Opening my eyes to an empty bed, I worriedly get up and look around. Allorah wasn’t in bed. Worried that maybe something happened, I got out to find Raphael and Farah talking in a corner. As they noticed me, Farah smiled softly.
“Don’t worry, she’s with mother,” Farah said smiling, “She woke up an hour ago and said she wished to have a word with mother.”
“Why?” I asked, surprised.
Farah looked at Raphael.
“We don’t know, she just asked for her, so mother agreed. They are in the other room,” Farah explained.
With a sigh, I ruffle my hair.
“How’s everyone?” I asked, “Is everything under control?”
“About that, we need to talk,” Raphael said with a frown.
Excusing herself, Farah leaves us. I guide Raphael towards the balcony.
“Tell me what do you know,” I said.
“Dominique, those men were from the Dragon organization. It seems they know we have her,” Raphael said as he crossed his arms, “They made a request; that’s when the shots started.”
“What happened during that time?” I asked.
“They said that we had to give her back no matter what. They won’t ask for anything but her, and they desire no blood. But as things got tense, one of his men fired at us, and the snipers shot back, killing several of his men. We have two injured and in prison,” Raphael explained, “That’s why you hear shots. Also, they said that we had a week to return her or we would pay the price.”
“Seriously?” I asked.
Raphael nodded. I could see something bothered him.
“Tell me what’s on your mind?” I asked as I took a seat.
“Sorry if this sounds rude, but Dominique, we know nothing about that woman. It would be best to hand her, she doesn’t belong here, and she’s of no use,” Raphael said, making my eye twitch.
Doesn’t it belong here? No use?
I stayed calm, but my anger was boiling. I opened my mouth but stopped when I saw my mother standing with Allorah on the balcony. My mother had a stern look, and Allorah sounded hurt.
Standing up, I walked, but my mother raised her hand to stop me.
“You should listen to Allorah,” my mother said as she glared at Raphael, “Never judge a book by its cover.”
We both stayed quiet and waited. Allorah walked towards a chair and took a seat. She looked tired and in pain.
“Allorah…” I mumble.
“Don’t…” my mother retorted.
I looked away. I had no words. If I could do something, I wished Allorah could tell me. I will do anything for her.
“My name is Allorah, and I’m a Goddess. I’m not a human, just my body. My soul and mind belong somewhere else,” Allorah said.
I looked at her in shock. A goddess? I chuckled like I was crazy.
“A goddess?” I repeat as I massage my temple, “This is absurd.”
“I know…” Allorah said with pain in her eyes. I averted my gaze from her. Was she real?
“I’m a being who has no age. I don’t remember how long I’ve been alive, but I’ve seen a lot. I’ve witnessed murders, destructions, rebirths, natural disasters, all that. I had a family, a husband,” Allorah said, taking me by surprise, “But they killed him right in front of my eyes a long time ago. You may want to know how long that bastard has kept me, right? But I can’t tell you, for it’s been so long I don’t recall anymore. It might be years, decades. I don’t age, so I don’t know.”
Raphael’s face was in utter shock. My mother wasn’t even looking at her.
“You may also wonder why he wants me, right? That, I don’t know how to explain…” Allorah mumbled, “It’s something you should not know of; it’s prohibited to say. But I can tell you he wants something from me, but I don’t know if it’s my powers, my knowledge, or what. He never said what.”
“So you’re saying not even you know?” Raphael asked in surprise, “How can that be?”
“We are beings with a role. My role was to see the future of humans. Who was going to be born powerful, and who was to live in danger? My blood possesses the power to see,” Allorah explained with a sigh, “I can’t tell you, but I can share with you what I can do.”
We all looked at Allorah with surprise. Emotions were making the air tense.
“You have powers?” I said a whisper barely, “Isn’t that what he wanted?”
Allorah shakes her head. She started playing with her fingers. She would do that when she’s uncomfortable.
“It’s ok; you don’t have to tell us,” I said as I look at her worriedly, “You need not say much.”
