"Thank you so much for coming, Hawkeye" B. J. said after the funeral.

"I'm sorry I can't stay," Hawkeye answered, "but I have to get back to the 4077. Colonel Potter thinks I'm in Tokyo for some R & R."

"You are something else," B.J. managed to say.

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Hawkeye walked into Colonel Potter's office.

"I'm back."

The Colonel looked up.

"How's B.J.?" he asked

Hawkeye stared at him.

"You knew?"

"Of course I knew," Colonel Potter said. "I know you, Pierce, and I knew that nothing and nobody could stop you from going."

As B. J. had said to Hawkeye, Hawkeye now said to Colonel Potter:

"You are something else."

"I just hate to think of B.J. in that empty house," Colonel Potter sighed

"That's one thing we don't have to worry about," Hawkeye said. "Dad asked him to come to Crabapple Cove and work with him. And someday, when Dad retires, and this damned war is over, Beej and I are going to be partners."

"Your Dad is a wise man," Colonel Potter remarked.

"I've always thought so," Hawkeye agreed. "And eventually, Beej will be all right...
almost."