♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •• FORTY •• EIGHT
IAN POV ????
I waited patiently for Ria’s return. She wasn’t at the shop when I came in and Mrs Elise said she went out with Ethan. And that made me even angrier.. She didn’t pick up my calls because she was with Ethan.
Then I saw Ria coming into the store with Ethan behind her and despite everything,just the sight of her made me ache. When Ria saw the look on my face, the smile on her face disappeared in an instant.
I’m sure she wasn’t expecting me to be here at this time.
I went to her without a word and caught her by her upper arm before she could think of what to say or do. I pulled her behind me but she didn’t move that much..I looked and saw that Ethan was holding her other hand.
“You shouldn’t -”
“Stay out of this..” I cut him off of his intended statement.
“Don’t worry Ethan”
She muttered and he let go
Everyone stared at us
I pulled her back into her office and closed the door behind us. I let her go and she looked up stunned at the change in the face of the man who had being nice to her. Now my eyes were cold and my expression tight.
I could hear her breathing
I pulled my hands back and pushed them into my pocket
“We’re going to talk right now,right here” I said
My voice barely above a whisper, low and rough.
“And I want to know who else knows about what we are to discuss..I want the truth…agreed?”
She didn’t even know what she was agreeing too but she nodded
She said and would have reached out to make a contact with me but my words stopped her.
“Now tell me whatever it is you’ve been hiding from me”
“What?” Her forehead creased
I know she won’t open to me. And I’ve had enough of it!
I waited long enough for Ria to loosen up with me and tell her past. And if she wasn’t ready then..I will gladly help her out.
I brought out my phone
I silenced her with my finger
And played the file sent to me.
It was a recording!
Whoever sent this to me must know a lot about Ria.
And I have no idea who sent it to me!
The deep voice began
“Hey Mr Ian Bryant,why are you wasting your time helping Ria Robert? Well it seems you don’t know who she really is..her true colors. I will tell you who she is now so you will stay away from her or else you might end up losing everything you have,your company and your family… Everything you worked for all your life. Ria Robert is capable of destroying you. She was the blind girl I used to know in Idaho..she was 16. Everyone knew Ria Robert the extraordinary blind girl. Smart,dangerous and being desperate to see the world..she slept with many men just to get money. And she worked for a criminal..a notorious criminal named Lucas. He is the gang leader of MML. A gang of Five. And Ria Robert was his sex toy.. You know what it is to be a sex machine. He offered to pay for her surgery and so she gave him her body in return and he went to her anytime he wanted to pleasure himself. She was with him for months has his Sex machine..and she had a baby in the process. She lost the baby..no they never wanted to have the child so Lucas aborted it. And somehow she left town with another man and probably moved to Chicago. Ian Bryant I can go and on to tell you more about Ria Robert. She isn’t someone you should be with.. She will ruin you and Ria doesn’t deserve someone like you. So I advise you stay away from her..completely. Don’t get charmed by beauty. I’m just trying to help you cause I can see that you are a good man. A word is enough is the wise”
Then it ended
She was someone’s sex machine,she had a baby and aborted it..she gave herself to several men..No wonder she didn’t tell me about her past.
RIA POV ????♀
My heart sank. This wasn’t true! Someone faked a story! And where did he get it from?
Now he knows I was Lucas sex machine. And my worst fear was realized.
It was my fault! I should have explained it to him before he received the recording.
Everything in that recording was a lie.
There was no forgiveness. Ian won’t understand me even if I tried to explain.
The hatred in his eyes was clear.. Very clear and every bit of it was strong.
“Can I explain?”
He uttered a profanity that rocked me,then he ground out.
“Forget it I don’t need to hear more lies”
“No,the truth..I’ll tell you”
“Do you know Lucas or not?”
“Do you know Lucas?!” He yelled
Tears..I could feel them on my cheeks but I couldn’t stop them.
“Is everything in here is true?”
I closed my eyes
“Ian please Let me -”
“Is Ethan aware that you were with Lucas?”
