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#7
The Return
Butterfly Mu
Apr 16, 2018
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Before you read! *Optional* If you want, please listen to this song while reading! copyright protection22PENANAV0cxGy63qM

These months without you, my love26Please respect copyright.PENANABneJDoy8M9
Have felt like years of being alone26Please respect copyright.PENANAzuCZiWL8eZ
How I miss the presence of your warmth26Please respect copyright.PENANAhr7Bxmk8Xj
And the things that can't be seen through the telephone
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"I've been doing well," she breathes steadily into the receiver, careful to not wake the children.26Please respect copyright.PENANACzHRilfQt1
"That's good!" Her husband replies, his voice sending a sad smile across her face. "How are they?"26Please respect copyright.PENANA02wD2PANXO
She sighs, unable to shake the wavering in her voice. "They both miss you with all . . . Their . . . Hearts." She begins to cry softly.26Please respect copyright.PENANAMfgUROgbWe
"Why are you crying?" He asks gently. How she wished she could just feel him again, see his face again.26Please respect copyright.PENANAvyOcp6xFX1
"I don't know how much longer I can do this . . . " She answers honestly. "I just miss you so much."26Please respect copyright.PENANAGY4dB62cU0
He pauses for a moment, the dull tone of feedback accompanying her silent tears. "Don't worry, beautiful,"--his voice grows soft--"I'll be home before you know it." He promises.26Please respect copyright.PENANA0HfhB65Sh1
"Okay." She smiles again. "I'll see you before you know it!"26Please respect copyright.PENANA7NAVZ02xF0
After saying goodbye for the thousandth time, she once again goes to sleep on a bed that feels too large.copyright protection22PENANAxV49sKWq0s


I miss the way you looked into the sky26Please respect copyright.PENANAzmYDzAKCMF
Before they were filled with ash and gray26Please respect copyright.PENANACNmR4YYaRg
And I miss how we would dance through the night26Please respect copyright.PENANAcZ3NU3NXAt
Casting all our cares away
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She runs to work after walking her two young children to school. Today she gave her children her breakfast. As soon as she clocks in she slips on her rubber gloves and mask, then begins to build war tanks and airplanes. The sparks burn small holes on her clothing, but she continues, knowing that they'll help her husband fight.26Please respect copyright.PENANAXaQVNpwy1i
Lunch is a cheese sandwich on the end pieces of bread.26Please respect copyright.PENANAdE6Avbyulq
She goes back to welding.26Please respect copyright.PENANAKxpOljR8hs
And leaves to walk her children home.26Please respect copyright.PENANACeCs9qSFYU
She gives them watery, tasteless vegetable soup for dinner. And prays that she'll be able to live a life again in which she can feed her children until they can't eat another bite.copyright protection22PENANAmOBofdfBA9


Yellow slips of paper26Please respect copyright.PENANAYcy5N4gmyB
Are what terrify me the most26Please respect copyright.PENANAMj9b8uvZDM
And I sometimes have sleepless nights wondering26Please respect copyright.PENANArf03IauAQs
Are my wife and children going to receive one of those?
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It's late, but she tunes the radio until the voice speaking through it clears a bit. She can barely make out what it says, and she closes her eyes to try and sort through the static.26Please respect copyright.PENANAuPF3Us7aOG
Another defeat is revealed. She sits on the couch through the entire night, worrying about the safety of her husband even more. And as the sun rises, she goes to wake her children to start her day again.26Please respect copyright.PENANAMBZVM7qi74
At work two weeks later a messenger arrives carrying a handful of telegrams, delivering them somberly to several women. Four women received two.26Please respect copyright.PENANA4yk5C2f6D6
A very young, small woman with a growing stomach falls on her knees as she reads her telegram. And her sobs echo throughout the warehouse. No one can comfort the young woman. The messenger leaves without giving her one, yet she doesn't want to get her hopes up.copyright protection22PENANAHVha6LlQlz


I was able to scavenge a slip of paper,26Please respect copyright.PENANAz7VfaPHi0w
A stamp and a stub of pencil26Please respect copyright.PENANAYM7YIU69cd
All that's left is to write a single letter26Please respect copyright.PENANAdhMxmoACvd
Just to make sure that my family isn't living in tensile
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Another year has passed, followed by another letter sent. Another reminder that he's still alive, still waiting until the day he returns to them. She returns it to the worn envelope in which it came from, atop a stack of past letters. Then, she waves her children goodbye as they walk to school, leaving for work in the other direction soon afterwards.copyright protection22PENANAuLyzmQ6H44


