hung up her cell phone. “Dammit.”
going on?” Harm asked as
he stood behind her.
was the Admiral, I’m going to
.They need a lawyer who is a Farsi speaker, to go in with some
of the troops.” Mac told him.
do you leave?”
plane leaves Andrews in two hours. I need to go home and pack,” Mac said in an unhappy tone.
took one of her hands into his. “At
least you got to eat Thanksgiving dinner. Do you need a ride to Andrews?”
thanks. I’m being picked
up,” Mac said as AJ Roberts walked into the room.
we play now, Auntie Mac?” AJ
tugged on her skirt.
kneeled down. “I can’t,
Honey. I’ve got to leave.”
“Why?”AJ innocently asked.
looked at Harm. “Are you going, too?”
AJ. Just Aunt Mac,” Harm
“Oh.”AJ said, dejectedly.
looked down at AJ and his sad little face pulled at her heart strings. She kneeled down in front of him. “But I’m sure Uncle Harm would want to play with you.”
glanced down at Mac and AJ before quickly joining them. “Yeah, AJ. I’d
be more than happy to play.”
pleading looked at Mac. “But
you promised, Aunt Mac.”
know, AJ. But Uncle AJ
called and I need to go,” Mac gently told the boy.
took a deep breath. “You’ll
come home right?”
course. Now hug me before
I tell your parents I have to leave,” Mac kindly ordered AJ.
quickly threw himself into Mac’s arms, so quickly in fact, Harm had
to steady them. “I’ll
miss you, Aunt Mac.”
miss you too, AJ,” Mac whispered in his ear. “Now remember you need to be a good boy, so Santa will bring
you your gifts.”
know.” AJ let go of Mac.
and Harm stood up at the same time Bud and Harriet walked into the
room. “Is everything
Mac has to leave,” AJ reported.
that Admiral Chegwidden?” Bud
shook her head. “I leave
in two hours. I actually
need to get going now.”
walked over and gave her friend a hug. “You be safe out there.”
will, Harriet.” Mac said
as Harriet pulled out of the hug. Mac turned to Bud who gave her a sheepish look. “I’ll be back, Bud. So
try to keep Harm in line.”
Ma’am.” Bud gave Mac a
placed his hand on Mac’s back. “I’ll
walk you out.”
“Thanks.”Mac sadly smiled as they walked toward the coat-rack.
Harriet, and AJ stood by the door as they watched Harm and Mac walk
towards her car.
water my plants?” Mac
asked as she stood in front of the driver's side door.
course. You’ll call when
you get there?” Harm
answered and asked.
e-mail when I can.”
soulfully looked into her eyes. “When
are you going to be home?”
Admiral said hopefully within the month. But we don’t know for sure.”
leaned closer to her and softly kissed her lips. The kiss was short, but filled with enough in promise and
emotion to make the falling November temperature feel pleasant. As he pulled back, Mac slowly opened her eyes and gave Harm a
questioning look. Harm
smirked. “In case I
don’t get my mistletoe kiss on Christmas Eve.”
returned his smirk. “And
what if you do get your kiss?”
that was an extra.”
was about to say something but the sound of little feet running toward
her caught her off guard. She
looked behind Harm to see AJ running towards them at full steam. He reached them and threw himself at Mac’s legs. Mac leaned down and picked him up. “Hey.”
don’t want you to go,” AJ sobbed clutching Mac.
heart broke again as she gave Harm a pleading look. “I know. But I
can’t tell Uncle AJ no.”
lifted his head from her shoulder. “You’ll be home by Christmas.”
hope so,” Mac softly whispered. “How about if you’re the first guy I kiss under the
Mac said before she and the small boy shared an Eskimo kiss.
handed AJ to Harm and got into her car before she could listen to the
little voice in her head telling to do everything she wanted to do at
that moment. AJ sat in
Harm’s arms until Mac’s car reached the end of the driveway. Then, he forced Harm to let go of him and he ran towards the
“AJ!!”Harm, Bud, and Harriet yelled after him before Harm took off
running after the child.
didn’t listen, he reached the end of the driveway and waved at
Mac’s car as it maneuvered down the road. “Bye, Aunt Mac!! I
love you!!” AJ yelled
over and over again at the disappearing car.
stood next to AJ until the car was out of sight. “Come on, AJ, let's go inside.”
