Chapter 43 For every problem, there is a solution
When he noticed I was staring at him, he you didn't know him?" She asked
"I dont" I replied to her
"Your reaction says something completely different though" she said
"I don't know him" I raised my voice "I saw him in a vision I had" I told her
"Really....That's creepy" she replied
"I know right"
I stood there wondering what should be my next move, I thought about calling Alando but then I remembered the details of the dream and quickly decided against it. What was I going to do? Should be I go over to him and ask him what he wanted? What if he had the gun like he did in my dream? I felt like I was caught in between a rock and a hard place.
"You okay?" Kathryn asked
"Right now, I'm not sure" I answered honestly.
"Do you think we should call the cops?" Kathryn asked.
I hesistated at the thought of dealing with cops again as memories of my latest encounter with them reared its ugly head making me panic even more. I opened the car door and quickly sat inside, in an attempt to calm myself I rested my head on the steering wheel and whispered a small prayer.
"I have an idea" Kathryn said, "I could call my husband and have him escort you home".
I thought about it and her suggestion made sense.
"That's a great idea, I would love if you could make it happen" I replied
"Okay, I'll give him a call"
"Kathryn Johansen, what would I do without you?" I asked as I reached through the window and held her hand.
She gave me a humble smile.
Her husband was a police sergeant and former rock musician. They met at a meet and greet session when his band "The Blueberry Gypsies" were on tour in her South African hometown. It reminded me of Alando's parents who also met at a music event. As I sat in the car and waited for her husband to arrive I wrote down the mystery man's license plate number in my phone.
"Kathryn, we could ask Mr Johansen to run the guy's plate and see what they come up with" I told her through the window
"Yeah, that is also a great idea" she said gleefully.
Five minutes later, I turned to see the patrol car driving into the empty space behind Kathryn's vehicle and he hastily got out. The love was evident between them as they both beamed happily when they saw each other.
"Good Evening ladies, how may I be of assistance?" He asked after he gave his wife a peck on her lips
Kathryn began explaining the situation and I watched as he looked across at the mystery man who had now started his engine.
"Okay, I'll go have a word with him" he said as he headed in the mystery man's direction and I followed a few steps behind.
I felt short walking behind him, he was so tall and very muscular with broad shoulders. I tried to imagine how Kathryn looked walking beside him.
"Good Evening Sir, May I ask you what business you have here?" He said to the mystery man.
"Lo siento pero no hablo ingles" (I'm sorry but I don't speak english) he replied and I saw Kathryn's husband hesitate for a moment, clearly he did not understand Spanish.
"He says he doesn't speak english" I told Mr. Johansen but No te preocupes, puedo traducir" (No worries, I can translate) I replied as I stared at him.
A hint of surprise flashed across the mystery man's face then he quickly replaced it with a scowl.
"I can translate for you" I told Mr. Johansen and he nodded in appreciation.
"License and registration please" the officer asked.
"licencia y registro por favor" I translated.
The mystery man glared at me as he took the cards from his glove compartment and handed it to the officer.
"Pedro Garcia, from Brook Cave City, that's way across town, what are you doing over on this side?"
I translated, but the mystery man didn't respond.
"¿Tiene que repetirse?" (Does he have to repeat himself?" I asked
"obtendrás lo que te llega a ti, sin tiempo, perra (you will get what's coming to you in due time bitch)
"He just called me a bitch" I yelled to the officer.
"He did what?" The officer asked.
"I did not, this cunt is a liar" he shouted shocking the both of us.
"I thought you didn't speak English?" Mr. Johansen asked him "I wonder what else you're hiding?"
Just then base replied with the results they had on the mystery man.
Upon hearing his info being given out over the radio, the mystery man revved his engine and drove wildly out of the parking lot with a cloud of dark smoke behind him. The officer reacted quickly and pulled his gun, firing two shots in the car's direction. The second shot hit the right back tyre causing the car to skid and he ended up crashing in a wall.
The officer called for back up as he ran to the car with his gun in his hand
"Oh shit, not again" I uttered out loud and I felt another panic attack coming on.
This was the second time today I found myself in a situation where shots were being fired. I have suddenly became this danger magnet. I mustered what little strength I could find and ran to my vehicle where I went in, declined the seat and layed there shaking and crying my eyes out. Why was this happening to me, I know I'm not a bad person so why all this drama? I needed to get away from it all, I needed a do over. Then I felt a sudden cramp in my lower body, my hand instinctively reached to my belly and I remembered my little blessing that was growing inside of me, the only thing that made me determined to fight to get my life back to being as peaceful as possible. I dont know how long I laid there crying, the next thing I knew was that the car door opened and Alando reached in and touched my face.
