♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •• FIFTY •• SEVEN
THEME: THE CHASE
°°°°° Three Days Later °°°°°
♦ Ria’s Apartment ♦
IAN POV ????
I woke up from a deep,wonderful sleep to the rays of sunlight in the room,with Ria by my side. I never looked away from Ria each morning I wake up to see her by my side. We were alone in her home. The kids moved to Mrs Elise home two days ago.
We haven’t heard anything about Frederick but the police are on the look out for him.
Ria and I lived like a married couple. Having a quick kiss before getting out of bed,taking coffee and breakfast together and then
Driving to her store.
I didn’t want it to end.
I felt each breathe she took, her heart beating against my side with her hand laying on my chest.
I haven’t had a good sleep in a while now but two nights with Ria laying next to me gave me a good one.
It struck me right then that finding Ria had brought me something I hadn’t had with other women.
Peace, and I felt the sense of completeness.
And it was all because of Ria.
It was simple and remarkable.
Even though I haven’t had her yet..but Ria’s way of touching me gave me life.
She sighed softly and settled again.
Ria was the first woman who could make me smile,she could make me feel lonelier that I ever thought if she left.
The reason why I can’t live without her and why I love her so much.
She looked lovely as she lay next to me.
I pressed a kiss in her hair and I felt her stir in my embrace.
“You awake?” She asked in a whisper
She shifted,moving slightly from me to raise herself on elbow an look at me.
“I didn’t think you were awake” I said
I touched her cheeks with the tips of my fingers
“Good morning Hun” I said
I slipped my hand to the nape of her neck and laced my fingers in her hair. I pulled her gently down to me, found her lips and kissed her with as much need as passion.
“Ian -” she muttered
I kissed her again to keep her words at bay. I trailed my touch along her cheeks.
I caressed her cheeks with my thumb.
I felt her heat mixing with mine. My tongue darted out to touch her lips. I didn’t allow myself to think about anything except kissing her and this time I was doing it thoroughly. There was fire all around a need that came out of nowhere.
I wanted her badly.
I left her lips,with kisses trailing to her throat to a sensitive hollow by her ear. My hand lowered between her thighs to push her legs higher. I felt Ria trembled
“Ian no -”
She pushed at my shoulder gently. And that stopped me.
“Please..no…no” she whispered unsteadily.
And I drew back to look into her eyes.
“Please…I can’t” she took a shuddering breathe.
Then I saw it again..that fear.
I sat up on the bed and stared at her.
I couldn’t hurt her,not in anyway.
A tear slid down her cheek
No i didn’t want that!
I didn’t want her to cry!
I understand that she was still getting over what Lucas did to her.
Damn it! Why didn’t I remember it before!
I wanted her but I totally forget what she was trying to deal with..her body.
I didn’t want her to apologize either!
It was my fault, I started it.
I moved closer to her and pulled her into my arms. She was trembling.
“No.. don’t be please -” I murmured
“I’m sorry” I breathe
I held her tightly
She clung to me as i whispered soothing words into her ear.
RIA POV ????♀
“Ma’am do you want to drop by at the mall?”
He sat next to Bert in the front seat.
Bert was driving.
“No..to the store please”
The time was 6:00pm
I just finished classes at the institution. I had planned to call at the mall on my way back home but I changed my mind. I was tired.
My phone buzzed. A message from Ian.
“Are you done with classes now? I’m on my way to the store”
Ian was at the Factory. His friend Harvey Wesley was helping him with a new construction.
“Yes..heading to the store too. How are you?”
I sent it back to him
Ian and I lived like a newly wedded married couple even if we are not.
We are good together!
We argued at some point cause Ian always want to help with the dishes and cleaning the house and also doing the laundry.
I didn’t want him to do anything.
He was getting better now no more lump on his head..just his wrist.. Still a bit swollen.
Mrs Perla was happy that I offered to take care of him personally and she insisted that he shouldn’t show up at work. He had to go to factory cause today was the meeting with Harvey.
“I’m not fine” he replied
I became worried and was about calling him when my phone buzzed again
“I miss you”
A smile formed my lips
“I miss you too. I’ll be at the store soon”
“Okay.. I love you”
“I love you too” I sent it back to him.
I felt really bad for what I did to him this morning. He didn’t make any advances,No pressure about sex from Ian since he moved in. I had expected him to crawl his hands into my dress in the middle of the night like Lucas would do but he didn’t. We never even talked about having sex. But still..I couldn’t bring myself to give in this morning.
