Chapter 1

Meghan locked herself in her room. She stared at her baby picture for hours thinking about the day's events. She wasn't making it up. She saw him but it had to be impossible. Their mom said he died in a plane crash and he was burnt beyond recognition.

She scooted down on her bed clutching the picture. "Daddy, if you're really in heaven, can you give me a sign? Anything? I'm not going crazy here, am I?"

She groaned. "Like I was really going to get an answer." She closed her eyes briefly but soon fell into a deep sleep.

Elisa got home and saw Christopher studying. "Hey Chris," she greeted kissing him on top of his head.

"Hey mom," he said.

Elisa locked her gun away and looked around for Meghan. "Where's your sister?"

"In her room," he said. She nodded.

"What are you studying?"

"History," he replied. "Studying about Vietnam."

"Do you need help?" she asked.

"Mom, it's history," he said as if her question was pointless.

"Alright historian," she joked. "Obviously I know absolutely nothing."

"Don't worry mom, I'll help you," he shot back.

"Funny," she deadpanned. He smirked and got up and kissed her on the cheek.

"Love you mom," he said. She rolled her eyes playfully.

"Uh huh. I'll remember that the next time I ask you to wash the dishes. Now, I need to cook dinner. Will you go and get Meghan so you can set the table?"

"Sure," he replied after gathering his belongings and walking to her room. He saw her clutching the photo of their dad.

He put down his books. He shook her lightly and she stirred. He gently took the picture from her. "Meg, wake up. Mom is home."

"Daddy," she whispered.

Christopher sighed. "No. It's me...Chris. It's time to wake up."

Meghan opened her eyes. "How long was I out?"

"I don't know but you said daddy. I see what happened earlier is still on your mind," he said picking up the picture.

"Chris, I wasn't making it up. And I have to tell mom."

He blinked. "Are you crazy? How do you propose on doing that? Say mom, dad isn't really dead. She'd think something snapped. No, you can't do that to mom or to us. Besides, she and Goliath are solid. Why disrupt that?"

"How do you explain it then?" she questioned.

"It was just somebody who looked like him. If it were true, I'd be jumping for joy but it's not. Now, forget about this. Mom needs us to set the table."

He kissed the side of her head. "Put it out of your mind."

"Now you sound like dad," she muttered.

He chuckled. "Just pull it together Meg." He walked out to see Elisa stirring something in a pot.

She saw him out of her peripheral vision. "What took you so long?"

"Meghan was knocked out," he replied. "She's on her way."

He went into the kitchen and started taking down plates. "Mom-never mind."

"What is it?" she asked concerned.

"Meg and I have an announcement to make," he said. "It's nothing bad," he added quickly.

"Okay then," she said and turned her attention back to the food.

Meghan came out her room and greeted Elisa before setting the table.

"You ok?" Christopher whispered. She nodded her head.

A noise alerted them and Christopher went to the window. "Mom, they're here," he shouted.

Goliath walked in followed by James, Angela, and Broadway. They said their hellos. "Where's everybody else?" Christopher asked.

"They're coming," Angela said. "Elisa, do you need help?"

"I got it," she yelled from the kitchen. Goliath went to the kitchen and placed his hands on her shoulders.

"Hello my love," he whispered.

"Hi big guy," she said. They heard Derek come in followed by the sounds of children.

"I hope I have enough food," she muttered.

He chuckled against her. "I'm sure you do. Anything I can do to help?"

"Nope. Just keep them company."

Goliath went into the living room as Meghan walked into the kitchen. "Mom."

"Yes baby."

"I have a question. It's about dad."

Elisa turned to her. "What about him?"

"Um, can we visit him tomorrow?"

"Sure. You know whenever you want, we can go. If I can't take you then one of your godparents will."

"I figured since you're not working tomorrow...

"It's not a problem. Have you been thinking about him a lot lately?"

"You could say that," she replied.

Elisa smiled. "I still miss him too. We will leave in the morning. Just the two of us."

Christopher walked in eyeing his sister. "What's going on?"

"Mama and I are going to visit daddy tomorrow," she said.

He flickered his eyes between them. "Okay."

"Do you want to come?" Elisa asked. He shook his head no. "Alright," she said before getting back to cooking. "Dinner will be ready in a few."

During dinner Elisa noticed how overwhelmed Meghan looked. She caught Meghan's eye and she smiled. Meghan smiled back.

"We have an announcement to make," Christopher said. "We're going to law school."

Elisa let out a laugh. "I'm so proud of both of you. You're going to make great lawyers."

"What side?" Derek asked.

"I don't know yet," Christopher said.

"Defense attorney," Meghan answered.

"That makes sense given how many times she's gotten me out of trouble," James joked.

"You'll be fine," Goliath said. "Defending people is in your blood."


Two hours later Elisa was in the backyard on her porch. "Elisa," Goliath called.

"Hey," she said softly. "Did you notice Meghan seemed to be stressed out about something?"

"She seemed fine after she talked about law school."

Elisa sighed. "She asked about Jase. She wants to visit him tomorrow but it's something else. We've talked about him before naturally but I can't shake the feeling that she's holding something back."

"Maybe she really misses him," Goliath offered.

"It is getting close to his birthday and Macbeth should be coming around soon ready to take them to Scotland again," she said.

"I'm sure it's nothing Elisa," Goliath said.

"I hope so."