Soldier's Secret Love

Soldier's Secret Love

Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

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Status: Finished

Genre: Romance

Summary

she fell in love with his words, but the man was what she wanted.

Summary

she fell in love with his words, but the man was what she wanted.

Chapter1 (v.1) - Soldier's Secret Love

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she fell in love with his words, but the man was what she wanted.

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: July 16, 2015

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Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: July 16, 2015

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She posted the package with a smile. She hoped whoever was the recipient, would take comfort in her words and gifts. She couldn’t begin to imagine, what the soldiers were going through overseas. She had wanted to help in some small way, and then her friend had told her about the charity.

They sent letters from home to the troops. Along with packages containing treats, they would probably be missing. Just small home comforts, such as sweets, chocolate, even a magazine or book.

It wasn’t much, she knew that. But she felt like she had to do something. When her best friend, Amanda’s, brother, Josh, had gone to Iraq, she had seen first-hand, the pain war caused.

Holding tightly to Amanda’s hand, the day they buried Josh, had been heart-breaking. She could feel her trembling, and hated that her friend was in so much pain. She shivered slightly, remembering that day.

She recalled how Amanda and Josh’s mum had collapsed over his coffin. How their father had almost dropped him, through sheer lack of energy. She remembered Amanda’s heart-breaking poem, about her beloved brother.

She shook her head, trying to shake the memories away. Amanda had not been the same since that day. She barely saw her now, and when she did, all she saw was sadness.

A few weeks passed, and a letter dropped on her matt. She was surprised to see it was postmarked Iraq. Tearing open the envelope, she read the letter inside.

Dear friend,

I can’t thank you enough for your letter and gifts. They meant so much to me. Your letter was the first one I have received, since I got here. I have no loved ones who will write. It is nice to know someone out there, is thinking of me. I will treasure your kind words, and keep them with me always. I hope you will find time to write once again, but if you cannot, I just wanted you to know that you touched my heart, and I am forever grateful.

Yours, a happy friend.

She read and reread the letter over and over. She was so taken aback. She had not expected a reply, let alone such a beautiful one. Her heart skipped a beat, as she thought of this man, taking such comfort in her thinking of him.

She grabbed a pen, and paper, and wrote a reply.

Dear happy friend.

I am so pleased you received my package ok, and my letter meant so much to you. It pleases me that I can bring you some happiness. I would love to remain in contact with you, if that is what you would like. My heart breaks, thinking of you having no one there for you. I will always be here, please write when you can. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours, a friend.

They started exchanging letters as often as they could. It would take weeks for her to receive a reply from him. But when she did, her heart would skip a beat. She found out so much about him.

He was an only child, who had been orphaned when he was small. His grandmother had raised him, but she was no longer alive either. He literally had no one, which made her heart break for him. He explained that was why he had joined the army. His only friend had joined, and he didn’t want to be left alone.

That friend had also passed away, in a road side bomb attack. He had had such a tough life, yet he showed no signs of self-pity. She adored him for that. In fact she adored him for a lot of reasons. He was sweet, funny and caring. She looked forward to every word he wrote.

As the months passed, their letters became more romantic. Neither of them had any clue what the other looked like. Nor had they used their real names yet. But that didn’t matter one iota. Their words were enough to fall in love.

6 months after their first exchange, she wrote him again. She waited weeks for a reply, but one never came. She would check her post daily, praying for some word. After a few months, she had given up hope. All she could assume was that something awful had happened to him.

She grieved for a man she had never met. She wished she could have been there with him at the end. Knowing no one would have attended his funeral, hurt her more than anything.

A few more weeks passed, and she heard about a homecoming for injured soldiers in the next town. She felt like she had to go, her own little way, of saying goodbye to her happy friend.

Walking into the town hall, she felt alone suddenly. All the soldiers were in uniform, looking so smart. A lot of them were able to walk, thankfully not too badly injured. But some of them were in wheelchairs. Others walked on false limbs. She looked at them all with such pride.

“Do you know anybody here?”

A man from behind her asked. She turned and saw a pair of bright blue eyes, smiling back at her. When she took in the rest of his face, she was astounded. He was the most handsome man she had ever seen.

She smiled back at him.

“No I don’t know anybody. I don’t live in this town. I just wanted to show my gratitude to all the service men here”

She motioned to the room, like he hadn’t already seen the soldiers.

“You’re more than welcome mam”

He said, tipping an invisible hat. It was only then, she realised he was in a captains uniform. His jacket and pants were dark grey, with gold buttons down the front. He had medals pinned to his muscular chest.

“I didn’t realise you were a soldier, sorry”

“There is nothing to be sorry for. We appreciate your support. My name is Henry Walsh; it’s a pleasure to meet you”

He raised his eyebrows, silently asking for her name.

“Oh sorry, I’m Jessie”

They shook hands, his touch was electrifying.