Though his touch was gentle but at that moment he slid his hands between my legs – it came back..mental pictures from Lucas den crashed over me in seconds and I couldn’t bear it. My cries,pleads and the pains they were too much for me to Bear and it made me stop Ian. I wasn’t ready for it.
I have to work on myself and get over those fears. I should let go of my past even if I can’t forget it all.
Mrs Elise words echoed in my head.
“It time to let go of the past”
I told her about it and she suggested that I see a psychologist who can help me get over those fears.
I won’t be seeing any psychologist. I don’t want to share that aspect of my life with anyone again.
Ian said that he was willing to wait till I was ready.
But I can’t keep him waiting for too long..it has too be soon.
And I think everything Ian has done for me is enough reason to convince me that he was so different from Lucas. I believe our love – the true love I have for him will take away those fears with time.
AUTHOR POV ????????
Ria noticed Brian whispering and exchanging glances with Bert. She didn’t know what they were discussing but it bothered her.
Brian looked up into the rear mirror and he saw the red car that had been following them from the institution.
Brian brought out a gun from the car safe and loaded it with bullets.
Ria was confused
“Brian why are you with a gun -”
“We’re being followed ma’am”
“Followed?” She repeated
Bert connected with Chad on phone to inform him about the situation.
She looked around
She asked again
Ria shifted uncomfortably in her seat.
Bert sped up
“Don’t worry we’ve gat you covered Miss Ria” Brian said
She was scared and his words wasn’t comforting her.
Then it was like a fast motion something hit the car behind. Ria screamed when she heard the sound of gunshots in the air.
“Get down!” Brian barked
And she did as he ordered.
Her heart beats rapidly
His name echoing in her head.
He had come for her.
The red car hit their car again from the side, flinging Ria against the car door.
She yelped in pain
“Step on it Bert!”
He stepped on the gas petal to increase the speed.
“You can do better”
Brian pressed a button and the top of the car opened.
Another shot hit the glass. Ria screamed again as shattered glasses cut through her skin. She felt the blood tickling down her upper arm. The pain was sharp.
Brian fired at them bringing down the main shooter in the red car
“Damn it” Bert muttered
He saw an oncoming truck heading straight at them.
“Fuck!” Brian fell back in the car. He was bleeding from his shoulder.
“Brian!” Bert screamed
“Don’t worry I’m fine.. Keep going”
He tried to maneuver to the other side of the road but they were trapped.
Breathing heavily Ria reached for Brian.
“Brian..I’m so sorry”
“I’ll be fine” he groaned in pain.
She didn’t want this to happen. This was the reason why she didn’t want a bodyguard.
She saw the truck and the cars next to them. Suddenly Bert let out a loud cry as he held his neck still trying to control the wheel.
“Oh no..no” she sobbed
He pressed the brake sharply and the car stopped.
A man in black outfit and mask came out of the red car.
“Let go of me!” She kicked at her captor when he opened the door and grabbed her.
Bert was unconscious while Brian lazily reached for his gun that fell in the car.
“Come on my lady” the deep voice said.
“No!!” She screamed when another fired at Brian. It was chaos
They heard the distant sirens
“Lyet go!” The man barked at his men as he carried Ria into the limousine that came around.
The glasses was tinted
“Somebody help!” She screamed
“Keep it down!”
He did his best not to hit Ria to make her stay quiet. He had been given the order not to hurt her but bring her alive.
“Let me go monster!” She clawed his face with her nails and he screamed in pain. She opened the door in motion but he was quick to hold her.
He tightened his hold on her and placed a white handkerchief on her nose.
Ria fought him as she inhaled it. Sound of sirens reached her ears.
They won’t know she was in this car with the tinted glasses..no one will suspect it.
She knew her end has come
Frederick was going to put an end to everything today. She thought of Ian,Elise and her kids and everything. How she had struggled in life,what she went through because of him.
That was the last thing she thought before she blacked out.
Somebody help Ria?! ????
Frederick your time is up ????
♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •• FIFTY •• EIGHT
THEME:GIVING UP ????♀
AUTHOR POV ????????
The man in black walked into the small sized house with Ria in his hands.
“Here she is Boss” Ria’s captor said
The man referred to as Boss stood up from the couch and went to him. A smile formed on his lips when he saw Ria. She laid unconscious in her captor’s hands.
He knew that he shouldn’t be happy at the sight of her but he couldn’t help it.
He found himself smiling and caressing her cheeks with his knuckles.
