Chapter 5: The Ball
Enchanting music played softly, floating in the cool air of the evening. The orchestra, whom had been paid by the host of this magical ball, never missed a note nor played the wrong one. The main room had a tall ceiling, enormous windows on one side with velvet red curtains on each side of it; in the middle of this room, people dressed with class danced to the music; the rest of the guest were talking on the side of the dance floor and just above the dance floor was a crystal chandelier; it hung from the ceiling, in the middle.
Outside of the large house had been laid a red carpet, which covered the stairs. When guests would arrive, they would walk on the red carpet and up the stairs before entering the castle. They would then arrive to the entrance room. A crystal chandelier hung from the ceiling, smaller than the one in the bathroom though. There was, on the left, a staircase going up half around the circular room, leading to the bedrooms upstairs.
Up in his room though, was a man of power. The gentleman in question, whom had golden blond hair and green eyes, was in his personal bathroom in front of the mirror, shaving. There was a knock on his door. He momentarily stopped shaving to answer.
“Come in!” he said from the bathroom.
The door opened, the unexpected guest entered the room and closed the door behind him. The man with short red hair quickly scanned the room, looking for the one he had come to see.
By the time the red headed man had found him, the other was done shaving. Adjusting his black tie, he turned to the newcomer.
“Ah… You must be the bodyguard I called for he night.” He said with his English accent.
The red hair man looked at his client. Tall and arrogant looking, his client didn’t seem so bad but there was something about him that seemed to be off.
“Yes.” he finally answered after a long silence. “My name is James Mackenzie—“ he started to say before he was interrupted.
“Yes, yes, I know! “Interrupted the golden one. “Now, on to business shall we?”
He looked at James, expecting an answer but didn’t get any. He made note to himself to tell him later that he was to answer him when needed but right now it wasn’t really an important detail.
The tall man walked out of the bathroom and stopped in front of his bed, where had been laid by his maid, his black coat. He took it and slid his arms in the sleeves and buttoned two buttons before turning around to look at James.
“How do I look?” he asked sheepishly to James.
James didn’t blink, his arms crossed behind his back and his legs spread slightly, he was looking at his client with a very indifferent gaze.
“As good as ever sir Jefferson.” He said without hesitation.
Gordan couldn’t help but smirk.
“Very well. Now, come on boy!” he said before turning around and walking to the door.
James followed behind him. Gordan opened the door and walked out. Men dressed in black were waiting on each side of his door. The host smiled at them, even though he knew he wouldn’t get a smile back, and he kept walking. The two men followed behind James and Gordan as they went door the corridor to the stairs.
As they walked down the corridor and while they were still far from the stairs, Gordan spoke to the new bodyguard:
“Today, you’re job is to accompany me the whole night and protect me at all cost, you understand?”
“Yes sir!” was James’ answer.
“But the guest won’t know you’re here for that though.” Continued Gordan.
James looks at him with a raised eyebrow.
“I beg ye pardon sir?” he asked his new client as they were walking down the stairs.
“You heard me James… I’m going to make you my associate!” He said as he put his arm over James’ shoulder.
Gordan nodded to the others whom separated and disappeared around the corners at his nod.
“Are you sure he’s going to be here?” asked Shawn impatiently.
“Why are you in a such a hurry tonight Shawn?” asked Aikwan smirking.
She looked around slowly and carefully. They had heard of the ballroom organized by Jefferson.
“Since the killer strikes at parties and clubs, this had to be his next stop.” Explained once more Aikwan even though she knew he was aware of that.
“Aikwan, it’s not that I’m doubting you but… What about the clubs? They should be watched too shouldn’t they?” asked the skeptical Shawn.
“No, I’m pretty sure it won’t do any good.” She said.
Shawn sighed. He looked at her for the millionth time. Her purple dress falling to the floor, the small fake diamonds on the neckline of her dress shine like real ones. Her black hair falling undone in her back and hidden under her dress was her gun and silver high heels sandals. The gun and badge was wrapped with a strap to her thigh.
The female agent turned to him and smiled.
“Do I have to tell you?” she asked Shawn, cocking her head to the side.
He sighed, sign he was giving up and she laughed. She turned to the bar behind her and called for another drink.
“Giving up already? How sad! I was starting to think you weren’t the kind of guy to give up easily…” she said simply.
She turned around and looked once more over the crowd.
“Ah! Miss Chin!” she heard a man say.
She turned to the arriving host and smiled.
“Mr. Jefferson!” She said with a wide smile.
He took her hand and kissed the back of it. Her smile seemed to grow bigger. He looked up at her once more, letting her hand go.
“Please dearest, for you tonight it’s Gordan.” He said nicely. “I must confide to you I felt pleased and honored to hear you had asked to attend to my party…”
Aikwan looked at him.
“Well I couldn’t resist grabbing this opportunity. It’s an honor to be here, Gordan.” She said pausing slightly between here and Gordan.
“Ah please! The great Aikwan has decided to come to my very meaningless party, I’m the one with the honor here…”he said, laughter in his voice. “Oh, I almost forgot, have you meet my new associate? Probably not, he is very new to this business.” He said to James’ attention.
The concerned one smiled nicely to the agent.
“I’m glad to make ye’s acquaintance Miss Chin.” He said with his Scottish accent.
