Author: LovingBOBThePacific PM
June 1944: When a certain medic finds a young girl in the shadows of a Norman forest, everything will change. Being responsible for a little, French and stubborn girl is perhaps not the easiest thing in the world - besides, everything about her turns out to not be quite as it seems. R&R *Edit began March 25th 2013!*Rated: Fiction T - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 39 - Words: 105,053 - Reviews: 123 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 09-14-12 - Published: 03-02-12 - Status: Complete - id: 7888479
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Hello guys! I really hope you'll enjoy this little filler chapter - I'm so sorry for the bit unexpected happenings in the start (none-saying spoiler, huh? ;) ) Oh, well I hope you're going to enjoy it :) Thank you for all your doings - means the world to me!
Disclaimer: I do not own Band of Brothers, only Olivia Mae and her story. All credit goes to Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Stephen E. Ambrose, and everyone who were involved in making this incredible true story about friendship, brotherhood and the bonds you make with one another while in the horrors of war.
"'Cause I'm wrapped, I'm wrapped around
Your perfect little finger
And I'm trapped inside the cell
Of every sound she makes
She is my weakness, she is my weakness."
~Weakness – The Wanted ~
Episode 10 – Points:
May 3rd, 1945 – South Germany:
I sighed silently as I sat at dinner in the kitchen of one of the German apartments the company had once again 'borrowed'. I didn't want to the men to worry even more about me than they did already. Men mixed from different platoons surrounded me, eating the food they had found and scrounged. They had given me plenty of it on my plate every day but it just seemed like I couldn't get it down. With my fork, I sat and stabbed at the food Tab had made since it 'was his turn'. Small-talk went on among the boys who didn't seem to notice my hesitant and sad look.
I had got a long, warm bath and had got my hair brushed by Shifty so gently I almost didn't notice all the knots he had to comb out. He had let it hang loose when my hair was shining brightly. When I let it slip between my fingers, it was so soft as it ever had been, but still I felt so miserable and ugly and I didn't know why. The boys had even bought me a beautiful babyblue dress to wear instead of the uniform and some hairpins formed as small, pretty white flowers.
"So, do you think we'll be capturing Berchtesgaden?" Babe drawled in that South Philly accent, scaring identical with Bill's. The thought made my heart ache after him and Joe. I hadn't heard from them since Bastogne which already seemed like an eternity ago – which made me nervous to think of. I must never forget all the good men we lost to heaven and them who had been evacuated home.
"I hope so" Rami replied, sinking a spoon of food.
"B—but, isn't Berchtesgaden where the Nazi's Party's symbolic home is?" O'Keefe stammered. He had, had this look in his eyes since we left Kaufering. He wasn't as 'innocent' and naive anymore as he had been, he wasn't so green anymore. I sunk heavily the rock in my throat when O'Keefe said Nazi. It had been one of the words the boys had decided not say around me.
I shuddered by the thought that we maybe were going to 'capture' the town where I imagined you couldn't deny you were for National Socialism. I would go anywhere but Berchtesgaden...and Kaufering/Landsberg, never again.
Suddenly the door burst open and the boys tensed, putting a hand down to their bayonet. But when it turned out to just be Perco, the hands left the bayonet again.
"What is it, Frank?" Tab asked when he saw the little Italian's excited face.
"We, my friends, are heading to our new objective tomorrow morning at 0930." Perco beamed like a small child on Christmas Eve. I could see myself with that face by the thought.
"Where?" Chuck asked.
Please don't Berchtesgaden. Please don't say Berchtesgaden...
I looked down silently, wanting my reaction to go as unnoticed as possible while the boys cheered and immediately talked about scrounging some alcohol to celebrate.
Suddenly I felt a larger hand on my small one. I moved my head slowly to meet Tab's concerned look, eying me carefully. He nodded and I understood what he meant. He silently asked me if I was okay. I nodded, which Tab frowned at, showing me that he didn't believe me. Still tired after almost having got no sleep again, I didn't want to talk about it though I knew that it would probably help if I did. But I just couldn't, I didn't want to cry again. I hated to cry and I hated the men's sad looks when they saw me upset. I felt like I was letting them down somehow by not being strong and brave like them.
