Lies, Sacrifices, and Alibis

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Chapter 69

It seemed there were complications at his job. Something about the deliveries slow in the area and they had to launch a full investigation to find out why. That meant we were stuck in town for a few more weeks. Between his mother and mine, we had company every day. I didn’t mind because they were going to miss a huge part of Logan’s life when we moved and again… when they were around, they handled the dirty diapers.

“Mother, ya know we can Skype every day if ya like.”

“Elyse, I can’t hug him on Skype.”

Well, she had a point there.

We kept only the essential things we needed and shipped off the others. When it became obvious it was going to be for more than just a few days, we decided it would be better to rent a bigger place. It was just for the month, but we found a cute little single family house.

It was August 29th, and I’ll remember that day as long as I live.

We were finally able to go home! We decided to throw a little gathering the night before we were leaving. They wouldn’t see us for a few months. Everyone attended except for Mike and Tania. They weren’t invited. It was a nice dinner. There were a lot of pictures taken. I know what models feel like now because every time I opened my mouth to take a bite of food, someone took my picture. Those are not the best images of me, I have to admit.

We decided the fastest way to get our things to the new house was to ship them separately. Over the course of the month I’d pack up a box and he’d deliver it to the shipping office. In the end, we only had one bag each. Logan’s was a carry on.

Corey had already picked up our tickets and we were scheduled for the 2pm flight. I was excited. My cell phone rang. I didn’t really want to talk to anyone, but I instantly recognized the number from one of the girls at Aivedal.

It was Shannon. She used to come into my office and tell me all about her crazy antics, which were real close to Tania’s. Once she told me how she went to audition for a band. She had to sleep with every member to get the gig, which only lasted one night.

“Hey girl! How are things goin’ there?”

“Thank God I got in touch with you. I was about to lose my mind,” Shannon told me.

“Why? What’s wrong?”

“Tania’s been fired!”

“What? Why?”

“Something about delivery fees not being charged. She was the one they put in charge of that and she’s now the fall guy.”

“That’s just bullshit. The boss told her to allow that. Even when she argued with her that it wasn’t right.”

“I know, but it’s the same way it was with Brian. They need a scapegoat and she’s the one.”

I didn’t like Tania, but it didn’t mean I wanted her to lose her job. “They can’t do that. She was only followin’ orders. She told the new boss it wasn’t allowed, but the new boss said it was for them.”

“Yeah, they got her too.”

“Okay, thanks for the heads-up Shannon.” I hung up the phone, looking at Corey. “What the fuck is goin’ on over there?”

“I don’t know. I guess it’s a good thing you don’t work there. They’d be trying to pin this shit on you.”

I froze for a second and looked at him with a disgusted expression on my face. Grabbing my stomach, I raced to the bathroom. It felt as if I threw up everything I ate for the week, I swear. Thankfully, Corey didn’t follow me in. Some of us prefer to puke alone.

I rarely got sick. There was only one time that… I… Walking out of the bathroom, the realization hit me and I looked up at Corey with a goody expression on my face. “I think I’m pregnant.” Once more I felt a ripple in my stomach, turning and racing for the bathroom.

This time, Corey followed me. “What? Are you sure? What makes you think that? Maybe you ate something that didn’t agree with you?”

He wanted to discuss this now? I was a little busy. Other people might not mind if anyone watches them throwing up, but I’ve never been one of those people. It’s a private thing. When I finished, I took a square of toilet paper, wiping my mouth. “I don’t get sick like this unless I’m pregnant. I know I should be happy, but I just think it really comes at a horrible time.”

He stared at me for what seemed like forever. I couldn’t tell if he was happy or ready to strangle me. Slowly he walked over. He looked down and there were tears in his eyes. He pulled me close. “Don’t worry baby. We’ll make the best of this situation.” He kissed the top of my head. “I really want to kiss you, but I’ll wait until you brush your teeth.”

Nodding, I laughed at him. “Yeah, that might be a good idea.” There was a knock on the door. “In fact, you get the door while I do that very thin’.”

Winking, he disappeared to get the door. I could hear what was happening as I brushed my teeth.

“Corey Tanner?” It was a deep, low voice.

“Yes?”

“Is Elyse Tanner here by chance?”

He nodded. “Yes, but she’s in the bathroom right now. She’ll be out in a moment.”

“Thank you.”

…and that brings you up to pace on where I am in this story. Sitting in the back of the police car, not sure what the hell I was gonna do.

“I’ll call my attorney and we’ll meet you down at the station. We’ll get this taken care of. Don’t worry,” Corey told me as he stood at the top of the porch.

Don’t worry. That’s the unspoken permission to start worrying.

“I’m not worried,” I yelled through the car window.

Okay. So, I lied my ass off. Like I said, I watched those shows and I knew that drug dealers were really good at covering their asses. For all I knew they had something with my signature on it, naming me the ringleader. Even though I was innocent, I was still worried. I worked there for a long time.

“Fair warning gentlemen, she’s suffering from morning sickness.”

Just at that time, my mother and father came up the sidewalk looking alarmed. “Oh, thank God, we’re just in time.”

Corey blinked as she raced up the sidewalk. “How do you keep doing that?”

My father blinked, looking at Corey. “Did I hear you just say she’s sufferin’ from mornin’ sickness?”

Still a little unsure what was going on, he looked over to him, nodding. “Yes, you did.”

My mother blinked. “I told him you were pregnant again. It’s like you two are the most fertile beings on the planet. Are you okay?” She stood at the window, looking down at me.

My father nodded. “Yes, she did. I told her she was outta her mind.”

“I’m fine, Mom. I’m just goin’ with these kind gentlemen so they can ask me a few questions. I’ll be home soon enough.”

“We’ll meet ya down there,” my mother told me, picking up her phone. “I’m gonna call someone who can help.”

“You know, as often as we have to come back here maybe we should rent a little apartment until all this is taken care of,” my father said, taking Logan. “Crazy around here, wouldn’t ya say?”

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