A/N: Here's my new story. Strictly Kingdom Keepers no Gallagher Girls this time. If you read my other three you'll understand why I put that.
Disclaimer: I don't own Kingdom Keepers.
(Dorm room at University of Florida)
I was sitting on my bed talking with my roommate Brittany about the new routines for the basketball game on Saturday and plans for winter break.
"Me and Kyle are going back to Orlando with the group," I said.
"When is Maybeck coming back?" Brittany asked.
Maybeck joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school. A year later he was sent overseas for two years. He's been gone a year and a half.
"Six months," I said.
"So no Christmas again?" she asked.
I nodded. Another Christmas missed.
There was a knock on the door.
"Come in," I said.
In walked Ashley, another member of the squad.
"I found people looking for you, Charlene," Ashley said, I shot her a questioning look.
Then in walked Kyle and Amanda.
"Oh my gosh!" I shouted giving her a hug.
"Hey Charlene," Amanda said.
"You forgot," Kyle said.
"Shut up, Kyle and no just preoccupied."
"Speaking of which this was at Maybeck's apartment addressed to you," Kyle said handing me an envelope.
It was Maybeck's hand writing. I haven't gotten a letter from him in 2 months.
"Charlene, you okay?" Ashley asked.
"Yeah. I'm fine," I lied.
"Oh gosh how rude. Ashley, Brittany this is my friend Amanda Lockheart and you know Maybeck's brother, Kyle, from the basketball team. Amanda, Kyle this is Brittany my roommate/squadmate/friend and Ashley my squadmate/friend," I introduced.
"Nice to meet you," everyone.
After that I grabbed my duffel and left with Amanda and Kyle.
We went to the little diner across from campus.
"So how have you been?" I asked.
"Good," Amanda said.
"Great," Kyle said. One thing about Kyle is he is a 6'7" college sophomore with skills with a basketball.
"That's great," I respond. "Where are Finn and Jess?"
"They are coming up tomorrow. They had classes and work today," Amanda responded.
"Oh. Philby and Willa are coming up tomorrow as well. Remind me again why are you here?" I asked curious.
"Ha. Told you she forgot," Kyle said. Yup, just like Maybeck.
"The basketball game, remember?" Amanda said, "We are the special guests."
"Oh yeah. Sorry," I replied. "So where were you planning on staying?"
"A hotel," Amanda said.
"No you're not. Both of you are going to stay with me at Maybeck's apartment."
I awoke to a knock on the door. Kyle was sleeping on the couch and beat me to the door.
"Uh. Charlene! Amanda!" Kyle yelled. The keepers started laughing.
"What's so…" Kyle started.
"No need to yell, Kyle. I was right behind you," I said.
"Well are you going to move so they can come in."
"Oh yeah sorry," he replied moving to the side.
There were a lot of "Hi's " and "Hello's" and hugs.
I went back to the room I was in last night and got ready. I had 5 minutes until I had to leave.
I went back to the living room.
"Sorry guys. I have to go. But make yourself comfortable. I'll see you all at the game. Kyle do you need a ride?" Kyle nodded and grabbed his duffel.
(At the game)
This is so cool. I was in my uniform on the floor of the O'Connell Center. I mean I have before, I'm a starter for the team, but still. I'm a special guest and it's the Florida Kentucky game. Sure Terry should be here because the keepers are the special guests, but they said I would be the honorary member since Terry isn't here.
"Alright one minute and we'll introduce you," one of the workers told us. I wonder why we're mic'd up.
"Gator Nation get on your feet and get loud for the Kingdom Keepers," the announcer said. The place was electric.
"Finn Whitman. Amanda Lockheart. Jess Lockheart. Willa Angelo. Dell Philby. Our very own Charlene Turner. And your starting shooting guard, Kyle Maybeck, also brother of Kingdom Keeper Terrance Maybeck. Terrance is overseas serving our country," insert applause from crowd, "What does he do in the military?" the announcer asked me.
"He is a captain in the U.S Marine Corps."
"How long is his tour and how long has he been gone?"
"He has been overseas a year and a half and still has six months," I replied. I don't think Charlene's voice will work.
"Well we have a video here from Terrance. Let's watch."
I stood behind Charlene and put my hands on her shoulders for support.
I felt Kyle behind me. Thank god at least one Maybeck brother is here.
"Hey everyone Captain Terrance Maybeck here. I just wanted to say I'm doing fine here. I love the letters I've received. I love you Charlie, Kyle, Keepers. Merry Christmas see you all soon. Go gators," Maybeck finished with the gator chomp. I couldn't feel anything I haven't actually seen Maybeck on anything in 6 months.
