Eye on the Prize

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It was a beautiful day at Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermuda. The view was spectacular, with a clear blue sky, turquoise water, pink sand, and rocks jutting out of the water in the cove. Diana’s hand was interlaced with the handsome man standing next to her. His hair was thick and wavy and the perfect length to run her fingers through his luscious mane. She wasn’t looking for love and wasn’t sure exactly what it was that her and Declan were experiencing. He made her feel giddy when she was around him, and it felt intoxicating. Whatever it was, she wanted more. It was nice to feel excited in his company. He made her feel like she was the only person in the room. They smiled at each other, and their happiness was undeniable. Diana wasn’t sure what the future held but was excited to find out.

“Declan, thank you for helping me in my time of need. You have no idea how much it means to me. I hope that is the first and last time I ever have to use a gun.”

“Don’t worry. Your mafia days are over.”

“Thank God for that because I don’t know how Dom does it. It is not the life for me.”

“Me neither. I am related, but that is as far as it goes. That is why my job is in forensic accounting.”

“It is reassuring to know that you have a career like mine where you investigate and bring people to justice. Declan, you are really too good to be true. I wish I would have met you before Marco.”

“Let’s not say his name anymore. You will never have to see him again. Listen, I can be a patient man and will wait as long as you need to be ready. For now, I am satisfied to have fun with you.”

“Who can say no to a little fun?

Diana went to school with Declan and had no idea he was Dom’s nephew until recently. Dom was more than happy to give Diana the honor of killing Marco, but only if someone from his family was present to make sure it happened. She would meet her contact on the plane on the way to Bermuda. Diana gave Sal the groom’s ticket as instructed. As far as Diana was concerned, it was a small price to pay if it meant that she could handle Marco’s punishment personally. She was shocked and surprised when Declan sat beside her on the plane. After asking what in the world he was doing on the plane, he explained that his Uncle Dom sent him to meet with a woman who needed a driver to take her ex-boyfriend to his final meeting place.

Boy, when people say it is a small world, it is a true statement!

Declan was a great catch, and good fortune and a little bit of fate put them together. He helped her carry out her plan for revenge.

They devised the elaborate backstory of pretending to meet by chance as hotel guests who shared an instant attraction. They flirted openly and dined and danced in public to make the story more believable. Diana consumed too much alcohol that night and gave in to her need for pleasure. When they returned to Declan’s room, he politely offered to sleep on the couch. Diana adamantly refused and proceeded to undress and demanded that Declan take full advantage of her. He was a hot-blooded male and could only fight his urges for so long.

Her splitting headache the next day was due to a wicked hangover; nevertheless, it served her well when she pretended to be drugged. There was an official incident report, so there was no way that she could be a suspect in Marco’s murder since she never left Bermuda. As far as anyone knew, Diana was booked in the honeymoon suite for two weeks. Since they used fake passports, courtesy of Uncle Dom, to get back to the States to kill Marco, it appeared that Diana never left Bermuda until it was time to go home after her two-week stay.

If the police ever questioned the hotel manager, all of the documentation proved that she never left the country. Her alibi was rock solid.

Diana thought that she would have to force Marco to give her the offshore bank account information. Luckily for her, everything she needed was at her fingertips. Among the files copied was a document listing websites and passwords. Another file listed bank accounts for each of the Bitcoin investors. Once Marco was securely in his trunk, she transferred the money to the appropriate parties before murdering him. At least if she ran into any complications, he was still alive to help her get what was needed. Thankfully it was not necessary. The finishing touch was sending an email to the individuals he took advantage of to let them know that their money was safely back in their bank account.

As Diana thoughtfully reflected on her life, she realized that the only sure thing was unpredictableness. Sometimes the moments people wait for their whole lives are utter disappointments. Maybe her expectations were unrealistic, or too much time was spent chasing something that should have been let go. Diana believed that Marco was the ultimate prize to make her life complete, only to find out that she was looking in the wrong direction. Sometimes life is driven by toxic energy that needs to be eliminated before finding the path to true happiness. Toxic people distract their partner’s true purpose, and it wasn’t her job to save him.

Someone once said, “Everyone wants happiness. No one wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow, without a little rain.” (Anonymous)

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