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Dear Alex,

I think I owe Coach Dorrance an apology. Like a huge one. Big. We’d say he was a drill sergeant when he ran us too long. Turns out Coach was a pussy cat compared to a real drill sergeant. I’ve never had my legs feel as heavy after practice as they do after the drills we do here. And I get it. I mean, what we will be doing in the Army is a heck of a lot more intense than game days back in Chapel Hill but I thought I was in pretty good shape. Next time you see me I’ll have muscles where I’ve never had them before. I look forward to you examining me very, very carefully to find them all. ;o)

I saw where you all beat Norway in that friendly and that you got the whole match. I am so proud of you! You guys will be so ready for Qualifiers come February! Then you will be my little Olympian, not just my little warrior. Oh, and tell Hope she had a great game and I’m still her number 1 fan.

Well, sorry this is so short. Want to get it in an envelope and mailed out to you in the morning so it hopefully makes it to DC just as you do. I think we’ll have a chance to call this weekend so keep your cell phone close. I love you and miss you so much, baby. See you in a few weeks at graduation.

Love,
Ash


 

Dear Ash,

Eight weeks down, 4 to go. Not that I’m counting or anything. Oh, who am I kidding...I have a calendar I carry around just so I can mark off each day before we see each other again. It’s crazy, when soccer kept us apart it didn’t seem this hard. Now it seems so much worse because I can’t just pick up the phone and see how you are doing.

By the way, hope you like the enclosed team pic. Pinoe insisted you need it so you can remember you’ve got a whole squad of people cheering for you and supporting you. They really are so proud of you and they ask me every day if I’ve heard from you. I keep reminding them you can’t just call whenever you want. Dad did tell me I have a stack of letters waiting for me at home.

OH MY GOD! I can’t believe you! So, was in the middle of writing this when HAO knocked and hand delivered a letter that you sent here to the hotel. She just happened to be in the lobby and the desk clerk saw her and asked her to bring it up. I just saw the envelope and nearly cried. My hands are still shaking so I am sorry if my penmanship leaves a bit to be desired right now. You don’t know how badly I was aching to hear from you. I miss you so much. I’m glad you get a leave after you graduate. I plan to make up for lost time. A lot. Like, good thing you’ve got all those new muscles. ;-)

Well, I need to go to a team meeting. I had planned to write more later but after getting your letter I want to mail this right now. Hopefully it will get to you in a couple days even though it’s traveling overseas. By the way- -Mom says we can use her country club for the wedding. They have a great view of the sea and they offer a military discount. Let me know how that sounds. Ugh, Becky is knocking. I have to go.

I love you, Ashlyn. I can’t wait to see you, my little soldier.

Love,
Alex


 

Dear Alex,

First, I am OK. Believe me. But you will see in the pic I am sending I have a black eye. Needless to say I will not forget the way a certain hand-to-hand combat move works ever again.

So, I have hotel rooms booked for everyone. Hope Chris and Kyle don’t mind sharing. Is it crazy of me to say I am more proud of this graduation than I was of my UNC graduation? I have worked my mind and body in a way I never thought I could, Al. There were times I was ready to quit or thought my body would fail me but somehow I found something deeper inside of me to get me through. I didn’t know I had it in me. I’ve learned a lot about myself while I was here. I hope that it helps me be a better leader and a better wife.

Speaking of the wedding, Mom said things are good with the florist. They will be at the country club that morning and will have it decked out in the blooms you want. She is pretty excited I am wearing my dress uniform. I think she always pictured me getting married in board shorts and a tank top. Kinda wonder if you had worried about that, too. Lol

Hopefully you have gotten with Whit so she can coordinate her outfit with your bridesmaids. I told her I was cool if she wanted to wear a dress like they’re wearing or she could just coordinate the colours. Jess and Liz already told me to stop worrying about it that the three of them will figure something out but

I can’t believe you called me! Best damn surprise ever! I mean, I am sorry that your game is stormed out but fuck I loved hearing your voice. And now I feel like I wasted paper discussing wedding stuff since we talked about all that. I could have used the paper to write how much I love you and miss you. I mean, technically, yes we talked about that, too, but I know you like to pull my letters out and read them when you are feeling lonely. I do the same thing.

Well we have lights out soon so I’m going to sign off. I haven’t mentioned this in a few lines but, I love you, sweetheart. See you in 2 weeks. And make you my bride in 4. Damn I am so excited! Talk to you soon.

Love,
Ash


 

Dear Ash,

LAST LETTER I HAVE TO SEND TO OCS! I mean, sure I’ll still be sending plenty to you wherever you end up stationed but then you will be a little more free to talk and stuff because you’ll just be a regular old officer not just some potential officer. (Admit it...that made you smirk!)

Ugh! I am being so silly but I am just so excited. The wedding plans are coming together so incredibly well considering we’re doing it from afar and in 1 week I will get to hold you in my arms once more. Life is pretty damn good!

So, work-wise, I have officially been released from FFC Frankfurt to play in the Olympic Qualifiers. I am honestly considering leaving them completely. With the pro league in the US I know I can stay in Washington or possibly get picked up by another team. The shorter season would give me more time with you and it would keep me closer for NT camps and stuff. I have a lot of decisions to make. Actually, make that we have a lot of decisions to make. I want you to be part of the process as we move forward.

But enough of that. All I really want to think about is the next month. You graduate, we marry, we honeymoon. Pinoe still won’t tell me what the girls chipped in and got us. Do you know? If you know and don’t tell me I will spank you...and not in a fun way! ;-)

Well, I need to go. I am flying to Germany tomorrow for some team meetings and training ahead of a couple matches in January. Dad says if I decide to leave Frankfurt I can store stuff at his house until everything is hashed out with us and the WPS. I know you’ve warned me you’ll probably go overseas immediately but a girl can hope you stay in the US. How crazy would it be if you get sent to Germany just as I leave? It really would be our luck.

Well, I am going to sign off. I can’t wait to see you next weekend, baby. I am hoping this dash to Germany and back helps the time fly. I love you so much. See you soon, my soldier.

Love,
Alex