♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •• FIFTY •• FOUR
THEME: SUSPECTS ????
°°° Three Days Later °°°
• RIA ROBERT COUTURE •
RIA POV ????♀
I stood outside my shop waiting for Ian. I was anxious. And i was beginning to lose patience. I left my office and decided to wait for him outside. The time was now 10:30am, Ian was never late for our coffee Mornings and he always call if he couldn’t make it down here due to emergency at work.
But,today was different,he didn’t show up and no call.
I was worried when I called his line and Ian didn’t pick up.
I was disturbed and started to feel that something was wrong.
The transferring of case from Idaho to Chicago was approved the day before yesterday. And chad went with his men to apprehend Frederick but no one was home except the maids. Chad called Derrick to inform him that Frederick wasn’t home and the an old woman at his home said that Frederick left home some days ago. Chad was quick to calculate the day the woman gave him and it happened to be that Frederick left home the day Ava turned in the Reinvestigation Letter.
He left Town! Someone much have told him about it!
This made Derrick to join our team. He was now determined to find Frederick. And very soon they will declare him wanted.
“Miss Ria..Miss Ria -”
I heard Elise voice behind me.
I turned to face her.
She looked troubled
“Please come in and watch the news”
She said shakily
She nodded impatiently
I followed her back inside to the large Tv. My workers gathered around to watch the news too.
I saw Lint Corp Textile Factory. My eyes scrolled down to the breaking news.
Breaking New: Textile Factory on Fire ????
They showed the building on fire
“Several workers injured and CEO Ian Bryant collapsed in fire” The Reporter said
My heart skipped beats when I saw the medical team pushing Ian in a stretcher with oxygen on his nose.
“No..no” I muttered
Tears rolled down my cheeks
Elise held me tightly
“He will be fine”
I looked up at the Tv again. Firemen trying to put out of the fire.
What could have happened?
“The victims are being rushed to the nearest hospital which is Ainsley Hospital” the reporter continued
“Ainsley hospital?” I repeated
“I’ll get your bag” Loretta offered and rushed to my office.
I waited impatiently for her return.
“I’m coming with you” Elise said
“No I’ll be fine..just stay at the store”
“Okay” she replied reluctantly
The two bodyguards Ian hired (Brian and Bert) followed me.
“I don’t need you guys following me around!”
I yelled at them and they stepped backward.
And it so annoying having bodyguards to protect you. At school they almost followed me into the toilet.. They never left my side even in classes. And I already told Ian that I don’t need any bodyguard following me around.
I dialed Mrs Perla number and she picked
It wasn’t her voice
“Hello can I talk Mrs Perla?”
“Ria is that you?”
The soft voice asked
“Oh Ria..it me Lauren”
Ian’s second big sister. We’ve met before when she wanted to get a dress for her daughter Mia. She celebrated her 10th birthday two weeks ago.
“I just watched the news now..and I’m on my way to Ainsley hospital” I rushed out my words
“What about Mrs Perla?”
“She fainted after she received the news that Ian collapsed in the fire”
“How is she?”
“She’s fine now -”
“Okay..I will be there soon”
She hang up
What’s going on?
Oh my God! Let Ian be fine.
I said the prayer over and over again.
♦••••• IDAHO ••••• ♦
AUTHOR POV ????????
Alexis went to the door when she heard the doorbell.
“Good Afternoon Sir. How may I help you?”
Derrick who was now working as a detective in Chicago brought out his ID card and showed it to the maid. He came with two cops.
“We are here to see Mrs Robert”
“Alexis is everything okay?”
Alexis opened the door wide for Serena to see their visitors.
She walked closer to the door.
“Are you Mrs Sanders?”
“Yes I’m Serena Sanders”
He showed her his card.
“And Mrs Vivian Robert is here Right?”
“Is everything okay?”
“Yes i just want to have a word with you”
She invited them in
“Vivian -” she called
Vivian and Bay came to the sitting room. They stopped on track when their eyes fell on the men in uniforms.
“Detective Derrick from police quarters in Chicago”
“What’s going on Mom?”
“Presently we are reinvestigating Nathan and Madison’s case -”
“Nathan and Madison?” Vivian asked
“Yes The Robert.. Your husband’s step brother”
“They are dead”
“Yes I know” he cocked his brows
“Where is Mr Frederick Robert?” He asked
She shot him a confused look
“He’s out of town..on a vacation”
“I don’t know”
“Or you don’t want to disclose his location?”
“Mr Frederick didn’t give me a specific country or town?. He only warned me not to go Chicago”
“I told him some weeks ago that I’d like to Visit RRC to buy dresses but he refused”
“Why are you looking for my husband? And why are you reinvestigating a closed case?”
“For justice to prevail. After much investigation we found out that Mr Frederick Robert was deeply involved in the case”
Their jaws dropped.
