*2 months later*
There was an incessant beeping in my ears and it was making it a struggle to sleep. I groaned as my eyes began to open only to close back shut due to the brightness of the room. Where was I and why won’t anyone stop that beeping sound already?
“Hope?” I held my breath as his voice filles my ears. “Baby I’m so sorry. Please? Please just hurry up and wake up. I need to see your eyes.” I smiled as I felt his lips touch my forehead. I opened my eyes and my heart dropped the moment I saw Jake.
“H-How?” I cried tears coming down my eyes.
“I made bail after striking a deal to get Destiny’s real murderer. I mean it was the least I could do after she bailed me out the first time.”
“Yeah Destiny and I are old friends. She lined up girls for me and when they came to her complaining about how I was different she’d tell them it was all in their head. We got away with a lot she warned me ahead of time about you. Told me there was away I could take you, you little boyfriend and his brother down all at once. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to get hold of that baby of yours, but there’s still time.”
“The two of you planned this?”
“And a whole lot more. You see Destiny wanted revenge on you for sleeping with Zach. She hated Novian for choosing you over her. Now Zach she actually had some kind of feelings for, that was until she found out about little Beniyah.” He laughed.
“Where are they?”
“Oh you don’t know. Novian is rotting away in a jail cell and that’s where he’ll be staying for some time. Unless Destiny underestimated me and you were smart enough to prove that I hit you and threatened you and your family, but you aren’t.” He laughed making my stomach churned.
“Oh how sweet. You’re worried about Zach boy.” He smirked and I swear I’ve never seen so much hatred in someone’s eyes before. He was pure evil. “Little Zachy can’t save you anymore either. Destiny was right. Those James brothers have anger like I’ve never seen before and it worked like a charm. Playing their own anger against them. I am sorry you got hurt in the process. You’re just a stupid broken little girl. You aren’t the only stupid one though. I can’t believe they actually fell for Brenda’s story. Why would they trust someone that I own? If you’re wondering she was the one who killed him. Drove full speed into his car.”
“W-what?” I stuttered tears pouring down my cheeks. “You’re lying.”
“Oh no Hope I’m not. My bet is no one wants to tell you because you’ve already been through a lot.”
“You want get away with any of this.”
“But you have no proof as to otherwise.” He teased with a sickening smile.
“You were just apologizing.” I cried.
“Only for shooting you. That wasn’t part of the plan. I went a little rogue.”
“Seven months. You-”
“We were planning this for seven months. She had no clue Novian was in jail-” before he could finish someone was grabbinh him. There was a fight before he was knocked unconscious.
“What’s going on here?” Asked a nurse rushing in.
“Call the police. He was trying to harm her and when they get here give them this recording. Oh and she’s woke. Hey there Little Hopeful.” I smiled as Marcus looked at me with a full blown smile spread across his face.
“Marcus.” I breathed.
“Relax ok. Your other half called me last night and told me everything. I’ve been here since this morning. Destiny never warned him about me.” I smiled as my eyes began to shut. “Go on and rest Hope. I’m here for you.”
“Tell them....tell them to check Novian’s voicemails.” I whispered before I was out of it once again. I didn’t even know if the baby was okay. Where was Beniyah?
I paced back in forth in the interrogation room. They came and got me hours ago. I hoped it worked. If it did I owe so much more than just my life to Marcus.
“Novian Emerald James.” Said a cop entering the room.
“Please sit.” I sighed as I did as told my leg shaking continuously. “Today we got a tip from a Hope...”
“She’s up?!” I yelled. It’s been too months.
“It was briefly, but they say that her body is still tired and your baby is doing well. Developing as normal.” I breathed a sigh of relief. “However, before she was out again she told a friend to tell us to check your voicemails.” He said nothing as he placed my phone on the table. I knew what he wanted and I didn’t hesitate to unlock it and go through all the messages before I found the one she was talking about.
