I took a deep breath as I looked at the crowd parade ground from
the inside of the car. This is crazy. I am so nerves to pick up
my boyfriend? I am so nauseas right now. I can't tell if it's the
babies or if it's seeing Tanner. I could be a little bit of both
as I miss Tanner so much. He was shot. But he is alive and he is
coming home. I heard a knock on the window of the car making me
jump. I looked up at TJ as he stood there with his arm around
Audrey. "Hey, you coming?" He asked. I looked back at the crowded
ground before sighing. I opened the door stepping out onto the
parking lot. TJ hugged me to him on the other side of where
Audrey stood. I closed my eyes taking another deep calming
breath. I watched everyone waiting for their loved ones to come
home. I want my Tanner home. I felt the tears start to roll down
my face as a cool summer breeze whipped my hair across my face. I
felt a hand in mine making me look over. Emmy stood there holding
Asher as he looked around. I let go to TJ and wrapped my arms
around Emmy the best I could. My bump was pushing on her as Asher
leaned in to hug me too.
"There almost home Emmy." I whispered. Asher looked around the
parade ground than back at me.
"Where Daddy?" His eyes widen before his face crumbled and he
started to cry. I held him close to me trying to stop his crying
as Emmy started to sob. I looked up as those familiar white buses
came into view again. Asher picked his head up and looked at the
buses. He pointed at them, his tears forgotten. "Daddy?" He asked
from where he sat gently on my bump. I held his as he reached for
the bus as the doors opened. I felt Emmy take him and told him
tightly as he started to bounce. I put my hand over my mouth as
Hunter stepped out of the bus looking tired. I could see from
here he had some scratches, but he was okay. I watched and waited
for Tanner to come out of the bus. When he did, I felt like my
heart stopped. There he stood. The love of my life. Tanner stood
there looking like the walking dead. He looked tired and sick.
His face was pale and his jaw was covered in dark stubble. He had
bags under his eyes. He looked like hell. "Daddy! Daddy!" Asher
kept saying looking at Hunter. I put a hand on m belly trying to
keep it steady as I shook. I felt TJ pull me back to him holding
me tightly to him. I watched as the C.O called out for the
Marines to go find their family. I watched as Emmy ran to Hunter
as he ran to her. He pulled her into his arms holding her tightly
as Asher hugged him. "Daddy." He cried squeezing Hunter.
"I missed you too so much." He sobbed holding them tightly before
he kissed Emmy hard on the lips. I felt TJ press his forehead to
"They said go get your marine Ry." I looked at Tanner as I felt
the tears rolling down my face. The tiredness seemed to fall
from his face as his eyes locked with mine. I wanted to run but
TJ wouldn't let me. He held me tightly as I jerked to get to
Tanner. I watched Tanner walk as fast as he could to me. I
wrapped my arms tightly around him as I started to sob. He
wrapped his good arm around me holding me to him. I put my hand
on the back of his head pulling it to mine kissing him. I could
taste the salt of his tears on his lips. I felt the sobs slow
down as I held him in my arms.
"I missed you so much." He whispered on to my lips. "I missed you
so much." I put my free hand on his cheek. He set me back gently
on the ground before he ran his hand over my face.
"I thought you were gone." I cried. He cupped my cheek wiping
away my tears with his thumb.
"I'm so sorry Baby." He pressed his lips to mine again. "So
sorry." I pulled back and looked at Tanner. He still looked tired
but his warm brown eyes didn't change. Not at all. I took his
hand and intertwined own fingers together. He pressed his lips to
my hair. "I love you."
"I love you too Tanner." I whispered putting his hand on my
belly. He looked down at the bump between us. He dropped down to
his knees holding his arm tightly to his chest so not to hurt it.
He put his hand on the bottom of my t-shirt ready to pull it up
but he looked at me as to ask if he could. I nodded causing him
to pull it up to my bra line. He looked at my belly. He stared to
move our conjoined hands up and down my stomach.
"Hey my Babies. Daddy's home. Daddy's home." He whispered kissing
my belly. I started to smile as one of the babies kicked right
where he was his lips were. Tanner smiled rubbing my belly. "I'm
sorry I haven't been around for awhile. But I'm home now. I'm
safe and so is Mommy." He kissed my belly again. I put my hand on
his head rubbing it on the semi long buzz cut. I ran my finger
through it as he stroked my squirming belly. Tanner looked up as
he rubbed his thumb over my belly button.
"You know I don't even know what you are having yet." He smiled
kissing my bump again. I moved my hands to help him stand back
"We are having a little boy and a little girl." I said looking at
his face for his reaction…….
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