This is a work of fiction. All concepts, characters and events portrayed in this book are used fictitiously and any resemblance to real people or events is purely coincidental.
Copyright Evelyn Hively, 2014
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Lacy slept most of the flight. She hadn’t slept well the night before. She had a hard time waking up as they were getting ready to start their approach into Denver and one of the stewards brought her a small cup of cold coffee that she could gulp down. She gave him a grateful smile after handing the cup back and settled into her seat. The view was gorgeous as it was a clear day that day in the Mile High City.
She contented herself to reading her copy “The Power of Myth” while most of the folks left the plane and they made ready for the new passengers. It went quick. As the new people started boarding Lacy kept an eye up and made a mental note of everyone who was getting on. Three people again caught her attention. The first one was nondescript again. Female. She ducked into the first row of seats almost immediately upon accidentally making eye contact with Lacy.
Newb, Lacy thought.
The second managed to not make eye contact but still took too long putting his luggage up. The third one… was the same guy from the Knoxville Airport. The one who reminded her of Joseph in how he carried himself. He made eye contact and gave her a half smile. Making his way back he set his stuff up in the luggage compartment and took the aisle seat. Lacy went slowly back to her book. The prickles were back.
A couple minutes later he leaned over.
“Is it okay if I scoot over a seat towards you? The plane is filling up fast.”
Lacy nodded without really looking at him. She changed her mind about him being not worth keeping an eye on. Nothing else happened as they readied for take off, took off and about halfway through the flight. About mid way from Denver to San Diego, he bent over to tie his shoe. Lacy wasn’t certain, but she was sure his hand came near her bag at one point. He slept the rest of the time afterwards, not really showing in any interest or disinterest for that matter.
When they arrived, he let her out first. She gave him a thank you smile and headed off the plane. Taking discreet pictures of the other two was out of the question but she had still put a good hour into trying to figure out how she could.
Once off the plane she headed for the bathroom. She checked her pack over carefully only to find a single card that she knew very well as where it had come from. All it said was:
Department of Defense
Uh oh…. Lacy’s mind raced. Had the other two been with him as well? What was happening? She shook her head hard. Joseph was waiting for her outside the airport. She threw the backpack back on and headed for the exit. She moved quickly and took the most direct route only changing her direction when almost at the doors. There were enough people in the luggage claim that she could loose any tail that might be on her.
Joseph was standing outside of the farthest doors waiting for her. She couldn’t help but grin broadly at him. He was in his marpats and looked downright wonderful to her. She ran to him and kissed him as he caught her up in a hug.
“I missed you,” she whispered into his neck.
He hugged her tightly before tugging the backpack from her and throwing it over his right shoulder. Taking her hand in his other hand, he led her away from the airport.
“Already got us a room. There’s your favorite Chinese take out and hard cider waiting for us. Tomorrow, we are going to do a little sight seeing and watch the sunset. Then after that, we are going to be talking for hours….” he told her, squeezing her hand gently.
“Sounds great!” she said as she managed to push the flight events to the back of her mind. They could wait. Right now, it was her and Joseph.