Craig gazed at the picture of Erica on his phone he had snapped the night before. They had been on the couch, sharing ice cream and watching The Late Show. Erica wore one of his navy colored Marine shirts, the neck hole large and hanging off one shoulder. Her brown hair was tousled in a just-fucked look (because she was). Her head was thrown back, her neck exposed as she laughed at something he had said. Craig had snapped the shot fast and it was instantly his favorite, he set it as his phone’s wallpaper despite Erica’s protests.
Now, as he sat in his truck outside the office of his Colonel, he gazed at the shot. His heart clenched with love and fear, his dick lengthening of it’s own accord at the sight of his girl.
A rapping on his window brought Craig out of his reverie and he startled, turning to look at his buddy, Mike through the glass. With a heavy sigh, Craig climbed out of his truck, tucking his phone away and running a hand through his still too short for any movement hair.
“How’s the girl?” Mike asked as he led the way to the office.
“Erica is fantastic. How are all your girls?” Craig replied smugly, teasing his friend.
“Different one every night.” Mike joked as he wiggled his eyebrows and Craig chuckled in reply, shaking his head.
As they nodded to the secretary and passed by her, taking the long hallway to the back office, Mike turned more serious. “So, have you made a decision?”
“Yes.” Craig said with confidence and didn’t explain despite Mike’s inquisitive gaze. Mike knocked twice on the Colonel’s door and strode in without waiting.
“Gentlemen, have a seat.” The dark man behind the desk gestured them to to sit in the two hard wood chairs before him. Colonel Bays had become a father figure to most of their unit. He was tough as shit when he needed to be, but wasn’t against sitting and having a drink and unwinding when they needed that as well. Mike and Craig were the top ranking officers just below Colonel Bays in their unit. Craig had been in charge of the medical staff as a doctor and Mike had been in charge of the new grunts.
“Thanks for coming in today, I know you’re both enjoying some time off in the civilian world.” Colonel Bays started, coming to lean against the front of his desk. He glanced between the two before settling his dark gaze on Craig as he spoke, “You both know why you’re here. You two are the best Lieutenant Colonel’s I’ve ever had and I want you back. I need you both on my team, you’re the best at what you do, at staying organized and keeping the boys in line. Have you made your decision?”
“I’m in.” Mike said with a shrug and surety that made Craig’s gut tighten.
Mike and Colonel Bays both turned to look at Craig and he sighed, leaning forward to rest his elbows on his knees.
“How long is the deployment?”
“If you sign back on, it’ll be for 4 years and you’ll see about 2 years of deployment in that time.” The Colonel answered.
“Come on man, we need you to make the team work.” Mike pressured him to answer.
Craig groaned, rubbing his head again as he muttered to himself, “Erica is going to fucking kill me.” He sat back up and looked Colonel Bays in the eyes, “I’m in.”
(photo in header credit: Freezing Time by Leo Hidalgo)
(ps: I don’t know a lot about the army so please accept any creative license taken in this series.)