Alissa: Chapter One Hundred and Fifty-Eight

Warning:  This chapter is extremely long with a lot of narrative.  If you have problems loading it, please let me know in the messages section, and I’ll divide it into two chapters.  Sorry about having so much narrative this time!

 

Screenshot-162At three in the morning, Sharlee called the police.  She’d already phoned friends asking if they had seen Noah or knew where he might be.  No one knew anything. 

Darion was out of town trying to convince Rene to come back to Santa Fe so that she and the children could complete the remainder of the school year at home.  He was hoping that she would also agree to marriage counseling and try to save their marriage.  However, if she wasn’t ready for that, he would move out of the house and let her and the children live there alone.   So Sharlee knew that Noah wasn’t with Darion either.

Screenshot-160The police told her that she could not file a missing person’s report until after Noah had been missing for at least 24 hours.  Sharlee felt a tight knot of anxiety in her stomach.  24 hours!  That seemed like an unbearable lifetime away!  She couldn’t sit there waiting for that long a length of time. 

Screenshot-168She went upstairs and bundled a still sleeping Skylar up and put her in her carseat.  Then she drove around looking for her husband.  When she reached his campus, she drove slowly through the parking lot.  It was completely empty. 

Screenshot-167Thankfully Skylar was still sleeping soundly.  After checking any other places that came to her mind, she headed back home dejectedly, not knowing what else to do.

Screenshot-140Noah heard a vehicle pass by overhead.  It had been hours since he’d last heard anything.  His voice was weak and his throat hurt from yelling for help.  He knew that there was no way that anyone driving by would hear him now, but he still tried to call out loud. 

Screenshot-134“Help!  I’m down here!”

The car continued past without stopping.   Noah’s body felt numb.  He knew that his wrist was either broken or it had a bad sprain because of the excruciating pain he’d felt when he tried to lift the motorcycle off of his body.  Every breath he took was painful.  He’d probably broken a rib or two as well.  He didn’t know about his legs, but he could barely move them.  There was a rock or rather a small boulder resting on top of part of his motorcycle.  Even if he’d had the use of both arms, he still wouldn’t be able to lift the motorcycle off of his body.

Screenshot-105Gingerly turning his head, he’d seen his cellphone lying busted not far from his body.  Blood was flowing from an open wound on his head.  He remembered rounding the curve like he usually did, only this time when he’d tried to brake, the brakes weren’t working!  His motorcycle had gone over the side of the cliff, landing on top of Noah in the fall. 

He didn’t understand why the brakes had failed.  Every morning he checked his bike and Sharlee’s car to make sure that they were in tip top condition.  The brakes had been fine that morning and the accident should not have happened!

Screenshot-107Noah thought about Sharlee, and he knew that she had to be sick with worry and probably guilt over their argument earlier that evening.   He felt guilty about blowing up on her.  She didn’t deserve that.  If he didn’t survive this, he hoped that she really knew how much he loved her.  He hoped that she would find someone who would love her and cherish her like he did.  Someone who would love and nurture Sky. 

Kristian came into his mind, and he knew that Kristian wouldn’t waste much time trying to insinuate himself into Sharlee’s life.  No, uh-uh, that wasn’t gonna happen!  Kristian wasn’t ever going to be with his wife and raise his daughter!   Noah was determined to hang on until someone found him!

Sharlee put Skylar back into her crib after she returned to the house.  There was still no sign of Noah, and she didn’t know where else to look for him.  She thought of calling her Dad, but she didn’t want to add to his worries.  Her mother along with Aidan and Joy was still in the FBI’s protective custody. 

Screenshot-166Sharlee decided to call her uncle George to see if maybe he could get someone looking for Noah sooner!   He answered on the second ring.

“Uncle George, this is Sharlee.  Noah’s missing!”

She explained what was happening and told him what the officer on duty at the station had told her about waiting 24 hours.

Screenshot-260“That is the department policy.”

George was in a tight spot.  Noah was family, but the department was under close scrutiny over showing favoritism to prominent citizens.  He’d received his promotion because of the belief in his impartiality.   However, he could hear the strain in his niece’s voice.  He had to do what he could to help even if he couldn’t handle the case himself.

Screenshot-261“Sharlee, I’ll assign someone to start looking for Noah.  We’ll put an APB out for him.”

“Thank you so much, Uncle George.”

