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“Daddy?  Where are you going?”

You watched as your father walked to the front door.  His hand was just touching the knob.  Surprised, he turns to you.  You were in a white nightgown, your thin stilt-like legs holding you up.  You were clutching your favorite stuffed bear, and your (color) hair was a mess.

“_________?” he says, his eyes focusing on you, “What are you doing here?  It’s past your bedtime!”

“What are YOU doing here?” you ask, “It’s past YOUR bedtime, too!”

You examine his dress.  He was in some nice clothes, but he had two large suitcases with him.

“_________, sweetie…” your father kneels down to you, “Your daddy needs to head out.  Just go back to bed, okay?”

“Where are you going?” your head tilts to the side, “Can I come, too?”

“NO!” your father yells, making you step back a bit.  Noticing your frightened expression, he softens, “I’m sorry...  I didn’t mean to yell… it’s just… daddy has to go far away for a while.”

“What do you mean?”

“I… do you remember the phone call we got earlier?”

You recall someone calling you daddy earlier that day.

“I was called to do something very important.  I’ll be going somewhere far away and… I’m not sure when I’ll be back…”

“Why?...”

“Well…” Your father tried his best to find the right way to tell you.

“Well, what?”

“_________... where I’m going, there’s never a guarantee of coming back… you’re going to have to be strong.  Not just for yourself, but for your mother, too…”

“but… you ARE coming back, aren’t you?”  you felt tears filling your (color) eyes.

“I can’t really say for sure… I have to go now…”

You dashed madly for the door, blocking your father’s way.

“NO!” you yell, “You can’t leave!”

“_________!  Don’t block me!”

“No!  Not until you promise you’ll come back!”

“Sweetie, I-“

“Please!  I…” You were on the verge of crying. Your father knelt down and gave you a hug.

“Alright… I promise I’ll try to come back.  Okay?”

“O… Okay…” you hug your father back.

“Just promise me you’ll be brave… your mother needs you now more than ever.”

“I promise, daddy…”

The hug lasted several moments before you daddy let you go.

“I have to go now,” You watch him head to the door, his hand turning the knob.  Before he opened it, he turned back to you.  “I love you, _________... and I always will.”

“I love you too, daddy…”

With that, you watched as your father opened the door, stepped out into the rain… and closed it behind him.

And he was gone.


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It’s been several years since that day.  You were only 8 at the time.  You could hardly remember what your father even looked like.  You were now 16 years of age and in high school.  Currently, you’re in your World History class, trying to focus on the lesson at hand.  Sadly, the heat of the day had other plans.  You were hardly able to stay awake, partly due to the heat, partly due to your teacher’s droning voice, and partly due to the fact you hadn’t slept much lately.  Your eyelids start to droop as you stare up at the clock.  It was still only 2:00!  The day wouldn’t end for another 40 minutes!  Why wouldn’t time go faster?

“And now, class,” your teacher says, “I’d like to introduce to you a special guest.”

A guest?  It was probably someone from the school board.  You take your head off your hand and sit up straight.  No matter who it was, you didn’t want to appear tired in front of a guest.

“But first…” your teacher turns to you, “_________, would you please come to the front of the class?”

“W… Why?” you ask nervously, “Am I in trouble?”

Your teacher lets out a small chuckle, “No, you’re not in trouble!  Just come to the front of the class!”

“O… kay?” you reluctantly get up from your seat and walk down the row of desks to the head of the room.  You felt your classmates’ curious gazes on you as you stood in the front.

“Alright.  I’ll go get our guest, now!”  The teacher heads to the door, opens it, and sticks his head out. “Come in, sir.” You wait with bated breath as your teacher started to lead the guest inside.

“Everyone, I’d like you to meet General Ludwig Beilschmidt!”

The name shocked you.  That name was… you watched the guest walk into the room.  He was tall, wearing an army uniform and helmet.  He removed the helmet to reveal that he had blonde hair that was slicked back, and bright sky-blue eyes.  His face, his stature… your eyes start to fill up with tears.

“D… d… Dad?”

“Hello, _________,” your father said, “I’m sorry I took so long.”

In a swift second, you found yourself running up to your general of a father, wrapping your arms around him, crying tears of joy.  “DADDY!”  You felt him hug you back lovingly.  “I missed you so much!”

