Okay, so here's what happened: I was sitting in my study hall block today, extremely bored, when an idea came to me. Why not write some short stories based off of some songs? There are some really good ones out there, so why not?
There's a catch to this, however. The song stories are meant to bring realization to the world. Read the first chapter, and it'll explain everything else (since this box doesn't allow me enough space -.-)
I'm Already There
"Come on, Joey, we're going to call Daddy," Sarah cooed to her little 5-year old son. "We told him we could call tonight."
"Yay! I miss Daddy!" Joey exclaimed in that adorable little voice that instantly captivates all adults' hearts. Sarah couldn't help but smile as she quickly dialed in the number.
Her husband, Ryan, was in the military. He was a dedicated soldier, and he was seldom home with the family that he so desperately wanted to have. He was able to call every few months or so, but he hadn't been able to call in almost the past year due to numerous military calls for action. If the general was true to his word, then tonight should be the night that Sarah will finally hear her husband's voice again.
A female voice picked answered her call after the third tone. "Hello, this is the U.S. Navy. How may I help you?"
"Hi, this is Sarah Wellis, is my husband, Ryan Wellis available?" Sarah asked, crossing her fingers so hard that they hurt.
"As a matter of fact, yes, he is," the other voice said. "I'll go get him right now for you."
Sarah couldn't believe it. Her heart swelled with joy, and she was on the verge of crying she was so happy.
Apparently, a tear or two must have slipped out, for Joey asked, "Mommy, why are you crying?"
"Oh, sweetie," Sarah said in a half-whisper. "Daddy's coming onto the phone now."
Joey jumped up and down excitedly, clapping his hands in anticipation.
There was a noise on the other side of the phone, as if someone were hurrying to pick up the receiver. "Sarah? Sarah, is that you?"
"Oh, Ryan," she said, almost breathless. "I've missed you so much."
"Baby, I've missed you, too." Sarah could hear Ryan's voice twist slightly as he, too, refrained himself from crying tears of joy.
"How has it been out there?" Sarah asked.
"Rough. Very rough. Even harder than normal since I haven't been able to speak with you for so long."
"Joey misses you so much," Sarah said. "He needs you back here, Ryan. He needs a father."
"I know," Ryan replied solemnly. "I plan to be home soon, and for good."
Sarah bit her lip, barely able to hold back from crying out in sheer happiness. There was a tug on her jeans, and she looked down to see Joey, his wide eyes peering up at her. "Is it Daddy?"
"Hold on, Ryan, Joey wants to speak to you." Sarah crouched down and handed the phone to her son.
"Daddy?" Joey asked quietly. Sarah couldn't hear Ryan's voice on the other end, but he must have said something that made Joey very happy. His face lit up, and a smile spread across his face. "Yea, Mommy's missed you a lot. I've stayed in her room some nights because she was crying....Yea, I'm doing a great job of being the man of the house!....Really?? You're coming home soon???" Here Joey let out a squeal. "YAY!!! I've missed you!....It's for good?....Okay, one second."
Joey put the phone on speaker and sat it up on the counter so both he and Sarah could hear.
"Now I want you two to listen to me. I know it's been hard, and it's going to be harder to wait out this next month or two. But I just want you to know that no matter what, I'm already there. Sarah, I'm the light that shines in your beautiful hair, the shadow on the ground that goes with you wherever you are. Joey, I'm the voice that you say you hear on the winds, saying that I'll be home soon. I'm your imaginary friend, because I will never leave you, no matter what. I know that I've been in your prayers, because you've been in mine, every single night. No matter what happens, I'm already there."
Sarah couldn't hold back the tears any longer. They spilled freely down her cheeks. "Oh, Ryan....please, please come home safely. Joey needs you here. I need you."
"And I need you, too," Ryan said. "No matter what happens, don't stop thinking that I'll be home soon. We will see each other again, sooner than you would ever imagine. I promise."
"I love you, Ryan," Sarah whispered.
"I love you, too, Sarah." There was a click, and the phone was hung up.
Sarah picked up the phone and placed it back in its holder to charge.
"Mommy, when will Daddy be home?" Joey asked, his eyes round.
Ryan's last words rang in her ears. I'm already there. "Soon, honey," Sarah replied softly. "Soon."
That was the last time they ever spoke to Ryan again.
"I'm already there
Take a look around
I'm the sunshine in your hair
I'm the shadow on the ground
I'm the whisper in the wind
I'm your imaginary friend
And I know, I'm in your prayers
Oh I'm already there"
This was written for those families out there who have loved ones in the military. They say that they will come home. Some do. Others don't. Those families are torn apart, knowing they never got to say a true goodbye to the ones that held their heart. Why? Because those loved ones died. They died for those families they loved and cared for so much. They give their lives even though they don't have to. They give everything away even though they don't have to. But no matter what happens, they're never truly gone until they're forgotten. Even though she didn't know it, or may not have believed it, Sarah's brave Ryan was already there. And he always will be.