“Yes” I answered sincerely
“But Ian it not -”
“Stop.. There’s no point in talking” he said
“After all,you never wanted me to know your past”
His words dropped to a flatness that was almost as painful to hear as the anger had been the moment before. He left nothing in the wake.
The single word was flat but Jarred me all the way to my soul. He didn’t want to hear anything I had to say.
I felt the pain in my heart, it was harsh – cutting deep. Ian was leaving me.
“I’m so sorry for not telling you -” I said
But it was too late
He spun on his heel and left.
He closed the door carefully,no slam..no jamming action. It was just a shut.
I whispered to the closed door.
It was late.
I should have told him when I had chance.
The door opened and the hope that Ian had come back was dashed when Mrs Elise and Ethan stood there.
And that terrified me.
“What happened?” She asked
She looked troubled and I doubted she heard what we discussed.
I bit my lower lip
She came to me
“Ian..found out about my past ..he knows I was Lucas sex slave”
Then she closed her eyes.
Ethan ran his freehand in his hair
“How did he find out?”
I swallowed hard and the tears slipped down my cheeks.
I bit my lip hard
“I don’t know..he only played me a recording”
And I managed to tell them what I heard on Ian phone.
“I tried to explain to him that it wasn’t true but he didn’t give me the chance. He thought I was going to lie to him..and now he doesn’t want to see me”
Elise moved and hugged me.
I clung to her..like I was holding my mother who could make things right.. But things couldn’t be right. They wouldn’t be right.. Ian hate me.
“No it not going to okay this time Mrs Elise..he believed everything in that recording”
That’s it. He just believed it! And he never thought if it was possible for a blind girl to go around sleeping with me as if she could see.
“You’ve been through a lot..I’m sure you will get through this too..”
“I don’t think so..i’d never been through this – loving someone and seeing that someone slip away and not being able to do anything about it”
I said in a snifle as I closed my eyes. I had certainly gotten Myself into a mess this time.
I drew in a shaky breathe still trying to come to term with the words from Ian. I thought I didn’t need Ian in the picture,but I totally forgot how accustomed I had grown to having him in my Life.
I thought sadly
It was my fault!
I should have woman up and tell him everything.
Why was I even scared?
I was only concerned that he would leave me..but I didn’t think of how he would feel if he finds out I was hiding things from him and I even told Ethan who I just met about it.
Now he left.. Without looking back. I could hardly blame him for his decision. He’d looked aggressive. And sad when he Left.
He must think of me as a whore..or Slut and what was wringing in my heart in painful spasm was the memory of his expression when he had looked at me just before he’d walked out. And In addition to hiding my past, angering him..I was pretty sure I had hurt him. And that had never been my intention.
I would have to talk to Ian.
I opened my eyes and Ethan wasn’t in the office anymore.
“I should talk to Ian..I need to explain to me that it wasn’t true”
“No” Mrs Elise said as she stood back
“Give him some time”
“Time? How long?”
“You can talk to him tomorrow”
I placed my palms on my face and made a promise to myself. No matter what happened,no matter how things went from now on,there would be no more secrets. I’d talk to Ian tomorrow, lay everything out, explain it to him,I will do everything I can to make him understand where the old Ria Robert had been coming from. Ian would know who Ria Robert really was..I won’t hid anything. And whatever happened after that was up to Ian.
“Okay?” Mrs Elise asked
“…please don’t go tell me you’re staying…”
Ian is mistaken! ????
Now how will Ria tell him everything? ????
Will he understand? ????
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♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •• FORTY •• NINE
THEME:GIVE ME A CHANCE! ????
°°°°°° NEXT DAY °°°°°°
♦ RIA APARTMENT ♦
RIA POV ????♀
“You should eat something before leaving”
Mrs Elise said
She was holding a tray filled with Bacon and egg.
