…………………………… "Oh come on Coach are you trying kill us" Katie
"Suck it up you shouldn't have gone on the powder puff
should you" I smiled all the girls and most of the guys ground to
a halt and looked at me "What you think I don't know about it I
only graduated 3 years ago" I laughed "now run the laps or I tag
on more and we practice at 6am instead of 3 pm" I they all
groaned and set off again as I walked back to the bleachers
smiling to myself as the football coach walked over.
"How do you do it" he said with his hands on his hips get
then to do it without a whole heap of bitching".
"That's the easy part getting then to stop doing dumb
things like the powder puff is the hard stuff" I said writing
some stuff in my folder.
"When's Ben get home".
"2 months" I sighed "I spoke to him last night for the
first time in 6 weeks"
"How are things" Coach asked.
"Hot and dusty like always" I smiled "it feels longer than
ever right now waiting for them to come home"
"They'll be back soon" he patted me on the back and walked
back to the football team I blew the whistle and they all came
"Okay, put the things away and you're all good to go" I
said looking at them "I need you all to help with a fundraiser in
a few weeks we're putting together two teams to travel to Parris
Island to play some of the recruits".
"How did you swing that" Troy asked taking a drink.
"I have connections put it like that" I smiled "come on you
need to go I have dinner plans, with a couple of cute
"Yeah but you're married" Kayli said wrinkling her
"And those two Marines happen to be my brothers" I laughed.
They all started to drift away I looked at Katie who was taking
off her cleats "You need a ride home".
"No, I'm going with Ritchie" she said shaking her
"Again… am I going to get the phone call at 4 in the
morning crying because you need picking up because he's dumped
you on the side of the street somewhere" she groaned and rolled
"Tess don't start please" she said looking at me. "It
"Yeah once with Troy and three times with Ritchie so far" I
said picking up my bag "What do you think you're doing didn't you
learn after Justin"
"You're doing it again Tess" we both looked round as we
heard a car sound it's horn "I'm a senior now I'm a big girl" I
watched as she ran over to the car and got in, my phone started
Me * yup.
Ollie * Tess we're sitting on the front step like a pair of
Me * okay and the problem with that is.
Ollie * gee thanks sis
Me * you know where the spare key is let yourselves in I'm
just leaving practice I need a shower and I'll be good to
Ollie * okay but be warned there may not be any cookies
Me * I'm used to it with you two.
I hung up and walked over to my truck and got in and drove
home Ollie's truck was in the drive behind Ben's making me park
on the street. I got out and walked in the house I could hear
Nick's voice in the kitchen I walked in and made them both
"You know you should teach how to creep in stealthily on
the Island" Nick said throwing a cookie at me.
"Well you two don't know how to be quiet" I laughed "Did
you book the table".
"Yes, Mom did it for us" Nick grinned sitting on the
counter "she and Dannie are both working tonight".
"I know I spoke to Dylan at practice".
"Did they tell you about what happened at the powder puff
this year" Ollie called out as I walked in to the bathroom and
turned on the shower.
"No I'm not supposed to even know about the game" I sighed
'because all the kids that go could be suspended"
"Yeah well never caught you guys or us did they" Nick
"No" I smiled "Tell me over dinner I closed the bathroom
door and got under the water and showered 20 minutes later we
were all heading out of the door to the restaurant.
Ollie was driving I looked at both of then they had both
already done they're first deployment much to Mom's dread but
they we're more like Dad than everyone thought being a Marine
came natural to both of them and they loved every minute of it,
we pulled up to the steak house that was just off the base but
still filled with sailors and Marines the three of us walked in
and got shown to a booth the noise level was through the roof
like always when there was a ball game on I slid in to the seat
Nick sitting next to me
"So why the "we need to talk lets go to dinner" call" I
said eyeing both of them they looked at each other then at
"We got our orders this morning" Ollie said as Nick ordered
our drinks, this is the part no one gets used to the feeling of
sickness washed over me. It didn't matter if it was Ben, or if it
was Dad and the others and now my own brothers the feeling of
dread was always the same. I'd been dealing with it since I was 8
months old and Dad left I was now 21 and it gets worse each time.
I picked up my drink as the waiter put them down.
"I think I'm going to need stronger that soda" I smiled
"can I get a shot of Jack in there" I handed the waiter the drink
back he smiled and nodded.
"Whiskey" Nick said raising his eye brows.
"After what Grandpa drinks what do you think" I smiled, I
sighed "have you told Mom".
'She guessed. She's worse than you for knowing what's going
on" Ollie groaned "she went really quiet like the last
"What do you expect" I said leaning on the table "her two
little boys are off playing with guns again"
"And again Thanks Sis" he said looking at me.
"She'll be fine don't worry about it, she's probably
already called Dawn and she and Ry will have their tickets
booked" I said shaking my head "and
Adam will already know".
"He does he called us before" Nick smiled.
"You know how everyone come together when it deployment
day" they both nodded. "Okay happier things what happened at the
"Well from what we've heard a certain girl was getting hot
and heavy with 3 different guys" Ollie sighed leaning on the
table. "Not at the same time but people are talking and I'm
Meaning Marines not just kids" I groaned.
"Let me guess I happen to be married to her
"You got it in one" Nick nodded "We thought you should know
before word gets to Ben"
"Thanks, she was fine till she and Dylan broke up" I said
taking a drink "she still won't tell me why they broke up and you
know what Dyl is like he's more interested in getting off base
and going to school on the west coast"
"Yeah the only non marine" Ollie nodded I coughed.
"Yeah well could you imagine what the hell we'd all be like
if you we're the one getting deployed" Nick laughed "God I think
Ben and Dad would freak".
"That's why I stick to teaching 2nd grade kids" I grinned.
"Have you two tried asking him"
"No you want us to" Nick asked.
"It might give me some idea what's going on with her" I
nodded, we sat eating and laughing we finally walked out of there
around 11 and climbed in to the truck.
"You guys staying at mine" I asked as my phone started to
"Yep" Nick nodded "it's either that or go back to the
stinky place we call home" I looked at the picture and groaned as
I saw it was Katie.
Me * well at least it's not 4in the morning.
Katie * Tess please.
Me * sorry.
Katie * I'm at the beach and I got into a fight with a
couple of guys now I'm scared to come out of the dunes"
Me * where on the beach.
Katie * down from the board walk by where we played soccer
Me * 10 minutes we'll be there.
I hung up the phone.
"I take it we're heading off base" Ollie said heading for
the main gate.
"Yeah guess who's in trouble again" I