It was the moment where you would realize that it was it. It was the moment where you would think that your life depends on it and you just have to do anything in your control to reach your goal. My goal, was Juliette. My destination was Juliette. My aim was to get Juliette back even though I knew where she was. I knew I had to do it clearly so that I could end the matter for once and for all and it was what led me to the situation where blood oozed out of my mouth as I huffed in exhaustion and watched a bloodied face of none other than Alex as he struggled to catch his breath after we had a nasty combat of fist fight.
All of a sudden, he laughed. The jackass laughed hysterically and got up holding his chin and wiped the blood out of his mouth.
“You asshole, do you think I am stupid?” he laughed and looked up towards the ceiling.
I got up from the floor and held myself stable as I huffed out blood and looked at him exhausted. The guy was laughing hysterically like a maniac and even though all I wanted was to just pull the gun out from my back and kill him, I couldn’t. I wasn’t supposed to kill him or else he would pull me down to end as well and being aware of that and thinking about Juliette, I restrained myself from doing such actions.
“I knew it! I knew there was something fishy going on and hell I tried to shrug it off,” he spat out blood and had his hands on his hips as he shook his head but then looked back at me.
“I fucking knew that both of you were together and she had not lost her memory,” he said and even though it surprised me, all I did was to stare at him as blank as I could. “Deep down, I knew I was just digging my own grave, but I did it. I did it to get you,” he said with rage filled in his voice and immediately he pulled a revolver out from his behind as he held it towards my direction. His bloodshot eyes looked murderous and his face contoured anger but amidst all that his hands trembled as he held the revolver before me.
“You! You are the root cause of everything! My life is miserable only because of you. I should’ve killed you back then when my sister Gina attempted suicide. It was all your fault.It was bloody all your fault!” he yelled and in a moment he leveled the revolver down, his fingers quaking as he pulled the trigger and shot me on my arm. At first, I didn’t really realise what happened but then as I felt the pain my right hand moved up to hold the wound on my left arm as I held it where it was shot.
A grim expression remained planted on my face and I staggered a few steps back but refused to sow weakness as I thought about it again and again on the plan to give up and just pull my revolver out and shoot him directly on his head.
“Look! What you have made me. You have turned me into a filthy monster. It’s all because of you!” his voice cracked at the end.
“Do you remember Gina?” he asked almost immediately as he looked at me with a dark expression on his face “Of course you do! How could you not know who Gina is oh! my bad! I must say who Gina was!” he said and that made me stand straight as I tried to forget the pain that I was feeling and stood on my ground.
“She- She was my sister. My younger sister and do know what happened to her? She died! Because of you!” pain etched his face as he said her name.
“She loved you. She had never loved anyone in her life and she loved you so much and it is why because of you bastard! She ended her life. What did she get for loving you? Huh?” he yelled pointing the revolver at me “What did she get? Death! You bastard abandoned her when she needed you and you made her feel worthless, finally my sister chose to end her life. Do you fucking know how much my dad and I suffered because of you? We couldn’t get the justice we wanted but I- I promised her that I will find you and make you pay for it and finally its the day!” he laughed as he spoke.
“Look!” I said but he yelled stopping me in the middle “Shut up! Nothing that you will say will make me change my mind.”
“I’m going to kill you today, here and right now!” he looked stubbornly determined but I couldn’t care less what he wanted. The fact was, I was standing quietly hearing and tolering him only because he was the brother of Gina and only for the sake of Juliette.
“Fine! Don’t listen to me. I know you had it tough because of me but the truth is I never abandoned Gina. I had wanted to meet you and sort things out but I could never do that due to certain circumstance,” I said and he narrowed his eyes before shouting “What do you mean?”
“What I mean is... you’ve been mistaken. It was not for me that Gina attempted suicide,” I told him and I watched as his eyes grew wider before he grew even more angrier than he already was.
“You liar! Don’t you fucking dare lie on my fa-”
“Look at this then!” I said as I pulled a paper out from my pocket and forwarded it towards him,” he looked at my hand and then back at me but still not putting the revolver down as in a confused state of mind he came forward and cautiously took the paper out of my hand.
I watched as he unfolded the paper and read it quietly before his eyes grew wider and his hands trembled in shock. I knew that he would definitely had this reaction when he gets to know about Gina. I knew he was never been told about this before and it was why he was so dead set for revenge but then I was also drowning with guilt as I was also somehow responsible for her death. What I did back then was purely stupid.
