Finding Ace

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Chapter 9. Torture

Aria

The place was quiet. Austin and Luis helped me through the window. We decided that I would be the only one to go in. We knew Ace wasn’t here. Every room had a camera at almost every angle. The Chinese were very paranoid. They even had Benny’s old room on camera.

“Are you in?” Benny asked.

“Yes,” I breathed.

“He’s walking up the stairs now. The best bet, for now, is to see if he comes to you. You need to do this as fast and as quietly as possible. Do you have your syringe ready?” Benny asked.

“Yes,” I whispered. In the event that something went wrong, they would hear me.

“Do you have the cameras off?” I murmured.

“You’re invisible,” Benny promised.

“Where is he now?”

“He’s coming down the hallway. Crack the door slightly. When you see him pass, grab him. Don’t kill him if you can help it,” Benny said and chuckled.

“Obviously.” I rolled my eyes.

Feng Zhao was no use to us if he was dead. As quietly as I could, I cracked open the door.

“He’s getting closer,” Benny whispered.

Why is he whispering?

“Fuck, this was a bad idea,” Austin hissed. “I should have gone with her.”

I wanted to tell Austin I could handle myself, but I couldn’t chance Feng hearing me. Feng slowly stopped at the door; I froze. I let go of the breath I held as he continued to walk. As soon as he couldn’t see me, I opened the door and stepped out of it.

My steps were quiet and measured. I got behind him. My heart pounded against my ribs.

“Now, Aria!” Benny shouted.

I jumped onto Feng’s back and covered his mouth with my hand. I took the syringe and stabbed him in the neck with it. Feng staggered around. He slammed me against the wall. My head bounced off the wall, and it hurt, but I stayed silent as I continued to pump the contents into his neck. He slowly dropped, and his eyes shut.

“Ha!” I grunted quietly. “Success! Fuck you, guys!”

The boys all laughed into the mic.

“Yeah, Yeah, good job, boss. Now get the fuck out of there!” Benny hissed.

Feng was pretty heavy. I grunted as I dragged him into the room I had been hiding in. As soon as I got into the room, I closed the door and locked it. Through the second story window, I saw Austin and Luis below with a sheet ready to catch him.

Somehow, I managed to get Feng through the window. He landed on the sheet. “Alright, Aria, come on,” Austin huffed.

Miguel and Diego ran away with Feng still in the sheet. Just as I knelt into the frame of the window, the door bursted open. Two men with guns stood in the doorframe.

A gasp escaped me. I turned back and threw myself out the window as they fired their weapons. The glass shattered as I fell toward the ground. Austin’s eyes widened. I wasn’t going to land on my feet. Austin quickly ran toward me and caught me bridal style.

We both looked up and saw the two men. The men paused. They poked their guns out the window and aimed at us. Austin sat me down. We took off in a sprint as more shots are fired.

The van whipped around the corner, and the door swung open. Both of us jump inside, and my dad peeled away.

“Good fucking job, kiddo,” Dad said and smiled at me.

A smile played on my lips in response.

“Great, the deed is done. Can we please get the fuck out of China?” Benny pleaded.

All of us laughed and nodded in agreement. The truth was, I couldn’t wait to get home and see my babies. I was also excited to see the look on Bailey’s face when she saw Benny.

***

During the plane ride home, I got ahold of Bailey. I told her to be at the mansion. The vehicle pulled into the long driveway. Benny gave me a nervous glance.

“What?” I asked.

“What if things aren’t the same, Aria?” Benny asked and fidgeted. “I’ve been gone for so long. For all, I know she moved on or doesn’t feel that way for me anymore.” Benny swallowed nervously and looked away.

“Come on, Benny. She’s the same Bailey, I promise. She misses you, just like I miss Ace.”

“Are you sure?” he asked worriedly.

“I’m sure,” I insisted.

We reached the mansion. Bailey got out of her car as we pulled up.

“Let me get out first,” I told Benny. Benny nodded in agreement. Benny stared through the tinted window and looked curiously at her.

Bailey smiled when she saw me climb out of the limousine. “Hey, what is going on?” Bailey asked. “You said it is important.”

