Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters they all belong to 20th Century Fox and the producers and creators of M*A*S*H. This is to be read before "What the Future Brings". Please R/R! Criticism is greatly appreciated; please send any criticism or comments to Hotlips4Hawkeye@aol.com.

It All Begins Here

by Chrissie

Here I am sitting in this airport having my travel orders changed, so I can stay in Korea. I must really out of my mind. Well I'm only staying for a few more hours, but I could be on my way home by now. Instead I choose to say because I couldn't leave Korea behind, well not Korea, I couldn't leave Margaret behind. That goodbye kiss was sure something. It's about time my jeep gets here. I sit in this bumpy jeep to the 8063rd as the anticipation inside of me builds. I'm proposing to her, I can't believe it. Me, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Pierce, proposing to Major Margaret Houlihan of all people. I just can't leave without telling her I want her to be mine, and that if need be I'd give up my medical degree for her. Well, I wouldn't give it up, I worked too hard for it, but I'd give anything for her, she means more than medicine to me, more than life itself. To think I almost got on that plane and left her here. Well here we are the good eight oh sixty-third, now all I have to do is find her living quarters. I'm walking around completely aimlessly trying to find her tent, and there it is. She has that dumb sign up already "Major M. Houlihan, Knock Before Entering."

"Come in."

I walked in and there she was that vision. Her eyes lit up and she ran to me and we looked into each other's eyes and just kissed ever so passionately.

"I love you Hawkeye!"

"I love you Margaret."

"I thought you'd be on your way back to Crabapple Cove by now."

"I couldn't leave without giving you this," he said as he opened the little box he took out of his coat pocket.

"Is that a?"

"Well...do you like it? I bought it a few months ago, I picked it out of a catalogue, and had it sent to Dad for security. Before I went into the hospital I wrote him and asked him to send it to me, and I was going to propose after we got back from the beach but things happened, and I didn't realize until we said goodbye there was something I needed to give you."

"Are you asking me to marry you?"

"Yes, I am, so what do you say?"

"Of course I'll marry you."

We kissed and spent my last few hours in Korea together in her tent. I know she won't be able to come home for another week but I will miss her so much, this next week. I can't wait till she comes home. Next month we'll be married, we've decided. As I think about it our relationship and the ones we've made with the others is the only good thing to come out of this god-forsaken place. Well the plane is taking off now, and in about two days I'll be home, and when she comes home to me we will be the Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Pierce of Crabapple Cove, but I'll never forget it all began here.

The End