Richardson you're late" The teacher snapped as I literally fell
through the door to the classroom tripping over my laces my
books flew across the floor. The class started to laugh as I
hauled myself to my feet.
"I have a note" I groaned
handing her the piece of paper "My family were deploying" the
room went quiet every single person in that room understood the
reason for being late. I walked to the table where Riley was
sitting I pulled out the stool and sat down. She put her hand
"Your Uncle?" she
whispered as Mr. Johnson droned on about some math fact I
nodded. Riley had only said bye to her Uncle the week before
and she was as close to him as I was to my Uncle Logan.
Sometimes life as a Marine kid really sucked.
My Family and Riley's had
been Marine Corps born and raised going back to our great
grandparents and it seemed like every guy born in my family and
there were a lot of them were born to be a U.S. Marine. We'd
moved around a lot as we grew up until Dad got assigned back to
Lejeune the same place that my Grandpa Ben was now the Base
Commander of. I loved it here more than when we were even in
Hawaii and England.
"So what are we going to
do with ourselves tonight?" Riley asked as we walked down the
hallway "I know you don't have to work and neither do
"I have the family in
because of Uncle Logan leaving" I sighed flicking the
combination on my locker and tugging the door open "But I guess
we could hit the beach I hear there's a party happening" I
flashed her a broad smile.
"How did you hear that?"
"Well I started the idea"
I closed my locker door.
"You know I knew there was
a reason we were friends" she linked my arm. "So I heard there
were a whole heap of hot new recruits at the island this
"Hang on slap a guy in a
set of camo or a set of blues and they're always hot" I
Richardson" I ground to a halt as the familiar voice echoed
down the hallway. I turned round as Grandpa walked down the
hallway. The kids parting the ways for him as he stood 6ft 1
and was still built like a brick… well you know…
"Gramps really" I groaned
as he started to laugh.
"What can't I come and see
my granddaughter in school" his Brown eyes glinted still full
"Not when you yell my full
name out like I'm about to be arrested" I shook my head he
dropped a kiss on my cheek before doing the same to
"How's your Uncle doing
have you heard?"
"No sir not yet" she
shrugged "but you know how it is when they first get somewhere"
Grandpa nodded he was concerned about Riley's Uncle Troy as he
was his god son.
"So what pulled you away
from the desk" I asked linking his arm.
"I wanted to come see
"You saw me 4 hours ago
when LJ left" I stopped walking and narrowed my eyes to look at
"Your Grandma wants you at
home for dinner tonight I was told to remind you" he
"I wasn't going to be
late" I smiled shaking my head "I was going to find Flynn and
"Oh okay" he shrugged as
his phone rang.
"Col I think you should
get back to work" I teased "You know the base can't function
with you not there"
"Okay young lady no more
sass" he kissed my cheek "Riley if you talk to Troy tell him I
"I will" she nodded as he
walked away talking on the phone.
"Sometimes it's more than
a little embarrassing having the Col related to you" I moaned
pushing open the door to the weight room "Hey dummy we're
supposed to go home" I called out the 5 guys in there all
"B you not working out
with us?" Kenny laughed.
"Nope all you do is stare
at my ass and then he gets pissed with you" I smiled pointing
to my already 6ft2 brother who was bench pressing easily my
body weight. Flynn was the one that had gotten the height from
Dad and his frame from my grandpa he was broader than Dad was
but he had the same sweet smile and hazel eyes "Flynn we need
"I'm almost done" he said
pushing the weights once more before getting up and wiping his
face on a towel "And she's right Dude… after the last time she
worked out in here I wanted to rip you a new one" he playfully
punched Kenny on the arm.
"Hey you shouldn't have
the hot twin sister should you" Kenny smiled draping his arm
"I blame the parents for
having them" Riley butted in making us laugh.
"Oh now that I'd pay to
see… you two" Kenny put his other arm round Riley hugging us
both to him "Damn shame it wasn't you two that were the twins
that would make one good dream" he got Gibbs slaps rained down
"And you wonder where no
girl will say yes when you ask them on a date" Flynn laughed
pulling on his Gym shirt and grabbing his bag "See you guys
"10 on the beach right"
Alex called over.
"Yep" both Flynn and I
answered at the same time Riley walked out first followed by
me. The three of us went to the parking lot.
"Hey Riley you need a ride
tonight?" Flynn asked unlocking the truck.
"Sure if you're offering"
she smiled 'Save me driving"
"You really want me to
bring my little brother?" she moaned as she thought of her
brother who was a sophomore.
"Well I have to bring my
little sister" Flynn laughed I pulled a face and gave him the
"We'll be at your house by
9.30" I said pulling open the door and climbing in she waved
and got into her car. Flynn got in and started the
"You okay after this
morning?" he asked
"Yeah… it's not like it
was Dad leaving" I rested my head against the seat. "I keep
wondering what it's going to be like when it's you"
"Oh thanks Sis" he laughed
but it was a nervous laugh.
Flynn and I were only 2
minutes apart and we'd always been together through everything
the longest we'd been apart our entire lives was over night a
few times. We tended to finish each other sentences and
instinctively knew when there was something wrong with the
other twin Him becoming a Marine was going to be rough for both