Letters To Dougie

Dougie Hardesty's family business was enrolling in the military. His father did it, his father before that did it, and so did his father. So it wasn't a surprise when he did. But what Dougie didn't know, was that his trainer, Kelly Rose, was one of the best. She was one of the only trainers who went one on one with each of her men. She was tougher than half the men that came through the MEU Ground Combat Element. She never let any man phase her. She never let any one man get into her head. Untilthe tragedy..until Dougie..


9. A Lie

~John Hardesty~

I heard multiple consistent knocks on the door as I sat at the table with Ann, eating our pecan pie.  She got up to answer, but I stopped her. 

"I got it sweetie."

"Thank you dear." She smiled and sat back down to eat her pie. As I walked towards the door, I thought about who it could be. Did we order anything in the mail? No, we never did. Unless Dougie did before he left, but packages didn't take that long to deliver. As I opened the door, i saw a beautiful woman in uniform standing before me with her arms folded behind her back at attention.  It wasn't terribly obvious, but her nose and eyes were red. She had been crying.

"Mr.  Hardesty you may remember me . I'm Kelly Rose. I enlisted your son Douglas a few months ago."

"Yes of course. Is everything alright?"

She looked down to the ground, and a single tear ran down her cheek.  She didn't have to say anything for me to know what happened...

"No. No no no no no...." 

"John, I'm so sorry. I blame myself for what happened. I am so so sorry. Dougas had the biggest heart I had ever encountered. He didn't deserve to die. He didn't deserve to die.."

She lost her control. She started to cry hard. Almost as hard as I was. 

"John? Is everything alright?" I heard Anna ask from behind me. I turned around to look at her. She took one look at me, and one look at Kelly, and knew right away that nothing was alright. 


I nodded.

She then fell to the ground in grief and wailed. 


I ran to her side and held her. She buried her face in my shoulder and cried.  

"It's alright Ann. It's gonna be okay."

I don't know why I said it, because I knew it was a lie.


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