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Lost and Found Baby

Written by Hope White

Chapter Fourteen

“Stop messing around,” Luke said.

“According to hospital records, you’re the father. Congratulations?”

“I’d never even met the mother until today,” he said.

“What’d you get pulled into, buddy?” Chris said.

“Haven’t a clue. Thanks, Chris.”

“Be careful. You, too, Katy.”

“Thanks,” she said from the back seat.

Luke ended the call and chanced a look at Katy through the rearview mirror. She shook her head. Shame coursed through him.

“Katy, it’s not physically possible,” he said.

“Which means she listed you as the father to protect Isabella from the real father.”

She believed him? Relief settled across Luke’s shoulders.

“The biological father’s identity is key to solving this case,” Katy said.

And she would solve it. Luke had confidence in Katy’s determination to unravel the mystery and protect Isabella.

“We need to covertly talk to Sara’s mother,” she said.

“I love a challenge.”

And he also loved Katy. Always had. Always would. That truth hit him square in the chest.

*

Two hours later Katy, Luke and baby Isabella were waiting outside Our Savior’s Church. Katy learned from her friend Leslie that Sara’s mom, Ruby, was part of the weekly knitting group that met there. Connecting with Ruby in a public place seemed like a better strategy than going to her house, or even calling her. For all Katy knew, the bad guys could have tapped the woman’s phone or could be watching the house, hoping Sara would contact her mother.

Katy spotted Sara’s mom getting out of her car.

“You know what to do, right?” Katy said.

Luke scanned the parking lot. “I don’t like this.”

“We need answers. Your main goal is to protect the baby. I won’t be long.”

He turned to her, regret coloring his blue eyes, and offered his hand. She automatically took it.

“Katy, I’m truly sorry.”

“For Steven’s death? I told you—”

“That, and for abandoning you.”

“Yeah, well, when this is over, I’ll expect you to make it up to me. Big-time.” Who was she kidding? When this was over he’d retreat again. Disappear.

She slipped her hand from his and opened the truck door. Focus.

She went into the church through the back entrance. The sound of women’s voices, punctuated by laughter, drifted down the hall.

Katy was considering the best way to approach Ruby when the older woman came out of the gathering room.

“Mrs. Platt?”

Ruby glanced up.

“I’m Deputy Shepard.” Katy motioned her into the kitchen. “I’m investigating who’s after Sara and why.”

“You mean, she’s still alive?”

“Yes, ma’am. Can you tell me who she dated before she disappeared?”

“You think he had something to do with it?”

“I’m not sure.”

“Well, she’d been hanging out with such sketchy characters, but then I introduced her to a nice young man I met while shopping at Garfield Market. His name was Kevin and—”

Women’s screams echoed down the hall.

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