The Lucky Winner

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Chapter 46

KYLE

Kyle, trembling with fury, rushed over to Sophia.

With shaky hands, he took off his sweatshirt and put it over her before pulling down her skirt. Her eyes didn’t move. His eyes filled with tears at seeing her torment. He just watched his true love being raped right in front of his eyes and he couldn’t do a thing to stop it. “I’m going to kill him…” Kyle murmured under his breath.

Her eyes slowly shifted toward him.

Kyle looked at her firmly. “I’ll kill him.”

“But then you’ll go to prison…” Sophia’s voice sounded so weak on her lips.

“I don’t care.” A stream of tears rolled down his cheek.

Sophia gazed at his tortured face for a lingering moment. After a while, she mumbled. “I care.”

Kyle looked at her in surprise, even though he couldn’t see her face very well without his glasses. “You… do…?”

“Yes. I do want him dead, but I don’t want you to go to prison.” Sophia kept her gaze on him. “Furball’s all better now, by the way,” she smiled. It was weak, but sincere.

He looked at her, surprised. “How did you know it came from me?”

“I didn’t. My gut instinct just told me,” she added. “Strange.”

Kyle kept quiet.

“Hopefully, you didn’t rob a bank to collect that money,” she chuckled feebly. “But I can tell you’re a saving type.”

“I’m glad Furball’s all well,” Kyle smiled gently.

Kyle’s hair was messed up from the fight, and ironically, it made him look better. Of course, the absence of his Coke-bottle Milton glasses contributed a great deal to that too.

“Thank you,” Sophia whispered.

Kyle gritted his teeth suffering, as the images from moments ago flashed back into his mind. “Please don’t thank me. I’m a coward. I couldn’t do anything to—” his voice trailed off.

“You’re here.” Sophia’s eyes were still catatonic, brimming with hot tears.

Fighting his own tears, Kyle’s pained eyes gazed at hers. “We’ll report him to the police. I’m the witness.”

“You know, his dad’s the Chief Deputy Sheriff,” she sighed with resignation. “Even if he went to jail, he’ll get out soon enough and come looking for us.”

She took out the note from her pocket. It read:

Hey Sophia, there’s something I need to tell you in private (without Zoe). Can you meet me behind the red barn at lunch break? Act normal. I’ll explain everything when we’re alone. See you in a bit. Ella.

“He’s an evil bastard. I’m so stupid, falling for such a ridiculous plot.”

“Anybody would have fallen for it…”

“If I was a millionaire, I’d hire a hitman and have him killed. I swear…”

There was a pause.

“I suppose I could do that for you.”

“Do what?”

“Hire a hitman and have him killed.”

Under normal circumstances, she would have just rolled her eyes. But somehow, it didn’t seem he was being totally idiotic. Still, she knew it wouldn’t have been realistic.

“It was a joke. I was joking,” she said.

“I’m not.”

She looked at him and met his unwavering stare. “I’m sure they cost like, crazy.”

“I have money. I can get money.”

Sophia appreciated his effort to help her, but there was no way she could believe he could be capable of collecting tens of thousands of dollars. Sure, he gave her five thousand dollars, but his savings account must have been emptied afterwards. Or negative, even…

Kyle took a deep breath. “Sophia, it was us. My mom won the lottery.”

Sophia’s eyes widened in disbelief. “What? No way!”

“I know. It was the craziest thing. My parents made me and Ella promise to keep it a secret. But I trust you.”

She remained silent for a lingering moment, not knowing what to say or how to react. “Wow…” she whispered when she finally processed the extraordinary information.

The question now was: how could Kyle get to the money? Would Mom give him the money to hire a hitman to kill a human being as if he were simply buying a video game?

Absolutely not.

“I’ll think of a way to get the money from Mom,” said Kyle.

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