Title: Little White Lies

Author: S J Smith

Rating: K+

Disclaimer: USA owns all.

Summary: Michael keeps his secrets as he's leaving home for the first time.

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"What are you doing?"

Michael froze, hearing his little brother's innocent question. What was he doing? Packing to leave home. Finally. For good. "What does it look like, Nate?"

"You just got back home." Nate pushed into Michael's room, dropping onto the bed and making the mattress - and Michael's suitcase - bounce. "You're not leaving again so soon, are you?"

How could he say this. "Um, yes." Michael was excited about his new job. The idea of being able to protect his country was amazing.

"You're smiling."

"No I'm not."

"Yes you are." Nate glared up at him.

"No I'm - look, Nate, I've got a new job. A great new job. And I need to go get started on it."

The smell of cigarette smoke announced their mother at the door. "You are going to come home and visit, aren't you?"

Michael blinked a couple of times, turning to face his mom and smiling. "Of course, Mom. Just as often as I can."

It wasn't the first time he'd lied to his family. Michael figured it probably wouldn't be the last time, either.

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