His gaze dropped to her upper arm. A white handkerchief was tied on it. It was bloody.
Then he turned serious.
“What did you do to her?”
“She wouldn’t stop fighting me so i made her inhale some stuff”
He gestured to the handkerchief.
He collected Ria from him and placed her gently on the couch.
“I’m not talking about her being unconscious! Didn’t you see the wound?”
“Boss I saw it and that was why I tied that stuff on it”
He looked up at him
“I don’t know too much but I guess it from the shattered glasses of her car”
“I told you to be careful” he gritted
He hated the fact that she was hurt.
“You better pray that nothing happens to her or else I will end your life. Now get me a Nurse!” He snarled
The man rushed out of the house.
He went back to Ria and gathered her up in his arms again and carried her to the bedroom
He smiled.. Finally
He had her for himself.
He watched her sleep,her chest rising and falling gently.
She looked beautiful even in her sleep.
He was tempted to kiss her in that unconscious state or even do more than just kissing her. Ever since he met her,he had imagined them sleeping naked in bed, with Ria drawing circles on his chest begging for his touch.
He could bring his imagination to reality now.. By just taking her.
Then he leaned In to kiss her lips.
No it shouldn’t be!
He couldn’t hurt her! And it isn’t right for him to take a woman against her will.
He drew back from Ria and moved away from the bed.
He would wait for her to regain unconscious. There was a lot of talking to do. He needed to know the truth. He pulled the blanket over her body and waited patiently for the Nurse.
RIA ROBERT COUTURE
And ever since Ian received the call from Chad that Ria was being followed by some unknown men and now she was missing,he couldn’t stay calm.
Ian was already at RRC when Chad’s call came in.
Chad rushed into RRC.
Brian was shot on his shoulder while Bert was still unconscious.
Earlier on the chase, Bert wasn’t shot with a real bullet but a drowsy bullet that would make him sleep for couple of hours. Brian was shot with a real one but the second one fired at him when he tried to shot back at those men was the drowsy bullet. Ria didn’t know about it.
The one who sent them told the men that they shouldn’t kill anyone in the course of abducting Ria. But they only fired at Brian because he fired their main shooter on his shoulder too.
Though it was very easy for them to hit Brian straight in the head but they didn’t want to go against the boss orders. He doesn’t want anyone’s blood because he wanted Ria.
“Did anyone call you?” chad asked Ian
“No… and she isn’t picking up her calls either”
He was angry
And he was mad that he had failed Ria. Ian regretted not listening to his mom’s advice of hiring 5-6 bodyguard to safeguard Ria.
“I found it in her car” chad brought out Ria’s phone which he had taken from her car.
He gave to him. The screen was broken.
“Did you find anything else?”
“Yes her bag is in my car ”
“What about her abductor?”
“I’m sorry Ian we lost them” Chad replied
“What?!..what are you talking about?! You couldn’t catch just one culprit? He snarled
“I’m sorry” Chad apologized
Ian relaxed a bit
“So what are you doing now?”
“Derrick is with the search team now. We are going to find her”
“You better find her”
He pointed at Chad
“If anything happens to Ria,I won’t spare you”
Actually, he won’t spare whoever abducted Ria.
“Don’t worry we’ll find her” Chad assured him
He couldn’t sit back and wait for them to bring him news about Ria.
“I’m coming with you” he said
“No Ian..it’s not advisable for you to work with us..you have to stay safe for Ria”
“I can’t -”
A beeping sound from his phone interrupted him.
It was his mom!
He had called her immediately Chad broke the news of Ria’s disappearance.
“I’ll take my leave now” Chad said
“Can I come with you to get Miss Ria bag?” Elise asked
They walked out of the store to Chad’s car.
“Please make sure he doesn’t leave the store”
He said after handing Ria’s bag to Elise.
She nodded slowly
But she knew deep down in her mind that she wouldn’t be able to stop Ian if he decides to leave and find Ria himself.
He told his mom the situation of things. And she was worried about Ria.
“What will you do now?”
“I will try to call Frederick again”
“Don’t worry she will be fine. And please call me if you have any news okay?”
He hang up
He had been trying the line Frederick used in calling him the other day but it was switched off.
Ian knew all this was Frederick’s doing.
Ian swore that He won’t spare Frederick.
And he would never forgive himself if anything bad happens to Ria.
Tears stings at the corner of his eyes at the thought of losing Ria and not seeing her again.
He wouldn’t wait till the cops bring him news that she was dead!
