Sometimes it takes a wakeup call from our dreams to discover what we really want.
Camille Harrison joins the Army despite her boyfriend Trevor's objections, and her mother's refusal. After months of inoculations, crawling through mud, and surviving the gas chamber, Cami is assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. There she meets fellow soldier, Nathan Porter, who becomes her best friend and confidant. All seems fine until Trevor proposes?an act that will change her relationship with Nathan forever. She is forced to decide between the man she always knew she would marry and her soul mate.
Cami stared through the screen at her mother's corpulent silhouette. Her mother paced with hands on her hips. Maybe this wasn't the time. Cami looked over her shoulder at her car. The yellow '77 Mustang screamed for her to jump in and take off. Anywhere but here.
Cami took a deep breath, turned the knob, and nudged the door open. Her mom stood in the center of the living room, foot tapping, eyes blazing.
“Hi, Mom.” Cami offered a forced smile.
“Where have you been? I've been worried sick!” She grabbed Cami and pulled her tight. “You said you had an errand and wouldn't be gone long. That was almost twelve hours ago.”
“Sorry, Mom. I was… “ Cami pulled back and looked at the hardwood floor. She wasn't confident in what she needed to say. The minute she said anything, the anger would return to her mom's face.
So, why say it? Why not wait a few days? Maybe a week? A month sounds better.
Her mother was a great woman. Everyone loved her rosy disposition and kind eyes. But when she was angry, her temper could ignite a sodden field.
Cami met her mom's eyes. She knew there was no way she could wait a minute more. She had to tell her now. “As you know, I've been praying for months for a way to afford college.”
Her mom crossed her arms in preparation for battle.
“A few weeks ago, a man came to our school and offered me a way to pay for school.” Her stomach flipped. Just breathe. She turned away and sat against the blue-gingham sofa. Her mom's insistent stare made Cami sink lower into the cushions. “Please don't be mad at me.”
Her mom stepped forward. “What have you done, Camilla?”
She swallowed. “I joined the Army.”