Keep following your hunches, Lucan said. We need them. We need everyone following every lead and working together if we want to flush Opus’s members out of the bushes and take them down. That goes double for our bigger adversary.
Hey. So I guess I should start with: if you’re watching this, then things did not go the way I planned, which definitely…well, sucks. I hope that I went doing something meaningful, and if not…well, let’s just pretend I did, okay? He smiled, and my chest tightened like a vise on my heart. But listen. There’s something I want you to have.Josh pulled a ring box out of the bag. Oh, shit, he whispered, and then popped the case open. Will’s West Point ring stared back at him and tears instantly welled in my eyes.
I know you called me a ring-knocker on more than one occasion.And I was, Will agreed as if he could hear Josh. There was this one time we were on the flight line, remember? When you told me that I knew nothing about loyalty. That I wouldn’t last a day—In a real platoon, Josh finished in time with Will, then hung his head.
Stop kicking yourself, because you were right. I wouldn’t have, not back then. But all those times we were studying, when you were catching up on my notes in the Advanced Course, I don’t think you realized that you were really the one teaching me. Will sighed. Once I knew what you’d been through on your first deployment, I watched you. Watched how you took on the world like you’d never been scarred by it. I watched how you loved Ember, how you’re protecting her even right now while you’re in Afghanistan and I’m just getting home from fixing her disposal.I whimpered, my hand flying to cover my mouth. I’d seen him right before he filmed this. He’d stood in my kitchen, helping me, talking to me, and died a few short weeks later. The unfairness of it was devastating.
Being around you taught me the value of friendship, and I know you guys didn’t want to let me into your little club, but you did. And I’m thankful. I learned more about loyalty in the last two years from being with you guys than I did in four years at the Academy. He paused and took a deep breath. Okay, so tell Ember to take care of Paisley. I know that’s Jagger’s job, but I also know that what we do means we’re not around as often as we’d like to be. And you should probably marry her, because I’m telling you that you’re not going to find a better woman.
My teeth sank into my lower lip as tears spilled down my cheeks.Hold on! came a loud male voice.
A moment later, the door opened and a beefy, bald guy answered. Can I help you?Umm… I’m looking for Mr. Wilder?
He looked me up and down and then smirked. Not his type, honey. Sorry.If my cheeks had warmed earlier, now they were on fucking fire. I’m not looking to score him; I’m his tutor. I lifted the lanyard from my neck and dangled the attached ID.