A small smile spread across my face. I took Bailey’s hand in mine and pulled her toward the car.

“This is going to come as a shock, okay?” I asked as I stood behind her. I prepared myself to catch my best friend in case she collapsed.

“Uh, okay? What is it? You’re scaring me,” she said and chuckled humorlessly.

“Take a deep breath,” I instructed.

Bailey did as I said. The limousine door opened. Benny slowly got out of the car.

Bailey’s eyes widened in shock. She threw her hands over her mouth. She hunched over slightly as she took in what she saw. “Oh my god!” Bailey screamed. “Oh, god! No, no, no! How?” Needless to say, I was right. The look on her face was priceless. It was worth seeing her reaction. Bailey’s legs shook, and I supported some of her weight.

Benny stepped slowly toward her. A small crooked smile formed on his lips. “Hi, baby,” he murmured.

Bailey shook uncontrollably as tears rolled down her face. She threw herself at Benny. Benny wrapped his arms tightly around her waist and buried his head in the crook of her neck.

The moment was incredible. Bailey honestly believed she would never see him again. She also knew she could never love anyone the way she loved him. I was so happy for my friends. However, I couldn’t deny that I wished this were Ace and me right now. Tears formed in my eyes. Maybe that makes me selfish.

Austin noticed the sad look on my face. Quickly I looked away. I didn’t want to give anyone the wrong impression.

Austin stood in front of me. He wiped the tears away. I couldn’t help it. I threw my arms around Austin and buried my face in his chest. Austin rubbed my back soothingly.

I sniffled and pulled away. “I’m fine,” I breathed.

“Why don’t we go inside?” Austin suggested.

I shook my head in response.

“Aria?” Bailey called my name.

Austin and I both turned to look at Benny and Bailey.

“God, I know how hard this must be for you. I’m so sorry,” Bailey said sadly. “Thank you, though. Thank you so much for bringing him home to me.”

“Oh, don’t be sorry. Don’t even thank me. I’m honored to be the one to bring him back to you,” I said and smiled. “I can’t tell you how happy I am for you two. You two get a second chance. Make the best of it. I’m so glad you are home, Benny. We have all missed you. Go home, enjoy your time together. Go see your kids. Tell them I said hi.”

Bailey embraced me tightly. She thanked me again. Benny hugged me, too, and kissed my cheek.

“You know that I’ll do everything I can to help you find him,” Benny vowed. Benny’s eyes clouded with emotion.

“I know,” I said.

Austin, Dad, and I watched as Benny and Bailey drove away.

“Well, kid, I think I’m going to get home,” Dad said.

“Yeah, Dad, go. Tell mom and Chad I said hi,” I said.

We embrace for a moment.

“I will,” Dad said.

I watched Dad get into his car.

“It’s not wrong to feel sad, Aria,” Austin said softly.

I stared up at him for a long moment.

“I feel that way a little too. Even though I’m damn glad we found Benny,” Austin said.

“It feels like I’m being selfish,” I admitted shamefully.

“You’re not. You’re human,” he said.

We stood there in silence for a long moment and stared at each other.

“Well, I think I’m going to go in and see the kids. Let them know we found Benny,” I said and sighed.

We watched Miguel and Diego walk past us with Feng.

“Good idea,” Austin agreed.

***

Angel sat on the couch in the study across from my desk. “So, you found Benny but not Dad?” Angel asked in disbelief. “Maybe you should go recheck.”

“Angel, we searched the place high and low. Your dad wasn’t there,” I said. My voice came out more irritated than I meant it to. I understood Angel’s disappointment.

Angel shook his head, and anger clouded his eyes. “Well, maybe we should go beat it out of that guy in the basement,” Angel spat.

“Oh, that is the plan, but it might take time to crack him. You will not be any part of what goes on in that basement,” I said sternly.

He snorted. “Really? Why not? You’ve already started training me.”

“Don’t be ridiculous, Angel. You’re nowhere near done with your training,” I muttered.

