Bad decisions make good stories.
Ofcourse how cliché.
I grabbed the note. And ran straight to dad's office. I knew Everett and dad would be there.
I barged into the office "Rose ran away'' I said frantically.
It was to late to realize. Angelo, Antonio and some of their men were also present in the office.
"TROVALA!" (FIND HER!) Antonio roared. I couldn't understand what he said but the way he said that was enough to make me tremble.
Without wasting a second Angelo and all the man ran past me speaking frantically in their earpiece. He must have ordered them to find her.
I hope they don't hurt her, God please. I send a quiet prayer quickly.
Everett sat on the couch that was present in the office with a loud thud his hands in his hair.
"What is that in your hand?'' Antonio asked me coldly eyeing the note in my hand. Dad and Everett quickly looked at me and then to my hand that was clutching the note tightly. I totally forgot about that.
"Ahh.. I.. It..'' I was stuttering so I took a deep breathe "Rose left a note behind.'' I said not making eye contact.
Antonio walked towards me in two long strides. He took my hand and snatched the note rather harshly, I was to scared to say anything.
He left my hand and observed the contents of the note.
After a moment I heard him chuckle but it seemed force. "your daughter ran away with her lover.'' he glared at Everett. "Want to know what this says?" he waved the note and then started to read out loud,
"When you find this note it means I'm long gone. I want to apologize to all of you. Especially you dad but I'm sorry. I can't sacrifice myself because of your mistakes. I have dreams. I have a whole life ahead of me I just can't get married to a mafia lord raise his children and be a polite house wife. I'm sorry but this is not me. I have dreams which I'm not ready to give up because of others mistakes. I want to tell you I'm safe where ever I am. I'm with the love of my life, We will be getting married soon. He understands me and supports my dreams. I just hope you guys find in yourselves to forgive me.''
Antonio finished reading the note with a mocking tone.
We all stood their shocked not knowing what to do next. Well I think I was the one who was the most shocked.
Alessandro.. Mafia leader?? Everett's mistake..
Everett what did you do?
I was both scared and confused. They all are related to the mafia??
"Tale padre tale figlia" (Like father like daughter) Antonio's voice brought me out of my thoughts. "Antonio'' said Everett with a warning. "non provare nemmeno a mancarmi di rispetto, traditore" (don't even try to disrespect me again you traitor) Antonio said fuming.
Even Though I was unable to understand a single word I still stepped away from him because he looked like he'll kill anyone in sight.
"Non ti do la seconda possibilità che tu sappia che sei un coglione. Ma l'ho ancora dato a te. e tu ingrato figlio di puttana mi hai tradito entrambe le volte!" (I don't give second chances you know you mutt. But I still gave it to you. and you ungrateful motherfucker betrayed me both time!) said Antonio with rage. Ohh how I wish I knew Italian.
"Indovina il tuo tempo scaduto. Completerò ciò che ho lasciato 2 mesi fa. Sei un traditore morto e anche la tua famiglia" (Guess your time's up. I will complete what I left 2 months ago. You are dead traitor and so is your family) Antonio suddenly pulled out a gun from his suite jacket.
I froze at the sight of the gun. "Antonio please! Forgive my family! It's all my fault leave my family. Give me another chance'' Everett was on his knees and shaking.
Dad stood their with his eyes closed a lone tear escaped from his eye. My heart clenched I could not see my brother and father like this.
Tina do something you can't just stand here and let your brother and father die. DO SOMETHING my subconscious shouted at me.
I came out from my trance. "A.. Antonio'' I said stuttering. He had a gun in his hand for god sake. Ofcourse I was scared.
He slowly turned around towards me. He made a face while staring at me as if he just realized at that moment that I was also present in the room. He didn't say anything just looked at me intently. That's my cue to continue.
"Please.. Don't do this'' I whispered as a tear rolled down my cheek with all the strength I could muster up.
"TINA!'' dad yelled. "tina stay out of this. This is none of your concern.'' Everett glared at me warningly.
My concern? Really? I can't take this no more!!
"Than who's concern should it be Everett?? Huhh?? Tell me?? I don't know what the fuck is going here, no one wants to tell me the fuck happened. How did you get yourself fucked up with the mafia?? Why did you force Rose to marry that men?? She ran away for god's sake. We don't know if she is even safe!!! And you say this is none of my concern!?? This is my family too. As much as you are part of this family so am I. So I don't care what the fuck you say because I should be concerned."
I was more than angry and didn't care about how I spoke to my elder brother. I was breathing profusely by the time I was done talking.
I was sick of this hide and seek game. I wanted to know what is going. I'm grown up I'm not William. I'm Valentina.
Everyone was staring at me with shock evident on there faces.
"Tina'' Everett started to speak but was cut off by me "please Everett.. please tell me the truth." I begged while tears started to form in my eyes. "what is happening here? Why do we have mafia people in our house?? What did you do?" I sobbed.
