The weekend came without many problems. The plans were made, a babysitter found, and everything was a go for their much needed vacation.
“Are you sure Jaxon said it would be okay that she watches Kaleb while we are gone?”
Jacob chuckled. “Of course, love. When I told her about what I decided to do, she practically begged me to let her watch Kaleb. And you know how much they like each other. They will be fine. Don’t worry. Now we better hurry or we will miss our flight.”
Megan eyed her husband. “What do you have planned?”
“It’s a surprise, my love. You will just have to wait and see.”
She winked at him. “You can’t blame a girl for trying.”
They got to the airport and boarded the plane. Megan glanced over at Jake and gave him her biggest and best puppy dog look, pleading with him to tell her where they were going.
Jake just laughed and shook his head. “Patience, my love. You will find out soon enough. Now put your headphones on and listen to the music. Oh and remember, don’t look out the window, that will spoil the surprise.”
After what seemed like forever, the plane finally started the descent, dropping lower and lower, and Megan’s excitement grew higher and higher. As the plane landed the pilot announced England as the destination.
When Megan heard this, she almost squealed like a little school girl.
They departed the airplane, grabbed their bags, and hailed a cab. As they traveled through England, Megan and Jacob couldn’t take their eyes off the breath-taking scenery, especially all the castles They reached their hotel, got the room key, and headed up to their room.’
When they got inside Jake took his wife in his arms. “Happy Anniversary, my love!”
“Oh, Jake, this is so wonderful. Thank you so much!” She wiped a tear from her eyes. “I have always wanted to visit England.”
Jake and Megan spent the night in their room in what seemed like never- ending passion. They used the time to get to know each other again, and found out things about each other that they hadn’t known before.
The next morning found the couple lying in each other’s arms. After a shower, and great breakfast, they got ready for the day.
“So my dear husband of mystery, what do you have planned for today?”
“Well my love, I know you have always wanted to see Stonehenge. I have gotten a tour guide to take us there, and then after that…” He said with a smile, “We’ll see where it goes.”
“Ooh, I like the sound of that. Maybe we should skip the Stonehenge thing?” She winked at him before giving him a passionate kiss.
He kissed her back. “The tour guide is already here.”
A man walked into the room and saw his boss sitting at a huge table that sat in the middle of the room. He stood at the foot of the table waiting for the boss to speak.
His boss spoke without looking up. “What do you want?”
“There is an important call for you.”
He took the phone. “Have your men been watching Detective Alexander and his family?”
“Yes, sir. They are planning on leaving the country. Looks like the detective and his wife are going on a vacation to England. The kid is staying with the detective’s partner, Detective Strong.”
“Excellent. Follow the detective and his wife and take care of them as soon and the chance opens up. Have a tour to Stonehenge arranged for them to take. The tour guide has been replaced with your partner, and then you and the tour guide will have the perfect chance to take care of them. I want them dead by the beginning of the week. There can’t be any mistakes”
“They’ll be dead; I don’t make mistakes. Just make sure this no one gets in the way. If they do there may be more than two people dead.”
With that, the call ended and the boss went back to eating. They continued to watch the detective and his family.
A few days later, the man in charge of watching the detective and his family followed them to the airport. As the couple checked in, Jake noticed someone who looked a little out of place.
He whispered to his wife. “I think we are being watched. Maybe even followed.”
“What do you want do about it?”
“I need you do go to our gate and I’ll meet you there after I take care of this.”
Megan hugged him. “Be careful, Jake.”
“I always am. Don’t to worry, I won’t be gone long.”
Megan did what Jake asked her to.
Jake slipped around a corner to double back so he could keep an eye on the person he thought was watching them. After a while, Jake decided it was nothing and went to join his wife. They boarded the airplane and took their seats. At the very last moment, another person boarded.
The plane taxied out onto the runway, and took off for England.
Jake and Megan climbed into the SUV where the driver waited and headed off to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World…Stonehenge. They arrived and were greeted by the tour guide.
“Hello. My name is Michael, and I’ll be your tour guide today.”
“Great.” Jake offered his hand. As they shook hands, Jake got a little confused. “The pamphlet said that Alison was going to be our tour guide. What happened to her?”
The tour guide paused just a moment before he answered, hoping the couple didn’t notice it. “Um, she called in sick today so I’m taking over.”
“So how long have you been conducting guided tours to Stonehenge, Michael?
“A few years.”
Jacob eyed him suspiciously, but not wanting to concern his wife, he let it go. “All right. Lead the way.”
They followed Michael arm-in-arm to Stonehenge, and the tour guide started to tell them about the history of the site. As the tour guide spoke, they stood in awe.
Megan walked up to Michael. “Hey, would you take our picture?”
“Of course. I would be happy to.”
