Zaiden and Raelyn sat in the cantina with Izaiah and Colleen. They were talking about the people they were hiding from.
“It’s okay, Mom.” Zaiden could see that his mother was uncomfortable with the conversation. “I have read the diaries. They only made me love and respect you more.”
“There were a lot of names listed. Do you know who it was that ordered the hit?”
Izaiah shook his head.
“I know that my father has been trying to figure it out. He has already eliminated some of the names from the list.”
Zaiden was happy to hear that. “When we get home, we will talk to your father.”
Colleen was worried about Zaiden getting involved in this. “Promise me that you will be very careful. I don’t want you to miss your son growing up like I did.”
Zaiden could see the worry in his mother’s eyes.”I will be careful. I promise. We will have you and Dad back home soon.”
Colleen smiled just thinking about going home. “I would love that. I can’t wait to meet your sisters and my grandson.”
“There’s something I still don’t understand. You said that Uncle Collin helped you get away and come here. How did he do that? You were supposed to be executed.”
Colleen nodded and sighed as she thought about it. “I knew nothing about what he was doing. I remember being strapped to the table and the IV being put in my arm. I remember feeling sleepy. I thought that was going to be it. I was prepared for that to be it. Next thing I knew, I woke up here.” She shrugged. “When I asked your uncle about it, he said that after he found out what was truly happening, he talked to the doctor that was administering the drugs. They switched the lethal stuff for something that would put me to sleep and just make me seem to be dead. It slowed my heart rate enough that the coroner couldn’t detect a pulse. Collin had a friend who worked in the morgue who managed to switch my living body with that of a woman who had died of a drug overdose. The woman looked close enough to me that nobody questioned it.”
Zaiden sat listening to his mother, amazed that his uncle had managed to pull this off. It was type of shit you would see in a movie.
“Collin was here when I woke up. He told me what was going on and that if I truly loved my husband and my son, that I would let them believe I was dead. I knew that if it was possible to convince a judge to do what she did, then it was safer for me to stay here and let everybody else move on without me. I thought about you and your father every day. I missed you both so much that some days I couldn’t get out of bed. It hurt that much to not be with the two of you.”
Zaiden covered his mother’s hand with his.
“You aren’t without us any more, Mom.”