Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 71 (The Conclusion)- Completed - 7/15/2018

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Re: Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 65 - Updated - 6/13/2018

Postby RoswellFan68 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:29 pm

What a terrible way for Grace and Beth/Liz to see each other again. Beth/Liz found out the alien secret. It has to be a shock for her. Max needs to get to the hospital as soon as possible. Maybe Kyle and Isabel should be contacted to start looking for Max.

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Re: Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 65 - Updated - 6/13/2018

Postby keepsmiling7 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:43 pm

What a wild set of circumstances........can't imagine how things here are going to work out.
I knew it would be a problem when Max didn't have his phone.
Sure glad Liz finally admitted that Grace was her daughter.
Things should fall into place pretty soon now!
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Re: Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 65 - Updated - 6/13/2018

Postby L-J-L 76 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:18 am

Wow Beth is finding out a lot of things. Thank god Beth went with Grace. Poor Jim he is going to have to explain everything to Max, Maria, Michael, Isabel and Kyle. Wonder what the man meant that Grace should have been taken care of. Who is the man working for? I keep thinking it maybe Kivar but I don't know. Hoping Max will be at the hospital quick and see Beth, Alexandra, Carrie. Wonder what is going to happen when everyone sees Beth, Alexandra and Carrie? Hoping for a happy ending for Max and Liz,

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Reunion - Chapter 66 - 6/17/2018

Postby Parker1947 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:40 am

Jake was fine tuning a report on his computer in the kitchen after his grandmother had gone home once dinner was completed. Jim had been called off on an emergency call and Amy had elected to head on home to some chores because she had to work at the Crashdown the next day. So, he set up camp with his trusty computer in the kitchen and went to work on a report he could send to his teacher before he had to go into the hospital for his surgery.

The phone rang, and he ignored it, but minutes later there was storming downstairs with curses following each step and the front door opening and closing and no one came in to tell him what was going on. So, he assumed he was on emergency child care patrol.

But he couldn’t help but think about Grace. She hadn’t responded to his last message to her, and so now he wondered if she was alright.

Wheeling himself over to the intercom they had for the multiple bedrooms upstairs that their parents had installed when they were kids, and were always using to get a hold of their many kids. He pressed Colin’s room, and asked him to come downstairs.

“Hey,” Colin asked moments later as he came into the kitchen. “Are you okay?”

“Super,” Jake said.

“So, what’s up?”

“Do you know where Mom and Dad rushed off. They failed to let me know, as I just heard the running down the stairs and doors closing.”

“They didn’t tell me,” Colin shrugged. “I did hear something about Grandpa, the hospital and then many of Dad and even a few of Mom’s curses.”

“That’s not good!” Jake asked, worried. “Is it serious?”

“Just a bunch of swear words not fit for the ears of Belle and then vanishing.” Colin said. “So that could mean it’s anything.”

“Oh, okay as you’re right that it could mean it’s anything.” Jake nodded as he could attest to hear his parents swearing, most of time in connection to something he had done but there had been other times non-kid related. “Do me a favor. Keep an eye on Belle for me. I can’t get up there easily and I know she’s going to be inquisitive before she goes to bed.”

“Sure,” Colin said. “Are you okay?”

“I am fine,” Jake said. “Just doing school work.”

“Which is very weird!”

“Am I that bad?” Jake asked his younger brother.

“Let’s say you have a reputation in this house and being an academic is not one of them,” Colin laughed.

“Jeez,” Jake laughed. “If you hear from our other sister, let me know okay.”

“Sure,” Colin nodded he left the kitchen after grabbing a bottle of water, and Jake went back to his report, but Grace was still on his mind. So, he tried her again. Dialing her cellphone.

******


Elizabeth was staring at the phone in her hands. She held Grace’s cellphone, as she had seen it on the ground next to her friend’s body and grabbed it before they left. Now in the Sheriff’s car heading towards the hospital. Groaning she recognized her brother’s phone number, and name coming up on the call display. “Damn, it’s Jake. Should I answer it?”

