As the group, all headed to the small ceremony for Matt in the church. They all knew this was the real end to the situation. They thought it had ended years before, but now there was no one left but them.  They were now sitting as a group behind Matt’s parents, and the children all hugged them as well. They turned to Mack, “He is gone now. I hope you don’t mind if we adopt them as our grandchildren. We have known you and your cousin since you were born.”

“Ma’am, if that is what you want to do, my wife and I would love you share them with you,” Mack replied, and Henni nodded. The kids all stood with their parents. “Matt was their godfather. It would honor him to have you a part of their lives.”

Mack moved into the pew, and the kids sandwiched between them. “Daddy?” his daughter asked as he whispered.

“What, sweetheart?” Mack asked quietly as the service was going to start in a moment.

“Why are we here?” she asked and

Kat Thomas

Coming up next month: The Heaviness in the Air. This is the prequel to Across the Desk but is Max's story. It follows him through one case that changes his life forever......

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