"Good morning Rix," nurse Joana greeted me.
"Good morning too."
Several other nurses greeted me as I walked down the hallway. Carrying the bouquet I had bought from the florist that I passed.
I went to Andrei's room.
It was on the second floor of the building. When I arrived, I found the nurse watching over my brother's condition. She's fixing items inside Andrei's room.
"Good morning, nurse Josi," I said.
She also greeted me back. I put the flower on the table next to the hospital bed.
"How is Andrei?"
She smiled at me, "He's okay, Rix. He'll get better soon as long as he continues his medicine."
I smiled at what I heard.
We talked a little more before she said goodbye and that she still needed to do more rounds with other patients.
I approached my brother after the nurse left. Compared to his appearance when I first brought him here, he is in good condition now. He is no longer that thin and pale.
“Get well, Drei….”
I caressed his forehead. It's been almost six months since I brought my brother here. He is only eleven years old now. When he came home from school, he was hit by a truck but the truck escaped. The damage to Drei's body was quite severe, so he is still comatose.
"Your sister is sad, you know, that's why you need to get better soon."
Please, Andrei… Wake up…
When that happened, I wasn’t at home. I wasn’t even working at the bar at the time.
I worked as a saleswoman in the market, and I went home every afternoon. My salary is small, but it's enough for us. He is also not luxurious, and he knows the value of money.
Our parents have passed away. First, my Dad who died due to lung cancer. The next one is my mother. She got into a fight with our neighbor while drunk. She fell from the building, and that is how we became orphans at a young age.
It's been four years since they died, so I'm acting as Drei's parents.
Since Drei was hospitalized, I immediately looked for another job, and since I didn't finish school, I couldn't apply in the corporate world.
But I met Charis. She took me to the small bar that she also entered before going to Madam Glo. She's the reason why I'm able to get the money to support Andrei's hospital bill.
I stayed in the hospital for a few hours before I decided to go home.
"It's tiring!" I dropped myself on the couch.
I advanced a budget for Andrei from the bonus I got from madam Glo. According to this, the VVIP guest was happy last night and gave a big tip. Madam kept her promise of giving me twenty thousand.
I remember that man again!
He's causing me to shiver with displeasure! Who would depart less than five minutes after exploding his sperm? Is he in his right mind?
What's worse is that he didn't utter a word, as in nothing! He left me there on the table with my legs up.
That is why I was in a bad mood all the time last night.
He's yummy, but he looks moody. I'm still annoyed with how I feel about the man, but I can't help wondering if he'll ever return to the bar.
I didn't realize that I had fallen asleep.
The sun was shining brightly, so I got up and prepared something to eat.
I decided to go to Charis; we were on the same schedule as her at the bar, so she was probably just sleeping now in the apartment she was staying in.
After eating, I tidied up a bit before leaving. She was not too far away from me; just one ride, I immediately tracked down her house.
"Charis!" I call the girl.
No one came out on my first call, so I repeated it again. After a few calls, the woman came out looking like a witch.
"What the heck is with that look, girl?" I laugh while looking at her.
Her hair is tangled, her clothes are ripped, and she still has foul spit around her mouth.
"Who is yelling here this morning?"
She frowned while walking towards the gate to open it.
“What morning are you talking about? It's afternoon! It's almost three o'clock! ”
"Is it already afternoon?"
We just laughed while talking like crazy.
When I entered, the chaotic place opened up to me.
"Oh god, until now, you still haven't been able to clean?"
The interior of his room is very chaotic, left and right with garbage.
There are clothes on the floor. Even Charis' underwear is lying on the floor! Tell me, is she a girl or a reincarnated man?
"Hey, I've cleaned up. Those are new," Charis defended.
What an excuse.
The last time I went there, there was some clutter so I thought that until now she still couldn't clean.
"It's good then."
She removed the scattered scrap from the seat and left to take a bath. It'll take her two hours to take a bath, so I decided to open Instabook first.
I enjoyed watching and didn't realize that Charis had just finished taking a bath.
"You smelled good, huh?" I praised her.
She just stared at me and went to the kitchen.
"What's up? And why are you here?" she asked.
I faced her before answering, "Nothing, I just want to leave the house."
When other people have an issue at home, that's the only reason why they left home but I'm not like that. Whether I have a problem or not, I leave home and go somewhere.