Screenshot-165Sharlee decided to go ahead and call her Dad.  She knew he’d be upset if she didn’t call him at a time like this.  She was surprised that he wasn’t asleep.

Screenshot-95-1“I don’t sleep as much since your Mom, sister and brother aren’t here.  What’s wrong, Sweetie?”

Sharlee told him about Noah and that she had spoken with her Uncle George.

Screenshot-94-1“I’ll be there in a few minutes.”

Sharlee didn’t even try to tell him not to come.  Cara and Shawn came with him.  Then he and Shawn also went driving around town trying to find Noah, and they couldn’t find him either.  Cara and Shawn offered to stay with her the next morning and skip school, but Sharlee told them to go onto school.  Other family members wanted to come, but she told them to not to do it.  She was barely holding it together, and she knew that even though she loved her family, being with all of them right now wouldn’t help her.

George had explained to the family why he wasn’t personally handling the case.  Just recently the department had come under fire for showing favoritism to those with a high social or financial standing within the community.  The son of a prominent businessman had not been charged with manslaughter for driving drunk and killing a bicyclist.  So now the department was under increased scrutiny.

Her Grandmother Kaye and her father insisted on staying with her.  Kaye had come to take Skylar with her to her home, but Skylar had cried out for Sharlee not wanting to leave her.  She kept asking for her father and when Sharlee couldn’t tell her when he would be home or calling her, Skylar sensed something was wrong.  She was okay as long as she knew that Sharlee was near and constantly checked to make sure that Sharlee was still home.  So Kaye had stayed at the house to help Sharlee look after Skylar.

Noah had been missing for 48 hours.  George had assigned his best detective to work on the case.  Detective Perry Stewart was training a new partner, Bradley Phelps, but George knew that Perry had great instincts in handling cases involving missing people.  Noah was family, and if he couldn’t work the case himself, then he wanted his best people on it.

Screenshot-204Now they were again at Sharlee’s home questioning her.  She looked at the detectives.  The older one had sympathetic eyes, but the younger looked at her with suspicion and hardness.

Perry was allowing the younger detective to take the lead on questioning, but he was beginning to regret that decision.  Detective Phelps had recently been divorced and thrown himself into his work.  He was hoping to use this high profile case to advance in his career.   Perry didn’t have a problem with that.  He liked and respected the younger detective, but he didn’t realize how much the recent divorce would negatively influence Detective Phelps’ take on the case.  He knew that certain questions needed to be asked of Sharlee, but some of the questions that Phelps asked her were almost over the line.

“Mrs. Hall, we have a few questions for you.  How were you and your husband getting along?”

“I guess we’re like most couples.  We have our ups and downs, but we’re happy together.”

“Hmm, so you weren’t arguing a lot?”

Sharlee looked at him and frowned.  “We were having a bit of a disagreement, but it wasn’t anything major.”

Screenshot-205“That’s not what witnesses tell us.  One of your neighbors describes a very heated argument between you and Mr. Hall on the morning of the day he disappeared.  Students at the Technical College report overhearing a conversation in which he cursed you out.”

He looked at her intently as he waited for her response.

Screenshot-210“That is true, and I regret becoming angry with my husband.  However, we love each other very much, and we’ve overcome even worse times in our marriage.  This time is no different.”

“So you do acknowledge that your relationship with your husband has become “difficult.”

Sharlee didn’t respond.

“Was there another man in the picture?”

Screenshot-211Sharlee looked at him in shock.

“What are you talking about?”

Screenshot-206“The fact that your husband is missing is all over the news, and we’ve received a lot of information.  We’ve received reports of you getting cozy with a fellow participant at a lab course in which you recently participated.  You were observed hugging and even kissing the young doctor who was your lab partner, Kristian Palmer.”

Screenshot-212“That wasn’t my choice!  I didn’t want him to do those things, and I told him so!  Did your informants tell you that too!”

Sharlee was even more upset.

Screenshot-218“I think maybe you wanted to ditch your husband and be with this Kristian fellow.  Did you two cook up this plan to get rid of your husband?  Do you know what happened to him, Mrs. Hall?”

Screenshot-213“Detective, that’s enough!  I’m not going to sit here and let you speak with my daughter in such a disrespectful way!”

