~ JANUARY 12th, 2010 ~
~ SOMEWHERE ... IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE ~
~ LATE AT NIGHT ~
A young woman drives her car, singing completely out of tune and moving her hands to the beat.
Woman : *Winter’s cityside, crystal bits of snowflakes. ... All around my head and in the wind. ... I had no illusions that I’d ever find a glimpse of summer’s heatwaves in your eyes. ... You did what you did to me. ... Now it’s history, you see. ... Here’s my comeback on the road again. ... Things will happen while they can. ... I will wait here for my man tonight. ... It’s easy when you’re big in Japan.*
Suddenly, she bangs her hand on the wheel.
Woman : To hell! You can all go to hell, you bastards! The Sheep has woken up! I will never be your sucker again. Never again! NEVER AGAIN, YOU HEAR ME? NEVER. AGAIN. And I will have my revenge. I will make you pay. ALL OF YOU!
She steps on the gas even more and the car is tears up the open road like a condor does high up in the sky. She starts to sing again, looking at the full moon through the windshield of the car. The reflection of the moon on the glass surface is rearranged into a face. A beautiful face of a man. A man with black hair and magnificent blue eyes.
The woman stares at this face still not knowing that she is looking straight at her destiny and in her ears, a wolf is howling.
~ MEANWHILE ... BACK TO THE CITY ... IN A CLUB ~
A man sits in his private booth, drinking his favorite whiskey- Johnny Walker Blue Label, when a waiter approaches him.
Waiter : Excuse me, Boss-
Man : Didn’t I specifically say not to bother me?
Waiter : I’m really sorry, Boss but someone is asking for you.
Man : I don’t give a fuck. Tell Negro to deal with it. Now get the hell out of my sight.
The man hasn’t even looked up so far but when he realizes that his order wasn’t immediately executed, he glares at the waiter, baring his teeth.
Man : Why in the hell are you still here?
Waiter : I do deeply apologize, Boss but the guest asked for-
Man : Oh, bloody hell! What exactly did he ask for?
Waiter : The Wolf, Sir. He asked for the Wolf.
Man : I see.
The man leans back and rubs his jaw. He takes a sip of his drink and says,
Man : Tell Tiny to throw a good scare into him. Frisk him and if he is clean, bring him to me.
Waiter : Yes, Boss.
The waiter rushes to execute his boss’s bidding and the man drinks the rest of the drink in one gulp. He fills the glass again, looking at the full moon through the glass ceiling of the club. The reflection of the moon on the glass surface is rearranged into a face. A beautiful face of a woman. A woman with black, long hair and magnificent blue eyes.
The man is staring at this face with bated breath, still not knowing that he is looking straight at his destiny and in his ears, a kitten is meowing.
~ SEVERAL HOURS AGO ~
~ NOON OF THE SAME DAY ~
~ WHEN IT ALL STARTED ~
Lois Novak is at the home of her parents, James and Alice, with her fiance, Peter Williams. She is sitting in the living room with her father and Peter, while her mother is cooking in the kitchen.
Lois : Yesterday I delivered a puppy to a blind little boy. You should see the joy on his face-
James : Lois, stop! I’m not in the mood to hear one of your sob stories. I’m bored to death.
Lois : But-
Peter : Your father is right, Sheep.
Lois : Don’t call me sheep, ok?
Peter : I will call you whatever I want.
Lois : Father, please. Say something to him.
James : Tell him what exactly? I have no right. Peter is your fiance, he can call you whatever he wants.
Peter smirks at her and goes on like nothing happend.
Peter : Your current job is painfully boring. Guide dogs mumbo-jumbo. Your previous was a lot more interesting. Police dogs’ training. Interesting and useful. You never should have quit.
James : Who told you she quit? She got fired.
Peter : Really? I thought-
James : Why does that surprise you? You know very well how useless she is. They wanted hardcore animals and she gave them freaking lap dogs.
Peter bursts into laughter, looking in a demeaning way at Lois, who is about to cry. That moment, Alice enters the room, wiping her hands.
Alice : What’s going on here? Why are you laughing, dear?
Peter : Nothing important, Alice.
Alice : Come on, let me in on it.
James : We were talking about how useless your daughter is.
Alice : That’s not funny. It’s a sad fact.
Lois : Mother!
Alice : What, Lois? It’s true, isn’t it? Tell me just one thing you did right in your life.
James : She found Peter.
Peter : Excuse me, James but that’s wrong. I found her, not the other way around.
Alice sits next to Peter and strokes his hair, something that she never did to her own daughter.
