Owen and Kyle kept Aiden with them on the tour. It gave the boy time to get to know them.
Once the tour was over and they were back home, Andy and Aiden became friends immediately. Andy loved all of his little brothers and sisters, but liked having someone his age to play with.
Owen watched Andy help Aiden with his Math and smiled.
Owen and Kyle left the court room angry. The judge denied their request for custody of Aiden. He said that their lifestyle was “not beneficial to the boy’s physical and mental well being.”
“This isn’t right. We both know exactly why he denied us.”
“We will try again. We will find another judge and get him back.”
“Let’s go home and talk to the kids.”
They had Aiden’s things setting by the door when the woman from Social Services arrived to pick him up. “Thank you for letting me stay with you.”
Owen gave him a hug. “We are going to keep trying to get you to live here permanently. We aren’t giving up.”
Kyle helped load Aiden’s things into the car. “Can you tell us where he is going?”
He wasn’t really surprised when the woman shook her head.
“Please make sure he goes with people will be patient with him. He loves to read but has trouble with Math. He has a very active imagination and loves to tell stories.”
“Don’t worry, Mr. Maynard. We will make sure he is put in the best home for him.
Kyle wanted to tell her that she was taking him from the best home for him, but he knew that wouldn’t help.
He saw Owen, Andy, and Aiden come outside. He leaned down and hugged the boy. “You be a good boy, okay?”
The three of them stood together watching the car drive away.