Carys nibbled on her muffin, her mind running a hundred miles an hour. It couldn’t be her lead they were discussing, could it? Had the information she’d found last night proven useful? Had it possibly led the Order to another Opus Nostrum member? The very idea spiked her veins with a jolt of adrenaline, the thrill of the hunt.
You don’t talk about us? Now I’m hurt. Where’s the love?Plenty of love, Josh said between bites. I just have a different life.
Doing what? Samuel asked, stealing a fry from Josh’s plate. I bit into my own, savoring the salt.Josh looked my way and then back to Samuel. I fly helicopters for the army, now.No shit? Evan remarked. What? Not getting enough thrills from the bike, you gotta take it to the sky?
You have no idea. I kept my thoughts to myself as I devoured my burger, hungrier than I’d initially thought. Besides, I wasn’t giving Josh an excuse to shut them up. I’d learn way more about this part of his life by being quiet than I would by asking questions.Something like that, he answered as their pies were delivered.
Is that where you got the hardware? Tom pointed to Josh’s air cast, and I paused, my French fry suspended an inch from my lips.
Something like that, he repeated.It just felt a lot emptier without Josh.
The halls of the combat support hospital in Kandahar were unusually quiet as I walked back from my flight physical. Then again, at eight a.m., the day was just getting started.One month. I’d been in Kandahar one month, and even though it had been years since my first deployment, it somehow felt like I’d never left. In a gross, unexplainable way, it seemed like this was where I lived, and I’d simply been away for a few days.
There were some improvements, of course. Now, I slept in a concrete bunker, spoiled with my own room instead of a giant tent with fifty other guys—on a good night—which meant I had some semblance of privacy when I Skyped Ember.It was only nine-thirty at home, and if I hurried back, I might be able to get a call in to say good night before I was due on the flight line.