After the investigation had been concluded and after the funeral for Jaxon. Jacob returned to work, he is called into the Captain’s office.
“You wanted to see me, Capt’n?”
“Yes Jake. Please come in and take a seat.”
He entered his boss’s office and sat as the captain shut the door. The captain sat down at his desk again and looked at Jake.
“Have they made any headway in your girl-friends case Jake?”
Jacob looked down, remembering, what his son had told him. “No sir, not since linking the Calloway case and Rachel’s case together. It appears to have gone cold again. Whoever did this is gone now sir.”
Captain Williams looked his friend in the eyes. “Jake, I think now would be a good time to take some time off and gets some things straight in your head. You have suffered a big loss. We all have, and I think it would do you some good.”
Jacob looked up as if to interrupt him, but the captain lifted a hand to stop him. “This isn’t up for debate. I’m putting you on two months paid leave, and then after that, you have to see the department counselor, so use the time wisely, Jake.” He gave Jacob a reassuring smile. “I’m going to need your shield and firearm.”
Jacob looked up. “What about the case?”
“Don’t worry about that, Jake. I’ll assign someone to work the case.”
Jacob knew that arguing wouldn’t help his case, so he placed his shield and firearm on the desk and walked out of the precinct. As he traveled home, his thoughts turned Rachel and Isaac.
“I’m sorry, Rachel. I have failed you and Isaac.”
Jacob continued driving, lost in his thoughts, but startled when he heard a voice. “Ye haven’t failed us, Jake. Everything will work out. Have patience, me dear.”
He pulled into the drive-way, slowly got out of his Jeep, and headed into the house. As he entered the house, Megan jumped not expecting him to walk through the door.
“You scared me, Jake!” She wrapped her arms around him and pulled him close. “What’s wrong?”
“Captain Williams has put me on two months paid leave so I have time to deal with Jaxon’s death.”
Megan gave him a smile, and a wink. “Look at it this way Jake. You can help me with the house work. We can’t have you getting too bored.”
Jakes laughed in spite of himself and hugged his wife. “That is for sure.”
Jake, Megan, and Kaleb took the extra time to get closer as a family again, like they were before. They spent a lot of time in bed talking, getting to know each other again. They all mourned for Jax, except Kaleb, who seemed to know something Jake and Megan may have only considered.
“Kaleb, can you come in here, please? Your dad and I would like to talk to you for a few minutes.”
“Okay Mommy, I’m coming.”
Kaleb came running into the room, jumped into his dad’s lap, and hugged him tight. “I like having you here, d-d-daddy!”
“I like being here too buddy, but I’ll have to go back to work soon.”
Megan took one of Kaleb’s hands and looked at him. “How are you doing, sweetheart?”
Kaleb thought for a minute. “I’m fine, Mommy.”
Megan smiled. “That’s good, sweetie. Kaleb, you do understand what happened to Jaxon, right? You know why she hasn’t been around lately?”
Kaleb fidgeted for a moment as he pondered the question. “You and d-d-daddy said that she died in an ex-ex…” He looked up at his dad trying to remember the word he used.
Jake smiled. “Explosion, buddy.”
“Yeah, that’s the word; explosion.” Kaleb got a confused look on his face. “But d-d-daddy, Jax isn’t dead. My friend Isaac told me so. She is just missing.”
A few moments of silence passed and Kaleb got more and more antsy. “Can I go play now, mommy?”
“Yes sweetie, you can go play.”
Kaleb happily jumped up and ran off to play. Jacob and Megan were left to ponder the insight that their son offered.
“Sweetheart, I’m sorry I haven’t been around much for you and Kaleb. I promise that I will be from now on. This time off has shown me how much I have truly missed, and I don’t want to miss anything else.”
Megan smiled as she took Jake’s hand. “Thank you! That means a lot to us, Jake. When we got married, I knew there would be nights I would spend alone, and I accepted that.”
They smiled and embraced each other. After a few days of “alone” time, Jacob was ready to get back to work.