Chapter 3: "Cryptonite"
It was one of those moments when the time slows down to a point were nothings seems to move anymore and the blink of an eye turns into a century, a feeling like standing in the eye of an hurricane - the noices that kept you awake at night disappear, the world around you stops to exist and suddenly everything makes perfect sense: Her long brown hair, the blue eyes fixed at him with this look that goes straight through you and stares directly at your soul, the way she moved in perfect harmony with the music, while everyone else on the dancefloor seemed to be off beat like a damaged record on a turntable.
Hypnotized by the seemingly endless depth of her eyes, the music - the moment, he walked over to her, just standing there, caught in something he didnt understood.
Markus' memories about the events of the following two weeks are blurred, nothing more than snapshots - the smell of her hair, the taste of her lips
... and this unexplainable feeling of safety, of being finally home when holding her in his arms.
But the closer the date of his deployment to afghanistan came, the more afraid he became of leaving her, losing her. But even more than that he was afraid what would happen to her in case he got injured or even killed and for the first time in his life he realized that someone else means more to him than how it seemed. It didn't click until now. He loved her, he really loved her....
And thats why he decided to end the story on their last evening together - a sad ending before it turns into endless sadness.
After spending a beautiful, sunny day at the beach and visiting the annual fair, he gathered all his courage while them walking down the coastline in the sunset, grabbed her hand and in the moment he was about to start speaking she said on single word: "No" and kissed him passionate. "You will come back to me", she said with a sad smile on her face. "Thats an order, soldier".
Gently he stroke her cheek and returned the kiss.
Three weeks later he received his first field post from her and the only thing in the envelope was a picture of them kissing on this last evening, made by a fotographer who making fotos of the fair for the local newspaper and caught the moment with his camera. Valerie saw the picture and ask him for a copy and after explaining to him the story behind the scene, he agreed and sent it her on the very same day.
Markus and Valerie on their last date before his deployment to afghanistan
Chapter 4: "The meaning of words"
- 9 months later Markus returned home from his deployment and at the airport his family happily awaited him ... together with Valerie -
When he saw her, waiting for him within a splitsecond he came to one conclusion: She is the right one!
The weeks after his homecoming were filled with "Welcome back"-BBQ's and traveling, for example to be introduced to Valeries parents in Marseille, where she was originally born before she started her studies at the Humboldt-University Berlin. Markus never gave much regarding foreign languages, but on his trip to the french côte d'azur he listened to a MP3-track a friend of his dictated him over and over again. The track repeated one french sentence over and over again:
"Monsieur Renue, J'aime sa fille et je veux l'epouser"
First her father stared at him for several seconds, then he started laughing until tears ran down his face and answered in perfect german.
"Junger mann, da müssen sie meine Tochter schon selbst fragen" ... and he did exactly that and thankfully she said "Yes, now and every other day".
He was the happiest man in the entire damn world.
During the next couple of weeks Markus started to think about the future. He never even expected to get this far. A life, A job, A love.
And after the thinking came the doubts. A house costs money and the ring she deserved in his opinion aswell. While thinking how to plan this all,
his former Bataillon-Commander asked him if he wants to join a multinational UN-Mission that still required a radio operator.
Something about a eastern country and a health-related mission, but due to the deployment in a foreign country the wage was slightly higher.
Letter agreed heavy-hearted.
Valerie refused to speak with him for days, but after all the tears were dried and her voice could simply not yell at him anymore, he huged her like the world was about to end, gave her the longest kiss ever - and placed a small, but beautiful engagement ring on her finger, combined with the promise to return to her in a couple of months.
On the last eveing before he joined the UN-Unit, Markus went into a tattoo-shop and got the reason what he is fighting for written on his arm, to never forget the promise he gave.