He passed Ria’s phone to Elise.
“Please take care of things around here – I will be right back”
“Mr Ian -”
Elise called at him but he was already out of the store before she could say anything.
Ian wondered about Ethan too. He couldn’t reach him too. Ian wasn’t sure if Ethan was aware that Ria was missing if not he would have come to the store.
Where could He be?
Perhaps is he searching for Ria too?..alone.
He had no idea of where to look for Ria but all he did was pray over and over again for Ria’s safety.
“How could you?! -” He threw the glass across the room.
“I’m sorry Sir” Biggy apologized
“Sorry?! Sorry for losing her?! Now someone has her! And you were so foolish that you didn’t even follow her abductor!” Frederick yelled at him
Fury crashed over him. He clenched his fists.
He sent Biggy and two other men to kidnap Ria without leaving a trace. He ordered them to bring her alive at all cost.
He had hoped to see her and end her life once and for all.
But things didn’t work out as planned. Biggy came with the sad news that someone took Ria away.
Biggy had followed after Ria’s car the Moment she was leaving the store to the institution..same thing with the other gang. The one who took Ria in the end was quick to notice Biggy. And it didn’t take him much time to figure Biggy’s purpose of following Ria. And he was also smart enough to change his plans. He Informed his men in the other car to distract Biggy from Reaching Ria. And somehow they distracted Biggy, his car was far behind when they took Ria.
Then Biggy realized that he lost Ria and came back to Frederick to tell him about it.
“Pardon me Sir”
Frederick gulped down a glass of whiskey
“Find her! And make sure you bring her to me alive!”
He wondered who wanted Ria too. He thought deeply but nothing occurred to him.
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RIA POV ????????
A pounding Pain from my arm woke me up. I observed my surrounding through my blurred vision from waking up.
“Where was I?”
I was in a large Room,laying in a king sized bed. I felt exposed and I looked under the cover only to find out that I was nearly naked beneath the covers. I was on my Bra and panties.
“Who undressed me? What happened to me?”
I tried to sit up on bed but the pain held me down..My gaze fell on my arm. There was a bandage wrapped around my arm.
“How did I get here?”
I closed my eyes memories flooding my Mind – the attack,a man carried me into a car,I tried to get out and ten he stopped me and he covered my nose. I became drowsy immediately as I thought of Ian and my family and it ended.
A door opened and closed slightly.
“Are you up?” My eyes opened when I heard the raspy voice.
I gasped when I saw who it was.
Drake Robert was there!
He was dressed in a short. His chest was bare and his hair wet.
He came closer
I held the sheet tightly to my body.
And I didn’t want to believe what was going on in my head.
I woke up naked in bed and he was coming from the shower.
My heart beat accelerated.
“Don’t..don’t come closer…”
He stopped and raise an eyebrow.
Ignoring the pain from my arm,I managed to sit up still holding the sheet around me body.
I cursed under my breathe at the pain.
“Careful -” he muttered
Anger welled up within me
“Don’t tell me to be careful!”
I yelled at him
A tear slid down my cheek in the process
Drake stared at me in shock
“What..what..did..you do… to me?”
And I was annoyed because I couldn’t get out of bed to hit him.
I was naked and I couldn’t risk getting out of bed just to hit him without the sheet falling off my body.
And how much had he seen?
No! don’t let it be that –
“Ria what do you think? Waking up naked in my bed”
He pointed at me
I cringed at his words
“I’m close to being naked too and just coming from the shower..what does it mean?”
I couldn’t utter a word
“You are not a kid Ria -” he snorted
“I know Ian would have had the best of it..and I also wanted to taste a beautiful woman too” he laughed
I couldn’t believe his words but I heard myself saying to him
I clenched my fist
“Ria we had sex” he spat
I closed my eyes
My heart broke into pieces
I was weak beyond words. And I couldn’t do anything but stare Into space.
Tears dropped and I couldn’t control them
He did it.
I wouldn’t have slept with him if I was conscious. He took advantage of the fact that I was unconscious.
“Come on Ria.. It’s not a big deal. I’m sure you are used to having men in your life. Mostly those who can’t seemed to control that strong desire to get you in bed..I’m one of them. You know ever since I met you I couldn’t stop imagining stuffs like this.. And I’m glad I got what I wanted -”
He forced himself on me.
Another Lucas in my life.
I never thought of it that Drake was the real abductor – i had my mind on Frederick.
How could he do this to me?
Didn’t he read the news?
We are cousins!