“It’s up to you,” Sue shrugged as they sat together in the two-seater of rows in the cop car as they sped towards Roswell Memorial. “Do you want him to know?”

“He needs to know, but he has his surgery in the morning.”

“God,” Sue muttered.

“Whose Jake?” Carrie asked from the back seats as she sat with her sister and wondered what was going to happen and if Grace was doing okay.

“My older brother,” Elizabeth said. “He and Grace are close.”

“Are they dating?” Alexandra asked, intrigued.

“No,” Elizabeth shook her head. “They are just friends,” she lied. For the moment, she thought to herself as if she didn’t know that this little escapade of theirs would up the heat tremendously if Jake were to know.

“Answer it if you’re going to,” Sue said, and Elizabeth declined the call, and let it go to the voice mail. “Scaredy-cat!” she mutters with a laugh.

“He’s going to find out, but I am not anxious to be the one to tell him,” Elizabeth admitted because she knew the reaction of her brother, and it wasn’t going to pretty and plus she wanted to be oblivious to the reality of the situation for a few more minutes before she had to confront it.

“I guess I can’t blame you,” Sue nodded.

“Are you doing alright?” Elizabeth asked Sue as she saw her friend sitting beside her quietly, and silently for the most part and knew that she had to be troubled by what she witnessed. “You know, with everything going on, I had forgotten to ask about you.”

“It’s okay,” Sue nodded. “I guess I’ll be rethinking the idea of walking through the park after dark.”

“We all will,” Elizabeth admitted. “But they didn’t want you Sue, so you don’t have to worry about that. They wanted Grace?”

“Why?” Sue asked. “And the fact they wanted someone else is not that reassuring. Why did they want Grace?”

“I wish I knew,” Elizabeth lied as she sighed and exchanged a knowing look with her grandfather through the mirror, a look that the twins caught, and they exchanged their own look of intrigue.

“Why do I think you do know,” Sue muttered.

“Why aren’t we getting to the hospital,” Elizabeth muttered as she changed the subject and Sue knew it but let it go as they got stuck in a traffic jam about ten minutes from the hospital. “I fear this is going to get worse before it gets better,” she fretted.

******


“No Dad Max isn’t here,” Kyle said as he watched a hockey game while looking over some scouting reports of current players for the new season of the football team that he was starting to focus on as Isabel was check in on the kids now that she was home from work, and settled in for the night. “He was here earlier, but left I figured for home, why?”

“Is Isabel home?” Jim asked as waited in traffic, and talked on his official channel. “I need to speak to her.”

“Sure,” Kyle nodded as he called for his wife. “Isabel, Dad needs to talk to you.”

“I am coming,” Isabel said as she was already walking down the stairs and heard her husband on the phone with her father-in-law. “What’s going on?”

“I don’t know, he was looking for Max.”

“Oh,” Isabel said with a frown at the mention of the whereabouts of her brother. “I figured he would be home by now.”

“Me too.”

“What’s up Jim,” Isabel as she took the phone from her husband and smiled as she started to talk. “What’s going on?”

“I am looking for Max, do you know, where is he? He’s not at home, nor his cellphone is picking up,” Jim asked from the car.

“That is unlike my brother. Especially at this time of night.”

“I know,” Jim said as they waited in the traffic jam as he looked to the back and saw the car full of teenagers who all wore impatient and scared looks on their face. “But it’s important I speak to him.”

“Can I help?” Isabel asked as the frown deepened on her face and her husband saw.

“Because you are family, and a guardian along with Maria I figure I should tell you. Something has happened….”

“To who?” Isabel asked.

“Grace!” Jim said simply as the traffic jam broke and he started driving again.

******


Max was rushing into the house to escape the rain that was starting to fall on the night when he saw blinking lights on home phone, and he spotted the cellphone he had forgotten when he had run off to speak to his parents. “Good, at least I haven’t lost you” he spoke to the phone, when he checked the clock and wondered when Grace would be home.

Sitting on the couch, he pressed the voice message button and was inundated with messages. “Hell… what could have happened in the few hours I was gone.”

