I didn’t think the pain would ever stop. A lot of people, when they lose someone in the military, at least get some time to prepare as they see the soldiers walking up to deliver the speech. I didn’t get that. I didn’t get “Major Jake Middleton, we regret to inform you of the passing of your wife in defense of our great nation.” Instead, I had to be there when she died on foreign soil. I’ve put on a brave face for our son. He can’t even remember his mother, and it kills me inside everyday. Now, I’m out of the military and running a company. Pretty damn good at it, really. The only thing bothering me about it is my secretary, Kristen. She’s stubborn and sexy. I thought after my wife passed, I’d never want a woman again. Kristen has me questioning that. I don’t know. Maybe she’s my salvation, or maybe I’m a fool. But I can’t lie and say I don’t want her with every fiber of my being.