"Still the horny Marine" I said sleepily smiling at him.
Always when I’m in bed with you" he smirked "but I was wanted to see if you wanted to go get some stuff ordered for the house"
"I've had one but I think I could do with another" he smiled following me to the bathroom. "I love the new tattoo" he said as I started the shower running. "Says it all"................
............... We spent the day shopping for furniture we walked down the boardwalk and into the pizza place we loved.
“I know I’m starting to get nervous" I laughed.
"Nervous why" he asked as the waiter but down the pizza between us.
"I've seen you walk out onto a soccer field in front of a lot more people than are going to be at our wedding" he grinned.
"I guess" I nodded.
"You look deep in thought" Ben said bringing me back to the real world.
"Just thinking about how lucky I am having you" I sighed my phone started to ring.
I looked at Ben as he answered his phone.
“Love you too” I got in the truck and started the engine as Justin walked over…………………….
“Hey guys” I smiled as I got out of the truck.
“Hi Tess all set for the wedding” He asked.
“I think so” I nodded.
“I’m going to take my grandson for a walk if you ladies will excuse me” he picked up troy and set him in his stroller, we watched as they walked away.
“I think we all fell in love with him” she looked at me “Troy not your dad” I laughed “so what’s going on, I get a call from you the same time that Ben gets one from Justin saying you both need to talk”.
“Let’s go inside” she said walking toward the house, I followed her. We went and sat in the living room.
“No” I said looking at her.
“We got here and Dad had taken Troyto visit my grandparents and was staying overnight there” she said getting up and walking into the kitchen to get a drink I went with her and sat on the counter.
“So what happened”.
“I asked Justin if he wanted to stay and grab some dinner and he stayed” she ran her fingers through her hair. “We talked about old times before Lilly caused all the trouble for us and before he and Katie… you know” I nodded. “He asked me about Troy and I just let it all out about how it felt when I got the visit and…” I put my hand over hers.
“I couldn’t help but get upset you know what talking about it does to me” “She sniffed “Justin put his arms round me and couldn’t stop saying how sorry he was forasking me and that he’d made it back safe when Troy hadn’t”.
“I think they all fell a little guilty when guys don’t make it home and they do” I sighed.
“Hey you went through something I don’t even want to think about because it could be any of them at any point when they are gone” I sighed “I said this to you the other day do you think Troy would want you to wear black for a year and not leave the house or sit by his grave nothing is going to bring him back, but you have the next best thing you’ll always have part of Troy with you in that cute little boy” I pointed to the picture on the window ledge of Troy sleeping in his Grandpa’s arms “It’s been almost 10 months since he was killed and you’ve done so much to give your son everything you can even working for my grandmother” we both smiled “You’re 19 you have the chance to be happy again and have a family Marine or not. No one is asking you to forget what little time you and Troy had together but you need to put it in one part of here” I pointed to her heart “and live your life again”. I didn’t realize I was crying till a tear splashed on the back of my hand “We love you and we’re not going to judge what you do and who with” I sniffed “And didn’t you say Tory’s Mom had said the same sort of thing to you”.
“Yeah she did” Skye said grabbing the box of Kleenex form the side and pulling two out, one for her and one for me I wiped my eyes “Justin toldme he’d missed me and what happened between us shouldn’t”.
“Yeah I wonder if she knows about you and Ben getting married” Skye smirked.
“She stands a chance where Ben proposed to me Megan’s little sister is part of the soccer team so it’s going to have got back to Megan at least” I shrugged “But I don’t care all of the crap she started was for nothing at the end of the day we’re friends again so are Ben and Justin and me and Ben are still together”.
“Come on” I said walking to the door “Lets go down to the board walk and find Justin and Ben”………………………………….