“I’m glad to meet you too.” She said. “Gordan let me present to you my partner, Shawn Taylor.” She said.
“Nice to meet you sir!” said Shawn, not wanting to be a part of this conversation more than that.
“Don’t worry! You look marvelous!” He said to me.
I snorted and pulled my red dress up a little to be able to march up the stairs without stepping on it.
“Thanks but I’m not worried about my looks…” I retorted dryly to him.
“Katy, love, slow down will you? The party isn’t going to anywhere…” he said without thinking.
I felt in such a hurry to get this over with that I hadn’t realized I was walking so fast up the stairs, almost missing one. I lost my balance and fell back when David caught me.
“Thanks.” I said, feeling myself blush.
The last time I had fallen, he was the one who had caught me.
“You are most welcome…” He whispered in my ear.
He broke apart from me, helping me back on my feet, and stood beside me.
“Come on love, let’s do this!” he said taking my hand in his to kiss the back of it.
I smiled. He showed me his arm and I slid my arm in his while answering to him:
“Yes, let’s do this!”
We finally marched inside the large mansion.
After having given our coats, we walked into the ballroom itself. It wasn’t has impressive as I remembered it to be but it had kept it’s charm.
David and I went around the room, he presented me to some people he knew from either a long time ago or just a few days. Not like I minded it. I wasn’t really paying attention; something else had caught my eye. IT was the woman close to the bar. She was talking with another man.
“Hahaha… You have a point there and I can only agree,” was said in the background.
Who was that man? I had never seen him here before. I knew I couldn’t just leave. I sighed and turned my attention back to the group of men and women in front of me. I wasn’t impatient to meet Gordan Jefferson, I was only hoping to push it back but I’d have to face it.
David wrapped his arm around my waist and gained my full attention. I looked at him and smiled. He smiled back. He looked in another direction and I looked over my shoulder but both the woman and the man were gone. I didn’t know any of them but I was curious to know.
I lost myself in thoughts until I felt my fiancé’s arm tighten around my waist. I felt adrenaline rush through my body. The man I had seen previously walked up to us, a Asian woman and a red headed man by his side. I calmed down seeing Gordan Jefferson wasn’t there.
“You must be David Divanly?” asked the English man. His golden blond hair shining under the light was mesmerizing. Calm and charming, this man was a man of taste. He was no enemy of mine.
The Asian woman in the purple dress looked nice yet distant. As for the other one with the red hair, he just didn’t seem to fit in. It was almost like he wasn’t made to be here.
“Yes.” Answered my lover.
I looked at him with a smile than back at the blond man. He looked at me. I felt suddenly naked under his emerald gaze, like he could read me like an open book. I took back what I thought of the man. He certainly looked like a man of taste but the flame in his eyes told me to be careful. My instincts flashed to me that this man was no man to mess with. I felt nervous and I wanted to hide behind David or run for cover.
“I’m glad you were able to come after all. I was worried a man like you would be far too busy to attend my simplistic party.” Said the man.
Simplistic was being extremely modest, may be too modest. This man wanted to be praised, I could tell. This party was far from simplistic. He was exaggerating it, but I kept silent.
“I wouldn’t miss it for the world…” said David, He looked at me with a smile than back to the other. “Let me present to you my fiancé, Katelyn. She so ever kindly accepted to accompany me to your party…” he said.” Katelyn, this is the host of the party, Gordan Jefferson…”
“Ever so kindly” ? Yeah right… Wait, what? The… host? I felt suddenly afraid and petrified. Was David joking or was he serious? HE was the one I was supposed to steal from? Then… I suddenly felt dizzy but I hid it perfectly.
“G-Glad to meet you sir. Let me thank you for the invitation.” I said with a smile. I looked at David with a smile. “I will leave you two to talk business… If you’re looking for me, I’ll be by the bar love…”
I gave him a peck on the cheek and bowed in respect to Gordan. I left for the bar. I waved to the barman and put my elbows on the counter.
“A lot of emotions in one night?” I heard a female voice next to me.
I looked up at the Asian woman.
“Yes… A little more than I can handle…” I turn to the barman and grabbed my drink. “Thank you…”
I took a sip and looked at the woman with a smile.
“Aikwan Chin…” she told me.
“Katelyn Beldomoris.” I answered. “Nice to meet you. You’re the—“
“FBI Agent? Yeah…” she said.
For most of the night, her and I talked. Unknowingly, we were both keeping an eye on the same night but at the end of the evening, we were both tiring of watching him, that’s when the evening changed.
I left Aikwan at the bar and headed for my fiancé, whom for a while, had been talking to some co-workers and was no longer with Gordan. David smiled as he saw me arrive to him.
“Are you okay? I was worried to see you leaving like that…” He said and he kissed my forehead.
“I am now…” I said.
There was a movement in the back.
“HEY! YOU! STOP!” I heard Aikwan scream.
I froze and David felt it. Everything went by so quickly after this. I closed my eyes, tensed and nervous. I felt somebody passing by me and I heard a loud thumb kind of sound. I opened my eyes and saw Aikwan on top of a blond hair man with bloody clothes.
“What is the meaning of this?” I heard a male say.
I looked up and found Gordan Jefferson, standing with the crowd and starring. The FBI Agent was arresting a man.
What is going on?