She stood there before him waiting for him to answer.
“Appearances can be deceiving,” he finally replied with a sigh. “I mean, I know what it looks like, but…”
“Oh, please!” She rolled her eyes. “Have some integrity and tell the truth. I would think a military man should be ashamed to lie about such a thing.”
He squared his shoulders and straightened his jacket, checking to make sure all his buttons were shiny. “OK. Well, I came home from the war to an empty fridge and…”
“That’s no excuse!” she snapped. “Don’t start blaming me for your transgressions.”
“I’m not.” He held up a hand. “Just listen for a moment. Please. I didn’t think that what I did that night was so bad until afterwards, when I had a chance to fully consider it.”
She shook her head. “You mean, when it turned out someone was taking pics and splashing them all over social media. Poor you, getting recognized when you were trying to keep everything on the downlow.”
“You’re right.” He stared at her, tears in his eyes. “I’m so sorry, baby. What can I do to make it up to you?”
“Just quit doing it, is all. Promise me you will never go to a cupcake shop without me again. Or at least bring one home for me! How could you?”
“I’m a bad person. But I want to do better because I love you so much.” He took her hands. “How about if we go get some cupcakes right now before I have to ship out?”
She smiled. “OK!”
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