Heart of Palms by Holly L. Aasen

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Previously, Jack keeps Maya and the baby in hiding and Lily takes a fall before her big television appearance.

Episode 4

After Lily’s fall, she passes out from all of the anxiety and blood loss. Ella immediately calls an ambulance to take her to the hospital. She was concerned that she may have hit her head, which may lead to a concussion. It became clear that Lilly would not be making her American Idol appearance. Ivy and Ella rode along in the ambulance to the hospital and called her mother to meet them there. This would be devastating to her but there was just no way she would be able to make it.

Once Lily regained consciousness, she was so distraught over not making it to the show that she had to be sedated. She was admitted to the hospital so that she would sleep through the night. Other than emotional distress and disappointment, along with some minor bruises from her fall, Lilly would be just fine.

That evening while she slept, the hospital became very quiet. The usual activity came to a grinding halt. This special edition of American Idol was being filmed in their hometown and had been anticipated by everyone in Oak Hill for months. This town had certainly never been in the spotlight like this before and everyone knew someone who had a part in it. Most of the staff in the hospital gathered around any television they could find.

While the show continued on, no one was aware of Jack’s plan to sneak his son Cole out of the hospital. He had planned it specifically during the time that the show would be televised as he expected that the staff and security would be distracted. Cole was still not speaking but he was healthy enough to move. Jack knew that if he wanted to get him out of sight from the drug dealers, he would need to make his move while there were enough distractions. Although he had made an agreement to exchange Maya and the baby for Cole, he didn’t trust it and decided he must get Cole out of the hospital.

After the show was over, the hospital resumed normal activity. The guard who was supposed to be protecting Cole went to look inside only to find that the bed was empty. He sounded an alarm and an immediate lockdown. The guard feared that Cole must have been kidnapped. Little did he know that it was Jack who had successfully removed Cole from the hospital. Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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