"Baby are you okay?" I could hear the panic in his voice.
I wiped the tears from my eyes and focused hard to see his face, I wanted to be sure I wasn't dreaming.
"Alando?.... what... what are you doing here?" I asked.
"Your boss called my mom and told her about what happened. "Are you able to sit up?"
"I just wanna lay here until all these bad things go away" I whispered through my sobs.
"It'll be okay baby, I'm here now, I'll make all these bad things go away real soon"
"How?" I asked, although I knew he was only trying to comfort me."how are you gonna do that when my bad dreams are now coming to life"
He looked at me confused.
"What are you talking about?" He asked.
I wiped my face again
"The mystery man from today, I saw him in a dream I had when I was sleeping in your parents room" I told him.
He swallowed hard as he processed what I had just told him.
"You saw him in your dream?"
"Yes I did, you were on the ground bleeding and I was calling for you" I continued, he killed you, then he shot me and I woke up"
He hesitated for a while, clearly searching for the right words to say.
"I'll be fine baby and I'll make sure nothing happens to you".
The determination in his voice gave me hope and I gave him a weak smile.
"Where's my assistant and her husband?" I asked
"Your aassistant's husband ran the bastard's plates, they found out the son of a bitch's license was suspended and he's wanted in two states for murder.
"Oh my God" I gasped.
"Yeah, hopefully they get to the bottom of this situation"
"Yeah me too" I added.
There was a knock on the car window but I was too depressed to even attempt to see who it was.
"Yes?" I heard Alando asked
"I'm Officer Lyle, I'd like to ask Miss Lyons here a couple of questions regarding the incident today" he replied
"Okay, hold on....Umm babe, the officer wants to speak with you" Alando told me.
I sighed and sat up, wiping away the tear stains from my face with my rag.
"Could you step outside the car please?" The officer asked.
"Do I have to?, I'm not feeling well"
"What's wrong with you?" The officer asked.
"She's pregnant!" Alando answered before I could even open my mouth to reply.
"Oh okay, it's fine, you don't have to get out"
I spent the next fifteen minutes answering the officer's questions. I answered them truthfully as I didn't have a reason to lie.
"Okay Miss Lyons I'll keep in touch, Incase you think of anything else regarding this, feel free to stop by the station" he told me.
I nodded in agreement and he walked away.
Just then Kathryn came up to the car.
"What an eventful evening" she said as she stared at Alando and just like every other woman, she was taken aback by his beauty.
"Good heavens!" She gasped and he chuckled.
I looked at him, then at her.
"Oh Kathry, this is my friend Alando, Alando this is my assistant Kathryn"
His jaw tightened and I knew I had to fix the situation.
"Umm, let me rephrase; Kathryn, this is my boyfriend Dr. Alando King. Alando, this is my assistant Mrs. Kathryn Johansen I corrected myself quickly.
His expression softened and I let out a sigh of relief.
"Pleased to meet you" he said and extended his hand out to her
"Same here" she replied as they shook hands. "Wow, he's cute!" She mouthed to me and I giggled.
"I'm sorry I chickened out on you today, I got scared and started panicking when I heard the shots" I told her.
"Its fine hun, I ran too but thankfully Justin took care of everything, did you know the guy is wanted for murder in two other states?" The shock in her voice was almost tangible.
"Yeah I heard"
"But why was he looking for you though?"
"We're just as curious as you Mrs Johansen" Alando replied.
"Okay, I'll be sure to keep you posted if Justin tells me anything"
"I'd appreciate that" I told her as Alando started the engine.
We said our goodbyes and we drove off.
We arrived home and I cringed. This house just gave me a bad vibe, so bad that I sat in the car and stared in space.
"You okay?" He asked
"No I'm not"
"What's wrong?" He asked
I didn't respond, I just continued staring.
"Come on hon, tell me what's wrong: he begged but I still didn't answer.
He stared back at me waiting for a response, I could feel his impatience.
"I cannot fix the situation if you dont tell me what's wrong Nicole" he snapped at me.
"Everything is wrong Alando... Everthing!" I shouted through my tears. "I just cant do this anymore, everything is fucked up, this house, this relationship... everything!"
His ran his hands over his head signaling his frustration too.
"I can't live here knowing your wife used to live here and that she died in the kitchen, even the house keeper tried to have us kidnapped, it's just too much!" I told him.
"Okay, so this house is the main problem?" He asked.
"Yes!" I replied
He paused for a moment.
"Alright Nicole I was taught that for every problem there's always a solution" he replied.
"How are you gonna fix this?" I asked
"That's easy..... I'll just have to buy you a house".