When he heard the words in Jim’s message, 1999. His heart stopped.

It meant the worst had happened.

*******


While all of this was going on, the ambulance was trying to get to the hospital after getting stuck in the same traffic jam as Jim, even with the lights blaring on the top of the vehicle with Beth sitting in the back, beside a critically injured Grace whose unknown to the ambulance driver exhibiting the green energy. She had said that she could handle being in the back, so the paramedic was up front so only she knew of the green energy. “Grace, it’s alright. You’re safe.”

“Mom,” Grace said sleepy.

“Yes,” Beth nodded as she held Grace’s hand even though they couldn’t see each other and given the state of her blood pressure, she wasn’t sure how coherent Grace was at the moment.

“Tell Dad I am sorry…”

“For what?” Beth asked, trying to keep the girl conscious so they could have a barometer in how she was doing with the injury as she was hooked up to a morphine drip to take the pain away.

“For making such a mess of my life.”

“I am sure your life is perfectly fine Grace,” Beth said quietly. “We all make mistakes, or wish things could be better.”

“It’s all my fault!” Grace said quietly before drifting off to sleep…

“Grace!” Beth asked again.

“Sleepy,” Grace said quietly.

“I am sure you are, but you have to stay with me. We need to keep you on a level keel as we wait to be arrive at the hospital.”

“I just want to sleep.”

“I know the medication is making you groggy,” Beth said carefully. “You just stay with me here.”

“Is this how it was back in 1999?”

“What” Beth asked at the mention of 1999 yet again that evening.

“When you died, and Dad brought you back to life,” Grace said groggily as her voice was getting thinner and thinner.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You don’t remember?” Grace asked softly as she could sense she was fading away as she tried in vein to hang on. “Right, you don’t remember me or Dad. You were my age when you died. Dad saved your life.”

“He did!” Beth asked in shock as she looked at the seriously injured teenager, and questioned the revelation and yet it didn’t seem that farfetched in the back recesses of her brain and she wondered why…

“I feel like I am slipping away…” Grace murmured.

“Grace don’t... stay with me” Beth said adamantly as a sense of déjà vu came upon her as she had this whiff of memory. Liz, you have to look at me... Look at me... came the words into her brain, “Grace, stay for your Dad," she whispered.

“Tell Dad, I love him. Tell Jake, I am sorry how it worked out. He means the world to me, I love him. Tell everyone that I am with my great grandmother Claudia, and my son.”

“Grace”

“I am sorry,” Grace said as she slipped away and the machines starting blurring for Beth as tears came down her face as the ambulance pulled ninety seconds later into the hospital.

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Re: Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 66 - Updated - 6/17/2018

Postby keepsmiling7 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:10 pm

They said it was going to get worse before it got better........that's an understatement!
She slipped away..........?????
It was so unlike Max not to have his phone and to be available when needed.
I love the 1999 code message. That is a perfect, alarming notification.
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Re: Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 66 - Updated - 6/17/2018

Postby Roswelllostcause » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:35 pm

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Re: Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 66 - Updated - 6/17/2018

Postby RoswellFan68 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:11 pm

I'm glad Beth/Liz is remembering pieces of her life. Maybe Beth got some healing ability from Max. Hurry back with an update soon. You left us with another cliffhanger.

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Re: Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 66 - Updated - 6/17/2018

Postby L-J-L 76 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:07 pm

Oh god don't let anything happen to Grace. Let her make it through. So Beth/ Liz is starting to remember her past. That has got to be a good thing. When are Max and Jim going to get to the hospital to see Beth and Grace? Wow Alexander and Carrie ask a lot of questions. Will Grace, Liz/Beth get to the hospital on time? Will Max see and meet Beth/ Liz? What will happen when Beth and Max meet? Will Beth remember her past?

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Re: Reunion (CC, Mature) Couples: L/M, M/M, I/K - Chapter 66 - Updated - 6/17/2018

Postby RoswellFan68 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:50 pm

Looking forward to the next update.

