“James!” I shouted. Immediately, he looked up and saw me..He smiled.
“Hey, Its me Eve” I said not knowing what to say .
“I know, i can never forget a beautiful face” He said.
I blushed at that. “What are you doing here? What happened to you? You look pale” James said, taking a good look at my face.
“Uhm..er..er..i umm” I stammered. I couldnt tell him. I couldnt tell James Alberto tried to drown me. I couldnt tell him he almost killed me.
“Its Alberto isnt i?” He said and i looked up to look at him. “He’s still the same sick bastard after all those years” He frowned.
All those years? Which years? Alberto wasnt lying when he said he knew James that they enemies.
“How are you James? I’m deeply sorry the other night. I shouldnt have danced with you that day. Now see the mess i put you in. Youre here in the hospital all because i couldnt walk away. I’m deeply sorry James” I said, almost in tears. Guilt ate me from inside. It was all my fault this handsome man was here.
“Its OK Eve, you don’t need to apologise. Its not your fault. Its Alberto’s. He’s sick. Twisted. Crazy. He doesn’t like anyone playing with his toys” James said wiping my tears away.
“You need to get away from him Eve” He said.
Get away from Alberto? Was i crazy? Alberto would find me and drag me back to him even if he had to kill everyone in the f—–g world.
“I think i need to get going back to my room. Its Evening and Alberto would soon be back” I stood up and started to leave.
“You have to get out before you end up like Jane”
What? Jane? Who was she?
“Who’s Jane?” I asked, sitting down again.
“Alberto wasn’t always like this” James started. “We were very good friends, right from childhood, he was friendly, caring, funny. He was my best friend. Then one girl Jane came into my life. She w as gorgeous, beautiful, smart, intelligent, she was all i could ask for. I wanted her to be my wife” James laughed. A sad laugh.
But Alberto got jealous and wanted Jane for him self, so he started doing things to destroy my relationship with her. But Jane kept coming to me , our relationship got stronger. It got Alberto more angrier. He grew obsessed with Jane. He grew intense feelings for her..He craved for her. He wanted her. He was going to do anything for her. Even if i t meant killing his best friend”
“No. Alberto would never do that” I said.
But James just laughed. “Oh, he would. Alberto started stalking Jane. He watched her and followed her everyday. He grew too close. He needed to see her. He took pictures of her. He grew obsesssed. He became a stalker. Jane grew uncomfortable and told him to stop but instead it grew worse. I confronted Alberto to stop stalking my girlfriend but he refused. Few days later, Jane gets missing .”
I gasped, no Alberto wouldn’t take her..He cant. I argued with myself..But something deep in me he did..He did it.
“I called the police to investigate the case, they did but couldn’t find her. So i went to Alberto’s house and lo and behold Jane was there, looking battered up, she looked just like you. Pale and sick. I tried to get her out of his house but Alberto came and Jane told me to go so he wont see me. But it was too late, Alberto was with a gun..He was going to kill her. Saying if he cant have her no one else could but Jane had a knife with her the whole time. She slit her throat”
James finished, tears was in his eyes.
“James, I’m so sorry” I cried. “I didnt know Alberto was so cruel”
“No, Eve. Jane made her choice that day. She killed herself to escape from Alberto. He drove her in sane. He drove her to her death. Thats what he does Eve. He drives people to thier death all in the name of his stupid love. You have the chance to get away from him now Eve before he kills you like he did to Jane”
I was confused. I wanted to go. I wanted to leave Alberto but at the same time i didnt want to.
“Come with me Eve” James stood up holding his hand.
He held hand for me to take.
I wanted to take it. I wanted to go with James.
“We can get away from him Eve. I have enough money to take us far away from here where Alberto would never see us. Just name the country you want us to go to and we will” James said, staring at me.
The offer was tempting. I was starting to like James. But was i really ready to leave Alberto. Anywhere i went he would get me back. I knew Alberto.
“I cant…I’m sorry James” I said, crying. I needed t o get away from him. I needed to be alone. “Alberto would find me and bring me back. I cant. I can never be free from him. I belong to him”
“Eve, I know its too much to take in now but i stay in room 45 so when you are ready come there. W hen you make up your mind i will be waiting. But i would be discharged this night. So decide quickly”
With that he limped away. I quickly looked around me to see if Alberto was around. The body guards were talking amongst themselves so they didnt hear any of me and James conversation.
I went back to my room in tears. I sat on the bed and cried my eyes out.
There was freedom waiting for me and i had declined it. The freedom i had always wanted.. Was i really ready to leave Alberto? The truth was i didnt even know the answer. Alberto was a monster. A beast. Now a murderer. Why wasnt i running away? Why wasnt i with James now, half way across the world. Why did i choose to stay with Alberto ? Was i having feelings for him?
What? No? I was going crazy just like Jane. Love Alberto? Never! I cried harder as i fought with my inner mind.
Alberto was going to be the death of me. No! Alberto loves me, he said it a million times.
But then why does he keep treating you badly? Another voice in my head said.
Because he dosent know how to express his love ,he allows his anger and obsession get the best of him. Another voice in my head said.
I was running mad. It was evening. Alberto would soon be back. James would soon leave and i would never see him again.
My last chance of freedom would be gone.
Was i really ready to spend my whole life with Alberto?
I wanted to spend it with James. A man i didnt even know. Someone i just met yesterday. Was it re ally worth it. But i would never be happy. No, i would be happy with James, he was nice and caring .
It was getting darker outside and Alberto would soon arrive.
I needed to make up my mind.
You have to get away from Alberto before you end up like Jane. I remembered James words.
I was going to leave. I was going to get out of her e..I was going to go with James. I was going to g et away from Alberto. I cant stay with him. He would kill me just like he did to poor Jane. I was going to leave this place with James, we would go sonewhere far.
