Heart of Palms by Holly L. Aasen

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Previously, Dr. Michaels has befriended Maya and brought her and the baby back to Oak Hill to follow Jack’s plan to save Cole from the hit men who are to kill him as Maya’s father has ordered.

Episode 3

It had been five days since Dr. Michaels returned to Oak Hill with Maya and baby Sammy. Dr. Michaels was more than happy to return to his own home while Jack stayed with mother and baby in an abandoned shelter on the outskirts of town that had once been used for training police recruits on raiding homes. It was the perfect quiet place for them to hide out while Jack waited for Cole to recover. His plan was to sneak him out of the hospital and get him into hiding while returning Maya to her father in exchange for withdrawing the hit he had out on Cole. Of course he didn’t tell Maya this part of the plan or else she would surely leave. He only told her she would be reunited with Cole soon and they must be patient until he could get him out of the hospital undetected.

Back at the hospital, Cole was still not speaking. Ella was concerned as he could only communicate through blinking his eyes to answer yes and no questions. He understood what she was saying but couldn’t get the words to come out of his mouth. She was worried but she had to leave the hospital soon to pick up her sister Lily for the American Idol competition. Security guards were protecting Cole and there was nothing more she could do except wait.

Ella had been looking forward to watching her sister’s performance. She needed a break from all of the stress at the hospital. This would be a huge event for her sister as well as for Oak Hill. Everyone would be watching and the whole town had been buzzing with excitement over being in the spotlight. Lily had insisted that Ella be with her for support, along with Ivy. So Lily arranged to pick both of them up at the estate.

As she entered the house, she could hear sobbing coming from the kitchen. There she found Ivy wiping blood and tears from Lily’s face.

“Oh my gosh, what happened?”h Ella exclaimed.

“It’s OK, everything will be fine. Miss Lily here just took a nasty spill on the stairs in front of the house. The concrete has scraped her knees and chin a bit and her lip is cracked but no broken bones, no missing teeth. She’ll be just fine.” Ivy assured her.

“I’m not fine!” Lily screamed.” I can’t go on TV like this with a bloody face and fat lip! This is too embarrassing. I can’t do it!”

Then Ella witnessed the power that Ivy had over Lily. She sternly grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her, “You will pull yourself together this instant! I will not listen to you feel sorry for yourself for one more second. You are the best singer in this competition and you WILL win. Your face does not matter…only your voice so no more crying and we leave now!”

As Ella gathered ice and an antibiotic cream for her scrapes and examined her face and knees to assess her wounds, what happens next?Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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