“I’m not hungry”
I lost appetite ever since Ian left my office. Mrs Elise slept at my place last night because she didn’t want me to be alone. She cooked my favourite dish but nothing tasted good. I had trouble sleeping too.
I shook my head
Elise dropped the tray on the table. I was concerned about Ian. And I’m ready to meet him and tell him everything.
“I called Mr Griffin and he said Ian didn’t come home last night”
“So you will check him at the office”
“I’ll go ahead now”
I hugged her before walking out of the house.
It only fair to talk to Ian. And i know what his overdeveloped sense would be thinking of right now. And I couldn’t bear the thought of Ian not giving me a chance to explain when I get to his office.
I should probably prepare myself for Ian’s decision.
But at the same time I hope he listens.
I pray he gives me another chance to make things right between us.
“Good Morning Miss Ria”
Grace greeted me cheerfully as soon as I stepped into her office. Ramsey wasn’t around.
“Morning Grace. How is work?”
“Oh fine. Thanks” she replied
“You are here to see Mr Ian right?”
“Yes” I nodded
“He’s in a meeting right now. But I’ll just call him and let him know you are out here”
“No you don’t have to do that..I’ll just wait for him”
“No..Mr Ian said I should always call him anytime you’re here to see him even if he was meeting with the president” she smiled
I flashed her a half smile.
Things are different now. I don’t think Ian will leave that meeting and attend to me.
Grace was already on phone before I could say anything.
“Miss Ria is waiting -”
She stopped and looked at me. The smile on her face disappeared almost immediately.
She dropped the phone
“Uhmm Miss Ria I don’t think Mr Ian will be done with his meeting anytime soon”
“I’ll wait -”
“Mr Ian said that you shouldn’t wait for him” she said in a low tone
“Okay” I nodded
I replied after few seconds of silence.
I glanced at the door to Ian’s office and felt the urge to go in and talk to him.. But I couldn’t. He’s in a meeting so I should respect his decision.
Mrs Elise was right..I should give him some time.
“Are you okay Miss Ria?”
I heard Grace soft voice
She pointed to my face and then I placed my hand on my cheek. It was wet. I didn’t know that a tear already slipped down my cheek. I turned away from her and wiped it quickly.
“I’ll take my leave” I whispered
I spun on my heel before Grace could say anything. I stiffed back a sob as I walked out of the building.
What’s wrong with me?!
I’m not a crier?
But why couldn’t stop my tears?!
I’d no idea how to get Ian to listen to me.
How long would it take him to realized that I never meant to hurt him and that I was sorry for everything.
I wiped my face clean and started walking slowly.
I could hardly blame him!
It was all my fault!
Who on earth sent that recording to him?!
I have no idea and I’ve been cracking my brain.. Trying to figure out who could have sent that recording to Ian.
I couldn’t recognize the voice. I haven’t heard it before.
Who could it be?
Who else knew that I was with Lucas six years ago aside me,Mrs Elise and Ethan?
I thought deeply
And it struck Immediately!
It couldn’t be!
°°°°°° IDAHO °°°°°°
♣ ROBERT MANSION ♣
••••• In The Study •••••
FREDERICK POV ????
“Come in” I said at the sound of a knock on the study door.
Biggy my bodyguard walked in.
I studied his expression. It was tight.
“What is it?”
“Speedy is dead”
A smile formed automatically on my lips
Now he is out of the picture. I don’t care to know how they killed him. finally he is gone!
“And the other one?”
“I sent the file to Lint Corp and I already paid the man”
“And are you sure he won’t tell anyone about it?”
“He won’t -”
“How sure are you Biggy?”
“His family – I threatened to kill them if he exposes the secret”
“Anything else Sir?” He asked
“No.. I will call you when I have a plan”
“Okay Sir” he bowed before leaving.
I played the recording Biggy had sent to Ian.
I changed Everything. And it was enough to make Ian stay away from Ria Robert without thinking if it was possible for a blind girl to do such a thing.
He’d be more concerned about her being a Sex machine to a Criminal.
Speedy was dead!