Screenshot-219“Sir, we have to ask these questions.  It’s our duty to Mr. Hall to eliminate every avenue in our quest to find him.  As a matter of fact, reports indicate that you were not a fan of your son-in-law either!   Kristian is a close colleague.  Maybe you had something to do with his disappearance as well.”

Screenshot-227“What!  I had nothing to do with it and neither did my daughter!”

Screenshot-230“Daddy, it’s okay.  I’ll answer their questions.  I’ll do anything to help them find Noah.  Please go check on Skylar.  Kaye could probably use a break.”

“Are you sure, Honey?”

“Yes.  I’ll be alright, Daddy.”

Dale reluctantly left the room.

Screenshot-228“It is true that Kristian has expressed an interest in having a romantic relationship with me, but I don’t return his feelings.  I have made that clear to him!  My husband knows all about what happened.  So that is not a factor in his disappearance.”

Screenshot-221Detective Phelps took another tack.  This is when Detective Stewart really began to feel that Phelps was close to crossing the line in his questioning.

“I know women like you, Mrs. Hall.”

“What do you mean?”

Screenshot-222“You’re high maintenance.  You feel that you are better than any man and that any man should be grateful that you’re with them.  You think that you can just bat your lashes and get your way!  Women like you are never satisfied with what your husband does.  Maybe your husband got sick of your attitude!  Maybe he got tired of being chained to you.  You were married at a young age, and he was probably sick of the responsibility.  Maybe he found someone else just like you did!”

Sharlee’s mouth fell open in shock at what he was saying.  Detective Stewart moved uncomfortably in his seat.  Years of experience had taught him to quickly read the people he encountered in his investigations.  The pain and worry for her husband was clear in Sharlee’s eyes and body language.  She was in love with her husband and was desperate to find him.  Detective Stewart had no doubts about that.  Detective Phelps showed Sharlee a picture in his cellphone.  It was a picture of a bag with an item of women’s lingerie sitting beside it.

“We found that in your husband’s locker.  Do you know anything about it?”

Screenshot-234“No, I don’t.”

Screenshot-241“Since it was in his locker, I believe it’s safe to infer that he didn’t want you to see it.  It must have been purchased for someone else, and that fits in with other information that we’ve uncovered.  Mr. Hall was overheard to agree to meet with one of his instructors on the evening in which he went missing.”

He showed Sharlee another picture.  It was a photograph of the instructor.

“Do you know her?”

“I haven’t met her, but I don’t know any of Noah’s instructors.  I attend a different college.”

“Well, most men would consider her to be very attractive.  Oddly, we haven’t been able to contact her.  She left town the morning following your husband’s disappearance.  We have learned that she is on a week long vacation that began on that day.  She has no close family and the other instructors don’t know much about her personal life.  Perhaps she and your husband left together.  He’s a young man and maybe he just tired of you and your nagging.”

Sharlee couldn’t believe what he was insinuating.  She moved uncomfortably in her seat.  He paused and then showed Sharlee another picture.

“This is a love letter that we also found hidden in his locker.”

Sharlee’s tight composure crumpled when she saw the letter.  She began to sob.  It was the letter that she had written to Noah when he had been on trial as a teen.  She’d had no idea that he had kept it for all of these years.  It read:

Note

 

 

 

 

 

 

He continued coldly. 

“So you’re not the only woman in your husband’s life.  That must be an ego killer right there, but you probably deserve to be taken down a peg.”

Screenshot-220Detective Stewart decided that it was time to intervene.  He’d given Detective Phelps a lot of latitude, but he was going too far.  Detective Stewart had seen recognition in Sharlee’s eyes when she’d seen the letter.

“Have you seen that letter before now, Mrs. Hall?”

Screenshot-233Sharlee wiped away her tears and tried to regain her composure.

“Yes, it’s a letter that I wrote to my husband years ago as teenagers before we were married.  I didn’t know that he still had it and still read it.”

She sat up straighter and looked at Detective Phelps. 

Screenshot-237“Sir, I can understand that you are just doing your job and that you don’t know me.  All I want is for you to find my husband.  Even if it were true that he left me for another woman, at least I’d know that he is safe.  If you really knew him though, you would know that he would not choose to run away.  He’d tell me face to face.  He’s not a coward.”

She heard Skylar crying.   “If you really knew him , you’d know that if by some slight chance, he’d leave me, there is no way on this earth that he would leave that little girl!  He loves her with all of his heart and would never ever do anything that might hurt her.”

