By Laura Baumbach

Laura Baumbach, Josh Lanyon and Z.A. Maxfield contributed to the anthology a result of courageous. This assortment honors the lads who have served within the army and worked with the "Don't Ask, do not inform" coverage. In Laura Baumbach's precise goal a soldier returns to his commander's native land to inform his brother the reality. approximately what occurred within the box. Josh Lanyon's till We Meet once again pits a Naval Academy graduate opposed to the Taliban and his personal repressed earlier. ultimately in Z.A. Maxfield's leaping Off locations a soldier returns domestic to be together with his death mom and unearths greater than he bargained for within the position he'd was hoping to by no means see back.

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His thumb brushed lightly over Carson's lips. “Not that it could work out between us, but—” Carson jerked his head to one the side, brushing off China's caress. ” This was the hard part. Reliving it in order to tell it. He took a deep breath, trying to sweep away the memories, at least the hardest ones. He reminded himself that what he felt was nothing compared to what Carson would go through. ” Anger drained away in an instant. Carson was left looking frightened and lost. ” A hesitant knock on the door frame heralded the arrival of a young woman to the chapel doorway.

Okay. ” “Angry? ” China moved closer, grabbing Carson's wrist on the front pew just to connect better. Carson liked actions more than words. Tremors ran through the arm under his grip, but he suspected hurt fueled them more than hate. “You have a right to be angry, but most of that other stuff isn't true. ” He touched the side of Carson's face, his chest aching at the unhealthy coolness of the porcelain-like skin. He lowered his voice, longing slipping out along with the truth. ” His thumb brushed lightly over Carson's lips.

There was no future here. Not with someone who would deceive him like this. How could he have been so wrong about the man? ” The bedroom was warm and silent. It smelled of sex and coffee. It was probably his imagination but China thought he detected the faint scent of cranberry he associated with the taste of Carson's kisses. 42 Because of the Brave Towel partially over his head to dry off his hair, China walked blindly into the room, stopping when he felt the bed covers brush his naked leg. ” He dropped the towel and peered out the open bedroom door.

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