“What do you mean?”
Derrick ignored Vivian’s question
“Thanks for your time”
“Hey…” Bay called out to him but he don’t respond
And then he left with his men.
He figured Frederick’s location in his wife’s word’s. He had warned her not to travel to Chicago.
Then he is in Chicago!
His phone beeped.
It was Chad.
“I just spoke to Mrs Vivian”
He told Chad what he found.
“Frederick is in Chicago”
Chad was silent
“Are you there?” Derrick asked
“Someone set Lint Corp The textile Factory on fire” chad said finally
“What?!” His mouth dropped slightly
“Yes and Ian collapsed in the fire”
Frederick is in Chicago, Textile factory on fire,Ian Collapsed in fire…
Derrick thought deeply
Then it struck him!
“Chad I think this is Frederick’s doing” He muttered
“Yes..lets just say that he want to get rid of Ian to make Ria Powerless. Ian said Frederick called him and.. he had told Frederick straight that he would put him in jail -”
“Now I think we don’t have to work in Idaho”
“Yes..the search is in Chicago..we have to find him”
“Perhaps did to tell his wife about it?”
“Not directly. I only said Frederick was involved in the case”
“Why didn’t you tell her?”
“The woman would collapse if I told her Frederick murdered his brother. And I have too much work to do than rushing a woman to the hospital”
“She will find out anytime soon”
“Yes the press are already storming the police station here trying to find any information”
“Well drop something for them before moving to Chicago”
“Sure” the line dropped
The rush to the hospital was in a bad way,hectic scene in the emergency room and this feeling I had felt before..the fear of losing Ian..the fear of not being in Ian’s world again.
“Don’t let it be”
I chanted in my head
I pushed my way through the Nurses and patients who were in my way,running towards the ICU. I met Lauren and Josie sitting in front of the ICU. They stared at me. I recognized Josie from the pictures Ian had showed me on his phone. Lauren stood up and came to me.
“How is he?”
I asked her
My eyes held a pleading look,hoping Ian would be fine.
Nothing will go wrong!
Ian will be fine! I prayed
A solemn look on Lauren’s face
“We’re not sure yet” she said
On cue,Doctor Hawn exit the ICU with a Female doctor and a Nurse behind him,turning all attention towards him.
“How is Ian?” We chorused
We let out a sigh of relief
“It seems Ian didn’t take his ventolin Inhaler to the factory that was why he collapsed in the fire. The smoke must have been too much for him to bear that it affected his breathing” Doctor Hawn said
I was trying to make sense of his words.
Ventolin Inhaler echoed in my head.
“Will he fine?” Josie asked
“Ahmm yes..he’s currently on oxygen machine but he will regain consciousness soon”
“Can we see him?” I asked
“Sure but you can’t go in yet”
“Please excuse me I will cheek on Mrs Perla”
He said and walked away with the women
“Josie.. this is Ria Robert. Ian’s girlfriend” Lauren introduced me
I fiddled with my fingers
Josie was totally different from Lauren. She had a frown on her face..and she shot me a disgusting look like I had shit on my body.
“It nice to -”
She cuts in
“Lauren I’ll just go ahead and Check on Ian”
She said coldly before walking away.
“I apologize on Josie’s behalf. She is always like that anytime…she’s under tension”
I gave her a half smile
It doesn’t matter to me. I’m more concerned about Ian.
“Mrs Lauren -”
I swallowed hard
“I don’t understand what Doctor Hawn said about Ventolin Inhaler -”
“Ian didn’t tell you?” She asked
I shook my head
“Ian is asthmatic”
My heartbeats rapidly
“I never knew Ian had health problems..he didn’t mention it to me” I replied
“Well maybe he didn’t want you to worry about him. Actually he goes around with an inhaler. And he’s pretty good at hiding his problems”
And I never noticed it.
And why didn’t i ask him if he had any health problem to?
“I’m sure he’s going to be fine”
She rubbed my arm
And I nodded in agreement
“Do you want to see Ian first or check on my mom?” She asked
“Your mom..” I replied
I don’t want to be with Josie. She scares me!
She held my hand and led me to Mrs Perla Ward.
I heard Mrs Perla voice when we almost got to the entrance of the ward.
“It all your fault!” She screamed
Lauren rolled her eyes
“Family issues” she muttered
I shouldn’t go in with her.
“Mrs Lauren you can go in. I want to call a Friend”
She stared at me for a second
“Okay” she nodded
“If only you had monitored the factory seriously like the rest of your sisters did to the company assigned to them then Ian won’t be unconscious!”
Mrs Perla said
Lauren stepped in
“You are incompetent Piper! And all this happened because of you!”
She yelled at Piper
I wondered what had caused the fire at the factory.
My phone beeped
It took it out of my bag.
It was Ethan!
