HOTH Season 3, Part 9

AHHH! THE NEXT PART IS THE FINALE! *hyperventilates* It’ll be posted on Thanksgiving Day!

Previous parts of season 3:

Prologue
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

And another quick refresher from part 8:

I scream as strong police arms grab mine and pull them behind my back. “Where’d he go, kid?” He asks. I kick the policeman as hard as I can, and he yelps. “Kid!” He grunts and then sighs. “You have to tell me where he went.”

“No, I don’t,” I say, struggling from his grip. Of course, I can’t break free.

“No, you won’t,” he says with a grin. “You won’t have to. There he is.”

And without further ado!


Issa’s POV

I look up to see Connor streaking back. A screaming “No!” escapes my lips, and when Connor becomes aware of the two police officers on the street, he halts to a stop.

I kick the police officer one more time and streak back toward Connor as the policeman chasing him finally catches up.

“No!” Connor echoes as the policeman throws Connor to the ground. Connor fights him with all of his might as I stand there fighting tears. “Please!”

The policeman keeps Connor’s arms behind him as they stand him up and identify he’s Connor DaCosta. “Please don’t make me go back to them!” Connor cries.

“You need to be quiet. You’re going to wake up the whole neighborhood,” the policewoman says as she grabs Lexi’s arm. Once one policeman has a firm hold on Connor, the other one grabs mine, too.

And so we begin to march to where the others stand outside of the house on the driveway.

“Issa?” Connor says quietly, and I turn to look at him.

“Yeah?”

“I just—wanted to say sorry.”

I swallow. “For what?”

“I never officially apologized for everything I did to hurt you. Back at the FCA center.”

Oh. I smile a little bit through my coming tears. “It’s okay. I forgive you.”

Connor deeply inhales and exhales. “Thank you so much.”

“Thank you, too.”

“For what?”

“For—for being so nice. And apologizing. And punching that bully in the park for me.”

Connor laughs. “What, were you planning on punching him?”

“Maybe!” I grin. “Although he probably would’ve punched me back and sent me halfway across the park.”

Connor laughs more. “Yeah, that’ll never happen on my watch.”

“Not—not that you can watch,” I mutter, and that’s when the sobs come.

We reach the driveway, and Connor stops in his tracks. The policeman is annoyed, but he doesn’t drag Connor along.

“Goodbye, Issa,” Connor says, giving me a strong hug.

I cry as I hug him back. I don’t want him to go. Not at all. I cry harder when he pulls away to be taken again.

Lexi sniffs as she cries, too, and she waves as Connor is walked to the police car.

“You can’t take him!” I screech at the police officers. “Please don’t! This isn’t fair!”

They don’t pay any attention to me. As one of the police officers goes up to talk to Jackson and Amy, I rush toward them. “No! No! You can’t do this! Guys—do something! Adopt Connor—please!”

“Issa,” Amy whispers softly, pulling me in for a tight hug. “Shhh. It’s okay.”

“It’s not okay!” I shout all the louder, accompanied by tears.

“Issa, we can’t adopt him unless his parents give their consent and are willing to give up their custody over him.”

“They will! They don’t care!”

“Issa.” Amy sighs and gently strokes my curls. “I need you to be strong through this, okay? Like the Issa we all know and love.”

I angrily pull away. “There has to be—there has to be some way!”

Jackson shoots me a look. “There isn’t.”

I swipe my hands over my eyes. “None of this is fair.”

“Issa,” Jackson sighs. “Life isn’t fair. There are times in life where we have to say ‘I’ve got nothing. I don’t understand’. And we have to be okay with that. The important thing is just to keep going.”

“No!” I shout, the waterworks refusing to stop as the policeman makes a call.

“Issa.” It’s Connor’s voice. I turn around and swipe at my eyes again to see him better. “Thank you for doing all you could.”

“I don’t want you to go.” My voice trembles and quivers with each word.

“Life won’t be so bad. I promise. God cares. He’s a Perfect Dad.”

I smile through raging tears. “I’m—I’m so glad you know that.”