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Reunion - Chapter 67

Postby Parker1947 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:02 am

“She’s gone,” those were the first words Maria and Michael heard when the ambulance made it into the hospital, and the doors open, and the gurney came rushing into the emergency room and they focused on the horror scene with doctors actively trying to bring the patient back with CPR. ‘She’s not responding’ said a paramedic. Another said, “she went flat less than two minutes ago.”

“That’s impossible,” Maria screamed at the already traumatizing sight of her goddaughter being rushed in with a knife wound, as she also didn’t relish having beat the ambulance to the hospital in the first place and now to see Grace, and being told they were losing her. “You have to do something!” she demanded of any doctor and nurse that crossed her view sight as they rushed after the gurney, as they prayed that this was all a joke.

“Tell me the situation,” is all what the lead doctor said as they all saw Beth come in after the gurney and rushed into a room as it was her job to quiet the hysteria but also concentrate on hr patient, but the hysteria associated with the family was not letting up, so she just concentrated on what she could tell of the patient but also focused on the large group. “Are any of you, family?” she asked as it was difficult to tell.

“Grace Evans, age 16… Knife deeply embedded in the back near the lumbar spine, approximately thirty-five minutes ago in the park, already packed down by the time of our arrival. We assessed the situation, provided the necessary oxygen and hooked her up the machines once in the ambulance. We arrived within fifteen minutes, encountered a traffic jam on the way that couldn’t be prevented. Ninety seconds before arrival, she flat lined.

“Who packed this down?” the lead doctor asked as she did a quick assessment.

“I did,” Beth spoke up as the lead doctor did a brief examination. “I am a doctor.”

“With this hospital, I don’t recognize you.”

“No, out of state. I was in the area on a personal matter,” Beth said. “But I am licensed in Connecticut.”

“Where?” the lead doctor asked as the CPR was continuing.

“New Haven,” Beth muttered. “As a non- surgical pediatrician, but I have dealt with my share of life threatening situations.”

“How did this happen?” the lead doctor asked.

“The matter is under investigation by the Sheriff department,” the paramedic stated.

“Is there any knowledge of how the injury occurred?”

“Early reports have a fight with an unknown man who has been taken into custody. It’s possible the girl was stepping into the prevent an armed sexual assault when she was stabbed in the ensuing mayhem, but the matter is still under investigation.”

“Okay, let’s continue with CPR and move her into a room. We will try to remove the knife and shock her, and see if she can come back” the lead doctor said. “Wait out there,” she said to Maria, Michael, and Beth who were not happy to get the orders. “Where are her parents.”

“We’re locating her father!”

“I am her mother,” Beth said for the second time that evening and this time with more feeling.

“Oh!”

“Her father has custody,” Maria was quick to inform the doctor as she was fearful for her friend to come and find out he may have already lost his daughter. “We are locating him.”

Beth nodded her head her confirmation to the unique situation as they left the room and walked back to the waiting part of the emergency room as the reality of the situation became all the more crystal clear to her as the doors to the emergency room burst open and four teenagers came running in with the Sheriff quickly behind them as he hadn’t been able to control their actions once the Sheriff vehicle had reached the hospital, “Mom!” the twins screamed as they rushed into Beth’s waiting arms.

“Where is Grace!” Elizabeth demanded as her eyes searched out her mother and father.

“Oh god,” Maria cried as she saw her teenage daughter come racing towards them, and then cringed at the sight the bruises around Sue’s neck but thankfully her daughter seemly uninjured as she pulled her into a hug, and then Michael with his turn hugged his eldest daughter. When they had heard of the reports of a possible sexual assault, they both thought the worse and now it was evident that it was Sue. “What in the hell happened.”

“We can talk about that but where is Grace?” Elizabeth asked. “Please let her be okay.”

“It’s not good,” Maria admitted not wanting to admit to her daughter that they might have lost her. “The doctors are with her, so tell me, what happened?”

“Your daughter saved my life or more importantly, Grace saved my life, and she paid for it” Sue cringed at the words coming out her mouth “Please tell me that Grace is okay?”