“Ria..I watched the news -” he whispered
“Yes..Ian collapsed in the fire”
“Where are you?”
“At Ainsley hospital”
“How is he?”
“He’s unconscious but the doctor said he would be fine” I blinked back tears as I explained Ian’s health condition to him.
“And he didn’t tell you about it?”
“Ian didn’t tell me he was asthmatic..and I’ve never even noticed an inhaler with him”
“Ria relax.. Ian – maybe he didn’t want you to worry about him”
But I’d be glad if he had told me about it.
Now I’m feeling bad hat I haven’t been caring about him.
“Will you come back to the store?”
“No I will wait here..I want to be there for Ian when he wakes up”
This is the time to repay Ian for taking care of me in China
“Okay..just give me a call when he wakes up”
He hang up
I turned back and Josie was there.
And i didn’t know what to say to her.
“The board of directors and shareholders of the factory requests that you stepped down as the chairlady”
A masculine voice said
“Piper you don’t have to worry about them..you can’t step down if the major shareholder doesn’t want you to – and you know your mom is the major shareholder”
“I want her to step down”
Mrs Perla said
“Mom! You can’t do this to me! After everything I -”
“You ruined the company. Now we have no textile company now!”
“Calm down mom” I heard Lauren’s voice
“Darling we can discuss and sort things out” the masculine voice said
It was Ian’s dad!
Josie held the door knob
“You shouldn’t be eavesdropping on our family’s discussion”
Oh yeah she was right!
I think it better I stay away. Since I’m not part of the family.
I will talk to Mrs Perla later.
I stepped backward. The door opened and Piper came out with a wet face. She had been crying. She ran down the hallway as fast as her legs could carry her.
Josie stepped in
“That’s my final decision and.. I’m not changing my mind”
Mrs Perla said
“Mom is this about Ian or the company?” I heard Josie’s voice
“Please don’t start Josie”
I wasn’t ready to stay around and listen to their discussion. I made my way back to the ICU. I peered through the transparent glass on the door. Time ticked constantly,moving while I stood waiting outside the Intensive care unit. I watched him lay unconscious in bed. There he laid,Ian limp body on the bed,a bandage around his head and left wrist and a gauze on his nose. I was sure there was more under the hospital gown. He wasn’t in a good condition.
And all that’s left is to wait till he regained consciousness.
My phone buzzed again. It was Ethan
“Ria -” he called shakily
“What’s wrong Ethan?”
I asked fearfully
He drew in a deep breathe
“Chad just called me now and he said that …Frederick is in Chicago”
My heartbeat accelerated
Don’t let it be what I’m thinking
“And he said that..it is possible that Frederick set the textile factory on fire. No evidence yet but they are preparing to check the CCTV in the factory.. Some part are not affected..”
“Oh no -”
Tears.. I could feel them dropping down my cheeks.
If it was Frederick truly..then he must have done that to get back at Ian. I was there the day Frederick called Ian to ask why he had canceled the deal and Ian told him everything.. The recording and the case he tried to cover up.
Realization hit me!
And all this happened because of me!
The textile factory got burnt because of me!
Those workers in the fire..Ian..and Piper getting blamed..It was all fault.
“Ria are you there?”
I dropped the phone from my ear and stared at Ian closely.
Why was there a bandage on his head and wrist.. And the a gauze on his nose since he was only affected by the smoke?
It was clear!
If it was Frederick then he was after Ian’s life. He wanted to destroy Ian to make me powerless over the case. He knew that Ian was Solidly behind me and determined to put him in jail.
And at the same time what if it wasn’t Frederick but someone else?
I thought deeply
“Ethan..” I placed the phone on my ear
“What if it was Drake Robert?”
“Yes..the Deal Ian cancelled..Drake must have done it to make Ian come back to him. Remember he wanted to supply me Fabrics but I rejected his offer…He -”
“I understand Ria.. I will call Chad and tell him about it too”
The line dropped again
My mind was spinning. It could be Drake Robert. He must have thought that ruining The textile factory will make me come to him for supplies so then he will use that chance to make Ian sign the deal again.
And I could hardly believe what I was thanking!
But somehow feelings of guilt washed over me.
I wondered what would happened tomorrow and in the next few days.
♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •• FIFTY •• FIVE
THEME: IT’S ALL MY FAULT! ????
°°°°° IDAHO °°°°°
♦ SANDERS MANSION ♦
AUTHOR POV ????????
“Vivian! Vivian!” Serena called out to her after receiving a call from a close friend. She rushed into the sitting room. Bay and Vivian looked at her with confused looks.
“Mom..what’s wrong?” Bay asked as she rubs her baby bump.
Serena picked the remote and tuned in to a news Chanel.
“Vivian you should watch the news”
She looked troubled
Then they gasped few seconds after watching the news.
The Headline was…
“FREDERICK ROBERT DECLARED WANTED”
His picture was at the top right side of the TV. “WANTED” In red letters.