Everett took in a deep breathe. A tear slipped from his eye.
"Tina it all happened so fast I don't know myself." He started to cry hard.
I thought he would talk no more but after a monent he spoke.
"I.. It all started 6 months ago." He gulped and continued.
"I wanted to start a new business, one of my friends suggested me some ideas and proposed that we both add half and half money for the business. I didn't have that much money. I could've asked dad but my plan was to surprise him and make him feel proud of me, But.." he sobbed
"..I was trying really hard to get the money and during that time I met Antonio in a bar." he glanced at Antonio who looked like he was ready to get this all over with as soon as possible.
"Antonio said he can easily provide me the amount but I have to sign an AGREEMENT." Everett paused and took in a sharp breathe.
"It said that I will return his money within the next four months and I have to return double the amount that I have borrowed and if I don't return it I must serve the mafia or die with my family from there hands... I was in urgent need of money and my friend told me we would become millionaires overnight. I blindly trusted that fucker and thought that the returning the money won't be an issue, I agreed to the agreement" Everett glanced at me for a second.
"That fucker was a lier, as soon as I handed him the money he vanished into thin air.. I searched for him everywhere.." he started to sob again.
"I really did.. 4 months passed way to fast and next thing I know Antonio was standing with a gun on my head in my house ready to kill me because I asked for more time and refused to join the mafia...
But then suddenly Rose came early that day from school. Antonio asked about her and after some moment he said he will let me live in peace if I agreed to marry Rose to Alessandro.." Everett sucked in a shaky breathe
"Alessandro is a heartless beast everyone knows about him. I couldn't let my flower be thrown to a beast.. I would never do that to her" he shook his head furiously and started to cry hard and kneeled down.
"He.. He threatened me that he'll kill me and forcefully take rose and my family with him. He said they'll have the worst fate. So it was better for me to agree to the marriage beacause he assured me of Rose safety that way..." Everett glanced at me "and you know the rest" he said his head hung low.
I was speechless, I stood there not moving. This was to much handle.
"I suppose the story has ended, now say your goodbyes." Antonio said in a bored tone and aimed his gun on Everett's head, he was about to pull the trigger.
"Antonio!" I shouted. He closed his eyes tightly and then turned towards me "what now?" He said glaring.
"You want a bride for Alessandro right?" I said shakily. He looked at me skeptically and then slowly nodded.
"I'll marry him." I said quick so I don't back off my decision. Antonio's eyes widened and before he could say anything he was cut off by Angelo entering the room.
"Immagino che il problema sia risolto giusto? Perché non siamo riusciti a trovare la ragazza." (I guess the problem is solved right? Because we couldn't find the girl.) Angelo sighed and looked at Antonio.
Antonio was in deep thought after a moment he looked at me.
"Get ready you have an hour.'' with that said he barged out of the office with Angelo in tow. I let out a shaky breathe. I glanced towards Everett and dad, both of them were staring at me with shock.
I exited the office, Mom and Bridget were standing outside crying their eyes out. They hugged me as soon as they saw me come out.
I felt numb. Everything seemed heavy and I felt it hard to breathe. I took in deep breathes and made my way towards the guest room. Where the bride was supposed to get ready.
The dress was laid on the bed untouched.
The beauticians didn't arrive. They said they got a call saying the wedding was moved ahead.
I looked at the dress. I never thought while selecting this dress that I would also be the one wearing it instead of Rose. I sighed and picked it up.
If it comes, let it. If it goes, let it.~UNKNOWNI was staring myself in the mirror. I've changed in the brides dress.In Rose dress.It was a floral A-line gown, with a sweetheart neckline and lace straps That reveal a deep V-back.The dress was stunning.But it was more of Rose preference than mine.It was a litte tight for me. Rose was tall and had a killer model like figure. And then there was me I was short and had curves.The dress attached to me like a second skin. Half of my breast were showing, much to my dismay because of the deep neckline.I felt a little uncomfortable.I shake the thoughts and smoothed the fine lines of the dress.I retouched my makeup and Bridget did my hair. Mom handed me a bouquet of rose.They were sobbing silently. I was just numb not knowing how things took such a drastic turn.One minute I was headed to the brides room to help her and the other I stood in fr
Eye contact, how souls catch fire.~YAHIA LABABIDIThe car halted in front of the church. I was so busy in my thoughts that I didn't even realize how fast we reached, I gazed at the church through the window it was a small but beautiful.This is the place from where everything will change the moment I step inside.I will step inside as an immature normal teenager girl, But will walk out with a new identity and purpose. I will be a women, and most of all wife of a mafia leader.Everything is going to change forever I wouldn't be able to back down now.Am I ready?Am I willing to sacrifice my happiness, freedom and family for an agreement?Yes! Definitely yes, I'll do it for my family. I'm not brave as Rose, I cannot run away and not think about my family.I would be worried sick, It would be impossible to move on, I would always have guilt eating me up.I may be strong but this is something I can't bear. Family over everything I believe.Everett opened his side of the door and stepped o
"Trouble usually finds me"~UNKNOWN"There is one more thing left." Antonio's voice made us stop staring each other."What is it now?" Dad asked a bit irritated. "She has to sign an agreement.." Antonio started."What??? Another agreement? Antonio I think we already passed the agreement stage! I'm not going to let my sister sign some pathetic agreement like me." Everett snarled."You have no say in this!! She's our property now." Antonio said sharply."Now where was I... You have to sign an Agreement." Antonio pointed me.A bodyguard came from somewhere with a brief case in hand. He opened it and gave some papers to Antonio, then bowed respectfully. Antonio dismissed him with a slight wave.Antonio studied the papers, after a moment he nodded approvingly."Here" he handed me the papers, I took them gently. Another guard stepped forward and retrieved a pen from his breast pocket he gave it to antonio who passed it to me.
