Like Real People Do

By Cam Martorell All Rights Reserved ©

Humor / Romance

chapter thirteen: thursday

chapter thirteen: thursday


In America, Alexei’s riches had allowed him and his cruelty to expand their bounds. Everyone is easily paid off, and the type of money Alexei came by was not found by legal means. Each day your father left, I would spend the whole day praying that he would come home that night, and each night he did without fail.

Your father and I loved each other more than anything in this world. We are the two halves that complete each other, the yin and yang. When you were fourteen, Anatoly came home and revealed for the first time in fourteen years what had happened at his job; Alexei had recruited a young man, only seventeen, to do his dirty work for him. Anatoly had never seen so much anger in such a young body, or so much hurt.

Your father took it upon himself to raise the child as well as he could. He gave that young man someone to talk to, and a father figure. Anatoly saw much of himself in that young man. Your precious cat, Bagheera, came from this boy. He gave the kitten to your father as a gift, acknowledging all that my Anatoly had done for him. Along with him came a warning.

Alexei was trying to kill me and blame your father for it. In any case, if Alexei were smart, he would have had your father killed and then stepped in as a new father for you and my new husband, but Alexei never had an intelligent bone in his body.

My dear, sweet girl, if this plan has gone through, then you will have probably taken a long time to read this. But please know, your father would never harm a fly, much less kill the love of his life.

I love you so much, and I wish I was there for you.

I hope nothing but the best for you.

I love you.



Everything he told me was true.

I can’t believe it.

My whole world has been ripped out from under me. How can everything I believe be a lie? How can it all be so twisted? I don’t want to believe it. I don’t want to have to deal with a whole new story, a new one which now that I know puts me in danger as well.

My father is innocent.

“I have to go see him,” I murmured to myself.

But who he was I didn’t know.

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