
"Pregnant. Otherwise I'm good, how are you?" I smiled at Audrey
as she walked in from the bathroom.
"I'm good. Can't wait for your Uncle Jesse to be home." She
smiled at me as Mom asked her something. I looked over at Audrey
before I got up and went to the kitchen to grab something to eat.
She fallowed me to the kitchen and jumped on the counter next to
"You nervous?" She asked as I stuffed my face. I looked up.
"Seeing your Dad after what he said to you." I looked back into
"I'm not sure how I feel really. I just want my Dad back." I
"Ryan, Audrey come on we are leaving." Mom called into the house.
I closed the frig as Audrey hopped down. She took my hand.
"You ready to go pick up your Dad?"
"Yes, I'm ready. I hope." I whispered as we walked out the