“Mom, Dad, please tell us. Is she okay?” Elisabeth pleaded as she saw the twins in their mother’s arms as she could sense the anxiety in the older woman’s face who glanced over at her, and her parents. “She’s okay, isn’t she?”

“First why don’t you tell us what happened?” Michael was all he said as he came into the conversation.

“Dad!”

“Elizabeth” Michael countered as he wasn’t going to give an inch to her daughter despite the traumatic situation his little girl was obvious under that evening because he had to make sense of the situation they were in, so they could face Max with information.

“Fine,” Elizabeth grumbled at the non-answers into Grace’s condition which made her fear the worst. “It’s pretty obvious at this point as Sue was attacked. Grace and I was able to race in to help and prevent the attack from going even further but in the kerfuffle, we didn’t protect the perimeter until it was too late, and as a result Grace was stabbed.”

“Are you okay Sue?” Maria asked as she reached for the teen girl, and cringed when she saw the bruises. “Should we be asking a doctor to check you over?”

“I am now, thanks to your daughter and Grace’s quick thinking.” Sue nodded. “It could have been worse as I could be dead but no, I am fine. Luckily, it was stopped in time and all I have are bruises, unfortunately for Grace... the worst happened.”

“Have you called your parents?” Maria asked as she saw a doctor come there way. “Excuse me, we need your help.”

“What?” came the doctor who stepped forward towards Maria and the girls.

“We want this girl checked over as you can see the bruises around her neck. It looks like she was attacked, and she should be monitored to make sure it’s nothing serious.”

“Mrs. Guerin look I am fine.” Sue protested. “He only scared me, and they are only bruises as Grace and Elizabeth stopped anything more from happening.”

“Still, those bruises look scary and you need to make sure you will be fine. Go, and I’ll call your parents.”

“They are on their way,” Sue said as she pleaded with Elizabeth’s mother not to send her in with the doctor but knew she was losing the argument. “Seriously, I am okay Mrs. Guerin.”

“Humor me okay,” Maria said. “Send the bill to Maria Deluca Guerin,” she told the doctor who led Sue away to be checked out. “Okay, you” she asked her daughter as she faced Elizabeth.

“What?” Elizabeth asked as she took a look at her worried parents.

“Why were you in the park?” Michal asked as the doors to the emergency room flung open, and in rushed Isabel and Kyle who immediately found the small group.

“Where is Grace?” Isabel cried when she saw the group in the waiting room. “Where is my niece?”

“Isabel,” Maria acknowledged her friend with hugs to Isabel and her step brother. “Have you talked to Max?”

“He’s ten minutes away,” Isabel frantically admitted. “He called the house when he couldn’t reach Jim.”

“How is Grace?” Kyle asked.

“It’s not good,” Maria admitted.

“Tell me,” Isabel pleaded. “Tell me everything…”

*******


Beth’s mind was swimming. She didn’t what to do, or how to act. Her brain was going in slow motion, and her head was aching…. She had walked herself and the twins away from the commotion to get some peace as she tried to figure out how to deal with the night’s emotional upheaval as she tried to come to some comprehension of what had transpired.

“Mom are you okay?” Alexandra whispered in the corner…away from the commotion. They were worried about the unanswered tension in the room. “You were in the ambulance. How is she?”

“Alex…”

“Mom, Carrie and I love you. And you mean the world to us and you were the best Mom in the world and no matter what happens here in Roswell or anywhere changes that. Let us help you. We have been selfish at times.”

“You two are thirteen, so being selfish can be in the job description” Beth said quietly.

“Maybe,” Carrie smiled. “We are sorry if we have done anything.”

“You two have been the world to me,” Beth smiled at her two little girls and wondered how things could have gone so wrong and took them in for a big family hug. “I don’t want to lose you…”

“They said that Grace was the real target!” Carrie asked as she pulled back from the hug.

