Shelby was talking to Shawn as the three toddlers played together.
“My friend, Kaitlyn, just got back to town. You really should meet her. She’s really sweet and pretty.”
He looked at her suspiciously. “Are you trying to hook me up with your friend?”
She grinned when he asked. “Why would I do something like that?”
“Because you want to see your friends all be happy.”
“Is there something wrong with that?”
“Usually, no. You need to be happy also, Shelby.”
She looked at him frowning a bit. “What makes you think that I’m not happy?”
“Your eyes. There’s always a sadness in them. I am going to assume it is because of your husband.”
He had barely gotten the words out when her phone rang. She looked at the ID and quickly answered it.
“Philip? Is this you? You are breaking up.”
The line went dead, and Shelby put the phone down.
Shawn had sat and listened to her side of the call. He watched the hope on her face when she answered the call, and the sadness when she hung up.
“Have you had these calls before?”
She nodded. “Only once. It sounds like him, but it’s really bad. It’s also coming from the location where his helicopter went down. He says my name when he calls. I know it’s him, Shawn. I know it is. Something is keeping him from being able to come home. Now that the military has declared him dead, they aren’t even looking for him.”
“Have you asked your father to look for him?”
Shebly frowned and shook her head. “Why would I ask my dad? He’s a real estate developer, not a cop.”
Shawn realized that she did not know who her father truly was. Normally, he would not tell her, but in this case, he felt that it would be more beneficial for her to know.
“Shelby, your father took over for his uncle. He is the head of the mob family now.”
Shelby shook her head. She didn’t want to believe that, but then she started to think about it. She remembered all of the private meetings her father had with Uncle Daniel and the other guys.
“How do you know this about my father?”
“My mother told me. She knows Daniel well. Very well actually. Daniel is my grandfather.”