“Well I abducted you to get back at Ian for cancelling the deal. He breached our agreement.. You know I would have filed a lawsuit against him but I couldn’t. It was pointless cause i know I may not be able to win him in court so decide to come for you. And I just thought of getting something from Ian..just one thing that will make Ian troubled. You”
“And..you have no… idea what.. you’ve done” I whispered
“Tell me what I don’t know”
“You don’t know?”
He was silent
“I don’t know”
I swallowed hard
I nodded slowly.
“All my Life I wanted just one thing – Happiness. I was happy when my parents were alive… despite being blind it never really bothered me… because I was happy and I had the best parents In the world. And never for once… did they ever complain or… say that I was simply a burden to them”
I wiped my tears
“But it was just so sad that I lost my happiness the very day my parents died. Do you know what it means to lose a loved one? Or to watch you loved one die right in front of you and because of you and you couldn’t for anything?”
He didn’t respond
“No you don’t.. My eyes were gone and I was alone. And each time I tried to be happy..but then my past keeps standing in the way. It reminded me of so many things today. It was horrible. A Past filled with pain,guilt,sorrow and sadness and it also left me with a scar. A fear..the greatest fear which I’m still trying to overcome and i wanna forget everything”
I looked at him
“And everything you and your father ever did was cause me pain…too much pain. Frederick Robert was the architect of my horrible past -”
He looked stricken
“What do you mean?” He said with a serious face..but I couldn’t tell that he knew what I was talking about or he just wanted me to keep talking.
“Don’t act like you haven’t read the news or that you don’t know who your Father is -”
I glare at him
He was silent
“Take me back home” I whispered
“What did he do to you?..Tell me the truth”
“He killed my parents”
Our gaze met and no one Looked away.
“You’re joking right?”
“No…And I keep wondering why he had to go to such extent of killing my parents because he wanted my dad’s inheritance”
“No..” He covered the steps from where he stood to the bed.
I moved away from him
“I’m not going to hurt you okay?”
He said innocently
Bastard! Acting all innocent after he raped me.
“Don’t touch me -” I gritted
There was nothing I could do to him. Even though I felt dirty at the moment The deed was already done.
He had his way with me!
“Okay..I won’t touch you but I need you tell me everything”
“Find out from the news.. You can call someone in Idaho to confirm it”
I didn’t want to talk about it with him!
“Frederick Robert is a Murderer” I blurted
He stood up from the bed.
“I want to believe you and everything I saw on the news.. But I can’t”
Oh! So he read the News!
“You saw the news..so why didn’t…you put wings together to figure that we are cousins -” My voice broke
The tears Flowed again
“..before you raped me”
I swear I will put him and his father in jail for many things if at all I make it out of this place.
“Believed it..your dad killed parents!”
He shook his head and laughed out loudly
I noticed the tear that strayed down his cheeks.
“Unbelievable! I won’t believe you”
He went to the drawer and picked up his phone.
“Dad..it me Drake”
He was calling his Dad!
Then my heart skipped beats.
Drake works for his dad!
What is he going to do me again?!
“Mom gave me your number. Can we meet up now?” He said
I thought of what to do at the moment.
“You don’t want to meet me?”
“But what if I say I have Ria Robert with me?”
He looked at me as our eyes met.
“I do..I can send you pictures of her in my bed”
I closed my eyes
He was going to take me to his father.
I drew in a deep breathe.
And I had no idea why I was so calm.
I heard flashes as Drake took pictures of me and soon he was back on the phone.
“I will bring her to you ..but on one condition -” he stopped
“I will be there with you while you do everything”
“Okay then send me a location”
I Refilled my lungs with fresh air
I wasn’t afraid to meet Frederick anymore.
“You are taking me to him right?”
“Yes..he is my father and I can’t turn my back against him no matter what” he said coldly
“But I’ll advice you do the right thing”
“Which is..returning you back home. No Ian won’t spare my life. I lost everything..my company just in few days. Every partner in limos stopped partnering with us,shareholders withdrew their shares,protesters storming my office to produce my Father…”
He eyes held pain
“I have nothing and i can’t take this anymore” he whispered
“Well I went through worst fate than that…for months”
“So let’s end everything..let’s all die together”
“No..I can help you Drake. I can persuade Ian to let things go,I can make him sign that deal again”
“Take me to your father and let’s end everything”
I hate to say those words myself but I had no choice. No way to safe myself..I was going to meet Frederick.
But before he kills me I will make sure he tells me why he killed my parents.