“Jake stop! She cried “Why are you doing this?” I could feel myself getting angry all over again hearing the fear in her pleas.
“I did not waste seven months grooming you into the women that I deserve just for a nobody to come back and take you away. I did not spend seven months months making sure that you were obedient to everything that I desired just for you to run off with your ex. I DID NOT spend seven months making sure you were clean just for you to give yourself away all over again. You are mines Hope. I don’t know how clearer I can make it.” He spat.
“Jake I belong to no one but myself. I don’t deserve to be treated like this or talk to like I’m your pet. I’m a good woman and I know my worth.” I smiled. She always had a way of seeming more confident than she was.
“YOU’RE WORTHLESS! YOU AIN’T WORTH THE DIRT UNDER MY SHOES! THE MINUTE I’M GONE YOU AND YOUR EX ARE IN BED TOGETHER! YOUR NOTHING HOPE! YOU’RE JUST A PIECE OF SHIT WRAPPED IN USED TISSUE!”
“Jake no.” She cried. “Please stop.”
“You want me to stop! I’ll stop when they’re all dead. Once I’m done with them I’ll come back and finish you off. I’ll sit back and watch as each and everyone of them bleed to death after I put a bullet in their head. I’ll save Destiny for last. Put a couple bullets in her body and let you watch!”
My mouth dropped as the recording cut off.
“In light of this new evidence we’re letting you go. That and we have confession that he planned all of this out as a way of payback for you and your family. It should be a few minutes more and then you are once again a free man. Go check on your family.”
“I will.” The cop shook my hand before leaving the room. I was in tears as I sat there in disbelief. I had no clue this was on here. She saved my ass. An hour later I was on my way to the hospital freshly showered and anxious to see Hope. The moment I stepped into the room I seen Marcus.
“I owe you man.” I breathed.
“No you don’t. Just having my friend back and her safe is all I ever wanted.” I smiled as I hugged him before walking towards her bed. She was woke, but she was crying.
“Hey.” She smiled sadly.
“Hey. Are you okay?” I asked as she nodded yes. “What’s wrong?”
“Is...is Zach really dead?” My blood ran cold.
Finally she was asleep. She cried into my chest for hours over Zach. It pained me not being able to do anything about any of this. At this point I didn’t really care anymore. Jake was going away for life. Destiny was gone. Unfortunately I’d lost my brother and our dimming relationship was something I was going to regret causing for the rest of my life. All I had left was my little family and it was my duty to make sure that they remained safe. It was time that I manned up.
At some point after I dozed off my parents came with Beniyah to check on us. Not wanting to wake a screaming child I laid him next to Hope and smiled as they immediately began cuddling each other. After snapping some pictures my mother pulled me outside of the room with tears in her eyes.
“Ma what’s wrong?” I asked.
“Novian I know you kids are grown now, but I just lost a son and it wasn’t too long ago that I’ve lost two of my best friends.” She paused to take a deep breath. “I would’ve thought that you all were passed the age of lying to us and keeping secrets.”
“What? We’ve been honest. Dad what’s going on?” I was confused as hell. What could’ve possibly happened? I’ve been in jail and Hope is just not waking from a coma.
“When was the last time you’ve seen or spoken to Marcus Cavenaugh son?”
“I called him the night before they released me. I told him to check on Hope. I knew you guys had your hands full with work and Beniyah. I just needed a piece of mind since Jake was free again.” I explained. What the hell was going on?
“Son, that same day someone broke into the guest house.”
“What?” I asked. “What guest house?” Now i was really confused.
“She didn’t tell you?” Asked my mom as I shook my head no. “Novian Hope sold her father’s home to her step-mother for $850,000. For past few months she’s been having the little house in our backyard renovated for you guys.”
“House? I thought that was a shed.” That made my dad chuckle earning him a glare from my mom.
“Sweetie you need glasses if you thought that big ole place was shed. Anyways, it finished up a couple of weeks ago and we went to go set up the nursery yesterday only to find the doors unlocked and this note left on the counter. It’s addressed to Marcus. Marcus Cavenaugh.” I stood there confusing settling deep within me as my mom held out a single sheet of paper written on both sides.
