♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE • THIRTY • NINE
THEME: doom! ????
°°°°°°°°° IDAHO °°°°°°°°
FREDERICK POV ????
“Darling -” my wife Vivian called at me when she stepped Into our luxurious living room
“What is it Vivian?”
I asked with my newspaper high up in the air.
“I think I’ll travel to Chicago” she said
I dropped the newspaper and stared at her in shock
“When?.. Why? -”
I studied her expression
Vivian hardly request to go on a vacation outside Idaho. Not that she hasn’t been out of Idaho to other states or countries..but she doesn’t fancy travelling all around the world.
She’d rather stay back at home or spend time with her friends having dinners.
“I know you’re wondering why I wanna travel to Chicago?”
I cleared my throat
“Yes..I’m not saying you can’t travel.. But I’m only disputing the fact that you chose Chicago. There are better places to go on vacation”
“I’m not going on a vacation. Or have you forgotten I said that I would consider going on one after I must have seen a grand child”
Oh yes! She always say that anytime I ask her to go on a vacation with me.
I gave her a nod
Thank Goodness we are having a grandchild soon!
“At Dinner my friends didn’t stop taking about this new clothe store in Chicago.. And some of them went to the launch. I watched it online. Darling you need to see those stunning dresses in that store! Even the designer is currently famous on National Tv,billboards…”
I listened to Vivian as rattles on about the clothe Designer and her store.
How on earth is that my concern?
She came closer and settled beside me.
She placed her iPad on her palm
Vivian clicked on the screen and played a video.
I saw a big building with a designer brand engraved at the entrance “RRC”.
It was beautiful! Whoever owns this business must be rich!
The inside was crowded
“This was the launching of the Store. It took place three days ago”
“Isn’t that Ian Bryant?”
I pointed to Jack’s son when I saw him
“Yes..he is partnering with the designer”
“Well maybe because he’s running a textile company”
“I guess so. Perla was there too”
“Yes..and some other famous people in Chicago”
Then I saw Perla talking to a group of women
“What is RRC?” I asked
It was engraved on the walls and windows and they even showed it on a dress a woman was holding
“It Means Ria Robert Couture”
“Ria Robert Couture?” I repeated
“Look at her!” Vivian screamed as she points to a lady.
She was walking up a podium
I swallowed hard
“She’s a beauty goddess!” Vivian exclaimed
I shifted uncomfortably on the couch.
I stared at the image of the Lady smiling on the phone
The name echoed in my head
She looked like someone I used to know..but I’m trying not to think she’s the one!
“This lady has been through a lot in life”
“How do you know?”
“She shared her life experience on national TV and..even In This video… listen -”
Vivian increased the volume and clicked to forward the Video
The clapping ended abruptly and the lady called Ria continued
“I used to be a blind lady with a dream of becoming a clothe designer”
My heart beats rapidly at her words
“She used to be blind”
“She was blind but she still held on To those dreams. Isn’t that wonderful?”
But I didn’t respond
My head was trying to put two and two together
This Ria Robert used to be blind but now she can see.
I know of just one Ria Robert in my entire life..she was a little blind girl.
My step brother’s child.. Didn’t know much about her though.
It can’t be that..this Ria Robert is the same Ria I got rid of years back.
“I want to meet her”
She blurted as she stare at the devise.
I heard just clapping from the crowd now.
I didn’t pay attention to what she had said..I was lost in my own thought.
And I realized that I was sweating when I placed my palm on my forehead.
“Are you okay darling?”
“Are those sweats?”
“Yes..I’m feeling hot. It must be the weather”
I stood up from the couch
“But it not sunny today?”
“I’ll just take a shower and rest”
“Okay..but can I go to Chicago?”
“I want to get dresses for myself,Bay and her mom”
“We’ll discuss it later”
“Why not now?”
“Are really going to do this to me?”
I raised my hands up to silence her
Vivian stamps her feet on The floor like a child as I motioned towards my room.
It not a good idea for her to meet Ria Robert.
If this so called clothe designer is the same Ria Robert then there is a big problem!
But it can’t be!
I remember Lucas said that he’d fun with the little girl in his car and threw her off a cliff.
Ria Robert is Dead!
But..what if Lucas had spared her life but lied to me?
No..no she’s dead!
But even if it that I can’t sit back,now that I know there’s another Ria Robert in Chicago!
And looking at her closely..she looks like Madison..Ria’s mother. And that her vibrant Aquamarine eyes look like that of my step mother’s!
I have to do something before things gets out of hand!
I need to find the truth!
Then it struck me that there was only one way to find out the truth about what happened six years ago.
DRAKE POV ????????
