The clock hit eight and I was up on my feet closing the laptop and keeping my things in the drawer. Early in the morning I had to rush back home to take a bath and then I returned back to the company and in the break I had to move out for a quick meeting but the whole day, I had Veronica in my mind as I sent Noah multiple times to her penthouse to check on her and thankfully each time he informed me that she was doing fine and her temperature went down and she was resting.
I was glad, but as the day ended I worked fast to complete my work to get back to her penthouse.
"Ace," it was Chelsea as she walked into my cabin.
"Heading back already? Let's go out for dinner," she asked as she put her hands on a chair and smiled at me.
"No can Kinsley, I have to be somewhere now," I told her as I wore my suit and adjusted it, buttoning it up in the process.
"Oh," was the only thing that I heard.
"See ya," I said as I smiled at her and she smiled at me as I crossed her and walked out of my cabin and directly to the elevator.
The elevator door pinged open and I pressed the button to Veronica's floor. But as the elevator door was closing, I saw Chelsea standing near the glass door looking my way with a small smile on her face.
"So? How are you feeling now?" I asked as I took a seat on the same chair that I left on the same spot in the morning. She laid down on her side watching me as I looked down at her when Maria entered and went directly inside the bathroom with a bucket and cleaning mop.
"You have no idea how many time I threw up today. My throat is sore, I can hardly talk," she exclaimed and I nodded.
"I can see that," I said as I heard her hoarse voice and assumed Maria cleaning the whole day.
Veronica grumbled something and closed her eyes for a minute when it got me. "You know, I know that you are not feeling well. And I think, you should take some rest. We can continue our story session when you get we-"
"No! Did I even tell you that I'm not going to speak? I said I will tell you and it means I will tell you," she snapped and that made me roll my eyes as I put my hand up in surrender. "Okay, snappy pants!" I remarked which made her scowl at me.
"We are four siblings. After I was born, my father adopted Cami, who is older than me by six years and she was actually my uncle's only daughter. But her mother died of an accident and her father drank himself to death, so my parents decided to adopt Cami when I was five and it was how she became the eldest daughter to my father. But I had more two brothers who were younger to me and we three are biological children of our parents," Veronica mumbled but I could hear everything and I decided to remain quiet and listen to her until she finishes.
"Cami was the most intelligent, beautiful and loving of us all. She loved me the most and I was more than happy to get her as my sister." Her sentence ended up with a pause as she closed her eyes.
"Cami was not like any other girl. She was really simple, more simple than you were. You somehow reminded me of her when I first saw you. I was outgoing, adventurous but she was stuck with her books and just like you if something attracted her, than it was science. She was mad about science and her brain only knew about science, and it was how she ended up there," she ended and I had no idea why I said: "London School of Science?"
There was a minute of silence between us but then she nodded as I inhaled deeply folding my arms over my chest.
"Then?" I asked and she continued as she turned on the bed, facing the ceiling. Her eyes still closed and it felt as if she was trying to remember something, as if she was trying to grasp that single flower from the top of the mountain when she opened her eyes and spoke.
"She was bullied and harassed."
As she said that my mind went numb and I thought I was mistaken by what I just heard.
"What?" I whispered.
"What you heard is right. She was harassed by the dean to the level where she lost it and she came back home, broken. You have no idea what we went through. All of a sudden we woke up and saw her dangling to her balcony railing and before anyone could do anything she jumped off," as she finished, a lone tear fell down her eyes and I could literally feel what she must have been feeling.
"All of a sudden, everything changed between us and my father took it to his limits to save her and he did. But nothing was the same again because Cami lost her senses and it took us years to get out of her mouth, what happened. Every time I opened a book relating to science before her, she would scream and grow violent. We had no choice but to sent her to asylum away from her family, away from everything and alone."
