Archive for The Mission

The Mission: I Ginny, take thee Elijah (part 19 and The End)

Wedding receptions normally come after the ceremony. In the event of Ginny and Elijah’s wedding, it came first. It was after all, a New Year’s Eve party too. The ball room sparkled with snowy white linens and flowers, touched in silver and gold. Tall candelabra stood on each table surrounded by mounds of white flowers. […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Monday, January 1st, 2007

The Mission: Homecoming (part 18)

Larry Gregg brought home two surprises for Ginny. The first was Elijah, who hitched a ride with the Admiral on a transport out of Langley AFB to Ellington Field. Ginny didn’t spot Elijah right away; she was busy hugging her father, who spun her round and round, then stopped her right in front of Elijah […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

The Mission: Oh What a Night (part 17)

The clock on the microwave said 2:14, and Georgina Gregg stood barefooted in the dark kitchen, wolfing down a banana and drinking a glass of cold water. She debated over a handful of cookies, and just after compromising on two cookies, the front door shattered and a man kicked his way into the living room. […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

The Mission: Honeymoon Plans (part 16)

“Ginny sweetheart,” started Elijah, “Where would you like to go for a honeymoon? I’ve been visiting with travel agents, and none of their suggestions seem quite right.” “I have a little travel trailer. We could take it anywhere. It’s a shame we can’t pull it with the Dragonfly!” Ginny laughed. “If my parents weren’t staying […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

The Mission: Reality Check (part 15)

“I can’t believe you want me to pick out the china,” said Elijah. “And crystal too,” said Ginny. “Tell me again why I need to do this?” “Because I’ve picked out everything else, including cookware and linens.” “Towels! I could pick out towels. White!” “Too late. Come on Eli. I trust you. Men always complain […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

The Mission: The Girls (part 14)

“I don’t know why you have to choose,” said Sandy Madden. “Wear the 1920s wedding dress for the New Year’s Eve party, then change into this dress for the marriage ceremony.” “I agree,” said Georgina. “It’s perfect.” Ginny had bought the dresses when she found them one day in a Houston resale shop. Both dresses […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

The Mission: Georgina Gregg (part 13)

Fifteen days after Ginny called her parents in Belgium to tell them she was engaged and getting married, Georgina Gregg flew home. She stopped for a few days on the east coast, to see Ace and meet Elijah, then flew into Houston with a total lack of fanfare. “Ginny darling!” Ginny stepped to the side […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

The Mission: Ginny Makes a Promise (part 12)

It took all her courage to telephone Eli, so when his answering machine picked up and demanded that she leave her name and phone number, she did precisely that and nothing else. She was still holding the phone a few moments later when it buzzed in her hand. “Hello, this is Ginny.” “Ginny! I was […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

The Mission: Courtship (part 11)

Elijah suspected that he was not very good at writing letters, but if Ginny wanted a courtship via the U.S Mail, then he would comply. And it worked—Ginny loved every word he wrote, and his strong distinctive printing. She loved reading about his friends in the squadron, his funny neighbors, and what he did on […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

The Mission: Someone to Watch Over Me (part 10)

Truly, it was not her plan to buy a bridal magazine. She reached for a copy of Vogue and pulled up Brides instead. She dropped it instantly, astonished at her mistake. But slowly, deliberately, she picked it up again, studied the cover, and took it. Then she looked at the rest of the brides’ magazines. […]

Posted by: Deborah Hendrick on Wednesday, September 13th, 2006