Hi, everyone! I wanted to let y’all get to know our first military hero, Francis McKade. I met up with him in Virginia Beach close to where he is stationed at a place called The Side Street Catina and Taco Shack. After ordering a couple of Side Street Ritas, we got down to business.
It’s on the waterfront and it is a bit deserted. November isn’t a big tourist time in Virginia Beach but I like it.
MEL: Thanks for taking the time out of your training schedule. I know you don’t get much time off.
KADE: We just got back from a mission so I’ve got some free time.
MEL: Oh, with time off, I thought you would be in New Orleans.
The smile he gives me is slow and deadly.
KADE: She’s on her way here. I’m taking a week off. Shannon and I are going to take some time alone, no work, no family.
MEL: Must be hard having a long distance relationship.
He nodded as the waitress set out Ritas in front of us.
KADE: Being a military wife you know how that is.
MEL: Yes, but you’re job is a little different than my husband’s. You can be called away with little notice.
KADE: It is one of the worst things about this job, but I love it.
MEL: What made you want to be a Seal? Did you go into the Navy with the thought that you would be a Seal?
Kade nods and takes a sip of his drink.
KADE: My folks weren’t happy with me. They wanted me to go to college, but I didn’t want that. I entered the Navy when I was seventeen.
MEL: Wow. Seventeen.
KADE: Yeah, I graduated a year early, so I could go. Folks wanted me to at least try college, but I knew what I wanted. Their both scientists and highly educated, so I kind of understand.
MEL: And even with the rigorous training you wanted to become a Seal?
MEL: Nothing like a talkative military man.
His lips curved again but he said nothing.
MEL: So, Shannon, what is it about her that draws you to her?
If he was deadly before, he was devastating now.
KADE: I deal with some real sh…uh, excuse me.
MEL: I’m a military wife and former brat, you won’t shock me.
KADE: Well, life for us, for what we have to do, it is pretty bad. We see some horrific things in our line of work. Shannon takes such joy in every day things. Being with her reminds me that not everything is as bad as the things I see when I am on a mission. They say it is best to have a center, someone who will give you a dose of normal when you’re back. And, you need a compass, someone who can help you make it back to reality. Shannon does that for me. And, well, she doesn’t put up with my crap. Oh, and of course, because she’s built like a 1950’s movie star. She is sexy and knows it, and that makes her irresistible to me.
His phone vibrates on the table and he smiles.
KADE: Excuse me. He clicks the phone on. Hey, babe. Oh, okay. I’m just finishing up with Mel. He laughs. No, she isn’t staying so you’ll just have to put up with my cooking. Okay, love ya, bye.
He clicks the phone off. Shannon’s going to be at my house soon, so I gotta get going.
MEL: No problem. Thanks for taking the time to meet with me.
He leaves a few minutes later and I sit to watch the few people lingering around the waterfront knowing that at least one Seal is going to have a very happy homecoming tonight.
Want a chance at a bag of Harmless swag? Ask Kade a question or comment by WED(Nov 16th) NOON (central us time) and your name goes into the pot. I will be drawing three names and this includes the coveted Francis McKade dog tags!