"Then one day I succeeded getting it out of her mouth what happened and the only thing I got to know was that whatever happened was back in that school. So, I asked my father to let me take admission in that school but he refused and made me stay away from there, but I was hard to control and I escaped from my house and flied to London and took an admission wanting to know what happened to my sister."
"Believe me Ace, it was the worst feeling. Every day I spent there I felt as if I was betraying you all and myself. It was the worst feeling of not being able to reach your career in what you always dreamt of. From the beginning, I had always wanted to be into business line, just like my father, but I had to choose science for my sister and it was how I ended up there only to find, she was bullied by the Dean's relative's son and then worst harassed by the dean himself."
"What!" I exclaimed disbelieving what she just said.
"Hard to believe?" she chuckled as she looked back at me.
"But I found evidence as I broke multiple times into his house at nights and to his office and guess what I got. He had some girls from the school's nude pictures and clothes. He was a paedophile and he ruined my sister's life. I was seething with anger and I wanted revenge, it was why I remain hidden from my father's rage and continued to study in that school under my mother's protection and then when I took it all out and confronted the dean about it and gave him a day to reveal everything both to my parents and to the news reporters, he burned the building down himself thinking all the evidences will be cleared and he would make an appeal that whatever evidences I had were false and made up."
"But then, it was my limit as I threatened to reveal all the pictures, the sources from where he got, his paedophile acts recorded in camera with proof to the news channels, he commited suicide. That bastard put fire to his building by himself just minutes ago, I threatened him to take him down, he threatened me back telling me that if he was going down, then so was I and he commited suicide."
"I was stuck and in a very complicated situation. My father used to think that perhaps I was in New York studying because it was what he got to know from my mother but then as I had threatened him, and he commited suicide, cops were already searching for the one who was threatening him and I was in trouble. The things were complicated and all of a sudden my father got to know that I was in the school were he never wanted to see him and to say he was beyond upset would be an understatement."
"My parents fought because of me and I had to deal with the cops, with an idea of releasing the dirty secrets of the dean. And it was how my father entered and he said he wants me to be back to what I had dreamt of and let him take care of the cops."
"He gave me a day to escape London if he wanted me to study in Commerce section because he knew if I stayed I would definitely complete my schooling there and in the future i would definitely change my mind. He said he didn't want me to be vengeful, because he thought of it as ugly."
"So, I had to escape London without letting anyone know about it because the cops got to know about me and I escaped on time and after that my father took the things into his hands and took the evidences from me and presented it before the cops. Everything was sorted but the court found me in wrong place and I was send to correction house for a year because of being the reason for the dean's death. I was lucky because I was underage and wasn't sentenced behind bars or my career would have been in stake but instead I was sent to the correction house, away from everyone."
"I was there for a year and then when I got back, my father kept me away from the world and let me study in South Africa as I grew up there and did my schooling and soon succeeded in whatever I was doing," as she finished I sat their flabbergasted thinking what the hell was that.
"I know what you might be thinking. Why I didn't contact you? Well, at some point, I tried to, but as I saw you achieving so many things in your life in such a tender age while I was rotting in that correction house, I didn't find it appropriate or I didn't actually had the courage to face you all," she chuckled as she tried to get up and then look back at me.
"And then life went on and I concentrated on my path and I got disconnected from you all until I met you in the rooftop," she whistled "it was purely a coincident, I sure," she laughed at her own joke and all I did was stare at the woman before me.
"So, that was it! My story. So, is this story strong enough for you not to yell at me?" she asked as slid to me and sat before me, staring into my eyes, while I was at loss of words.
"Ace?" she waved her hand before me and I caught it in between my hands as I gave it a squeeze which made her look back at me confused.
"You fool!" I snapped and she squealed as she slid back caught off guard.
"You are telling all this to me now? Now? You are just such a nonsense and an idiot woman," I slammed my hands on the bed as I stood up and the chair tumbled back, because of the impact.
"You are just, such a fool," I snapped and she looked up at me with wide eyes.
"Okay," she laughed nervously.