Screenshot-242Dale came back into the room.  He’d called Alex and told him what was going on.  He’d told him how the Detective was treating Sharlee.

“My brother is an FBI agent heading a BAU unit.  He’d like to speak with you, Detective Phelps.”

Screenshot-248Dale handed his cellphone to the detective.  As Detective Phelps spoke with Alex, he frowned.  “But the FBI doesn’t have any jurisdiction-”  Whatever he’d been starting to say, Alex cut him off.  Detective Phelps’ face paled. 

Screenshot-249“Yes, Sir.  We’ll try our best to locate him.”

Screenshot-250He handed the phone to Detective Stewart, and Detective Stewart smiled as he spoke with Alex. 

Screenshot-252He reassured Alex that they were working hard to find his nephew.  Then Alex spoke with Sharlee.

Screenshot-255“Sharlee, I wish that I could come and help you find Noah, but we’ve received a lead on the “perp” who was at the park.  I have to catch him so that your sister, brother and other children will be safe again.  I can’t let him have a chance to harm another child.”

“I know, Uncle Alex.  Please find that despicable creep soon!”

“I will.  I’ve spoken with George and with the detectives handling Noah’s case.  George says that Detective Stewart is one of the best, and if anyone can find Noah, he will do it.”

Sharlee thanked him, and then Alex disconnected the call.

Screenshot-257Dale had heard what Sharlee told them about Noah and Skylar, and he re-emphasized it.

“I’ve had contact with many parents as a part of my profession and in my personal life.  While there was a time that I didn’t have a favorable opinion of Noah, and of course I do still see areas where he could improve, I believe that he is an excellent father who deeply loves his daughter.   I know that he would not willingly leave his baby in this way.  I also don’t believe that he is the type of man who would leave my daughter in such a cruel manner.”

Sharlee smiled at Dale.

Screenshot-258“Well, thank you both for your cooperation.  I promise that we’ll keep you in the loop, Mrs. Hall.  You have my word that I won’t give up on finding your husband.”

Screenshot-259“Thank you, Detective Steward.”

The detectives left the house after that.

Screenshot-289Sharlee hadn’t slept for the pass two nights.  Skylar had been asleep for a good while. 

Screenshot-291She climbed on the bed beside Skylar knowing that sleep still would not come.  She was too hyped to sleep. 

Screenshot-293She covered Skylar with the blanket and stood up. 

Screenshot-296She walked into the bathroom and splashed water on her face.  Her eyes were red and strained from the worry.  She stood in front of the mirror, her mind on Noah.

Her cellphone rang, and she quickly snatched it up before the ringing awakened Skylar.  Each time it rang, she had the momentary hope that it would be Noah or someone telling her that he had been found.  She saw that it was her mother.  The sound of her mother’s voice made the tears come again.

Screenshot-302“Baby, I wish I could be there with you.”

Screenshot-299Sharlee could hardly speak because of the tears.

“I know, Mom.  It’s just so hard not knowing whether or not he’s okay.  One of the detectives believes that he left me for another woman, but I know that’s not true.  Noah wouldn’t leave me like this!  He wouldn’t do this to Skylar.”

Screenshot-303“No, he wouldn’t do that.  Your Dad called Trent.  He’s flying in and investigating himself.  He’ll be there tomorrow morning.  George has instructed the two detectives assigned to the case to work with Trent. They’ll find him, Sharlee.  You stay strong.”

Screenshot-297“You too, Mom.  I love you.”

Alissa talked with Sharlee as long as she could until the FBI agents told Alissa that they had to end the call.

The next morning Sharlee gave a press conference asking for help in finding Noah.  The family and Harley Davidson offered a large reward for any information that led to locating him.

Screenshot-312Trent had already looked over all of the information that the detectives and officers had sent to him before he arrived in Santa Fe.  He conferred with Detective Stewart.

“Have you been able to locate the instructor or checked Noah’s phone records?”

Screenshot-316“Not yet.  We’re trying to cut through the red tape.”

Screenshot-314“I don’t have red tape.”

Screenshot-304Trent pulled out his Ipad and sat at a computer station.  Then he went into a private data base from his agency.  He got information on the instructor’s credit cards and accessed the list of recent charges she’d made.   There had been one made that very morning.  

