................ I waited until I got home to open the letter I curled up in my bed and unfolded it my heart was racing.
I’m not going to mess around and just get right to it…
I cried when I read the letter you wrote… I don’t know what I was expecting even after the way you kissed me, I think I felt like I was in a dream and I was going to wake up still in the middle of this hole they call a country and not have you in my life any longer. I literally prepared myself not to hope for a letter and the longer it went from me getting here the more I hurt.
I’m glad you got to get away for a while but Damn girl you want a boy from Texas to go to a place where they even consider leaving the house at 30 degrees ARE YOU INSANE…..? Hmmm you must be you love a Marine…
Thank you for the heads up on your Dad and your Uncle but I think I deserve whatever they are going to say to me.
I spoke to Brody last night and he really wants you to take another break and go on the drive with them, Don’t hold what happened against my family they didn’t know I hadn’t told you, they don’t like talking about it because they we’re hurt by what I did running away to get married and none of them other than Rachel liked her
I hope you and Flynn go out to Texas (Brody doesn’t expect you to go without having some form of defense with you). I wish I could be there they have a blast riding most of the day and then having a party for New Year… maybe next year if I’m not away we can go and I can hold my trainee cowgirl and kiss her under the stars and tell you that every time I get pulled away you only have to look up and think we’re looking up at the same stars and the same moon so we’re not that far apart. Sleeping under the same stars as you is one thing sleeping with you in my arms under them is something we’ll do when I get home, as long as you want to try going back to Texas with me again?????
I know you don’t use your phone because of what happened but baby you need to turn it on so I can hear your voice I think the photos are getting worn out with me looking at them… I caught one of the guys sneaking a look at them you’ve officially moved to the top of the hottest Marine’s girl in this platoon list.
I love you, I miss you I look at the stars as I write this and think of you
I folded it up after reading it another 5 times and tucked it back inside the envelope I closed my eyes and let the sleep pull down……………
………………. “I love you” I was suddenly wide awake with 168lbs of big brother on top of me “My little sister is a genius” he rained sloppy wet gross kisses on me.
“Ew… get off me… MOOOOOOM Flynn’s being mean” I yelled I heard Mom laughing from the doorway.
“He’s not” she sighed
“Mom he’s kissing me like Dad does to wind me up” I moaned as I got kissed in the ear “Ew gross Flynn” I tried to fight him off but I was pinned under the covers “Dude you want to go to Texas for New Years then GET OFF ME AND STOP KISSING ME” Mom was laughing helplessly. Flynn stopped and looked at me.
“I wasn’t doing it to to go Texas but… YAY” he started to rain the kisses down again.
“MOOOOMMM” I was laughing harder than I had for a long while.
“Okay Flynn I think you need to leave her alone now” Mom laughed “Before she hits you” the phone started to ring and Mom walked away as Flynn sat up and let me haul myself into a sitting position.
“Jeez Flynn you ruined a really sweet dream I was having about J.J. wearing nothing but…” Flynn screwed up his face and put his fingers in his ears. I swatted him. “What did you wake me up fir and like that” I groaned.
“Because I have the most awesome sweet rocking sister in the world”
“Okay tell me something I don’t know” I teased getting up and walking to the dresser and pulling out a sweater and jeans and underwear. “Ah….hang on how did it go last night with you and Riley” I turned and looked at him.
“Amazing” he beamed “She was blown away by the whole thing and I owned up and told her it was your doing” he winked at me “We talked more than I think we ever have… in the ten days I have off from bootcamp… he looked round to make sure we were alone. “We want to get married” I dropped my hair brush.
“Yo… sh… wo…” I sat down on the bed next to him.
“Spit it out” he chuckled patting my back.
“Are you serious?” I croaked.
“There are three things in this world I know I’m 100% sure of. One I want to be a Marine and I’m going to be the best Marine I can be” I smiled at him because it was something he’d said from being asked in kindergarten what he wanted to do when he grew up “Two… I love my little sister like no one can understand… we will always have each others back and we will always know when we need each other” I felt tears sting my eyes, “and three… Riley and I were supposed to be each other’s forevers” I lost it I hugged him tight and cried. “Hey I didn’t think I was going to make you cry” he moved away and bent to look at me.
“I’m sorry but I’m happy for you. You need to have her with you in case you get posted away” he smiled and nodded “And I finally get to have her as my sister”
“So you’re okay with it?”
“Why wouldn’t I be” I shook my head “It’s Mom and Dad and Kaden and Patty you both have to convince” he sighed knowingly “I have your back”
“Thanks” he got up “Okay I’m out I have practice… and are you sure you want to go to Texas” I clanked at the letter on the nightstand and smiled.
“I’m sure” I nodded walking over to the bathroom “I’ll call Brody when I’ve had a shower”……………………