"Well Terrance has some gift for you all. But we thought it would be better if he gave them than us." What did the announcer just say? "Ladies and gentlemen give a big welcome home to Captain Terrance Maybeck!" The crowd erupted and there he stood midcourt.
I faintly heard Kyle say something like "watch her." But as soon as he left, my hand flew to my mouth and around my stomach and I fell to the ground in tears and disbelief. I saw Kyle run out to Maybeck. And they had a huge hug. I saw Maybeck walk this way and felt Jess stand from the spot next to me, trying to calm me down enough for me to move.
Maybeck crouched in front of me.
"Hey Charlie," he said engulfing me in his arms and lifting me to my feet.
"Am I dreaming? Are you really here?" I asked.
"Yes I'm really here," my arms immediately wrapped around him. Crowd drowned out.
"I can't believe you're really here."
"Well believe it because I'm back until they need me for another tour." I looked at him in disbelief. Then finally kissed him after a year and a half without him. we broke off after a couple seconds.
"You ready?" he whispered to me. I nodded.
Man it felt great to be back.
"You ready?" I whispered to her. She nodded.
"Here you go," a worker said handing me a microphone.
"Alright GatorNation," I said into the mic, "You ready?" the crowd got louder. Charlie and Kyle each stood beside me, next to them the keepers and after them the cheerleaders. We started slow then the chomp came alive.
"Gator Nation here come your Florida Gators!" the announcer said as the team came onto the court. We were ushered off the court. Except for Kyle, he went over to his team, and Charlene, who went to the cheerleaders.
(After the game at Maybeck's apartment)
"I see you stayed here," I said looking at Charlie. Jess and Kyle were staying the night as well.
"Me, Kyle and Amanda did," she replied.
"Thanks for letting me stay here one more night. The car was going to be packed," Jess said.
"No problem," I replied, "Alright people get ready for dinner. We are going out to celebrate me being home and the big win over UofK."
(30 minutes later)
I'm in a green short sleeved collared shirt and tan cargo shorts. Kyle is dressed similarly, but with a blue shirt instead of green. Charlene and Jess came out of the bed room. Jess is wearing black skinny jeans, a blue Gator basketball shirt and black converses. Charlene is wearing the same thing except a green Disney shirt and shoes.
"So where are we going?" Charlene asked walking up to me. Kyle walked over to Jess.
"Well we are going to dinner and then hopefully a tour of campus," I replied. This is what we did before I left to go overseas.
(at a diner)
I was sitting next to Charlene and Jess & Kyle were sitting across the booth from us. We are waiting on the check.
"So how long have you two been dating?" Charlene asks.
"What?" Jess replies.
"We aren't dating," Kyle says unconvincingly.
"Oh please. You don't hide it very well," Charlene says trying to get an answer.
Jess looks at Kyle. Kyle answers, "Since senior year."
"What, how could you not tell me this?" Charlene asks, looking at both of them.
I needed to change the subject.
"So, Jelly doesn't know I'm back. So I was thinking Charlene you go in first and surprise her. Then I will come in. and we'll visit for a bit."
"Okay. Sounds good."
The check came. I paid. We started walking around campus.
Charlene got onto my back and Jess got onto Kyle's.
"Okay rules are simple. First one to that tree wins," Kyle said.
"Ready. Set…Go," Charlene yelled.
I took off, but so did Kyle. We tied.
Charlene and Jess got off mine and Kyle's backs.
(At Maybeck's apartment)
(1 hour later)
We were back at Maybeck's apartment.
"Okay we are going to bed," Maybeck said, "You two get out here. So, no funny business." Kyle threw a pillow at Maybeck.
Maybeck and I went back to the bedroom. We laid on the bed and just talked.
"What two songs did you listen to most while overseas?" I asked Maybeck.
"Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day and I Can Wait Forever by Simple Plan. What about you?"
"There were three actually. They were like on repeat," Maybeck nodded at me to continue, "Say Something by a Great Big World, Wish You Were Here by Avril Lavigne and When You're Gone by Avril Lavigne. I missed you a lot Donnie," I was starting to cry. Maybeck held me.
"I love you, Charlie."
"I love you, Donnie."
We fell asleep.
(2 hours later)
I woke up fast, crying.
"Maybeck! No Maybeck!" I felt arms wrap around me.
"Shh. Shh. Charlie I'm right here. I'm fine. Charlie shh. Do you want to talk about it?"
"I dreamt I got one of those letters saying you were never coming back," I cried harder.
"Charlie, that would never happen. I will always find a way back to you."
"I'm sorry I woke you up."
"You didn't. I couldn't sleep."
We spent the rest of the night talking.
Well there is chapter one I hoped yall liked it. Let me know what yall thought. I'm going to start another one with just the Gallagher Girls books (and Amanda, the character I created) soon.