………………… We Walked out of the hotel and got into the limo.
“Aw” I groaned pouting
“What?” Alfie looked at me
“Well I was hoping for once I wasn’t going to be the onlygirl squished in here” I looked at Lukas
“Yeah Lu where is the blond” Mike laughed
“Okay on to the USO thing” Lukas laughed ignoring Mike and I “the courier dropped off the publicity shots last night and I have to say they look amazing
“We always do” Dan smirked
“I was talking about these guys” Lukas pointed over to us “Damn Chris I think you’ll have the Army well let’s just say I hope they keep their weapons in check” I groaned as Pete put his arm round me and rubbed my head.
“Hey we were there and every guy in the room was turn…”
“Okay shut up” I groaned my head buried in Pete T-shirt
“Hey do we get to see these pictures?’ Ryan held out his hands
“No” I looked up my face was beet red
“Oh now we have to with a face that red” Ryan laughed
“You can’t you’re married”
“So are some of the troops” Lukas laughed
“I’ll look at it and tell you guys what it’s like” Chad grinned I put my head back down
“What’s the big deal you go on stage evy night wearing a corset” Dan shrugged as the limo stopped and the door opened
“Okay everyone out” I reached for the door handle
“She was in some hot underwear” Alfie laughed I looked at him
“Chris they were going to see them anyway and you looked good” he shrugged
“Fine” I sat back down
“You had her picture taken in her underwear?” Chad looked at Lukas
“Hey it was the stylist’s idea and by the way Chris the underwear company want to offer you a contract to model the next ranges ad campaign” I opened my mouth and closed it again as the door was opened Lukas got out all the guys were looking at me
“You’ll be the new pinup girl” Mike laughed getting out if the limo.
“See I knew you guys would give me shit” I moaned following him I looked round. “Wow” I whistled there were a row of hangers with USAF painted on the side, fighter jets were lined up with guys buzzing round them.
“Welcome to Ramstein Airbase” I looked round and saw a guy in Uniform smiling at all of us.
“Col. Tanner right” Lukas pointed to the Name on the guys chest
“Yes Sir… United States Marine Corps” he nodded
“He’s cute” I smiled nudging Alfie
“Okay he’s reallyas old as your Dad Chris”
“So he has a cute ass”
“And a wedding band” Ryan laughed from behind me
“Hey let me ogle” I turned round andsmiled
“Sir” another guy walked over “The flights ready and the men are on board”
“Thank you Gunny” the Col nodded before looking back at all of us “My kids are going to be so jealous” he smiled “and so is my wife”
“Col did you get the boxes that were sent yesterday”
“Yes Sir” he looked back at Lukas All loaded on to the flight he indicated toward a huge plane “I’m sorry it’s not a commercial standard but we do what we can” we started to follow him across the tarmac. It gets pretty chilly up there so we have jackets for you guys as well” he explained.
“So what are we traveling with” Pete asked.
“Well two Platoons of Marines and some supplies” There was two Marines standing at the foot of the steps “Sgt you have the jackets”
“On Board sir” he nodded trying not to look at all of us “And I think we should have knocked the guys out on board”
“I Know Sgt” the Col laughed he looked round at us “It was let slip that they were sharing the flight with Nickelback and Never West and they’ve been like a bunch of well Marines on R&R”
“Well we’ll have to make it a memorable flight for them” Chad laughed
“Ladies first” The Col looked at me and stepped back
“Damn Chris I think that’s the first time you’ve been called a lady” Kerion laughed Lukas groaned
“For the purpose of this flight she’s a lady” The Col butted in “and you sound like my son talking to his sister” I stepped up the stairs and into the cabin of the plane it was stripped out with just seats along the walls of the plane and the down the center seats none of the fancy crap you get when you’re going on vacation. The chatter that filled the cabin seemed to stop and turned to whispers and all eyes turned
“Gold fish in a bowl Huh?” I looked over my shoulder It Dan and nodded
“Ma’am” a Marine handed me a jacket
“Thank you” I took it and slid into the seat Pete was already looking flushed as he climbed over me to sit by in the middle of the row Dan sat down next to me with Ryan sitting next to Pete the others on the other. “You okay” I nudged Pete
“Hell no this is way worse than normal” a Marine walked over and crouched down
“You don’t like flying” Pete just shook his head “Here we get issued with these it’ll knock you out for a couple of hours” he handed him two pills
“Thanks” Pete took them and went back to the death grip on my hand I looked at the Marine as he stood up.
“Hey you have the same last name as the Col.” He stood up and smiled at me and put his finger to his lips
“Shhh” he grinned “He’s managed to get a 3 weeks trip just because the USO got in touch with him about you guys and my Dad is a sucker for Nickelback thanks to my Mom” I looked at him as he sat opposite me and fastened himself in “You see he’s a good Ole Texas boy really but she worked on him” he laughed looking at the guy next to him. As the Col walked down the plane
“Not giving information away are you Tanner?” the Col smiled his eyes creasing at the corners
“No Sir just filling in the young lady about the Marines” he laughed . The Col nodded and pulled something from his pocket and handed it to his son who smiled and saluted him as the Col went and strapped in next to Lukas. “By the way” I looked at him Your guys are awesome my sister made me listen to the song continually for the last week” I felt my cheeks flush as the doors were closed and Pete’s grip increased and he was now squeezing Ryan’s hand.
“Dude I need that to Play” Ryan groaned pulling his hand from Pete
‘You’re mean” I laughed looking at Ryan and holding Pete’s other hand as the plane shuddered as it began to Taxi within a couple of minutes Pete grip loosend and his head fell back his breathing slow and steady I looked across to the Marine
“Damn that was fast”
I told you” he laughed “By the way I’m Ryder”
“Chris” I nodded
“I know” I felt my face flush I still wasn’t used to how many people knew me now ‘So what did you just get given?” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a picture and handed it to me of him with a girl. “She’s beautiful… a girl waiting for her Marine to come home” Dan looked at me and groaned “What I think it’s awesome”
“She is waiting but I think to kick my ass because I took this” he reached back into the pocket and pulled out a necklace with asset of dog tags on them and handed them to me. One had Ryder on and the other had Alyssa and two horse shoes linked I looked at him.
“I couldn’t find mine so I took hers” he laughed the guy next to him shook his head
Dude you’re so in trouble”
“I know Uncle Flynn said Aly should have been a Marine”
“Okay so who’s the hot chick?” Chad took the picture from me I looked at him “What… two words Chris KELLAN LUTZ” he winked at me, I started to laugh and shook my head
“Er… that’s gross because that’s my Sister” Ryder scrunched up his nose
“Oh I thought” he shook his headand settled his head back ashanded him his things back taking the picture from Chad. Ryder tucked his things away and closed his eyes I looked round at the people on the plane there were a few girls but not many I was sitting in the company of Heroes and it gave me chills thinking about it………………………