Lieutenant Daddy by Carolyn Faulkner EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Carolyn Faulkner
- Language: English
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As the haunting strains of “Taps” faded into the wind, and the blackgarbed widow dabbed at her eye with a matching handkerchief, her
bleary-eyed gaze couldn’t help but settle—granted, for a fleeting
second—on the man who stood across from her while the coffin of her late
husband was lowered slowly into the ground.
Standing at attention as he was, he did every inch of his six-foot-two-inch
Marine dress blues proud—back impossibly straight, impressively wide,
muscular shoulders filling out the uniform as if he belonged on a recruitment
poster—instead of at a small, poorly attended funeral. And she knew better
than most that there was absolutely no need for him to suck in his stomach.
He’d had an eight-pack when she’d known him, and Mrs. Major Kevin
Kennedy—widow of the deceased—couldn’t imagine that he’d put on even so
much as an inch of anything but muscle, even though it had been a bit more
than a decade since she’d seen him without his shirt on.
If he hadn’t changed—and she doubted that he had—his hair would be
cropped close to his skull beneath his hat, there would be no piercings and no
tattoos anywhere on his body, and he’d be just as much of a stickler for rules
and regulations—doing things the “right” way—as he always had been.
Angela—Angie—Kennedy watched as surreptitiously as possibly as he
joined with the rest of the color guard in the process of formally folding the
flag that had been draped over her husband’s coffin, which he then formally
presented to her. The three shells that were expended in the gun salute, which
she knew represented duty, honor, and sacrifice, were tucked into a fold of
“On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States
Marines, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our
appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service,” he intoned
gravely in his beautifully deep baritone, before saluting the flag, taking a step
back, executing an about-face, and walking back to take his place in the color
She hadn’t even gotten a chance to thank him, and that was the end of the
Angela took a deep breath, hugging the flag to herself as the eight or so
people in attendance—all of them being what remained of Kevin’s small
family, which was still bigger than hers—and a few family friends hugged
“It was a beautiful service.” That from his older sister, Lucy, and done
entirely for the benefit of their audience.
“I’m so sorry this had to happen to the two of you.” Ricky—Rick—
Trombetta said, while giving her an inappropriately tight hug.
She was surprised he hadn’t tried to cop a feel. Angela wouldn’t have bet
he would’ve been able to resist, since he never had before. She’d never said
anything to Kevin about his best friend’s behavior—not because she thought
that her husband might go wild with jealousy and wreak havoc on the man he
had been tight with since high school, but precisely because she pretty much
knew that that wouldn’t even cross his mind to do.
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