I met Eric at a destination wedding in South America — he was the brother of the bride. He came over and introduced himself to me, and he had this amazing smile. He was always smiling right at me — it’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone look at me that way. We danced all night, and we were kissing on the dance floor. It was amazing. I completely fell in love with him. After the party ended, we hung out by the pool and talked about everything and anything, and I realized how many seemingly random things we had in common. I told him during the course of our conversation that when I was a little girl, I had always thought I would end up with a uniformed type — a Marine or a cop. I didn’t think much of it when he told me he’d been a Navy Seal.
The next day, he went back to the States. We spoke every single day; we would sleep with FaceTime on so that we could wake up seeing each other. No long distance relationship is perfect, but for me it was close. In September, he bought a ticket to see me and we spent two weeks together. He met my whole family and he opened up to us about his experience as a Seal — about all the things they’d done. He told us why he left the Seals: he was in a small village in Afghanistan, doing the rounds with a teammate. The teammate stepped on a mine that was under a rock, and the rock shattered, going through Eric’s leg and badly damaging it. Local insurgents heard the bomb going off and ambushed them. Eric grabbed his teammate and hid with him behind a tree. Then, a helicopter descended on them and Eric passed out. When he woke up again, he was on the helicopter; he started fighting, but then he saw the American flag and passed out again.
I realize now that this sounds like something out of a movie, and I feel so ridiculous for buying it. I am anti-war, but the stories he told were so compelling. I could see that what he had done made the world a better place. Usually I can always tell a lie from the truth, but nothing spoke to me. I was so intrigued. My whole family was.
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