At the beginning of July Danny was seven months old and we were preparing for the town's Fourth of July celebrations. Apart from the town's normal celebration, which is mixed with the Lobster Festival, Daniel and I were having a party at beach-side property that he owned. I actually had no idea that he owned any other property. When I asked his about it he said that it was where he grew up. He and his wife had also raised Hawkeye there but when Elaine died he moved into his current house.
The first time I saw it, tears came to my eyes. Faded memories came flooding back into my mind. The dream I had when I was in Korea…after the accident. This was the house; this was the place where I was with Hawkeye. I knew then that everything was going to be fine. Everything was going to work out.
The party went wonderfully and Danny was the center of attention. Daniel had invited everyone who lived in Crabapple Cove. I'm not exaggerating, I mean everyone. After the Fourth we tried to get back into the normal routine of our lives. The talks of peace kept me sitting on the edge of my seat. Although I never could dare to hope that the war could be over soon. On the twenty-seventh when I heard that a peace treaty had been signed I wanted to jump around the house in joy. Hawkeye would be coming home! On the day when we received a government issued letter I ran all the way (five miles) into town carrying Danny, so that Daniel could open the letter. He ripped open the letter and sat down heavily as tears streamed down his cheeks.
"Dr. Pierce," He read. "Your son will be arriving home on the first of August…" Daniel didn't finish reading the rest of the information. He looked up at me and began laughing. Then I thought about it, the first! Today was the first of August!
I gasped and ripped the letter out of his hands scanning it for where and when Hawkeye would be arriving. The airport…six o'clock. There, six o'clock. My eyes flew to the clock on the wall it was only slightly past noon. We could still make it to the airport on time. It was only a three hour drive from Crabapple Cove.
"I only have one more appointment today." Daniel said suddenly. "Go home and get ready and I'll pick you up at three." I wondered how he could be so calm. I studied him and realized that he was just as ecstatic as I was; he was just trying to hide it for my sake. On an impulse I threw myself at him, almost crushing Danny between us.
I jogged back home and hurriedly showered and dressed. I pulled on my favorite blue dress and styled my hair simply. As I was brushing my hair I wondered what Hawkeye would think of it. I had let it grow out to its natural color; a light brown. I had it short, a very trendy cut. I spent almost a half hour debating what to dress Danny in. I couldn't believe that Danny was about to meet his father.
At two o'clock I was ready but I knew I couldn't wait another hour. I could have driven Hawkeye's car into town but since the accident I couldn't bring myself to drive. I slipped off my shoes and walked on the side of the road in the grass. I arrived a quarter to three, just as Daniel was about to come pick me up. He smiled when he saw me and we climbed into the car and headed to the airport.
We arrived at the airport only a few moments before six and I anxiously awaited my husband in the small terminal. I tried to sit down but I quickly stood up and began walking back and forth as I rubbed Danny's back trying to comfort him.
"Margaret he's not crying." Daniel said teasingly.
"What are you talking about?"
"Danny; you're trying to sooth him when he's not crying."
"Oh." Truthfully I wanted to cry. I had never been so nervous in my life. Hawkeye and I had only been married for two short months before I left. We had only been together once. How could I be certain that he still felt the same about me?
As the plane landed I felt sick. I desperately needed to sit down but my anxious mind wouldn't let me. People began filing into the terminal and I thought I would faint. Daniel grabbed onto my arm to support me and I heard his strong voice call out.
"Ben! Ben, oh my god, Ben." Daniel let go of my arm and ran towards his son, embracing him warmly as he wept. I couldn't move. I hugged Danny close to my body and just stared at my husband. I was sweating and the ground was rocking under my feet.
"Hawkeye." Someone called; it was me. His head jerked up and his eyes swept around the terminal, glazing right over me. He frowned and said something to Daniel who stepped back and smiled. Daniel put a hand on his shoulder and pointed to where I was standing. Hawkeye's mouth dropped open and he ran over to me and nearly smothered me in his embrace.
"Oh my Margaret." I heard him mumble. "Oh baby, I missed you." I pulled back and saw that he was crying. I then started laughing hysterically. I couldn't help it. Hawkeye looked at me, concerned and guided me over to a chair. He sat me on his lap and rubbed my back until I stopped laughing.
A faded memory seeped into my mind. "That's Major to you." I said sternly.
"Right; hi Major Baby."
I snaked my arm around his neck and laid my head on his shoulder as I hung onto him for dear life. He gently wrapped his arms around me and squeezed me tightly. Danny protested to this loudly and I laughed.
Hawkeye gently pushed me onto another chair and nodded somewhat nervously towards Danny. "Aren't you going to introduce me?"
I wondered at his nervousness. Hawkeye never before seemed to have a problem around children; what was wrong? I began to panic inwardly; what if I was wrong? What if Hawkeye wasn't ready to be a father? I tried to push these worried thoughts out of my mind. At the moment Hawkeye didn't even realize who the child in my arms was.
"This is Danny." Hawkeye smiled and waited for me to continue. "Daniel Benjamin Pierce." I mumbled. I couldn't bring myself to look into my husband's eyes. I was afraid of what I might see there.
I heard him take a sharp intake of breath and then he reached over and tilted up my head. "Mine?" was all he could manage to say.
I nodded, anxiously awaiting his reaction.
Hawkeye's mouth dropped open and he tentatively reached for the baby. As held his son I noticed that his hands were shaking. I gently placed my hands on top of his and smiled hesitantly.
"Hawkeye?" I couldn't take it anymore. Was he happy? I just couldn't read his expression. Then the Hawkeye Pierce I knew came back into his body. He threw back his head and laughed. He held our son close as he stood up and held his free arm out to me. I stepped over to him and he wrapped his arm around my waist and guided me to his father.
"Come on Major Baby. Let's go get some dinner."
Margaret closed her journal and sighed. As she though about her life she had so many regrets, so many thing that she wished had never happened. But now that they were all on paper and she looked through them she realized that every mistake had brought her to where she was today. She wouldn't trade those mistakes for anything in the world. She quietly slipped out of her room and turned of the light. Soon she was downstairs with her husband, dancing on the back porch. Their guests had all gone home and they were alone to enjoy the moonlight shinning over the sea.
"What's wrong?" He asked her as she sighed.
"Nothing," Margaret replied as she looked up at him. "I suppose I'm just being a little melancholy."
"Well I suppose that's allowed." He said with a mischievous grin.
"What now?" She asked, eyeing him suspiciously.
"Did you know that moonlight makes you look incredibly sexy?" She pushed him away from her and humorously hit his ribs.
"Idiot," she paused and began laughing as his stuck out his bottom lip and pouted playfully. "Oh but I love you anyway." She said as he pulled her close."
He gently rested his head on top of hers, inhaling the sweet sent of her hair. "I love you too Major Baby."
Yaaay I finally finished! This has been my "pet" story for quite some time now. It was actually the first real story I started. Okay...so I want lots of review for my final chapter! Thank to all for your faithful reviews! You guys make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, lol.
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