It was difficult for me to just stare at her from a distance. I did everything I could to keep Jane safe after faking my death. Carmine was still on the lookout for me, and she was willing to kill anyone who tried to stop her. So I have to fake my death to keep everyone safe. The day following Nicholas' death, I planned my own demise. I was never put into a coma. I managed to pretend like I was sleeping every time Jane came to see me in the hospital. The nurses and the doctors were my accomplices as well.
It was a hard decision for me to deceive Jane, but it was the only way I could keep her safe. Jey and my dad knew my plan, and they helped me execute it. It was a life-or-death situation since I had to stop my heart from beating for an hour before I could be revived. However, things got more complicated the moment I died as the doctors had a hard time reviving me. Jey had told me that I was already dead for more than an hour, no pulse, not b
[KHALI] As soon as the door opened, people were trying to get out all at once. I was just waiting for those thugs to open the car train we were in as I was pointing my gun towards the door. It seemed as if I could hear my heartbeat synchronizing with every jiffy that passed by. I was trying to control my breathing, and the world stopped for a moment. Goosebumps traveled to my spine as loud gunshots reverberated inside the train. I just hit one of them, followed by the scream of the guy I just shot. I hid on one of the seats as it started to rain bullets inside. I glanced at Jane, who was evidently trembling and whimpering in fear. She hid behind one of the seats, covering her head. I hissed and started shooting at the other car train, purposely buying time as I waited for my subordinates to come. As soon as I heard their footsteps, I peeked around the seat and signaled them to come inside while I was still pointing my gun at the door. I exhal
[JANE] I had a nice dream, but it faded the moment I opened my eyes. I was sure I heard someone speak those words.Was it all just a dream? Or did it actually happen? The sunshine streaming in through the window lit up the room where I was resting. Perhaps it wasn't a dream after all. I'm lying in an unfamiliar bed, in an unfamiliar room. I stared too long at the wooden ceiling before I decided to get up and bring my feet to the cold wooden floor. The atmosphere wasn't eerie or spooky. Since meeting Khali, I've grown accustomed to waking up in a different bed, in a different place.Oh, Khali! Where is she? My eyes were all over the place, and my feet brought me out of the room. Her warm gaze greeted me as soon as I opened the door. She's standing there with a tray of food in her hand, which I assumed she had prepared for me.Thoughtful. It wasn’t a dream. Maybe it happened. She u
[KHALI] This time, our roles were reversed. I looked for Carmine for days, but she was nowhere to be found. My subordinates were unable to locate her, but I'm not going to give up looking for her, and if I do, she’ll be dead. There's no other way to put an end to this game of hide and seek. Jane stayed on the ranch with me. When she's with me, the days pass by, and there was never a dull moment. It felt like a dream come true for me, having her in my arms when I wake up in the morning. It seemed unthinkable just a year ago, but now, I’m living my life with her. I went to the stable early in the morning. Checking on my horses has become a habit of mine. I named my favorite horse ‘Santiago’. Among the other horses, he is the most well-behaved and powerful. I was patting his head and brushing his long silky hair when I felt a pair of arms wrapped around my waist. I looked back, and there she is, the love of my life. She kissed my nape an
[JANE] “I want you to tie me up and punish me,” I told her, and I pulled her close to capture her lips again. I wanted to show her that I love her and I accept her; that rather than changing for me, she can embrace her flaws, and I will gladly accept her wholeheartedly. I understand that she told me not to tolerate her darker side, but I can’t deny that I needed the dominant Khali in my life. I’ve learned to love her sadistic side. There must be something wrong with me, but I couldn’t care less. I love her so much. I could sense a loud thumping of pulses in my ear, and I’m not sure if it’s hers or mine. She gasped for air and pulled away. She was panting as she looked at me. Her eyes were dark in lust, and I could tell I finally pulled her out, the Khali I’ve always loved. She took my hand in hers as she slid off the bed, leaving me seated on the edge. “Hold out your hand,” she ordered. She was looking intently at me as she to
[KHALI] I almost regret agreeing to punish her. I was worried she'd hate me again once she woke up. But then she's mumbling my name, saying "I love you" over and over. Hearing such words from her made my heart leap with delight. She meant it. She meant it when she said she loves me and accepts me wholeheartedly. After I untied her wrists and ankles, I went beside her and scooped her in my arms. I never knew cuddling with her could make me feel contented and happy. She's the only person whom I wanted to spend my life with, and at that moment, it's as if everything fast-forwards. I could see myself with her in the future. I'll support whatever she wants to do in life as long as she's here with me. There's just one person I need to get rid of before I can feel at ease. I need to find Carmine and kill her. As long as she's alive, I can't guarantee Jane's safety. I won't be able to forgive myself if something bad would happen to Jane.
[KHALI]“She doesn’t want to negotiate,” Teddy said over the phone a few hours after I asked him to communicate with Carmine. I heaved a sigh and gulped. I have to try for one last time.“Direct me to her line; I’ll talk to her,” I told Teddy. This will be the last time I’ll negotiate with her. I’ve been planning this for a long time, and I thought of using this plan when there’s no other way to reach an agreement with her.“Alright, I’m dialing her number,” Teddy remarked. After a few moments of silence, I heard the other line ring. There’s a static noise in the background, and finally, she answered.“I said, I don’t want to negotiate. It’s either I die, or she dies!” I heard her voice at the end of the line. I scoffed and laughed cynically.“If you prolong this, you’ll lose everything. Are you that insane enough
[JANE]“You stay here. I’ll have to deal with her,” she told me before she pulled her gun and went out of the room. I was apprehensive about what was about to happen. It came as a shock to me to know that Carmine has a son, and Nicholas is probably the father. As much as I want her to pay for all the bad things she’d done, her child has nothing to do with it. The child shouldn’t suffer for what his mother did.I just stayed inside the room and waited for Khali to come back. I’ve been imagining things in my head that maybe Khali already killed Carmine, yet I haven’t heard any gunshots. I took my phone out to see if any of my friends texted or called me. I felt worried about Reese since she told me she was heading to Paris to see me, but I hadn't informed her I was already with Khali. What if Carmine’s underlings got her?I won’t be able to forgive myself if something happens to her. I sighed a
[KHALI] A loud gunshot roared in the middle of our conversation. I was trying to calm Carmine down, who had a slew of bombs strapped to her body, ready to detonate at any moment. I couldn’t risk everyone’s safety in here. The gunshot, however, did not come from our side. I didn't give the order to kill Carmine. I was about to go near her when the sniper aimed near my foot. I couldn’t get the detonator from her. It seems like the sniper was preventing me to do so. Carmine was shot in the head. She collapsed like a log, and I couldn’t do anything at all. I looked around to see where the sniper was hiding. The bullet definitely came from behind from where Carmine was standing earlier. “Find the sniper!” I yelled. Carmine was already lying on the ground, lifeless. Another gunshot echoed in the field, and one of my subordinates was shot dead. Shit! I’m certain that the sniper wants us all dead. I ran inside the house to find Jane. We need to survi