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Chapter 4

Riley's POV

I found Maya at the cemetery. Not really surprising.

"Hey, Mr. Matthews, any advice this time?" Maya said. There was silence for a bit. She sighed, "This forgiveness project isn't going to be any easier than the first." She hugged herself, probably for warmth. She forgot her jacket, luck fully I grabbed it.

"Here," I said standing next to her, extending the jacket.

"Thanks," she replied putting it on.

"What happened? I thought you were going to calmly explain?"

"I know. I just lost it. I couldn't help it."

Zach's POV

We were sitting in silence for a while. Shortly after Maya stormed out, Josh Abrams asked to talk with Mr. Matthews, Zay, Cory and Emma. They all went into another room down the hall. That was about 20 minutes ago. They finally all walked back out. Huh, I wonder what that was about?

"Shawn, did what Maya said really happen?" Eric Matthews asked.

"Yeah," he said, "Yeah it did." He still hadn't looked up.

"Why?"

"I couldn't take it," he said moving to the couch. "I just lost my wife. I needed to leave." Shawn put his face in his hands.

"What about Maya?" Josh Matthews asked. "Did you even make an attempt to see her six years ago?"

Shawn looked up. "What? What happened 6 years ago?" he asked, genuinely confused and worried. My friends' interest peaked.

The front door opened, Maya and Riley walked in.

"What happened 6 years ago?" Shawn asked again, this time to Maya.

Maya tensed a bit. Now I was curious. I knew some, but not all of what happened.

"Lucas proposed, then was murdered. We caught the killer, but not before Riley, Emma and I were in the hospital. And Josh," she turned her focus from Shawn to Josh Matthews, "no, Shawn didn't come see me or Riley in the hospital." She returned her gaze to Shawn, needless to say I'm happy I wasn't him. "My dad even made it. He wasn't there long, but at least he showed up."

"I didn't know."

"Neither did he!" I saw Emma escape down the hallway. Can't really blame her.

Maya was in front of me with her back to me, so I couldn't see her expression, but I could tell she was close to breaking.

"Why were you all in the hospital?"

"Charlie had beaten Riley pretty bad," Shawn tensed, "tortured Emma and shot me." Maya was shaking. Since I was closest to her, I braced myself just in case. Maya's become like a little sister to me, I couldn't believe Shawn had done this to her.

I saw Macey sneak out, probably to find Emma, she has been gone for a little bit.

Josh Abrahms stood up to comfort Maya, who had started to shake some.

"I'm sorry, Eric, but I don't know if I can do this."

Maya's POV

Josh stood up when I started shaking.

"Guys!" Macey shouted down the hall. I took in the room and noticed Emma wasn't here. I went down the hall toward Macey's voice. The group from Gallagher, Eric, Zay and Riley following.

I took in the room and the open bay window.

I started going out of the window, Riley following. "Just like old times."

I knew exactly where Emma had gone. Eric Friar, Riley and Zay went with me. The others stayed behind to finish making dinner or didn't think it was necessary to follow, since I told them I knew where she was.

I found her at the park I had "vandalized" a while ago.

Cammie's POV

After the four of them left to find Emma, the guys went back to the kitchen area because they smelled food. Meanwhile, Bex and Macey started snooping while Liz opened her laptop. I knew they were going to.

"Guys, I told you. It's need to know."

"Yeah, and my curiosity needs to know," Bex replied.

Liz let out a frustrated groan.

"What's up, Liz?" Macey asked.

"I got in, but there is nothing about her. Just a few cases she's won." She listed some off. "No way."

"What?" Bex and Macey walked over to her.

"She solved the Matthews case."

"What?" Bex asked.

"Wasn't that the one…?"

"Yeah."

"Um, guys that's how she got her start. Riley is her best friend," they looked at me. "Riley soon-to-be Babineaux is Riley Matthews. It's the accident everyone was talking about earlier. It was Riley's parents and brother."

"Yeah, but look who she arrested for it," Liz said turning the laptop around.

"No way," I said.

"That's not it either. I found her dad's name. Look familiar?"

"You know, if you all wanted to know about me all you had to do was ask," Maya said from the bay window, making us all jump.

"Did you find Emma?" Macey asked.

"Yeah, she's in the living room."

"Then why did you come through the window?"

"Because I knew you would be snooping," she looked at me, "Didn't you tell them they wouldn't find anything."

