4 years later.....
At the Seattle prison.....
I watched as two men in uniforms walked by my cell. The smell of cigarette went along with them making me cough. I never liked the smell of cigars or even smoke, but tonight, I'm about to inhale a lot of it.
I sat patiently on my bed waiting for the right time. It was Saturday and most of the prisoners were allowed to go down to the cleaning house to wash their stuffs, while some where allowed to roam the parameter .
A lady in uniform stopped by my cell and opened the iron cell door.
"Sadie Manchester, and Elaine Rivera" she called. I and my bonk mate came out. Sadie has been a nice friend to whom I've poured out most of my heart's content to.
She's a great listener and adviser. We were led by the patrol officer to the cleaning house. I monitored everything going on. The guards tonight are not much here. Most of them are patrolling round the second block cell.
I glanced at the light moving around the parameter. The light from the watch tower. Sadie held my hand as we stepped into the cleaning house. Some inmates were there too.
"I got every thing you need, Elaine" Cora came behind me. She's an inmate too. She was set on watch. They grant some prisoners that opportunity. She helped me sneak some petroleum.
"Your seriously not going to burn the place to ashes would ya?" Cora asked.
"No. Only here." I looked around he wash room at all the prisoners here.
"We'll have to get everyone out of here before then" I said. The washroom is closer to the outer wall because from here all the pipes are channelled to the river just close by.
It means my way of escape. I've plotted every move of this day and I'm not about to mess it up.
"Are you sure about this?" Sadie asked.
"Affirmative" I dumped my dirty clothes into the wash machine and turned it on.
"But how are we going to get everyone out? The guards will suspect something is up" Cora fiddled with her hair, a nervous habit she's got.
"I know that" I pulled out a pocket Knife from my pocket. One I'd snuck from a police officer. They never allow us hold any harmful thing. I used the knife to rip the washing machine opened at the side.
"Elaine!" Sadie gasped.
I fiddled with some wires in there making the washing speed up. Smoke appeared from behind the machine. The tinsel was about to explode.
"Bitch, you really are a master of craftiness" Sadie chuckled hitting my sides. I smirked. I guess four years in prison has changed my way of thinking.
"Now, let's alert everyone to get out" I threw the knife to the side and ran toward the door.
"A tinsel is burnt! Everyone out!" I yelled. The room was in scramble as the inmates tried to escape. Two guards came in.
"What's going on?" The tall, dark one asked.
I pointed them to where the smoke was coming from before running out. Sadie and Cora right behind me.
"The petrol" I said. Cora handed me the bottle and Sadie gave me the matchstick. I smiled hugging Cora. She wiped a tear away.
"If this works out and you escape, I'm going to miss you" she sniffed. We hugged for a while before she ran toward the other inmates. I stared at Sadie.
"Sure you don't want to come with me?" I asked her.
She shook her head. "You've got a daughter to get to, I've got no one. Being in this prison cell is better than being out there. I didn't have a home" she smiled sweetly.
"Any time you get out, call me. I'll be your family" I sobbed as I hugged her tight. She nodded with a smile and then shoved me.
"Now go!" She said.
I ran toward the wash room, leaving trails of petroleum as I ran around. I noticed some guards coming toward the door and quickly lit the matchstick igniting a powerful flame. I ran back behind a tank and watched as people scurried around the yard.
I lost sight of Sadie as she was mixed among the crowd running away from the fire. I wiped my eyes and started for the outer wall staying low and carefully out of sight. The fire was a major distraction.
A guard ran up to me griping my hand.
"You should run to safety"she ordered but I wasn't listening. I kneeled her against her stomach and pushed her to the floor. She blew her whistle alerting other guards. I picked up my pace as some guards looked my way.
I ran until I came to a large iron gate. I turned around to see them running after me. Why do you fight? I reminded myself. Why are you escaping?
"For Autumn!" I yelled as I started climbing the iron gate. I made it halfway when I was dragged by the ankle to the floor. My head made contact with the ground and I thought I'd lost all sight but I got up. In seconds the guard was holding me down. I struggled, kicking and pushing. "Let go!"
I noticed a trifle attached to the guards waist and pulled it out and shot his leg. He groaned landing on the floor. More guards were running toward me and I sighted a door by the iron gate so I started for it.
I sighed when I made it through and was now headed for the outer wall. The last barrier between me and my freedom. Me and Autumn. I ran with all my might into the free yard.
The bright light from the tower spotted me and in no time, the sound of an helicopter hovering in the air made me groan. Really?
I got to the wall and spotted the sewer attached to the wall.
"Hey stop right there or I'll shoot!" A guard called behind me. I've come so far to stop now. Don't you think officer?
I budged the sewer opened and jumped in. I tied my nose with my shirt and started walking through the big pipe. I made it outside and blocked the pipe so I wasn't followed.
Staring at the large wall behind me and the wood ahead of me, I started for the woods dodging a lot of bullets being fired at me.
I ran through trees, stumbling over roots sometimes but I got up. It was raining now and I could hardly see but it was also a good advantage. The helicopter had stopped chasing me. Though, some men were still after me on foot. I hid behind a tree. There was a bridge over the huge river.
Running toward it is exposing myself to a lot of bullet but I have to. I sighed and squeezed my chest willing myself not to cry. Footsteps behind me made me jerk up and start for the bridge.
Rain of bullets were released but I was almost through when i felt a pain shoot through my back. I didn't stop running but I could feel the thickness against my body. another pain shot through my ankle and I was falling over the bridge and into the roaring water.