Uncle Harm. I can still
see red,” AJ stated.
glanced down the road and saw nothing but black top and barren trees. “She’s gone, AJ. She’ll
be home later.”
waved a few move times, then he took Harm’s hand and they walked
toward the house.
and Harm sat playing cars on the floor as Bud and Harriet cleaned up
in the kitchen.“ Uncle
Harm, where did Aunt Mac go again?” AJ asked
Harm told the boy hoping he would understand.
chuckled to himself, knowing AJ didn’t understand. “Do you have a map?”
got a world in my room.” AJ
smiled as he stood up. Once
he was standing he took Harm’s hand and pulled him up the stairs. They walked into his room which was covered with toys from his
loving family and extended family. “Here.”
walked over to the ball on the ground which was decorated like a
globe. He kneeled on the
floor and found
are we?” AJ asked as he
looked at the small red splotch on the ball.
turned the ball and pointed towards the east coast of
.“We’re right here.”
took the ball from him and placed one hand on
and the other one on
.“How will she get there?”
smiled quickly at Harm as he thought of an idea. “If Aunt Mac can get there by plane, we can get there by
plane. Then, we can bring
can’t, AJ. I wish we
could,” Harm sadly said.
dropped the ball and hugged Harm. “I want Aunt Mac to come home.”
too, AJ. Me too. ” Harm held the boy to him, wishing Mac wasn’t going to
ready for bed, Sweetie?” Harriet
asked as she stood in AJ’s room.
shook his head and crawled into bed. “Yes, Mommy.”
pulled the covers over him and kissed his forehead. “So, do you want Dr. Seuss tonight or an adventure story?”
thought for a few seconds. “Can
we write my Christmas list?”
thought we were going to do that tomorrow?” Harriet asked knowing the Toy-R-Us catalog was sitting on the
pleadin looked at his mother. “I
only want Santa to bring me one thing.”
Mac,” AJ stated as if that was the only possible answer to give.
all I want, Mommy. I
promise Santa if he brings me Aunt Mac I’ll be good forever.”
don’t think Santa has that much pull, honey,” Harriet softly said.
want Aunt Mac to be home, Mommy. I
don’t want anything else.” AJ
nearly screamed. Then,
before Harriet could say anything else, he threw himself face down
into his pillow and ignored his mother.
stared at AJ as Bud walked into the room. “What’s wrong?” Bud asked as he held Jimmy to his chest.
looked confused at her husband. “AJ’s
want Aunt Mac,” AJ said into his pillow.
exchanged a concerned look with Harriet. Harriet patted AJ on the back then kissed his head. “I think it’s best if Daddy and I just leave you be. Good
Mommy. Night, Daddy. I love you.” AJ
called from his pillow.
Jimmy, and Harriet left the room wondering about their oldest son.
had been almost three weeks since Mac left. AJ wasn’t the only one
who was missing her. In
Harm’s off hours he was a wreck. His TV was constantly on ZNN and his car radio tuned to NPR, in
a chance to hit a story from her area. In these almost three weeks he had received a handful of
e-mails and a scratchy message on his voice mail, but nothing he could
hold in his hands.
sat in his office working on case file as his computer beeped. He turned his head towards the machine and smiled as he saw an
Instant Message on his screen
- Got a minute or three, Donald?
smile grew as he thought about the idea to talk to Mac. He laughed as he thought back to the night at her apartment
when Mac set up the accounts. He
knew at that time he should not have let her handle the job. She handed him the paper with their screen names and he stared
at her for a few minutes in confusion.
