...................... I didn’t sleep but I watched the marines opposite us sleeping. Chad’s breathing gave away that he wasn‘t sleeping either Mike had put his feet over my lap to get comfortable and was snoring like a buzz saw. I moved to sit up and shivered a little. Chad looked at me.
“Okay it’s impossible to sleep” he said in a low voice “Well for some of us” he nodded in Mike’s direction “I’ve been thinking”
“Whoa that could be dangerous” I teased moving to rub my neck
“Smart ass” he groaned
“This thing with your Mom, how much does she know?”
“She knows I was with Arron and he wasn’t the best” I looked away from him “I made the mistake after the first time he pushed me around and I called her… you know a girl should be able to talk to her Mom about things” he nodded “Well she took that and created the Abel character and all I got was sometimes men do things they shouldn’t”
“She defended him?” he was wide eyed
‘I don’t know she was running between flight to god knows where kinda like we do” I chuckled a little “But the crap I took when the first book came out and my friends in Wisconsin obviously knew I was her daughter” he nodded “So Arron and I argued about how it made him look and… I trailed off”
“I’ve told a few people a lot I mean Dimitri and Niko know a lot and so do these guys” I nodded to where Alfie and Kerion were talking while Pete was slowly waking up “Because well they need to know but…”
“There’s stuff you haven’t told people?” I nodded “You don’t’ have to tell em if you don’t want to” he sat back “I’m sorry to pry”
“It’s okay I guess if I can’t trust all of you then I will never trust anyone” I felt a hand rub my back
“We’ve got this Chris” Mike said his eyes still closed and he tapped my back
“Thanks” I took a deep breath “the night the book was launched and friends got copies a day early I was taken into a field by Arron and he blew his stack about it” I looked down to my nails “I’d been with him 6 months and I was still a good girl” I looked round at both of them neither changed their expression “I left that field no longer a good girl sore hurt and used” Mike moved so he was sitting forward matching my pose.
“He’s done that twice to you?”
“No more than that, he was a line backer for the football team I was 110 soaking wet what chance did I have” I shrugged
“Chris no should mean no” Chad shook his head I glanced up Ryder and one of the other guys was watching us intently
“I know but he refused to use anything as well” I sat back up so Ryder couldn’t see what I was saying behind Ryan “Hence me getting pregnant”
“That’s the thing I still can’t get over” Ryan looked back at me “You with a baby”
“It happens” I sighed “My Mom still things I was messing around on a four wheeler and fell off hence the medical bills… hell even my Dad doesn’t know I had a miscarriage my family looks good from the outside but inside were all on our own” I ran my hand through my hair “Damn you guys” I looked at them and shook my head “I wasn’t going to think about anything like that now” Chad looked at Ryan and they both smothered me in a hug making me laugh. “Okay don’t lick” I wiped my cheek where Ryan had licked me “God how does yo7ur wife deal with you”
“She’s loves it” he chuckled
“Ew” I swatted him
“Okay folks buckle up were going down”
“Chris you need to sit with Pete” Alfie called down to me
“Hey I do it every time its’ your turn” I fastened the belt and linked Chad and Mikes arm
“Your Marines watching you” Chad laughed not looking at Ryder
“The guy that was almost falling off his seat to talk to you” He laughed “I swear to god Chris any guy to get involved with you needs next contestant as their theme”. The flight touched down and the ramp at the back of the plane was lowered and the warmth hit us like an oven. I unzipped the Marine jacket the Col walked toward us.
“We have a couple of humvees waiting to take you guys to where you’ll be staying” He smiled “Ma’am we have a bunk for you 0on your own”
“Well it’s not a fancy hotel” he looked at me and these guys are all sharing”
“Oh so I have to deal with scorpions…”
“And snakes” Ryder butted in as he grabbed his things. The Col looked at him “Sorry sir”
“Snakes okay can I stay on the plane” I shuddered
“I can arrange for you to be with these guys if you want instead” The Col cocked his head
“Well if not I want to sleep with a Marine” I sighed suddenly clamping my hand to my mouth when there was a clattering of weapons and people looking at me
“Really Chris I think we might struggle with volunteers for that job” Lukas teased I put the jacket over my head as they laughed
“It came out all wrong” I moaned
“Hmmm okay” Chad nudged me “Kellan as a Marine maybe” I put my head up and swatted him
“Col did you say there was a humvee waiting”
“Yes Ma’am” he chuckled I moved to walked with him down the ramp I got at least 4 sets of hands to help me step off. Got to love the manners of the military.
“Welcome to Kuwait Ma’am” a solider opened the door to the Humvee for me “The army has been waiting for the Marines to Deliver you guys” I smiled
“Competition there?” I asked
“Healthy between the forces only” he nodded I got in Kerion getting in with me along with Lukas and Pete and Alfie. The solider got in along with another one his weapon in his hands watching everything as we drove away from the plane. …………………….