I stood up, immediately having the men's watchful and concerned eyes upon me.
"You know, it's kind of scary when you do that" I told them silently, almost like a whisper. The boys had gotten used to it though. Since we left...that place..I hadn't talked loud for like a second. Some times it must have been weird for some of the locals who had seen us talking. The boys talking average high, then waiting for a small minute or so, only to speak again – like they were talking to themselves.
"You've barely eaten anything...for days" Lieb told me concerned.
I shrugged, knowing this would be a bad lie "Not hungry."
"Liar" Tab replied, pointing to the empty chair I had just left "Sit."
I shook my head, taking a couple of steps back against my room.
Tab sighed, slightly irritated "Livy, please. We only want what's best for you. Just...sit down and eat your food."
I stomped with my foot on the floor "I'm not hungry!"
"Olivia. You're ten years old. You're too old for that" Tab scolded sternly.
I was shocked by his words and stern look. Looked like the others was just as shocked as me.
He had never talked to me like that before. Maybe, deep, deep inside, I knew he was right but my misty mind, full of grief, didn't allow me to see that. Instead I thought this was my worst nightmare. I was getting a heavy and irritating burden for them. They didn't want me here anymore.
"Tab...what are you doing?" Chuck grabbed Floyd's sleeve and tugged it.
"She shouldn't be here in the first place. Col. Sink should have sent her home.."
"Home to an orphan home you mean?" Luz corrected, shocked at his comrade's words.
My eyes started to water but I told myself no. No more tears, especially not over such a thing. Though, my worst nightmare had just come to life and it wasn't a dream. I had already secretly pinched myself in the arm. I stood stiffly there, with my fists clenched and a straight, yet slight watery face.
"She would be more safe there" Floyd snapped "And she would be unaware of any of this. She wouldn't have had to suffer so much and neither would we."
"Talbert, that's enough! What the fuck's wrong with you, this is Livy we're talking about!" Pee-Wee snapped standing up, turning to me with a softer look and gentler tone "He didn't mean that-."
"No, it's okay. Let him finish" I spoke stiffly, with a slight hint of a shaky voice. I didn't know who this man in front of me was, but it certainly wasn't the Floyd Talbert I knew.
"This should never have happened to any of us" the man who looked like Tab, but wasn't, muttered.
This time I managed to raise my voice, yet it cracked a bit "What? That Doc Roe found me and brought me to your assemble area. Well, I'm so sorry for having abilities to heal people. And I'm also sorry for everything I must have said or done to you to make you like this. But the man I see in front of me, isn't the man I met in Culoville last year. And last of all, I'm so sorry for even being born!."
The last 'excuse' made the men around me jump and look wide-eyed up at me. I stared deeply into the man in front of me's eyes, looking desperately after a sign of the old Tab I missed, whom I knew would never say things like his 'evil twin' had. I didn't mind the tears coming now, I had said what I wanted and had stayed strong to the end.
"Boys." I turned stiffly on my heel and walked calmly by a gaping Gene who looked with a dangerous look up at Talbert.
When the room was out of sight I started running with all my strength, the sobs coming more violently as I ran down the stairs. The dark had come over the town but yet there was lights in the windows of the other houses. It was a pale, yet comforting flame. It was like it was showing me there still was a small, fragile amount of hope. I just had to believe.
I was surprised over where my feet had taken me. They had apparently taken me into another building where the officers had their quarters. I remembered where Lip, Lieutenant's and Nix's room were. I even remembered Ron's. Somehow I ended up outside Lieutenant's room.
I hesitated. Should, or could I just knock on the door, would he let me in? Again, it was the insecure, frightened piece of my mind who had listened to Talbert saying all that. But the other side urged me to do it, saying that there was nothing to be afraid of. Lieutenant would understand. He always understood. But before I had the chance to decide, the door went up and Lieutenant came out, looking down at me with concern written clear on his face.
Before he could say more I had embraced him as high as I could reach, sobbing. He seemed dumbfounded for a while before he folded his arms around my little body.