He gives me one more smile before turning around to go to with the police.

And that’s when a limousine pulls up and drops a silhouette of a man off on our driveway.


To be continued… in HOTH Season 3, Part 10 (Finale), to be posted on Thanksgiving Day!

Coincidence cliffhanger? I think not. This guy has been foreshadowed. 😉 Who do you think the man is?

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By | 2017-11-13T15:03:43+00:00 November 20th, 2017|All, Hang on to Hope, Photostories|65 Comments

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65 Comments

  1. EnniMorgan November 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    AH, MADI I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVEEEEE IT!!!

  2. blackiesunshine November 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    FIRSTIE
    Maybe Connor’s dad? Or maybe….Issa’s birth dad? IDK. SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait for the finale. But does that mean…HOTH is over? -sobs-

    • Madison
      Madison November 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      HEHE.

      Oooh good guesses! Nope, HOTH will most definitely have a season 4. I hope to make it an annual photostory series, with a continuing season each year.

      • blackiesunshine November 20, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        Yay! But…that means we have to wait till next year? :[

        • Madison
          Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

          Well… yeah… 😇

  3. agdolldreams November 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    AHHHH awww Connor and issa!!!! NO 😭😭😭😭😭 ahhhhh NOOOOOO 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 DONT TAKE HIM AWAAYYYYYYYYYY

  4. Jewel November 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Is the guy Connor’s Dad!?!?! Or maybe the chauffeur Connor talked about!?!?! IDK. Wow! This season has gone by so fast! I am really excited for the finale! Keep up the great work Madi!

    -Jewel
    http://www.dollnotebook.com/blogs/

    • Madison
      Madison November 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      😮 😮 :O Oh my goodness, very good guesses. >:) Aww, thank you so much, Jewel!

      • Jewel November 21, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

        OOOOH YAY! NP. Also, I wanted to let you know that I just moved my blog to WordPress! Would you check it out when you have the time?

        -Jewel
        http://www.dollnotebook.com/

        • Madison
          Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

          I just checked it out and commented, it looks AMAZING!

  5. London Webster November 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    SOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t think I can wait until Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

    • Madison
      Madison November 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      AHH THANK YOU SO MUCH LONDON! Hehe, I hope you can!

  6. Christina November 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    The man has got to be Connor’s dad….
    OR MAYBE NOT XD
    I have no idea!!!
    You are amazing but at the same time EVIL
    -Christina

    • Madison
      Madison November 20, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      MAYBE. MAYBE NOT. XD LOL! HEHE, thank you, thank you. XD

  7. AAG November 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    AHHHHHHHHH THE SUSPENSE IS SLOWLY KILLING MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! “God is a perfect dad” Man, that hit me.

    • Madison
      Madison November 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      AHHHH HEHEHE YAY! Awww <3

      • AAG November 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

        THE SUSPENSE KILLED ME *writes sign that says Maelyn 2008-2017 then dies*

        • Madison
          Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

          NOOOOOOO MAELYN YOU MUST LIIIIVE.

          • AAG November 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

            *lives again* I am aliveeeeeeeeeee! Less than 24 hours to go!

            • Madison
              Madison November 23, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

              HEHE FIVE MINUTES.

      • AAG November 21, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

        He’s gotta be Connor’s dad. Who else would it be?? Hmmmm…..

        • Madison
          Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:40 pm - Reply

          Everything shall be revealed… tomorrow… >:)

          • AAG November 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

            YEEEEEEEEE

  8. Charis Rae • charisrae.com November 20, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    AW POOR CONNOR AND ISSA. *sniff* I can’t believe the series is almost over! :O

    • Madison
      Madison November 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      AWW HEHE. Me neither! 😮 Thanks for commenting, Charis!

  9. Hannah November 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Goodness, this is so amazingly good!

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you SO much, Hannah!

  10. olivehiddenhollow November 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Ooooh, so much drama! So many tears! And the finale coming up! So awesome! *drinks in the drama*
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    p.s. I think the guy might be conner’s dad!

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      “*drinks in the drama*” 😂👌

      P.S. Ooh, good guess!