“Mom that’s the man that came around -” bay pointed to a man on Tv talking to some reporters. It was Derrick.
“Yes he is the one” Serena replied
Vivian was silent. Her mind was spinning dizzyingly.. Her world upside down. She could hardly believe what Derrick was saying to the press.
“Mr Frederick Robert is the suspect of a case from six years ago. But We have enough evidences to charge Mr Robert to court for the murder of His step Brother and his wife Nathan and Madison Robert…..”
“Oh no..” She muttered and placed her hand on her forehead
“What’s all this mom?” She arched her brows
“I don’t know…Vivian I’ll just call -”
She stopped when she noticed that Vivian wasn’t moving on the couch.
She called at her but she didn’t respond.
She shook her but she was already unconscious.
“What wrong mom?” Bay managed to get up from the couch.
“Bay.. Call 911!”
She screamed at her startling Bay in the process. But she rushed to the home line to call 911.
♦ CHICAGO ♦
°°°° AINSLEY HOSPITAL°°°°
IAN POV ????
Darkness.. Complete darkness that’s all I see. I tried opening my eyes but they wouldn’t listen. My arms were doing the same, remaining limp by my sides. I opened my eyes slowly,observing my surrounding through my blurred vision. My eyes adjusted to the light in the room.
“Where am I?”
Realization hit me when i heard the beeping sound of machine next to me and the white walls.
“I am in the hospital”
I groaned at the slight pain in my head.
How did I get to the hospital?
“Ian -” a soft voice called me.
I turned and saw my mom
She sat down at the edge of the bed and held my hand gently
“What happened Mom?”
“You collapsed in the fire”
“At the textile factory”
I closed my eyes
Memories flooded my mind.
“Ian how did you get caught in the fire?..and why didn’t you take your inhaler with you?”
She looked concerned
“What about Ria?” I said in a tight whisper ignoring her questions.
My mom stared at me
“Is she okay?” I asked shakily
“Yes…she just stepped out a while ago to get coffee for me”
“For how long have I been at the hospital?”
“You were out for 24hours”
A whole day!
Now what have I missed?!
The door opened and I looked away from my mom to the door
Ria was there with a coffee pack in her hands.
“Ian -” she whispered
A smile formed on my lips.
She came to the bed and gave my mom the coffee.
“Thank you” mom said to her.
Then she moved to the other side of the bed
“How are you feeling?” She asked
“I’m fine..” I reached out to her and she held my left hand.
She nodded slowly but she didn’t smile.
“Mom..can you excuse us? I want to talk to Ria alone”
“Sure..I was about leaving too -” she stood up
“I will inform Doctor Hawn that you are awake”
She exited the room
“Relax..lemme adjust the bed” she adjusted the bed rails and it came higher. And I sat comfortably on the bed. Ria settled on the bed too facing me directly.
“Ian I was worried when you didn’t show up for coffee and I called you but you weren’t picking up..until I watched the news”
I noticed the tears at the corners of her eyes.
“I was so scared..and I thought I was going to lose -” her voice trailed
Oh! She thought she was going to lose me!
“Ria..I told you that I’m not going to leave you” I assured her
Then she came closer and hugged me
“I can’t live without Ian..so please stay with me”
I pat her back slightly
“Yes Ria..I’m going to stay with you”
“And why didn’t you tell me..about your health problems?” She came out of the embrace and stared at me.
“I never knew that you have asthma and you didn’t tell me about it”
“I’m sorry” I apologized
I didn’t tell her about my health problems because I didn’t want her to worry about me. And I noticed that I haven’t had an attack since I met Ria. I was doing fine.
“And why didn’t you take it with you..I mean the inhaler?”
“I always leave the inhaler in the car..And i didn’t expect the fire outbreak -”
She nodded and held my hands in hers.
“Well about the fire..Chad and Derrick came around last night”
“So what did they say?”
“Frederick is In Chicago”
“Yes..and we all suspected that he might be involved -”
“Like he set the factory on fire? She nodded and explained things to me. Reason for suspecting Frederick and Drake too. She told me everything I needed to know!
“and Chad wanted to hear your side of the story too”
“Do I have to wait for them to come around before saying anything?”
“Yes Ian..and you need to rest” she said
“Well is mom aware about Frederick?”
“Yes I told her about it when she saw the news too. Actually Ian I admitted to her that I was related to him”
“Ria you shouldn’t have -”
“You don’t have to worry..i didn’t tell her about Lucas”
“Is that possible?… Ria there is no way you will share your story without involving him”
“Yes..but I only told her that Frederick ordered the killings of my parents just to take over my dad’s inheritance”
“And she didn’t ask you how you survived?”
“She didn’t Ian. Your mom was so troubled after i told what Frederick did to me ..and she was even more concerned about how to get him to pay for his crimes”
“So how did she find out?”