I held my hands up in mock surrender, "I tried they wouldn't listen."

Macey, Liz and Bex all left.

"Congratulations," I said as she stood next to me.

"What?"

"I saw you hand."

"Oh."

We walked into the living room.

"So, who's ready to open presents?"

"Me!" Cory yelled.

Maya's POV

We were almost done with present only a few were left. Cory seemed pretty happy with what he got. Emma, too.

"Okay Riley, you're next," I said handing her the one Zay got her. Zay had this huge smile on his face.

"Why are you so happy?" Riley asked.

"Just open it."

Riley opened the wrapper and saw a clothing box. She opened it and had a look of joy and confusion.

"What did you get?" Mrs. Matthews asked.

Riley held up her New York Mets Babineaux jersey and then a smaller one.

"Zay?" she asked.

"I've been traded to the Mets," he said still smiling.

"What?"

"Tampa Bay traded me to the Mets, 5 year contract." Riley hugged Zay.

"Uh, Riley, why do you have a smaller one?" Mr. Matthews asked. The entire Matthews clan and Shawn looked curious. I forgot the only ones who knew were the ones at the base.

"Oh, yeah, umm…" she was stalling and looked at me for help.

"Riley's pregnant." Congratulations were told.

"Okay. Now yours from me." I said handing her an envelope, "And your Uncle Eric."

She took the envelope and opened it.

"What's this?"

"It's actually for you and Zay. It's this apartment. It's yours now," Eric Matthews said.

"Are you serious?" Zay asked. Riley was in too much shock.

"Looks like that is it," I said.

"No, it's not," Shawn said.

"What do you mean?" He walked over to me and handed me an envelope. "What is it?"

"Open it." I started opening it. "I know you believe I was never there for you. But the full scholarship to NYU, the interview at NYPD," I looked at the papers inside the envelope. "Adoption papers?" There were a couple of gasps.

"I adopted you the day I married your mother. I was there for you, even when I wasn't." I was the one now in shock.

"Peaches?" Riley asked. I stood up and walked over to Shawn. People tensed, probably unsure about my reaction. Honestly, I didn't know what I was going to do.

"Thank you," I said hugging him. So, I guess my body knew what to do.

There was a knock on the door.

Josh Matthews went over and answered the door. He looked side to side and then down and picked up a package.

"Hey Maya, it says it's for you."

I walked over. He handed me the box, Zach handed me a pocket knife. I cut the box open when I sat back down on the couch.

"That's weird," I said lifting the Yankees jersey out of it.

"Uh, Maya," Alexis said.

"Yeah?" She signaled me to turn it around. No. No, no, no, no, no. My phone started to ring.

"Hello."

"Like my gift?"

"How did you get this number?" I moved to look out the window.

"That's not important. Just know…I'm back." There was a pause. "Oh and I guess congratulations are in order for you and my brother."

(About an hour later)

Zach's POV

We left the Matthews' apartment shortly after Maya got a weird phone call. Apparently the jersey she had gotten was the one Lucas received the night he was drafted.

When it was just us from Gallagher and Shawn I broke.

"So where have you been for the past like 10 years? And did you really abandon Maya when you said you wouldn't? How do you even know Maya?"

"Zach calm down," Cammie tried.

"No, how could he do that to her?"

"Woah hold on, how do you know Maya well enough to care about her this much?" Shawn shot back. Cammie shot me a death look.

"Maya didn't want Shawn to know," she said through clinched teeth.

"Know what?"

"Maya is a colleague."

"What?" he said too calm.

"Maya is partners, well was partners, with Courtney Bauer. We did a couple joint missions together, including a multi-year one in Texas."

"Not to mention she closed the Matthews case," Grant inputted.

"What?"

"That's why you quit. Why you disappeared," it wasn't a question for Liz, she knew it. "The Matthews case you thought you failed, so you left and disappeared."

"Seriously? That's why you quit?" I said losing my temper a bit more.

"Zach," Cammie tried.

"Yeah I did quit. I failed that mission so I resigned."

"You did not fail that mission you still have more Matthews to protect! All of them in there, the two that just left. You still have Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, Eric, Josh, Alexis, Riley, Zay, Cory!"

"How do you know so much about this mission?"

"Because when you quit someone else needed to pick up the slack. I was assigned to protect one that was living in Texas with Maya, even though he's a Matthews."

"Wait, little Cory up there is a Matthews? How?"

