When Tom was twenty five his parents moved to Nevada.
They would take a mortgage on the house, to give them a stake. When Tom paid off the mortgage, the house would be his.
This was all done in a lawyer’s office to avoid arguments or questions, or need to travel back and forth.
This was not a shock or surprise to Tom. He had never been close to his family. He knew it was due to his link with Maya.
He never spoke about his feelings, they never spoke about their reasons.
Once his family was gone, (his sister having married and moved to Nevada years ago) Tom summed up the courage to find out what happened to Maya.