I sat at my desk. This time I wasn’t handling any task neither was I signing deals. I was staring at an image on my System.
The image of Ria Robert!
I met her at the BMW party and it was hard for me to take my eyes off her the moment my gaze fell on her.
She was beautiful!
And I haven’t seen any woman as beautiful as Ria Robert!
At that moment I would have made my Move but I couldn’t cause she was with Ian Bryant.
She was his date?
I searched the room for Ian as I greeted some business associates in Chicago..and all thanks to Harvey Wesley who told me where I could find Ian in the part of the crowded room but he didn’t warn me that I was going to see a beauty goddess with Ian so I won’t have drooled when I saw Ria Robert.
And at first l felt happiness within me when I introduced myself to Ria. My first impression about her was that she was a business woman who was just talking to Ian..then I thought I’d take the chance when she said Ria Robert.
Something was strange about her.
I studied her carefully.
Her smile disappeared the moment Ian introduced me properly to Ria.
Even though she’d tried to maintain equanimity…but she failed at it.
She knew who my father was..no she said that she heard about him.
She excused herself..and that was lame to me. Wanting to visit the toilet after introduction and leaving at a close run.
Was it what I said?
No I didn’t say anything.. Just my name and position.
Maybe it was the way I stared at her.
I shouldn’t have stared too much.. But I couldn’t control it.
Ria must be the type of woman who doesn’t like men staring at her and taking in her beauty.
But that’s impossible!
She was irresistible!
And her beauty was enough to cause traffic on highway!
Ian didn’t tell me much about Ria when I asked who she was
“She’s my date”
He had clarified..and he also sounded like he was warning me to back off and not get silly ideas in my head.
FLASHBACK TO BMW PARTY
“You’d have a beautiful date Ian”
“Thanks” he replied with a frown
“Come one Ian I’m not going to steal your date away”
But well I could steal Ria Robert from him if I wanted to.
Ian didn’t respond
But I didn’t attend this party to steal anyone’s date.
I came to Chicago for Business!
“Well I’m yet to get a response on the technological deal”
“40%” he said
I followed his gaze
It was on a Lady. She was dressed in a skimpy red cocktail dress. Her chest was large enough to drive any man insane except me. I hate ladies with too big boobs!
Ian came with his date but was still staring at another Lady. I wonder how Ria would feel if she saw him staring at another lady..bad I guess.
If I were Ian I would be faithful like an old dog to Ria Robert.
I wouldn’t need another woman if she was with me.
“And why are you insisting on 40%?”
“Why are you insisting on giving 25%?”
He looked back at me
“Would you have accepted 25% if you were in my shoes?”
I replied sincerely
“But you Ian Bryant can accept 25%..your industry won’t go bankrupt because of that 15%” I said
And that was true!
If Ian could give out a Million dollars for just one night..and millions to a Charity home then he could spare me that 15% too
“I don’t run my Industry -”
A soft voice interrupted Ian
I turned towards the voice and saw that lady Ian was staring at earlier. I’m sure the Lady must have noticed him staring at her..that was why she came to us.
Now I think someone is going to steal Ian from Ria Robert.
If that happens maybe I can go home with Ria..just for tonight… I’m willing to take Ian’s place.
“Valerisa Diaz” she introduced
I shook hands with her
“It’s a pleasure”
She flashed me a seductive smile before turning to face Ian who now wore a concerned look on his face.
He was distant with his gaze at the entrance
“Where is your date Ian?” She asked
“Excuse me I’ll just go ahead and find my date” he said to me
And he was almost leaving when I grabbed his upper arm
“We aren’t done talking”
“Let’s talk later”
He jerked free and walked away
“Still a bad ass” Valerisa muttered
She looked angry
Well calling him a bad ass..I sense some connection between them
“Perhaps do you know -”
“Yes we used to date”
She said before I completed my statement
She now replied with a bright smile..like she was proud to be his Ex.
Now I know!
Ian wasn’t staring at her because he liked what he saw.
“I met his date tonight and I told her about us”
Oh that’s bad!
He wasn’t happy Valerisa introduced herself to Ria Robert.
“So what about you?” She asked
“Did you come with anyone?”
“No..I’m here to meet Ian”
But now she ruined everything!
We were discussing business before she joined in. I was sure her presence made him leave. Now he didn’t agree as planned even though it seemed like he was about to give in.
She opened her purse and brought out her card
“You know – we can hook up some other time” she said with an alluring smile
I just don’t want to be rude by rejecting her card.
So I accepted it.
She wasn’t bad too but not as pretty like Ria.
She leaned in
“I’ll be expecting”
She whispered into my ear before kissing my cheek.
I managed to stiff in a laugh.
