Chapter 26 [Part 1]
When I got to Sienna’s childhood home, I wasn’t surprised to hear no answer when I rang the doorbell. I rang again just in case and as I was, a lady stepped out of the house next door.
“Are you looking for Jake?” she asked when she saw me.
“Yes, do you know if he’s home at all?” I replied.
“I spoke to him around an hour ago but he left in a hurry,”
“Yes he said something about meeting his daughter Sienna. We’ve always been neighbours and I’ve seen her grow up. She’s a lovely young woman isn’t she? She’s so beautiful isn’t she?” the neighbour spoke fondly of my wife and I nodded my head in agreement. “I haven’t see her in a while, I heard she got married,”
“That’s correct,” I smiled. “I am her husband. Jack, nice to meet you,”
“Wow! You’re her husband? Nice to meet you too,”
“I’d better go, Sienna will be wondering where I am,”
“Of course, tell her I said hi. My name’s Maureen,”
“I will. Bye,”
“Bye,” Maureen waved at me as I got back into my car. I waved back before starting the car again. I took out my phone from my pocket and dialled Jeremy’s number.
“Jack? To what do I owe this pleasure?” Jeremy’s tired voice answered. He was always tired. He was the best private investigator in the city and always had cases that gave him little free time to sleep.
“Jeremy I need your help to find my wife,” I replied. “I believe my father in law has kidnapped her,”
“Oh my dear lord,” Jeremy sympathised. “Of course I’ll help. I’ll call you when I have any information. Don’t worry we’ll find her,”
It was only an hour later when I got a call from Jeremy but boy was that the longest hour of my life. All I could think about was Sienna, she must be so confused and afraid of her own Dad right now. I instantly answered the call.
“Have you found her Jeremy?” I asked anxiously.
“I believe I have, Sienna and her father boarded a plane to Barbados only 15 minutes ago,”
“Thank you Jeremy,” I thanked Jeremy. I knew he’d be quick in helping me. It’s why he’s been a trusted friend of the family ever since I can remember but him and Dad go way back.
I hurriedly made my way to the airport, I had a plane to catch.
I found out the next plane to Barbados left in half an hour, I had to hurriedly buy a ticket which wasn’t cheap last minute but I had to get to Barbados as soon as possible otherwise I may never find Sienna.
I boarded the plane just in time and the only seat available was next to a middle aged man who immediately started up a conversation with me. Apparently he was on his was on a business trip and began to complain about never being home and missing his kids grow up. It was sad really but I wasn’t in the mood for conversation, I was too worried about Sienna and my heart saddened at the thought of never seeing her again. I love her so much, I can’t imagine a life without her.
“Listen mate-” I began to say.
“John,” the passenger next to me cut me off.
“John,” I corrected. “I don’t mean to be rude but I’ve got my own problems to deal with, I can’t get caught up with yours too,”
“I understand, I just needed to talk. I rarely have time to talk to anyone,”
“I feel like I’ll be the same when I become the boss of my father’s company,” I blurted out without thinking but it was something that was on my mind and wouldn’t go away. I didn’t really want to take over the company but it was what I was brought up to do, my dad is expecting me to take over so he can step down but that would mean less time with Sienna, I could lose her. I already have.
“I wish I could go back to my youth and change to a different career,”
“You and me both,”
“You still could, you don’t look much older than 25,”
“You’re right but I don’t want to let my Dad down,”
After a long flight, John and I got to know each other better. I found out he had his own law firm. He was divorced with 3 kids he barely got to see because of his job. I told him I came to find my wife, we’d had a row and she left angrily.
“If I could go back, I’d have made a better effort with my ex wife. She was the one but we separated mutually because it wasn’t fair for her to be left alone with the kids. I couldn’t make her happy when I was always working so we divorced,”
“I’m sorry,” I apologised.
“It’s ok, maybe in another life it could have worked,”
“Maybe,” I agreed.
“Good luck with your wife,”
“Thanks,” I said before we parted ways.