As in the duck?” Harm
just smiled. “Yes, as in
and so are you.” Mac
reported, trying to keep a straight face.
watched her face and knew she was holding back, her lip was starting
to curve up. “And Daisy?”
both like to shop. ”Mac
told him before she started to tell him how to work the account.
- You going to time me?
- Do you want me to?
-You IMed me. What’s up?
- Barely me…I think it is the first time I’ve sat down since I got
- It’s only been two weeks.
- I know. But it’s taken
me that long to find half of the papers on my desk!
- You should be used to a messy desk?
- Watch it, Navy, or you might find yourself in trouble when I get
- Hey, think on the upside, at least you have a desk.
- Yeah and my own tent. Of
course my desk and bed are in the same tent on what we call “Command
Row. ”How is everyone?
- Everyone is fine. AJ
misses you like crazy. Did
Harriet tell you about the letters?
- (chuckling) That he’s ask to write Santa everyday for me to come
home. He’s a great kid.
- Yeah, he is. When are
you coming home?
- Sounds like you miss me, too.
- You catching my cases.
- I’m not talking about work.
thoughts moved on to the sadder side as he realized how much of a
difference she made to him. He
wasn’t about to tell her about the half veggie and meat lovers pizza
he order by accident last night.
- …. I know. I miss you,
- So when will you be home?
- Soon I hope. I’m one
of two who speak Farsi, so it might be a while.
- I don’t know. But can
you do me a favor in case I’m not home?
- You’ll be home.
- (sigh) I know….What’s the favor?
- Could you hand out my gifts to everyone?
- Sure. Where are they?
- In my closet. They are
already wrapped and labeled. Thanks.
- You owe me.
- Me? You owe me, Flyboy.
- Okay, okay, let's call it even.
- Thanks, Harm.
- No problem. So, how are
- Quiet right now but you never know wh
Daisy has sighed off----
stared at the computer screen.
tired again but only received the message from IM that Mac had signed
off. “Probably the
connection.” He muttered
as he opened his e-mail.
we got cut off. It
happens. We have been busy
here without you, in fact, I’ve got court in a few minutes. So I’ll just make this short. Stay
safe there and I’ll see you once you get home…before Christmas I
- AJ isn’t the only one who misses you like crazy.
sent his e-mail and smiled at the picture at the corner of his desk. “You’ll be home soon.” He softly whispered to the camo-clothed Marine who stared back
at him with a smile on her face. He
stared at the photo as a cold rush fell over his body. He shook it off as just a sudden chill in the room.
looked at his watch and quickly gathered his files and left the office
and Bud walked into the bullpen as they returned from court. “Bud, I think Mac and I trained you too well.”
MacKenzie said the same thing, Sir.”
chuckled but his laughter fell as he noticed the staff was watching a
live update on ZNN. He and
Bud slowly turned and faced the TV as Stuart Dunston filled the
is Stuart Dunston and I’m in
at a Marine compound. Three
hours ago this compound was yet another one of our military camps to
be attacked by yet another group of rouge Iraqis. Luckily, personnel only suffered minor injuries. The majority of the damage was located around the vehicles and
some of the tents located on what the personnel stationed here call
‘Command Row’. As more
details develop we will report them. Again, this is Stuart Dunston reporting to you from
slowly turned around and found herself staring at a very scared and
nervous Harmon Rabb. Harm’s
face turned stark white as his brain absorbed the words,
Marine, minor injuries, and Command
moved towards him and touched his arm. “Sir.”
blinked and stared at Harriet. He
was about to excuse himself from the bullpen, but Admiral Chegwidden
called from his office. “Commander
Rabb, my office.”