What was she thinking?
She walked away
That I would hook up with her?
Never! She isn’t my type!
Definitely far from from my ideal type of women.
I hate women making the first move.
I can always call her up to warm my bed anytime I’m in Chicago.
I waited to see if Ian would return back to the party but he didn’t.
I tossed Valerisa card into the waste bin on my way out of the room.
I concluded that i don’t need her!
I have too many problems to deal with and I don’t want anyone showing up at my parents home with a baby.
She is not my type so there is no need to hook up!
I was angry that this night didn’t turn out the way I planned it. I should have stick to my plans to enticing Ian or doing some background check on him.
A beeping sound on my desk snapped me out of thought.
It was my phone!
I looked down at it “my mom” was the caller ID
“Son how are you?”
“I’m fine – what’s wrong?”I asked when she didn’t sound like her usual self
“It’s your Dad” she sniffed
“Tell me about it”
“He won’t let me go to Chicago”
“Yes. I want to get some dresses in Chicago”
“Mom you can get them here in Idaho”
“No I want the dresses from Ria Robert Couture her designs are beautiful!. And some of my friends already visited the place while some went to the launch”
Oh! I never knew my mom was aware of RRC. I also watched the launching on YouTube after I heard my staffs talking about this new couture in Chicago. I typed RRC Launching and It turned out to be for Ria Robert. And I wished I was there at the launching of RRC but I wasn’t even aware Ria was a clothe designer until I watched some clips about her and even the interview on National TV.
“Have you heard about her too?”
“Yes and I’ve met her once”
“We met at BMW party in Chicago”
“She was at the party too?”
“Yes mom..she came with Ian Bryant”
And I didn’t get to see Ian till I left Chicago after a week.
I tried all my best to see him but it either he was in conference meeting or emergency meeting with board of directors or that he didn’t show up at work.
It was as if Ian purposely avoided me.
And he was making a big issue out of this deal.
I should have considered partnering with another company but partnering Lint corps will fetch me more money.
A whole lot of money that with increase my company fund if he agrees to 25%. The deal would be profitable if I have the 75%.
“Yes son. She’s partnering with Ian Bryant. And it seems like Ian is her backbone cause she confessed that he helped her a lot”
“Yes I know mom”
No wonder she turned up as his date!
“So mom why did dad refused to allow you go to Chicago?”
“He didn’t say anything”
“Give him time Mom. Maybe dad is thinking that he would be alone at home.. But don’t worry I’m sure he will let you go”
“You think so?”
“Yes and I will talk to him”
“Thank You son – have you talked to Bay?”
“Yes we spoke earlier this morning. She’s fine”
“I want to get a dress for her too. Isn’t that a good idea?”
“It is mom”
“Bye” i hang up
I tapped on my desk softly
Then an idea popped up in my head
The best way to get Ian to sign the deal.
Limos produces the best fabrics in USA. I can offer to supply Ria at lower prices. I can bear the cost for the time being.
I will make a deal with Ria!
If Ian sees me with her I’m sure he won’t like that.
He will feel insecure with me around Ria and he will have to sign the deal to make me stay away from Ria Robert.
Yes! Yes! It perfect!
I just need to have a perfect plan on how to reach Ria and talk to her.
I will act on it!
What goes around comes around Karma!
Always having plans!
And I think Ria would be glad to meet the Roberts.
And easy way to make them pay for Fredrick’s crime even though they are innocent!
EPISODE •••• FORTY
THEME:MY OLD FRIEND ????
°° RIA ROBERT COUTURE °°
RIA POV ????♀
I heard the soft knock on my office door
“Come in” I said to whoever was at the door.
Then Ian popped his head in
“Busy?” He asked
I dropped my pencil and stood up to meet him half way
“Good morning” I said
Ian placed a kiss on my forehead. We’ve been doing that a lot these days..i mean Ian kissing me. He kisses just my cheeks or forehead when we greet in the morning or whenever we’re about to call it a day on my porch.
“Morning.. I brought Coffee”
He raised the 2in1 coffee park in the air.
Ian made a custom that we have coffee together every mornings ever since I started working at my place.
We have our coffee before he drops me off at school.
Ben always come around to pick me when I’m done with classes cause Ian was always busy during the middays.
What I’m trying to say is that Ian has been doing all he can to make sure I’m comfortable and fine. And not go through the stress of getting a taxi.
I collected the coffee and drank it. It was refreshing!
And it tasted good
“What time are you scheduled for classes today?”
“12? I’ll be in meeting by then”
“It fine you can send Ben over”
Ian drew in a deep breathe
“Ramsey called me this morning and said that Ben tendered his resignation letter”
“I don’t know Ria..but I’ll talk to him when I get to the office…even if I will have to increase his salary”
“Do you think he wants to resign because of the payment?”
