“He’s dead,” Rory said evenly. “He has been for four years.”
Jason could see the muscles in Rory’s jaw working. He was struggling to maintain his composure. He was sometimes bossy and annoying with his attitude that he was in charge of them, but Jason was grateful Rory was there. He was grateful all the questions seemed to be addressed to Rory too.
“Do you know anything about what he was working on when he died?” the woman asked.
“He worked for Microsoft,” Rory said.
“And who else?” she demanded, her eyes bulging.
“What do you mean?” Rory asked.
“Who else did he work for?” she demanded.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. He worked for Microsoft.”
“Fine,” the woman said, “Fine. We’ll talk another day.”
Once they were alone in the room, Rosemary asked, “Why is this happening? Who are these people?”
“I don’t know,” Rory said.
“I…may know something,” Jason said. Rory and Rosemary turned to face him.
“Shhhh,” Rosemary said, “They may be…listening.”
Rory motioned for them to walk over against the window, as far away from the rest of the house as possible.
“I found some stuff,” Jason said, “On Dad’s computer. I ran across it on Dad’s Sky Drive. I was looking for some missing family pictures. There was a file that no one had accessed since just before Dad’s death so I opened the file. It was a URL for a website so I checked it out.”
“What?” Rosemary said, “How do even know how to access Dad's Sky Drive? Who gave you the password?”
"I figured out the password. It was really quite simple and didn't take me very long," said Jason.
"How did you do that?" Rosemary asked.
“It doesn't matter right now. So what did you find?” Rory asked, ignoring Rosemary.
“Dad was working on something,” Jason said, “It was like he was a…spy.”
“But who are these people? How is this connected?” Rory asked.
“I was trying to figure it out,” Jason said, “I clicked around on the website. It appeared to give access to a server that linked computers throughout the world. It looked like it involved a lot of people, a lot of money and a lot of things they were trying to cover up. I couldn’t figure out what they were doing but I figured out I could get in a lot of trouble if anyone knew I had access to this information so I got out. I covered up who had accessed it and when. I tried to be really careful.”
Rory looked like he was going to kill him. “You did what?” he asked in a fierce whisper.
“That’s so…dangerous,” Rosemary said accusingly.
“You think?” Rory said sarcastically.
“I’m sorry,” Jason said and he started to cry. He hated himself for crying. He knew he had screwed up and now Rosemary and Rory were turning against him and each other.
Rosemary put her arms around Jason, “It’s OK,” she said soothingly.
“No it’s not!” Rory said, “You IDIOT!”
Jason cried harder and Rosemary glared at Rory.
“OK, sorry,” Rory said, “Tell us. Tell us everything.”
Sarah woke up with a start. She had had a dream, about Tony. Tony! She remembered him. They were on a beach. Maybe it was their honeymoon? He was laughing down at her, the wind blowing his hair, his arms wrapped around her waist.
Her feelings of elation were quickly replaced with something else.
She didn’t know who the man was that said he was her husband, but it wasn’t Tony. Tony had died four years ago.
Check back tomorrow to find out what else Sarah can remember!