Goodbye Trapper

by MK McIntrye

This is my first fanatic and it takes place between Abyssinia Henry and Welcome to Korea right before Trapper leaves and Hawkeye is on R&R. I hope you like it! - MK

Trapper John walked across the compound to Margaret's tent. He was going home tomorrow! He couldn't believe it. But there was something he had to tell Margaret first.

"Major?" he asked as he softly knocked on her door.

"Trapper? Come in.," she said opening the door for him.

"Major, Margaret. I know we haven't been the best of friends but I thought we could have a talk before I go."

"Alright McIntrye, I can agree to that."

He sat down across from her. "Margaret, it's about Hawkeye. He loves you."

"What?" she exclaimed! "Pierce, love me, ha! He hates me!"

"No, no" he said correcting her. "He acts like he hates you but he really doesn't. When Frank is not around he talks about how jealous he is of him. He constantly talks about how beautiful you are and how much he cares for you. He just wishes you felt the same way."

Margaret was speechless, and she had tears in her eyes.

Trapper rose and headed for the door. "You take care of him when I leave ok honey?" he asked with his hand on the doorknob.

"No wait Trapper." She said rising.

"Yeah?" he said.

"Well since it's your last night here, I thought we could, you know talk some more."

"Sure," he said, "we can do that." He sat back down again. "What do you want to talk about?" he asked.

"Those things that you claim Pierce said, were they true?"

"Every word."

"Well I don't understand why he would love me."

"Margaret, truthfully you are one of the most amazing women I have ever met. If I weren't married I would love you! Anyone can plainly see why Hawkeye is head over heels for you."

"Thanks Trapper," She said.

The two sat up all night in Margaret's tent laughing at the good times they had had over the past year. They even laughed about Frank. And Trapper recalled the time they made 196 degrees in the supply tent. Margaret said that she vaguely remembered when she had become drunk, requested a transfer and told Trapper she could have fallen for him.

The next day when the time came for Trapper to leave everyone gather around the jeep to say good-bye.

Trapper pulled Margaret behind to Swamp to say good-bye.

"You remember what I said alright?" he said.

"I will, I promise," she said hugging him.

He kissed her on the cheek, "I love you Margaret Houlihan, and I can't imagine being here without you. Take care of Hawk, and try not to break his heart."

"I won't. Go on," she said, "your gonna miss your plane!."

"Alright," he said pulling away from her. "You need anything just call me, I'll be in Boston!"

"I will, good-bye Trapper!"

"Good-bye Margaret" he said getting into his jeep.

"I love you and thanks," she said quietly to herself. Now if only she would be able to tell Hawkeye the same. Then a silent tear ran down her cheek.

"Hey honey bun!" said Frank coming to Margaret. "Are you okay I thought you would be happy that McIntrye is finally gone!"

"I am," she assured him quickly wiping the tears from her eyes.

The End