“I missed you too…”
I have a bit of a soft spot for soldier homecomings and father-daughter moments. TTwTT
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:iconpollypancakes:
PollyPancakes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Tissues anyone? *cries* T-This is...I LOVE IT!! Great Job!
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FairyTail110 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
DAMN IT IM CRYING I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!
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DragoShadowing Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Woah. I got punched in the lungs with feels.
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:iconstarsrock25:
starsrock25 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student
Da?feels got to me again..
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Nova-star12 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for writing this. my dad was a terrible person from the depths of hell so reading this makes me feel like i have a father you loves and cares for me. Danke liebe!
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Manyfluffythings Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Why must you do this to my feels????
Miuna Crying Icon 
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FawnApple Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Stuff like this always get my heart all mushy. ;u; -blows nose into a tissue-
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:iconkuni-chan978:
kuni-chan978 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student Writer
*ugly sobbing in the corner* THE FEELS...HURT RIGHT HERE *clutches heart while crying*
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:iconayu-mihamasaki:
Ayu-miHamasaki Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
*sobs in corner for eternity* the feels are killing me. I love it ahhhhhhhhhhh.
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:iconkittykatt765:
kittykatt765 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Artist
I REALLY didn't need my feels anyway...........
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:iconsarah-layton:
SaRaH-lAyToN Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, 'fess up, who's cutting up the onions? TwT
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:iconspeerut:
Speerut Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
crying sobbing -crawls in corner-
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SexyDemonSwimmer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw I loved this! This happened to a girl at my school it was so sweet everyone in our class was crying
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SoulEater88888888 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
the feels man
Romano (Cries) [V4] 
I need a hug
Italy Stops Romano (Huggy) [V1] 
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coolgrl1234 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
I feel like I'm gonna cryMiuna Crying Icon 
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ARTcreator2002 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015   Artist
Danisnotonfire: FEELS the feels Cry forever France (Crying) [V3] Hibiya Amamiya (Cries) [V2] Romano (Cries) [V4] You Broke Foxy's Heart (Chat Icon) Sad Foxy Animated Chat Icon 
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xxScribbleChanxx Featured By Owner Edited Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist
“But first…” your teacher turns to you, "LEMME TAKE A SELFIE!"

Buut teh feels
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crystallynx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Artist
poses...*click* that's going on meh facebook XDSelfie 
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:iconcrazispaghetti:
CraziSpaghetti Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, OMG, these type of stories are da baeeeeeeeee. Marry Kozakura Emote (KagePro) - Happy Crying 
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Mirovyye-Soyuzniki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so touching..;-;
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cancerleovirgo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
these kind of reunions make me cry :) 
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Bluemoonteardrop134 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwwwwww so cute I love 😍💜❤️💖💚💛💙💖*fangirling*
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jliscool2013 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student General Artist
You know who needs their heart anyvay? 0_o
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madame-North Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
So much Fluff!
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:iconcupcakecreep2p:
cupcakecreep2p Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This was butiful ... j-just butiful TT_TT
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ImDrowning Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
AWWWWWWWWWWWWW KAWAIIIIIIII!!!!! ((nope totally not fangirling))
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TheOneOfYOursTruly Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2014  Student Writer
....
Nope
Not
Crying
->:iconsobbplz:
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:iconvietblueart:
vietblueart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
TEARING UP TEARING UP TEARING UP TEARING UP TEARING UP!!!!!!!! ;A;
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LonelyReaper2012 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student General Artist
;_;
Here, you can have them all.
Have all of my tears.
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otakuwhovian12 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Crying soooo hard right now
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IketheCOOL Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I am so on the verge of tears...GOTTS STAY STRONG IKE...I HAVE TO!
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:iconsakuradrowned:
SakuraDrowned Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
*crying*
BUT MY DADDY NEVER CAME BACKKKKKKKKKKK
this would be *snif sniff* the best day of my life
IF HE EVER CAME BACK
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cupcakecreep2p Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my god you poor thing *hugs tight*I know how u feel my oldest brother is missing in action TT_TT
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SakuraDrowned Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
*Huggles*
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cupcakecreep2p Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Huggles back
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Snuro Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Awww! Great story keep up the good work!
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JadetheKidR9 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   General Artist
Holy sh*t dod dem feels 
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CookieGirlXP Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
It reminds me of one of my precious memory of my dad...
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EpicCatBomb Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   Digital Artist
I'm so sorry about your dad man ):
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CookieGirlXP Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Thanks for your kindness! :'D
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girlfriendo6 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
THIS IS SO ADORABLLLLLLLLE.
:happybounce: 
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Empress-Mikuni Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That is what happened to one of my friends but she dragged me up there. I started crying.
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musickrazy123 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I am actually crying right now.... :iconcryforeverplz: this was amazing. Simply spot-on!
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Miss-Fandom-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
QuQ Omg for once the dad didn't die!
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Angel434 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ughhh the feels so much emotion including if you listen to daddy's little girl by Frankie J 
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otakugirl93 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I can relate since my dad who served in kuwait for 14 months came to my school and i cried like that. I always tear up when i read these stories.
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SSkanegirl90 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*in back dying of feels*
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Elitebloom1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Oh god MY FEELSCrying Death the Kid Emote  it was beautiful T.T
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helenadoodle Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
asdfghjkl; YOU BROKE MY FEELS
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KitsoneGirl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
-cries- soo ... sweet...TT_TT
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