The Paperback Edition…
Those two weeks with Bobby had been unbelievably wonderful. I had taken time off from work so that we could be together…much to the displeasure of my mother.
“I see he’s already a bad influence on you, Samantha.” she said coldly. She knew I had taken vacation time but that made no difference to her.
Bobby talked a lot about life aboard ship. He really loved the Navy…and I wondered how much he had missed me before…how hurt he had been when we broke up…he never said. But then…I hadn’t told me much either.
When I told him one night that I had never really stopped loving him…he said that he felt the same…but he was so quiet when he said it, I wondered if it were true.
Neither of us really talked about what would happen when he got out of the Navy. We had now. Now was all that mattered. Now was beautiful.
Bobby knew I loved him…and he loved me.
But just before his leave was over, a horrible thought crept into my head…what if I was just someone he had wanted to connect with when he was home on leave and nothing more? Could that be possible?
No…no… That couldn’t be true…wasn’t true…not Bobby. He did love me…I was sure…I was so very sure.
But always in my ear was my mother’s voice…warning me over and over…telling me that Bobby wasn’t right for me…telling me there would be other boys…better suited to me.
Sam still did not know how much Bobby loved her because he was scared of being hurt again and so…he had not told her that life without her would be impossible.
Still so young and still hurting after having his heart seemingly ripped out after losing Sam before, Bobby was unsure…still dared not to tell her she was his life…now more than ever before.
Dared not to tell her that he could not bear the thought of losing her…that it would destroy him.
Dared not to tell her that her smile not only brightened his day…it brightened his whole world.
Dared not to tell her that every night he made plans for their future and went to sleep with a grin on his face…thinking of them being together.
How could Samantha Jones have known all of that, if Bobby Flanagan had not dared to tell her?
She could have known, of course, would have known… if she had been able to real all of the letters Bobby had written to her the first weeks back aboard ship…not just the quick, first note he had written to tell her that his ship would soon be sailing to Japan…but long detailed letters telling her how much he loved her more than anything.
If Sam had been able to read all the letters when Bobby had finally dared to open up his heart and tell her she was his life and always had been from that first, cold, November day so long ago…and that he loved her beyond all else.
In those letters, Bobby tells Sam that he’s sure he can get special leave so that they can get married even before he gets out of the Navy…”soon, very soon, Sammy”.
He tells her he is now looking forward to working with his dad at the hardware store. He says, if she wants, she can start looking for an apartment for them and…and…so much more.
He goes on and on about their future…their future together. Bobby has plans and he hopes that she does too…and can’t wait to hear from her.
But…he never does…