Screenshot-306Now Trent knew how to locate her, and it only took him a few minutes to do so.  She was at a private resort off the Florida Keys, and she was not alone.  Trent placed a call to the resort and spoke with the instructor.  He got Noah’s telephone records and he and Detective Perry reviewed them.  They contacted the cellphone company and determined which cellphone towers Noah’s cellphone had last pinged.

Screenshot-310“So, Mr. Hall never made it to Ms. Tran’s home.  He disappeared somewhere between campus and her home.”

Screenshot-308“Perry, which highway patrolman is most familiar with the roads between the campus and Rosalie Tran’s home?”

Screenshot-309“That would be Archie Ross.  He’s also good at accident reconstruction.  I’ll go find him!”

This was Friday, the third day of Noah being missing.  Dale had had to go to the hospital for an emergency with a pediatric patient.   Kaye and Matthew were with Sharlee and Skylar.  Cara and Shawn would be coming to her home when school let out later that day.  Sharlee still was unable to sleep, and so Dale had written a prescription for a sedative for her to take even though she objected.

“Sharlee you’re no good to Noah or Skylar this way.  You have to get some sleep!”

Matthew had gone to the pharmacy to fill Sharlee’s prescription.  Sharlee was in the greatroom with Skylar when Kaye came into the room.  Kaye had taken control of Sharlee’s cellphone so that she could screen calls from well meaning friends for Sharlee, and also because of the crushing disappointment that Sharlee felt every time that she answered it hoping for news about Noah and didn’t receive it.

Screenshot-278“Sharlee, Kristian is on the phone.  He wants to speak with you.”

Screenshot-277Sharlee thought of Detective Phelps’ accusations about her and Kristian.  She didn’t even feel up to speaking with him.

“Can you take a message, Gran?  Please tell him that I don’t feel up to talking.”

Kaye gave Kristian Sharlee’s message, and he asked Kaye to tell Sharlee to call him if she needed anything, even if she just wanted to talk.  Something in his voice made Kaye realize that Kristian’s interest in Sharlee was more than friendship. 

Screenshot-279She told Sharlee what Kristian had said and looked closely at Sharlee’s reaction.  She was relieved to see that Sharlee seemed more annoyed than pleased by Kristian’s call.

Screenshot-287Matthew soon returned with Sharlee’s medication and insisted that she take it.  Sharlee took the medicine and allowed Skylar to take her nap with her in the master bedroom.  After the sedative began to take effect, Sharlee fell asleep with her baby cuddling close to her on the bed.

Screenshot-145A helicopter was flying overhead looking for any trace of Noah.  On the ground, officers were searching the highway.  It was no longer believed that Noah had disappeared voluntarily.

Screenshot-94Noah could hear the helicopter.  At first he wasn’t sure that it was looking for him, but then when it passed back and forth in the area, he began to think that it was.  His voice was almost completely gone, but even if it weren’t they wouldn’t be able to hear him calling out over the sound of the engine.

Screenshot-143The helicopter spotter thought that he saw a flash of light on something metallic as they searched, but then it was quickly gone.  He radioed the ground unit to search more deeply in that area.  Officer Ross, Detective Stewart, Trent and other officers were walking the route that Noah would have taken.  Traffic had been diverted.  Officer Ross examined the areas on the street curb looking for anything that seemed out of place in the area that the helicopter indicated.  He found what he was looking for!

Screenshot-149When the rescuer reached him Noah wasn’t sure if he was really there or if it was his imagination.

Screenshot-148“He’s still alive!”

Screenshot-152Other rescuers tried to make their way down to Noah, but more debris began to fall!  They decided that it would be best to airlift him to the street above. 

Screenshot-158Everyone felt relief when Noah was on a stretcher being wheeled to an ambulance.

Screenshot-262When Kaye received the call that Noah had been found alive and was being taken to the hospital, Sharlee collapsed to her knees.

“Mommy!”

“I’m okay, Baby.”

Screenshot-263Skylar had been asking for Noah the past few days and crying because she didn’t understand why he wasn’t there or calling her.

“Your Daddy was lost, but we just found him.  He’s been hurt, but the doctors are helping him.  I have to go the hospital now and see him.”

Screenshot-270“Me too!”

Screenshot-275“No, not yet, Sweetie, but I promise that as soon as he can, I will have Daddy call you.”

