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Seeking Answers

Chapter 58:

By the time she got to the DA’s office, she was already seeing red. Stacey wanted to step out of the car and go inside with her, but Lesly told her that she did not have to do so. The matter was not going to take long. That was the only thing Lesly told Stacey to explain why she had to be driven immediately after the phone call she received and why she could not wait for Alec to come pick her up as usual.

Stacey knew when to keep her mouth shut. Obviously, this was not a work matter but more of a personal one, and she knew how private her superior was. As such, she decided to silently comply with the request that Lesly gave her and to wait for her in her car.

When Lesly got to Alec’s office, she found him sitting at his desk fully occupied by a document he was examining. His jacket was hanging on his seat and his sleeves were rolled up. The pen he was holding was being tapped lightly against the surface of the desk as he turned to another page in the document. He must have sensed her presence as she walked in because he looked up immediately. A frown was plastered against his face as he asked in confusion.

“Lesly? What are you doing here?”

The dark-haired woman immediately shut the door to his office behind her. Her tone was serious as she announced the reason behind her visit. “We need to talk.”

“Who brought you here?” He asked with a hint of anger at knowing that she ventured out of the safety of her office without telling him.

“It doesn’t matter who did.”

Alec’s frown intensified. “Have you forgotten what happened the last time you ventured out on your own? Why didn’t you at least call me?”

She was not in the mood to explain herself or even attempt to placate him. She wanted answers, and she needed them right away. Without wasting time, she took a couple of steps further into his office and began asking immediately, “What happened to Ronald?”

“Excuse me?”

“You heard me. Ronald, what happened to him?” She repeated in a serious tone.

Alec shook his head slowly. The expression on his face was unreadable. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Lesly took a deep breath and hoped that she would manage to keep her seething anger in check. If she wanted to get answers, she had to remain calm no matter what. He was practically way ahead of her in that arena, and she needed to play the game right.

Her deep calming breaths were barely audible while she stared at him. Her tone was as firm as she wanted it to be when she spoke, “There’s nothing that I detest more than when somebody lies to my face. Answer my question.”

“Why are you inquiring about him all of a sudden?” He asked calmly.

Nothing in his demeanor betrayed what he was thinking. This forced her to ask him directly.

“You had him killed, didn’t you?”

“Where are you going with this?”

“You made it look like suicide.”

“Lesly…,” he warned.

“Why?” She insisted. Her gaze was as steely as his.

Alec went silent. His gaze grew colder as he stared right back into her fiery eyes. Finally, he leaned back in his seat and answered her rather stoically, “You know why.”

Lesly scoffed. His confirmation should not have surprised her because she already expected it, but it still hurt to hear him say it like that. The mocking smile she had on her face did not waver as she inquired, “Who else did you do this to?”

Alec shrugged. His face was still expressionless. “I don’t think you want me to answer this question.”

“And why is that?”

“It’s better if you don’t know. Otherwise, you might be considered an accomplice in what happened,” he explained matter-of-factly.

“Unbelievable!”

“It had to be done,” he stated calmly as he stood up and walked towards her. He stopped right in front of her and placed his hands in his pockets as he continued to explain, “You of all people are aware of how corrupt the system is. I told you before. I don’t play be rules. You knew this going in.”

Lesly stared deep into his cold blue eyes. They betrayed nothing. She could not read him at all. He seemed totally different to her now. It was as if she had never known him. A sharp pain squeezed her chest. It was becoming more and more difficult to breath. Still, she refused to give up before she heard the full truth. Her eyes narrowed at him as she sought more answers that she was certain would wreck her.

“What else have you lied to me about?” She asked without a hint of reluctance.

“Nothing,” he said dismissively. “Are we done now?”

“Not quite,” her voice shook.

He noticed the hurt look in her face and wanted to put an end to this line of interrogation instantly. His hand reached out to hold her shoulder, but she pulled away immediately.

“Lesly…,” he pleaded for her sake.

He watched her as she took more calming breaths to keep her emotions under control. Her gaze was still fixed on his. A moment of silence passed as they stared at one another. He expected her to let go, to leave his office and try to work through those new realizations. The question she asked next, however, took him by surprise.

“What do you want from me?” Her voice barely sounded neutral.

Alec could not believe what he just heard. He glared at her. His control over his emotions crumbled instantly.

“The hell are you talking about?”

“You approached me for a reason,” her voice shook, “I couldn’t figure it out then, but I’m sure now that there’s something in it for you.”

“Nothing,” he stated emphatically, “I want nothing from you. For God’s sake, Lesly! I can’t believe we’re talking about this again.”

“Prove it,” she demanded firmly.

