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I can’t believe three months have gone by since Ethan and I had that dinner. Ethan is not back, and I don’t have an idea to when he might get back. I still don’t know where he is, but at least I talk to him every day, and I know he is doing fine. Working at the company has taught me a lot about the business industry. I also found out a lot about Ethan’s family. I found out that Patricia is Mr Federico’s secretary. Which is one of the reasons why she is the first woman he fell in love with after his divorce to Florence. She was there to comfort him after his divorce, which led to him falling in love with her. I also found out why I have never seen Florence husband. He died a few years ago while at service. He was a soldier. I am getting ready to go out for lunch with Khloe. I am so happy she is going to be in town for a few days. After we graduated, Khloe moved to New York. I walk out of my office and take the elevator to the parking lot to be on my way.

I arrive at the restaurant after a few minutes of driving. I park my car and walk inside to find Khloe already seated at the left middle corner of the restaurant.

“Hello love,” I say hugging Khloe while giving her a peck on the cheeks.

“How are you doing?” She says, hugging me back.

“I am doing great, and you?” I say taking the seat opposite her

“I wish I could say the same, but I am starting to think my life is complete shit,” Khloe says, taking back her seat.

“Why would you say that? I thought you loved New York?”

“I do, but that was until I started working for your brother.”

“Why don’t you like working for my brother? And he seems to have a problem with you too. Did something happen between you guys that I don’t know about.”

Khloe works for my elder brother, Khalifa, in New York. I helped her get the job, but I didn’t think she and my brother will end up hating each other.

“I don’t know what his problem is with me, but he annoys me. I am getting so close to quitting my job because of him.”

“Wow, is the bad energy between you guys that bad?”

“You should see both of us in a room then you will know how bad it is.”

“Do you need me to talk to him? I could talk to him if you want.”

“No, don’t.”

“Are you sure because I don’t mind.”

“Yes, I am sure because that will only satisfy him knowing he gets under my skin.”

“Alright if you say so and I am starving, please let’s order something to eat.”

“Thank you, and you can tell me all about work while we eat.”

“Sure,” I say, calling the waiter to our table so I can order food.

It’s been hours since I had lunch with Khloe. I am waiting for Khloe to pick me up from work. I came back to the office with a cab. Khloe borrowed the car to run some errands around town. I am waiting outside when suddenly a car pulls up in front of me. A group of two scary looking men step out of the car and start walking towards me. I begin to take little steps backwards. Something in my heart tells me to run for my life, so I turn around and run. They chase after me. Ya Allah, what is going on? Why are they following me? I am very close to reaching the office lobby when I feel a pair of hands pull on my scarf. I struggle to free my hair from the scarf and keep running when I feel a piece of clothing placed on my nose as I begin to feel dizzy. Subhan Allah, what is going on? I am not able to answer that question as darkness surrounds me.

I wake up to a terrible headache and pain in my hands. I look around me, and I don’t know where I am. My hands are tied to a chair which I am sure is the reason for the pain in them. My legs are also tied to the chair, making any type of movement difficult for me. I can’t believe I have been kidnapped. Oh my God, Ya Allah, please save me. I pray nothing bad happens to me.

“Look who finally decided to wake up,” A huge man says walking into the room. I can’t really make out his face because there is not much lighting in the room.

“Who are you? Where am I? Why am I here?” I say voicing out the questions running through my head.

“That is for me to know and not for you, my lady?” The man says in a mocking tone

“Who sent you to kidnap me?”

“I am not the one who is going to answer all these questions of yours miss,” He says and begins to walk out.

“Where are you going? You have not answered my questions.”

“Don’t worry your questions will be answered soon” He says and walks out of the room.

The man leaves for a few minutes and comes back with someone else. I still can’t make out the face of the person, but he is not as massive as the first man. After good seconds the new person speaks up, and I don’t need my ears to be cleaned to know that horrible voice anywhere.

“Hello princess,” Austin says with an evil smirk on his face.

“Don’t call me that and why am I here? What do you want from me?”

“First of all, I will call you whatever I please too and about why you are here. My love you will have to find out yourself. Now smile for the picture. We don’t want your boyfriend thinking we harm his precious girlfriend, so smile” Austin says and takes a picture of me.

“What are you doing, Austin? Whatever you and your mom planned won’t work, so just stop and let me go.”

“Why don’t I be the judge of that honey? Goodbye, see you when your boyfriend decides to join us” Austin says and walks out of the room with the huge guy following behind him.

I can’t believe this is happening to me. Ya Allah, please save me from these horrible people. I don’t understand why Austin kidnapped me. Why did he even take a picture of me? I wonder what Austin and his mom planned this time. Ya Allah, I hope they don’t succeed.

