Saturday, February 16, 2013




Chapter 5


Kristina entered the front door of her condo and saw her mother waiting on her with panic stretching her face into a strange convulsion. “I’ve been trying to call you. Where have you been?” Her mother glanced over her shoulder before taking Katrina’s arm and pulling her to the activity room, which was off to one side of the vestibule. “Hurry, before your father sees you.”

“What’s going on?”

“The maid found your test strip and told your father.”

“She had no right to search through my stuff!”

“Right or no right, your father has been trying to call you.”

Kristina’s heart beat faster as she struggled with another onset of dizziness which was a strange feeling she hadn’t experienced until recently. “I turned my phone off and wanted to be left alone to think.”

“He heard Shawn, the head of security, had taken you shopping. He’s trying to reach him now.”

“He dropped me off a few minutes ago.”

“Damn, that means he’ll be looking for you any minute.”

A loud knock on the door announced his presence as he didn’t stop to wait on an answer. His face flashed a bright deep red. She had seen such a look before. “There you are. Shawn told me he had been with you all day, and dropped you off here a few minutes ago. Do you want to tell me what you were doing with him today?”

“Dad, he was my driver.”

“I know who he is. I’m not stupid. But . . . what I want to know is where he drove you today. And I bet it has something to do with this.” He presented the pregnancy kit.

“Mom told me a few minutes ago that the maid found it. She had no right in searching my things!”

“She apologized, but she said she found it putting away some of your clothes. She thought I should know, and I’m glad she confided in me, which is something I wish my own daughter would do.”

“Look at you. Do you think I really want to talk to you about this right now?”

“This is one time your partying ways have caught up with you. I hope you’re happy.”

“Dad, I don’t sleep around!”

“Really, then tell me who’s going to be my new son-in-law?”

“I don’t know who the father is, and I’m not planning on marrying anyone!”

Kristina watched her father extend his hands into the air above him in frustration. “I do my best to try to raise you right and show respect for the family, and this is how I’m paid back.”

“Dad, you might as well know.”

“Know what?”

“I think I was raped.”

The words appeared to dazzle him. With his ragging attitude silenced, he staggered. “And . . . you’re just now telling me this!”

“Dad, I don’t have many answers yet. I went looking for them today. Based on what I think now, I was given a date rape drug.”

“Have you contacted the police?”

“No, I have no proof, other than I’m pregnant. What do you think they’ll do with that?” Kristina felt another wave of nausea overtaking her as the world swirled around her.


Kristina woke in her bed later with a warm cloth on her forehead. She pried open an eye to gain her bearings, and saw her mother rush to her from one side. “You’re awake.”

“What happened?”

A man on the other side of the bed reached for her hand. “My name’s Dr. Davison, your father called me to come check on you.” He leaned forward to stare into her eyes. “You passed out. It happens to some women when they first become pregnant.”

Kristina glanced at her father. With his rage slightly diminished, he had tears in his eyes. “I’m sorry, baby. Forgive me.”

She closed her eyes again, knowing that this would only be the beginning. When she opened them again she saw Shawn on the far side of the room. What was he doing here?

Her father walked over to Shawn. “I think she’ll be okay now. I really appreciate you helping me get her to her room. I’m much too old to do any lifting these days. We need to talk tomorrow morning, since I’ll need your help in containing this. I also want you to see to it Kristina stays out of site and for you to personally take her wherever she needs to go. The rest of the guys on the board will have to settle for someone else who works for you for a while.”

“You know you can count on me, sir. I’m glad you called me to help.”

As Shawn turned to leave, her father walked to him and shook his hand. “I’m sure you know none of this leaves this room.”

“Yes, sir. I understand fully.”

“Good, be here by eight and we’ll talk over breakfast.”

Kristina watched him move closer to her and smile. “I’m sure everything will work out for you. Get some rest.”

“Thanks for all of your help.” She knew she would worry all night about what her father had asked him. She would be sure to make the breakfast meeting tomorrow morning.


Laura-Ashley said...

I loved this. Really makes me want to read more and more. Guess I'll just have to do that. My kind of story.

Thank you for this.

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Johnny Ray said...

I hope you read it, I really enjoyed writing this story which has a very interesting plot

JG Parker said...

I found your comments about characterisation very interesting, especially the point about characters doing things out of character because the writer hasn't prepared the reader well enough. Top job.

JG Parker

JG Parker said...

I found your comments about characterisation very interesting, especially the point about characters doing things out of character because the writer hasn't prepared the reader well enough. Top job.

JG Parker