RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 23rd!
Christmas is a time for family and friends. A time to be with those we love and cherish, the ones who make our heart beat. But when the love of your life is half way around the world, how do you let the spirit of the holidays lift you up and bring your cheer?
Kelsey and Riley spent more time apart then together early on in their relationship and now that it’s repaired he’s away for a whole different reason. Feeling the absence of Riley while he’s deployed is taking a toll on Kelsey. She finds herself crying more often than not and distancing herself from the people who are there for her the most.
Riley has employed the help of some friends to make Kelsey’s Christmas a special one. Leaving a series of notes and gifts behind to remind her of the good times they have shared so far, and the ones to come.
Can Kelsey handle one of the happiest holidays being away from the man who completes her in every way?
Will Kelsey scavenge for the strength she needs to take on the roll of a military girlfriend or will she crack under the pressure from the distance?
Only she knows how much she can take….
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He nods. “So tell me, did you look in the closet?”
The reminder of the seashells brings a smile to my face. I lean back against the doorframe and stretch my legs out in front of me, relaxing. “Who said you aren’t romantic?” I ask. Reaching into the box, I pick up one of the shells and hold it up for him to see. “You even went so far as to add little adjectives on them,” I croon. “You really think all these things about me?”
“That and so much more,” he says.
I stare at him on my screen and see the adoration he has for me. It shows in his eyes, in his smile, in everything he does for me, and I know deep down I am the luckiest woman in the world.
“How was your nig…” My words are cut off when a loud explosion sounds through the speaker of my phone.
Fear paralyzes me.
“Babe, I have to go,” Riley rushes, his attention no longer on me but on what’s happening over there. He turns back to the camera, his eyes wide, and I see the dread taking hold of him. “I love you, Kelsey. Always remember that,” he says before another loud bang sounds out and the call disconnects.
The phone slips from my hand but in my numbness, I don’t recognize it. My heart beating faster than a herd on the move drowns out any noises around me. The sound of blood rushing through my body pounds in my ears, and all I can think about is I didn’t get to tell him I love him back. How will he know? Oh. My. God. What just happened? Is he okay? Is he alive? I’m pulled from my depressing thoughts by an incessant ringing sound until I recognize it’s my phone. Detached from everything, I reach for it only for it to stop and start ringing all over again.
My eyes close for a second at the name on the screen and all I can do is pray it’s not as bad as what my mind is conjuring up right now.
“Hello?” I whisper.
“They’ve been attacked and it’s not good,” are the last words I hear before a world of darkness swallows my vision and takes me under.