A Meaningful inscription
No Flag by Liz Borino
Again, Ms. Borino delivers a spectacular story that takes your breath away with the first scene.
On July 7, 2012, Will Kelley watched as his world shattered on the television in his front room. Until a year ago, Will’s name was Hayes; in December of 2010 he had met a man named Mike Kelley who would change his life, and his name.
Mike Kelley was Army Intelligence, when he walked in the bar and met Will that night, a whole new life opened up to him. It took a year to convince the man he loved to marry him, Will was nervous about the Army controlling his life. But Mike only had two months left, and then he was his own man again. Then after they got married, just as Mike’s time was up, The Major General over him told him they wanted to give him a promotion to Major. Mike respectfully declined because he was not going to re-up. So the Major General told him they were using the Stop Loss policy to keep him for another year and they were sending him to Afghanistan for the year they were keeping him.
Will found out his husband was alive, but had lost his left arm above the joint, which meant that he would be unable to get a prosthetic. The only thing Will cared about was that Mike had kept his promise, No Flag. Before Mike had deployed, Will had taken their wedding rings in to get an inscription on both, No Flag, he asked Mike to promise him to come home alive, no heroics because Will had no need of a folded flag in place of his husband. So, when the medic there with him and the 600 lb wall on his arm told Mike that the only way to save his life was to take his arm, Mike ad told her to take it off, he couldn’t send a flag home.
Yes, other things kept infringing on their life, especially once Mike got home, but the one thing that I wasn’t sure I was going to like was the fact that the two of them were in a Domestic Discipline relationship. I have read other books with this type of relationship, and hadn’t like how they had played out at all. I am not sure if it was because those were m/f, and this was m/m, or just because Ms. Borino found a way to make it make sense, but I truly enjoyed this aspect of their life as much as any other part.
This is a five star read and a must for anyone who loves our men and women in uniform. Thank you for sharing, Ms. Borino. It was worth reading every word.