September 24

“Well, he started ignoring Rob,” Mirielle said. “He didn’t throw things at me anymore, either. He just started swinging. I tried to get away, but he got me a couple times. He was screaming now, telling me that I couldn’t leave.”
“Those were his exact words?” Daniel said.
“Close enough,” she said. “Then he said that I couldn’t ever get away. Even if I did get away, he said, there wouldn’t be anyplace safe for me, or for Rob. He said we’d die before we left him.”
Chloe stared at Mirielle, gazing into her eyes. “Do you believe that he could carry out such a threat?”
The response came immediately. “Absolutely,” she said. “If I didn’t know he was in school, I’d be terrified that Rob was already gone. I can’t stay with him anymore. If I go back to him, he’ll kill us both.”
“Do you find something amusing in this, Mister Brookfield?” Daniel said, scowling. All eyes turned to Phillip.
He was wearing a wide grin on his face. “No, no,” he said, “what Alex did is appalling. But the fact of the matter is, we’ve got everything we need to nail him to the wall. It’s all over now but the crying.”
“Awfully confident, aren’t you?” Katherine asked.

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