Sir.” Harm placed his
briefcase on the desk closest to him and walked swiftly towards the
watched as Harm left the room. She
looked upwards and sent a silent pray that it wasn’t Mac’s station
that was attacked.
the hatch and have a seat, Harm.” AJ said as Harm walked into the office.
followed his orders and before he could ask a question, AJ answered
it. “I’m trying to
find out if it was Mac’s station.”
even ask, Harm.” AJ
warned having a feeling Harm was about to get himself in some serious
trouble. AJ looked
patiently at his officer. “I
promise as soon as I know something I’ll let you know. But I need you not to do anything stupid.”
took a deep breath. “Yes,
going to be fine, son,” AJ fatherly told Harm, hoping he was right.
know, Sir.” Harm agreed.
keep you updated on anything I know,” AJ restated as Harm shook his
stood up at attention. “Yes,
his office, Harm closed his door then sat down at his desk, quickly
clicking on the e-mail icon. “Please
Mac, let there be a message.”
mail opened and there was no message.
few minutes passed before there was a soft knock at the door. “Enter.”
slowly opened the door with Harm's briefcase in her hands. “Sir, you left this in the bullpen.”
tried to give her a soft smile. “Thanks,
welcome, Sir.” Harriet
handed him the briefcase .“Sir,
would you like to come over for dinner tonight?”
I really don’t think I would be the best company tonight.”
please don’t make me pull the godchildren card. You know how much I hate that,” Harriet pleaded hoping it
would work to get Harm to come.
chuckled softly. “Can I
yourself, Sir. Is six an
smiled at him. “Thank
you, Sir. AJ will be so
happy to have you over tonight.”
problem, Harriet.” Harm
said before he dismissed her from his office.
Harriet left his office she closed the door behind herself. Harm turned to his computer and quickly typed out an e-mail to
just heard that another camp was hit. Please, tell me it’s not you. The Admiral’s trying to find out, so who knows how long that
could take. I just need to
know that you’re okay. I’m
hoping we just lost a connection this morning and that it was nothing
serious. Please be alright. I don’t know what I would do if you were hurt.
hit sent before he could change any of the words or any of the
thoughts. Now he just needed to wait for a response telling him she
slowly walked through his apartment, the wear of the evening etched on
his face and body. He
still hadn’t heard anything about or from Mac. His nerves were stretched to their limit, especially from his
own thoughts about her safety.
sighed heavily as he toed off his shoes and collapsed onto his bed. Closing his eyes he remembered how AJ Roberts opened the door
to show Harm a picture of Aunt Mac that he drew. He gave it to Harm with the orders to hang it in his office. Harm smiled at the young boy as AJ continued to tell Harm that
Santa was going to bring Aunt Mac home, because Santa brought things
to good little boys.
had finished dinner when Admiral Chegwidden stopped by and said he was
unable to find anymore information about the camp. Since Mac’s section was on the move, they were hard to locate
and the weather was not helping the situation.
now Harm was just semi-glad to be home where he could forget the fake
smile on his face for a small boy, and where he didn’t have to hide
the phone ordered.
sleep-fogged mind commanded his body to wake up. He slowly reached
over and picked the phone up. “'ello”he muttered into it.
Harm, it's me. Did I wake you?” Mac asked.}
the sound of her voice Harm quickly sat up with relief and excitement. “Mac, thank god. Are you okay?”
gave Harm a slight laugh. “Of
course I'm okay. I’m
sorry about how we lost the connection earlier today.}
don’t care about that, Mac. You’re
I’m fine. Why wouldn't I
took a deep breath knowing Mac wasn’t going to tell him. “Mac, it was all over the TV. I didn't know if you were hurt
or even worse. Even the Admiral couldn't tell me anything.”
Harm, I'm sure. Do you want me to catch the next Marine I can get to
tell you the same?” Mac
teased, knowing she was lying to him. The burn on her arm was hurting like hell and the bruises on
her body were going to take awhile to heal.}
of course not. I'm just worried that's all.”
know, but really, everything is okay.”}
promise?” Harm asked.