Megan and Jake moved together and Michael took a couple of pictures of them. Everything was fine until an uneasy feeling came over Jake. There was something about Michael. He was acting a little suspicious.
Something about the whole thing just didn’t sit right.
Michael continued to talk to them about Stonehenge and while Megan asked questions, Jake noticed a van on the road side by Stonehenge. Jake moved up by his wife and started looking over the area. As the sun shone on the visitor center. Jake saw a glint, just for a second.
“Megan! Get down!” Jake yelled as he realized what it was and grabbed his wife just before the shot rang out. They both registered what just happened as they glanced over at the tour guide dead on the ground. Jake and his wife got behind one of the giant stones and waited. Another shot rang out hitting the stone they used as cover.
Megan looked over at her husband as tears formed in her eyes. “What is going on, Jake? Why is someone shooting at us?”
“I don’t know. I’ll find them, and they will pay for this.” He looked back over to where the van was parked, and it had left.
Jake took Megan’s hands and looked her in the eyes. “Stay here. I’m going to go check on Michael. Don’t move, okay hun?”
She nodded to Jake and got as low as she could. He looked at the windows of the visitor center and quickly figured out where the sniper would probably be. He carefully made it across the fifty feet to the front door of the visitor center. One he entered the building, he ran up the flight of stairs to the second level.
Once he entered the upper level, he carefully started making his way to the room he figured the sniper would be. Right outside the door, there was a fire hose and an axe. He broke the glass and took the axe. He put his ear up against the door.
He heard another gun shot and knew he was in the right spot. He figured he had one chance at taking out the sniper. He kicked the door in and threw the axe at the assassin.
The assassin turned to look at what made the noise, and before he could react, the axe embedded itself into his chest.
Jacob ran to the body and searched it for any ID to give a name to a face or anything that could shed some light on what was going on. Jake grabbed the wallet, a set of keys, and a radio, photographed everything with his cell phone, took the radio, and then went back to his wife.
“We need to get out of here. Follow me, and stick close.”
They made their way back to their car, finding as much cover as they could along the way as a few more shot rang out. They reached the car, slipped into it and took off to their hotel.
“Are you okay, Megan?” Jake asked as he drove to the hotel. Megan didn’t answer right away. “Megan are you okay?”
She finally realized that Jake was talking to her. “I think I’m okay Jake.”
They got to their hotel and headed up to their room, and breathed a sigh of relief.
Megan rushed into his arms and cried. She spoke between sobs. “Why are they doing this?”
“I don’t know, but I’m going to find out. I won’t lose another loved one. Not this time.” Jacob picked up the phone and started making calls to try and find out who did this.
As Megan started to calm down and catch her breath, she thought about what Jake had just said, and mouthed the words, trying to figure out what he meant. She sat down on the bed, and possibilities of what he could have meant flooded through her mind.
She needed to calm her mind, and the best way she knew to do that was to take a nice, hot shower.
She walked up to him and whispered in his ear. “I’m going to take a shower, and then we need to talk.”
Jake nodded and went back to his phone call.
Megan went into the bathroom, undressed, and tried to relax in the hot water of the shower.
A while later, She emerged from the shower and walked over to her husband.
“Feel better?” Jake asked.
“Yes, I do. Thanks Jake. We need to talk.”
“Okay. We can talk.”
“What loved one did you lose?”
“That’s a hard one to explain.” Jake took a deep breath. Recounting what Rachel told him in the dream, and what happened at Stonehenge. He searched his wife’s face, noticing nothing but love and compassion there, and decided he should probably tell her everything.
He took a deep breath. “All right, love, but before I tell you the dream, I must tell you something else. This is an important part of my past, and I’m sorry that I didn’t tell you before now, but I actually haven’t told very many people at all. Something happened five years ago, before we met.”
Jake noticed Megan’s expression change from concern to curiosity, so he continued telling his story. “I used to live in a small town up in the mountains called Providence. I had a job working for the local police department. I had a girlfriend at that time. Her name was Rachel Storm.” He turned away as if he were reliving everything that had happened to him three years ago, then continued speaking.
“Rachel and I met about eight years ago, at a restaurant when I was in college.” He glanced at Meg and smiled quickly. “We didn’t hit it off immediately, mainly because I was a jock and she said she didn’t date jocks. I liked her so much that I quit the football team so that she would give me a chance. We dated for a couple of years before we decided to move in together. A few months later, she said that she was pregnant.”
Jacob sighed to steady his nerves. Megan took his hands and he smiled at her as he continued.
“Everything was going wonderfully. We were deeply in love and we were going to have a family. We found out that we were going to have a boy, so we decided to name him Isaac. Being a detective at the police department, I was working on a case that was dealing with a hit that was spoiled. We got to the person before the hitman did, which sounds great…but… if you don’t get the assassin as well, bad things can happen.” Jake dropped his head again as the pain resurfaces.