“I have no idea.. I’m only suggesting that I will increase his pay if I have to”
Well I don’t think it because of the payment. Ben’s salary is good.. Better off than the normal driving salary. And Ian do give him bonus. And sometimes I tip him whenever he drops me off at school.. Even though I always have to persuade him to accept it from me.
Now he wants to resign!
Cassidy won’t be happy because Ben won’t be coming around anymore.
They are pretty close now and Mrs Elise already sensed a connection between them.
Like Cassidy is in love with him!
Now what’s she going to do?
“I was thinking of something” Ian said
“Even if Ben wants to leave I’ll allow him..but at the same time I will ask him to teach you how to drive before he leaves finally”
“How to drive?”
“Yes..or don’t you wanna learn how drive a car?”
“I want to Ian”
“Good it will much easier for us if you can drive a car”
It a good Idea!
“I know you are busy but Saturdays and Sunday evenings will do”
“And Wednesdays too..no classes”
“Yes Ben will teach you on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I will take Sunday”
“But won’t he feel like you don’t want him to go?”
“I will pay him. Or do you wanna go to driving school instead?”
“I’m too busy Ian”
“Then Ben is our best option now”
“Talk to him about It first”
“You don’t have to worry..I’ll work on your driving license when you can drive perfectly”
“Okay. And thanks”
“So what are you up to?”
Ian sat on the couch
I went back to my desk and took the big notepad and pencil
“Making a new design?”
“Kind of -”
I settled beside him
Then he placed his hand on my shoulder.
“A wedding gown design”
I gave it to him as I soak in his scent.
“Your lecturer asked you to design a wedding gown”
“Yes..and this is my first design”
The main reason I decided to attend a fashion school!
The design I sketched on the pad was an off shouldered dress and it flowed out in a billowy wave with it veil attached to it.
“Yes” he grazed his knuckles on my cheek
“And what else do you have to do now?”
“I’ll make it look better than this when I wanna submit it. And I think we’ll have to make the sample too”
“Wedding gown classes this week I guess?”
“Yes for three weeks”
“You can do this Ria” he said
“Yes I know Ian”
“So what else are you working on aside this one?”
“Mrs Elise and Loretta are the ones working on The dresses for now. They want me to focus on school works”
“That’s right. What about the supplies?”
“They will deliver it today”
“Everything is fine?”
“Yes Ian everything is fine”
He gave the pad to me
He stood up and I did the same too
“Are you leaving?” I asked
I wanted him to stay!
He covered the inch between us
“I really want to stay too Ria..But -”
He cupped my face
“I have a lot to do at the office”
My mouth twisted as I studied his expression
Then he placed his forehead on mine.
“Thanks for understanding. I’ll give you a call”
He kissed my forehead
Ian stepped backward
He walked out of the office
My mind was spinning!
I was trying to control my whirling emotions
What is this feeling?
A voice whispered in my mind
“You’re in love with him!”
It couldn’t possibly be!
I knew I was attracted to him but not in love.
There hasn’t been enough time for that..
“But maybe you’ve fallen in love with him”
I heard the soft voice again
“In that ridiculously short time?”
I said loudly
“Short time?..it’s been months!”
It not a short time..thinking about it now…we’ve been together for months now.
Is this how it feels to be in love?
RORY THOMAS INSTITUTE
AUTHOR POV ????????
He sat in his car,holding an old picture in his hands. He compared the lady he had saw on TV.
There was no doubt that she was the same person. He just wasn’t sure if the 16 years old girl in the picture had survived six years ago. The cops confirmed her dead but they never showed her true body.
And he had searched the whole town cause he never believed she was dead! He kept searching,hoping to find a sixteen years old blind girl but he failed!
Days turned Into weeks and then Into months.
Then he had to believe it!
But it was really hard to accept that she was dead!
Ria was talking to a man at the huge steel gate of the institution!
They men in uniforms knew who she was…the latest clothe designer in Chicago.
Then she moved to the roadside to take a taxi to her shop. Ben resigned but agreed to teach Ria how to drive while Ian was busy at work.
He glanced up from the picture and saw Ria Robert trying to hail a taxi.
She was alive!
Feeling of guilt washed over him!
He should have done better!
He should have searched!
He shouldn’t have given up like that!
The 16 years old girl was now a fully grown woman.
The dimple on her right cheek was still eminent enough to prove that she was Ria Robert.
The same Blind girl that had mended his rags.
The same Ria he had helped to school whenever he was less busy at work.
Memories flooded his mind…images of how they used to play in the small garden in her family home.