I have been kidnapped for a week now. I have not seen Austin since the last time he came to take a picture of me, but at least now I know why he did. He took a picture so he could send it to Ethan to tell him I have been kidnapped. I still don’t understand how kidnapping me is going to favour him in any way. I have been praying every day for someone to rescue me. I am sure Khloe noticed my absence and reported it to the police. I am just praying the police find me before Austin does something harmful to me. I come back from my thoughts when I hear the door opening. Expecting it to be Carlos the huge guy who has been taking care of me, but rather it’s someone else. Four men, I have never seen before with Austin.

“Untie her,” Austin says to one of the guys.

“What is going on? Why are you untying me? Have you realized there was no need to kidnap me?”

“Oh honey, the game has just begun. Once I am done with you, Ethan would be answering to my demands.”

“What do you mean?” I say getting scared thinking about whatever plan Austin has put up his sleeves to get Ethan to agree to his demand.

The guys lift me up from the chair after undoing the knots around my legs and hands. I feel so much relief from getting those ropes off my hands. I can’t believe the reason why he kidnapped me was so Ethan could answer to his demands. I wonder what kind of requests he asked Ethan for. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them were to give up his seat as vice director. Austin and his mom would do anything to have Mr Federico’s company to themselves.

“You will see honey and don’t worry, I will make sure to go easy on you,” Austin says with an evil smirk.

The guys drag me out of the room and into another one. This one has a bed in it. They carry me to the bed and force me to lie down as they tie my hands to the head of the bed. Ya Allah, I don’t want to believe what my head is assuming. Please, Allah, don’t let them rape me.

“Boss the camera is all set,” One of the guys says to Austin.

“Good, now all of you out,” Austin says and starts walking towards me.

“Stay away from me, don’t come close to me,” I say struggling with the ropes around my hands to get away from him.

“All of these won’t be happening if you simply agreed to be with me.”

“Stay away from me, Austin; please don’t do this.”

“Shut up you slut” Austin says slapping me hard across the face

“Please I am begging you don’t rape me,” I say struggling more with the ropes while tears stream down my face.

“I will make sure your boyfriend never messes with me and my mom again,” Austin says and rips off my shirt leaving me exposed in my bar.

“Please stop,” I say pleading with him with tears rolling down my face nonstop. Ya Allah, please save me from this horrible nightmare.

“Such a beautiful body been wasted on that idiot Ethan,” Austin says looking at my body lustfully.

Austin rips off my skirt, exposing my underwear and never in my life have I felt more humiliated and harassed. I can’t believe this is how I am going to lose my virginity. Ya Allah, please save me. He starts using his hands to touch me from my face to my legs.

“I can’t wait to get a taste of you,” Austin says and starts undoing the belt of his trousers.

“Please stop,” I say pleading as Austin gets on top of me. I try to use my legs to get him away from me, but that only makes him mad.

“Will you stay still you stupid slut” Austin says slapping me across the face again. Austin is about to rip off my underwear when the door bangs open. I am so grateful to whoever that was.

“How dare you touch her” The one voice I have been dreaming to hear for the past three months says. I can’t believe he is here. How did he get here? Oh, Allah, thank you for getting him to save me. Ethan drags Austin off my body and throws him to the floor.

“Oh my God, my love are you alright,” Ethan says but quickly turns away once he takes in my appearance. Why did he look away, do I look that horrible? My face must be badly swollen from the dreadful slaps Austin gave me.

Ethan loses the ropes around my hands. He takes off his jacket and hands it to me. I put it on to cover as much of my body as I can. I try to stand up but fall back on the bed. I must be weak from barely eating this past week. Ethan assists me to stand up, but we are not able to leave.

“Where do you think you are going?” Austin says pointing a gun at us

“Austin the police have already surrounded the place. Just put down the gun so we could leave peacefully” Ethan says

“I rather die than go to jail and you are coming with me,” Austin says and is about to pull the trigger.

“Ethan watch out,” I say and quickly push Ethan out of the way but get caught by the bullet. Austin is about to shoot again, but a police officer beats him to it and shoots him down.

A piercing pain shoots through my shoulder as the bullet passes through my skin into my body. It is the most painful thing I have ever felt in my life.

“Adina!” Ethan says, screaming my name as he quickly rushes’ to my side.

“Ethan, my love,” I say coughing out blood. Ya Allah, I never knew this was how my life would end, but you know best. Ya Allah, please forgive me for all my sins and grant me Al Jannah.

“No, you can’t leave me. Everything is going to be fine my love just hold on” Ethan says, holding me in his arms as my life starts slipping before his eyes.

“Et-h-a-a-n,” I say trying to speak, but the blood keeps pouring out of my mouth.

“Don’t talk my love just wait for a little. The ambulance is already on their way here” Ethan says, putting pressure on my wound to stop the bleeding.

“I want you to know that I will always love you, and it’s not your fault. Goodbye, my love” I say and allow the darkness to hug me not before saying my final words. La ilaha illa llah Muhammadur-rasulu-llah (I declare that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and I declare that Muhammad Is the Messenger of Allah)

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