Letters to Deimos
by Ryan D.
We have arrived on
Deimos, though I can't tell you exactly where we are. I miss you
dearly, my love. The word around camp is that we will be on Deimos
briefly before coming home. Do you remember the exiles from back home?
If you don't remember, they were exiled to Deimos about twenty years
ago. Our battalion picked up encrypted transmissions a week ago that
were cracked and read by our crypto guys. They are planning bad
things--again I can't give details--for military bases and cities back
home. Don't worry, though, we'll be successful, and we can win. I can't
wait to see you again but even one day seems like an eternity here. I
will write again soon. I love you.
* * *
I have not stopped
thinking of you and about whether or not you are okay. We are all
scared at home because of the threats and I do remember learning of the
exiles in history classes. The new courier shuttle is excellent. I'm
happy that it only took ten days for your letter to arrive. Why can't
we use the normal audio letters? I really hope nothing happens to you
because I want to get married when you get back. Please be safe and be
careful. I love you and I look forward to your next letter.
* * *
We have made several
combat drops since I last wrote you. The exiles are formidable
opponents, though they lack our overall firepower so the odds are in
our favor. There is no time for anything on this moon other than
prepping for an assault or fortifying the base. About the letters, the
exiles have crypto guys who can break into closed-frequency
transmissions. Command is worried that someone will taint operational
security. I'm sorry that I have little time for letters but I make time
for you, dear. See you soon, beautiful--two months left.
* * *
I had a dream last
night. You and I were kissing and you were holding me like the
protector that you are. I felt no fear and my mind was at ease. I can't
wait for that dream to be a reality and it can't come soon enough. I
hope you are keeping yourself out of harm's way as much as possible and
just remember that I am proud of you, sweetie. I love you.
* * *
I will be on a
shuttle returning home in two weeks time. I am thankful to be alive, as
we have suffered significant losses and are in need of re-enforcements
soon. The unit replacing us will be here within one week to receive a
briefing and become acclimated while we prepare to leave.
I've had dreams of
you too, love. My dream was of us on vacation to Phobos at the Paradise
Dome that you have always wanted to go to. With all the Martian notes
I've earned on this combat operation, we can afford to go for a week. I
would love for us to be married on the faux beach. Professing my love
to you while we are ankle-deep in the serene, turquoise water would
make me the happiest man on Mars. I love you and I will see you in a
* * *
All of that sounds
amazing. I know you will be the greatest husband any woman could
possibly have, but it will be me to have you. I feel so lucky, yet
undeserving because you are such a good man. If I remember correctly,
this combat tour will be the last of your four required tours. I know
you will want to finish your career in the military and I'm all for it,
but try to finish it on Mars. I know I sound selfish but I want you all
to myself so we can raise a family together. I love you.
* * *
My name is
Commander Henry Babineaux of the 3rd Advanced Infantry Regiment. It is
my duty to regretfully inform you that your fiancé, Marco Devries, has
been killed in action. His unit was attacked at base camp during
debriefing. Marco was mortally wounded while carrying several of his
comrades to safety who were injured in open terrain. Sergeant Devries'
actions and bravery will never be forgotten by his comrades or me. A
ceremony will be held at Orion Town Square in your hometown on
10.34.2202 at 1400. I will be there to personally hand you his letters
from you that he kept and his unit patch. I am truly sorry for your
Commander Henry L. Babineaux
© 2016 Ryan D. Harris
Bio: Mr. Harris was born in Charlotte, NC but currently resides
in Tempe, AZ. He is a graduate of Stanly Community College and enjoys
time with his son.
E-mail: Ryan D. Harris
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