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Travelin' Soldier

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Nicole looked down at her hand and noticed the gash across her knuckles. Rosita’s tooth had dug deep when Nicole’s fist made contact with it. She pressed the wound onto her pant leg, letting the fabric absorb the blood that was gushing out.

“How could you be so stupid, Haught?” Nicole talked to herself while shaking her head at the disappointment she felt. “How could you say that to her? You just fucked up the best thing that has ever happened to you.” Nicole continued to scold herself. “You’re fucking worthless, like always.”

“Hey, I really don’t appreciate you talking about my friend like that.” A familiar voice came from behind her. Nicole smiled a little.

“I don’t really want to be around anyone right now, Maggie.”

“Then how bout with your brother and sister?” Erin spoke as Jethro wrapped his arm around Nicole’s shoulder. She didn’t say a word, she just leaned her head against his chest, tears starting to flow from her eyes as if someone had just turned on a faucet. “You didn’t do anything wrong, Nic. That bitch deserved what you did to her. Hell, she deserved way more than that.”

“I’m the Sheriff...well at this point, was the Sheriff...I never should have let my emotions get the best of me.” Nicole sobbed. “I worked so hard to become Sheriff just to throw it all away because of some stupid...” She stopped herself. “It’s no one’s fault but my own.”

“You were trying to defend your woman’s honor. You did nothing wrong, Cole. And you’re still Sheriff.”

“Not once she files charges against me for assault.” Nicole huffed as she wiped her face against her brother’s shirt.

“Trust me, she won’t. Gus had a long talk with Rosita at the bar about how she better not report you. I don’t know what else Gus said to her, but it was enough that Rosita nodded in agreement and left the bar, licking her wounds.” Maggie revealed. Her eyes went wide as she caught a glimpse of Nicole’s hand. “Fuck, Cole! You’re hand is gushing blood.”

“It’s fine.” Nicole waved her friend off from touching her hand. Jethro bear hugged Nicole while Maggie and Erin examined her hand.

“It is most definitely not fine, Nicole. As your older sister and your doctor, you are going to the E.R.” Erin nodded to Jethro, who picked Nicole up and carried her towards the car.

“I’m fucking fine! Seriously...”

“I swear to God, if you say that again, I am going to smack the shit out of you, Nicole Rayleigh Haught!”

Nicole rolled her eyes but didn’t fight her siblings anymore. Maggie pulled Nicole’s cell phone from Nicole’s front pocket. “Hey! What the hell are you doing?”

“I’m messaging your girlfriend and letting her know where you are so when she goes back to your house to look for you and you’re not there, she doesn’t think you’re out sleeping around or some stupid shit like that.” Maggie took a picture of Nicole’s hand and sent it to Waverly.

Hey babe, heading to the hospital. Won’t be home anytime soon. I’m sorry for tonight. I never meant to upset you but this isn’t a conversation to have over text or the phone. I love you.


With that, Maggie attached the photo and sent the text off to Waverly. Nicole let out a big groan of displeasure as they loaded into the car and headed off to the E.R.


Wynonna looked to her sister in the passenger seat. Waverly was still fuming and hadn’t said anything to Wynonna since they had gotten in the car. “Babygirl...”

“Don’t try to defend her, Wynonna! That was totally uncalled for!” Waverly crossed her arms over her chest in a defiant stance.

“Uncalled for? Are you fucking kidding me right now? Do you even know what Rosita did to cause Nicole to punch her?”

“I don’t really care, Wyno....”

“Don’t fucking start that bullshit with me, Waverly! That woman defended you! And had she not, I would have!”

“What the hell are you even talking about?”

“Look, this all started before you even left. Rosita flirts with you hardcore. And she does it in front of Nicole just to get a rise out of her.”

“Doesn’t give her the right to hit someone.”

“No but you remember that photo you sent her? The one of you in your camo pants, bra...super sexy...”


“Rosita saw it and made a very inappropriate comment about you. About getting off to your photo that night. Nicole didn’t do anything. She bit her tongue. And God, she wanted to say something, Waverly. She wanted to defend you so much but knew it wasn’t her place. So she took the embarrassment of having someone fawn all over you, tell her she was going to masturbate to your image that night and not be able to do anything about it. Tonight when y’all walked in, Rosita was staring you down. Like hardcore eye fucking going on. Nicole did what she could to remain calm, Babygirl. She did whatever she could to enjoy the night with you even though anytime you got around Rosita, Rosita would start touching you, flirting with you all the while making eye contact with Nicole while she was doing it. Then she hugged you and kissed your cheek. I saw the hurt in Nicole’s eyes but she put her feelings aside for you, like she always does. She pushed her feelings away and tried to leave, Waverly. For fuck’s sake, she was walking out with you. Rosita caught up to her and I. She told Nicole that she couldn’t wait to for the chance to get two fingers inside of you.” Wynonna shook her head and raised her index finger and shook it too. “Nonono. Her exact words were I can’t wait to get my fingers inside her pussy...that’s why she hit her, Waverly. That’s why she risked her job, the one thing that means everything to her because she couldn’t just sit back anymore, Waverly. She couldn’t just sit back and let someone talk about you like that. Like you were a piece of meat. And now, she’s probably sitting at the bar, miserable, thinking she just fucked up and lost the most important person to her. Like always.”

