I woke with the feeling of being moved on a warm chest. I opened one eye as Tanner started to stroke my face. “Hey.” I smiled at him.
“Hey, did I wake you up?” He asked still stroking my face. I shook my head and cuddled up to his chest.
“I was having a bad dream anyway so it is a good thing I woke up.” I said kissing his chest just wanting to be as close as I could be with him. He pulled my head up from where I was trailing kisses
down his stomach. He kissed me gently as he looked into my eyes.
“Do you want to talk about it?” I shook my head as tears began to fall. “Hey, hey, hey no crying.” He kissed my wet cheeks.
“Please please I just want to be close to you.” I said trying to stop my tears. Tanner ran his hands to my hips.
“But you are close to me.” He said moving my hips a little.
“I need to be closer please, please I need the comfort.” I said as new tears started off. Tanner pulled me down flipping us over so he was on top of me.
“If that what you need I will be happy to help you there.” He smiled pushing his hands under my t-shirt and pushed it over my head. He trailed kisses down the waistband of my pajama pants as I held
my hands on his head as it went lower and lower till it got to its target making me gasp for air, my tears forgotten…………
I laid there with Tanner as we were still ‘connected’ as I lay on top of him. Tanner held me there as he tried to slow his heart down. I closed my eyes trying to slow down mine. I started to fall
asleep as it was so tiring to keep up with him sometimes. Come on he is a marine, I’m a little 18 year old girl. “I love you.” I mumbled in my half sleep state. Tanner watched me as I fell asleep
on his chest. He pulled my blanket up to my back as he stroked my bare back.
“I love you too.” He whispered closing his eyes not wanting the moment to end but too tired to stay awake……..
I woke you to a lightly snoring Tanner under me. I smiled at him moving so my arms were folded on his chest as I put my chin on them and watched his face. He opened one eye and looked at me. “Hey.”
He smiled. “Good morning beautiful.” He said leaning up to kiss me.
“Morning Handsome. Did you sleep well?” I asked getting up for him causing him to moan slightly.
“Best I have slept in awhile.” He nodded. “How about you?” he smiled sitting up as I walked to my dresser to get clothes. I turned to look at him as he bit his lip looking at my naked body.
“It was bliss. No nightmares.” I smiled slipping on his shirt so I could take a shower.
“Where are you going?” He asked looking at me as he slipped on his shorts.
“For a shower care to join me?” I asked walking out of the door as Tanner stumped out of bed after me. I grabbed two towels from the linens closet.
“Baby? Can I talk to you?” Mom said walking up to me.
“Sure Mom, just can I take a shower first?” I asked watching Tanner stubble out of my room. He stood up straight as he saw my mom.
“Sure sweetheart. You must be Tanner.” She smiled at him.
“Yes Ma’am, you must be Mrs. Banks. I have seen pictures that Hunter showed me when we were deployed and at boot camp. It’s a pleasure to finally meet you.” He smiled shaking her hand.
“Oh Mrs. Banks is my mother-in-law. Please call me Patty.” She smiled at us.
“I am just going to take a shower.” I said pulling Tanner with me. Mom nodded.
“I will be in the kitchen come in when you’re down.” She looked at Tanner. “You too Marine.”
“Yes Ma’am.” He nodded letting me pull him to the shower with me. I shut the door and giggled at him as he wrapped his arms around me as I turned the water on.
“That went well.” I smiled at him. He nodded at me pulling me into the shower.
“It went better than I thought it would because of with hunter and everything.” He said helping me wet my hair and scrub shampoo into it.
“Nah, my mom is cool with it. Well kind of. I think she will be a little mad at me but I hope not too bad. It also is Christmas eve today so family is flying in.” I nodded washing my hair out
before making him push his head back so I could wash his hair.
“Oh so um when do you want me to leave?” He asked closing his eyes. I fingers stopped moving.
“Why are you leaving?” I whispered not looking at him scared of the answer.
“Well it’s just that your family is flying in and I just, well I don’t know if you want me to be there.” He took my face in his hands making me look at him.
“I don’t want you to go I want you to stay but if you don’t want to stay then that’s okay I guess. You can go then.” I washed off the rest of my body wash and got out of the shower. Tanner quickly
finished and pulled me to him as I was brushing my teeth.
“Baby I didn’t mean that. I want to meet your family. I want to be there but I didn’t want you to get scared because I want to be here and I want to be there for you for a long time. I can’t
imagine you not there when I get home from now on. I love you Ryan. More than anything right now.” He kissed me before he took out my tooth brush and brushing his teeth. I looked at him spitting
into the sink.
“You love me?” I asked looking at him. He nodded.
“I do. So much Ryan.” He said spitting into the sink over my shoulder before washing the brush.
“I love you too.” I nodded more to myself then him. “I love you.” He kissed me.
“You don’t know how much that means to me.” He said snuggling into me.
“I should go see what my mom wants to talk about.” He nodded wrapping me in my towel.
“Go see what she wants.” I nodded going to get dressed before walking into the kitchen to see Mom drinking her coffee.
“Ry we need to talk.” She said looking up from the newspaper that lay on the table………….
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