Ian Bryant will leave her!
And she will be alone!
I grinned wickedly at the images of Ria on my old desk. I should end this drama soon but this time I won’t hire anyone for the job.
I will be the one to end Ria Robert.
I laughed wickedly.
My laughter echoed in my head.
°°°°° CHICAGO °°°°°
IAN POV ????
I shook hands with the two new Business Associates from India.
“It nice doing business with you Mr Ian”
One of them said
I replied before accompanying them out of the office.
Ria wasn’t in Grace office.
“My assistant will walk you back to your car”
I needed to talk to Grace.
“This way please” Ramsey led them out.
She left without waiting.
I told her not to wait anyways!
“Mr Ian -”
Grace called when I was about walking back into my office.
She looked concerned.
“Earlier – Miss Ria had cried before leaving -”
“Actually she wanted to wait but I told her..she shouldn’t wait” I nodded slowly
“Tell Ramsey to see me as soon as he gets back”
She stared at me
I frowned at her
“Okay..yes..I will tell him” she nodded repeatedly
I walked back to my office
She had cried? Why?
Because I didn’t want to see her?
No it couldn’t be!
It hurts me to be apart from Ria but It was best to stay away from her.
I’m not distancing myself because of the recording.. I just want Ria to realize what I am to her.
And she should build her trust in me just like how she did to Ethan. She only met Days ago but she told him everything.
The door opened and Ramsey walked in.
“Ramsey that file you received yesterday please try to find out the source and whoever sent it. The location…just find anything and get back to me”
Ramsey is a computer genius. I’m sure he will find something that will lead me to whoever sent that file.
RIA ROBERT COUTURE
RIA POV ????♀
“Did you talk to him?” Ethan asked
“No he was in a meeting”
“Ria -” he covered the inch between us
I blinked back tears
He was close,his warm hand on my cheek.
“It tears me apart to see you hurting like this”
I looked up at him,his image blurred slightly by the tears.
“What do i do Ethan? It hurts -” my voice trailed
He hugged me.
“Ian will come around”
He whispered in my hair
“Well I hope so” I muttered
Ethan stood back when I calmed.
He touched my face and wiped my tears with his fingertips.
“Thank You” i sniffle
He stepped backward and pushed his hands into his pocket.
“I talked to Chad this morning and I told him about the recording. And he Said that it was possible that Frederick sent it to Ian”
I nodded in agreement
I figured that out earlier..if Frederick was aware that I’m alive then he could be the one.
But it hard to figure how he found out I was the same Ria he tried to kill and why he sent that recording to Ian.
“Did he find anything?”
I asked Ethan . I was referring to Chad. He travelled to Idaho last night.
“Nothing much..He’s still trying to find Detective Derrick”
“Ethan if it was Frederick who sent that recording to Ian then how did he find out I was with Lucas? Because He wasn’t aware I was still alive back then cause Lucas hid me from him”
“I asked Chad the same question and he said that it’s possible that one of the MML gang told him the truth”
If that’s the case then who told Frederick the truth?
Who among the MML gang is still alive?
“Chad wants you to be careful and he suggested that you don’t keep last nights and always lock your door and windows before going to bed”
That terrified me!
My heartbeat accelerated at the realization that Frederick was after my life again.
“What about the Attorney?”
“I’m still yet to find an Attorney”
“I have an Attorney.. The one who helped me get my kids adoption papers”
“Ria we can’t just take on any Attorney”
“He is good”
He placed his hand on my shoulders
“I want the best Attorney for this case. And I will find the best in the state who will help us”
“Ethan we don’t have much time. Frederick will find me and -”
I said fearfully
“No he won’t find you. And even if he finds you I’m not going to let him hurt you again. I promise”
He hugged me again and I clung to him.
And I suddenly wished it was Ian holding me.
I closed my eyes and listened to Ethan’s heartbeat. But I was glad that he was here to comfort me.
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♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •••• FIFTY
THEME: SHE’S HURTING ????
