Disclaimer: Hey guys, I have decided to write yet another MASH fanfic. As everyone knows, I do not own MASH although I wish I did. Wouldn't it be great? Please enjoy :-)

Margaret's thoughts on a certain Captain

JUNE 1953, South Korea

Margaret sat in her tent brushing her hair for the one-hundredth time. She had just had Post-Op with Hawkeye and both of them had comforted a soldier who had received a 'Dear Jane' letter. The young man, about 22, had received a painful letter from his sweetheart telling him that she was engaged to none other than his now 'former' best friend. Margaret understood his pain. She had suffered cheating from Donald and had received that 'Dear Darlene' letter. Her thoughts wondered to that time… and to Hawkeye.

'How Hawkeye helped me… He was Pierce then, not Hawkeye. We've become so close in recent months. I guess that I've changed and maybe he's changed too. I don't know. All I know is that I'm more open now and even more fun. He doesn't know that I saw his will from when he went to the front. I know he left me his Groucho glasses. I like showing my fun side too. I can only show it in front of my closest friends… BJ, Colonel Potter, Charles, Father Mulcahy, Klinger… and Hawkeye. Hawkeye helped me change. I'm grateful to him for that. I'd still be Hot Lips if it weren't for him and the rest of the gang. Even Klinger's shown me a thing or two about life and the goodness in people. No one has helped me more than Hawkeye…'

At that moment she heard a knock at her door. It was not unusual at all. Hawkeye always came after Post-Op or a heavy OR session.

"Come in Hawkeye."

Hawkeye walked in and took his usual spot on Margaret's bunk. He sat there. They didn't need to talk. All they needed was the company. Once a few silent minutes had passed, the only sound being Margaret's brush going through her hair, Hawkeye spoke.

"Margaret, how have you been lately? You've been a bit distant from the gang lately. Colonel Potter is a bit worried about his 'daughter'." Hawkeye was genuinely concerned for his friend.

"Hawk, I'm fine. I've just been thinking about the future. The peace talks have been going well and I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do with the rest of my life. I've always moved around, so I have no clear place to head to after the war." Margaret continued brushing.

"Margaret, please stop brushing your hair. I know that when you brush like that it means that you're frustrated. I don't know how you feel. I've got Crabapple Cove to go back to, so there's not much thinking. I guess that you're a bit confused. The end of the war can't be easy for army brats. You're used to being everywhere. What do you want to do? Tell me the first thought that comes into your head."

Margaret looked around her room and quickly replied. "I want to be a scrub nurse in a hospital in the States. I don't want to be in the Army."

"You see, Margaret? That's a start. Now all you have to decide is where you want to live in the States. Where you want to work. Do you have any ideas?"

"Actually I do. I want to live in the East Coast. I grew up on bases in the West and I want to try something different."

"Now Margaret, my dear, all you have to do is choose a place. Charles and I, not to mention Trapper, live in the East. Maybe you can get ideas from them. What do you think?"

Margaret smiled. "Thanks Hawkeye. I think I might."

"Well Miss Margaret, I have to go now. Beej needs my help to choose a present for Erin. She'll be two soon and he wants to get her the perfect gift. He's also kind of depressed because he can't be with her. I have to be there, you know?"

"I know Hawk. Thanks. If BJ needs help, tell him that I can offer a woman's opinion for the gift. I want to be there for him too."

"I'll tell him Margaret. He'll be grateful for your concern." With that, Hawkeye walked out.

Margaret sat there thinking about the man who had just been there. Everyday she discovered something new about him. More love, more compassion, more friendship. She wanted to get to know him better. 'How do I tell him?' She thought to herself.

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What will Margaret do about her future? What will she do about Hawkeye? Stay tuned :-)