TITLE: Hidden From Sight
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
"Oh, God," Maya gasped. "Is that him? The man who stole my baby?" Horrified, she looked at the crumpled man at Jonah's feet. She crouched down, determined to be the last voice the man heard before he died. She gathered his head in her hands. The man's eye's fluttered open. Maya drew back shocked. She looked at Jonah.
"No. It is't him," Jonah said.
"Eli." She sucked in a ragged breath. Seeing him again was a jolt to Maya's heart. She shook her head in disbelief. "But you're dead. I buried you months ago." As the disbelief wore off, anger set in. "I've been to hell and back because of you." Maya slapped Eli's face.
Eli groaned in pain. Blood seeped from the wound in his stomach. "Maya, I didn't want you to ever find out."
His voice was barely audible, his breath shaky. "I should have died in that accident."
Maya wiped away the tears. "No."
"You're better off with me dead. Dying was the best thing I could do for you and for Lily."
"Don't say that. Lily needs you. You're her father." Maya pulled Eli into her arms. The tears fell freely. Death was inevitable.
"No. Lily needs someone who can be her hero. I'm not that man but Jonah is."
Eli closed his eyes and drew in a final ragged breath.
Maya began to sing, "I love you, dear. Fear not for I am always near. Angels dance around your door . . . ."