Now here she was,after six years!
Would she recognize him?
No she possibly can’t because Ria was blind back then. But She identified people by their voices.
He started the car and drive closer to Ria.
He stooped the car right in front of her and rolled Down the glass.
Ria raised her brows at him while he stared at her.
Taking in her feature closely,cataloguing every changes from The 16 years old girl he used to know.
The patches on her eyes were gone,now replaced with Vibrant Aquamarine eyes. They stared back at him intensely.
Those eyes was just like the old woman’s picture he used to see in her home.
And she now looked like her mother.
A striking image of her late mother..just that her mom had a brown hair while hers was black. She got the black hair and nose from her dad.
He had promised that he would help her see the world and he had worked hard back then…and gave the tokens he had to her mother to add it to their savings for Ria surgery. But he couldn’t fulfill that promise cause he found out she was dead.
At first he didn’t know what happened cause he was out of Town until he received the call that they were dead and Ria was missing.
He wondered how she had left Idaho as blind girl and made it big in Chicago.
RIA POV ????♀
I stared back at the man in the car. He doesn’t look like a taxi driver and the car was a BMW.
Definitely not a cab!
He didn’t say anything.
He just stared at me.
I moved away from his car.
Where are the taxis in Chicago?
I heard the closing of a door.
The man was already out of his car.
He was tall and well built-in..
I knew he would be regulars at the gym center.
His hair was cut in a way that suited his face and extremely pointed nose. He was dressed in a fitting dark Jean and a blue body hogging top that showed off his tight arms and well sculpted chest. He paired it with a dark vans.
I don’t need a free Ride!
He must be insane to think that I would just go into his car like that..cause I couldn’t get a taxi.
Men have no shame!
Luckily for me a taxi stopped in front of me and I entered it without looking back at the man.
“Where ma’am?” The taxi driver asked
“RRC” I said and he looked back at me and smiled
“Ria Robert Couture” I completed
“Yes ma’am I know. And it nice to meet you in person”
He said before the car hit the road again
And I smiled back at him
“Perhaps ma’am can I get an autograph for my daughter?”
He said seconds later
“She want to be a clothe designer like you”
“How old is she?”
“She’s just 7 years old. She actually watched your interview on national TV where you had shared your success story..so then she decided that she want to be a clothe designer too”
I brought out a large paper and pen from my bag.
I don’t have an autograph so I just wrote down my name and signed on the paper.
Then I gave it to him.
“I’d like to meet your daughter Mr -”
I waited for him to tell me his name
“Mr Maureen just bring her to RRC with this note”
“Oh thanks Ma’am”
He collected it from me
“I’m always less busy on Saturdays”
My phone buzzed. I took it out of my bag. It was Ian!
“I’m coming to pick you up”
“No you don’t have to Ian I’m in taxi now”
He was silent
“Since Ben resigned and I figured you’d be busy at work so I took the taxi. I’m on my way to the shop now”
Ian called me around 10 that he wasn’t able to convince Ben to stay but he had asked him to teach me how to drive before leaving finally. Ben told Ian he wants to stop working as a driver.
“Believe Ian I’m in the taxi”
“I believe you. See you at the shop”
“All right” I hang up
“Excuse me ma’am”
“Yes Mr Maureen”
“Do you know the owner of that car behind us? I noticed it being following us”
I looked back and saw the same car from earlier.
What does he want from me?!
“I don’t know whoever own that car”
“Should I call the cops?”
Now don’t tell me I’m being stalked by some weird guy!
I wanted to say yes but part of me wanted to know who that guy was.
He can’t be following me like that!
“No don’t call the cops”
Mr Maureen pulled off from the road and cornered into a quiet Street.
“Don’t worry we’ll still hit the highway. Let’s see if the car will come after us Ma’am”
At least I was in safe hands!
But then I looked back and saw the car now making the same turn.
Who is this man?!
“Mr Maureen stop the car”
I’m not going to allow him come after him like we are on a chase. It better I face him!
“Are you sure Ma’am?”
“Yes please” he stopped the car.
And the other car stopped too and the man came out.
I got out of car
I was ready to lash out harsh words at him!
“Who are you?! A stalker?”
I screamed at him
He didn’t respond
“If you don’t have better things to do other than stalking women with your car then you might as well find a better job!”
He stared at me
His Adams apple bobbling up and down his throat
This is so annoying!
He’s good at just staring!
“You know what – you should consider a staring competition”
I hissed and turned back to the taxi
“Ria” he called
I heard his voice
I was three steps away from him.
My heart beats rapidly as I tried to trackback where I’d heard that voice.
It was familiar in my ears!
