................... "Okay I don't know how the hell you do it" I
laughed as I was helped into a Kevlar vest "these things are
"You get used to them Ma'am" the Marine laughed as he fastened me
"Looking hot Chris like that magazine shoot" Lukas laughed
"Thanks" I smiled "So where are we going?" I looked at the Marine
now helping Alfie
"To the places you guys will be performing at tonight" he smiled
"There's a lot of Gus that are dying to meet you… Ma'am"
"Okay I love the politeness but it's Chris"
"Yes Ma'am" he smirked "Ryder said you we're normal not stuck up"
I looked at him
"Ryder… Ryder" Damn what was his last name "Tanner" I blurted out
"Yes Ma'am" he nodded "He was a class above me in boot camp my
sister and his are good friends"
"So what's your Name Marine?" Chad asked walking over I tried not
to laugh at him in the Kevlar
"Marek… Marek Parker Sir"
'Okay now I feel old" Chad groaned
"You are dude" Kerion chuckled walking behind him.
"Sorry My Mamma raised me to respect people" Marek smiled "the
Sir and Ma'am thing is something that I do without thinking"
"Parker ready to roll" Another Marine put his head round the door
Marek straightened up
"Yes Sir Gunny" He nodded "Ma'am this way" I walked out after him
"We can't take her anywhere without her getting hit on" Mike
"True" Ryan agreed "But it is funny watching guys round her"
"You two are warped" Chad shook his head as he got in the Humvee.
We traveled for at least an hour before stopping at a camp there
was a stage set up surrounded by Tanks, humvees and sand bags
'Wow give Kuwait a whole different feel" Alfie whistled as we got
"This is an active warzone Sir" Marek said looking at him "But
we're far enough from the front line to be okay" he added quickly
"Good to Know" Dan sighed walking past us "Oooo I smell food"
"God you and your stomach" I moaned
"Well you guys can eat with some of the troops if you like" A
tall older Marine walked over "I'm Col Richardson Phillip" He
offered his hand to Lukas first "Welcome to hell" he smiled
"Thank you Marine" he looked at Marek who saluted him before
walking away "If you'd like to follow me we have something that
at least tries to pass for coffee"
"Oh heaven" I blurted out he looked at me and smiled He opened
the door to the noise filled mess tent
"Marines" He shouted above the noise everything went quiet "Thank
you ladies and Gentlemen we have guest for dinner tonight" All
eyes were on us and smiled were beginning to spread over faces "I
don't have to ask you to remember who you are and how to behave"
"Wow he's a bit different from the last Col we met" Pete
whispered to me
Yeah not as cute" I smirked
"She's a sex crazed woman" Kerion threw up his arms and rolled
"No I'm not I just like to window shop it doesn't mean I'm going
to buy" I laughed "And come on I think I should get to look at
more guys then just you eight"
'Okay ego just took a real digger there" Chad groaned
"I'm ignoring you" I laughed as we were shown to some seat Chad
and I were sitting on a table with a bunch of guys Mike and Alfie
across the table from us.
"Oh high five on getting this table" A Marine laughed to his
friend "Dude we get Christine Sommers" he laughed to a guy behind
"And again watch for the numbers" Chad whispered to me making me
snort water down my nose "Classy" he burst out laughing "See
she's just a normal girl" Chad looked round
'I think they're nervous" I smiled wiping my face looking at the
faces in awe when he spoke 'You guys have to realize something" I
said leaning on the table "Chad's really bad at rock band"
"Hey" Chad looked at me
'What you are horrendous even at your own stuff" There was a
ripple of laughter across the table and people started to relax
"you snore" he fired back
"How do you know?" I looked at him
"Ahh baby come on" he teased
"Okay will you guys knock it off" Alfie grinned "and Chris you do
"No she doesn't" we all looked at a Marine leaning back in his
chair across the table from us
"Christine something you're not telling us" Mike laughed
"I don't know" I looked at the Marine there was something really
familiar about him but I just couldn't work it out.
"Well actually I don't know if you slept" he laughed "I forgot to
ask" I was lost and drawing a real blank
"All I'm going to say is my little brother knows how to pick
girls" he thumbed his chin making the light bulb glow
'Oh my god" I got up "I have to give you something"
"Okay are you lost" Mike looked from Alfie to Chad and back again
"Oh yeah" Alfie watched as I walked round the table and the
Marine got to his feet. I put my arms round him and hugged him
"I can't believe I've got to meet you" I sighed "Your brother
told me to tell you he loves you and something about he's still
the beer pong champ and he's working hard to get off for when you
get home" he threw back his head and started to laugh
'Yeah he can dream on… I've seen the pictures from the photo
shoot he ain't working that hard… But nice to meet you as well"
there was a cough I looked round.
"Sorry guys this is Kellan's brother"
"How come you get a real job and he gets to walk around in his
underwear" Mike laughed
"Hey he's good at it" I said quickly as a female marine at the
table nodded in agreement "See"
"He's got his job he loves and I have mine" his brother nodded
"I'm still proud of him and come on I have to bunk with 15 other
guys he getrs to sleep next to her" he pointed at me
"Okay you do know I haven't seen him for 2 weeks and we're
'With benefits" Lukas called across the tent
"Best sort when it's Kellan" the female Marine laughed "Hell he's
hot" I opened my mouth to say something
'Chris I shouldn't you'll say the wrong thing" Ryan laughed. I
walked back to my seat and sat down the conversation flowing
easily across the table now…………