I remember when I had found about Gina’s medical condition when I was dating her and somehow I had skipped the part of the story from Juliette that Gina was a HIV positive patient. And the actual reason why she had attempted suicide was because of this and not me. I had her autopsy report back then and I was so filled with guilt for not being with her at least as a friend and I had wanted to let this report to her family but I couldn’t as I was immediately taken away from the case and I couldn’t contact them. And not wanting the situation to be known to media and as my name was into it too because I was the last person with Gina, Gale had this situation covered up and it was why her autopsy report was never handed to her family and as I had assumed everyone had blamed me for it.
“Th-This can’t be. My sister can’t-” Alex’s hand trembled as his eyes teared up as he read the old autopsy report again and again.
“What I had always wanted to let you know that I am not the one why Gina took that step,” I said and it was when he fell down on his knees.
“Ho-How could this be?” he mumbled as tears streamed down his face.
“Because of the blood transfusion she had three months ago before she started dating me. It was the fault of the hospital,” I said and he crumbled the report in his hands.
“You are fucking lying!” his voice broke at the end and he kept on mumbling the sentence again and again as he tried to digest the truth.
“I am really sorry for your loss and I agree am also to be held guilty as I had abandoned her when she had needed me. But I was not the reason why she killed herself. It was probably shock and fear for the disease that made her end her life and for which I am very guilty and ashamed for not being there for her,” I spoke with sincerity and all he did was sob on the ground.
“But you! You tried to kill my wife. You tried to take her away from me and you have kidnapped in hopes of getting me,” suddenly my voice turned serious as I looked at him dead serious.
“I-I didn’t want to do that but she- she made me-” I cut him in the middle “I know” as I said that his head throttled towards my direction.
“Y-You know?” he said and all I did was smirk in response.
“It looks like you are not aware of who I am. Trust me, I could’ve sorted this all out from the beginning but only for Gina and the sake of Juliette, I didn’t.”
“I- I was blinded with revenge,” he cried out nodding his head no as he dropped the revolver down and punched the ground ’I was so blinded by revenge that I couldn’t see anything.”
“Zac!” I heard Juliette and I turned around on my spot to find none other than Juliette herself with group of cops as she ran towards me and in a swift moment jumped on me to hug me.
“Mr. Lascar, we have the warrant to arrest you for plotting murder against Mrs. Sullivan, kidnapping, and attempt to kill Mr. Sullivan,” one of the cops said as he walked up towards Alex and held the handcuffs before him.
“Oh my god!” I heard Juliette shrieking and looked down to find her holding my arm and she had placed a hand over it tryin to stop the blood oozing out. “Someone please call the ambulance!” she sobbed and I watched as Kiara ran into the room with Kristiana and Willi and they looked horrified as they looked at my bloodied arm.
“Zachary!” Kristian was already in my side and he pulled out his handkerchief and tied it around me.
“What the heck! How could you let this happen to you!” Willi looked angry and he marched up to Alex wanting to punch him only to be held back by some of the cops.
“Let go!” he grimaced and thrashed the cops wanting to punch Alex.
“We have to take you to the hospital,” Juliette cried as she held my hand and I reached out for her head as I gave her a kiss on her forehead “Don’t worry about me. I am fine. Are you alright?” I asked and she nodded frantically with tears rolling down her face.
“We have also arrested the person who was with Mr. Lascar,” one of the officer told us and we watched as he signalled an officer to bring the culprit inside. I held Juliette’s hand tightly as I knew it would give a shock to her.
Juliette watched the door intently, waiting patiently wanting to know who the person was that had wanted to kill her and the person responsible for what was going on between us. Her eyes eyes grew wide with shock as the person walked in handcuffed and shamefaced.
“M-Mom?” Juliette seemed to disbelieve what she was seeing. It was none other than her own mother, Mrs. Jessica Swanson. Shock filled Juliette’s expression as she looked at her mom and ran to her. “No! This can’t be. There is some kind of misunderstanding. Zachary!” she ran back to me and held my hand “My mom can never do anything like this,” she cried and before I could say anything she ran back to her mother who looked down seeming ashamed and saddened as she whispered “I am sorry.”
Juliette immediately stopped what she was speaking as she eyes her mom in shock.