“We’ll take Beniyah so you guys can talk it over.”
“Um...no. I mean no thanks. I’ll feel better if I had both of them in my sights.” I said distractedly.
“Alright we’ll just go get you guys some food then.”
“Thanks. Be careful and please bring her some orange juice.” They nodded as they headed towards the elevator. I stared at the paper in my head as I entered the room. I smiled seeing as they were still sleeping. I tried to ignore the paper in my hand, but my curiosity was getting the best of me. I sat in the chair on side of her bed and let my eyes scan the words on the page.
I can’t believe I trusted you. I should’ve believed Novian back then when he tried to warn me about you. What makes it worse is that it took me this long to figure things out. Marcus Cavenaugh you almost had me. Remember your third time being a senior? The year you finally got it right and actually graduated? I wasn’t suppose to be speaking to you, but I had to know what was wrong. You spoke of your brother and how he was coming to live with you. Said he was a bit of a hothead and wasn’t your problem to fix.
You know I hadn’t put things together until I found this old letter that was written to me. Your brother is Jake...or as you failed to mention Jacob Cavenaugh. Why? Why in the hell did you guys do this? Was this some sick plan to get back at Novian for whatever? I know I have nothing to back this up since I have no memories. I will remember eventually though. Until then the bag that is under this note has a hundred grand in it. Take it and leave us alone. If it’s gone I know you’ve been watching us and the mastermind behind us all.
P.s. I do remember that it was you who gave me the drink and put me in that room with Zach. Only you told me it was Novian. Fuck off Marcus. I finally understand Novian’s hate for you.
My jaw clenched as a single tear slid down my cheeks. I had been played, but I had my family back so I’d take it. It was one loss I was willing to take.
“Oh my god! I can’t believed it worked. All of it. I got rid of that ass of a brother of mines. I hit Novian where it hurt. On top of it all that idiot of a girl gave me money. Wow! Baby you’re brilliant.” I laughed picking her up and spinning her around. “You are a true mastermind.”
“You bet I am. Lucky I have a cousin that works in the morgue at the hospital or else this entire thing would’ve flopped.” She smiled.
“Have I ever told you how much I love you?”
“Only all the time. You owe me Marcus. For all those insufferable years of pretending to be that bitch’s best-friend.”
“Baby we scored a hundred thousand dollars from her. You can have as much as you want you just have to be willing to share it with me.”
“Always.” I smiled as I stared at her. She was a true beauty. Not as beautiful as Hope, but she was definitely something. A mastermind of different proportions. She could put the best actress to shame. She had been the one to come to me about all of this. I believed she really loved me, but standing here with her right now a hundred grand richer I just couldn’t believe it anymore.
“Destiny I got a question?”
“And what’s that?”
“I know you hooked up with Novian. Jake told me.”
“What does that have to do with anything?” She spat taking a defensive stance.
“Everything. It wasn’t part of the plan.”
“I did what I had to do to keep the plan moving forward.”
“How the hell was that going to help?”
“He needed to feel guilty. You don’t know them like I do. If they both thought the safest thing for the other was to stay away from each other then they would. I did what I had to do-”
“Including telling him that you loved me?” I spat interrupting him.
“How did you?”
“Brenda was outside the door. She watched him drag your ass out like the trash you are.” I spat grabbing her around her throat. “Don’t fucking play with me Destiny. My brother ain’t shit compared to me. I. WILL. FUCKING. KILL. YOU. And no one will find the body or care. You’re already dead remember.” I smiled before loosening my hold and kissing her. “Now let’s go and please don’t make me repeat myself.” She only nodded as I threw my arm over her shoulder and we began our walk. She was sexier as a blonde now than she had ever been, but she wasn’t going to fuck this up for us over a petty crush. I wasn’t going to let her.