Alice : Our Peter is right. Don’t offend him, James. He is going to remove a tremendous burden from our shoulders.
James : Yeah.
Alice : That’s why, I made his favorite food.
Peter : Don’t tell me! Stuffed tomatoes?
Alice : Yes, dear. With rice and minced meat. Just the way you like them.
Peter : Oh, Alice! You are wonderful.
Lois : I hope there is something else to eat because, as you all know, I hate stuffed tomatoes.
Alice : No, there is nothing else.
Lois : And what am I going to eat?
James : That’s your problem, not ours.
Lois : For God’s name! I am your daughter. He is a stranger. How can you possibly care more about him than me?
Alice : Because he is going to marry you and we have to treat him well.
James : Because if he dumps you, who else would want a woman like you?
Peter : Now that you mentioned it, when does the money get transferred in my account?
Lois : Never, Peter. That money is mine, inheritance from my grandma, in order to be independent and not counting on any man. You have spent enough already. I’m not giving you the rest.
Peter : If that’s the case, I’m sorry but-
Alice : Oh, no! Peter, please.
Peter : Don’t please me, Alice. I told you that all along. If I don’t get the money, forget about the wedding.
James : Don’t worry, Peter. On Monday morning, you will have the money. Even if it takes me dragging her to the bank by her hair.
Peter : Very well then. After everything is settled, let’s go eat Alice’s delicious stuffed tomatoes.
Alice : Sure, darling.
But before continuing the story, let’s talk a little bit about the people involved. I’m sure that you would like to learn more about them.
Let’s get started with Lois. The key figure of our story. Yes, yes. She is the woman behind the wheel.
Lois Novak is a beautiful young woman, 26 years old. She is a dog trainer. She was employed by the police, training the K9 unit’s dogs but she got fired. Not because she didn’t do her work properly but because she refused to adopt the violent methods of training. Of course, her father never really believed that, although it was the only truth. Now she is training companion and guide dogs for kids with disabilities. She is sweet and kind, although she was raised by two monster parents. Her childhood was horrible. Her parents perpetuated psychological violence against her as far back as she can remember. They blamed her for everything. They belittled her, humiliated and deprived her of even the most basic necessities for a kid. They locked her in the basement without food for hours to keep her in line, as they were saying. Her father also hit her a few times. Now you are going to tell me why she didn’t leave this hellhole when she came of age? There is a simple reason behind this. Those two monsters, with their behaviour, succeeded in convincing her that she is useless, incapable of doing anything on her own. They taught her to need their help even for the least important thing. Three times she tried to escape and each time, she came back with the tail between her legs.
Nobody knows why James and Alice Novak did something like that to their own flesh and blood.
And then Peter came to her life.
Peter Williams. 28 years old. An architect and the absolute asshole. Of course, he didn’t truly reveal himself to Lois from the beginning. In the first months of their relationship, he was kind and seemed to have really fallen in love with her but, when he met her parents, his true self came to surface. Who knows? Maybe they inspired him and he followed their lead.
Peter and Lois met in high school. He was the football team captain and the school’s most handsome boy. She was the best student and much prettier than all the other popular girls, such us Ursula, the classic blonde bimbo, who was the chief cheerleader, a total bitch and Lois’ worst enemy.
After their graduation, Peter wanted to get rid of Lois but then, by pure change, he learned about the money she inherited from her grandmother when Lois was 15 years old- one and a half million- and he changed his mind. Then, he rushed out to ask for her parents’ permission to marry her- he never bothered to ask Lois herself- and after their acceptance, Peter and Lois got engaged a year later. He went to college, using Lois’s money and then, he created an architectural firm with the same money. He has spent almost half a million so far but isn’t enough for him. He wants it all and is determined to do it at all costs.
His behaviour towards Lois is unacceptable. He treats her like shit. He’s yelling at her, insults and diminishes her all the time. He’s keeping her in the house and forbids her to have friends, apart from her cousin Nora, the daughter of James’s brother. The funny thing is, Nora hates Lois- nobody knows why- since they were little girls but Peter has his reasons, as will be explained below.
And as for their sex life, well, long story short, it sucks. Before he took her cherry, he was crazy about her. After that, he became evasive, heedless and cold. Now, they have sex barely once a week but Lois couldn’t care less about that. She hates the process. In those few minutes, Peter cares for nothing but himself. He’s putting her down, is getting inside, one, two, three, pumping in and out a couple of times and the end. No foreplay, no caresses, no kisses, no nothing. During those moments, Lois is closing her eyes and goes to her favorite place- in the woods- to play with her favorite animals- the wolves.
But we said enough. Let’s go back to the story, where we left off.