"He's Riley's, she didn't want anyone to know, but Maya told me so he would be safe."

"Riley has a kid?"

"Yeah, wasn't her choice, but Maya said she would take care of him if Riley wanted."

Shawn looked extremely shocked and about to pass out.

(Around 3 am)

Maya's POV

I could not go to sleep, it was bad. I was sitting on the couch in the living room with a cup of tea. I was looking through the pictures from tonight on my camera.

The group from Gallagher, Shawn, Alexis and Josh Matthews left to sleep wherever they had planned on staying while in New York. Everyone else was here.

I felt the cushion beside me become occupied.

"Couldn't sleep?" I shook my head and scooted closer to Josh. "Was it the phone call?"

I tilted my head sis to side. "A little, mainly it was just one thing that was said."

"It was Charlie, right?"

"Yeah and he said oh I guess congrats are in order for you and my brother." I felt Josh tense. "Why didn't you tell me?"

"Because he is not my brother. He hasn't been since he put Zay in the hospital. Zay was my friend. After that happened I moved to Roseville to live with my aunt and uncle."

"Okay, so?"

"So, I really liked you. I asked Riley to introduce me to you," I gave him a look for him to continue, "Would you have given me a chance had you known he was my brother?"

"Probably not, good point." We sat in silence for a little bit, when it came. I knew it would at some point, especially being back in New York.

Emma screaming from a nightmare. Eric Friar was a heavy sleeper, so I knew he wouldn't hear it.

"You go be with Emma, I'm going back to bed. Goodnight."

He headed back to our room, while I went into Emma's.

I crawled onto the bed next to her.

"Hey, shh," I said trying to wake her up before she woke everyone else up.

She sat up fast, tears streaming down her face.

"Hey, babygirl, shh. It's okay, nothing is going to happen to you."

"It was awful. He got me, again. Don't let him get me again."

"He will never get you again. I will never let that happen. I promise." She started to calm down.

"Can you stay here until I go to sleep."

"I'm not going anywhere."

Within twenty minutes she was asleep.

I left the room and went back to the living room.

"You are really good with them, you know?" I jumped I wasn't expecting anyone else to be up. "I'm a lite sleeper."

"I'm sorry, Mrs. Matthews," she held up her hand to stop me.

"It's fine. I had four kids, remember? Is she yours?" she asked as I sat next to her.

"No, she's not. I would've been 17, had she been mine. She is Eric and Macey's. It's a long story. I actually can't have any."

"Oh Maya I'm sorry."

"Yeah, found out about 6 years ago, the day of the draft," I said nodding slightly. "I can't have kids. That's why I took Emma and Cory in."

"Who does Cory belong to?" 'Oh crap' was apparently my facial expression, "Don't worry I won't tell anyone. I'm just curious."

"Cory is Charlie and Riley's."

She sat there in silence for a bit, probably from shock.

I heard footsteps enter the living room. It was Eric Friar, in street clothes, followed by Riley, in her pajamas.

"I'm going on a coffee run, anyone want any? Maya, your usual?" I nodded. "Riley? Mrs. Matthews?" Both shook their head no. He walked out the door. Riley was still half asleep.

"Riles, why are you up so early?"

"Zay fell out of bed." I started laughing.

"Is he okay?"

"Yeah, he's fine. Still asleep, actually." She walked toward the couch and sat down. "So, what have you all been talking about?"

"Nothing just catching up," I replied.

"Oh that reminds me. What happened with you and Eric?"

"I knew I saw something," Mrs. Matthews said.

"So?"

"So, nothing."

"I don't buy that."

"It's true. We tried dating, while Josh and I were on our break, and it just didn't work."

"He still likes you."

"No, he doesn't."

"Yeah, he does."

"No, Riles, he doesn't."

"How do you know?"

"Because he's the one that broke it off. Plus he's with Macey, now. And I'm happily engaged to Josh."

"Why did he break it off?" I swear it's like she didn't hear any of what I just said.

"He said I was like his little sister."

"Maya trust me, the way he looks at you, when you aren't looking, he doesn't think of you as a little sister."

That's it. What did yall think? Leave a review please.

So Charlie is back. Josh proposed. Shawn and the Gallagher gang know each other. And Charlie and Josh are brothers?! I promise next chapter will be at Gallagher, but after the wedding because some stuff is about to go down at the wedding. And we will meet Maya's dad and his connection to the Gallagher gang.

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