They had to prepare for the meetings that would begin for the trial. Neither of them was looking forward to it. Max’s job knew what this was about and they had begun to prepare him as well. His classes had another professor stepping in to help with the class when he wasn’t there. Everyone knew this was going to be a long one. They wanted to show their support in every way and that was extended to Deanna as well. Max had to smile when they told him about everything they had planned to help out.
The working relationship between the police who were involved and the lawyers was not even strained because of the hardships. Everyone had rallied around Max and Deanna as they moved forward. For the time being they had limited the amount of contact that David’s lawyers and the Anderson’s actually had. They had set up video calls and other things but it was nearing
Max’s turn in the room came the following day. Deanna had told him of the way the questions had gone in which wasn’t a huge surprise. They had thought of at least four different ways the legal team would try to spin this and David’s actions in it. So when the questions that were asked she knew how they wanted to handle this. Max had prepared her for that.“Max it was like you said.” Deanna said as she sat down at the table while dinner was cooking on the stove. The smells were starting to fill the air and draw the attention of three hungry little toddlers. Michelle was always hungry though she didn’t like baby food at all. She was already snacking on some puffed cereal in her bouncy car.“How so?” Max said as he looked up from the floor where he was sitting letting the toddlers jump on him.“They were tryin
Max found himself in front of the lawyers again the next day. Though they had begun the day before it was mostly bickering about him as a witness and an officer of the law. They had to figure out the best way to question him because he was both. He had a professional hand in this and he had a personal one. David’s lawyers made it plain to see they didn’t like him. “Mr. Anderson, how would you describe your part in the cases and the overall part in this case?” One of David’s lawyers asked when they began the second day of pre trial questioning. The tone of the question set the stage for Max and how he would be answering all the questions from them.“To begin I believe that it was a personal issues well before it became a professional one with the first incident from this c
Deanna was happy when Max walked in the door. He knew the moment he saw her that this was going to be a good night. Though he had been through the wringer with the lawyers who he thought of as the worse then scum on a pond at this point. They had basically outlined their case to him with the types of questions they asked. It was plain to see how this whole case was going to go.Max looked over to his tiny wife and the three little goblins as he called them. They were all sitting on a blanket with Michelle in her exosaucer toy that she was bouncing in. He smiled as he watched them all realize he was home as he placed his briefcase on the kitchen counter. Poppy was the first to get to him.“Daddy!” she said as she nearly threw herself at him. It was quickly followed by Clover and Henry. Coming home to them was the best thing in Max’s life. He bent down and listened to
After they managed to get the toddlers down for bed and Michelle was dozing on his chest. Max started really thinking about the future. “You know when I bought this house three years ago I never thought I would have to share it with five other people and then add one more.” He was smiling as he thought about it. The more he thought about it the more he knew they needed something bigger for their growing family.“Max we already talked about moving.” Deanna responded without looking up from the article she was reading on the tablet Max had given her for a half year anniversary.“Deanna I was just saying.” He laughed.“I am looking at houses in the area. None of them really talk to me.” She said.“Then why don’t you have one built that does talk to
The next few days passed and it was the weekend. For some reason Max seemed a little more happy about this weekend over any others. Deanna found out why when the doorbell rang and she made her way to the front to find Kit and Mitsuhide there with armfuls of small people. Deanna laughed at the sight knowing that was how her and Max probably looked to other people when they went anywhere. She had gotten used to the looks from strangers especially as she began to show. Though it was normally only the really old or the really young that had the gall to say anything about the number of children they had. “We needed some adult time.” Kit said as she walked in. “Mitsuhide talked to Max yesterday and this sounded like heaven.” Deanna laughed at the other woman knowing exactly how she felt. Kit had her twins a few months after they had met at Max a
Mitsuhide and Deanna sat on the patio as Kit and Max went inside with the children to settle them down for a nap. With nine children in the house it was more than a headache but they wanted to give the two a chance to really talk. Max knew that Deanna needed someone to get everything out to besides him. She was handling the anger better than she had been a few months ago when everything had exploded in front of her.“So why didn’t you really sell the house?” he asked as his piercing eyes looked at her. Whereas as Max’s golden eyes were kind and often something that she could get lost in. Mitsuhide’s yellow golden eyes were haunting. They looked like they could see right through you at any given time. It was easy to see how he could get the answers from people when he wanted to get them.“I couldn’t.” Deann
“The first thing we need to do is make sure all of your plans are sound. One thing around you might snowball and then all hell will break loose.” Mitsuhide said. “You have people here who will help you like we did. My team stepped in for this. When they found out about your case half of them wanted to come as well.”Kit started to laugh at that one, “They would. It is in their nature to want to help someone in their scope but we did manage to get them to slow down and hold their position. Max I am sure you know a few of them either personally or by reputation. However they are good guys and they will help out if we call them in. They are your back up to a back up plan.”“They are also rather good with kids. They are all basically giant kids anyway.” Mitsuhide said with a war
The group was quiet for a few minutes. Deanna was thinking and trying to remember anything that could help them figure out what she had walked into and the place that the horrors of the website Mitsuhide had found and where it was located. She couldn’t remember how she had got there in the first place. She tried to think but every time it seemed blocked.The thing that she kept thinking about was the maze in the garden. She didn’t know why she kept going back to there in her mind. It didn’t make any sense. Now she knew what the maze really was as well as the garden itself. It had been a place for her grandfather to spread the remains of his children in the name of saving Deanna from the curse of her birth. Deanna hadn’t gone into the garden since she had found out it was nothing more than a glorified graveyard for sacrificed children.