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"You sure it's safe to be here?" Christina asked her father. The Mayer residence had been cleared by the Lakefield View police, having been searched thoroughly during the night, but Christina still felt uneasy. After the night she had, it was no wonder Christina would be paranoid about her safety.

After trying to get to Eric's house, she was stopped by Detective Winifred Tremaine. It was just her luck that she'd run into her, and the two girls spent hours at the police station before they were allowed to go home. Katherine was forced to become alien to her own home until it was examined.

"There are a couple of officers parked across the street keeping an eye on us," Isiah assured his daughter, placing his soft hands on her head. He ran his hand down her hair before giving Christina a kiss on her forehead. "I hate that I have to go back to work, but they really need me at the hospital, and I know you and Katherine will take good care of Christopher."

Katherine walked into the kitchen from the living room. "Thank you for letting me stay the night Mr. Mayer, I appreciate it."

"After what you and my daughter have been through together, there is no question about you staying here," Isiah said proudly. "You can stay as long as you like."

"Is Carmen's mother okay?" Christina enquired as she walked away from her father and sat on a chair by the table. Her head had never stopped pounding since her fall. Christina's legs were going to be the death of her; they screamed out in pain. She didn't want her father to worry, so she kept quiet about the internal anguish, and instead took migraine tablets like the pain was sufferable.

"She was in surgery for quite some time during the night, but she pulled through. I have been getting her nurse to text me updates and she seems to be waking up," Isiah explained. "Still no idea what happened though."

"Any sign of Carmen?" Katherine had to ask. She knew what Carmen had been through before her mother's stabbing, but had not heard from her since she left her house to deal with her brother. "I've texted her a couple of times, but she hasn't replied to any of them."

"The nurse said Carmen still hasn't been to visit her mother, and no sign of Rhys either. It's like all of Caroline Stevens' children have disappeared off the face of the earth."

Katherine kept quiet. Isiah continued, "I spoke to Carmen on the phone early this morning after I got out of surgery. She seemed happy that her mother was okay; she said she was going to visit in an hour but never turned up."

"I bet Christopher wasn't happy about getting dragged from the motel to the hospital at that time of night," Christina speculated. Katherine sat down next to Christina at the table. Katherine pulled out her mobile phone to try calling Carmen one more time.

"He had just fallen asleep when the phone call came, and I didn't want to leave him with the motel manager after what happened, so he was excited to go to the hospital with me. I had a nurse sit with him inside the operating theatre so he could sleep while I performed the surgery."

Christina smiled. "I remember, years ago, when you let me sleep in there while you were performing surgeries, right after my mother disappeared. I never wanted you to leave me alone." The memory brought a tear to her eye.

"I hated having to do that, but it was the only way I knew you would be safe." Isiah smiled at his daughter, sharing an unspoken moment while they thought about their lost loved one. Katherine didn't want to break up the moment. She declined the phone call to Carmen after it went to voicemail.

"When will you be back?" Christina asked, shattering the silence.

"Well, it's five o' clock now; I probably won't be back until after midnight." Christina looked at the clock on the wall. She counted seven long hours before he would come home.

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