Like a voice I was used to hearing everyday!
It couldn’t possibly be!
I turned to face him.
“You’re Ria Robert”
He took one step forward
“The child of Mr Nathan and Mrs Madison Robert”
He took another step
My mouth opened slightly
He knew my parents names!
“Am I right?” He asked
There was only one person with this voice…
Is this really him?
When I was blind I recognized my parents and Friend with my sense of touch and hearing their voices. And I was very familiar with three voices..my dad,mom and a Friend named Ethan..the only friend I had back then.
And now this man’s voice sounded like Ethan’s and he knows my parents names!
What if he is Ethan?
“I used to know a blind girl named Ria Robert and she used to help me mend my torn clothes. But I don’t know if I’m mistaken now or if I’m right..that the owner of RRC is the same Ria Robert I used to know”
He paused and drew a deep breathe
“Please just tell me if I’m Right”
This man Ethan!
No doubt about it! With everything he just said!
And a smile formed on his face.
Of My God! I can’t believe this is happening now!
“Are you Ethan Dantes?”
“Yes I’m Ethan Dantes”
Then without wasting time..like in slow motion I went to him and hugged him.
My eyes became blurry
“Ria..it me” he said
I was so happy to see him!
Extremely a glad to see someone who knew things about me.
Another companion who encouraged and stood by me when I was blind.
Ethan was my childhood friend even If he was older than me.
My mom met him when I was 6. She took me to the store that day and Ethan had offered to help her carry her load so she could hold me properly. Then Ethan was 10.
He followed us home and ever since then Ethan was always coming to help my mom buy materials from the store..and practically Ethan ran errands from my mom. He did things I wasn’t able to do for my parents
My parents loved him…most especially my dad.
I came out of the embrace and stared at him.
“I’m sorry Ria”
“Sorry about what?”
I noticed the drop of tear on his right cheek
“We need to talk Ria. I want to know how you survived”
“Yes there’s a lot of Talking to do”
He wiped the tear with his fingertips
“Can we do that now?”
I looked around
“We can go somewhere else”
“Okay..I’ll just get my bag from the taxi”
I walked to the taxi
“Is everything okay Ma’am?”
“Yes Mr Maureen. He’s an old friend”
I took out some notes from my purse and gave it to him
“Thank You Mr Maureen and I will be expecting you at RRC”
He drove away and I walked back to Ethan.
Meeting Ethan again was the answers to my prayers!
I needed someone who was in Idaho around the time my parents died. Ethan must know what happened after the cops came around that night!
He will give me answers to the missing puzzles!
And there was only one thing I was more concerned about which was where my parents were laid to rest.
My Old Friend ????
I remember you would tell me things you never shared with anyone because you know I’ve seen…”
♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •• FORTY •• ONE
THEME:SHE’S ALIVE! ????
♦ IDAHO CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION ♦
AUTHOR POV ????????
The prison Warder came to a cell filled with six male inmates.
“Who is Dane Kelly?” He asked
The man named Dane Kelly looked at the warder but he didn’t respond. It being long since someone called him by that name.
“Dane Kelly” was his biological name before he changed it after joining MML gang.
“Hey man..aren’t you Dane Kelly?”
An inmate pointed at him
“Okay..Who Is speedy?” The warder asked again then he came down from his bunk and went to the steel cell gate.
“What is it?” He asked the Warder
“Someone is here to see you”
“You’re joking right?”
An inmate said to the warder
The warder nodded
“He’s got no family”
An inmate commented
“Yes cause I’m a prodigal son but I never returned home”
Speedy said and they all laughed.
The warder unlocked the cell
“Hey speedy maybe the old man is ready to get you out of here”
Another inmate said to him
The warder placed am handcuff on his wrist
“It better be him cause I’ve waited for too long. And I’m running out of patience”
He said to them
“And you can as well tell him to drop some cash before leaving”
The same inmate said to him before the warder took speedy away.
He saw Frederick Robert when he got to the waiting section, he came with a bodyguard.
Speedy settled in the chair facing him directly.
“You’ve finally come to take me out yif this hell”
Speedy said with a bright smile
“Look speedy I’m still working on it” Frederick replied
And speedy smile disappeared almost immediately.
He placed his locked hands in the table and leaned forward.
“Six years Robert and you’re still working on getting me out of this place” he gritted
“It not easy Speedy” He said
Then speedy realized Frederick hasn’t been working on getting him out of the prison.
He should have believed what his mind had been telling him..for six years now.
The moment the judge sentenced him to Life Imprisonment and also when they rejected his appeal in court. He should have accepted his fate that day. But instead he had threatened to expose Fredrick’s deep secrets.
