“Alissa, wake up! You’re having a bad dream!”, he told her.
Alissa opened her eyes in panic. “I remember getting shot. It was so real, Alex! I could feel the pain again!”, she told him. She was trembling. Alex climbed onto the bed beside her and held her close.
“It’s over now, Alissa. You’re safe. I won’t let anything happen to you! It was just a bad dream.”, he told her soothingly. Gradually her trembling stopped and her breathing slowed. She had fallen asleep.
Alissa had gone in such a hurry that she had left her journal on the nightstand in their bedroom. Dale was dressing for work, when he saw it there. This time without hesitation, he picked it up to read. He had to know once and for all how she felt about Alex.
Other than her feelings of guilt over their kiss, there was very little mention of Alex in her journal. She wrote about how much she appreciated his help, but there were no romantic feelings expressed about Alex. There were mentions of Dale and her feelings for him throughout the journal.
He read her first entry that she had made in the hospital after the shooting.
“I am so relieved that our baby is growing well. I want him to be healthy and strong like his father. I hope he looks just as handsome as Dale. I love him already. Although I dearly love Sharlee, this baby is special to me. He is a part of me and a part of Dale.
I love Dale so much, and I feel privileged to still have him in my life. I know that with everything I have put him through, he could have left me, but he hasn’t. He loves me and that makes me strong. I have never been happier than since he came into my life.”
Alex wasn’t the only one who could write letters. He poured out his heart in a letter to Alissa.
Bryant left the hospital where Alissa had recovered. He was dressed as a hospital orderly. He had a self satisfied expression on his face. He had been in this business too long to be outsmarted. He even knew which room had been hers.
He was on his way back to his hotel room to use his computer to hack into airline records. They were using assumed names, and probably changed them again. However, all he had to do was check the passenger records for two adults traveling with a young child. Then he would have her location.