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Blabbering Bookworms – Book blog tour Daniel Gibbs Echoes of The Past

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Calvin walked up the driveway to his home, looking up at the Terran Coalition flag raised high on the flagpole in the yard. He reflected for a moment on how much he loved the flag and the ceremonies around it. He had always planned to enlist his children, once he had some, to assist him in raising and lowering the flag each day. Until then, he just kept it lighted. He had been worried the entire trip home what his wife would have to say to him, but it turned out, he shouldn’t have been. Before he was halfway up the driveway, the front door flew open and Jessica ran out with tears of joy in her eyes. Calvin quickened his pace to meet her in the middle, embraced her, and they kissed each other passionately.

“I’m sorry for what I said, baby,” she said to him softly. “I can’t tell you how proud of you I am.”

Calvin stared into her eyes. “Unless you just have something for a man in uniform...” She laughed at his lame attempt at humor. “I’ve got to ask you what changed because you were pretty upset with me.”

“I’ve seen interview after interview on the holonets from the families of the POWs your team rescued. I know now you had to be there. God wanted you in that place, so you could save them.”

“It wasn’t me, baby; it was all of us,” Calvin said.

“You led them. You gave them confidence and courage. I’ve seen you do it with all these kids that you’ve been training.”

“So you’re okay with me staying in?”

“I’m not happy about it, but I see now it’s where you are supposed to be. It’s your calling, and I’ll be okay. I had my eggs frozen for a reason, and we can have a child whenever you are ready. So, you see this through, and then we can have our family.”

Calvin thought for a moment about how selfless she was being, and it made him love her all the more. “I’ll make it up to you. I promise. But for now, how about you let me show you how much I missed you?”

His wife kissed him playfully and called after him as she darted toward the house. “If you can catch me!”

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