“What!” Beth asked stunned at the mere idea that a sixteen-year-old would warrant all this as it was foreign to her she thought to grasp the idea that they could be in a world where sixteen years could have real threats against them but then a flash of déjà vu flashed through her brain.

“Right, isn’t that crazy.” Alexandra asked.

“Yeah,” Beth said as she struggled with her daughter’s words as she stared into space, and didn’t hear the girls call on their mother because all she could feel was this sense that maybe it wasn’t that foreign, like in the back in her mind that she had some experience and therefore she had to wonder just what was her old life like?

“Mom,” the twins called out to their mother in unison. “Are you here with us?”

“Yes, I am” Beth nodded.

“Where did you go?” Alexandra asked.

“No where important,” Beth smiled to reassure her daughters that she was fine. “How are you two doing?”

“We’re okay,” Carrie smiled. “Honestly, it’s shocking. Do you think she’ll be alright?”

“I don’t know honey,” Beth said because she didn’t. Rarely do someone who went flat for a length of time comes back she thought to herself, but then rarely do people come back alive like Grace told her that she did back in the beginning, back in 1999 and then she heard those words, with her name as being Liz and not the name she lives under currently. “Damn,” she whispered.

“Mom,” Alexandra asked concerned for her mother.

“Hey, came a voice.

“Hey yourself,” Beth smiled as she saw Kyle come towards them with his father. “Sheriff.”

“Call me Jim.”

“You keep telling me that, don’t you?” Beth asked.

“Yes,” Jim nodded. “I am very sorry for all this Beth.”

“I know,” Beth nodded. “I appreciate all your help out there.”

“You seem to be doing well emotionally?” Jim asked.

“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Beth admitted. “I don’t know how to process it. Everything has been so whirlwind, to be honest with you. I am just trying to keep my head up for myself and my girls.”

“How are you two doing?” Jim asked the twins.

“It’s definitely hasn’t been boring,” Carrie remarked. “I am sorry if we made trouble for your department.”

“I doubt you or your sister caused the havoc that occurred out there and especially not if Grace and Elizabeth stopped from greater harm being done to Sue.”

“What they said happened, it’s true, it happened.” Alexandra nodded.

“What happened?”

“We came in during the fight,” Alexandra admitted. “Grace and Elizabeth were subduing the attacker or trying to. They were going after him.”

“How?” Jim asked as he knew he wasn’t going to get the true story from his granddaughter, not until Grace’s condition was verified and with Elizabeth being too much of Guerin, and would be protecting the group’s secret and Grace was understandably unable to tell her side of the story.

“They were egging him on,” Carrie muttered.

“What?” Jim asked.

“Engaging him,” Alexandra clarified. “They were trying to get the guy to drop the knife that he had to Sue’s throat.”

“Oh god,” Beth whispered.

“And they took him on?” Kyle asked stunned at the brazen act of the teenagers in this generation not to say they hadn’t been pretty brazen themselves at the same age, but you didn’t want to see that behaviour revisited in the newest generation.

“They said the guy had the wrong person.”

“Who did he think he had?” Jim asked, even though he knew.

“Grace”

“What!” Kyle demanded.

“Yeah,” Alexandra nodded. “We don’t know why, but they thought they had Grace, and he said that dealing with Grace would get him a million dollars, then there was a fight,” she said as she left out their display of power to get the guy to drop the knife. “And then the fight, and the knife and the guy were dropped but Grace turned her back, and the guy got the knife back and stabbed her before we could stop him. We saw it slightly too late.”

“A million dollars,” Kyle whispered.

“Yes!” Alexandra nodded.

“Dad!” Kyle asked.

“I know,” Jim said as his memory went back to what allegedly happened to Liz thirteen years ago. “The price for messing with the Evans family has certainly increased over the last thirteen years.”

“What?” Beth asked.

“It’s been said you were grabbed for ten thousand dollars back in June 2008”

“Really!” Alexandra and Carrie’s mouth jaw dropped open.

“It’s been said,” Jim allowed.

“God,” Beth muttered. “A million dollars to get Grace would be a major upgrade.”