••••• Three Days Later •••••
♣ LINT CORP ♣
IAN POV ????
“Sir you can’t go in -”
I heard Grace voice
The door opened and Ethan was there.
“I’m sorry Sir – I tried to stop him from coming in” she rushed out her words.
Ethan sniffed and ran his hands into his hair. Anger surged through me at the sight of him In My office.
Why was he here?
Oh! To boast of the fact that he was Ria’s old friend and she trusted him even though she only met him about a week ago.
“It okay Grace.. You can go”
She looked at Ethan before walking out.
“You have the gut to barge into my office -” I gritted
“Who do you think you are? huh?..Fine you own the largest industry In The state..Number 3 in USA.. So what? Does that give you the right to treat Ria like she isn’t worth anything?!” He yelled
“Get out” I said almost standing up from my chair.
“You sit you butt in that chair! I’m not going out of this place until you listen to everything I wanna say!” He snarled
Like he had compelled me..I sat back in my chair. He meant business but I was ready to face him.
He relaxed a bit when I sat in my chair.
“You have no idea how hurts Ria is right now – she hasn’t been feeling good,she couldn’t eat properly,she’s finding it hard to sleep – Why? Because she’s still finding hard to accept that you left her” he pointed at me
“And you left because you found out she was Lucas’s sex machine.. coward! You never gave her the chance to explain why she didn’t tell you Everything. You don’t know what she went through six years ago! And have you ever asked yourself after listening to that false recording, if it was possible for a 16 years old blind girl to go around sleeping with men?! And does Ria look like a whore to you?! And didn’t she tell you she came to Chicago with her female friend?!… Well I’m sure she told you but even at that you still believed it when that man said she left Idaho with a man!”
He came closer to my desk. I saw anger and pain in his expression.
“He claimed that she was sleeping around as if she could see. And you -” his voice trailed
I noticed the tear that slid down his left cheek as he wiped it quickly.
“You have no idea what she went through…and you really don’t know what it feels to lose ones parents” he paused
“Ria told you but you never cared to ask how they died. You’re sitting there grieving that Ria didn’t tell you anything whereas you never cared to know..you were only concerned on how to fulfill her dreams so you could rule her world..and be the main man!”
“That’s not true!” I yelled
“Then what?! Huh? Tell me?”
I clenched my fist
“I wanted to know about her past but she wasn’t ready to tell me about and I don’t want to pressure her!”
“What about now?..if you wanted to know about her past then you would have given Ria the chance to explain everything the day you listened to that recording!”
He paused and continued
“Six years ago Ria lost her patents”
His voice was calm.
“The MML gang killed her parents and the leader Lucas took Ria away”
My heart sank.
I listened to Ethan without interruption as he told me Ria’s story.
What have I done?!
Why didn’t I remember that fear I had seen in Ria’s eyes – fear of being touched by a male. Why didn’t I reason that someone who sleeps around with men won’t have such fear!
Ria’s fears came from what Lucas did to her!
And I never imagined that fear to come from something terrible like what Lucas did to Ria!
I placed my palm on my face
How come I believed that recording easily without thinking clearly?!
It was a lie!
A blind girl couldn’t have done it!
I didn’t think about it!
“She went through all that as a blind girl.. And the most painful aspect of it is finding out that your uncle killed your parents because of a mere inheritance”
I looked up at him trying to makes me sense of his words.
“Her uncle ordered MML gang to kill them”
Anger crashed over me and i clenched my fist
“Frederick Robert murdered her parents”
What? Frederick Robert?
I shot him a confused look.
“Yes the same Frederick.. Drake’s Father” he blurted
I could hardly believe his words.
Drake and Ria are cousins!
She met him at the party but she didn’t say anything!
No, oh my God!
That was why she had cried that night!
Yes..she asked Drake if he was related to Frederick and he said yes..saying yes changed her. Finding out that Drake was the son of the man who murdered her parents!