He shook off the emotion and cleared his throat. “One spring morning, I had the day off from work. I decided to head in to town to get some parts for the washing machine. Rachel was in her seventh month of pregnancy, and didn’t feel like going into town that day. She wanted to stay home and relax, maybe work on the baby’s room a little.”
Unable to contain his emotions any longer, tears began to stream down Jacob’s face. Megan gently squeezed his hand, which gave him encouragement to continue. Jake told her about searching through the house for Rachel. Suddenly, his emotion overtook him, and he began to sob uncontrollably again. Megan wrapped her arms around her husband and let him cry.
After a few minutes, Jacob’s sobs began to ease. He looked up into her eyes, and saw his sadness reflected in them, but there was also sympathy and understanding. He continued on.
“As I walked into the bedroom, I discovered the reason why she didn’t answer me when I called her name. I found my beautiful Rachel lying unconscious on the bed. She’d been beaten and raped…” His voice trailed off again.
Through his sobs, he continued. “I picked her up, drove her to the hospital….the doctors…they tried, but she died, Meg. And so did my boy. Someone killed them.” Jacob buried his head against his wife, who was also crying.
As their emotions subsided, Jacob took his wife’s face in his hands. “I’m so sorry that I’d never told you this before. Please try to understand why. I wanted to. It’s just I was afraid that you might leave me if I told you.”
His words were interrupted as Megan placed her lips against his. “Jacob, please don’t bother explaining. I understand. It’s okay.” She smiled at him. “Now, about this dream of yours...”
Jacob smiled lovingly at his wife, as his love for her increased ten-fold. He reminded himself just how lucky he was to have her.
She gave him an encouraging look, and he continued on. “In this dream, I was chasing a suspect that fled the scene of a robbery. As I continued after him, Rachel appeared. I stopped and turned my focus to her.”
Jacob told her about what Rachel had said. “I was curious as to why she said ‘we’ and when I asked her about her choice of words, a little boy appeared before me. He was vaguely familiar to me, so I asked Rachel who he was. She told me that if I searched my feelings, I would know who he was. Suddenly, I knew…it was Isaac. My son.” His voice trailed off as he placed his hand over Megan’s barely swollen belly.
Megan placed her hands over Jacob’s and looked at her husband’s face. “She talked about our baby, Jake?”
Jake nodded and whispered one word. “Elizabeth.”
Megan’s head jerked up at the sound of that word. “Jake, what did you just say?”
Megan gazed at him in astonishment. “Jacob… That was my mother’s name.”
Megan gingerly rubbed her belly. “Elizabeth,” she said softly.
Jacob looked at Megan, “After that, Rachel said they had to go, and they both disappeared. That’s when I woke up.”
Megan, still a little overwhelmed because of all the new information she received from her husband, took a deep breath and slowly exhaled.
“Jacob, I love you. Kaleb adores you. I know that you loved Rachel and Isaac… And I know that you love us, also. I’m so glad that you shared this part of your life with me. Please know that I’ll do whatever I can to support you. We will get through this together.” A huge smile spread across Megan’s face as she said the name aloud again. “With Rachel and Isaac’s help, of course.”
As tears welled up in Jacob’s eyes again, he took her hand and smiled. “Thank you so much, my love, for being so understanding.” He wiped his eyes and walked over to his computer. “Now, we have to find out who that tour guide really was. When I called the tour company that I hired him from, and they had never heard of this Michael person. He had to have been helping the people trying to kill us.”
He grabbed the fake tour guide’s wallet and started going through it. He ran the name through the all the law enforcement databases hoping to get a hit. What he found when the search ended was something he never expected to find.
He started scanning down the information that came up on the screen. “I wasn’t expecting this to come up.”
His wife looked at him concerned, and grabbed his arm. “What’s wrong, Jake?”
“This isn’t good. From what this says here, this Michael Person doesn’t exist, so shouldn’t. The real Michael Person die almost ten years ago in a boating accident.
“So who investigated this accident, Jake?”
“The Black County PD teamed up with the local Sheriff’s office to do the investigation. There were four detectives on the case, two that investigated the yacht club, and two that looked into his family as well as hers. I think the next thing we need to do is talk to the four detectives and get the whole story.” Jake smiled at his wife. “Haven’t you always wanted to go there?”
Black county was located about a three-day drive from their home. They wanted to get there as fast as they could so they all decided to get plane tickets.
Megan smiled and grabbed the keys to the car. Megan had always wanted to go to England, so she had done research on the traffic laws and such. They headed downstairs, checked out of their hotel, and headed for the airport. Jake called Jaxon and told her what happened and where they were headed. She told him that she would meet them there, after she dropped off Kaleb at Megan’s parent’s house. They could get a room and then find the detectives who were working the case. They hung up the phone and barely made the next flight.