I don’t want to accept that he did that because inheritance.
I sensed there was more to it.
He grabbed a top from the single couch nearby and wore it. He threw my clothes at me and Moved away from the bed.
“Change up and don’t try anything funny”
He said and Turned his back at me.
Why did he turned away when he had seen my body while I was unconscious?
And what he did pierced my heart the more..he wasn’t different from Lucas.
It was pointless fighting him. I was already tired of the fight.
So it was better to end things.
“Done?” He asked
“Yes” he replied
He went to the drawer again and brought out a robe and tied my hands behind my back.
Whatever happens in the end doesn’t matter to me..even if I die in Frederick’s hands.
Part of Mtr remained hopeful that nothing was going to happen to me and that I wasn’t going to die.
I doubted it.
♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE FIFTY NINE
THEME: RESCUED ????
RIA POV ????♀
The drive to the location was silent. I sat at the front seat next to Drake with my hands tied to the front now. I was lost in thought of Ian.
Drake didn’t say anything.
He pulled up in front of site.
It was an abandoned house in an open field.
No one would ever think of coming to this place to rescue me!
He came out of the car and opened the door for me.
I surveyed the surrounding.
“We are here dad” he said on phone
“No we are not coming in. Come and meet us here”
He said again
Why did he insisted that he doesn’t want to go in?
Drake typed on his phone before dropping it in his car.
We waited for seconds
I looked up
Frederick Robert made his way towards us with a big man behind him. He was quite older than the man in the pictures I have seen.
He hasn’t shaved in a while.
My gaze fell to his hand.
He was holding a gun.
I breathe heavily when he finally stood in front of me.
“Ria Robert the surviving child of Nathan and Madison Robert”
He pointed the gun at me
“Dad…hold up” Drake muttered
“You didn’t kill her parents right? And everything on the news was false. She and Ian framed you up after you threatened Ian for canceling the deal”
Drake said to his father
Frederick lied to his son!
No wonder Drake didn’t believe me!
“He lied to you”I said
“Shut up!” Frederick snarled at me
But I wasn’t ready to stay quiet
“Don’t say anything!” He said again without dropping his gun.
“Aren’t you tired of killing people.. Innocent People!” I yelled back at him
He was surprised
“My parents, those false killers,speedy…”
“It none of your business! And don’t you ever talk back at me !or rudely! I get rid for whoever I want to -”
He fired the gun in the air
And I screamed
“I killed whoever gets in my way” He said
“What?!” Drake gasped
I glanced at him,he was shock!
Surprised to find out his dad was a killer.
“What are you saying dad?”
“Stay out of this Son!”
“No you have to tell Me what’s going on?!”
“Step aside son” he said
Drake didn’t move an inch.
“Did you murder..those people she mentioned?” He asked shakily
“Yes! So what?! Huh?? I killed my step brother!”
Tears slid down my cheeks.
“Why..why? -” Drake voice trailed
I noticed the tears rolled down his cheeks.
“Why did you do it?”
The same question I’ve always asked myself. The reason why I didn’t fight Drake but agreed to meet his dad. I wanted to know.
Frederick stepped backward, his finger on the trigger. He was ready to shoot me.
Drake stepped right in front of me.
What was he doing?
Standing in front of me like this!
“Move away from her!” He yelled
“No…you have to tell me the reason why you killed her parents..your brother! I didn’t believe her at first…but I should have..And you did it because of Inheritance right?”
Frederick Laughed wickedly
Then he turned serious.
“It wasn’t just because of Inheritance. I’ve always wanted to get rid of that fool..Nathan!”
“Why?” I whispered behind Drake.
“That bastard never regarded me as his own brother! He referred to me as the Illegitimate one even though he was younger than I was,he still had the guts to call me names”
“That’s not enough reason to kill your own brother”
Drake said in a low tone
“Nathan said I wasn’t going to inherit anything..he downgraded me. And I hated him for that and promised myself that I was going to do better than him in Life. And I did. The illegitimate one became the greatest one..and I also did my best to ruin Nathan. When I found out that my dad left him a huge amount of money I decided to stop him after I realized that he was going to do well with the money..so I killed him. Disregarding me is enough reason to kill him! And everything would have remained a secret if that fool didn’t spare her life!”
He was referring to Lucas.
“Is this really you Dad?”
Everything he said isn’t enough reason to murder my parents
He allowed his anger and hatred towards my dad to take the best part of him.