“The news.. Frederick is all over the news now”
“Where are your bodyguards?”
“They are at the store”
“Why the store? They should be here guiding you -”
I paid them to protect her and not sitting at the store!
“Calm down Ian..I told them not to follow me around”
“Why?” She was silent
“Ria tell me what’s wrong?..are they giving any problems?”
She nodded negatively
Ava sent a note to the institution authority and explained that Ria would be coming around with her bodyguards. She isn’t safe with Frederick finding out that she’s alive!
“Or is any of your lectures against bring your bodyguards to classes?”
“Then what?..tell me Ria”
She avoided my gaze
“Ian it’s just that I don’t want anyone risking their lives to protect me..look if Frederick comes around he would take my bodyguards first before taking me. They would get hurt for my sake..and I don’t want that. So the only way to stop it and avoid losing them is to just..stop them from following me around”
I closed my eyes
“Look at you now – Ian you are also in this state because of me” she said soberly
And we go again! Putting all the blame on herself!
Ria thinks everything that happened was her fault!
“Don’t think like that Ria…I don’t want you to blame yourself. And we are not sure if Frederick or Drake set the factory on fire..and even if its one of them..don’t ever blame yourself for it”
I believed she would take comfort from being assured that it wasn’t her fault even if Frederick or Drake was involved In it.
“Is that clear?” She nodded
“But..what about the factory now?”
“What’s the condition? Did everything get burnt?”
“No just the storage room and part of the main factory..the firemen were quick to quench the fire”
I swallowed hard
“Don’t be concerned about it. Last month mom and I discussed it that we would renovate the textile Factory..so we will do it now”
“Well Ian I’m just happy that no workers died in the fire. Though some sustained minor injuries and they were all quick to get out of the building”
“We will compensate those that sustained injuries”
She nodded in agreement
“Your mom said the same thing too”
“Oh Ian i don’t know if I should be the one telling you this -”
” tell me what happened?”
“Actually, yesterday your mom agreed to the shareholders request”
“They want Piper to stepped down as the chairlady. It wasn’t her fault but your mom also thinks Piper is incompetent of running the factory -”
“Yeah she’s right..they are all right about Piper. The truth was that she was the reason why I went to the factory. You see Ria,Piper doesn’t like the idea of sitting at the desk all day. She had always wanted to be model but our parents didn’t agree to her choice. And so she was only trying to run the factory somehow..with my help”
“Is that all?” I asked..
And she nodded but I felt she still has something to say.
“Okay..can I get a smile now?”
She gave me a half smile
“Ian this is not the appropriate -”
“Time to smile right?” I completed her statement
“Ria I’m alive and we are back together isn’t that enough reason to smile?”
She stared at me
“Yeah you’re right”
“I’m sorry I didn’t think about it”
I rubbed her arm gently
“You know Ian – you can move in with us for the main time” she said
And I thought I didn’t t hear her say that…
“Move in with you?”
“Yes after your discharge. You can stay with us till you get better. I want to take care of you”
“No Ria ..Mr Griffin is at home and I can take care of myself”
The truth was I don’t want to be a burden to Ria.
“You don’t want me to take care of you properly?”
“I don’t think it a good idea”
“Ria you have too many work at hand. You have to take care of your kids,prepare them for school before their nanny arrives and as well as preparing yourself for the work at the store and for classes too. And offering to take care of me would only add to the work. And I don’t want to be a burden -”
“Ian you are not going to be a burden to me” she cuts In
“And stop making it sound like I do thousands of work a day”
“Ria you don’t have to inconvenient yourself just to take care of me” I said
She stared at me for a second and nodded slowly
“I understand..it fine if you don’t want to – ”
Her voice trailed
And she stood up
“You should rest now”
She said sharply as she adjusted the bed.
I studied her expression
Ria wasn’t happy that I turned her down
I’d like to move in with her!
I want her to take care of me!
I want to wake up to see her first thing in the morning!
But wanting all these makes me selfish.
I have to think of the fact that she has many things to do
But at the same time Ria won’t be happy if i don’t say yes.
I want her to be happy!
I caught her hand before she step away from the bed to sit on the couch.
“Ria are you sure? I mean about me moving in with you for sometime?”
“Yes Ian..100% sure..but it seems you don’t want me to take care you just like how you did to me” she stopped
And continued after few seconds
“When I found out about your health problem i felt like I don’t know you the way I should – and that I didn’t care about you the way you care about me. And I’m sorry I didn’t take such steps..I had no idea how to start a relationship or how to maintain one. I know nothing about it -”
“I’m sorry” she apologized
I gestured to her To sit back on the bed and she did.
“So we can use this chance of staying together to get to know each other..better. Huh? And remember I said I was going to court you properly -”
And I would have proposed to Ria the moment I confessed to her.
