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The Price of Love
by AshleyTara

CHAPTER 22
Hospital

Ethan and Theresa rushed through the glass doors of the emergency waiting room and ran right to Pilar. Ethan’s sadness was now replaced by worry, "How is she, Pilar? Have you heard anything yet?"

"No, nothing yet. Sit down and try to stay calm. Your worries will not help."

Ethan sat down between Pilar and Theresa. "Does Father know."

"I’m not sure, Ethan. He wasn’t home when I found your mother on the floor."

"Well, I should try to find him. And my sisters! Oh, I almost forgot. I should call them and tell them to come home. Mother needs them, too."

"Ethan," Pilar interjected, "stop. Calling your sisters now will only worry them. We don’t have any news yet anyway."

"You’re right," Ethan finally slowed down. "But why isn’t Father here? I know he and Mother aren’t greatly fond of each other, but I would think he’d be a little concerned. Where is he?"

Pilar looked down and didn’t answer for a moment. "I don’t know. I haven’t seen him since very early this morning at the mansion. It must have been about seven o’clock."



Sam strode quickly down the corridor to the emergency waiting room. He had checked at the hospital’s main desk first, hoping to find Ivy checked into a room and awake. But no such luck, they didn’t have her listed as a patient yet. Sam had taken that to mean that she hadn’t left the emergency room yet. It had only been four hours since he had left the hospital, but surely that was enough time to find out what was wrong and check her in, unless…. Sam didn’t let himself think any further. He just moved more quickly down the corridor.

Sam entered the waiting room and looked around. He spotted Pilar over in a corner looking nervous while holding her purse in her lap. Next to her was Ethan who was staring off blankly at a wall. Theresa was holding his hand and had laid her head on his shoulder. Sam approached the group. "Is there any news?"

Pilar looked up, "Sam, you’re back."

Ethan looked up, too. "Chief Bennet, what are you doing here?"

"Just seeing how everything is going. Is there any news about your Mother," Sam looked anxious.

"Not yet. How’s you’re family holding up Sam," Pilar offered.

"Chief Bennet, is there something wrong," Theresa asked.

Sam hesitated. "It was Grace…she was hit by a car today. She didn’t make it. While I was sitting here, Pilar came in with Ivy, so I was just checking to see how she was doing."

"Chief Bennet, I’m so sorry about your wife and I appreciate your concern for my mother, but doesn’t your family need you now," Ethan inquired. Despite their differences and past arguments, Ethan felt bad for the Chief of Police. He had three kids that were now motherless.

"Well, the girls and Noah are staying with my parents for now and I was home all alone. Everything there reminded me of Grace, so I decided to start the investigation to get my mind off of things before I went crazy."

"Investigation?" Ethan was still in a somewhat confused state.

"We have to find out who did this, Ethan. We can’t let that bastard get away with something like this. Any ideas who it might be? An enemy of the family, maybe?" Sam didn’t want to point fingers at the man Ethan thought was his father, but he was positive now that Julian was behind all of this.

"Chief Bennet, I don’t mean to sound suspicious, but I haven’t seen my father all day. And being that he’s not here now, I don’t know….

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