door and let the two dogs into the house.
“ Yes?” Josh said looking towards Henry. He was
surprised to see his friend returning so soon.
“ We’ve had a problem.”
“ And that would be?”
“ Someone was seen leaving Selina’s today.”
“ So, she’s got friends and they tend to come over
a lot since I’ve been gone. That’s nothing new.”
“ They were two men from the business.”
“ Damn it.” Josh said standing and looking at his
“ Josh for now she’s safe, she sent them away.”
“ How do you know?”
“ Audra was there this afternoon checking on her.”
“ Well at least her sister showed up.”
“ Well my wife was going over anyways and I asked
if she’d find out some information for me. Believe
me Josh your wife enjoyed the company.”
“ I know. Selina and Audra have always been
close and being twins normally makes that even
“ Audra told me that Selina was a little worried
about the visit from the men but wasn’t to
concerned once she talked to her.”
“ Have you found out who they are?”
“ Not yet, there is still the problem of your visits.
We can’t have those anymore. Especially if the
business is getting into this.”
“ I know and I promised you that I wouldn’t visit
anymore. Believe me Henry I won’t put Selina at
“ If this all blows over and they finally just leave it
alone maybe we can let Selina know that you’re
alive.” Henry said looking into Josh’s eyes. He
wanted to see some sort of response but the one
he got wasn’t what he was waiting for. The look of
sadness and anger played in Josh’s deep brown
“ Anything else?”
“ Nothing at the moment. We’ve placed guards
outside just to be safe and Martin will be here this
evening to stay with you. If Anthony finds out your
alive this could end badly.”
“ If he finds out I’m alive he could use my wife
“ I know, we will keep Selina safe. Audra has
offered to have Selina stay with us and visit with
“ She’s still apprehensive about leaving the
“ Well you’ve gone and scared her with those
flowers and cards.”
“ Don’t worry about it. For now just stay away from
“ I will. You staying?”
“ Yeah, I’ve already called Audra and told her I
wouldn’t be home tonight and she understands.
She was going to find out if Selina would like
some company and take the kids over there.”
“ That’s a good idea. I don’t know what I would
ever do without you these past two years. I mean it
Henry I swear if I didn’t have you around I would
have gone crazy by now. I should have told Selina
a long time ago about what you and I were doing
I think she would have understood.”
“ Josh even after all this time and I’ve told Audra
she still doesn’t understand why I do this,
especially with a family.”
“ If he had known what I did for a living this
wouldn’t have felt like I was lying.”
“ Believe me you were protecting her there is a
“ Prove it.” Josh said looking at him. Henry knew
he couldn’t prove there was a difference and left
the conversation ended.
Selina smiled as she watched the two small
children playing with the dogs.
“ It’s good to see you.” She said turning and facing
“ We don’t get the chance much any more. I can
never get you to leave the house.”
“ I have no reason to. I run my business from the
house the computer is better here anyways.”
“ The only reason you have a top of the line
computer is because Josh made sure that you
would always have one.” Audra said looking at
her. Selina looked at her sister and then looked
back towards the kids.
“ I’m sorry sis I didn’t mean it that way.”
“ I know its just being around here around all of
Josh’s stuff helps me make it threw the days.”
“ I know sis I know.” Audra said hugging her before
she stood to go make the two kids stop fighting.
Selina watched Audra pull the two children apart
and then walked inside and towards the guest
room. A room that no one ever used, she slowly
opened the door and walked inside. The room was
decorated in pink and blue with eeyore and pooh
drawings on the wall. Two small cribs sat along
the wall near the window, Selina unconsciously
rubbed her stomach as she walked towards the
“ Sel, I wish you’d change this room.” Audra said
standing in the doorway.
“ They would have been 2 this year. That accident
didn’t just take my husband it took my babies.
Audra I have I have been so alone and being with
out them hasn’t helped.”
“ You don’t talk about them much. If you’d actually
leave the house and talk to us sometimes maybe it
would help.” Audra said pulling her into her arms.
Audra heard the laughter of her children as they
ran down the hall, both stopping in the doorway
when they saw their mother comforting their aunt.
“ Aunty is everything all right?” The oldest girl
“ Yeah Shannon Aunty is fine.” Selina said pulling
away from Audra.
“ Are we going to have dinner?” The little boy
“ We sure are Max.” Selina said picking him up.
She loved to see the devious look in his emerald
green eyes. They always seemed to dance with
mischief. Selina carried her nephew out to the
living room and sat him down on the large couch.
“ How about you and Shannon watch some
cartoons while mommy and I make supper?”
“ That sounds great. Can we watch a DVD?”
“ Sure, have Shannon help you get one.” Selina
said kissing the top of his head. Audra stood in the
hallway for a moment before closing the bedroom
door and heading towards the kitchen where her
sister now stood.
“ Hey you ok?”
“ Yeah I am fine. I get this way once in a while.
Mom has offered to come over with Aunt Molly
and pick up the things in the room and give them
to a needy family. I am still waiting for her to
“ Why don’t you start the spaghetti and I will call
mom and see what she can do ok?”
“ Sure thanks.” Selina said checking the sauce that
had been cooking most of the day. She smiled
slightly thinking that her spaghetti was Josh’s
favorite and he would normally enter the kitchen
and grab a breadstick and taste the sauce before
she was ready to serve it.
“ Mom said that her and Aunt Molly would be by
first thing in the morning with the truck. She said
that you kept telling her no.”
“ Like I said I wasn’t sure.” Selina said checking the
now boiling water. She dropped some salt and oil
into the water just before she dropped the noodles
into the non-stick pan. Turning the heat down
slightly she checked the breadsticks and then
checked on her desert.
“ It’s going to be ok Sel, believe me when I say
this. Things are going to get better I promise.”
Audra said taking her shaking sister into her arms.
She could feel Selina’s tears soaking her shirt as
“ Why me Aud? Why me?”
“ I don’t know honey I don’t know.” Audra said
holding her close, she really wasn’t sure why things
had happened to Selina and why Josh had to
leave so suddenly. But she had every intention on
finding out from Henry when he arrived home