I couldn’t because i didn’t have a Ring and it was too early to propose without going to a relationship first.
And I felt that we can make that decision after we end Frederick.
Then She leaned close and pressed her lips on mine.
I wiped the tears that rolled down her cheeks amidst kisses when she pulled away.
“I love you” she muttered
“I love you too”
I smoothened strands of hair from her face.
“I know you love me
I know you care
You are my love
And we will never be apart…”
♠ RIA ♠
EPISODE •• FIFTY •• SIX
THEME:DON’T BELIEVE IT! ????
°°° AINSLEY HOSPITAL °°°
AUTHOR POV ????????
“How’re you feeling?” Chad asked Ian
“I’m glad that you are fine” Derrick said to him and he nodded
“So what’s up with Frederick?” Ian asked
“We are yet to find him”
“Ian, i you need to tell us what exactly happened at the factory”
Chad said to him
“I had received a call from the manager that morning that I should come around and check out the new machines they purchased. Though it was Piper’s job to inspect it but she was busy at the office and she doesn’t know much about machines too”
“And did you suspect any unusual movement when you got to the factory?” Chad asked
“Everything was fine” Ian replied
“Are you sure? Ian try to think -”
He closed his eyes and memories of that day flooded his mind.
“Good Morning CEO Ian” Sam the manager greeted Ian
“Morning Mr Sam” he replied glancing around the Factory.
Everyone was busy.
“Where are the machines?”
“We haven’t installed it”
“So where are the engineers that will build them together”
“They are on their way Sir”
He led Ian to the room where the machines are kept.
“Mr Sam are you everything is okay around here?”
Ian asked as he checked out the machines.
“Yes sir..everything -”
Sam was interrupted by a loud spark in the corridor. Then everywhere went black.
“What’s wrong?” Ian asked
“Power outage I guess -”
Ian muttered profanity as he brought of his phone and switched on the flashlight.
“I will check out what’s going on?” Sam said and stepped out of the room.
Seconds clicked by and he didn’t return.
Ian stepped out of the room.
He heard noises close by..he caught a glimpse of a figure at the corridor leading to the main factory.
Everywhere was still dark as the figure made a sharp corner to the factory.
“Mr Sam -”
He called but no one responded.
He coughed when he inhaled smoke after he came out to the opening.
Workers running helter skelter in the factory.
He was confused.
Ian placed his palms on his nose. Someone bumped into him and his phone fell to the ground.
Everyone screamed loudly at another spark in the air!
He wanted to know what had caused the fire.
He noticed a cable was disconnected from a machine nearby.. It sparked!
He didn’t know what to do amidst the chaos!
“Everyone move out!”
Sam barked out orders to the workers.
Ian coughed continuously.
His chest tightened and his breathe cut
And he couldn’t breathe well.
He searched for his inhaler but he couldn’t find it..then he recalled that it was in the car.
He held the big box close by. He tightened his grip on it.
“Sir Ian watch out!”
He heard Sam’s voice
He looked up and saw the box almost falling.. And it two of it fell before he could dodge them.
His eyes rolled to his head as the box hit his head. He hit the ground hard
“Somebody help!” Sam screamed
Two out of the security men guiding the workers out of the building came around. They placed Ian on the man’s back and then rushed out of the building.
Firemen made their way into the building to put out the Fire.
The medical teams were attending to Injured workers. They helped Ian on a stretcher into the ambulance as they tried to resuscitate him.
“So you saw a figure when you came out of the machine room?” Chad asked
“Yes..and I thought it was Mr Sam”
“But Mr Sam would have responded” Derrick said
“Can you give a quick description of the figure you saw”
“Everywhere was dark -”
“But you had a flashlight -”
“Try to remember” Chad persisted
Ria squeezed his hands gently.
“You can help with the direction of where you saw the figure” Derrick added
“It was a man” Ian said
He closed his eyes
He thought deeply
“He was tall..about the same height -” he paused
He remember vividly that the figure he saw had a face cap on.
“And is Mr Sam about your height?”
He opened his eyes
“No it wasn’t Mr Sam. The figure I saw was on a face cap”
Derrick and Chad exchanged glances
“And it was like he was coming from the cable room..the room that powers the factory. But he could be one of the operators in charge of power supply”
“Well I don’t think so -”
Chad brought out his phone and showed Ian an image of a man. It matched Ian’s description of the figure.
“It could be him..I don’t know. I mean I’m not sure about what I saw cause everywhere was dark”
“We checked the CCTV at the factory and we found this man..he was in the cable room around the time the fire started” Chad said
He collected his phone and played a mute video for Ian.
He saw himself talking to Sam.
Workers were working – his eyes caught a worker looking around also on face cap.
“And this is another one.. Different from the one who was in the Power room” Derrick said as he paused the video.
“What are you trying to say?”