It turned out, Juliette had signed a contract that only forty percent of her inherited money would transfer to charity and the rest would be used to open a shelter for the homeless, orphaned and old people while only two percent of it would be transferred to her brother Jace Swanson, if she passes away. Not wanting to give the money away, Mrs. Swanson had trickly made Juliette sign a document telling her that it was a divorce paper that she signing which I had sent her but in reality she had signed on a contract in which she was willingly transferring hundred percent of her inheritance money to Jace. But then the money could only be transferred after her death didn’t change.
Mrs. Swanson wanting to give Jace a better life, plotted this plan of having her in an accident and proving her dead and transferring the money. And she had joined hands with Alex for this but never really planned of killing Juliette. She wanted Alex to plan an accident and initially they had planned the accident not to be fatal and they would just swap Juliette’s body with a dead person’s body but then it was a real accident and Juliette was thrown off the bridge and as Juliette acted of memory loss, Mrs. Swanson had further planned and made Alex change her identity and take her away. But it all failed when Willi had his eye set up on her and finally found her and not only that but she planned on kidnapping her own daughter again as she had spiked her food with the help of my man who was the guard and later ordered him to kill the my other loyal one. But then she killed the one who had helped him and it was all recorded in a CCTV camera which I had planted in the peephole and to which the guards were unaware off.
I had submitted that footage and her taking away Juliette in that SUV, anonymously and it was why she was arrested by the cops.
As Mrs. Swanson gave the interpretation of events, Juliette stumbled back in shock and I was immediately right behind her as I held her and Kiara succeeded in holding her hands.
“How could you do this to your daughter mom?” it was Jace who said that. We watched as our family walked in and they eyed Juliette in shockas if not believing she was alive and then looked at her mother.
“Jessica?” Mr. Stephen, Juliette dad asked as he looked at in a pained expression.
“I am sorry,” Mrs. Swanson sobbed “I never planned on putting my daughter in an accident but I was forced to do that. You know our condition Stephen! We are soon going to be bankrupt but even though Juliette knew this she was adamant of giving the money to the charity and I was left with no other plan. I thought I would make her understand after I get the money transferred but then she got into that accident and lost her memory,” Jessica cried and in a swift moment Stephen slapped her across her face “How could you do this to your own daughter? You call yourself a mother? You knew that she was alive and still made us all believe that she died? How could you?” Stephen ended up breaking down as he kneeled down on the ground and looked at his hand with which he had just slapped Jessica. Jace was already by his side comforting him.
“You are a murderer now, Jessica” Stephen mumbled and that made her cry loudly as she looked back at Juliette “Please, I am sorry. I was scared that my truth would be out and it was why I killed that guard of yours. But please trust me, I never wanted to hurt my baby. I was doing that for our family, for us,” she tried to give a reason and all Juliette did was scoff at her “For us? You nearly killed me and even tried to destroy Zachary joining hands with Alex.How could you do to this to me mom? How could you? I can’t even believe out of everyone you are the o-” Juliette turned around swiftly as she put her head on my chest and hugged me tightly breaking down in my arms.
“Please take her away, officer” it was my mom who spoke for the first time.
“No! Wait! Juliette! Stephen! Jace my baby Jace! Please don’t let them take me away. I am sorry. Juliette my baby, I am so sorry. Mommy is sorry. Please!” the female officer dragged her away and as Alex was being taken he stood near to Juliette’s sobbing form and whispered “Forgive me,” before being dragged away by the cops. His revolver was seized and I was taken to the hospital. The situation around me was so chaotic as everyone had different expressions in there face and different emotions going on inside them.
Juliette being the one, stayed strong staying by my side until the bullet was taken out and the surgery was done. Our family had to go through so much at once, from Juliette being alive to Jessica’s truth. Stephen had just lost his dear wife and he himself filed a lawsuit against her for trying to harm his daughter while Jace continued to fight all his emotions all by himself.
I knew that it would take time for the pain to heal and everyone to move on but life had to go on and it was why after a year of that incident I smiled looking at the our family photo in which all of my family members were only looking at my baby lovingly, who was in Juliette’s arm. We had a daughter and we named her Veronica Sullivan. The experience was so much filled with love, anxiety, anticipation, and care and by the time Juliette gave birth to Veronica, Kiara and Kristian were set to get married.