"All right" he whispered, lifting me up without trouble, closing the door while carrying me into 'his' livingroom.
"I'm sorry. So sorry" I sobbed, almost whispering as Lieutenant tugged a blanket he had found, close around a shuddering me.
" There's nothing to be sorry for, Olivia. Everything's going to be all right" Lieutenant smiled sadly, sitting down next to me, a bit away to give me some space I guessed.
"I'm not so sure this time, Major, sir" I whispered looking up at Lieutenant who furrowed his brows concerned.
" Something happened with the men?"
When he saw my sad look he nodded sadly "By the look on your face, it's not the men, but a certain person, isn't it?"
I looked down, nodding sadly. I felt a bit guilty though – it felt like I had a part of the fault of Tab's reaction. Why did I have to be so stubborn? Why couldn't I just do as I was told?
"At first I thought you were talking about Joe Toye but he isn't here." At that he let out a nervous laugh, doing a sweet job to make me smile and he succeed somehow, making me smile a shy smile.
"But when I look at you now...Talbert?"
I sniffed "I don't know what happened. I-I think it's my fault, sir."
Lieutenant shook his head, giving my hand a gentle and comforting squeeze "I'm sure it wasn't, Olivia. I'm sure there is a misunderstanding somewhere, but would you be as kind to tell me what happened here?"
I sunk the rock in my throat and nodded slowly, beginning to tell him everything that happened at dinner. Lieutenant didn't interrupt, he just nodded or frowned with a thoughtful and wise look.
I could see he was thinking much over this.
"Major Winters, sir. Am I becoming a burden? Are you going to send me...h-away?" I asked with a sad voice, looking like a guilty little girl getting caught with a hand in the cookie jar.
I jumped, looking surprised and frightened up at Lieutenant who immediately cleared his throat and continued in a calmer and soothing voice "I mean, no I'm not, unless that's what you wish. Do you still have that letter Joe and Bill sent you?"
I nodded, digging my hand down in my dress's right pocket down at the waist. I found the precious piece of paper I had kept on me and looked after for a long time now. It had become one of the very few things I had. I gave it to Lieutenant who took it gently and put it down on the table in front of us.
"I reckon that you told me that Staff Sergeant Toye's own mother wanted to adopt you if that was what you wished?"
I nodded "I did...sir."
Lieutenant nodded "This can be arranged, indeed. I could easily find some sort of safe and reliable transport to take you back to America. But that's not my decision to make, it's yours. But first, with your permission I'd like to tell you a possible reason why 1st Sergeant Talbert reacted as he did."
I nodded quickly "Of course, sir. "
My mind wasn't as misty and negative as it had been before. Maybe there was another reason than I thought?
Lieutenant stood up, clearing his throat before he started; "I have to be honest with you and say that I can understand both your point of views. There has also been...quite a few times where I considered to send you home to Joe back in the States. Floyd is right somehow though. There was especially a time, back in Bastogne, where I cursed myself for not sending you on a truck, taking you to a plane to England and make sure you got into care before you maybe could be sent back to America. But I knew how much you mean to the men, and to the officers too."
At that he sent me a kind smile while he chuckled.
"So, I decided to let you stay. I mean, you had been through so much already – much more than an average young girl on your age hopefully will never see again. Well, now to the case; All of us are very watchful over you – and there has also been some...incidents which has made the men...or especially Talbert has been more...worried about you than ever before."
Major Winters eyed me carefully and kindly, to see if I understood what he was saying. I let him know I did by nodding, letting him continue.
"Floyd..and the other men also is very eager to protect you from anything. And I think that the reason why Floyd reacted like he did, was because he thought he had failed protecting you."
"Because of all we have seen, sir?" I asked with a mice voice. New tears replaced the old. I didn't understand how Tab and maybe the others too thinks they have failed protecting me. I mean, I'm here, right? They have protected me ever since Gene found me and brought me to their assemble area and they still did, right? What they had done for me would always be in my heart and I would always remember that and them. They would always be in my heart. They had died for me.