The holy family has just finished lunch. At least James, Alice and Peter did, because Lois has eaten almost nothing- a little bit of salad and two slices of bread. Peter, on the other hand, gorged two plates full.
Alice : Did you like the food, darling?
Peter : You destroyed me, Alice. I don’t know how I am going to be able to work on such a full stomach.
Everybody is laughing, except for Lois, who rolls her eyes. Peter gets up and she is about to follow him but,
Peter : Where do you think you are going, Sheep?
Lois : At our home with you.
Peter : First, the house is mine and not ours and second, you ain’t going nowhere. I have an appointment at home with a client and I don’t want you in the way. You’re gonna sit here and wait me to text you.
Lois : Oh, no! Peter, please. I can’t stay here. Let me come with you and I won’t bother you at all. I’ll stay in the bedroom.
Peter : I said no and I don’t care to discuss it any further. Don’t you dare come home unless you hear from me first. Are we clear, Sheep?
Lois : Yes.
And just like that, Peter left, leaving Lois behind once again. But because her parents were in high spirits- not in the good way of course- Lois couldn’t handle the lecture and left too. She wandered the city for a couple of hours, reaching out to Nora but she never picked up the phone.
When she was tired enough and Peter hadn’t sent any message, she decided to go home and just let the chips fall where they may. What’s the worst thing that could happen? At the very most, Peter is going to yell a little and send her sleep on the couch. It’s no big deal. A night without Peter at her side, is always a good night. So, she took a cab and fifteen minutes later, she is out of the house.
Lois : What the hell?
The windows on the lower level of the house are dark. The only light there is, is coming out of the bedroom window on the upper floor. Lois is wondering.
Lois : He is seeing his client in the bedroom? What kind of client- Crap!
The cold realization is coming fast and hits her hard.
Lois : Oh, God! Not this now! No! No!
Off the record, the possibility of Peter cheating on her doesn’t scare her because she loves him and doesn’t want to lose him. She doesn’t give a shit about him for a long time. As a matter of fact, she never loved him. What scares the crap out of her is what will happen when her parents find out about this and the prospect of living all her life with a fucking cheater.
Lois inserts the key in the lock, opens the door and is entering the house. She walks in the living room without turning on the light. The spark of the moon, coming in through the window, is bright enough and allows her to see the two glasses on the coffee table along with all these clothes scattered all over the floor.
Lois : Shit! Shit! Shit!
She runs upstairs and is going towards the bedroom door. The sounds that are heard behind that door plainly state what’s going on in that room. Sighs, moans and heavy breaths. The sounds of her doom.
Lois reaches for the knob and is about to walk through the door but hesitates. Her hand left hanging when her mind is running a bloody marathon. She knows that if she opens this door, it will all be over. There is no return after something like this. She should face the consequences. The wrath of her parents, who will undoubtedly defend Peter and put the blame on her. Let alone Peter’s reaction. Is she ready for this? Is she capable of dealing with them? Is she strong enough?
They didn’t give her the nickname sheep by chance. Lois was always a harmless sheep, following the flock. She never had a wish to rebel or any leadership. She was always the good and quiet little girl who was obedient to her parents and after them, to her fiance. She didn’t like that but she had no choice because she’s useless, she can’t do anything on her own, she always needs someone else’s help. As opposed to the heroine she took her name from. Lois Lane.
James Novak was a big fan of Superman, the Man of Steel. He wanted to have a son to give him the name Clark but he haven’t had much luck with that. When Lois was born, James was devastated and for a lengthy period of time he was holding it against Alice but when she named the little girl Lois, James forgave her- unfortunately. Yes, he was that stupid.
Anyway. That doesn’t matter anymore. What is important now is what Lois should do. To run out of the house, pretending she didn’t see or hear anything or to invade this room and hell give those bastards what they really deserve?
No! No! She can’t do that. She is too weak for that. She will never make it. She’s not strong enough. A sheep can’t fight a whole herd of hyenies.
Lois pulls her hand back and is about to leave but that moment, a voice in her mind begins to shout ...
“ A sheep can’t fight the hyenies but what about a wolf? ”
You know, there is a moment in every person’s life- a little, undetermined moment when a switch in the mind is flipped and everything changes. The weak person changes and is turning into something else- something powerful and unstoppable. A force of nature. A tornado.
And that moment came for Lois just now. She looks at the door with determination. Her eyes are narrowing and their blue color is getting more intense. From two calm lakes, they are turning into two wild oceans, ready to wash away everything in their path.
With a power, she didn’t even know she had inside of her, Lois kicks the door and invades the room ...