"How is Andrei?" she asked.
"As long as his treatment is continuous, he will wake up soon."
Charis is close to Andrei because she is also one of my brother's guardians. Sometimes, she delivers him to school or otherwise picks him up.
I looked at what Charis cooked. It was pancit canton and eggs. I just remembered now that the woman doesn't know how to cook, so she only eats instant food or ready-to-eat foods.
Even though I just ate lunch, the pancit canton is so delicious! I couldn't stop eating.
While eating, she asked what happened last night. The other worker at the bar knew there was a VVIP who came last night, and I was the waitress assigned. They also know that the man left a tip, so everyone is curious about him.
I told her the whole story. The witch screamed loudly and ignored the part about the man's departure without saying goodbye. We continued the conversation when someone suddenly called me.
Nurse Josi is calling…
Charis and I looked at each other. She was also familiar to the caller. What is the nurse's intention?
I can't forget how many times I prayed before answering this call.
Please, let it be anything but bad news!
I answered the call. "Hello, nurse?"
"Rix!" I pulled the cellphone away from my ear, and nurse Josi's voice seemed to grow louder.
“Why did you call, nurse?” I asked, still praying.
The nurse's surroundings seemed chaotic, the surroundings were a bit noisy, and there appeared to be many people talking. I got nervous.
“Nurse? What is going on !? ” She did not respond immediately. Concerned, I looked at Charis.
I can’t answer it. I also don’t know what’s going on.
A few seconds later, the nurse spoke again.
I could not move.
"Rix, it's about Andrei!"
“Drink some water first.” Charis handed me a bottle of water.
“I don’t know what to do anymore Charis…” I said softly.
She waved one of her arms at me before saying, “What are you talking about, don't think of anything else, Rix. It's just another test. One more thing, your brother is strong! I’m sure he won’t give up and he will come out of that room safe. “
I don’t know anymore. I hope Andrei will soon recover.
It’s exhausting that I just came here this morning and here I am again, but this time my purpose is no longer simply to visit him.
We waited quietly outside of the operating room, when we arrived earlier, Andrei was already in the OR.
The nurse just waited for us outside, my brother had been inside for more than two hours so I couldn’t stop being nervous.
“What if something bad happens to him?"
"What are you saying, Andrei won’t give up, he loves you.”
I don’t want to lose Andrei, so I will do anything just to heal Andrei.
“He’s my only family…” I couldn’t stop sobbing. Charis comforted me but it still didn't stop me from overthinking.
What if something happened to him?
What if he leaves me?
What if he chose not to be with me anymore?
What will I do? I am not ready to be alone in my life. I don't want to be alone. If there is someone hearing this, please help me…
Don't let Andrei die. I will do anything, I will endure everything just to be with him again…
I can feel my body losing its strength, but this will not make me stop waiting for Andrei to get out of the operating room safe and sound.
That's right, this much is nothing to us. We've been through a lot and this is a challenge that will just make our relationship better.
I need to trust him, that is all I can do.
We waited for a few hours but there's still no Andrei coming out of the operating room.
"Charis, why is he not coming out?"
She caresses my back.
"You don't have to worry, they are doing their best to save Andrei, trust them."
I looked at her, I couldn't feel the same way as before during Andrei's first operation.
No, I shouldn't be thinking this way…
I will trust Andrei because I couldn't trust myself anymore.
I can't stop overthinking.
"This won't do, I will just go to the restroom."
"Do you want me to accompany you?"
I shook my head.
"No, you should wait here. I can go alone. I'll be back."
"All right, take care."
I know that I need to unwind, I need to get some fresh air because I think I would go insane if Andrei still didn't come out of that room.
I went to find the restroom, I am walking sloppy because there's no strength in my body anymore.
I feel like I need to cry, no, I want to cry.
I get to the restroom and lock myself in a cubicle there.
As soon as I sat on the toilet, Tears started to fall on my eyes.
Please… hold on to your promise Andrei…
You promise me that you will never leave me, right?
That, we will live forever together.
What will I do if you die? What will I do if you leave me?
Please Andrei, keep your promise…
I couldn't stop myself from crying, I feel like all the pressure and feeling that I am keeping comes out.