“Well it’s 2022,” Kyle muttered when there was shouting, kicking a wheelchair and other commotions outside in the waiting room, and it led the group to stop talking and look through the doors and whistled, “Damn,” Jim and Kyle said in unison.

“What?” Beth said.

“Jake is here,” Jim sighed at they witnessed the distraught eighteen-year-old not letting the fact he was wheel bound distract from making a major scene as he arrived in the emergency room.

“You sent for him, didn’t you?” Kyle asked his father. “You asked your deputy to pick him up after Amy went over to take over babysitting duties.”

“I guess I didn’t think he would be so emotional.”

“Whose Jake?”

“Maria and Michael’s oldest, my grandson.” Jim said as Beth took a look at the older teenager throwing an emotional outburst.

“Wow,” Alexandra and Caroline said as they remembered what Elizabeth said in the car on the drive over from the park and took a look out into the waiting room, at the emotional outburst that was taking place and the older teenage male in a wheelchair.

“We better get in there,” Jim said to his son.

“Yeah,” Kyle nodded. “I think that would be wise.”

******


Out in the waiting room, Jake was making as dramatic scene as it was possible as the rest of the waiting period came back into the room as Michael and Maria were trying to get him to quiet down, and yet he was too devastated to even think of trying to calm down. As he glared at both of his parents, “I can’t believe you would have left the house and didn’t stop to tell me.”

“We didn’t know what we were facing,” Maria assured her son. “All we were told was to meet your sister here at the hospital and we needed you to keep an eye on your siblings because your sister wasn’t going to be there.”

“Still…” Jake said as he brain was reeling, and he was fighting the feeling of being nauseous as the emotional upheaval he was under started to overwhelm him, as it had been ever since he received the terrible news that Grace had been stabbed. He was so care free when the deputy along with his grandmother Amy Deluca Valenti had come to pick him up and as the deputy and his grandmother had calmly told him what happened, and of course Jake had gone berserk and it taken some tough love for his grandmother to get him to calm down and by allowing her grandson to head to the hospital, she had needed to stay mine her other grandchildren, so she could allow her grandson to head over to the hospital because it would be useless to keep him home especially if the it didn’t end well for Grace.

And now Jake was in a faceoff with his parents as he felt like a piece of him was dying, “We didn’t know what happened honey until Grace got here, and it became obvious and even then, we don’t know everything…”

“How is Grace!” Jake asked. “Where is Uncle Max?”

“We don’t know yet about Grace,” Michael said carefully as he feared the worst. “Max has had some difficulties getting here.”

“Dad!” Jake said.

“It’s the truth,” Michael said with her a glance to his oldest son. “We needed you with your brothers and sister until we knew more, and then we got your grandfather to assist in collecting you.”

“Well thanks….” Jake grunted.

“Jake….” Maria said sternly to her son.

“Sorry,” Jake apologized. “She’s alright, right?”

“Jake….”

“Mom!” Jake pleaded at the sight of his mother’s grave face. “Please don’t tell me…”

“Jake,” Maria tried to come up with the courage to tell her oldest the truth about someone her son cared so much about when the doors opened with a slam, and in came Max in a rush.

“Where is my daughter. Where is Grace?”

“Max!”

“I got stuck in traffic,” Max said. “Maria…Isabel, please tell me my little girl is okay.”

“We’re waiting for the doctor to verify…” Maria started.

“Maria!” Max pleaded. “You know something so tell me what if she’s alright. I wasn’t here to see her, so I need to know.”

Tears started down Maria’s face and Max knew, and he feared the words “Max, she’s gone…”

“No…god no,” came the screams from around the room, and nothing louder than Jake or as despondent than Max. Elizabeth stood in frozen despair as her brother broke down, and her uncle was frozen in paralysis.

Beth looked from the back of the room, unseen for the moment with tears down her face as Max for the first time took in the newcomer to the room, as his eyes were drawn just as hers was to him, and his eyes opened wide at the recognition of the person, Liz.

Sparks flew, literally


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