“As you are here alone Jessie, perhaps you would allow me to buy you a drink”

“I would prefer to buy you one”

She smiled. He took her arm, and led her to the bar. She paid for their drinks, and they found a table to sit at. He was such a nice guy. She felt at ease in his company. She asked him about his medals.

“They expect us to wear these things, like a badge of honour”

She frowned at him.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of what myself and my men have done. But they just remind me, of those who never came back”

This struck a chord with her. She couldn’t help thinking of her friend. He must have noticed the change in her. He placed his hand on top of hers.

“Are you ok?”

She snapped out of her revere, and smiled at him.

“Yes sorry, I was just thinking”

“Have you lost someone in the war?”

“Yes, a friend. A close friend”

“I’m sorry. It must be hard for you being here”

“I’m just glad all the men here got home safely”

She smiled.

“Well, alive at least”

He countered. She nodded sadly.

“If you don’t mind me saying, you don’t appear to have been injured”

“I have the type of injury, any soldier hates. I lost partial hearing and partial sight on my left side. I feel like I could have continued in my duty, but they sent me home. I hated leaving my men. But I understand I am a liability to them”

She felt bad for him. But she could tell by how he spoke, he had no pity for himself, only his men.

“It must be difficult being a captain”

“It has its moments”

He smiled. They had a few more glasses of wine, and he asked her to dance. When he held her close, she almost forgot they weren’t alone. She was totally lost in his eyes. When the last orders were shouted, they both grabbed their coats.

He saw her to the door of the town hall.

“How are you getting home? You said you’re not from this town”

“I’m staying in a nearby hotel, what about you?”

“Yeah the same, what hotel are you in?”

“The Burbank I think it’s called”

He smiled wide.

“I’m in the same hotel. Should we share a taxi?”

She felt giddy. This man had such a powerful effect on her.

“We might as well”

She smiled. Sitting next to him, in the back of the taxi, was distracting. She could feel the heat off his body, and smell his aftershave. When they reached their destination, he opened the door for her to enter.

They rode the elevator together, and it turned out they were on the same floor. Luckily they weren’t in adjacent rooms, or she was sure she would not be able to sleep at all. He walked her to her door.

“Thank you for a lovely evening Henry”

She smiled. He leaned down to kiss her cheek. But embarrassingly she miss read the situation. She turned her lips toward his. When he pulled back, she wanted to just disappear.

“I’m so very sorry Henry, I just…”

He grabbed her hand.

“Please don’t be sorry Jessie. Believe me I am flattered. You are a very beautiful woman. But I am seeing someone, well not really seeing, but I’m in love with someone”

“I didn’t even think, I feel so embarrassed”

“Please, I beg you, don’t feel that way. If I was available, I swear, we would not be having a conversation right now”

She felt her face flush.

“I’m so very sorry, if I gave you the wrong impression”

“You didn’t honestly. I think I just had a little too much wine”

He smiled.

“It was a total pleasure meeting you tonight Jessie”

“And you Henry”

He again leaned in, and this time she allowed him to kiss her cheek.

“Goodnight”

He whispered into her ear. She gave him another smile, and walked into her room. She left early the next morning, hoping she wouldn’t see him on her way out. If she felt embarrassed last night, after so many wines, she was mortified today, now she was sober. Luckily she managed to get to her car, without bumping into him.

She had a busy week ahead of her. Her boss was going out of town, so she was staying in the little hotel she usually just worked in, playing manager while she was away. On the second day, she was on the desk, when a familiar face appeared before her.

“Jessie, how lovely to see you”

He smiled.

“Henry, what are you doing here?”

“I booked a room for today. I didn’t know you owned a hotel”

“Oh I don’t, I am covering for someone. I usually work in the kitchens, away from the guests”

“Well I’m glad you’re on the desk today”

She smiled wide, as she checked the computer for his reservation.

“Here you are Henry Walsh. Booked for a week, is that right?”

“That is right”

She gave him a book to sign, and then took his payment.

“Your room is right at the top of the stairs, number 4. Here are your keys, and I hope you enjoy your stay”

He smiled again.

“Thank you very much. Will you be here later?”

“I’m staying here, while my boss is away. If you need anything, just ring down. Dinner is served at 6pm”

“Ok thank you, I’ll see you later then”

He again gave her a dazzling smile. She felt her cheeks redden, and turned back to the computer, to distract herself. She couldn’t believe he was here. Of all the hotels, and all the weeks he had chosen this one.

As she had told him, she never saw the guests. She was a chef’s assistant in the kitchen usually. Any other week, she would not have known he was even here. A few hours after he had checked in, he appeared at the desk again. She smiled.

“How can I help you?”

“I was wondering if you knew where I could hire a car”

“I can do that for you. We have a car hire place just down the road. They deliver cars for our guests. Do you have any preference?”

“Not at all, it’s just a run around really. I wanted to have a look around the town while I’m here”

She sorted out a car for him, and he set off on his tour. When he returned, he again approached the desk.