Authors POV(the writer)At the Rivera Mansion, Nicole sat down with a mug of coffee in her hand. After the rain last night, it calls for a warm liquid and what best to go than coffee. She scanned all the newspapers for the day, her eyes going beyond every question mark and full stop.Delaney, the house help came in with a new stack of newspapers."There is sure a lot of news today" Nicole told her husband as he emerged from their room."I sure hope the stock market price has gone down. That'll be good news" Copper Rivera said. Ever since his big brother, Ethan died, he's been the one managing the Rivera company. He married Nicole a year after the incident and since then, they haven't had a child to call their own.Nicole picked up the next paper, she read the headline.The Seattle Prison burnt down yester -Night......She flipped the Newspaper
The day I fell into that water was the day I died. Not physically but mentally. I died and let my old self wash away with the water. I'm now a new person with a change of mind and heart and the one and only mission I have to memorize is to get Ethan's murderer and let them pay.Pay for separating me from my daughter by throwing me in jail and for killing my husband. I Will find that person. And when I do......God help me....After I was shot in the back and my ankle, I fell into the river. I never had much experience with swimming but I was determined to survive and I did. I managed as I could to swim to the banks and let fate have it's way.But I was found by a common folk and treated of my wounds. I'm a survivor.. All this was a month ago. Now standing at the doorstep to Ashley's home, I knocked on the door. Immediately it opened up, her face went ghost white.°°°°°°Ashley placed a bottle o
"Lucas Grayson?"Ashley nodded. She wasn't looking at me but at the giant mole on a man's head that just walked by. I snorted. The name Lucas does ring a bell in my head but I can't put my finger on it."Heard he bought this place like two weeks ago" Ashley took my hand and led me behind the bar stand. I wasn't ready to start working today. I'm not even sure how to mix anything. I only know how to make margaritas. And that's thanks to Ashley."So have you seen the boss?" I asked Ashley."Nope. Hardly comes here. I heard from Griffin that he's busy running his other businesses""Wow. Sounds like a busy guy" I cooed. A man came up to the bar and ordered a blue lagoon."Yeah. He is" Ashley filled a glass with ice, then added Smirnoff, vodka and lemonade together before mixing it. "Heard he's a cop too" I froze at that. I don't think it's a great idea to be working at a cops bar.
The picture turned translucent and I realised my tears was the reason. I dabbed at it with a clean clothe and then stared at her again. My God!. She's grown so big. A wide grin spread all over my face as I kept looking at her. Her eyes were still marine blue and even brighter. Her dark hair was cut into bangs. And her smile,...like her dad."That's your girl" Ashley tapped my shoulder and i nodded proudly."I've got to see her, Ash. Soon. Real soon""I know but you won't break the ice to her until everything is over" Ashley poured more tea for herself. She really needs it, After she drank so much last night."I know that" I rubbed my chin devising a way but nothing seemed to come to my mind."Maybe we should just head to work for now" Ashley poured her remaining tea into the sink and then walked out of the kitchen. I stared at the picture again and then kissed my baby before putting it down and goin
I blinked severally before gaining my senses back. What do I tell him. I was never really good at lying. I need Ash on this one. I looked over to her stand and she was really busy. I sighed rubbing my fingers against my temple.Lucky for me, a lady walked up and requested margarita so I focused on making her drink, giving me more time to come up with something.Hunter sat there the whole time and I wished he'd just go. I served the margarita andlooked at him. He was still waiting for my answer. I shook my head."It's complicated" I poured Ice cubes into several glasses."I'm a good listener""I'd rather not" I took out napkins and started wiping the already clean cold counter."Does it have to do with your past?" He asked and I stood still for a moment. Seriously, who is this man? I narrowed my eyes at him but he wasn't evading my glare."Why do you even want
I ran out of the bar for a reason I'm not sure of. I don't even have a reason. Only that I need to get the hell away from that bar. What Hunter said :don't I miss my daughter?Of course I miss her. I miss her every second of my life. Every minute I'm not mixing a drink, my mind wanders off to her and I sit in the loneliness but noisiness of the bar and sink my teeth into my wrist to stop myself from crying."Tiffany!" Hunter called behind me. I didn't even listen, I just kept walking until he grabbed my hand. "Why'd you run off like that?""Why? Why?...Hunter you just asked me about my daughter and I should be calm?""So you do have a daughter" he grinned. I felt like punching his nose but that would ruin his face. I won't like to see him battered up so I refrained from throwing punches."Yes, I have a daughter. And my situation doesn't concern you" I said and started walking away
I walked in through the door and into Ash's apartment. I knew she was in the kitchen cause I heard the sound of the cooker go on."Ash!""In here!" She called right back so I hurried to meet her. I can't wait to tell her how my day unfolded. The talk with Hunter, and the plan.I sat on a stool by the counter and passed myself an apple from the fruit bowl. "You got off work early" Ash said as she sprinkled a little oil in the pan just to grease it up."Yeah...the girl taking the shift from me came earlier" I took a large bite from the Apple."So what's up?""Hunter knows I'm Elaine"I wish I hadn't said that with her standing next to the cooker. She turned around quickly and that made her tip the pan off her hand and to the floor. I bit on my bottom lip."Say again!" She half yell.I repeated myself the same
I didn't expect Hunter to come in early the next day but he did. Ash was right. He does seem to care about me in a special kind of way. One I'm not ready to look into or discover why?I went down the steps slowly pulling my little box of cloth that Ash graced me with. I would rather not wear prison clothe everywhere. Hunter appeared at the bottom of the steps and helped me with the box."Is this all?" He asked."Yep! Don't got much" I sighed"Then we'll have to go shopping" Hunter said and walked away quickly so I didn't have time to object. I'm still going to anyway. He can't just take me shopping like that. This is all an act. Not some romance prodigy.Ash was seating by the counter having coffee. I'm surprised to see she's not holding a bottle of wine. What's up with her?."Hey girl" I dropped my purse on the counter and poured me my own coffee. Black coffee? Ash is