A group of Marines were running down the beach on morning exercise. One of the marines looked at the one next to him as they ran in lines of 2s. “Taylor you okay? You seem out of it today.” Taylor
looked at him brother and shrugged.
“I don’t know really. I can’t get Bailey off my mind.” He sighed as their unit came to a stop for a break before they finished.
“Dude did you get her number yet?” Taylor looked down at his arm and couldn’t help but let a small smile form on his lips.
“Yeah. I get to take her to dinner too.” Skylar chuckled at him.
“Nice job bro.” Sky patted Taylor on his back. Another marine worked over to them.
“What did he do now?” He asked raising his eyes brows.
“Got a date with this girl he met at a dinner.” Skylar smirked rubbing his arms as the heat from the ran left his body since they stopped.
“Are you going to get her to write to you when you’re away?” The marine asked.
“I’m planning on it.” Taylor nodded thinking about me. Skylar looked into the distance.
“Did you hear that?” Skylar asked looking at the two men.
“Hear what?” The marine asked him.
“Shhh listen.” They all listened as the sound of barking got closer.
“Yeah is that a dog?” Taylor asked. Sky nodded. “Look.” He pointed as Harley came sprinting onto the beach barking.
“Whoa what is it doing here?” the marine asked as Harley skidded over to them.
“Do you think it’s friendly?” Skylar asked cautiously. Taylor bent down reaching his hand out to Harley to see if he will growl at him. Everyone in the running group was now watching as the big dog
sniffed him. Harley whimpered, but licked his hand.
“Good Boy.” Taylor smiled looking his collar. “He’s got a collar on him. I wonder were his owner is.” He said looking up at the group. He pulled the blue bone dog tag hanging from Harley’s collar
and looked at the number. “Wait a minute this looks familiar. This is a street on base. He’s a devil dog.” Right as he said that Harley ran back in the direction he came in. Taylor stood up and
watched him, not moving. Harley stopped and turned back around to look at the men before barking.
“I think he wants us to fallow him.” Skylar said looking at his brother.
“I think your right. Come on.” Taylor ran after Harley with Skylar as the Marine that he was talking to went to go tell the commanding officer what happened. “Come on this way.” The two ran till
they hit the side walk and looked around for Harley. Harley barked at them making them look before he started to run farther down the sidewalk. Taylor chased him till he saw me laying passed out
with Harley licking my hand, trying to get me up. “Bailey." He yelled scrambling to my side as Skylar ran after him. He fell to his knees next to my motionless body. He turned me over taking my
head into his hand pulling me closer to his arm body. He gently moved my hair from my face making his jaw clench. He put his hand on my white cheek moving it back and forth trying to wake me up……..
…..The pounding in my head was worse. So much worse. The thumping of my heart still loud in my ears. I know my cheek must be cut open because I could feel the coldness of the air hitting the sticky
liquid of my blood making me even colder than I already was. “Bailey come on wake up.” I heard over the pounding in my ears. I could barley move my arms and legs but I felt warmth, as if someone
was holding me. I tried to move but was having a very hard time with all the numbness in my arms and legs. I groaned in pain as I tried to open my eyes. “Come on Bailey you can do it.” The voice
called again. I force my eyes open to feel the burning light from the sun. I blinked a couple times to try and make the burning less till a head came into my line of vision. “Hey long time no see,
hey.” Taylor smiled as he gently moving my hair behind my ear.
“I’m cold.” I whimpered at him as my eye lids got heavy again. He looked at me before he took his sweatshirt off laying it onto my body.
“Better?” He asked. I nodded and flinched as the pounding got worse and worse. “What happed?” He asked lifting me up into his arms letting my lay my head on his shoulder.
“I guess I must have passed out.” I whispered closing my eyes to try and stop that damn pounding. I started to finally get the feeling back in my arms from passing out and lifted one to grip
Taylor’s t-shirt in pain as I felt the tears forming in my eyes as the pain got worse. I don’t know how I am staying conscious right now.
“Shhh it’s okay I’m going to get you to a hospital.” Taylor whispered pressing his lips to my hair.
“Where’s Harley? Is he okay?” I whispered trying to open my eyes to see if he was here and okay.
“He’s right here, don’t worry. He got me and Skylar and we found you. He is a smart dog you got here Bailey.” As if he knew we were talking about him Harley whimpered. I felt like a weight had been
lifted. He was safe. Good. My puppy was safe. “Is this your car Bails? The black pick-up?” I tried to open my eyes again but failed horribly.
“Yeah,” was all I could whisper. I felt the tears roll down my face. Taylor opened the back door and sat down with me on his lap still. I whimpered in pain as I moved with him.
“Shhh I’m sorry. We are almost done.” He whispered looking up. I heard the front door open and the sound of Harley jumping into the truck and climbing in next to Taylor and me laying his head on my
“Bailey where are the keys?” I heard Skylar say.
“In the ash tray.” I mumbled into Taylor’s shirt. Skylar must have found them because I heard my truck roar to life before it started to take off. I felt my mind start to slip into unconsciousness
as the pain from my head just got too much again………
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