Greg, her high school boyfriend, had disappeared. Jake from work; Leo, her date at her sister’s wedding. All of them gone.
Alden checked on her daily.
“You don’t need to do this. I can care for myself.”
“Nonsense. You’ve always needed me; I’ll always be here.”
“Alden, I’m dating Leonard now. You must stop coming here.”
“He’ll leave you, Lydia. Just like the others. I’ll check in tomorrow.”
“No, Alden, it’s not nec …” But the door had already closed.
“Rejoice and Ann-Louise,” Alden said into his cell phone. “I’ve got another job for you.”