“Two men were sent to destroy the factory” he played it
The man was close to a machine, he slowly dropped something on the ground.
Ian wasn’t around at that time. The camera showed the man in the power room..where he was checking some cables before everywhere became dark.
“One pulled out a cable and the other one started the fire”
They were both dressed in workers uniform but their faces hidden under the face caps.
“Killers under disguise” Ian muttered
“The question now. Is..who sent them?” Derrick said
“Frederick Robert” Ian spat
He clenched his fists.
Ria rubbed his hands gently to calm him.
“We’re not sure yet..this video is not enough evidence to decide that this was Frederick’s doing or maybe Drake” Chad said
“We are looking for the culprits..and Frederick too” Derrick added
“Make sure you find them” Ian said
“Sure and you guys have to be careful from now on” Chad said
“Thank You” Ria replied.
“I will call you if we find anything” Derrick said again before they stepped out of the ward.
FREDERICK POV ????
I sat on the couch sipping champagne as I watched Lint Corp Factory on Fire. I laughed wickedly when I saw Ian on a stretcher. Well I didn’t know he was going to be at the factory that day. But my plans had ruined him too.
“Bastard…” I laughed wickedly
“Sir” I heard Biggy voice
“What is it?”
“The newspaper you requested”
I dropped my glass on the table and collected the papers.
I was on the front page of every news papers in Chicago.
I’ve been declared wanted!
I couldn’t move around freely!
So Biggy was the one helping me with my plans.
“Any news about Ian -”
I wanted to know if he survived in that fire. The men I sent did a good job at ruining the textile factory.
And when I’m done with him..the Bryant will be left with nothing. Let’s see if Ria Robert will be able to fight me in court without Ian by her side.
“Biggy work on the next plan”
I want to end everything at once.
“And be careful”
I said before he walked out of the room.
I picked up my family picture on the table.
They couldn’t reach me cause I changed my line.
I dialed Vivian’s number and she picked on the second ring.
“Hello” she said
“Vivi..it me Frederick”
She gasped in shock
“Where are you?!”
I’m sure she must have heard the news back home too
“The police came around -”
“Vivian -” I called
“Is it true?” She asked shakily
I couldn’t admit to her that I killed Nathan and his wife. I want her to stay alive..not for me but for our unborn grandchild.
“No Vivian” I closed my eyes
“It’s not true – Ria Robert is only trying to frame me up. She and Ian conspired against me because I threatened him to sign the deal he canceled” I lied
“Fred..please tell me the truth -”
She said in a tight whisper
“If you aren’t guilty of the crimes then come back home and defend yourself” she said
“No I can’t do that..I’ve been declared wanted. No one will believe me if I show up now”
“But Fred -”
“Listen..I’ll return home soon okay? I just need to settle some things”
“At least tell me where you are Frederick I want to see you”
“No..not now Vivian”
“I don’t know Vivian”
She was silent
“Don’t go to Chicago or visit RRC”
“You know Frederick I don’t Want to believe that you murdered your brother and his wife or that Ria Robert was the same Ria… I don’t want to believe everything they said on the news”
“Don’t believe it Vivian because it’s not true. How is Bay and our grandchild?”
“They are both fine”
“And Drake? Perhaps is he aware?”
“I don’t know Fred..I haven’t heard from him”
“Try calling him -”
“He isn’t picking up his calls”
“Okay…And Vivian don’t tell the police I called you and don’t give this number to anyone if you still want to see me”
She was silent
“Okay” she muttered
“I love you” I said
“Yes.. I love you too..”
Then I hang up
°°° RIA APARTMENT °°°
••••• RIA POV •••••
“Mr Ian -”
Phoebe and Phoenix screamed when we stepped in.
Phoenix hugged him
“Hey little man” Ian said giving him a high five.
“How are you feeling now?” Phoebe asked
“I’m fine Phoebe”
“Where is your Nanny?” I asked
“She’s in the kitchen preparing dinner”
I already told the kids that Ian would be moving in with us for sometime.
“Welcome Ma’am” Dorris greeted
“How are you Dorris?”
“I’m fine” she smiled
“How are you doing Sir?”
“Are you done cooking?”
“Its getting late Dorris..you can leave I will finish up”
“No ma’am I will -”
“Don’t worry I will finish the rest of the cooking”
“Okay Ma’am” she walked back into the kitchen
“Mommy.. Nanny Dorris packed our bags” Phoenix said soberly
“She said that we are going to stay at Mrs Elise place”
“Yes” I replied
“Why mom?” He said with a sad face
Chad suggested that I move the kids to Mrs Elise place for their safety.
He said Frederick might come for them just to get me. But I can’t tell the kids what’s going on. They are too little to understand anything.
And I warned Dorris not to let them watch the news.