"Murder is like potato chips, you can't stop with just one"~ STEPHEN KINGI felt someone shake me lightly waking me up from my dreamless slumber. I opened my eyes, Ella was smiling at me."Ma'am we have reached our destination." It took me a while to remember where I was and what destination she is talking about.Oh yeah I'm married and in italy now. I gazed infront of me to look for my husband who was no where to be seen.Ella must have noticed it "sir is waiting for you outside." I nodded and stood up slowly, a blanket fell from my lap on the floor. I'm sure I slept without any blanket, it must be Ella who covered me."Thank you" I smiled at her only to receive a confused look but she smiled back nonetheless.I walked outside. The warm October air hit my face, The sun was hiding behind some clouds giving a beautiful orange red colour scenery.Outside there were 20 cars with 4 guards standing with each car. Angelo was standing with A
"It may not be home but it is an adventure."~UNKNOWNAntonio opened my door and held his hand out for me, when did he came here so fast? I gently grabbed his awaiting hand and moved out of the SUV.I started walking behind him. We climbed 3 small steps and came in front of the beautiful front door, I could tell it was made of expensive wood, it had round circle shaped handles on each of the two doors to knock with, it was royal type.Before Antonio could ring the bell. The doors were opened by someone, it was like they opened by themselves because there was no one in sight to greet us.Antonio tugged my hand gently and I continued to go inside with him. We entered through the door, I looked around and saw that there was actually an old lady standing besides the door with her hands folded in front of her.She must be the one who opened the doors, she wore a neat maids dress with her greying hairs in a tight bun. She was old but had a kind aura aro
Be somebody nobody thought you could be.~UNKNOWNI woke up by some sounds, I fluttered my eyes open and was confused for a second then I realized I was no longer at home with the feeling of comfort of people I love surrounding me.Now I'm in a whole new country with strangers and apparently married. Married? Alessandro? I rememberedThen again I heard some sounds that were coming from the washroom, I think it's Alessandro. The thought made me nervous."On" I spoke softly and the dark room was filled with light. I glanced around the room and their on the sofa his waist coat was placed, that he wore at our wedding.I stared at it for sometime. Should I leave it or place it in the closet neatly like a good wife. Mom would've been proud if I did the latter.I sighed and moved out of the bed, I picked up the coat and gazed at it.It had blood spots on it which made me shudder in disgust, as I was about to make my way to the closet the wash
Stars, hide your fires: Let not light see my black and deep desires.~WilliamShakespeareI woke up after a much needed beauty sleep. I stretched then turned around to see the other side empty.I was kind of relieved to find that Alessandro left early, I didn't wanted to face him after my rant last night.I looked around the room it was dark, even though it was morning I checked the time it was 10:07 am. The sun was up but the curtains were closed.I was feeling suffocated by this darkness I wanted light. I quickly went to the curtains and opened them without wasting a moment.Instantly the warm rays of the sun hit my skin and the room was bright with the natural light. I smiled feeling that I can breathe now.I hated it when mom used to wake me up like this she would come in my room and open the curtains all the way making the light hit my face directly, but now I realize how important this natural light is.It gives you a fee
Follow your soul, it knows the way.~UnknownTwo days.Two days since Alessandro left me in this dark place, two days since I have seen light, two days since I've seen any human, Two days since I've eaten anything.And two days since I have decided to make Alessandro's every living moment hell.What? You thought I would sit here cry and plead and when he comes I would turn into the perfect wife.No! Never! With the things I faced I'm more then tempted to break the rules.The two days in this confined dark space gave me alot of time to think.I thought about all the things that happened 2 days ago, about how just because of opening the curtains Alessandro turned into a beast.I realized Alessandro is not normal, no normal human being would act that way. I should've guessed it the moment I gazed in his eyes on our wedding day.They were void of any emotion any feeling.Anger is what I definitely felt on the first