Fury and anger crashed over me..hot and thick..my teeth ground together – I would crave that bastard in pieces for what he had done to her.
“I can forgive everything but I will never forgive anyone that hurts Ria. Ian if you truly love Ria,then you will go to her and do all you can to put Frederick in Jail”
He spun on his heel and left my office.
My world was upside down. My heart went out to Ria.
I got out of the chair and grabbed my car keys as I rushed out of the office.
My whole focus was on reaching Ria. I felt i had added more to her pain by leaving her. I never meant to hurt her.
I’ve made such mistake by believing that damn tape, by getting mad at her for not opening up to me just because I was jealous she told Ethan and staying away from her.
Will Ria forgive me?
I took an unsteady breathe. I realized that it wasn’t pain I felt now but fear…fear that I’d never be in Ria world again.
“Don’t let it be like that..”
I’d never been the type to pray frequently, but all the way down to RRC I said the prayer over and over again.
^^^^^ IDAHO ^^^^^
AUTHOR POV ????????
He sat in his room thinking back to why he was jobless,why he had moved in to the slum,why his love had left him since he couldn’t get a well paid job. He had wanted Justice for that Family and he turned in enough evidence to summon the culprit and they accepted it but he got fired the very next day. And ever since then his life had been miserable…for six years now.
Derrick wiped his tears as he gathered the paper works to burn them in a small fire place. It was pointless keeping evidences he put together six years ago. The real prove which they fabricated.
He knew the truth but he couldn’t do anything about it. And The case was closed.
He was about dropping the papers in the small fire place in his home when he heard a knock on his door.
Who could it be?
He closed his eyes as he thought of his landlord standing outside his door with thugs ready to throw out his load.
The knock came again.
He stopped to think of what to do but then he realized that the knock was soft.
The landlord doesn’t knock gently. He dropped the papers back in the box,wiped his face before going to the door.
He peered through the small hole on the door. It wasn’t the landlord. He saw a figure on hood.
He stepped backward and grabbed a mop and went back to the door. He peered again,the figure was still there.
“Detective Derrick.. I know you are in there” the voice whispered
“Open up i don’t have much time..we need to talk”
He knocked again.
Derrick relaxed a bit when he didn’t sense danger.
He grabbed the knob and waited for few seconds before opening the door.
No one walked in.
Derrick looked out and saw a guy there with his hands up in the air. He meant no harm.
“Can I come in?” He asked
Derrick studied him and nodded slowly.
Derrick closed the door and locked it when he walked in.
“Who are you?” Derrick asked the guy who was scanning the room. He turned to Derrick.
“An ex convict” he replied removing his hood in the process
“No name?” Derrick asked
He stared at Derrick
Then Derrick settled on the old couch.
“Why are you here?” He asked
“To give you something”
Derrick raised his eyebrow
Matthew tucked his hands in the hood pocket and waited for Derrick to offer him a seat.
Derrick gestured for him to sit down feeling a bit embarrassed at the condition of the couches in his small apartment.
Matthew brought out a devise from his pocket and explained things to Derrick.
He waited for a response after he finished .
“I’m sorry I can’t help you. I’m not a detective anymore”
“I made a promised to my late that i would find you and deliver it to you -” he stood up and dropped the device and a note on the table.
“You can throw it out” Matthew said before walking out of Derrick’s house.
He was lost in thought
Another evidence. The real evidence from the horse mouth enough to reveal the truth. But there was nothing he could do about it. The case has been closed for six years now.
He pressed the button on the devise and it played. He listened to it.
She was alive?!
And everything he heard echoed in his head. He almost threw it in the fire but held back.
“This is the only chance to make him pay for his crimes”
A voice whispered at the back of his mind.
He can’t give it anyone.. They will kill him if he turned it in to the police. So he would wait for her to find him.
He stood up and dropped the stuffs in the box.
Derrick grabbed his jacket and made his way out of the house.
He would find out if that girl is truly alive.
“Is it too late now to say sorry..”