The weekends away continued, the next weekend they were back in Abilene, a different hotel this time though. Friday had been sports day, everyone on base that was in training was required to attend. Most students though spend the day just enjoying the fact that they weren’t in class. It was the second sports day since Michael and Sam had arrived, this time though Sam would be leaving base with the rest of the casuals to do volunteer work. Getting volunteer hours that could later be used on her EPR wasn’t exactly a bad thing, especially since she would be away from the mandatory fun and in civvies instead of PT gear. Being away from Michael on one of the last days they had together before they started separate shifts did put a damper on the experience however.
Having been outside all morning and well into the afternoon Sam had gotten a pretty nasty sunburn on the back of her neck, the only place that she hadn’t put sun screen. Upon arriving in Abilene they lounged in their room, mostly watching TV, until Sam’s sunburn really started to bother her. At her complaint Michael told her to retrieve the aloe Vera cream from her backpack, remove her t-shirt and lay down on the bed. When she had done so he released the clasp on her bra and gently rubbed the green goop into the burned skin before continuing down her back; finding knots and doing his best to work them out.
After the brief massaged ended Michael moved up to the head of the bed while Sam righted herself before joining him and nestling into his chest.
Time away from base was something that the happy couple always looked forward to, even if it just an hour or two at “their” park. As nice as the weekend of the twenty-second had been it was only twenty-four hours away from base. The weekend that started on the twenty-ninth, Memorial Day weekend, was a three day weekend. That meant that following Sam’s first week back in class she would have two full days away from base and alone with the man that she loved.
Michael was excited to be reunited with his girl and had made special plans for the weekend. They would be going to Dallas, well Plano, Texas, staying in a suite, and going ice skating at the rink in the local mall. Michael had never been skating, it wasn’t very big in the part of California that he was from, Sam however loved to skate and had talked about how she missed it and wanted to be back on the ice. So because Sam enjoyed and had her skates in Texas with her Michael was willing to try.
Now, technically B shift wasn’t supposed to leave base until ten am on Saturdays if they were going out of town, but because Sam wouldn’t be driving the MTLs had decided to allow her to leave early. Before she went to bed she had packed her bag for the weekend away so that as soon as she woke up she and Michael could start their alone time.
When they arrived at their hotel Sam’s mom called, Sam spoke with her for a while and learned that her youngest sister was sick, allergic to almost everything. While Sam was on the phone Michael fell asleep on her chest. She closed her phone to end the call and for a few minutes just watched Michael sleep; he was so adorable. The nap soon ended though and after a quick bite to eat they left for the mall and the skating rink.
Sam was glad to be back in skates again, when she had finished tying hers she pulled the laces of Michael’s skates tight before walking towards the ice. As the cool air hit her so did the smell of the ice; her third favorite scent, it followed the Mellon Arena and fire. Michael did well for his first time on the ice. At the beginning he stayed close to the boards, but the more time he spent on the ice the more comfortable he got. In the end he only fell once. After a while his wrist began to hurt from the fall so they shed their skates and Sam took Michael to the truck to wrap his wrist. They returned back inside the mall and began to explore. It was a large mall but only a few of the stores were of any interest to either Michael or Sam.
Skating as well as the long drive had taken a lot out of them so they decided to go to bed at a reasonable time that night. The next morning they got changed and ate before heading back to the mall for more skating.
Once they were tired they left the ice and went off in search of somewhere to eat lunch, The Cheesecake Factory was their final decision. When they had finished eating they made their way back down to the first floor, but instead of making a left and going towards the parking lot Michael guided Sam to the right, to Build-a- Bear.
Together they picked out, stuffed, fluffed, and dressed a small brown bear. The outfit they chose was that of a hockey player, but because they were in Texas and close Dallas the only two hockey options were plain or that of the Dallas Stars; they chose the plain red and blue jersey and pants. Once they had tied little bows in the skate laces and connected the Velcro on the strap of the helmet Michael squeezed the bear’s hand. “I love you, Sam, and I always will.” Sam smiled, she would have a part of Michael with her all of the time while he was thousands of miles away.
“What do you want to name it?” Michael asked as they approached the computers to fill out the form.
“I don’t know,” Sam shrugged, “You?” In the end they decided to name the bear Hailey Marie, this is what they had decided about a month earlier that they would name their daughter, if and when they had one.
Sam asked for a back massage and Michael told her to remove her sleep shirt and lay down with her head at the foot of the bed. He unclasped her bra and when his hands touched her skin a shiver rolled down her spine. “I love you,” Sam said as she sat up.
“I love you too, baby,” he said looking into her eyes and not at her exposed breasts. “You ready for bed?”
Sam nodded and put her bra and t-shirt back on before moving to the head of the bed and into Michael’s arms. They kissed goodnight and had fully intended on going to sleep, that is until Sam brought up Korea. “What if something happens to you? I can’t lose you.”
“You’re not going to lose me, I promise.” Michael pulled Sam closer, as much as he didn’t want to think about it Korea wasn’t exactly the safest place to be going. A South Korean ship had sunk and the blame was put on the North, as was to be expected tension was thick.
The conversation continued for a while, they eventually fell asleep at around three am. The sleep, as restful as it was, didn’t last very long. It was Monday, the last day that they had off, which meant that they had a GI party that night. Wanting to put off leaving as long as was absolutely possible they stayed in bed, their lips eventually finding each other.
The kiss was deep, passionate, and intense. There had been smoldering kindling between the two of them from the very moment that they met, even if neither of them had known it at the time. That kindling had finally ignited dry logs, the fire was roaring and would never go out. They had started out sitting up but were soon laying and Michael, as if pulled, moved over Sam. They had thought that their weekend in Odessa was intense, this however was the most passion that either had felt in their entire life. There was no thinking, hands moved, Michael’s to Sam’s breasts and Sam’s to the nape of Michael’s neck, knotting her fingers in his hair. An unknown amount of time passed before Sam’s shirt and bra were removed and Michael’s lips and teeth took over where his hands had been.
Sam was beside herself, she had never felt anything like this before. Michael moved to the side and since his hands were free on slowly grazed her stomach and soon was over her most private of places. She knew that she should push his hand away, tell him to stop, something. She just couldn’t do it, everything felt too good. Besides she knew that she would be with Michael for the rest of her life, if things were to go all the way he would be her first and only.
When Michael asked if he could remove Sam’s shorts and underwear Sam was a bit apprehensive, but soon nodded in approval. Now they were both naked and after a minute or two of teasing Michael finally slid a finger inside of her, Sam letting out a gasp of pleasure telling Michael to continue. After bringing her over the edge twice Michael caught a glimpse of the clock, they needed to be on the road soon. “We should shower, we need to leave soon.” Leaving was the last thing that he wanted to do, spending the rest of his life like this with her would be more than enough.
Once in the shower they unintentionally were lost in a kiss again. There was a seat in the shower and soon they found themselves on it, Sam straddling Michael. Before anything could really happen Sam found herself at the brink again. Michael was happy with the events of the morning, but slightly upset that he was unable to achieve release. There would always be more weekends away, they could pick up where they left of today next weekend.
“I love you,” Michael said kissing Sam before closing the passenger side door after they had finished showering, packed , and checked-out.
“I love you too, Michael, I really, really do.”