“You should turn yourself in to the police” Drake blurted
I could hardly believe his words
He was advising his dad to surrender to the police.
Frederick busted into laughter
“Never..I won’t surrender! I want to end her!”
“No I won’t let you do anything to her!” Drake said
He was on my side!
“Then why did you bring her to me?”
“I wanted to know the truth, i know you won’t see if I don’t bring Ria along. But to be honest dad I should have believed her! You didn’t even feel remorseful after everything you did to her -”
I sobbed behind him
“Remorseful?” He snorted
“I don’t get you…you want to end her life even after killing her parents?!” Drake asked
“Yes! Now step aside..I don’t have much time!”
“Drake don’t make me do what I don’t want to do”
Drake pushed me behind him
“What will you do?! Kill me like you killed your brother?! Come on fire it!” He coaxed
“Come on get her” he ordered the Man behind him.
Drake put his hand behind his back and brought out a gun.
The man stopped on track.
I didn’t know Drake had a gun.
“Take another step and I will put this in your head”
“Bravo..so you came with a gun”
“Yes..I just felt like I was going to need it to protect her”
He intended to use the gun to protect me
“Son put it down”
Then I heard it..
The distant sirens
Someone called the cops
Drake looked back at me with a smile on his lips.
He called the cops!
I remember he was typing on his phone after he called his dad. Glint of hope welled up in me.
“You called the cops on me?”
“Yes dad..please surrender. Let stop it now and admit to your crimes” he pleaded
“You betrayed me!” Frederick gritted and I heard the gunshot
I thought he fired it into the air but I was wrong!
Drake groaned loudly.
He didn’t hit the ground, he stood firmly to block his father from shooting me.
“Run” he muttered
I tried to untie my hands
Frederick lowered his hand when he saw that he had fired his son.
Drake pointed his gun to his father but he couldn’t fire.
The sound of Sirens was near.
I don’t know if I should be happy the cops are here.
“Drop your guns and your hands behind your head” someone barked out.
It was a familiar voice. Chad!
The man with Frederick uttered a profanity.
Drake hit the ground and I crouched down. He was bleeding from his shoulder.
“Ria are you okay?” I heard Chad’s voice
Police came around to apprehend Frederick. Chad untied my hands.
“Drake -” I held him
Tears slid down my cheeks
He had taken a bullet in my place. And I could hardly believe that Frederick shot his son..his own blood.
“Please don’t die -” I whispered
“Son -” I looked up and saw Frederick. His face was wet.
Derrick took him away
Chad helped Drake up to his car.
“I’ll meet you at the station” Chad said to Derrick before he drove off
Drake groaned in pains
I couldn’t stop crying.
Chad told me what to do to stop the bleeding.
Drake head was on my Laps and I pleaded with him to stay alive.
“I’m sorry” he said
“Don’t say anything -”
He held my hand with his other hand.
“Ria I must admit that you…do have a good heart. You didn’t yell at me for being the son of the one who killed your parents..the first time we met..you knew who I was right?” I nodded
“And even the second time when I came to you..you didn’t try to…. get back at me for what my dad did to you. And even when I said….. we had sex..you didn’t hit me…The truth is we didn’t do anything”
“Yes..I didn’t touch you. After I read the news I figured that we were cousins… But I wanted to be sure if everything was true that was why I abducted you. I clearly know that you wouldn’t want to see me..so that was my only option…. I had to find out the truth. And i figured that you would pour out your mind to me if I said we had sex..”
“Drake are you…sure we didn’t -”
“I swear I didn’t touch you. It was the Nurse my man hired that changed you when she wanted to treat your wound. Even though I was tempted to touch you but I resisted cause it wasn’t right..and I didn’t want to hurt you”
“That’s not all. I prepared for it. I sent an anonymous text to the cops.. The location dad sent to me I forwarded it to them just in case I find out everything is true”
“I thought you were working for your dad”
“No..I haven’t seen him since the news broke out..I just wanted to know the Truth. And I was determined to turn him myself if he was the killer. I know my attitude is enough to convince you that I was on his side… But no..even if am a bad guy -” he chuckled
“I still know the right thing to do – my mom is aware of my plans…. and she’s in support of me to turn my dad in. She didn’t believe him when he called and said that you and Ian framed him because he threatened Ian. She sensed it that it was more than that -”
He groaned loudly
“That’s enough” I said
“I never would have imagined that my dad was a killer. Please…I hope you find it in your heart to forgive my dad -”
“Promise me that -”
“I forgive him” I said
I don’t care about what Frederick did to me. I was concerned about Drake.