Screenshot-274Skylar started crying.  “I wan my Daddy!”

Screenshot-276Sharlee picked her up and hugged her.  “I know you do, and Daddy wants to be with you too.  It’s okay, Honey.  Gran Kaye is going to stay with you, and I’ll call you after I get to the hospital.  I’ll tell Daddy that you miss him.”

Sharlee gave her a quick kiss and handed her to Kaye.  Then Matthew drove her to the hospital.

When Sharlee arrived at the hospital, Noah was in X-Ray.  After that his broken ribs were taped, his wounds cleaned and bandaged.  One of his ankles was wrapped and one of his wrists was also.  The doctor came out and spoke with Sharlee.

Screenshot-280“Although your husband suffered a concussion, his condition is stable.  He has three broken ribs, a badly sprained wrist and a sprained ankle.  He has numerous lacerations, but we’ve treated them.  He is severely dehydrated, and we’re administering intravenous fluids.  I don’t think that he would have survived another day.  His body systems were close to shutting down.”

Screenshot-283“Thank you Doctor.  May I see him now?”

Screenshot-284“Yes, but he’s very weak and talking is painful for him.  I’ve given him something for his pain, and a sedative.  He should be asleep soon.”

Screenshot-175Sharlee walked into the room and went over to Noah’s bedside.  His eyes were closed.  She leaned over and kissed him.  Noah’s eyes opened and he looked up at her.  He struggled to speak.

Screenshot-177“Babe, I’m s-“

Sharlee had never seen him so pale and his voice was weak.

Screenshot-183“Honey, don’t try to talk. You don’t have to say anything!”  There were tears in her eyes.  “I am just so relieved that you’re okay.  I love you, Noah.”

She started kissing him gently all over his face and Noah smiled. 

Screenshot-179He managed to say, “Sky…”

“She misses you, and it’s been a hard few days for her too.  I’ll let her speak with you.”

Screenshot-90Sharlee got her phone and called home.  Shawn answered.

“Skylar, your Mommy wants to speak with you.”

“Mommy!”

Screenshot-187“Hi sweetie!  I’m with your Daddy now.  His throat hurts and so you might have a hard time hearing him.  He can’t talk for long, but here he is.”

Screenshot-189Sharlee turned on the speaker on her phone and held it for Noah.

“Daddy, me wan you!”

Sharlee answered for Noah.  “Daddy wants you too.”

Screenshot-190Noah gestured for Sharlee to move the phone closer.

“Love you, my Sky.”

Sharlee could tell that his energy was at an end.

“Love you too, Daddy.”

Screenshot-188“Okay, Skylar.  Daddy has to get some sleep now.  I love you, and I’ll call you later.”

Screenshot-91“Love you, Mommy.  Night night, Daddy.”

Sharlee disconnected the call.

Screenshot-200Noah was smiling as he fell asleep.  Sharlee sat down beside the bed and caressed his cheek.  She and Sky had their Noah back.

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We’ll find out what Noah has been doing in the next chapter.  We’ll also get back to Alex and the “perp” in that chapter too.  I promise!  🙂

18 thoughts on “Alissa: Chapter One Hundred and Fifty-Eight

  1. Why you gotta end it at the good parts bruh????
    That detective who was questioning Sharlee was a real turd! He should not have been put on this case after going through a divorce.
    I’m so glad Noah has been found alive!!! My heart broke for Sky when she kept asking for him 😦
    Hopefully Alex finds the perp and we find out what exactly happened between the instructor and Noah….
    Great chapter, update soon ❤

    • I’m sorry, Kelli! 😦 The chapter would have been even longer if I had added the rest too.

      Wasn’t he rude! He probably needs to take some time off and get his head together before he works on another case.
      Yeah, it was really hard on Sky not understanding where her Daddy was.
      I’ve started the next chapter. I promise not to make it too long of a wait! ❤

  2. OMG. This chapter was AMAZING!!!!!!!! I felt like I was right there with Sharlee, and you had me wondering there for a minute if Noah was a goner! Totally suspenseful and wonderfully done. I can’t wait to find out what’s next!

    That officer was such a jerk! I wished Sky had been there to smack him like she smacked that stylist 😀 …not that violence is actually the answer ;).

    I love how the Stallworths and Halls come together and support each other like this. Their family is like one big safety net ready to catch each other if someone falls!

