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Chapter 15 : Revelations

A few days after I started working, Rachel came to my house to tell me that fingerprints which had been found at home the evening when someone had come into my room were those of my father, at the beginning I believed her, but I didn’t believe not especially, for me, it was normal that the fingerprints of my father were in my room because it was his home. Rachel explained that she can’t believe it too, because she knew my father for a long time. She also told me that policemen had thus issued an arrest warrant against my father, but I refused to believe it, because I knew it wasn’t him. Rachel doesn’t understand my change of behavior, and I knew that I had to tell her what I knew, but I didn’t know how to deal with it. She noticed that I was in my thoughts.

- Rachel : Riley ? You listen to me ?

- Riley : yes...

- Rachel : what are you thinking ?

- Riley : nothing.

- Rachel : I know that you lie, I know you, Riley !

- Riley : I don’t lie !

- Rachel : Riley, you know you can tell me anything ?

- Riley : I know...

- Rachel : so what’s wrong ?

- Riley : I know that my father has nothing to do, when it all started, I had received threatening letters and that’s because of that what I was kidnapped. I hadn’t respected one of the rules that there were written !

- Rachel : why you didn’t tell me sooner ?

- Riley : I was scared... I’m sorry, I couldn’t know what was going to happen !

- Rachel : I need you to show me those letters !

- Riley : I don’t have them anymore, I had put in my box under my bed, but the box has disappeared.

- Rachel : you think that the one who has kidnapped knew where to find letters ?

- Riley : I don’t know… Maybe he has managed to spy on me !

- Rachel : we will not do it again... It’s too late. But... You have made copies of these letters ?

- Riley : no, but I’ve scanned them. You think it can do it ?

- Rachel : I think. I have to call the inspector Nelly to find out.

- Riley : all right.

- Rachel : you can show them to me ?

- Riley : yes, you go up to my room so that I show you.

- Rachel : you can’t get off your computer here ?

- Riley : no, I can’t.

- Rachel : ok.

We quickly went up the stairs, then we entered into the room. When we were safe from the cameras, I told her that he was watching me again, and he still sent me letters. And I explained to her at the same time that the only rooms that had no camera were the bathroom, toilets and bedrooms. Then I showed her letters which I had received. She watched them slowly as if she could see an indication that the person would have left ; but there was nothing. The day’s end came quickly, Rachel had gone to the police station to ask at her best friend Sylvia Torner to take removals, in order to clear the father of Riley. It took three weeks before to receiving the results, it was long, but the results were very conclusive, and that cleared my father. I was delighted because I knew that it wasn’t him. The days passed quickly, and murders piled up from day to day, policemen with the help of the FBI didn’t find traces of the killer. For me, it was very clear, the killer was a very intelligent person and who knew very well how to forget a few days to remake its coming into beauty on the cover of all newspapers in the country. We was nicknamed the killer, the “smart” because he knew what he was doing, and police officers don’t even know if they were coming to catch him a day for all the murders. The days passed quickly, it was around for months, I saw to pass all along the year. I lived in fear that he come back for me, and although there are policemen with me to ensure my protection, I always had this fear. Because I knew that he will stop at nothing, and after what I did to him, he could come back and get me. There were nights I could hear a noise in the house and other nights it was quiet. Even if Tiffany was there, I was afraid. A few days later, when I hadn’t seen Rachel since two weeks, she called me one morning early, at first I didn’t recognize her voice, but after, yes. I had never known her in this state, she was crying on the phone. I asked her what was happening, but she didn’t answer the question, she wanted to see me, I looked at my alarm clock and I could see that it was half past six in the morning, I replied that she comes home at once she acquiesced, then I hung up. She arrived twenty minutes later, I could see that she had brought back Meghan and the inspector Nelly with her, and she held in her arms a big cardboard box. I let them enter then we settled in the garden. The light of the rising sun was our lamp. Rachel looked me straight in the eyes and told me a small ”I’m sorry“, I didn’t understand why she would say that. She put the cardboard box on the table, and she asked me to take a look inside. I threw a glance and I saw a head packed in a bag with ice. I looked at her inquiringly, and she understood what I wanted to say. She raised her shoulders to say she didn’t know, her tears had stopped flowing.

- Riley : what does it mean ?

- Rachel : I don’t know !

- Riley : at who is this head ?

- Rachel weeping : at...

- Riley : to whom ?

- Inspector Nelly : we need that you sit down Riley !

- Riley worried : why ? It is at who this head ? Answer me.

- Meghan : Riley, he’s right, you have to sit down first !

- Riley sitting down : okay, so ?

- Inspector Nelly taking a deep breath : to your mother... I’m so sorry...

- Riley sad and angry : this is a joke ?

- Rachel : no, we did a DNA test yesterday and it was positive !

- Riley shouting : I don’t believe you ! It’s not possible ! No, not her !

