Sorry it's been ages since I've updated! I always seem to get stuck on the endings unless it's super mushy and I wanted to keep this one a bit "leave it up to you". Unless of course you want me to do a short paragraph as a 20th chapter, titled "Five Years Later" or "Same Time, Next Year," you get the point. Well let me know! After a week with no reviews I'm dying for some! lol.
Radar scanned the crowded front yard of the Potter's home until he spotted Hawkeye. He called his friend's name and made his way towards him. "Goodbye Hawkeye," he mumbled a light smile on his face.
Hawkeye laughed loudly. "It's not goodbye, I have a feeling we're going to be seeing a lot of each other," he said with a wink and a smile.
Radar grinned and nodded. "I was talking with my mom and I think you're right." He smiled sheepishly and looked up at Hawkeye. "Who knows, maybe I'll get that brother I wanted."
Hawkeye smiled and squeezed the young man's shoulder. "Right back at ya."
Hawkeye felt a light tap on his shoulder and he turned to see Kellye standing behind him.
"I just wanted to say goodbye," she informed him lightly. Hawkeye laughed and bent down suddenly and picked her up.
Kellye screamed, drawing the amused attention of the rest of the group. Hawkeye marched straight towards Charles who was watching suspiciously.
"Promise you'll take good care of her, Chuckles, or I'm not putting her down."
Much to Hawkeye's surprise, Charles smiled genuinely. "You have my word, Pierce."
Hawkeye sat Kellye back down and hugged her warmly. "By babe," he mumbled before extending his hand to Charles.
"So long, Charles."
Charles shook his hand. "You be good to her," he said, nodding towards Margaret. "She can pack a mean punch."
Hawkeye threw back his head and laughed, drawing the attention of Daniel who was chatting with Leah and Radar.
"I'm sorry you had to find out the hard way," Hawkeye teased, before turning towards around to say goodbye to Mildred and Sherman.
"Goodbye you two," he hugged Potter warmly and gave Mildred a peck on the cheek.
"Hey watch it," Potter cautioned. Hawkeye laughed and patted the man's back.
"Goodbye Sherman," he said with a smile.
Hawkeye walked over to Margaret and wrapped an arm around her waist. "One wrong move and you'll look like Charles," she warned with a smirk.
"Do you have to go soon?" he asked. Margaret nodded.
"Yeah, I promised my mom I would drive back with her. I'll see you in two weeks though." Hawkeye nodded and kissed her cheek.
"Fine," he whined in a snotty voice. "Be that way."
"Careful, Hawk," BJ cautioned as he approached them, "Or she's liable to give you a bit of the medicine she gave Chuckles."
Margaret stifled a laugh as Hawkeye rolled his eyes. "So I've been told," he mumbled, and then chuckled along with his friend. "Why does everyone seem to have the need to remind me that you're stronger than I am?" he asked Margaret good-naturedly.
Margaret shrugged and gave BJ a playful wink. "They just care about you," she said. "They don't want to see you wind up in a hospital."
The group laughed and BJ leaned over and hugged Margaret. "See ya later, Margaret." He muttered. Margaret hugged him back and gave him a quick kiss on the cheek.
"Is Erin asleep?" she asked and BJ nodded. "Well tell her and Peg goodbye for me." BJ nodded again and turned to Hawkeye."
"See ya later, Hawk."
Hawkeye rolled his eyes. "Goodbye, BJ." Hawkeye said, stressing the farewell.
"Oh come on, don't start that again."
Hawkeye was about to protest when Colonel Potter walked up behind them. "It's not goodbye, boys." He assured them. "I was talking to Mildred yesterday and we agreed that this can't be a one-time shindig. We'll be seeing you same time next year."
The threesome let out a subdued cheer and Margaret hugged the aging man. "That sounds wonderful!" she exclaimed happily.
BJ placed his hand back on Hawkeye's shoulder. "Well then I guess I was right, Hawk. I'll see you later."
Hawkeye nodded a smirk on his face and leaned over to hug his freind. "Same time, same place."