Running. It cleared Caleb’s head. After Lorie had come over to talk to Leia, Caleb took his chance to escape. It was stuffy and he felt trapped in that house. He couldn’t bear hearing Leia cry anymore. It had been several days and the warden had finally announced that Noah was settled in and able to receive mail and visitors. It had been nearly a week since his arrest, and no one was able to function without his presence. The day after his arrest, Athena, Levi and Kayden had made a trip to the Gray household to talk about everything. Caleb shook his head remembering how it went down.
Caleb had been the one to break the news to his parents. Instead of calling them, he decided to visit the bed and breakfast they were staying at. “Caleb! Are you here to say goodbye to us before we leave?” His father asked.
“What? No! When are you guys leaving? You never told us!” Caleb exclaimed.
“Tomorrow night, your mother didn’t tell you? Geez, I love her but sometimes she can be so forgetful…”
“Is there anyway you can postpone your flight?”
“Why, what’s wrong?”
Caleb bit his lip. “I’d rather tell you all when you’re together. It’s….not looking good.”
Levi grabbed hold of his son’s arms. “What is it son? You know you should tell me so I can lessen the blow to your mother.”
“It’s about Noah…please come to the house tomorrow morning. I can’t tell you now, you won’t be able to go to sleep.”
“Sweetie! Who’s at the door?” Athena called.
“It’s no one dear!” He turned to Caleb. “If I tell your mother what you just told me, she won’t be able to sleep. We’ll be at your place tomorrow. Goodnight son.”
“Night dad. I love you.”
Leia sat nervously on the couch. Her eyes were red and puffy.
“What’s wrong with you?” Kayden asked before taking a seat at the far end of the couch.
“You know….just some things...” She looked away.
“Leia dear, it’s been so long. How’s life been treating you?” Levi asked softly, not realizing what he asked.
“Terribly!” She began to cry into her hands.
“What’s going on!?” Kayden jumped from his seat. “Don’t cry!”
“We just got her to stop crying. ” Daisy frowned. “Sweetie, it’s ok. Everything will be okay.”
“What’s going on in here?” Athena asked.
“Mrs. Gray! I’m so sorry, it’s all my fault! I couldn’t stop them from taking him!” Leia sobbed.
“What is she talking about Caleb, Daisy? Where’s Noah!?”
“Mom…he’s in jail!” Daisy exclaimed.
“Jail!? What for?” Kayden rushed to his sister’s side.
“He confessed to burning down that house…”
“He told me that he didn’t do it!”
“He confessed because any other way would have put his family in danger. You taught us that family is everything. Noah said himself that if he didn’t confess, his family would be in danger and he wouldn’t let that happen!” Daisy said.
“And what about your husband? Is he in jail too?”
“No…” Daisy said softly.
“So, Noah took the fall for both of them then?”
“Yes mom, he knows I have a daughter. He didn’t want her to grow up without a dad…”
“And what about Apollo? Doesn’t he get to have a father?”
“Mom please calm down. Oh my gosh…Leia!” Caleb reached out to grab the falling girl. “She just fainted! Crap, call 911 Kayden. Mom, Daisy…please calm down! Leia has barely any energy as it is, do not cause her this much stress. Dad, pass me that pillow!” He slid the pillow under Leia’s head and they waited for the paramedics to come.
“I didn’t mean to upset her, but Noah is my son!” Athena cried. “What am I supposed to do? My baby is in jail!”
“Mom, she’s pregnant. She’s already feeling like crap as it is,” Daisy intervened.
“Pregnant!? Now I think I’m going to faint!”
That night, Leia was especially jittery. She could finally visit Noah in jail. He was only gone for a week, but the thought of being without him longer put her on edge. She had become completely dependent on him and those in the house were beginning to think that she literally couldn’t live without him. She had begged his family to let her go and see Noah first. She wanted to face him alone.
“Hi, I’m here to visit my husband, Noah Gray.”
“Gray, Noah. Let me see.” She watched the lady behind the window scan the page for his name and nodded. “Cell 215 on the top floor. I’m going to need to see some ID and then check your name in our system to make sure you don’t have a record of any kind. Is that alright, ma’am?”
“Definitely. Here’s my ID.”
With a few beeps and pounding of the keys, Leia was ready to go. The lady politely informed her that because of a renovation in the jail house, the visitor room was unavailable and Leia had to speak to Noah through his door.