Waverly sat dumbfounded at the words that were coming from Wynonna’s lips. “ do you know Nicole feels like that?”

“Cuz she fucking texted it all to me about 15 minutes ago...” Wynonna rolled her eyes. “You act as if I could actually read her mind. Really, Waverly?”

“Can I see them?”


“The texts?”

“Yeah, sure whatever.” Wynonna handed her phone over to Waverly, who began scrolling through the texts that Nicole had sent to Wynonna on Discord. She couldn’t help but smirk at Nicole’s username.

Haught in Waves:
Wyn, I don’t know what to do. I fucked up so bad. I just...

Whiskey Girl:
It’s going to be ok, Haught. The bitch deserved what she got.

Haught in Waves:
I’ve already lost Waverly and I’m going to lose my job on top of it. I never deserved her, Wyn. I’m sorry.

Whiskey Girl:
Don’t you fucking talk like that, you understand me? Waves will come around. In the meantime, quit worrying about it.

Haught in Waves:
I fucked up and she’s better off without me, Wyn. I never should have...I should have shoved those feelings down like I always do. God, why am I so fucking insecure and jealous all the damn time? Why am I always so afraid to lose her? It doesn’t matter. I lost her like I have everyone else in my life. I never should have made a move. I should have stayed single. Can’t get hurt if I don’t love someone...

Whiskey Girl”
You and I both know that you would have still fallen in love with her just by meeting her, you know that right?”

Haught in Waves:
I do know that. And I do love her, Wyn. So fucking much. That’s why this hurts so bad. She didn’t even want to hear me out. She instantly took Rosita’s side like my feelings didn’t even matter...just...take care of her for me please? I’m sure she won’t want to see me after this but please know, Wyn, I have never loved someone as much as I have loved Waverly. I’d risk it all again for her. I don’t regret what I did tonight. I don’t because I love her and I refuse to let someone like Rosita continuously degrade the woman I love. I know she’s her own person and she is strong enough to take care of herself but she shouldn’t have to, Wyn. She had me now and I wish she would have seen that. Maybe my dad was right...I really am worthless...


Waverly read on in shock. She couldn’t believe how Nicole was feeling. How she had made Nicole feel. Her heart hurt. Her soul ached for Nicole’s. She needed to be with Nicole. She needed to talk this out with her and needed to explain why she got so defensive. “Nonna, turn the car around please?”

“Not wanting to go to the homestead anymore, Babygirl?”

“No. I want to go home...”

“I think Nicole will be super happy to see you, that’s for sure.” Wynonna glanced to her right, stealing a quick look at her sister. “Did she really ask you to move in with her?”

Waverly smiled sweetly and nodded. “Yeah, today when we go to Shorty’s. I was freaking out about how much everything had changed. And she asked me to move in with her.”

“What did you say?”

“Of course I said yes. This fight means nothing to me, Nonna. Not in the grand scheme of things. I wish I would have noticed that before storming off. I should have gotten her side of what happened. I shouldn’t have disregarded her feelings. Gosh, I’m such a horrible girlfriend!” Waverly buried her head in her hands.

Wynonna scoffed. “You’re right. You are a horrible girlfriend and it’s going to take a lot for you to make up for the shit you pulled tonight, Waverly. That girl, unfortunately, has some trust issues. She let those walls down with you, Waves and she may have put them back up. Don’t give up on her if she did. She doesn’t enjoy getting hurt. Guess no one really does. You better be prepared to tell that woman that you are a big fat idiot.” Wynonna turned down one of the side roads that could easily get them back to Shorty’s faster than just turning around and driving back the way they came. As they drove, Wynonna noticed just how dark it was. It was darker than usual and their surroundings seemed off. Wynonna couldn’t put her finger on it until the truck jerked to the right and then to the left and then back to the right. Wynonna had lost control of the truck after the tires had popped. The truck began spinning, hitting the ground with a large thud, over and over again as the two women tried to brace themselves as they rolled down the hill.