“You’re what?” I asked looking at him.
“I am leaving.” He looked down. “I’m getting deployed.” I closed my eyes. I opened them to look at him.
“That’s why you and Skylar are in North Carolina right.” He nodded slowly.
“Yeah, we had to be here last week to get ready to leave.” I watched his face.
“But I don’t want you to go.” I said quietly making tears form in my eyes. Taylor closed his eyes.
“I’m sorry Bailey.” He whispered as the waitress put our food and drinks down.
“How long are you going to be gone for?” I asked clearing my throat.
“Only 4 months.” He nodded watching me as I squirted ketchup all over my eggs. “Ew why so much?”
“Cause it taste good.” I chuckled putting a piece on my fork before smothering it in strawberry syrup.
“Okay that’s nasty.” He said wrinkling his nose.
“Don’t knock it till you try it.” I said putting it in my mouth savoring the taste. “Here try it.” I said putting another piece on
and dipping it in both the ketchup and syrup. I leaned over putting it to his mouth. “Open the tunnel for the train.” I giggled at him. He started to smile letting me put the fork into his mouth.
He chewed and swallowed.
“Hey not bad.” He said surprised.
“I told you don’t knock it till you try it.” I smiled getting back to my breakfast for dinner. “When do you leave?” I asked not
looking at him.
“Wednesday at 12.” He said biting his toast.
“But that’s in only 5 days.” I said my heart dropping into my stomach.
“I know. I wish we had longer.” He sighed looking at me. “I want to get to know you, but I can’t.”
“I know, it’s your job.” I nodded eating my sausage.
“We still have 5 days together.” He smiled gently. I nodded looking at my food.
“Yeah, I guess.”I shrugged. “But if you remember I’m on bed rest.” I sighed.
“Then I guess I’ll have to come to you than.” He smirked. I couldn’t help but giggle. “And you know you can always write.” He said
“Yeah and I guess I could send some of my Mom’s famous cookies.” His face lit up.
“I do like cookies.” He nodded as I finished eats. He looked down at my food than at me.
“Where the hell did that food all that food go?”
“It went to Narnia of course. That’s were all my eaten food goes. Everyone knows that.” I huffed at him.
“Well then.” He chuckled at me. I rolled my eyes at the waitress came over and took our dessert. I got apple pie with whipped cream
and ice cream. Taylor rolled his eyes but got the same thing.
“Copy cat.” I giggled at him. He shrugged but smiled at me. We sat talking till our food came out. I took my ice happily and mixed
it in with my apple pie so it was a glob of apple ice cream mush.
“Okay that’s gross.” He said pointing at the mush as I took a bite of it.
“Didn’t we go over this before, don’t knock it till you try it Marine.” I laughed shoving another spoon full into my mouth. He
watched me as I took another bite. “Fine.” I huffed getting half a spoon full and shoved it into Taylor’s mouth.
“Okay your right that’s amazing.” He nodded doing the same to his apple pie and ice cream.
“I know. I love to get it.” I nodded savoring my next bite. “Yum.” I smiled making Taylor laugh. Once dinner was finished the
waitress brought over the check. Taylor took it before I could even look at it and put his credit card in the leather folder and handed it back to the waitress. “Hey I wanted to see how much my
food was.” I pouted.
“Don’t worry about it. I’m paying. It’s your Winning dinner from the bet.” He smiled.
“Oh right, but the deal was dinner, this was breakfast.” I smiled crossing my arms.
“Sure whatever.” He chuckled. I pulled my wallet out and threw a five on the table for a tip as she gave Taylor back his card with
the receipt. “You ready?” I nodded getting up. I hugged Tanner’s sweatshirt tightly to my body as we got outside into the cold night. I gave Taylor the directions to get back to my house as we
drove onto Base. Taylor pulled my truck into my driveway and shut it off. “I will call you tomorrow when I get of duty to see what time I can come over alright?” I nodded. I opened my door getting
Harley jump out and run to the house. I pulled my hands out of Taylor’s sweatshirt to give it back to him but he shook his head as he got out handing me the keys. “Keep it; I got a ton of them.”I
nodded as he kissed my cheek.
“Bye.” I whispered.
“Night Blondie.” He chuckled running off into the dark night.
“Night Hollywood.” I said walking into the house hanging my keys up and walking into the kitchen.
“Bailey Kelsey Williams where the hell have you been.” Mom said standing in front of me. Boy this was going to be a long
…….I stood at the parade ground looking at Taylor and Skylar. “You’ll be save right?” I asked hugging Taylor before hugging
“As Safe as we can be Bailey.” Skylar smiled at me. “You’ll take care of yourself right? No more fights with the
“Ha ha very funny Skylar. I see what I can do.” I smiled as I hugged Taylor again. “Please stay safe.” I whispered into his ear as
he held me.
“I will Blondie.” He smiled kissing my cheek. “Don’t forget to write.” He smiled as the tears formed in my eyes.
“Don’t forget to remember me.” I smiled wiping them with the sleeves of the sweatshirt he gave me. “Stay safe.” I said my lip
quivering as I heard the words that meant they had to get onto those horrible white buses. Taylor gave me one last hug before he and Skylar walked away from me. I felt something in my hand that
made me look down. I broke into a sob as I stared at thepink carnation in my hand. Taylor stopped before he got onto the bus and looked at me. He winked before getting on. I brought it to my nose
closing my eyes as I heard the buses take off……..
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