I took a deep breath as I looked at the crowd parade ground from the inside of the car. This is crazy. I am so nerves to pick up my boyfriend? I am so nauseas right now. I can’t tell if it’s the
babies or if it’s seeing Tanner. I could be a little bit of both as I miss Tanner so much. He was shot. But he is alive and he is coming home. I heard a knock on the window of the car making me
jump. I looked up at TJ as he stood there with his arm around Audrey. “Hey, you coming?” He asked. I looked back at the crowded ground before sighing. I opened the door stepping out onto the
parking lot. TJ hugged me to him on the other side of where Audrey stood. I closed my eyes taking another deep calming breath. I watched everyone waiting for their loved ones to come home. I want
my Tanner home. I felt the tears start to roll down my face as a cool summer breeze whipped my hair across my face. I felt a hand in mine making me look over. Emmy stood there holding
Asher as he looked around. I let go to TJ and wrapped my arms around Emmy the best I could. My bump was pushing on her as Asher leaned in to hug me too.
“There almost home Emmy.” I whispered. Asher looked around the parade ground than back at me.
“Where Daddy?” His eyes widen before his face crumbled and he started to cry. I held him close to me trying to stop his crying as Emmy started to sob. I looked up as those familiar white buses came
into view again. Asher picked his head up and looked at the buses. He pointed at them, his tears forgotten. “Daddy?” He asked from where he sat gently on my bump. I held his as he reached for the
bus as the doors opened. I felt Emmy take him and told him tightly as he started to bounce. I put my hand over my mouth as Hunter stepped out of the bus looking tired. I could see from here he had
some scratches, but he was okay. I watched and waited for Tanner to come out of the bus. When he did, I felt like my heart stopped. There he stood. The love of my life. Tanner stood there looking
like the walking dead. He looked tired and sick. His face was pale and his jaw was covered in dark stubble. He had bags under his eyes. He looked like hell. “Daddy! Daddy!” Asher kept saying
looking at Hunter. I put a hand on m belly trying to keep it steady as I shook. I felt TJ pull me back to him holding me tightly to him. I watched as the C.O called out for the Marines to go find
their family. I watched as Emmy ran to Hunter as he ran to her. He pulled her into his arms holding her tightly as Asher hugged him. “Daddy.” He cried squeezing Hunter.
“I missed you too so much.” He sobbed holding them tightly before he kissed Emmy hard on the lips. I felt TJ press his forehead to my head.
“They said go get your marine Ry.” I looked at Tanner as I felt the tears rolling down my face. The tiredness seemed to fall from his face as his eyes locked with mine. I wanted to run but TJ
wouldn’t let me. He held me tightly as I jerked to get to Tanner. I watched Tanner walk as fast as he could to me. I wrapped my arms tightly around him as I started to sob. He wrapped his good arm
around me holding me to him. I put my hand on the back of his head pulling it to mine kissing him. I could taste the salt of his tears on his lips. I felt the sobs slow down as I held him in my
“I missed you so much.” He whispered on to my lips. “I missed you so much.” I put my free hand on his cheek. He set me back gently on the ground before he ran his hand over my face.
“I thought you were gone.” I cried. He cupped my cheek wiping away my tears with his thumb.
“I’m so sorry Baby.” He pressed his lips to mine again. “So sorry.” I pulled back and looked at Tanner. He still looked tired but his warm brown eyes didn’t change. Not at all. I took his hand and
intertwined own fingers together. He pressed his lips to my hair. “I love you.”
“I love you too Tanner.” I whispered putting his hand on my belly. He looked down at the bump between us. He dropped down to his knees holding his arm tightly to his chest so not to hurt it. He put
his hand on the bottom of my t-shirt ready to pull it up but he looked at me as to ask if he could. I nodded causing him to pull it up to my bra line. He looked at my belly. He stared to move our
conjoined hands up and down my stomach.
“Hey my Babies. Daddy’s home. Daddy’s home.” He whispered kissing my belly. I started to smile as one of the babies kicked right where he was his lips were. Tanner smiled rubbing my belly. “I’m
sorry I haven’t been around for awhile. But I’m home now. I’m safe and so is Mommy.” He kissed my belly again. I put my hand on his head rubbing it on the semi long buzz cut. I ran my finger
through it as he stroked my squirming belly. Tanner looked up as he rubbed his thumb over my belly button.
“You know I don’t even know what you are having yet.” He smiled kissing my bump again. I moved my hands to help him stand back up.
“We are having a little boy and a little girl.” I said looking at his face for his reaction…….
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