Lieutenant nodded "But that still don't allow him to act as he did. I guess that the emotions floated over when he was reminded that you hadn't eaten for days. It takes hard on him and the rest of them."
"I know I should've eaten, sir. I'm so sorry. But I'm just afraid to...vomit" I sniffed.
Lieutenant came closer and put an arm around me and wiped the remaining tears away "Never be afraid of vomiting or be ashamed of it. You haven't seen how many times the men have vomited in their...drunkenness."
The both of us looked at each other a moment before we both chuckled.
"So.. they don't hate me?" I asked seriously when our laughter had faded and we sat in silence again. Lieutenant stood up while he walked against the small kitchen, chuckling "It's absolutely impossible to hate you."
His comment made me smile and I also felt the heat rise on my cheeks. Lieutenant had apparently sat water over for something as he came back with two mugs. In his there was coffee and he had made cacao for me! I didn't even know there was cacao in Germany!
"I hope you like cacao" he smiled as he sat down next to me again.
I nodded, smiling thankfully "I do. Thank you, sir."
"You can call me Richard if you like" he waved dismissingly with his hand at 'sir'.
"Richard." Lieutenant's name rolled easily off my tongue. I thought it was a nice name so it fit Lieutenant very well.
"Richard is a nice name" I complimented shyly causing Lieutenant to chuckle softly.
"Why, thank you. Olivia Mae is also a very nice, along with all the many nicknames the men have given you. But where do 'Red' come from?"
He laughed as he saw my cheeks become red "Oh. I see."
He wrapped an arm around me "There's no shame in being shy, though. I am not very outgoing either."
I looked up at him, smiling sweetly back at him before I hugged him.
"Thank you, Richard. For everything."
Lieutenant chuckled, stroking my hair, whispering down in my hair "You're very welcome, sweetie."
As Lieutenant started humming softly as we sat there, my eyelids got more heavy for each tune. And before I knew of, I had fallen asleep. It had been a long and confusing day.
Major Richard Winters waited for about 15 minutes to make sure the little adorable girl in his arms had fallen asleep before he gently swept her up in his arms, for only to lay her down on the couch again, tugging a blanket around her. Richard smiled down at her before grabbing the two mugs and took them back out in the kitchen. Suddenly it knocked on the door and Richard just wished that it wouldn't wake Olivia Mae up. Fortunately it didn't. He walked silently over the floor to the door where he opened it, revealing a slightly nervous Doc Roe.
"Doc, something wrong?" the young Major asked though he thought he already knew what was bothering the younger Cajun medic.
"You shouldn't by chance have seen Olivia Mae, sir?"
Eugene had a dark look in his eyes – anger over Talbert's stupidity Dick guessed, but there was also a large amount of concern shown in the medic's eyes that just showed and confirmed his thoughts about how much Olivia Mae meant to the men – even Eugene who else had tried to distance himself a bit from the men, the cause as a part of his job as a medic. But Eugene was actually one of the men whom Olivia was closest to, not only because he found her and took her with him, but also because of their common sense.
"She's here and asleep on the couch, Doc. I understand there has been an incident between her and Talbert?"
The Cajun sighed in relief, then becoming serious again, nodding "Yes, sir. I would like to explain what I heard with you, if you have the time, that is?"
"Of course, come in. Then you can also see that I'm not lying" the Major chuckled, stepping aside to let in the medic who chuckled softly of his superoir's remark.
The rest of the night the Major and the medic talked about what had happened with 1st Sergeant Talbert and how they etc. could make everything work between young Floyd and Olivia.
They came to the conclusion that Floyd's rude and evil remarks had come because of the pure anxiousness and the role of being an older brother to Olivia was the reason that made Tab react like that – because he felt he had failed. They were all worried about her not eating, not getting enough sleep – and just fearing for how her future's was going to be like with all she had seen and experienced. One thing was clear though; They would do anything to make sure their little healer and princess would get the bright and colorful future she truly deserved. They would make sure she got through this. They would protect and love her to the very end...
So, I know this was a bit short for a filler chapter and I apologize for that :/
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