“So do you like our little town?”

She asked him.

“It’s really lovely. I’m not too late for dinner am I?”

She checked the time, and realised it was after 9pm.

“I’m afraid you are”

“Would there be any take away places around here?”

She shook her head.

“They all close early, were only a small town. I could make you something, if you don’t mind waiting till 9.30pm. The night staff will be here then, and I will be making my own dinner. You’re more than welcome to join me”

“Are you sure it’s no trouble?”

“Not at all”

“Great, I will go and freshen up, and meet you back here at half past”

She watched him climb the stairs. He was so unbelievably gorgeous. She had to keep reminding herself, that he was just a friend. He was in love with someone already, she had no chance.

When the night staff turned up, she rushed to get changed. When she entered the dining room, Henry was already waiting for her. She led him into the kitchen.

“All the food is in the pantry and fridges, please choose anything you would like”

He pulled out a stool for her.

“You have been working all day, why don’t I cook for you”

He smiled. She took the seat, and watched as he chose some food for them both.

“How does steak Diane, with vegetables sound?”

“Wonderful”

She said, her mouth-watering. She had hardly eaten anything all day. She was famished. She watched as he worked. He was a skilled chef.

“Where did you learn to cook?”

She asked.

“I used to be a sous chef in a restaurant back home”

“Wow, a man of many talents”

She smiled. He grinned as he continued cooking.

When the food was ready, he served her at a table in the dining hall. He flambéed the sauce, before pouring it over the steak. The food was amazing. They chatted while they ate. She really enjoyed his company again. And she was sure, he was enjoying hers.

Over the next few days, they spent a lot of time together. It was mainly evenings, as he went out most of the days. She never asked where he had been, it was none of her business, although she was curious. They ate together every night, taking turns to cook.

On the sixth night, he walked her to her room after dinner. She leaned in to kiss his cheek, and he turned his lips towards hers. When they touched, electricity shot through her whole body. After a few moments, he pulled back.

“I’m sorry Jessie, I shouldn’t have done that”

“Its fine, we’re even now I suppose”

 “I guess you did make the first move”

He teased.

“Well I’m the single one”

She smiled, keeping it light.

“So am I”

She frowned.

“What happened to the girl you loved”

“If I’m being honest, we never even met. We only ever swopped letters. The problem is we lost touch a while ago. And I can’t find her. Now I’m not sure what I would do if I did find her. Because the absolute truth is, I like you Jessie, a lot”

Her heart rate sped up.

“I like you too Henry”

“Well in that case”

He said, as he pulled her to him. Their lips collided, and she was lost. She fumbled with her door key, managing to open the door. He lifted her off her feet, kicking the door closed behind them. They made sweet tender love. She had never felt so happy before.

They lay together, in the afterglow of their wonderful tryst. He stroked her hair, and kissed her lips gently.

“I feel like I have known you forever. I wish I didn’t have to leave tomorrow”

Her stomach dropped, realising she too had to go home tomorrow. This whole thing would be over.

“Do you have to go?”

“I don’t have to, if you don’t want me to”

She snuggled closer.

“I want you to stay”

She whispered.

“I wish I could, but I can’t afford to stay in the hotel anymore”

“So stay with me”

He looked down at her.

“You mean that?”

She had never meant anything more.

“Of course I do, I don’t want to lose you”

“I would love to”

They made love again. The next morning, they each packed their stuff up. When her boss came back, she let her go home. His hand rested on her thigh the whole journey. She couldn’t wipe the smile from her face.

When they pulled up outside her house, they both climbed out. He gathered their bags, and followed her up the driveway. As she opened the door, he looked around the lovely area. It was so homely, and he was so happy to be here with Jessie.

He noticed a plaque on the wall next to her door. The moment he saw the address, he realised where he was. This was it, the place he had been looking for all week. She turned around to face him, noticing his shocked expression.

“What’s wrong?”

She asked, suddenly feeling worried. He put the bags down on the floor, and moved toward her. He smiled wide, as he wrapped his arms around her waist.

“It’s you”

“What is me?”

“You’re my angel. You kept me safe. You kept me alive”

“Henry, what are you talking about?”

“You’re my friend. The one I came here to find. The one I love”

She frowned at him.

“Your letters, they kept me going. I lost them in the explosion, that’s why I didn’t write back”

It dawned on her what he was saying, as he continued speaking.

“I remembered the town name, but that was all. I’ve been looking for you, and all the time I had you”

“Your happy friend?”

She asked with tears in her eyes.

“I thought you had died”

“No baby, I’m right here. The minute I saw your address, I just remembered instantly. Jessie, I came here just for you, I love you so much my dear friend”

“I love you too, my happy friend”

She smiled, before he kissed her. They married exactly a year after he received her first letter. And as they exchanged their bands, they knew their love would last forever.


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