Chapter Twenty Four:
I felt like I was reliving a nightmare, reliving the days after I was shot, the smell of the hospital brought it all back, but Eric was in the hospital and needed me, I was more afraid for him than myself, the doctors had said he was stable and that he was going to make it, he head to have a surgery to remove a bullet from his chest, but no major arteries were hit, I found myself praising the Lord for that.
“I’m sorry.” Eric said, his voice still weak.
“It wasn’t your fault Eric, you were shot, I don’t blame that on you.”
“I tried to be careful, I should be the one taking care of you, you were hurt worse than I.”
“Eric my body is healing, I am going to be okay.”
“But you can’t walk.”
“It’s okay Eric, I am coming to terms with that, and discovering that despite that I can lead an active life.”
I was grateful Eric was going to be okay, I could not face loosing my husband. We needed each other and Jillian needed us, she finally had a home that she was loved in, one she felt secure. I was relieved when I was able to tell Jillian that her Daddy was going to be okay,
“Do you think you could take my place at the Agency while I heal?” Eric asked. “You wouldn’t have to go out on calls or anything, that would be dangerous all things considered, but just keep the other Agents in line and informed.”
“Of course.” I told Eric, squeezing his hand. “I would help my husband in any way I could. “Are you going to be okay at home alone during the day while you’re recovering?”
“I’ll be fine, I just have to take it easier, its only going to be temporary.”
It was good to see that Eric was going to be alright, I was sorry that he had to go through the pain, but he was alive, and he was going to pull through this, but the monster who was taking innocent lives was out there, it broke my heart to think that he could take more lives. I did not want to focus on that though, for the moment I wanted to focus on the fact that Eric had been shot, but he was going to be okay, I wanted to spend the time thanking the Lord for the hedge of protection he had placed over my husband.
“I love you Eric, when I got the call I was so afraid I was going to have to prepare myself to let you go. I am not ready for that.”
“Neither am I Heather, I feel that the Lord has more living for me to do.”
“I think he does too. I don’t think my purpose on earth has been fulfilled yet.”
Lord thank you that Eric is okay.“I’m glad he’s okay.” Becka said, as we sat out in the waiting room.
“Me too. I don’t know what I would have done if anything worse had happened to him.”
“So am I, you’ve been through enough.”
“Others have been through worse things than I, I only lost my ability to walk, these poor kids that this monster is going after are more often than not loosing their lives.”
“Are you sure you are ready to feel in for Eric?” Becka asked.
“Yes I really do Becka.”
“We’ll be glad to have you .”
“I’ve been back for a few weeks now.” I reminded Becka.
“But not in a position of authority, I think you should have been working with Eric all along, the accident took your ability to walk, not to think, and the way you think, the way you can solve these crimes is what makes you a good agent.”
“You don’t need to thank me, I am just telling you the truth.”
“I don’t know if I was ready to be in a place of authority before now, I was coming to terms with all I had lost when I was shot, but now I am ready for this challenge.”
Becka, Emily and Jillian and I decided to check into the hotel for a couple of days until Eric could be released from the hospital. It would do us good to spend sometime away, there was a zoo nearby where I could take Jillian to see the animals, and Becka and Emily both needed a vacation, Emily was still a little depressed over the time she had to spend away from the job, and Becka was torn up like we all were over the Innocent Thief still being on the loose.
“I hope we can take this bad situation and turn it into something good.” Emily said.
“Me too.” Becka and I agreed.