Letter to a Soldier 15

By: Hotaru

Notes: Well, I haven't felt like writing, and no one's felt like reading apparantly. Anyway, I'll end the suspense for the few of you who are eager to find out what happens.

The court was dead silent as Billy and Rebecca re-entered. They quickly took their seats, and Rebecca took Billy's hand. "Has the jury reached it's verdict?" The judge questioned.

"We have, your honor.On the charge of hiding from government officials, and hindering his arrest we find the defendant guilty. We call that he be sentanced to one year in prison."

Marsh leaned over to Billy. "I can get that knocked down to six months, maybe less." He whispered. "It's good."

"And on the charge of 23 counts of murder, we find the defendant.....not guilty."

Rebecca's body shivered, and she wrapped her arm's around Billy's shoulder. "You did it! You're finally free."

"Yeah...I can't believe it." Billy said with a small smile.

-=-

Marsh, Billy and Rebecca were currently seated at a restaurant to eat a victory dinner. "Now, don't worry about that year in prison. I'll have it knocked down to six months, and maybe even three with a year on probation or something. You really got a great deal, kid." Marsh said, patting Billy on the shoulder.

"Well I couldn't have done it without either of you." Billy remarked. "I can't believe it's finally over."

"I knew that if the jury was smart, they'd see that you were innocent. That other lawyer was horrible. You'd think that you killed his kid or something." Rebecca commented.

"Yeah, I'm sure that my old commander offered him a large sum of money to attack me like that. But if he was smart, he could have made them think I was guilty. Luckily he was an idiot." Billy replied.

"That guy has a reputation for being a drunk, and his career is going down the drain. If they had gotten a better lawyer, we might not be sitting here. Luckily, we got the drunk!" Marsh said with a chuckle. "Well, I'll leave you kids alone. Don't forget we have to go back to the court tomorrow, Billy to deal with your sentancing."

"Yeah, got it. Thanks a lot."

Marsh nodded, and weaved through the crowded restaurant. "So." Rebecca said with a smile.

"So. Our first official date, ah?" Billy grinned.

"I guess so. I can't believe it's over now. How do you feel?"

"Really...relieved. I don't mind the jail time, I can take it. Community service I can do, too. I can finally stay in one place, get a job, make friends without worrying that they're cops or something.."

"That must feel incredible."

"Yeah. It's strange...I can hardly remember the time before all this shit happened. I have vague memories of growing up with my dad, and then joining the Marines...making some buddies there. Turns out, all but one betrayed me."

"Rick...he seems like a great guy. I hope you don't hold a grudge against him or anything."

He leaned back in his chair. "It's hard to. He did what he could to help me, I can't blame him for not wanting to get in trouble. He'd be out on his ass if he actually testified. Thankfully, we didn't need him." He answered.

"If they had found you guilty...do you think that he would testify then?" Rebecca questioned.

"I don't know. I'm happier knowing he did what he could, and that it was good enough."

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After dinner, the two went to the park and sat on a bench by the lake. They just talked about random things for the longest while. A police escort had to follow them, but he kept his distance so they could have some privacy. "So, you'll come visit me right?" Billy questioned quietly, as they watched the moon's reflection on the rippling water.

"Of course. I'll bake you things to share with your prison buddies." Rebecca said, half-joking.

"If that can keep me from being shanked, that's great."

"Ew. I hope that doesn't really happen."

"It does. I won't let it, though. So, what are you going to do while I'm gone?"

"Oh, I don't know. Try to find a job, and a place here while I wait. Try to find my parents. Let them know I finally found someone."

"So you found me, hm?" Billy snaked his arms over her shoulders, and she leaned into him.

"We found each other." She corrected.

"You saved me..."

"You saved me too. Are we even now?"

"I'll come to your rescue, no matter what. I'll be like your knight in shining armor."

"Yeah?"

"Yeah."

Standing on her tip-toes, Rebecca leaned to kiss Billy. Her first official kiss. It was nice, romantic, everything she expected it would be. And she wouldn't be experiencing another one for a long time. "I can't believe you're going to leave me again." She whispered into his shoulder.

"I'll be back before you know it." Billy said, comforting her.

"Will you?"

"Yeah. No death row for me. Just making some license plates, cleaning sheets and eating gross food for a couple of months and I'll be back."

"I can't believe how positive you're being about this. I'd be devestated if I had to go to prison."

"Well, I've been there. And I've been there, thinking I'd be dead soon. This is much better."

The next day, Billy went off to prison, not too upset about his whole situation. He'd be getting out before too long, and Rebecca would be waiting for him. And who knew where it would go from there?

Fin