Now&Forever: Dire Secrets
The next day, as soft, warm sunlight streamed through the open window of the master bedroom, Nikki slowly, contentedly blinked awaked as a soft smile slowly spread across her face. Rolling over in bed, she realized Victor wasn’t there and decided to go looking for him. Throwing her robe on, she made her way downstairs, hoping to find him there. Thankfully, there he stood in a jean shirt and black dress pants, his shirt open at the collar.
As she got closer to where he stood beside the couch, she could hear his phone conversation. “Yes, Dr. Cornwell, I understand, the tests have to be done as soon as possible.”
She listened closely, hoping to overhear some of what the Dr was saying. Realizing that she couldn’t risk getting too close to where he was standing and making it obvious that she was eavesdropping, Nikki busied herself with fixing herself breakfast from the sidebar in the livingroom.
Meanwhile, Victor was intently listening to what Dr. Cornwell had to say. “Victor, we need to do the tests so we have a better idea of exactly what we’re dealing with and can begin mapping out the affected areas and decide on the most appropriate course of action.”
“Okay, I’ll see you this afternoon at three, thank you. Yes, goodbye.” With that, Victor hung up, unaware Nikki had heard the whole thing.
Turning around, a contented smile spread on Victor’s face as his gaze locked with Nikki’s.
“What did Dr. Cornwell want?” Nikki asked as she sat on the couch beside him.
“We need to discuss a few things, nothing to worry about.” Victor’s tone of voice and demeanor told her something wasn’t right.
Not wanting to start a fight, she carefully asked, “You were acting pretty strange last night, what happened?”
“Just a bad day at the office, nothing for you to be concerned about.”
The look in his eyes told her whatever happened the night before had nothing to do with work! When he didn’t say anything else, she called his name.
“Where were you just now?”
“I was just thinking, that’s all.”
“How I don’t take the time to appreciate you like I should.”
‘The way he says that, I don’t know, something about the tone of his voice tells me I’m not imagining anything! Something’s very wrong here!’ Determined to get the answers she sought, Nikki asked, “Victor, what’s going on? What is it? Why are you acting like this?”
“Like what? I have to have a reason to treat my wife well, all of a sudden, or what?” Victor asked defensively.
“No, of course not, it’s just that…I don’t know, I can tell something’s going on. I wish you’d talk to me about it.”
“Didn’t I promise you last night that I’d tell you if there’s anything you need to know about?” Victor asked, continuing to be defensive.
“But nothing, there’s nothing to worry about! Darling, please stop worrying, please.”
“Alright, I’ll let it go.”
‘This isn’t over, not by any means. I will figure out what’s going on, count on that, Victor!’ Nikki thought to herself determinedly.
“We’ve got other things to worry about. Victoria’s moving into dangerous territory. She needs a bodyguard.”
“I agree, I’ll talk to her as soon as I get into the office.”
“Thank you, I’m glad to hear that. She certainly doesn’t need to leave anything to chance.”
“You’re right, what she needs is to make sure she stays safe.”
“I agree, I’m not sure she’ll do that though.”
“ Why not?”
“Victor, she’s out for revenge! She doesn’t care how she gets it either!”
“Come on, I’m sure she’ll do what she can to make sure nothing happens, she doesn’t want to end up getting hurt.” Victor replied, not seeing things the way his wife did, much to her disgust! “She wouldn’t do anything, She certainly wouldn’t go looking for revenge! Victoria knows better than that, she’s got a good head on her shoulders!” Victor confidently replied.
“I know that, and, normally I’d agree. But, the way Victoria’s been acting suggests otherwise.”
With a naughty glint in his eyes and a mischievous smile, Victor changed the subject. “I would’ve thought you’d still be fast asleep after the night you had.”
Returning his smile with the same sparkle in her eyes, Nikki replied, “I could say the same thing about you.”
Chuckling, Victor abruptly pulled her to him so her body was flush with his own.
As passion raged through him and his desire began to be felt, he looked deep into her eyes and saw smouldering passion he knew matched his own. Finally, he crushed her lips with his own, as duties, obligations and all else was forgotten.
All that remained was a hunger so strong, so intense and all encompassing that, in that moment, all else was forgotten, rendered completely insignificant next to the desire racing through them both making their hearts pound. The kiss deepened, softened, yet it lost none of its passion, the sensuality and languid quality of it took her breath away.
Nikki sighed against his lips, as she wrapped her arms around his neck, playing with his hair. Acting on instinct alone, she pressed herself more firmly against him, leaving no doubt that this was what she wanted, exactly where she wanted to be.
Just as they were about to go back upstairs, in walked Victoria. She couldn’t help the small smile that spread across her face as she entered the livingroom to find her parents on the couch, kissing passionately. Clearing her throat, she waked towards them and said, “Looks like I’m not the only one having a good day.”
“What are you doing here?” Victor asked, clearly unimpressed with the interruption.
“I forgot some files I need for a meeting later.” Vicki couldn’t stop smiling if she’d tried.
“Well, I’ll help you find them,” Victor replied pointedly.
“Victor!” Nikki exclaimed, trying to hide her smile, knowing full well what his motivation was.
“No need, I found them.” Victoria replied and asked, “Why aren’t you at the office yet?”
