Episode 23 - Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.

Dear Jillian,

It's been almost five months since I've been assigned to the Pond Patrol Mission. It was here, in the Mulberry Ridge area, where I was introduced to you for the first time. I had never expected to see such a pretty face in the military, especially on a helicopter commander. And over the past months I found out how sweet you can be, leaving me notes and even buying me new socks. I know I hardly know you, but in my heart you feel like an old friend. Sometimes I hear the sound of the helicopter flying over us and I always get a tingling feeling, happy to know that you're near by. My life as a Marine can be pretty hard and sometimes it's difficult for me to express my feelings. I'm sorry if I ever took you for granted. It's great to have you on the team and it's been great to have you as a friend. I only wish we could spend a bit more time together. I used to say the Military was the only good thing left in my life. It's true that I have good friends like Ben and Roy. This mission has meant a great deal to me. But now I have you. You have become a beacon to me. Whenever I feel as though I've drifted too far into the confusion that clouds my life, I can look up to find you guiding me to safety. I stay here not because this place is home... but because YOU became home. After all that's happened to me in the past year, I swore to God that I would never settle again and that I would never give my heart and my life completely to another. With great content and zero disparity... I take it all back. Happy St. Valentine's Day Captain!

ps: I hope you like the handbag.

Much love,


by Corporal John Harris, February 16, 2006