  11. justAG November 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Connor! Come baaaaaaaaaaack! (that was me falling off a cliff-hanger) XD Thanksgiving can’t come soon enough!

    ~justAG
    https://justagd.blogspot.com

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      MWAHAHAHAAAA!! Dun dun dun, I hope you can hang on ’til Thanksgiving!! XD

  12. Katie November 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW COULD YOU!!!!! *SOBS LIKE CRAZY*. YOUR KILLING ME!!! Hmmmmm, I think that’s Conner’s dad. I really need the next part, your going to leave the season with a cliffhanger aren’t you? I know you 😉
    – Katie 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      MWAAAAAHAHAHAAA! I’M SORRY, I’M SORRY, I JUST CAN’T HELP IT.

      Ah, yes, you’re right, I totally, usually would end off the season with a cliffhanger. It’s just totally something I would do, as you know. 😉 This year I’m actually surprising even myself and letting people relax and have a feeling of satisfaction at the end (instead of throwing their laptops across the room). XD

  13. Anonymous November 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Wow, so much drama! Not that I blame them. 😉
    WHO’S THE MYSTERY MAN?!?! Oh! Is it Mr. DaCosta? Hmm…
    I’m so excited for the next part!!!

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      XDDD Oooh, good guess! I guess you’ll have to wait and see… 😉 Thanks so much for commenting!

  14. Hadassah S. November 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    These are so cool! I’ve been having fun reading these 😉

    ~Hadassah <3

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you so much for reading, Hadassah! That means a lot. 😉

  15. Chloë November 20, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    MADISON, REALLY? WHY ANOTHER CLIFF HANGERRRRRRRRR *wails*

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      They’re so deeply embedded in my DNA. I can’t help it. >:)

  16. Musical Junkie November 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    THE FEELS!

  17. KaylynsWorldBlog November 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

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    ~Kaylyn

  18. Sara November 20, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is amazing, Madi. I love this, the exchange between Connor and Issa is so sweet. <3 <3
    NEXT PART PLEAAAASE. 😀
    -Sara

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you SO much, Sara! That means so much. <3 HEHE. :D

      • Sara November 25, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

        You’re SO welcome, Madi! 😀

  19. Jaclynn November 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    AWWW!!! I agree with Jewel. It’s gotta be his dad or that chauffeur!! MAYBE ITLL BE THE CHAUFFEUR TELLING THEM HIS PARENTS DIED >:) XD
    ~Jaclynn~

    • Madison
      Madison November 22, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      😱😱😱 EXTREMELY GOOD GUESS. >:) XD That made me laugh out loud so hard. XD

  20. Alyse November 21, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    It seems like it’s gonna be his dad, but I know how evil you can be, so I’m not sure who it is. XD

    • Madison
      Madison November 23, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Ah, yes, evil me. XDD Thanks for commenting, Alyse!

  21. Rebcake November 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    GASP. IT’S THE CHAFFEUR WHO DRIVES TOO FAST. IT HAS TO BE. I KNOW IT IS.

  22. Gracie November 21, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    What a sad and sweet part! He was foreshadowed? I do not remember…. hmmm……
    ~Gracie

    • Madison
      Madison November 23, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Gracie! Hehe… 😉

  23. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) November 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Eek, cliffhanger again??? I’m off to read part 10 now!!! This was so sad… don’t’ make Conner leave! 🙁

    • Madison
      Madison November 24, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      HEHE, I do love cliffhangers! Don’t worry… 😉

  24. Xyra November 25, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Just a note: kicking a cop is never a good idea. Then same reaction to previous episode…whoa!

    • Madison
      Madison November 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Haha, that made me laugh out loud! Indeed, it is not.

  25. starbulence November 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    that made me CRY!!!!!!!!! I COULD NOT HELP IT!!!

    • Madison
      Madison November 28, 2017 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Awwww, that means so much!! <3 Well--I hope you were crying because it was good, and not that you hated it!

      • starbulence December 4, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

        I L-O-V-ED IT!

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