Allorah looked surprised by my comment. Smiling, she nodded.
“He, whose name I never knew, asked me a couple of repetitive questions I remember,” Allorah said with a frown.
“What is that?” Sebastian suddenly said as he walked over.
“He asked, where is it? If I have it and why they gave it to me,” Allorah said, leaving us confused.
“Wait, those were the questions?” I asked.
“Yes, I never understood what he wanted to know, but if I didn’t answer him, he would torture me. I never knew, and I still don’t know,” Allorah said, cringing, “I… I don’t know.”
“May I ask you a question?” Sebastian asked as he kneeled and looked at Allorah.
“Tell me,” Allorah mumble.
“How did he even capture you?” Sebastian asked.
All this time, I wonder the same. It was kind of hard to believe they walked to him. They are supposed to be goddess supernatural beings, so how come they ended in his evil hands?
Allorah looked at him, scared. I felt she was hiding something. Allorah started once again playing with her hands.
“Enough,” I said as I walked over to Allorah, “I think this is enough for today. It would be best that when she’s ready to say more, she will let us know, right?”
“Good idea,” my mother said, intervening, “Allorah hasn’t recovered, so let’s leave her to rest. Now off we go.”
Everyone started leaving. Allorah and I were the only ones left.
Allorah hugged herself. I could see it scared her. I move my hand carefully, but she flinched. It must have been too much for her.
“Um, Allorah? Why don’t we go inside?” I asked as I waited for her eyes to meet mine, “It’s getting cold.”
“No…” Allorah said, “I would like to talk with you before.”
Getting me confused, I nod and sit on the floor.
“What is it?” I asked patiently, “I’m all ears.”
Allorah turned her face and stared at me. Her pale skin was basking under the afternoon sun. Her white hair looked pink as the sun-brushed lightly over her hair, making it look breathtaking, just like the canvas.
Slowly, I watch Allorah move her hand and softly go through my hair. A small and warm gesture is making my heartthrob. She looked at me sadly.
“Dominique…” Allorah mumbled as her eyes looked deeply into mine, “Please kill me.”
My face fell, and my heart sank. What did Allorah just say?
Was she requesting that from me?
“WHAT THE FUCK?” I retorted as I look at the floor, “WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY?”
My voice was loud enough for anyone in the room to hear. I was gripping my hands tightly, my anger on another level. It’s been a while since I had felt angry. But was this anger? I felt a constricted pain in my chest.
I kneeled with my head low.
“H-How could you say that?” I said a whisper barely, “How can you say that when I love you?”
I said as tears flowed down my face. I was looking at her. Allorah’s face was shocked by my sudden and unexpected words. The words left my mouth. I had no time to think straight.
IT was overbearing.
Allorah tried to form words. I waited for her to say something, anything. But she never did. Standing up, I excused myself and walked out. But a cold hand stopped me.
Not looking back, I kept my head low.
“W-why say t-that?” Allorah stuttered nervously, “I-I’m a stranger… You don’t know me, and how can you say you love me if I’m a monster?”
Turning around, I look at her. Allorah had tears on her face. Her pale skin glowed, and her grey eyes even looked transparent.
“Don’t you dare…” I whispered.
“What?” Allorah asked.
“Don’t you dare say you’re a monster!” I said as I grip her shoulders, “You are no monster! You’re the most beautiful woman I have ever laid my eyes on.”
Slowly, I lean my head on her shoulder.
“You don’t have an idea how beautiful you look with those scars. For me, you will always be the most beautiful,” I mumble.
Allorah’s body went stiff. Her breathing turned quicker.
I couldn’t stop this feeling.
The words were flowing out of my mouth. These raw emotions are dying to get out.
Not even I understood myself.
I was angry, angry with her, with me. Distracted by this anguish, I feel two arms go around my waist. Slim arms were trying to reach the other side.
“Thank you…” Allorah whispered, “Thank you.”
I slowly hugged her. I didn’t wish to hurt her.
Her fragile body was leaning against mine.