Our enemy has been defeated26Please respect copyright.PENANAI5kDkvt2Nt
They wave their white flag26Please respect copyright.PENANAzLgGKYBQ7N
And after a night of celebration26Please respect copyright.PENANA3l4PSres3K
They tell us to pack our bags26Please respect copyright.PENANAFLP0p9wTbj
We're going home
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It seems like all of America cheers as listeners tune in to the broadcast. The surrendering of Germany means that America's warriors are finally returning. Her small family begins to dance around the living room, already dreaming of the day they get to see their father, her husband, in the same room once again.copyright protection22PENANAQYaeAhSqD6


The plane begins to land26Please respect copyright.PENANAnK5DrPB2FJ
I'm finally going home26Please respect copyright.PENANAQJ4VyXmNpp
And I can't wait to see26Please respect copyright.PENANAx5bm6BwCuH
How much my children have grown
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She daintily applies a layer of powder on her and her daughter's face. And for her son she smooths down his wind-blown hair. For six years they've grown without a father. Her daughter is now sixteen; her son is fourteen.26Please respect copyright.PENANAWRs1uTR6Wx
For six years she's prayed for her husband's safety, prayed for him to return to her and their children. She's worked countless hours for the first time in her life, had years of sleepless nights, received 104 letters, and still knew that he would one day return.26Please respect copyright.PENANAPMgUHPR4Dh
In the dark of the night the three leave. Many houses along the way are abuzz after the return of fathers, brothers, and sons. She feels a silent tension and excitement buzzing in the air, yet she can't help but feel nervous and nauseous.26Please respect copyright.PENANAtamFxsg35L
They pass one soldier. Two. Seven. None of them are the one they're looking for. She sees a crowd gathering near an area, and she leads her family in that direction. "Over here," she tells them quietly.26Please respect copyright.PENANAL1Dd287Ue3
As they walk a large plane comes into view beyond the crowd. They begin to witness families being reunited as men step off the plane. She looks around for her husband.copyright protection22PENANARZ5Rl2XsjV


I can always notice her face first26Please respect copyright.PENANAr4QIZyxQCa
Even from miles away26Please respect copyright.PENANA76luLSX2W2
Whether it's the darkest night26Please respect copyright.PENANANH3qU6z10O
Or the brightest day
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Her son gasps and runs ahead. Soon after, his sister follows. She pokes her head above the crowd, looking for her children. And then it seems like time stops and the world pauses as she sees him. He's embracing his children, seemingly squeezing them as hard as he could. She walks through the crowd and that's when their eyes meet. His children release them and they look towards their mother. Tears well in her eyes as she looks at the face that she's missed every single day for the last six years. The two walk towards each other and unconsciously, she wraps her arms tightly around him, as if she'd lost control of her body. Maybe it was the shock that accompanied his return.26Please respect copyright.PENANA5sSVaRuII6
"You have no idea how much I've missed all of you." He whispers into her ear.26Please respect copyright.PENANASPcekX7hZ3
"I love you so much," she replies, the sound of his voice bringing her back from her astonishment.26Please respect copyright.PENANAjNKneFtNGt
"And I'll never stop loving you." He replies, smoothing down her hair in order to kiss her forehead. "I've missed six years of my family's lives, but I'm here now. I'm back. And I'm here to stay."26Please respect copyright.PENANABMWuI6mcO4
They pull back, and after looking into each other's eyes for the first time in six years, they kiss warmly and she pulls him against her tighter.26Please respect copyright.PENANAjHUvVet3wt
"We have so much to tell you," she leans against him as their family walks home to celebrate his return.copyright protection22PENANAnK7g9OuoBq

I know I crossed the 700-word approximation by a lot, and I know that you may or may not have finished reading before the song ended. I just really liked the story and where it was going. I'm sorry I played the pronoun game the whole time, but I just thought that it would be better to be vague in order to show off how the war could affect any family, not just singling out one. Thank you for reading and making it through!copyright protection22PENANAIsqNjLPhd9

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