Frederick has been apprehended and would be charged to Court.
“All I want is justice..I want him to pay for his crimes..I forgive him”
He held me tightly
A small smile formed on his face.
“He will..you have enough evidence right?’
Chad was driving at a high speed.
“Thank you for forgiving my dad”
I sensed him losing consciousness
“No..no hang on Drake..please don’t die!’
“Mount pressure on his wound Ria!” chad screamed
I was confused
“please Drake -”
I gave him a hard blow on his shoulder and his eyes opened slightly.
“Please don’t die on me”
“I..I will..be fine..”
I held his head to my chest..and prayed silently.
I prayed over and over again
It all seems too familiar,all in a bad way. The same rush to the hospital. We made it to the hospital and Drake was taken into the operation room to get the bullet out.
We waited outside the operation room
“Don’t worry he will be fine”
Chad placed his hand on my shoulder gently.
I heard Ian’s voice
I looked up and he was there with Ethan walking towards us. I stood up from the bench and went him. He hugged me tightly and I sobbed in his chest.
“He was shot because of me..what do I do?..what if he doesn’t make it?”
I would carry that guilt for the rest of my life if Drake dies.
“That’s enough -”
I lasted one minutes in tears before I came out of his embrace.
“Are you okay?”
“What happened?” Ian asked
“Can we talk about it later ?”
They nodded in unison
“What happened to your arm?”
“Did Drake do this to you?”
I could see the anger in his eyes.
“No..no it not Drake”
“Then who? Frederick?”
“No it was the shattered glasses from my car during the chase”
Then they relaxed
“You should see the doctor”
Ian suggested as he led me back to the bench.
A surgeon exists the operation room with a nurse behind him. We turned towards him.
“How is he doing?”
I held a pleading look
And deep down my mind I prayed that everything was fine.
“He lost a lot of blood, and the bullet penetrated a portion of a bone on his shoulder”
I felt something shatter within me.
“What are his chances?” I questioned frantically
A smile formed on his lips
“We took the bullet out and he will fine”
I let out a sigh of relief
“Can we see him?”
“Yes..but that’s after they’ve transferred him to a ward”
“Thank you doctor”
Chad said before the doctor walked away.
“I will call his mom with his cellphone to let her know about the situation” Chad said
“And Ria we filed a charge against whoever abducted you..we didn’t know it was Drake -”
“I’m dropping every charges against them”
“What?!” They gasped
“That’s impossible” chad said
“Are you saying Drake will have to go to court despite being hit in my place..he called the cops on his dad and took a bullet for me”
“He abducted you”
“Yes i know..but he just wanted to know Truth” I said in a low tone
“Fine..you can only drop charges against Drake but not with Frederick. Remember this case is not only about our parents death. Speedy and two others are involved too”
I nodded slowly
“Ria are you sure?” Ethan asked
“Yes i drop every charges against Drake”
It the best I can do to repay him for rescuing me and taking a bullet for me.
“Okay I will tell Ava about it”
“So what will happen to Frederick now?”
“He’s going to court”
“Chad what if the judge claims that speedy recording is an arranged statement?” I asked
“It won’t happen..Derrick found Matthew Alley and he’s ready to witness against Frederick in court if he has to. And A friend of mine who works in Idaho prison rendered his help too..Scorpion confessed that someone ordered him to kill speedy. A warder and a nurse are involved in speedy death.. Frederick sent them and currently they are in police custody. We are bringing them to Court with him”
“And why didn’t you tell us about it all this time?”
“We were working on it”
“I will come around some other time to check on Drake. And make sure you see a doctor before leaving too”
“Thank you chad”
“You are welcome”
“Can I come along with you?” Ethan asked
“I came in his car” he said again
“Well I’m using Drake’s car but I can give you a ride”
“Okay..take care Ria” Ethan said
“Bye” he and Chad Left
“Ria I was so worried about you” Ian said
He hugged me
“I was afraid that I would lose you”
“I was scared that I won’t see you again”
He let go and graze my cheeks with his knuckles
“I’m glad you’re alive”
“Ian what about Bert and Brian?..they were shot -”
“Yes..they are both fine”
He explained things to me. The drowsy bullet used on Bert and Brian was rushed to the hospital by cops. I am happy that they are fine.
And I would have blamed myself if it was the other way around.
“You are safe now”
I nodded in agreement
Frederick was out of the picture..so I was safe.
I hugged him again.