Hold me Tight

aimeemonkeyCommunity member
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A short story showing a young couple in amidst the heartbreak of war.

Hold me Tight

by aimeemonkey

I wake up in his arms again. I don't want to wake him. He leaves today and I can't bare it. 'Just another minute or two.'

I think and curl my head into his chest. I feel his broad chest rise and fall. I hear his slow, deep sleepy breaths.

He holds his arms tight around me.I feel the covers shift and I'm scared he'll wake up.

He doesn't and I continue to admire him. His eyes look so calm. I can only imagine what he has seen.

What he has experienced. His tattoos are bold in meaning and it isn't until now, in the still morning light,that I notice he has a new tattoo.

"Staff Sargent Johns"

and a picture of a bird holding a poppy. Its beautiful. The attention to detail is phenomenal. I think the name.I think Kyle and how he didn't come home.

My eyes well and I curl into him. Letting my tears fall and catch his shirt. I couldn't lose them both. Not within weeks of one another.He toughened his grip but didn't wake up.

It's only 7 and he leaves at 10. I battle letting him get up early or trying to keep him asleep. I don't have much time, he wakes up and looks at my sodden eyes.

He pulls me closer to him and I cry. I break down and I don't hold back. He plays with my hair and calms me. He knows why I'm upset.

After a few minutes, hours or years he kisses my forehead and pulls the covers off of him.I involuntarily peel away my arms. He opens the tall, wooden wardrobe and pulls out his uniform.

I hate the sight of it and I look away. He leaves and I'm alone for now. I don't want to go downstairs and I hate being alone.

I sit up and look around the room. A pair of Brown boots by the door. An open tin of polish on the desk next to some twisties and a necklace. I stand and walk downstairs.

He's made himself coffee and me tea.He's ironing his uniform. And pulls his eyes to me with "sorry" written over them. I pick up my tea and walk away.

He puts down the iron and walks toward me and puts his arms around me. I feel him tighten his grip and I feel his heartbreak.I pull away his arms reluctantly and move to the living room.

He moves back to the board and there's nothing but pain and silence as we sip our drinks.

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This was a really touching read that had me close to tears. I was with a guy who left for the military so I know how hard it can be to go through them leaving and selfishly wanting them to stay. The military really does change people and the people around them. Although it can be a sad thing, it is also an extremely honorable thing, which I think you captured well in this poem. Thank you. I believe it is what I needed to hear today. Keep writing!

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I actually feel like I might cry. people don't usually read my stories and every one that i write always has as most emotion as I can put into it. But seeing people actually read my story and actually like it! WOW! This feels absolutely amazing. @justshutupxd Thank you immensely, I'm so glad you liked it. Honestly means so so so much to me. Thank you everyone!!! :D

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5 months agoReply
I'm crying over this. I have a person who is close to my heart that is going into the military. I want to beg him not to go but it's what he's wanted to do his whole life. It scares me. We barely talk to each other anymore but at least I know he's still there. I don't think I could handle him being actually gone for good. This is a great way to connect with people. Love your writing :) Keep it up please.

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@aimeemonkey no problem:) your story is very good, so of course I would read it;)

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@bernardtwindwil @michaelschulze @tdog16 oh my god I'm going to cry. Hey! Someone actually read this!! Oh my god, thank you!! I'm absolutely unable to explain how it feels having someone read this and actually like is and give me feedback. It feels amazing. Thank you guys so so much honestly. I like this feeling. THANK YOU GUYS :D

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I really liked this and it made me question my future...(weird I know).....anywho I loved the memorization while she let her heart break with loosing him:) great job!!!!

7 months agoReply
A beautiful touching story with loos and the looming possibility of loos how do you find the words to say at such a moment so pleased to have had the opportunity to read it

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7 months agoReply
This was very sensitive and written to convey to the reader an awareness of the bittersweet role of a warrior's mate. You avoided all the melodrama which is the usual cliche. You built a strong poem and an empathetic message. Great story!!!!