I was going to get my freedom.
Yes, I was leaving with James.
I was going to have a fresh start with James.
I was going to leave this monster of a man, Albert o.
How was i going to leave this room with Alberto’s men right outside my house.
I sat on the bed and thought of a plan.
Nothing. I was blank. No plans.
Just then the door opened, and a female doctor came in.
“I see you are awake” She said, taking a sip of her coffee.
Suddenly a plan came to my head.
“Yea, just a little headache” I said, standing up quickly and hitting her, so the coffee she was drinking poured on her white coat and her light blue to p.
“Oh God, im so sorry”I said, almost smiling because of the annoyed and shocked look on her face.
“Ugh. Let me just clean this in the bathroom” She removed her white coat and went to the bathroom in my room.
I picked her coat and put in on. I brushed my hair and packed it the same way she did hers. I picked the note she had bought.
I looked at the small mirror in my room and from behind i looked like a doctor.
Everything was ok expect from my legs. I was put ting on slippers.
No. Alberto’s men would know.
I heard the water put off from the bathroom and i knew the doctor would soon be out.
I had no choice, i had to go out like that before sh e came.
So i picked her books and walked out of the room , bowing my head so Alberto’s men wont see me.
I walked past them and continued not looking back. Yes!
“Hey” I heard one of them shout.
“How is she?” He asked, but i didnt look back.
“All good” I shouted, still not looking back.
I continued walking, until i got to another ward, far away from Alberto’s men and my room.
I remembered James room.
As i turned into another hallway that said Room 40 -50, I saw someone coming out of the exit door .
He was holding a bunch of flowers in one hand and a lunch box in the other hand. He was on a black suit, he looked happy. He was looking at his watch.
I knew this man.
I knew the walking steps.
It was Alberto. He brought flowers and lunch for me. Guilt pierces my heart.
I felt guilty leaving this man.
No! I should me happy, Alberto had done nothing but bring me pain and anguish.
As he rose up his head almost seeing me. I quickly made a U turn and started walking.
I was scared to look back.
What if he saw me?
No, he didnt.
I took the risk and looked back.
No, he was walking to the direction of my room.
I turned back and started to run to James’ room. I had to be fast before Alberto knew i was gone.
I got to the room where Room 45 was written on.
I took a deep breath. This was it. A chance to get freedom. Was i really ready to do this.
But i had to, before i ended up like Jane.
I opened the door and saw James fully dressed in a simple jeans and white cotton top, he was ready to leave. There was a nurse inside prescribing some drugs to him. A man was also in the room. Probably his security.
James turned, and saw me. He smiled. “I thought you wouldnt come”
“It was a tough decision” I walked to him and hugged him tightly. My saviour. “We have to go now I saw Alberto at the hallway”
“Ok, come on. This way. My car is parked at the back” James held my hand and dragged me out of the room.
We ran through the hallway, almost hitting the people and doctors along the way.
I looked up and saw one of Alberto’s men. James didnt know who he was but i knew. I quickly pushed James towards the wall hiding behind it, so h le couldnt see us.
“F–k!” James shouted.
“Shh” I whispered. “Alberto’s men are already loo king for me. I saw one of them”
“My ribs f—–g hurt” James said, clearly in pain. Raising his top i saw bandages wrapped around his stomach and chest. It was red. It was bleeding. I had pushed him too hard.
“Oh God! You need a doctor” I said scared he was going to bleed to death.
“No, not when you are almost free” He peeped, looking for any of Alberto’s men.
“Come on!” He ran dragging me again.
We ran like our life depended on it. I was scared, what if Alberto caught us. I was dead.
No. I couldnt think that way. I had to think positively.
“Where is the car?” I asked James.
“Not too far” He grimced in pain. Holding his stomach, he was really bleeding.
“James, we have to go, before Alberto sees us” I held him as he continued walking, he was really bleeding, blood seeped through his white top.
I looked up and saw another of Alberto’s men loo king at another direction.
I pulled James towards a room. We opened the door and went in.
“What is it?” He asked, shutting his eyes in pain.
“Another of Alberto’s men”
The room was empty only a bed. I removed the coat i was wearing and placed it on James. Covering his bleeding wounds.
“The nurses and doctors in the hallway cant see you like this, they would take you back to the rooms”
James nooded. I sat him on a chair.
I sighed, this was harder than i thought. I wanted to cry, i was scared. What if Alberto caught us. I was dead, no doubt he would kill James too.
I had to be strong. I had to stay strong and positive.
I looked through the door and still saw some of Alberto’s men, they were checking the rooms one by one.
I was dead!
I looked around, looking for an exit. Just beside t his room was a staircase. Was i going to make it?
Was i going to be fast to get to the stairs without Alberto’s men seeing us.
I went back in. “There is a staircase, but beside this room, we can get to it, we just have to wait till Alberto’s men went inside the next room. to search it”
“Ok, lets do it, it was now or never, free or bound” James said, standing up.
We went to the door, and saw Alberto’s men just coming out of a room and banging the next door. They went into the room and as quick as the speed of light, we ran to the stairs with James behind me. He was trying so hard to keep up.
We ran down the stairs and to the last floor.
James groaned in pain as we made it down the stairs.
He was in deep pain.
I was scared. I prayed silently in my mind so Alberto wont see us.
I held James as we went down together.
Just as we took the last step we heard.
“Well. Well. Well, if it isn’t my wife and my best friend” He laughed.
No. No. No.
I looked up, It was him.
He was laughing. The monster was laughing.
He was happy.
He was pleased.
The devil was happy he had found us.
The devil looked at me with so much anger and hurt.
The devil was angry.
He looked dangerous.
The devil was Alberto