    And you never need to apologize for a long chapter or lots of narrative. Your writing is wonderful and I love reading it! I think it’s a treat when there’s extra! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for saying that, Maddie! ❤ I'm so glad you were able to feel what Sharlee and Noah were feeling. I had fun writing this chapter and I'm glad it wasn't boring to you!

      LOL Sky would have done it! They are going to have to teach her not to do that. I sort of think she's taking after Noah in her personality! I wonder how Noah will handle having a child with a temper like his! 😀

      They are a close, loving family. I like how you describe them as a safety note for each other.

      Awww, thanks, Maddie! I always worry that my narrative is boring! You are so sweet to say that! ❤

  3. OMG OMG!!! SUCH A GREAT CHAPTER!! This was really good chapter, I don’t mind long narratives at all because this story is addictive. Great job DAISY!!

  4. I absolutely loved this chapter. You could really see the love and devotion Sharlee has for her Noah in the hospital scenes. I am curious as to what he was up to and also if his instructor was involved since she was conveniently away at the time of his “accident”which I don’t believe it was. I also hope that the perp from the park is found before anyone else is missing or hurt. Would love to see an update on Crystal as well. I love this story more and more every time 🙂

    • I’m glad, Ksmomma! Sharlee does really love Noah a lot, and I’m glad you could see it there! ❤
      We'll find out more about what Noah was up to in the next chapter. More on that creep too! 😉

      Awww, I'm happy to hear that you still love it, Whitney! You were one of the main ones who encouraged me to continue writing it when I first started sharing it! ❤

  5. I remember when Sharlee was pregnant and Noah said his child was a fighter. Sky was the fighter.That’s good for them.
    I’m going to continue the suggestion of both short and long chapters
    I look forward to the next chapter.

    • Yes, Noah was definitely right about Skylar! 😀

      I still plan to follow that suggestion. ❤ It's just hard when I have two storylines intertwining like they do right now. It's hard to decide the best place to break up the chapters. Are you hooked on "The Whispers?" It is so good! I got my husband hooked on it too! 😀

  6. Well done chapter, Daisies – I’ve actually read it twice! 🙂 I really love the part when Noah is almost giving up on being found, and he thinks of Kristian stepping in and he goes back to fighting. It was very realistic in thought and also true to character for Noah. Obviously it is hard to stay strong non-stop all the time, and after so long hope could be hard to come by, but Noah would never stop fighting, even if the thought of keeping Kristian away from his family is the fuel to the fire. I also love the idea of him having to deal with a temper in Skylar. It would/will be interesting to see how he grows as a parent treading THOSE waters lol.
    Oh and definitely not a fan of the younger detective. I almost wonder why the older one let him go on for so long; I understand giving him a chance to do it on his own gut instinct, but at the same time it was almost painful to see how out of line he was with the whole thing. And ohhhhh to have been a fly on the wall during that phone call with Alex!!
    I don’t mind the long narrative at all, personally. I love Alissa and although was silent for a long time, I’ve been reading for a while and your story is one of my favorite guilty pleasures! I actually got one of my friends/coworkers to start reading it too, and she doesn’t even play Sims or anything, she just loves the story too. It’s quite addicting! 🙂

    • Thank you, Angie! You read it twice! 😯 I’m happy that you enjoyed it so much! ❤

      It wasn't easy for Noah. Sometimes it seems like he tries so hard, but it doesn't work out like he wants. You're right though that he doesn't give up trying!

      Yeah, Raising Sky, Noah is going to see a bit of what he was like growing up! 😀

      That younger detective still has a lot to learn. That's why he didn't have much to say in the later part of the chapter. He had to listen and learn. Maybe if he had taken time off after his divorce, he wouldn't have had such a sour view of Sharlee, and his questioning would have been different. Alex doesn't take any flack when it comes to the people he cares about! 🙂

      I'm glad the narrative wasn't boring to you! I always worry that I'm too long winded in my writing.

      That makes me so happy, Angie! It's very encouraging that you love Alissa so much that you got a non-simmer to read it too! ❤ Thank you! 🙂

  7. I was so happy to see this long chapter! I felt like I was in the story and that’s what I love so much about your writing! Excited for the new chapter!

    • Thanks Brie! That’s how I always hope it will feel reading it. You are all very encouraging! ❤

      I'm trying to pick my poses for the next chapter right now! 🙂

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