"Lu, come here a sec," Luke called after Lisa and Little Luke had gone to
"Hold on Daddy, I'm giving Lor a sedative." Lu went upstairs and quietly
opened the door. Loren jumped out of her skin.
"Lu," Loren whispered.
"Here sweetie. This'll help you sleep. Now, Lisa and Little Lukey are staying
here, but I'll lock your door so they can't disturb you, OK?" Loren nodded. Lu
turned off the lights and closed the door.
"Lu." She nearly screamed.
"Daddy! Don't sneak up on me like that!"
"Where'd you learn to shoot like that and why'd you have a gun in your
purse?" Lu tunred her back towards her father and closed her eyes.
"Hmm?" Lu replied absently as she searched for a reasonable answer. Luke
looked at his daughter suspiciously.
"I asked you where a twenty-one year old learns to shoot like that. You hit that
guy, a moving target holding another moving person, perfectly hitting him where it
wouldn't kill him. Now, that ain't luck, darlin'. I don't think I could've made that shot."
Lu gave up any hopes of a reasonable asnwer.
"I can't tell you," she sighed.
"What do you mean you can't tell me?'
"Daddy, I'm tired and I'm going to sleep. I can't tell you and that is all there is
to it. Now, keep everyone but me, Mom, and Liz away from Lor, OK? Goodnight
Daddy." Lu kissed Luke on the cheek and went into her room, leaving Luke alone
in the hall.
"Elizabeth? Liz? Wake up! Wake up! Elizabeth!" Lucky cried trying to free Liz
from her nightmare.
He grabbed her wrists, knowing that she'd flail wildly upon awakening. Half
awake, she struggled against his grasp.
"Liz! It's me! Elizabeth, it's Lucky." Liz stared as she realized where she was.
He dropped her wrists and both of her hands flew to her mouth.
"Oh, Lucky! It's starting again!" she whispered, crying on his chest.
"Shh, it's OK. He can't hurt you anymore."
"It was him! I know it was him. I should have gone to the police as soon as-
it's my fault that Loren was almost- oh God!"
"It is not yor fault! You did nothing wrong. Loren did nothing wrong! The only
person who was wrong was that sicko." Lucky replied angrily, trying not to think
about what that man had done to his wife.
"I keep telling myself that, but it keeps coming back. Something I could have
done, I should have done." Liz wiped away her tears.
"Liz, no one could have done something in that situation unless it was
someone like Lu who happened to be in the right place at the right time." Lucky
could see that Liz was calming down.
"Or someone who found her and took her home with him and helped ger until
she was strong enough to trust again." Lucky smiled and kissed her on the
"Love you too. Try and get some sleep." Lucky looked at his wife as she
pulled the covers closer, his eyes a mixture of adoration, conern, and a once
dormant revenge returning to him.
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