Rabb, Junior, I am ordering you to stop being so nervous right now .I’m fine. Nothing
is wrong with me, except for the fact I need to give the phone to
breathed a sigh of relief. “How
about if I stop being nervous once you get home?”
you always this incorrigible?”}
that why you love me?” Harm joked with a laugh.
you keep telling me,” Mac commented back. “I need to go. Give
everyone my love, especially Little AJ.”}
wish we could talk longer,” Harm whined softly.
too. I miss you.”}
miss you,” Harm admitted. He
was about to add on something else when he heard the phone click and
the call was disconnected.
set the phone back in the cradle and smiled at it. His sense of fate was restored as he spoke to Mac. As far as he
knew she was fine and that was fine enough for him.
sat in her tent, which still had some mildly charred pieces to it. She was writing a report as a knock came from her door. “Enter.”
MacKenzie,” A male voice said getting Mac’s attention.
snapped her head up at the voice and quickly stood at attention. “I’m sorry, Sir. I
got caught up in this report.”
Pine smiled at her. “At
last day of your tour with us will be the 22nd.You can hitch a ride to the Seahawk and catch a COD from there
to get home,” Pine gleefully told Mac.
smile on Mac’s face grew slowly from center to ear-to-ear. “It’s been a privilege to serve with you, Sir.”
extended his hand and Mac shook it. “You too, Mac. You’re
one hell of a Marine.”
handed Mac her orders and watched her read them. His eyes fell to the fresh dressing on the burn on her arm. “I’ll be adding a little something to your file. I don’t think Bryson and Gilfront will be forgetting how you
helped them out.”
eyes moved to her bandage. “I
think I won’t be forgetting either, Sir.”
have a good and safe trip back. You
will be missed.” Pine
concluded his stay. Mac
returned to attention as he left her tent.
soon as Pine was gone Mac let out a very soft. “Yes!!” She
even partook in a few jumps for joy. She turned to quickly sign on to her computer but her
excitement left her as it fell upon the melted pile of plastic and
could call from the Seahawk,” Mac muttered to herself as she
remembered phone privileges were revoked for the camp.
this sucks,” A Lieutenant Commander complained as he poured himself
a cup of coffee.
wrong, Commander?” Mac
asked as she sat at a table near the coffee pot.
was suppose to go home today, Ma’am, but my
got sick. Captain Ingles has since then canceled my flight,” He
explained as he stood by Mac’s table.
he find another
to fly with you?”
it’s Christmas Eve…the cook volunteered to fly with me.” He groaned into his coffee mug. “I was looking forward to going home. My girlfriend gave birth to my son earlier this month.”
“Congratulations.”Mac smiled to him.
but the poor kid will have no idea who his daddy is if I’m not there. I promised Cathy I would be there tonight. Guess I better go call her and break the news.”
to hear about your bad luck,” Mac said apologetically.
gave her a half smile. “Thanks
smirked. “But you do understand that you did not follow correct
goes down the chain of command. Not
up the chain of command.” Mac
let out a nervous chuckle. “Yes,
Commander turned to leave the room when Mac called to him. “Commander, what is you name?”
Monarch, my call sign is Solo. ”Harry gave her a sincere smile.
Christmas, Solo.” Mac
too, Ma’am.” Harry
added before leaving the room.
sat there and thought for a minute about Solo and his new son. Then she thought about Little AJ and her promise. As she sat and thought there, an idea came to her head. Before she could talk herself out of the idea she quickly left
the lounge and walked to the bridge.
want to do what, Colonel?” Captain
Ingles asked her in mild surprise.
took a deep breath.“I
would like to fly
with Lieutenant Commander Monarch, sir.”
Solo put you up to this?” Ingles
asked as he crossed his arms across his chest.
you ever been in a Tomcat before?” He asked as he felt himself start to consider her suggestion.
felt the knot in her stomach grow. “Once, Sir.”
rubbed his forehead and chuckled. “You’re crazy enough to fly with Rabb?”
believe I am. If it helps
your consideration any, I’ve flown in a MIG also, Sir.” Mac commented.
me guess, with Rabb.”
did you survive these flights, Colonel?”