I know I shouldn't be like this because I am the only one who is looking at Andrei but what can I do if I can't stop overthinking?
I need to go back. That's right.
I got out of the cubicle but my eyes widened when I saw a man holding a gun outside my cubicle and pointing it towards me.
He looks like he's in his forties, he has a high build and he is taller than me. He looks mad because I don't know the reason why.
I couldn't move as if I was stuck on where I am.
I couldn't open my mouth in shock.
What is this? Why is he pointing his gun towards me? Did I do something wrong? My life flashbacks to me instantly. What did I do to him?
Is this related to the bar? But I could not recall having an enemy there.
What is all this?
I couldn't do anything, I am just staring at him while he is also staring at me.
He is not moving but his gaze is staring directly at me.
Should I run? But if I move, what if he pulls the trigger?
That will instantly kill me!
What will happen to Andrei if I die ? I don't want to die, I want to be with Andrei!
Is there no one around here? This is a public restroom. Why's no one coming?
A sweat started to fill my whole body. I need to scream. I need to ask for help.
But what if he shoots me instantly when I open my mouth, what should I do?
We've been like that for a few minutes, no one's talking as well as moving, we are just staring at each other.
What does he want? I like to ask him but I am too afraid that he will shoot me anytime. There's just a few inches between us because the restroom is small.
Should I ask him what he wants?
I could feel my body trembling when I heard the door of the restroom open.
Help me please!
I am waiting for that person to show up but my hopes crumble when I see that person holding a gun.
"You should tell me you'll play here." He said with a baritone voice.
He looks younger than the man in front of me but he's giving this superiority compared to this man.
What is happening here? Why are they holding a gun? Is this allowed here in this hospital?
"Let me go and I will not shoot her.
Said by the man in front of me.
What are they doing?
Is he making me a hostage? I didn't do anything wrong!
Why don't they play outside and not here taking someone!?
"You can kill her if you want, I don't care."
RIX P.O.V The man beside me said, would he be just fine if this man kill's me? I want to shout at them but I am too afraid because they're holding a gun right now. I can feel that I am too powerless and I am just a small prey standing between them."I will really shoot her." Said by the man in front of me again.No, please… Don't shoot me! Please! Don't do this to me, I am innocent!"I told you I don't care if you shoot her, so do it."The man beside us points the gun he is holding to the man in front of me.What is he doing?Isn't he supposed to help me? I didn't do anything wrong to deserve this!I look at him with pleading eyes but he seems not to notice me because his attention is directed to the man in front of me."Shoot her, I will kill you no matter what anyways." The man in front of me looks hesitant. He looks mad but there's something in his eyes showing that he is having a hard time shooting me.Please don't shoot me! I close my eyes as I don't want to see this anymore.
RIX's P.O.V "Ha…" I opened my eyes because I felt the sweat on my neck. It's early in the morning but I am sweating… I suddenly remembered what happened yesterday and the other day. There are lots of nerve wrecking events that happened and if my life is in a movie I am sure that I would be famous by now because of the plot twists and life lessons in my life. Sometimes, I wonder what my life would be like if both my parents didn't die. Will I be professional in the field that I chose? Maybe if both of my parents are still alive they are giving us the love and care that we need then I don't need to do something like this. I know that my father left a huge sum of debt to us but for sure if they're still alive they will not let us suffer like this. Although my parents seem to be troublesome, they never neglected us and they never wished for us to suffer at a young age. They're working hard even though the number of work that they know is limited, they never went home without fo
RIX'S P.O.V"Come one, strip now, baby." A man with a trashy attitude said, teasing me. I just laughed awkwardly to avoid showing my disgusted face on him.I am now serving elite foreign customers as per Madam Glo's command.Although she doesn't want to put me here, she doesn't have a choice as we don't have anyone free when the customers arrive. I, myself, don't have a choice since I need money desperately. These customers come here often when it's the end of the month but except Carla, one of the girls here, there's no other girl who would want to serve them.That's because they're disgusting…I wonder how Carla can keep up with them,. they're perverts and corny, to be honest. Plus, their breath stinks… "I like seeing new girls here, I'll give you tips!" My eyes widened when I heard it, that's right! Give me that! My smile automatically brightens after they give me tips, all those hardships paid off! "Phew!"I wiped the sweat on my forehead."That's rough!" I exited the eli