“I’ll be very busy for the next few days. Mrs Elise and Dorris will take care of you”
“Don’t worry you will move back home very soon”
Ian assured them
Dorris came back to the living room.
“Goodbye children” she said
“Bye nanny Dorris” they said
She walked out of the house
“Mom can I go with my video games?” Phoenix asked
“Yes little man” I replied as I motioned towards the kitchen. The food was ready..I just need to dish it.
Ian and the children joined me in the kitchen.
I settled beside Ian and the kids sat together.
And sitting around a table laden with food with Ian,Phoebe and Phoenix,It gave me a glimpse of what a family could be..my hands jerked at the thought of having a family with Ian.
“This is good” Phoebe complimented
“Not as good as mom’s cooking” Phoenix countered
“Yeah you are right” she said
“Your mom’s cooking is the Best” Ian added
I felt my cheeks heat up a bit.
“Yes!” They chorused
“Well,keep down the praise” i managed to say
I looked at Ian
“You done?” I asked him
He’d eaten only half of what he had on his plate.
“Done.. And it was good” Ian murmured and looked down into his coffee cup.
“And I think I’m done too” Phoenix said
“Likewise” Phoebe added
“Okay” I stood up
And picked up the dishes
“Let me help -” Ian said
“No don’t worry I can -”
He picked up his dishes and took it to the sink.
“Just show me where the detergent and I’ll get the dishes started” he said with a smile
I looked down at the bandage on his left wrist.
“Phoebe help your brother to shower..I’ll join you very soon”
“Okay mom” they walked out
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to do the dishes” I pointed to his wrist
“So why don’t you just go and take a shower and rest in bed -”
“While you stay out here and do the dishes” He said
“Ian I’m sure you tired..go and get ready for bed”
He moved closer and touched my cheeks..just one finger, one light touch. I looked up at him.
“What were we saying?” He raised an eyebrow
I stepped away just enough to break his contact with me.
“I told you to get ready for bed” I said in low voice
“Okay” he smirked and pushed his hands behind his back.
“I’ll just get my bag -” he started to walk away but he stooped to face me.
“Which of the room should I settle in?”
“My room ”
He looked absolutely stricken and my stomach knotted. We are going to share the same room. I don’t want him to be alone. Ian might need my help In the middle of the night.
“Are you sure you want us to sleep in the same room?”
“Yes” I shrugged
“People in relationship share the Same room and bed right?” I asked him
“Yes they do -Okay”
And he was gone.
I had the plates washed and rinsed. I worked to clean up the evidence of meal on the dinning table.
“Mom” Phoebe trotted back into the room.
I turned to him.
I said softly wiping my hands on the towel.
“We’re ready to go to bed” he said
I put the towel on a side rack before following him to their bedroom.
“Get In Your bed” I said to Phoenix before pulling the blanket over his body.
I placed a kiss on his curls.
“Good night Mom” he whispered
I hummed a response and went to Phoebe’s bed and did the same.
“Sweet dreams my princess” I said as I pulled the blanket over her body too and switched on the bed side lamp.
I turned and Ian was there at the door.
I found him watching me with a smile touching his lips.
I smiled back at him.
“Good night” he waved at the kids
“Night Night” they replied before I closed the door
“Sorry I wanted to see if you are done with the dishes”
“I’m done” I said barely covering a yawn
“Do you need anything?”
I asked as we made our way back to bedroom
He was dressed in a black short and white singlet.
He went straight to the bed and sat on it.
“Won’t you tuck me to bed too?”
I giggled at the childish look on his face.
I went to him
He lay on the bed and I pulled the bed cover over his body.
“Goodnight” I whispered
And I was almost leaving when he held my wrist.
“Don’t..don’t do that -” he said
“Don’t do what?”
“Saying good night without a kiss.. A goodnight kiss..like the one you gave to the children”
I turned to him and kissed him quickly on his lips
He grinned sheepishly
“Better” he muttered
“Goodnight Hun” he said
I hummed a response before walking to the bathroom.
I wouldn’t stop smiling as I stood In front of the large mirror in the bathroom.
I wondered about Ian
He was in my bed and we are going to share the same bed tonight and in the next few days!
And then I found myself.. Picturing Ian in my bedroom with just a towel around his waist, his chest and shoulders bare and muscular,his flat stomach and maybe a line of hair from his navel downward…
“Oh! That’s not good”
I informed myself, closing my eyes as if that would block the mental picture.
I opened them again and came out of my clothes. And even in the shower I couldn’t stop thinking about him.
My first time!
My words struck me hard!
A first for so much and it all centered on Ian. Especially the part of falling in love and wanting someone so badly. God knew I’d never done that before. I love Ian and could hardly breathe without thinking of him. And i had imagined us having a family together. And never in my Life had I thought I would wish to have a family with the kind I hated but I wish to have a family with Ian.
A lot of firsts!
Thanks for Reading!