I collapse on the floor, I don’t understand who could hate me so much to do that, my heart made me horribly hurt, I had trouble breathing, Rachel took me in her arms because she understood my pain. Although my mother was not very present in my life, I didn’t want her to die now, certainly not in this way. I was devastated, everything collapsed suddenly around me ; after having been held back prisoner for days, I never thought I would lose my mother that way. I looked at Rachel and I thank her for being there for me. I stayed in these arms a few minutes, during this time, Meghan and the inspector Nelly had prepared breakfast. I came undone of Rachel’s arm.

- Riley : I don’t understand...

- Rachel : you don’t understand what ?

- Riley : who can blame me at this point to put me through that !

- Rachel : I don’t know.

- Riley : you know, I often have nightmares at night, I’m afraid to fall asleep and wake up in the place.

- Rachel : don’t worry, I won’t let you go again.

- Riley : can I ask you a question about the bracelet ?

- Rachel : yes !

- Riley : why you gave me it, you knew what was going to happen to me ?

- Rachel : no, not at all, it’s not for that !

- Riley : so this is for what ? You give me it and the same day I get kidnapped !

- Rachel : I swear to you I had nothing to do. I gave you this bracelet because your parents wanted to give it to you !

- Riley : what ?

- Rachel : it’s a long story !

- Riley angry : I don’t believe you, I want the truth ! I’m fed up with of the lies, my parents already lied to me about their work, and I don’t want you to do the same !

- Rachel : very well, but I don’t want to be cut off, okay ?

- Riley quietly : fine.

- Rachel took a deep breath : when you were born, your parents were very happy to have you had, he had already lost twins before you, and they didn’t want it start again. One day before they leave for their mission after their bereavements from their son. They had received threats at home, someone wanted them, but they never knew who was the messenger, and the case was closed without result, due to lack of evidences. Some months later, all was calm, they had found a peaceful life, and when they learned they were going to have a little girl, they were happy. And when you’re born, everything changed for them, a week after your mother leaves maternity, they began receiving other threatening letters, this time it wasn’t against them but against you. As a result to protect you, your parents and you had moved up in several cities, but he always managed to find you. The day that you’re arrested by the inspector Nelly, your parents were gone to look for a house far away from here but after your phone call, they had lost both, there was no sign of life, but I couldn’t believe it was over for them. So I carried out my investigation with Meghan, but we had found nothing, as if they had disappeared. But a few days after a trial, I received an anonymous letter for you, but I knew it was your mother, it was her writing, so I knew she was alive. So after I read the letter she had left me, I consulted the inspector Nelly to help me integrate GPS in this bracelet so that I always know where you are if I don’t have new of you. That’s all history finally outline.

- Riley : I had two brothers ?

- Rachel : yes, but they died at the age of 3 years probably killed by the person who sent them threatening letters !

- Riley : it’s why he knew about it, doesn’t it ?

- Rachel : exactly !

- Riley : why the person who attacked my parents, attacking me now, I’ve done nothing wrong to live.

- Rachel : sometimes there are people who are a little psychopaths, and they see everyone as people to kill.

- Riley : but in what world we live ?

- Rachel : I know it will be hard, but you must fight like you know so well !

- Riley : why my parents they hiding me so many things ?

- Rachel : this is to protect you ! You can even ask to the inspector Nelly, who has a daughter at your age, and he hides her things too !

- Riley : but why ?

- Inspector Nelly answering the question : it’s to protect you, life is hard, and our job is dangerous, especially that of your parents.

- Riley : I don’t even know what they were doing in their lives, I thought my father was military, but hours of work didn’t fit.

- Inspector Nelly : your parents don’t want to lose you, and I’m sure they would sacrifice themselves just to save your life. We are like this Riley, we want to protect our children.

- Riley crying : maybe, but it’s hard to believe after everything I went through. They wanted me to hate them, but I didn’t want to, I couldn’t...

- Rachel : I know, but now we must try to find your father before he kills him !

- Inspector Nelly : yes, I’ll go to work and I’ll send men everywhere to do research.

- Meghan : I’m going with you John, I have to fill out a file that I have to go next week to complete the investigation.

- Inspector Nelly : fine, we see you later ?

- Riley : yes, I think it will do me good to get out.

- Rachel : why ?

- Riley : I’m not get out for two weeks, I’m afraid to go out alone when Tiffany is not with me.

- Rachel : all right, I’ll send you a message John , to tell you where and when !

- Inspector Nelly : all right, no problem, see you tonight !

- Meghan : see you tonight !

- Riley : see you tonight !

- Rachel : see you tonight !

- Riley : what are we doing today ? You’ll stay with me ?

- Rachel : yes, I’ll stay with you and I don’t know, we could go to the park ?

- Riley : yes.

- Rachel : fine, do you want to eat outside ?

- Riley : it would be nice !

- Rachel : it is already eleven o’clock, you can go prepare yourself, while I put away the crockery.

- Riley : fine.

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