CHAPTER 17-A Means to an End
Logan and I sat out for another trip to the Library of Congress. It didn’t take us nearly as long to get there as we had expected it would considering Logan was driving almost ninety miles an hour.
Once there I went to the section specified by Jill’s note and did as I was told. The entire time this was happening I left Logan in the car. I didn’t want him to know what was happening, just in case he was somehow involved.
When I entered the combination, the false end of the bookshelf popped out and inside was a large file of documents, discs, flash drives and pictures.
After seeing all of this I was so stunned I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I trusted this man and he had been near my children when the whole time he was in on the conspiracy to kill me and my children. What the hell is the world coming too? How can I trust anyone?”
I slowly put the files in my briefcase, closed the secret compartment and made my way back to the SUV. Logan immediately knew something was wrong, but I wouldn’t say anything about it. All I said was for him to drive us home.
After the few hour drive we pulled back into my driveway and I got out walking a little sullen. Apparently my time in retirement has weakened my senses quite a bit for me to be fooled this much.
Once inside I asked everyone to come into the living room and have a seat with me while we discuss what I just found out. Everyone obliged but then I asked Becky to take the kids into their tutoring room and have them practice something so they couldn’t hear what’s going on. She agreed and quickly did so.
After everyone was seated I looked around at them all. Hazel still had flour all over her apron from baking. Katie had dust on her face from cleaning the furnace. Gary was filthy from helping the gardeners. Ben, Andrew, and Justin were looking confused as ever. Logan sat beside me rubbing my shoulders but looked a little scared himself. And Dante, where the hell is Dante?
After a few minutes I began telling everyone what was going on. “Look, it seems Dante was in on everything from the beginning. He was trying to sabotage everything and kill us so he could look like the person that tried to save the best but failed. A member of my team had been collecting intelligence on him for years it seems. Ever since our names first came across Logan’s desk when we weren’t supposed to know about it.”
I thought that everyone would be a little more surprised but they weren’t. Instead they just looked at me like I was telling them something they already knew.
Exasperated at that point I said, “Okay, what am I missing here, because you guys act like this is something you already knew?”
Ben was the first to speak up. “You’re family to us now, Rain, as well as these kids. We’re definitely not going to let anyone hurt them. Andrew and I started noticing the way Dante was acting and we didn’t like it so we followed him. Once we noticed he was passing along Intel to some Ukrainians we took him out. Apparently, just not quick enough. We knew you had a lot on your plate with everything else that was going on.”
I was stunned. “Okay, so where’s his body then?” I asked a little confused, yet impressed.
Andrew was the one that answered this time. “Well you see that new maple tree out there? He’s under that. In pieces. Anyone that comes after these kids will suffer a very horrible fate and he got the lucky end of it.”
I was extremely happy with the way things turned out. My last enemy was eliminated, my bodyguards were more than competent and protective, and the man I love never got scared and ran from any of it. Holy shit! Now I just have to plan a wedding. Where the hell do I start with that? I’ve never been the girlie girl type. I’ll think about that later. For now, everyone’s safe and happy and that’s all that matters.
Minutes later there was a knock on the door. I immediately got up to answer it and it was Mr. Hogrefe.
“Well what can I do for you today Mr. Hogrefe?” I asked suspiciously.
“Well, I just thought I would come by and deliver this myself. I think you’ve earned it.” With that he walked away and never looked back.
I opened the envelope and to my surprise was a diploma from Harvard for my degree. There was also a letter saying I made the Dean’s list every semester and had multiple job offers, one of which was from the White house, one from the Pentagon and one from the FBI. Today really was the best day of my life so far, all things considered.
With that done and everyone getting ready to help me celebrate, Logan and I also announced our engagement, which again, came as no surprise to anyone.