Sir, after the first one I felt lighter. The second ended too abruptly.”
gave her a confused look. “Abruptly?”
grimaced slightly. “We
were forced to eject, Sir. It’s
me a better reason, Colonel. Your COD will be here to pick you up in
two days. Why can’t you
wait till then?” Ingles
asked as he passed the small room.
promised a little boy to do anything I could to be home for Christmas,
the little boy?” Ingles
asked as he softened some more to the idea of letting the lawyer
reached into her back pocket and pulled out a picture of her, Harm,
and Little AJ. She handed him the picture. “My godson.”
looked at the picture and smiled at the sweet looking boy. Then, he focused on Harm in the picture and noticed the happy
carefree look in Harm’s eyes. “What about your big boy?”
sure the Commander would be glad if I came home tonight, Sir,” Mac
said with mild calmness.
shook his head and handed the picture back. “Colonel, what you’re asking is not something we go around
doing in the Navy.”
just can’t hand out Tomcats to Marines who need a ride home.”
know, Sir, but it’s Christmas and shouldn’t Commander Monarch be
allowed to spend Christmas with his newborn son.”Mac felt like she was arguing in front of a stubborn judge.
know it’s Christmas, Colonel. If I could I would be in that
seat. But I have a job to
do, where as you don’t right now. You’re just here on a layover till the COD can take you home. But I do need that Tomcat taken to Andrews for an upgrade. If it’s late it will just leave me one plane down.” Ingles paused. “So
Colonel, you leave me with one choice.”
that, Sir?” Mac
sure your godson has a merry Christmas.”
that a yes, Sir?” Mac
Colonel. You and Solo
leave in one hour.” Ingles
smiled ear to ear. “Thank
you, Sir. Permission to inform Commander Monarch.”
snapped to attention. “Aye-aye,
“Dismissed.”Ingles ordered with a smile.
Sir, and Merry Christmas, Sir.” Mac turned and walked to the door before Ingles called to her
and she stopped.
smirked at her. “Tell
Hammer if he doesn’t kiss you under the mistletoe he will be
disobeying a direct order.”
Sir.” Mac blushed before
she fully exited the bridge.
quickly walked down the halls to the phones where she saw Solo talking
on the phone. She stopped
in front of him and smiled at him.
you hold on, Cathy?” Solo
asked Cathy over the phone. He
waited for her answer and covered the mouthpiece. “Yes, Colonel?”
do you feel about having a Marine play
for the day?” Mac asked.
leave in 56 minutes, Commander.” Mac reported to the pilot.
eyebrows reached his hairline in shock. “How did you get him to agree?”
tell you during the flight. You
just tell your girlfriend to expect you tonight,” Mac said as she
walked away from Solo.
Ma’am,” Solo said before he turned his attention back to the phone. “Cathy, honey, you’re not going to believe this. But I’m coming home….I know, this Colonel talked the
Captain into it….I think it’s MacKenzie…Yeah, I know. She’s on
our Christmas list this year. Love
you too, bye.” Solo
quickly hung up the phone and ran down the hall towards his quarters.
minutes before take-off
on Harm, pick up,” Mac muttered into the phone as she impatiently
tapped her foot.
cellular customer you are trying to reach is unavailable at the
customer-call electronic voice told her.}
hung up the phone and looked at it with an evil glint. “He’s probably in court anyway.”
ready, Colonel?” Solo stood in the hall with a grin on his face.
glanced at the happy pilot and met his grin with one of hers. “You bet ya, Solo.”
bowed like a gentleman. “Your
chariot awaits, madam.”
thank you, kind sir. ”Mac
laughed as she walked past him towards the flight deck.
you sure you're up to this?” Ingles
asked from the bridge as he watched the Tomcat line up for takeoff.
exhaled heavily. “I’m
not backing out, Sir.”
“Good.”Ingles chuckled. “Just
remember my order for Hammer.”