Frederick had assured speedy that he would get him out of prison even if it meant for him to frame his death and fly him out of his country..but none of that happened. It was easier said than done.
Six years in prison and Frederick was still yet to frame his death and fly him out of the country. The old fool didn’t even come to check him since four years now. He has only been sending money anytime speedy calls from prison.
Frederick should have gotten rid of him a long time ago cause he was the only one alive among the MML gang who knew Fredrick’s secret but he didn’t want to get his hands stained again. He gave up killing people after he killed his step brother and his family.
And he was still thankful that he had spared Speedy life because he was the one that can tell him the truth about Ria.
“You’ve been sentenced” Frederick blurted
He saw no reason to lie to speedy.
Speedy nodded slowly. He tried to control his fury as he wished he could kill Frederick that moment and just end everything.
“So why are you here?”
Frederick leaned in closely
“I want you to tell me the truth about what happened six year ago” he whispered
“From what I remember – you ordered us to kill your brother and his family”
Speedy said loudly
“Keep your voice down”
Frederick muttered and showed Speedy the bundle of dollars in his suit pocket.
He knew that was the only language speedy understands.
And Frederick was ready to give him note as long as speedy was ready to tell the truth.
“I will give you this money if you answer my questions truthfully”
“And you want me to believe you?” Speedy flashed him a wicked grin.
Frederick removed the money and passed it under the table. Speedy looked around before feeling the notes.
“If you want the truth then slid the money into my boot”
Frederick gestured to his bodyguard to fix the money in his boot And he did it.
Speedy stamps his feet on the floor.
“Good.. now what truth do you want Robert?”
He didn’t ask about his brother or the wife…he knew they were long dead because he was the that arranged for their burials.
“That blind child -”
“My step brother’s child?”
Speedy cocked his brows
“You mean Ria?”
“Yes..tell me did Lucas get rid of the girl that night?”
Speedy shifted uncomfortably in his chair and remained silent.
He swore to Lucas he’d never tell Frederick that he didn’t kill Ria that night.
And he wasn’t going to betray Lucas even If he was dead.
“Yes Frederick. Though he didn’t kill her at their home cause we heard the sirens. We took her with us and Lucas had fun with her in the car. She died in his
hands cause Lucas went too deep with her..then he threw her body off a cliff”
He repeated the same words Lucas told Frederick.
And he knew Speedy wasn’t telling him truth.
“Why are you asking about Ria?”
Speedy asked and hoped Frederick would buy his false story.
“Ria Robert in Chicago” he responded
Then Frederick collected a Brown envelope from his bodyguard and passed it to speedy.
“That’s impossible. Ria Robert is dead” he insisted
He knew Ria won’t survive after Lucas died. It either she had committed suicide after she heard the news of Lucas death or she had died in the fire when the police burnt down Lucas’s den.
No it can’t be that..cause they found no one in the den.
He took out the content in the envelope.
They were pictures of Ria.
It took him extra effort to keep his jaw from dropping.
Ria was alive!
The little blind girl was now a grown up.
A beautiful woman!
And the most surprising aspect was that she could see!
But Speedy wasn’t ready to admit to Frederick that the Lady could be the same blind girl he Knew six years ago.
“Did she resurrect from the dead?”
He asked Frederick
His question was beginning to annoy Frederick.
“This is not Ria Robert. The one I know was blind and she dead six years ago”
Frederick balled his fist under the table.
He thought of paying some officials in prison to torture Speedy until he tells the truth..but he decided against it. Doing that will expose his secret.
“She is the same Ria Robert”
He was 100% sure.
“Can she sew?” Speedy asked
“This Lady is now the latest Clothe designer in Chicago”
Speedy could hardly believe it!
He was aware that Ria liked sewing! And she had even amended some of the workers clothes In The den.
Lucas didn’t allow her at first because he was afraid that she’d try to kill herself with a needle but Ria promised him that she won’t try to do it. Then he allowed her after the promise only when Andrea was around to watch her.
“The lady said it on Tv that she used to be blind before she had her eyes surgery done. And there’s no doubt that she is Ria Robert. So tell me did Lucas kill Ria 6years ago?”
He was silent
And his silence was killing Frederick.
But he was willing to be patient with Speedy.
“It could be the same Ria”
It was pointless telling Robert that Ria was dead. And he figured Robert won’t leave until he tells him the truth.
He said after a long pause.
“The truth is that.. Lucas didn’t kill Ria that year”
And Fredrick’s heart skipped beats.
“He liked her almost immediately and he wanted to take her right there until we heard the sirens. Lucas didn’t allow anymore to pull the trigger at her. So we took her with us. Ria was in our den when you came that night”
“Why didn’t he kill her?”
