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Zasha held the letter with shaking hands as her eyes filled with tears to the point where the words blurred together. She had to be quiet since the boys had taken to sleeping in her bed to keep her company at night. And because Mako would wake up at night with nightmares of his father being killed in the war. It had been too long since she had talked to Ning. This was the first she had heard from him since he had left after she had fallen asleep. And while the boys hadn’t been upset he had done that, she had been furious. She had cried and screamed when she had woken to find him gone in the morning.
She managed to get through it after some time and closed her eyes, holding the simple piece of paper to it. She thought there was a faint trace of Ning’s scent on it but knew it was probably just her mind playing tricks on her. She finally opened her eyes again and read through his lines one more time before carefully standing and moving to her desk. She settled into her seat before flicking a finger at the candle on the edge and lighting it. She pulled a piece of paper out and picked up a pen. Adding the ink she touched tip to paper and started writing.
My love, my rock,
You were perfect before you left and I loved you just the way you were. When you come back you will gain that weight back from all the food I will cook you. All of your favorites until you are sick of them. Just so they can’t take you from me again. You are already so strong you will like a spirit when you come back with how strong you will be. You will be able to hold all of us up with one arm.
Don’t run off. We will be here waiting for you until the end of the world if we have to be. Nothing will move us from the spot you can find us in. I swear it. I miss seeing you too. I usually wake up with Bolin’s feet in my face and Mako’s elbow in my stomach, they get that from you.
They have both started school for the year. Mako likes his new class. They have a fish that he keeps to bring home every other weekend to take care of. Bolin has made several new friends but doesn’t like the work part of school. It doesn’t help that he isn’t sleeping very well here at home. We all miss you. Bolin keeps asking when you are coming home and Mako gets quiet when you are brought up. I think he thinks you left us for good. No matter how many times I tell him you will come back. It would do him some good to hear your voice…actually it would do us all some good to hear your voice. Can’t you call at all? I need to hear you say you are coming home.
Go. Be our strong hero. Save the day so songs will be written about you and how you did it all to come home…
I am keeping some of your kisses for myself. I don’t care if the boys think I am selfish. I need some of your love too.
I love you so much Ning. I am counting the days until you come home. Don’t keep me waiting.
Always and forever yours,
ps. The second letter is for Noa from his wife. She has settled into the guest room until he comes back with you
The tears didn’t stop when he got the letters watching Noa cry over his. They were told many times crying was for the weak but it was hard when your family was miles and miles away and it took forever to get a simple letter. Even more so when all it was harder to find the right words to say. It seemed harder when all around you was nothing but gunshots and death. Ning watched Noa write away the tears never seeming to stop from him.
It took a good moment before he was able to write himself.
I look forward to your home coming, I think Noa is too. We can have a big feast too! All your home coming and Even Kai’s that way we can have all the food possible. The food here taste horrible we eat every now and then when we can. I will be able to hold everyone up in one arm. Never let any of you guys go either once you’re in my arms.
Those are my boys for sure. But I am glad they are keeping you company. I miss them. When I sleep I have dreams of being home and holding them. Had dreams of when we first brought each one home. How Mako didn’t want a brother at first. My little boys, I hate that I am missing so much…
Tell each boy papa is coming home. There isn’t anything keeping him from coming home. Once he beats up all the bad guys and keeps our home safe. Papa is coming home. Whats the name of the fish? Have their hair gotten longer? Are they taller? Can you send a photo in the next letter of the three of you? I’m sending one of my extra dog tags we were given. Well two. One for each boy in the house. Keeping my beautiful wife safe.
I also have two letters for the boys. Each saying something for them. Help them keep going till I get back. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done….People keep dying…its like a never ending thing. People who were once friends you are now dragging their dead bodies back…I…They are keeping me and Noa together, Call us a two man army about, We do it together get our jobs done….I’m scared one of us are going to be next…I fear it….
When I get home you will get all the kisses as I will get all the kisses from you in return. I stole one of your shirts and sleep with it near my nose for your scent as I sleep. Im glad it still has your scent. Some nights are harder then others to sleep and I can imagine you are next to me with the shirt under my nose.
They are calling us for drill now and I have to end this letter, I love you so much.
Forever and always your one and only,