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Lethal Dose


I woke up early in the morning and felt the sun streaming through my bedroom window. I rolled over and buried my head in the soft pillow. I still feeling exhausted even after having an early night. After dressing and freshening up I went downstairs and the voices of my roommates drifted from the kitchen where they were preparing breakfast. But when I walked into the kitchen, I became an involuntary spectator and auditor of whatever was being done on the kitchen counter. I saw that they were feasting on each other in lieu of food.

Lucky me, I go to witness the show. It had become the norm with my lascivious roomie that changed guys like underwear. She made me and my bad history look like a saint. Rock stars, actors, models, dancers, you name it she paraded it in this apartment. Morning, noon or night. I hardly saw the same guy twice. When she heard I was moving to New York she begged me to come and stay with her at her penthouse suite. She resorted to blackmail, telling me how lonely she was and how it wouldn’t make sense for me to stay on my own. I should have listened to my instincts.

“Really Maddie?!” I paused at the door and covered my eyes. “I eat on there or don’t you care?”

“I thought we were doing the same thing,” she giggled and popped a strawberry in grunge guy’s mouth, then ran her fingers through his long shaggy hair before planting a hungry kiss on his lips. “Meet Blue, babe?”

“Blue?!” he’s head swiveled and almost snapped of his neck. “The Blue Rivers?!”

“The very one,” I answered with a stiff smile as I edged past them in an effort to get to the coffee machine. I needed my fix but it was going to take long. I think it would be better if I just passed through my favorite coffee bar the way to the studio.

“Wow! You’re hotter in person.” He gushed, ogling me openly. “Do you mind if I get your number? I have a demo that I’d like you to listen to.”

“I think not,” I scooted past the half-naked couple and rushed out the door.

“Don’t forget about the party later!” Maddie yelled just as I stepped into the elevator.

My driver was standing by the car smoking a cigarette as I emerged from the house. He whisked me into the car, making sure the doors were securely closed before he slipped into the driver’s seat and sped off. It was rush hour, and the sidewalk was packed with people in business attire headed to their workplaces, the small bistros, cafes and other eateries lining the business district of Manhattan.

I took out my iPad from my bag and started browsing for a real estate agent. It was high time I got my own place, I could afford it after all and I didn’t want my son exposed to that kind of environment when he came to stay with me during weekends and holidays. My mom was so attached to him she pleaded with me not to take him. She argued that between college and the studio, I wouldn’t have much time to take care of him. I relented but told her I’d send for him once I had settled.

I made my way to a coffee shop and I ordered a latte macchiato and a ham and cheese sandwich, then went to sit at a table in the darker end of the shop while I waited for my breakfast. Pulling out my phone, I continued hunting for a house and was so engrossed, when a shadow fell over me. I gasped and snapped the iPad against my body.


“Hello, little kitty…” His smile spread into a sly smile as he glanced at me with a look that indicated salaciousness and malicious triumph. Sensing my distress, my bodyguards sprang into action. “If you know what’s good for you, you will call off your dogs.”

With extreme trepidation, I complied, sending them back to their seats. “Don’t threaten me, Deacon.”

“I wouldn’t dream of it,” he laughed and assumed the seat opposite me. “But…here’s food for thought.” He held up his phone and flashed his screen to display a rather compromising photo of him and Zara in bed.

“What’s it to me?”

“I have Zara eating out of my hand and she is awaiting instructions to-uh-how do I put this in a way that you will understand?” he tapped his chin like he was lost in deep thought. “She is in possession of a very lethal dose of poison and just waiting for my word to give it to your ex-lover. It could be now. Later. Tomorrow…” he shrugged and twisted his lips to the side. “Who knows? There is no antidote by the way.”

I staved off panic and tried to organize my thoughts. “Why are you doing this?”

“Are you going to eat that?” he pointed at my food and didn’t wait for a response. He pulled my plate and dug in with gusto. “This is really good by the way.” He said taking another bite of the sandwich.

I stared at him, fear clutching at my heart but I’d rather die than show him that I was afraid. That I had had never been more frightened in my life. “Why are you here?”

“Nothing much,” he dabbed at his mouth with a napkin. “Since your grandmother-or is it mother-in-law...?” he scrunched his face and shook his head. “It’s all so complicated isn’t it?” he let out a long sigh. “Anyway, she got me out so she told me I have to wiggle my way back in and get you to allow her to see her only grandson. But…I think I’m going to need a bit more than that.”

“What do you want?”

“Thanks to you, I can’t get a job, because no one is willing to hire an ex-con-”

“Why didn’t your partner in crime arrange that for you too?” I arched an eyebrow.

“Because she said you got me in this predicament so you would have to take care of me until I can stand on my own two feet.”

“You’re blackmailing me?” I dead panned, spearing him with a glare.

“Clever girl,” he let out a short laugh that made me cringe. “That’s what I like about you Blue. You don’t mince your words.” H is chiseled features were sinister as he stared me down. “I want a hundred grand –cash-every week. I want it dropped off at a location of my choice every Friday. No funny business or your precious pretty boy dies.” He shot to his feet and stood in from of me. “I miss this sexy body,” he whispered and nipped my earlobe and I shuddered, despair creeping through me again. “I’ll be in touch, kitty,” he winked and sauntered away, trying to appear casual.

What was I going to do??

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