Angel sighed and stood up. He stormed out of the study. Austin came in as Angel exited the room. Austin stared after Angel in wonder. Austin looked at me and pointed in the direction of Angel. I just shook my head in response.

Austin shrugged. He walked over to the couch and plopped down in front of me. “Well, Feng is chained up in the basement. I’m ready when you are.” There was something humorous about the way Austin batted his eyelashes with an innocent expression. Austin was far from innocent.

I chuckled. “Soon. Let me finish this first. It won’t take me long,” I said.

After several minutes of listening to Austin sigh, grumble, and tap his fingers and feet, I finished.

“Alright, mister impatient, let’s do this,” I said and chuckled.

“Me? Impatient? What gave you that idea?” he teased.

“I wonder,” I said. I tapped my chin with my pointer finger. “Do you think he’ll be waking up soon?”

“Oh, we’ll wake him, alright,” Austin said and smirked. A dark chuckle escaped him.

I followed Austin down into the dimly lit basement. Miguel and Diego had Feng chained from the ceiling by his wrists. Feng’s feet dangled six inches off the floor. Feng had no shirt on. He only had on a pair of jeans. His head hung down, and his eyes were closed.

“How do you propose we wake him?” I asked Austin. I arched a brow.

“May I?” Austin asked.

I gestured for him to proceed.

He grabbed a knife off the cart that we had which had several weapons on it.

“Don’t kill him,” I said and chuckled.

Austin gave me a devious smile before he slid the knife down Feng’s chest.

Feng screamed in pain. His eyes widened, and he lifted his head.

“Well, hello there,” Austin said and smirked at Feng.

“W-what? What do you want?” he asked. Feng gazed around the room. His gaze fell to Austin.

Austin took a step back and tilted his head. “Hm,” Austin hummed. “Well, for starters, you could tell me where the fuck my brother is!” Austin shouted.

I edged closer, curious to hear what Feng had to say.

“I don’t know who you are talking about,” he stammered.

“Ace Garcia,” I muttered darkly. “My husband. The Chinese took him, and I want him back.”

Recognition clouded Feng’s eyes as his gaze swept over Austin and me. “You’re the Latin Kings,” Feng said.

“And you are about to be tortured until we get answers,” Austin said and smiled. “Where is he?”

“I don’t know,” Feng huffed.

“Wrong answer,” I sneered. I grabbed a knife off the cart and threw the blade into his upper right thigh.

Feng screamed in pain. “I’m not telling you anything,” Feng spat through clenched teeth.

Austin and I looked at each other with a smile on our faces.

“Well, we will just see about that,” Austin argued. Austin chuckled as he grabbed a rusty nail off the cart. He took the nail and shoved it through Feng’s left foot. Feng screamed in pain.

“That has got to hurt. You could die a quick death if you just told us where he is,” I said and smirked.

“I don’t know where he is or what happened to him, and I don’t care!” Feng shouted. “You could torture me for a decade. It won’t change anything!” Feng spat on Austin.

Austin grimaced and wiped the spit off his face. “I think you know more than you are saying. Let me assure you I’m a patient man. I’ve got nothing but time,” Austin promised.

“You should be happy you got that idiot, Benny, back,” Feng said darkly.

“Actually, Benny is a genius. Which is why he is still alive,” I said and smirked. “Now that we have him. It is only a matter of time before we find Ace. When we do find Ace, you are all dead,” I said and smiled evilly.

“For all you know, he is dead,” Feng muttered.

“Is he?” Austin asked. “Call it twin intuition, but I don’t think he is. See, I think Bohai is hiding him somewhere else.”

“I think the two of you just can’t face the fact that he is dead. Benny was lucky to have survived that plane crash. Bohai only kept Benny alive for information and to use Benny to his advantage.”

“Except all the information that Benny gave was false,” I said and smirked.

Feng’s eyes widened.

Austin glanced at me and back to Feng. “You idiots really thought Benny was helping you?” Austin asked. Austin rolled his eyes. “Man, come on, you can’t trust a genius. They’re called a genius for a reason.”

Austin and I snickered. Benny had outsmarted the Chinese and managed to stay alive. I just hoped Ace would do the same.

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