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 opened while calling her husband. Copper came closer so together, they read the news with wide eyes.
.....The Seattle Prison was almost completely burnt down last night. According to some surveillance, the fire started in the washroom and spread out toward the different cells. Some prisoners where found dead along with some police officers while some were badly injured. The total lives lost last night was;
8 prisoners and 4police officers
The number of people badly injured;
10 prisoners and two local guards.
Nicole shut the paper and stared at her husband in awe. "Isn't that the prison Elaine was sent to?"
"Yes. Let's just keep reading." Cooper pestered, so they went on reading.
According to some officers the fire was started by a local prisoner here in Seattle. Her file record were as proved.
Name: Elaine Rivera
Both readers gasped.
"Why would she do that?" Nicole asked her husband who was also confused.
Case: murdered husband, Ethan Rivera.
During the fire, Elaine tried to escape but was shot and fell into the Seattle river. Her body hasn't been found yet but with the heavy rain that fell last night, the river overflowed it's bank, we doubt she'll make it.
Nicole turned to her husband. "The news just pronounced Elaine dead" she gasped.
"So it seems" Cooper kept frowning at the paper.
"Honey, do you know what this means?" She shook her husband gently. "This means we have every right to own Autumn now." She squealed. Yes! She's been waiting for this for years. She's a barren woman and had liked Autumn since she set eyes on her but she wasn't able to adopt her cause her mom was still alive. But now she's dead, she couldn't see why not?
"Autumn won't ever call you mom" Cooper sighed. "She's a stubborn seven years old" a trait she got from her mother. Ethan was never heady.
"She'd learn to call me mom as soon as she knows her real mom is dead. Thank goodness she can read now" Nicole smirked. She picked up the Newspaper and headed for Autumn's room.
The little girl was on the floor colouring. Immediately she spotted her aunt by the doorway, she frowned.
"Good morning aunt Nicole" she mumbled. Nicole bent down kissing the little girl's cheek.
"Good morning sweet cake. How was your night?"
"The rain couldn't let me sleep" Autumn said.
Nicole sighed. The very time Elaine was getting shot, Autumn was having a sleepless night. . What a connection mother and child had and she couldn't wait to experience it soon.
"That's too bad. Next time it rains, I'll stay with you ok?"
Autumn nodded and went back to colouring. Nicole stared at the drawing of a tall woman holding a little girl. Hope rose in her.
"Who is that sweet cake?" Nicole asked.
"That's my mommy and me" Autumn said making Nicole's face to fall but she brushed it off. Soon. That would be her.
"I'm going to give my mom this when she comes back home" Autumn finished coloring and wrote mommy and Autumn down below the paper before sticking it inside her drawer, along with other stuffs belonging to her mom.
"I see" Nicole sighed. Poor child! If only she knew her mother is dead. As happy as Nicole was to claim the little child, she couldn't just dump the news on her right away. She just patted her head and walked away.
The rain hit against the glass windows and I went to pull the curtains together. I came back and sat next to Autumn. Together, we read her bedtime stories. The door to Autumn's room pushed opened and Ethan walked in.
Suit in hand and his hair a little wet. He held forward, a bag of chocolate dipped cookies and Autumn squealed in delight.
"Daddy daddy" Autumn rushed to hug him and he pulled her into his arms rustling her cherry brown hair.
"Cookies for my princess" Ethan chimed and handed the leather bag to Autumn. She licked her lips and hopped off her daddy's arms so she could nestle on her bed.
Ethan turned to me." And flowers for my queen" he said showing a single red rose from behind his back. I placed my hand on my chest. He knows I love roses. I simply adore them.
I planted a kiss to his lips and then inhaled the perfect rose. "I love it" I tell him and he grinned.
"I know you love roses" he said pulling me to his arms. "I also got another surprise for you " I stared at him and his eyes twinkled with love.
"What's that? The rose is already perfect"
"I insist" he planted a kiss to my cold nose before pulling out a small box. A jewelry box. He opened it to reveal a diamond necklace. One that shone under the dim lighted room. It seemed to brighten the place up.
"It's a diamond. Oh Ethan" I threw my arms round his neck. A perfect red, love shaped diamond. Autumn sat next to me. Her huge blue eyes staring at the diamond.
"It's pweety" she said in her cute baby voice. Of course she still can't pronounce a perfect 'R'.
"I know darling" I kissed her cheek and she blushed scurrying back to her cookies. Ethan took my hand leading me to the mirror and there, he placed the jewelry round my neck.
"Look at you...you shine like a diamond" he grinned and planted a kiss to my neck.
"We shine like diamonds" I smiled.
My eyes flashed opened and I lay still, breathing hard. A big fat tear rolled down my cheek and i tried to wipe it away but I couldn't move. Then I remembered what happened. The shots, the fall and someone rescuing me. I screwed my eyes shut again letting memories wash over me.
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
I got dressed in a floral free gown. The length was a bit over my knee but nice and still decent. At least the gown didn't have a low cut or anything. I'm surprised Ash even has a floral gown.I packed my hair up in one breezy ponytail and decended downstairs. The sweet smell of food led me all the way to the kitchen and I stopped in my tracks when I saw Hunter cooking. He even had on an apron. I chuckled."So you cook?" I came and sat by the counter looking at the already made dishes on the table. Pastrami on Rye, black and white cookies, , Bagel and cream cheese."Yeah" he replied and placed a plate of creamed cheese in front of me. I inhaled the sweet aroma that suddenly made my tummy growl. "You better take care of that" Hunter grinned.I served myself some Pastrami and then stuffed my mouth. I won't deny, this is good food. At Ash's place, sphagetti and meatballs were the common.