And then one night the call came. Ralph's vehicle had been blown up, but Ralph had survived and wandered off into the Afghan Mountains. The casket was a case of mistaken identity. The Army offered sincere apologies.
Instantly, Jeanette told Cannon, who took the news stoically. In the morning Cannon Raspberry was gone, leaving a note: " On the back roads, off the grid, but you are always on my mind."
A month later Ralph arrived home at the PinkCharm doorstep, his soldier friend beside him. Jeanette was delirious hugging and kissing Ralph.
" Of course your friend is welcome." She said.
" This is Jeremy, my partner. " Ralph replied.
Three days later, Jeanette secured the PinkCharm for the hurricane season and began to search the back roads for Cannon Raspberry.
Jeanette's search goes on.