I stretched and realized i'm still in the same clothes from yesterday. I found my bag Darwin had packed for me to stay at his house over the last week and went into the bathroom to shower and change. When I finally left the bathroom I felt a little more alive and refreshed. I looked around the room to see everything was gone except the bed I was sleeping in. I walked out the living room and noticed the same emptiness throughout the house.
Pictures weren’t hanging on the walls anymore. There was no furniture in the living room. Darwin was outside talking to a couple of men who had boxes in their hands. When he noticed I was standing there he immediately came up to me and gave me a side hug. Jayna we are moving. We can’t stay here anymore ok? Said Darwin.
O...k I said. Mom said to listen to Darwin and I didn’t have the energy to ask too many questions. The men had us loaded and packed within an hour. We got into the truck and suddenly I had one question come to mind. Hey Darwin aren’t you the sheriff? You can't leave. Its taken care of is all he said and started up the truck.
Is it done Dhimashada? Asked Shaitan. A nod was all he received. Dhimasada had his tongue removed when he was young so he can’t speak, but his knives and hands say much more than he ever could. He was death and he embodied it. It showed in his unnatural darkness of his skin. The tinge of yellow in his eyes and teeth. He makes me put distance between us unintentionally no matter how long i've known him. Never let your guard down around Dhimashada.
Good. She thought she could get away from me I say as I think back to when I first had a taste of Maya. In Africa I had my eye on Maya for some time. I knew her father would do anything for peace so I claimed a false truce to gain his trust. Dhimashada was sent to kill him in his sleep and hide his body until my wedding ceremony was over with Maya. She found out anyway and I had to force her hand but that didn’t matter I still had what I wanted. I killed her entire tribe to make sure no one could take retribution..
Maya was mine until she escaped. I thought over the last two years I had her that I broke her will by all the delicious things I did to her, but obviously I hadn’t done enough. She was the only concubine I still yearned for over and over again. I was never satisfied and made sure she knew it with surprised torture sessions that only I drew pleasure from.
I loved seeing her whimper and bend to do what I asked. Which is why I was so mad with rage when I found out that my Maya was alive and well but had a bastard of a child with some american.In all honesty the bastard might be mine, I knew Maya was taking herbs to stop herself from getting pregnant. I found out right before she escaped and I switched the herbs.
I made sure to wait until I knew she took the herbs and made sure to take her hard and frequent that day. Just one of the many ways I would show her I owned her body. I couldn’t wait to see her face when she realized she was pregnant, but then she escaped the day after. It doesn’t matter if Jayna is of my blood or not, she will be under me. Her fate was sealed by her mother.
I waited and waited years for this day. The day I kill my wife and take her daughter as my concubine. I will not let her get away like her mother did. Just thinking about her young body makes me excited with anticipation. Dhimasada where is the girl? I ask.
He shakes his head no. Damn it. No Dhimashada what do you mean no? Where is she? He makes a hand signal for gone. I could kill him right now but I doubt it be him who lay slain on the floor. I want her! Find her! Dhimashada now! He leaves without anymore gestures.I have waited many years for you little one I say as I look at her picture. I can wait just a little longer.
I call two of my favorite concubines to service me. I have four concubines total. Ranging from the ripe age of fifteen and up. Jayna will be the youngest at ten and I can't wait to have her. I need to get rid of this frustration. We have been in America too long I miss my home. This New York is too busy and loud. I came here with twenty men as soon as I found out my treacherous bride was alive. Then to find out she had a child.
My fist clenches in the hair of the concubine who is on her knees pleasuring me, the concubine gives a whimper because of my grip but I do not care she wassupposed to be mine. No one touches what's mine and so since my dear bride gave herself so freely to another she owed me her life. Her daughter will be my reward for being so patient. The concubine chokes as I physically enjoy the thought of having Jayna. I release and smile to myself as my concubines scurry out the room.
Why wasn’t I there that night? I chastise myself. Why didn’t I just let a deputy handle the town drunk like I always do. I thought maybe just once if I showed up to arrest his ass then maybe I wouldn’t have anymore trouble out of him. Show him I meant business this time around instead of sending a deputy to just calm him down and send him inside his home. Look what it cost me. A price I never thought I ever had to pay.
It was so late when I finished up paperwork and my version of teaching the town drunk a lesson, that I went home and crashed. Thought it was too late to show up to Maya’s house and I didn’t want to wake Jayna. The next morning I showered and prepared to do my normal rounds, but first I always called Maya before going about my day. She didn’t answer. It was 6 am but she gets up early to work out religiously so I knew she was up. After not getting an answer after the third try that morning, I decided to stop by.
I grabbed some flowers from the Johns Market on the way. She loved fresh flowers. When I pulled up to the house, something was definitely not right. The curtains were not drawn back and no music was playing. I knew Maya like the steady beat of my heart, music was a morning
routine and so was opening the curtains. She said to me once its too beautiful to not let the sun in. The sun is when good things happen. I never asked the meaning but Maya was like that. She always said things differently. Had her own interpretation of life and how to live it.
My stomach started to churn and I hated that feeling. It reminded me why I was retired. Here in this town I didn’t need any training to do my job and I like it that way, but today seemed off. So without thinking twice. I went around back and immediately pulled out my spare key to use on the back door. As soon as I put my hand on the door it creaked open. My stomach was in a knot now. I put my hand on my gun out of habit and walked into the house.
My head started to hurt and neck seemed stiff. What the hell is wrong, dammit I havent felt like this in so long. I didn’t call out to Maya or Jayna because at this point my senses are on such high alert that I just needed to see them then hear their voices. The closer I got to the living room a shape started to form in the little light that was filtered in from the back door. I froze and just stared at it. I knew it was a body.