Chapter 18 (Oh No)
There were two huge men guarding that door. When I approached them, I spoke.
“I need to go to the washroom.” I hoped they heard English.
They looked at each other and exchanged tough words. Then one turned to me.
“Who are you?” his English, heavily accented.
“Anabelle Bulu. One of the richest heirs in Africa.”
They looked at each other before moving away from the door.
“Seventh door after the living room.”
They opened the door and I went in. I was nervous. No lie.
I walked into a living room. An expensive one. The furniture looked rich and really expensive. There were pictures and painting of Rudolfo everywhere. He seemed to be an ex Lieutenant General. He had three guns hanging above the chimney. There was a fire lighting the vast room. Red curtains hung everywhere. Even the carpet was was red. It was creepy.
“Where the hell is it?” I thought to myself. I checked to see if the main door was well closed. I looked at the huge staircase in front of me. I took my heels off in order to make no noise. I then hid them behind a chair before carefully and silently making my way up the staircase. I needed to be fast. Could not risk being caught.
At the top of the staircase was a hallway with many doors.
‘Which one to check now?’
“Oh no...which one now?”
I could smell danger all around me. I opened the purse I was given in that box. I was looking for something that could help me. In it was a knife and an office pen. On the pen was written “Anes”. I wondered what it meant and so I clicked the pen. To my surprise, something as sharp as a needle came out of it and got stuck in the wall.
“Oh wow.” I whispered to myself. Suddenly, I heard footsteps coming up the staircase. I thought of the fact that the guards might have noticed my delay and were coming to look for me. I quickly tiptoed to the first door and entered it. I got into a game room. There was a poker table and a Billiard table too. My heart was beating faster than usual.
I put my ear against the door to listen. I heard them pass by. They were clearly more than two. I was so scared. What would happen to me if I got caught? I began to regret.
The door flung open, hitting my head so hard that I flew across the room before landing hard on the floor. I held my head in great pain. My vision got blurry and I was unable to move. Completely paralyzed. I managed to look towards the door and saw armed men. They knew I’d been in that room hiding.
I noticed a figure similar to Rudolf. He was the one! He laughed out loud.
“An American spy. The most pathetic, I’ve come across.” he stated in his heavy accent before telling the men something in Russian. They began to approach me. I tried to move but could not. My vision got even more blurred and soon, everything went blank! I passed out.
I awoke with severe headache.
“...ouch...” I tried to touch my forehead but could not. Slowly, my vision and brain adjusted to the light and environment.
There I was, tied to a wooden chair in an empty room with a single yellow bulb.
Six of them stood there. Five armed with Rudolf in the middle. The man looked furious. I avoided his eyes.
“Who are you?” he asked in his heavy accent. I was trembling and tears rolled down my cheeks.
“SHUT UP!!! YOU WERE SENT TO STEAL MY WATCH!”
“N...no!!” I lied.
“Then why are you crying if you ain’t guilty?”
“I’m crying cuz I don’t know what I’m doing here! Please let me go! Or just kill me already!” I cried out. I was already tired of all this bad luck. I had no reason to live!
“Are you yelling at me??” the man asked angrily.
“N...nooo....just let me go. P...please...”
“Who do you work for?”
He approached me and showed me a picture of a young black lady “So do you still claim to be Anabelle whosoever??? This is the real her!”
“That’s who I really am! Pleeaase.”
“I see you want to play hard. You don’t know who you’re messing with. Go get the machine.” he ordered and two of his men left the room.
‘What machine?? Oh gawd...’
“Let’s see if you can still hold your tongue after what’s going to happen to you.”
I trembled. I was going to be tortured for sure! Bad luck was clearly after me.
I broke into tears again.
“Oh you’ll cry more than that.” one of the armed men said.
Rudolfo shook his head angrily.
“Make sure she speaks. I have to attend to my guests and inaugurate the watch. That machine seems to be heavier than I thought. Two more of you should go help the others.”
He then left the room along with the two other men. The hugest one stayed back with me. I just kept on crying.
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