“If everything I’ve done so far isn’t proof enough, I don’t know what else I could do to prove it to you.”

He thought he finally reached her. He really did, but the words she spoke next told him that this ordeal was far from over.

“Who sent you after me?”

“Do you hear yourself?” He asked, incredulous.

“Don’t you dare make it sound as if I’m insane. I know for a fact that you are not who you pretend to be,” she warned.

“Lesly,” He tried to reason with her again, but she would not let the matter go.

“Who do you work for?” she insisted.

“For the last time, no one,” he answered loudly and emphatically.

Lesly shut her eyes and took a deep breath one more time to recollect herself. Then she carried on.

“I’ve looked into it. No one by your name had ever worked in a legal clinic in Coaling. No one by your name had ever been admitted into a hospital with the same sever wounds as yours. No police record exists of an incident where you were attacked either. Now why is that?”

Alec sighed in frustration as he ran a hand through his hair. “I told you already. This is not a matter I can discuss so easily. Why won’t you listen?”

“So you expect me to just turn a blind eye to whatever this is? How naive do you think I am?”

“You’re jumping to conclusions again.”

“Am I? Tell me something, what would you do if someone you know turned out to be involved in a series of supposed suicide cases, had almost every past record of him destroyed or erased, and on top of that, refuses to talk about an incident that almost wrecked him in the past?”

“It’s not what you think it is,” Alec responded loudly in frustration.

“I suppose it’s the same for Jacob Wallace as well?”

“What on earth are you talking about now?”

“You’ve never met him?”

“No, I haven’t…and I have no clue where you’re going with this!” He shot back. His tone was getting louder and angrier with every passing second.

She could see frustration in his eyes, but nothing more. Still, she refused to give up on him. She was determined to give him a chance to come clean. She owed him this much. Without wasting another second, she took a step forward and pleaded once more.

“If you have the tiniest bit of respect for me, you will tell me.”

Alec’s response was short and cryptic. “I don’t know what more you expect me to say.”

“If you care about me at all, you won’t hide anything from me.”

“Would you please just..”

“If there’s even a shred of sincerity in your feelings for me, you won’t keep this from me.”

Her control over her emotions was lost as she delivered her last request. Alec stood there in front of her wearing the same unreadable expression as always. For a while, no one said anything to the other. Her eyes were brimming with unshed tears as she glared at him. He simply stared back silently without a hint of emotion on his face.

His refusal to say a word finally broke her. A tear trickled down her cheek as she continued to stare at him with so much anger and sadness in her eyes. It was at that moment that a loud knock was heard on the office door. Stacey peeked in a few seconds later. She began talking instantly without realizing the charged atmosphere in the office she just walked into.

“I’m sorry. I did not mean to interrupt. Lesly, I just received an important phone call for you from the office.”

No response came. Lesly was still glaring at Alec, and Alec was still staring back in silence. He broke the eye contact then and looked in the young woman’s direction.

“Stacey, can you please give us a minute?” He requested in a firm voice.

The young woman was about to apologize and leave, but Lesly stopped her.

“No, Stacey. We’re done,” she announced. Her glare was still fixed on Alec.

Stacey realized then that the two were caught in a serious argument. She did not know if she should apologize and leave the two alone, or if she should listen to what her superior said and wait for her. Even when Lesly walked out of the office, Stacey remained by the door. Alec walked past her and followed Lesly to the elevator. This made it more difficult for her to follow her superior because she did not want to intrude.

Lesly paused by the elevator as she waited for it to arrive to her floor. Alec spoke from behind her.

“We’re not done talking yet.”

“There’s nothing left to talk about,” Lesly responded. Her back was still turned to him.

He held her arm to try to force her to look at him. “You can’t just walk away like that.”

“After you lied to my face? I can’t help but blame myself for not walking out of your office sooner.”

“I told you I have never met a person by the name of Wallace or whatever. I don’t even know why you’re asking about him.”

“I’ve heard enough for today,” she said calmly.

“Lesly…”

The elevator arrived then. She ignored him and walked in. Her eyes were fixed on Stacey as she called her to come over, “Stacey, we need to go.”

The young woman walked in reluctantly and got inside the elevator with her superior. She had an apologetic look on her face as she briefly looked at Alec. The elevator doors closed, but he forced them open when he pushed one of the doors to the side.

“Is this how you wanna end it?” He asked with a hint of anger.

“I told you,” Lesly stated calmly, “I’ve heard enough for today.”

And with that, she pressed the elevator button and left his office floor.

Author's Notes:

Sorry it took me so long to update. I was away on a vacation. I hope you enjoy the update.

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