“Stay,” I suddenly asked, “Stay with me.”
Allorah backed away a bit to look at me. My eyes, with determination, looked down at her grey eyes.
“Allorah stays with me, I… I want you by my side. I know this might be sudden, but all I’m asking is for you to think about it. Think and let me know when you are ready. I’m willing to wait no matter how long,” I said seriously.
A small chuckle escaped Allorah’s lips. She looked up and smiled.
“You humans are naïve, you know. I’m not even human, Dominique,” Allorah said with a smile, “Don’t you mind that?”
True, it was something you would never expect. But there was this pull towards Allorah. I couldn’t say no. It was like fate was playing a strange role.
“No, I don’t mind,” I said smiling, “I don’t know why this is happening, but I want to be part of it. So please just think about it.”
With a bright smile, Allorah leaned her forehead and whispered a yes.
That gave me hopes, hopes that she might stay. Hugging her, I looked at the sun setting on the horizon. I had to do the impossible to protect her and kill that bastard before he lays his hands on her.
The next day Allorah’s mood had lifted a bit. She was smiling more but constantly worried about crossing her face.
I had returned to work at the corporation. I needed to investigate everything with this bastard and needed to find him soon.
Working on my laptop, I see my phone vibrate. It was the same strange number once again. Deciding to ignore it, I keep working. I had to find a clue of what he was looking for.
A minor knock on the door has me looking up. Letting the person come in, I see Sebastian with his laptop in hand walking in.
“What brings you here?” I asked as I kept my eyes on him.
“I came to brief you that I’m planning to attack the second compound in the outskirts of the city,” Sebastian said as he took a seat.
“Why so sudden?” I asked.
“Because he has a jewel I want. So I came mostly to know if you would like to join,” Sebastian said as he crossed his legs and smirked, “You never know what you can find.”
“Sometimes I feel you hide something,” I spat, “I feel there is something you are not telling me.”
“Me?” Sebastian said with a frown, “I think I have said enough. All I’m interested in his weird and exotic jewels.”
With a scoff, I return to my work. I let Sebastian know I would call him later and give him my answer. Standing up, he walks, but I stop him.
“Question,” I said as Sebastian looked over his shoulder, “Can you hack a phone number for me?”
Sebastian smirked and turned his attention to me.
“Say who is it?” Sebastian asked eagerly.
I don’t know…” I said, making him frown.
“It’s an unknown number?” Sebastian asked.
I nodded my head and stayed silent. Nodding, Sebastian asks me to text the number. Doing so, I see him checking his phone and frowning.
“Hmm, interesting,” Sebastian said, leaving me clueless, “I shall inform you later.”
Waving goodbye, I go back to my files. Sebastian wanted to attack the second compound. That wasn’t as big as the first one, but it was active; according to some intel, one had many men guarding it and working day and night. Several cars were spotted coming out of that place. Even a chopper came twice. I wanted to go, but would I be able to leave Allorah alone?
With a sigh, I leaned against the chair and called Farah. She was picking on the second ring. I asked her how she was doing.
“She’s been sleeping a lot,” Farah said, “Mother has been here also, so no need to worry.”
“You sure she is doing ok?” I asked, “I want her to be ok.”
“Dominique, is this the way you will behave when your wife is pregnant?” Farah said, making me scoff.
“What with that idea, and I’m asking about her health,” I said.
“Oh boy, keep denying it, brother. Oh, Allorah just woke up. Do you wish to talk with her?” Farah asked, but she never let me finish when I heard Allorah’s soft voice.
“Um, are you doing better?” I mumble.
“Yes…” Allorah said shyly, “Are you ok?”
“Hmm, I am. I’ll be back soon, ok?” I whispered with a smile.
“Ok,” Allorah said with a giggle, “I shall leave you to work.”
She said a quick goodbye and hung up. Smiling, I shut the phone and turn my chair towards the vast window.
Looking at the sky, I laugh. I think I was falling more and more for this stranger that laid in my bed.