Philip sat down beside his wife. He had been thinking a lot about something that Ennis had said to him when he was being held in the house. He hadn’t thought much of it at first, but the more that he had thought about it.
“What do you know about Devin’s birth parents?”
Shelby looked at her husband a little confused. He had never asked about their son’s family before.
“His mother died of a drug overdose when Devin was two. His father was never known. Why?”
“What was his mother’s name?”
“I don’t remember exactly. Charlene something.”
“Where is his birth certificate?”
“It’s in the safe with the rest of them. In Dad’s office.” Shelby was really confused now. “What is going on, Philip?”
“When I was being held this last time by Ennis, he said something that has me thinking about the first time years ago. Do you remember all the things that they had done to me and the others?”
Shelby hated remembered that but she nodded. “I remember. What does that have to do with Devin?”
“One of the people involved…one of the main people actually…was an officer named Charlie Waller. She disappeared after awhile. I thought that maybe one of the others killed her.” He thought about it, then shrugged. “Maybe one of them did. I don’t know. If she left the military, she could have been killed because she knew too much of what was happening.”
“That still doesn’t explain what any of this has to do with Devin.”
“Ennis made the comment that Charlie had picked the right man to be the unwilling donor.”
Philip went to Andy’s office and asked him if he could get Devin’s papers from the safe for him. Once he had them in his hands he went back to the living room and sat with Shelby again. He looked at the folder with the papers in it and sighed. He was afraid of what he was going to find in them.
Shelby took the folder from him. She had thought about what he had said and finally put the pieces together.
“Before you look at this, I want to ask you something. Will knowing what is in this file change anything?”
Philip shrugged. “Honestly, I don’t know. Devin was our son, no matter what the file says. He was my son in every way that truly mattered.”
“Then do you really need to know what is in here?”
He nodded. “If I don’t, then I will always wonder. This way I…we…will know for sure.”
Shelby nodded and handed him back the file.
Philip looked at his wife. “Are you okay with this?”
She shook her head. “No, but I understand you needing to know.”
He sat the file on the coffee table. “I am not going to do something that will upset you, love.”
Shelby put her hand on his cheek and kissed him softly. “Darling, I do not want you to spend the rest of your life wondering if you truly were Devin’s father.”
He shook his head and covered her hand with his. “I may always wonder, but that is okay. He is my son no matter what name is on his papers.”
Shelby took the file and opened it. She looked through the papers and found the original birth certificate. She looked at Philip as she handed it to him. “If the mother is the same woman, Devin’s DNA is on file at the hospital. They took it before I adopted him and when they were looking for his parents. It will tell for sure if you are his father.”
Philip kissed his wife softly. “I love you, Shelby.”
She gave him a small smile then pointed to the paper in his hand. “Is the woman who kept you from us the woman named on his birth certificate?”
Philip looked at the paper then nodded. “Charlene Waller. That’s her.”
Shelby looked through the file to see if there was any other clues to Devin’s father that they may have overlooked before. She frowned when she saw a handwritten letter in with the paperwork from social services. She hadn’t looked through all of the papers before. Devin was her son and that was all that had mattered to her.
She read through the letter then handed it to Philip to read.