“I just told you the reason Ria liked her. Lucas liked her”
“So what did he do to her In The Den”
Then Speedy explained everything to Frederick.
“Look at this -”
He showed Frederick his missing right index finger
“Lucas chopped it off when he found out I tried to force myself on Ria. He was in love with her but he couldn’t confess it to her because of the type of man he was..stone hearted and stubborn. And Ria never gave herself to him willing..he forced himself on her every time..and tried to teach her how to bend to his will. Practically Ria was Lucas sex machine or pet cause he went to her anytime he wanted to pleasure himself”
He drew in a deep breathe
“I’m still amused that she survived and she’s doing fine now. To be honest Robert, she really suffered in Lucas’s hands”
“How Long did she stay in the den?”
“About 8 months – Along the line Lucas became desperate to have a child with her. He never used protection cause he felt safe since he was the one who took her virginity”
“So did she get pregnant during those times?”
“Yes but she had a miscarriage..that was before I tried to force myself on her ..about a month before”
“Did she know?”
“Ria wasn’t aware that she was pregnant..no one knew about it until the day Lucas came to her to pleasure himself..Ria refused him again and then He beat her up like he used to and punched the baby out. He didn’t realized it until her maid told him that Ria was bleeding. It was a bloody scene. It was the doctor that told him that she had a miscarriage. Lucas felt remorseful that day but that didn’t stop him from going back to her. We went for an operation and someone blew our cover, And the cops killed Lucas and two others… that’s all I know,I don’t know how she made it out of Den”
And they lapsed into silence for seconds.
He sat there staring at Ria’s pictures. And as he admired her! Feelings of guilt washed over him!
He recalled that day he tried to force himself on Ria and what she went through the day he lied to Lucas that She tried to seduce him so he could get her out of the den. He did that to defend himself. He never knew a trusted worker heard everything he did in Lucas’s room.
The worker was disturbed whenever she was asked to give food to Ria and Andrea. She confessed to Lucas when she couldn’t bear it alone.
“Can I keep one of these pictures?” He asked Frederick
He snatched the pictures from Speedy and gave it back to his bodyguard.
“I think I need to ask for her forgiveness. And I’d be glad to meet her if I wasn’t in jail”
“Don’t even think about it..with what you did to her. You think Ria will ever want to see you?”
“I know she won’t want to see me but.. what about you?. Robert think of what Ria would do to you if she finds you. Ria was aware that you sent us. So Robert prepare yourself, you’ll be joining me in here… soon. Because I know Ria won’t sit back and watch you. She will get revenge on You for killing her parents”
“That won’t happen speedy”
He replied confidently
He was sure of himself.
Everything Speedy told him was enough to bring Ria down even before she thinks of getting back at him.
Being a sex machine to an ardent criminal is enough to bring her down. He will act on It and reveal her secret to the world.
She would feel humiliated and too weak to get back at him and she would end up giving up the fight.
But before that Frederick decide that he has to destroy her relationship with the Bryant.
If they find out what he did they would help her bring him down now matter what.
They have the strong connections to dig up the truth which he had buried.
He did a good job at covering up his crimes.
“Ask for her forgiveness and turn yourself In To the police. And don’t try to destroy or get rid of her again cause She went through hell six years ago. She deserve everything she has now”
He said to Frederick finally
“Thanks for the advice”
Frederick said with a croaked smile
He stood up
It high time to silence speedy.
The warder took him away.
“Get rid of him”
He said to his bodyguard when they got to his car.
Frederick knew speedy would be that thankful to him for helping him end his life quickly instead of serving life imprisonment.
Speedy would be out of the picture soon. Then He would have only Ria to deal with.
BACK IN THE CELL
The warder unlocked the handcuff and speedy walked Into the cell.
“Hey man was it that old man?”
An inmate asked
“Yes and that old fool has been lying to me all this time”
“Rich people are bastards!”
An inmate snorted
“He’s coming to join us very soon”
“Deep secrets right?”
An inmate asked
“I’ve always known that the rich are the real criminals”
The inmate replied
“Not all. And I’m sure this one – nemesis will catch up with him soon”
Speedy chuckled as he removed the dollars from his boot.
“Did he give you all of that?”
“Yes in change for truth”
“You will find out in the news soon… soon Inmates”
He shared the money and gave it out to them
“What goes around comes around KARMA!..”
The evil men do is always after them…coming back at them..to hunt them down.
Hmm speedy doesn’t know his days has been numbered on earth????♀
Now do you really think Frederick will succeed in killing Speedy?????????
I know you will say he deserves to die but I think he might be of help in this Case! A big help to Ria!
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