Sir.” Mac laughed.
few minutes later the Tomcat roared down the small carrier and towards
“Merry Christmas, Sir,” Harriet said as she opened the front door.
leaned down and kissed her cheek. “Merry Christmas, Harriet.”
walked into the house and Harriet took his jacket .“Everyone’s in the living room. We were waiting for you before we served dinner.”
smiled and walked into the living room. He exchanged pleasantries with everyone as he took stock of the
carefree scene. Meredith
and AJ were talking with Tiner and Coates by the Christmas tree. Sturgis and Bobbie were laughing with Bud, who stood off to the
side holding Jimmy. Big
Bud and Mikey were walking out of the kitchen with some eggnog.
Commander?” Mikey asked
with a smile on his face.
think I’ll stick with a glass of punch.” Harm smiled at the young
midshipman. Mikey excused
himself and walked over to the punch bowl to get Harm a glassful.
“Where’s the Colonel?” Big Bud asked as he smiled cheerfully.
Iraq,” Harm said when Harriet approached the group.
Bud shook his head. “When will she be back?”
her time there is finished.” Harm
looked about the room wishing he could avoid the conversation.
military has a hard time paying attention to the holidays.” Harriet griped.
Little AJ?” Harm asked
as he took the cup of punch from Mikey.
laughed. “He’s pouting.”
“Pouting?”Harm asked, watching Harriet gently jab her brother-in-law.
not pouting. He’s upset
the Colonel isn’t here,” Harriet told him .“He refuses to come down to the party till his Auntie Mac is
Bud laughed .“The
kid’s been writing to Santa every hour nearly.”
glanced at the staircase then back at Harriet .“Do you mind if I try?”
smiled before he walked up the wooden staircase. He walked down the hall to Little AJ’s room and smiled as he
approached the door. He
knocked softly. Harm
laughed when he heard little feet run to the door and quickly open the
door. He smiled as he
looked down and saw AJ with a huge smile on his face.
smiled, but as he looked up and saw it was Uncle Harm and not Auntie
Mac, his smile left his face. “Hi.”
chuckled to the small child. “That’s
not much of a greeting, AJ.”
AJ muttered before he hugged his uncle’s legs. “Better?”
little.” Harm moved down
and picked AJ up. He
carried the boy back into his room. “Now what is this I hear about you not wanting to come to the
Mac isn’t there.”
she’s not. She had to work.”
she love me?”AJ asked
as his little eyes held back the tears.
heart broke. “She loves
you more than anything in the world.”
she love me more then she loves you?”
stared at his godson. “I
think so. I talked to her
a few days ago and she hates herself for not being here.”
just want her to be here, Uncle Harm. That’s all I asked Santa for.” AJ moved towards the window. “I’ve been watching all night. She’ll come, she promised.”
you want to go to the party?” Harm
asked as he stood by the window.
until Aunt Mac gets there,” AJ reported.
tried to say something but he couldn’t. He walked to the doorway of the room and left AJ alone with his
wishes. The sad part for
Harm was, for the last few days, he was starring at his own door
wishing Mac would walk through it.
reached the bottom of the stairs to see Sturgis standing there. “Any luck?”
“None.He refused to come down till Mac arrives,” Harm reported.
chuckled. “Sounds like
AJ wants Mac here almost as much as you do.”
shrugged. “I think he
wants her more.”
Air Force Base
walked out of the ladies dressing room. Glad to be back in normal clothes. She passed by Solo. “Merry
Christmas, Ma’am,” He called to her.
too, Commander.” Mac
continued walking towards the exit as a young petty officer approached
her. “Colonel MacKenzie?”
took a deep breath. “Santa is waiting for you, Ma'am.”
“Chegwidden!!” Clay screamed in shock as he stared at Mac and almost ran the
car off the road.
Clay. Gee, calm down.” Mac corrected him.
turned his attention back to the road. “I was worried about you for a minute.” He then thought
about something and asked, “So, are you going to kiss Harm?”
under orders for a kiss,” Mac replied with a small, coy smile. It was a smile which Clay found very mischievous, but beautiful.
son of a bitch.” Clay
muttered under his breath and beard.