RIX'S P.O.V"What are you talking about? What do you mean you kidnapped me?"I look at them confused, are they serious right now?The one in front of me met my gaze and said."We have something important to say to you, Miss.""What is it? But can you let go of me first? It's uncomfortable…""Oh yes sure of course!"The guy on my right removed the tie on my wrist."So what are you going to say to me?"I ask them while I am massaging my wrist, it's aching a little because of the rope's friction on it."Maybe we should change location first?'The guy on the left side.We all agreed to him because it is really uncomfortable talking here as we are all seated on the floor.They guided me to a room where everything looks expensive. I feel like we are in a five-star hotel and everything around me might break when I touch it.Just who are they and what do they want from me? Who is in their right mind to kidnap someone just because they want to say something?What if they are bad people and th
RIX's P.O.VWe continue running, even though we're already exhausted, it didn't stop us from keeping our legs moving. Harley runs faster than me but I can tell that he is running slower so I could catch up to him."You…hah…can…" I was about to say that he can leave me and run faster instead but I am having a hard time catching my breath. When we got to the 3rd block, Harley held my hand and pulled me somewhere.What is he doing?!He pulled me to a dark alley and covered my mouth with his left hand.I stood there shocked by what he did. What if that man in a tuxedo sees us here? I looked around and my anxiety grew when I saw that we're in a dead end. How could we escape that man if this is already a dead end?!Oh no, what should we do? A few more steps… he's getting nearer… and nearer… AHHHCK!I knelt and progressed into rapping. "Please kill us! I mean, no! Don't kill us! You won’t get anything good from our bodies!”The old man ruffles his brow. Oh my god, am I not that convincin
"I'm sorry, Apollo.""APOLLO? HA!" his voice has become lower, his lips are now on my ears, and… but… it's scarier. "Who told you?"Huh?What is he trying to ask?"What do you mean?”"Who told you you can call me that?" he asked."What should I call you, then?" I asked, as low as I could. As submissive as I can."Nevermind, I'm not on the names now," he said. He's calmer this time. But not me and my tears. "I told you to stay quiet, and I will do the rest. I told you that clearly, but how dare you mess up everything?"I can't say anything. I was just looking downward, while I sat on his bed, and he was on the side of me, nagging. I took a deep sigh, and bit my lower lip."What have you done to my image, Beatrix? What would they tell me about you? I'm afraid to even come back.""Maybe you should hire a different pretend wife," I said, nearly cracking up, almost bursting into tears.There were a few tears that were escaping, but it's manageable. "I'm sorry, did I hear you right?"
RIX's P.O.V.Last night he left my leg wide open, while facing the door, where maniacs are waiting for a free viewing. Apollo paid me for that fuck, how dare them sneak peak?Those darns!Harley came in after that, and I was already putting my clothes on. He drives away the perverted cooks while entering the storage room, where I’m in.He asked me if I'm alright, but I really am. There's nothing to worry about me, I can take care of myself, and that’s it. I went home, with my pockets fully equipped. People always ask me about being okay. You know, it's not that bad if I experience not being okay because most of my days are like that. It's inevitable, how could I change that fact?I can't change anything. But it's good that there's always a little light in the middle of darkness. There's always stars that shine in the dark galaxy. It's not okay to be in the middle of the storm.But it'll be more not okay if I dwell into it, or try to make myself believe I'm fine when I'm not. I
RIX's P.O.V.I clenched my fist, and bang the table. How dare he!“Rix! What are you doing with the table? Don't take out your anger on the furniture or you'll pay for it,” said Charis, struggling to keep out her laugh, while exchanging laughs and gazes with Harley.“Are you crazy? I'm not furious! Who would make me furious? It’s out of my league and you know that," I said but my brows are still standing ruffled, not bothering to straighten it up. Charis tapped my shoulder, and still teasing me!AISH.“Really, that wasn't my priority right now,” I defended. “If you guys think I like him, you're wrong!” I walked away and served drinks and foods that had been given to me. I don't like him, but he turned me on. Were having sex, no strings attached, but.. but…I feel like I was betrayed.Come to think of it, he was always the one to satisfy me. But me? I never satisfied him. I always did nothing for him. He was the one who was leading the sex.Ahckkk. I closed my eyes aggressively as