Alexandru Lascar, was sentenced twelve years in jail while Jessica was charged of murder and she was given a lifetime imprisonment. Juliette goes to meet her in the jail but hardly talks about her with me. She feels guilty that she should’ve thought about her parent’s condition first before making a will. Meanwhile, I had finally chosen my future and decided on leaving the dark world for the sake of my family and my daughter. She made me stronger and her birth made me the happiest in the world. But somehow my roots to the dark world remained attached and I knew I could never get away from it but instead I made sure not to get myself involved in it anymore. Max got married to his girlfriend and had joined my company to work under me whereas Willi... he is nowhere to be found. He would contact me wanting to know how I was but then hang up and vanish away.
It seems he is leading the life that his wife had always wanted him live and I was happy for him.
The beeping of my phone broke me out of my state and I picked it up when I saw the caller ID displaying ‘Wife’
“What is it? Is everything alright?” I asked as I sensed her tired voice.
“When are you returning back? You have been working for five days non stop away from home. Are you even going to return?” she asked and I chuckled at her reaction. It was true. Kristian finally gave up on me and went away on his honeymoon leaving me loads of work, that I couldn’t even finish even though it was over a year now.
“I will end this up and come back tomorrow. I swear my love,” I said as I looked at the files and heard a knock on my door. Cristina walked in holding a tray of food and I looked at the watch to find it was already the lunch break.
“Sir, you need to do your lunch. You’ve not eaten anything from yesterday,” she said and I smiled at her nodding at her as I signalled her to put the tray down on my desk. She did it and gave me a small smile before leaving.
“So, I was saying...how is my daug- Hello?” I looked at my phone to find the connection disconnected. Sighing, I kept the phone down and ate my lunch peacefully before jumping back to work again.
Exactly, four in the evening when the door of my office slammed open and I looked up ready to yell thinking it was Cosmina or probably Cristina but shocked to find Juliette, dressed in a black pencil skirt and a black blazer with a white shirt underneath as she slammed the door shut and walked towards me.
“Juliette? What are you doing here?” I asked as I remained seated in my position too shocked to move.
“Come here!” she leaned down on my desk and in a swift moment pulled my tie “What are you doi-” and planted her lips onto mine. I was too shocked even to register what just happened but then felt her kissing me aggressively and no sooner felt her hands moving towards my shirt and yanking it open. Immediately, due to lack of romance since seven to eight months, I found myself turned on and I kissed back trying to open her blazer and her shirt. She was immediately on my desk right before and I couldn’t even quite make it out when I had my pants down and I was making love to her on my desk with her moaning and pulling my hair.
The situation was so heated up that both of our eyes were filled with lust and I kissed her face not getting enough of her.
By the time, we were done she leaned over me and had her head on my shoulder as she took deep breaths and I found myself out of breath, shocked and finally grunted not getting enough of her. She climbed down my desk and I gave her some space as she pulled her skirt down and held her purse that she had thrown on the ground previously. Her shirt was still open and before I could reach to button it up she made her way towards the door.
“Hey! Where....Where are you going?” I asked as she looked at me buttoned up a few buttons before turning around and winked at me “Shopping,” she said and opened the door. Quickly, putting up my pants and tucking my shirt in, I ran after her as I watched the brunette with brown long hair walking past Cristina but stopping right before her “Is my hair okay?” she asked and Cristina smiled at her before nodding and soon her eyes traveled down to Juliette’s unbuttoned shirt.
“Oh just the buttons,” Juliette laughed and hurriedly buttoned up her shirt.
“Honey it’s alright! I can go back to the car by myself. Don’t worry,” Juliette turned around to leave but I stopped her as I held her hand and looked back at Cristina “I am off for today,” I told her and she nodded watching both of us as we made towards the elevator.
“Seriously Zachary I can go back, on my own,” Juliette huffed once we were inside the elevator.
“Sure, you can” I rolled my eyes as I pressed the ‘G’ button “Where is Veronica?” I asked and she replied “with your mom and Gale.”
Even though nothing seemed to settle down with me and Gale, it seemed he was the perfect grandfather for Veronica as he loved her dearly and spent most of his time with her. I didn’t seem to mind as long as he stayed away from me and my work. At first, to be honest I was cautious with Gale being around Veronica but then it seemed he saw Rose, my sister in her and it was why I didn’t interfere much to Juliette’s relief.
“Where are we going?” she asked as we sat down in our seats and put on our seat belts.
“To end the game that you had just begun,” I winked at her making he giggle.
Through odds and evens we sailed through all problems together and held hands as we continued to watch over our daughter Veronica who seemed to grow up quickly but at the same time giving us immense happiness and power to overcome the difficulties. It was us, the Sullivan family.
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