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A barefoot woman was breathlessly running on a deserted street in wee hours of the night. With sweat dripping from her forehead and her hair all disheveled, it looked as if she was running away from something gruesome, away from her death..
“Julia, do you believe in true love?”
His words were ringing in her ears, torturing her.
“I love you Julia ,from the core of my heart. Would you marry me?”
She couldn’t bear to hear them. They were tearing her apart.
Panting and puffing, she kept running, despite her bleeding foot. But it was becoming difficult with each passing second , still she couldn’t stop, lest they came after her again.
Suddenly, a blinding light from ahead filmed her eyes. She could hear a jeep coming her way. Was that Toby’s? Without a second thought, She quickly hid behind the tree alongside the road. She couldn’t afford to caught by his men.
As the jeep passed by her, she got a glimpse of the person driving the jeep. Astonishingly, It was Billy! She felt elated at the newfound ray of hope. She came out from the hiding and called out with all her might, frantically waving hands and signaling the driver to stop.
As Billy looked back from the the rear mirror, he got a shock of his life.
He pulled the breaks in the muddle if the deserted road and jumped out of the jeep. He rushed towards her with a dozen questions in his mind.
“Are you all right? What are you doing here ?”
But before, he could get any answers, Julia fainted. She had already exhausted her last bit of energy on calling him out. Billy caught the falling maiden and put her safely into the jeep. Then he rushed straight to the hospital.
Zyed flied to the hospital as soon he got to know about Julia’s condition. He ran straight to the doctor to enquire about Julia but he didn’t get anything hopeful to hear. Her condition was stated to be serious. She had already lost lot of blood and her body was not responding to the treatment.
“She is still in a state of trauma. Whatever she had gone through has had a profound impact on her. She’s still unconscious. Let’s Hope for the best” the doctor informed .
Dejected, Her father went in to her room. He saw her lying on the hospital bed unconscious. His heart bled to see her in such a state.
“Julia! My darling what have you done to yourself. My beautiful daughter doesn’t look good this way. Get up dear, daddy’s gonna take you home..” Zyed was crying. His only child-his lifeline was in danger. He could no longer bear to see dearest part of his heart in pain. He wanted some answers. He wanted to grab that wretched person by the neck who tried to harm Julia and he knew precisely where to go.
“Keep a check on Julia until I come back, understood?” he instructed Billy.
“Yes sir, I will, but where are you going?”
That’s none of your business. And I won’t tolerate any mistake, get it?” He gave him a menacing look and left.
Billy entered Julia’s room and sat on the sofa alongside the bed and picked up a newspaper lying nearby. He gave one look to Julia, who was still in her deep slumber. Satisfied, he buried Hus head into the newspaper.
Little did he know that everything was not the way it seemed. Julia was not well mentally. She was still in trauma and the flashbacks from the horrifying night were still torturing her in her sleep.
Toby was coming towards her, he was inching nearer with the bloodstained knife..he would kill her too..
“HELP! HELP!!” she started shouting .Billy was taken aback by the sudden screams and rushed towards her. “Miss Julia what is it? What happened?”
But there was no response. All he could do was to see her toss and turn in fright ,Horror marked on her brow. Immediately, he called for the doctor.
She saw him stained in blood approaching her. The knife, it was right there in his hand, and evil grin on his devilish face…
She screamed again, ” Toby! No ! You love me..how can you..”
Billy was shocked. Toby??!
In the mean time, The doctors came in and gave Julia an injection to calm her down. Consequently, She went back to sleep.
But this episode put Billy in an uneasy state. He sat down bewildered and sank into deep thoughts.
“If it isn’t Hector..then all my plans are fowled! I CAN’T LET THIS HAPPEN.. I will have to do something!”
Meanwhile, Zyed had reached his hideout. This was the same place where they had kept Hector. On seeing Zyed arrive, everyone was put on guard and the lock to Hector’s room was swiftly opened.
Hector was lying on the floor, stained in blood.
“What have you done with my daughter? Where did you keep her?” Zyed bellowed as he entered the room.He desperately wanted to know the truth.
There was no reply. Zyed repeated his question. Still there was no answer. Irritated, He picked up the water jug lying nearhand emptied it on Hector’s face.
Hector woke up with a start but was even more startled to see Zyed in front of him. He tried to get up and face him but he could not sit upright. Zyed pushed him up by the neck and roared again, “What have you done with her?”
Hector struggled to get some words out “I ..I did not do anything to her. Sh..e went with him…she told me she was going out with him..look out for that sinister..” Hector uttered with great difficulty, his wounds hurt as he spoke each word.
“Who? What are you talking about?”
“Toby..he..….He’s using her..savee her from him…”
Zyed was shocked to hear this . “Tobias? Are you telling the truth?!”
But Hector couldn’t say anything else. He had already fainted. Zyed ordered his men to give him some first aid so that at least he could come in a state of saying something.
But what Hector had disclosed put Zyed into a state of shock and concern. As farsighted and clever he was, he could understand what Tobias would want from Julia or indirectly from him. Tobias’ father was Zyed’s old enemy. Both of them were constantly at loggerheads and after the death of his father, Tibias had to handle the whole political game by himself. Zyed had a hint that Tobias’ party was downsizing. He needed funds to support himself in the upcoming elections.
Toby, on the other hand knew Zyed would never support him or his party. Hence, a big businessman’s gullible daughter would prove to be a perfect bait to get his hunt. All his property was ultimately Julia’s..
Zyed’s blood boiled to think of Toby using his daughter. He rushed back to the hospital. He had to solve this puzzle before it got out of hand. Julia had to speak up before it was too late.
To be continued..
Stay tuned for the next installment!