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Today I'm teasing with book 2 in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series, THE NAVY'S GHOST. This is a menage a'SEALs and LT. "Retro" Waters and CWO "Magic" Hunter and discussing Ensign "Ghost" Brickman. Turns out Magic feels more than the usual camaraderie for her.
“What’s the grin for, Magic?” Retro’s hand on his shoulder broke the fantasy. Good thing, too.
“Ice cold beer and a swimming pool. Nothin’ better.” Except maybe Chris Brickman laughing and smiling at him.
“She’s gonna make it, man. Don’t sweat it.”
Magic shook his head. “I butchered her leg, Jim.”
“Yeah, and she’ll still be tougher than the rest of our sorry crew. She’ll pull through.”
Magic scanned Retro’s face. His voice sounded certain, but his eyes said something else. “I love her, man.”
“I know. She’s your swim buddy. We all love her.”
“No, not like that.” Magic’s shoulders slumped and he exhaled everything. “I mean like one-and-only, want-as-my-life-partner, can’t-live-without-you kind of love.”
The great stone face Retro always wore when faced with something difficult slid over his features and his eyes flattened, but Todd ignored it. They were best buddies and honesty counted more than comfort. Things could still go wrong with Chris. The only easy day was yesterday.
“You know there’s no fraternization within the ranks, Magic.” Retro’s voice held no inflection.
“That’s within the squad, Retro, not the Navy.”
“She is in the squad. She’s an active SEAL.”
Magic shook his head and swallowed against the suspicious lump in his throat. “Not anymore, she’s not.”
“What the fuck are you talking about?” Jim rounded on Todd, his eyes burning with anger.
“You didn’t see her leg, Retro. You didn’t see what I had to do to get that artery closed. She’ll be lucky to walk again much less have the physical abilities to keep up with us now.” Todd kicked a loose stone on the tarmac. “I did that to her.”
“And saved her life.”
“I might have ruined her life!” Grief and anger exploded and he crossed his arms to keep from throwing a punch at anything. “Chances are better than great she won’t come back to the squad from that injury. Hell, we don’t even know if the fuckin’ docs in the base can repair what’s left of her leg, let alone the artery.” He picked up the stone and hurled it out into the night. “The SEALs were all she ever wanted.”
“And she’s not done yet, so don’t you give the fuck up on her, Magic.”
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