Phase Shift

Phase Shift 86

Martha hung her head in shame to which Randal compassionately responded, “You have nothing to regret, Martha.  You’ve been supportive and made every attempt to keep your brother on the straight and narrow.  It’s his choice, his decision to do otherwise.”

“I feel I’ve failed him in some way.”

“Did you give him options, explain the consequences of his choices, show him a better way?”

“Yes, I tried, every way possible.”

“Then you fulfilled more than fulfilled the roll of any parent let alone a sibling.  You did your part.  Whatever justification he used to choose that other path is on him.”

She sat in silence for a few moments, before setting her lunch aside and sipping her coffee.  “What can I do?”

“I need to know what he’s got planned.  He’s involved with a violent dangerous woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.  He’s made a pact with the devil.”

“He told me she was blackmailing him, using threats.”

“I’m sorry, Martha, that’s doubtful.  He’s chosen to throw his lot in with the devil, and he’ll pay when this goes down.”

“I didn’t want to believe it, but it makes sense, it’s his M.O. the one he’s always used.  I didn’t see it, perhaps didn’t want to see it.  I don’t know.  That old fear reared its ugly head and I thought he was in trouble.”

“He is in trouble, but of his own making.”  Waiting a fraction of a second Randal asked, “Will you help us catch her?  Catch him?”



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