Reuben hurriedly went to his boss and said "I'm sorry but I need to go home, probably for the day. My wife just called and I haven't heard her voice like that since she was with her abusive ex"
"what did she say? Can we help?"
"She just asked me to come home"
"hurry on then and let me know if it's something you need help handling"
"Thank you" he walked briskly to his car. There was some sort of kidnapper on the loose, if not murderer so he had to hurry home. He had to see what was troubling his wife and make sure everyone was safe. He took every short cut he knew to get home then hurried up to the door and went inside. Akari had been pacing in the living room so he found himself in her embrace quickly "is everything okay?" She pulled out of the hug "Our kids are in the kitchen and I want your input on what to say to Iona before she knows whats going on so lets go talk in your car"
"okay" They walked back to his police cruiser, shutting the doors so they could talk without listening ears. "you know how weird our son has been lately?"
"yes, did he do something?"
"I don't have much of the story yet but he came home from school early today and told me the girl that went missing, Amy Harper, is dead. He...he says he was there when some boys from his high school killed her and they told him if he told anybody they would kill Iona and that we couldn't even hide her because their parents have enough money to track her down anywhere....I dont know what to think and I dont know what to do at all but she's dead...the look in his eyes when he told me and the shame in his face for not coming to us sooner made it clear she's not missing, she's dead and if they'd kill her of course they'd hurt Iona" She was crying now so he hugged her "Nobody is touching my daughter Akari. Nobody will lay a finger on any of you. Call your friend Lily, her husband is a demon isn't he and he made her one. We don't need to hide her when we have a demon like Maruo on our side."
"what do we tell Iona?"
"that she isn't to go outside of the house without someone with her and she doesn't need to be going anywhere period if it can be helped"
"But she'll want to know why"
"I'll talk to her okay honey, I'll do it while you call Lily and Maruo" She nodded and he wiped the tears from her face "Hey, I promise you. I'll make sure everything is okay and nobody hurts our daughter"
"can you protect our son from being a witness and not coming forward? In a murder doesn't that make him a part of it?"
"He was scared for his sister but I'll have to get the whole story out of him to know exactly what we're dealing with legally on his part but come hell or high water I promise you baby you wont lose either of your children" she started crying a little harder so he held her a few moments "it's going to be okay Akari. I love you three so much"