“I’ll be there soon.”
“Your father and I want to talk to you about Jeff and Gary.”
“What’s there to discuss?” She asked, before she started making her way to the door.
Victor less than calmly reminded her, “You’ve been harassed by both men. You were terrified, or have you forgotten that little detail? Now all of a sudden, you’re cool, calm and collected, nothing’s wrong. You expect me to believe that, sorry sweetheart, it doesn’t add up!”
Pouting, Vicki entered the livingroom and asked, “What did you want to discuss?”
“We’re hiring you a body guard,” Victor announced firmly.
“No way, no bodyguard!”
“What? Why the hell not?” Victor asked, bristling!
“Victoria, that makes no sense! You need a bodyguard!” Nikki exclaimed, barely restraining her temper.
Trying her best to downplay the situation with Jeff, Victoria replied, “I really don’t think he’s a real threat.”
Having reached her breaking point, Nikki jumped in “Oh no, just a potential psychopath, who now has a reason to come after you! Am I supposed to be reassured? Because I’m not!”
“Nikki…” Victor’s voice held a note of warning.
Still focused on her daughter and trying to get through to her, Nikki ignored him, except for the withering glance she sent him.
“No bodyguard! I’ll handle this on my own!” Vicki exclaimed adamantly, defensively before slamming out the front door and peeling out of the driveway!
Angry, Victor tore out of the living room, intent on running after her.
“Victor, wait! Please, don’t make things worse by blowing up at her. She’s already pushing us away, we don’t need to do anything to risk losing her completely.”
“I won’t do anything like that, alright. I promise I won’t do that. But, I won’t let this go either! I’m not about to stand here and let Victoria go off and get herself killed!” Still steaming, he tore out the door in search of her.
At Newman Enterprises, Victoria and Victor set across from each other in her office, trying to calmly discuss Victoria’s reasons for not wanting a bodyguard.
“Dad, like I said, Jeff’s probably not a threat at all. He’s just angry because he lost his job. That’s all, he’s letting off steam. He needs a scape goat, simple as that. You’d be wasting your time and your money getting me a bodyguard. ”
“Victoria, you’re being ridiculous! You want to get yourself killed, or what?” Victor asked losing his patience.
“No, I know what I’m talking about and what I’m doing here. Just leave it alone. Focus on Mom. She’s the one you need to worry about here. ”
When Victor didn’t interrupt, Vicki stopped, mid rant when she saw he was short of breath, wheezing and grimacing. “Dad, are you okay?” The fear she felt at that moment was crystal clear in her voice.
“Victoria, I’m fine!” Victor bit out, in between forcing himself to take deep breaths.
“I’m calling Mom.”
Victor quickly snatched the phone out of her hand and rasped, “You’re not calling your mother, you got that! I’m fine.”
“Yeah right, I’m calling her!”
“You will not call your mother!” Victor gasped as another wave of pain hit.
“Dad? What’s wrong? What’s going on?” Vicki asked fearfully, once again.
“I’m fine. I’m fine, I took the stairs up here, that’s all.” After a few minutes, Victor was still breathing a little heavy, but, at least he wasn’t grimacing anymore. “My sweetheart, I’m fine,” Victor insisted stubbornly.
Vicki thought about pushing the issue, but decided against it. ‘Dad doesn’t look like he’d take it too well if I fussed over him.’
As his breathing returned to normal, and since the pain had subsided, Victor did his best to reassure his daughter. “I’m just fine now, Victoria. Nothing’s wrong, alright? There’s no reason for you to worry, okay. I’m just fine now,” he softly whispered, trying his best to soothe her.
Although Vicki didn’t believe him one bit, she knew enough not to ague. Instead, she replied, “Make sure you take it easy, and talk to your doctor.”
“My sweetheart, I promise I’ll take it easy. I’ve already spoken to the doctor.”
“And?” Victoria asked expectantly.
“And, there’s really nothing wrong.”
“Good, I’m glad. I’ll think about hiring that bodyguard on one condition. You promise me to take it easy and call your doctor if anything happens, deal?” Vicki replied, confident her father would accept the terms.
“Alright,” Victor mumbled, reluctantly agreeing before getting up and walking towards the door.
Victor turned around expectantly, sure she would say something.
Unable to find the words she needed to let him know just how worried she was, Victoria slowly walked up to him and hugged him tight. Holding on for a few moments, she silently prayed that her instincts were wrong, for once and her father really was fine. “If you need anything, anything at all, I’m only a phone call away.” Teary eyed, Vicki tried her best to muster up a smile.
Smiling softly, tears rising in his own eyes, Victor tenderly, humbly whispered, “Thank you. I’ll keep that in mind.” Victor kissed her forehead softly, tenderly, and lovingly before walking to his own office.
As Victor sat behind his desk, considering Victoria’s words, he felt tears rise in his eyes, helpless to stop them, he let them fall, as he considered how lucky he is. Victor threw himself into his work, since it had always been his refuge.
“Damn it! I was supposed to be at Dr. Cornwell’s office at three! How could I forget?” Victor chastised himself aloud as he picked up the phone and dialed her number. Thankful Dr. Cornwell was still there, Victor scheduled another appointment. He was about to hang up when the doctor said she wanted to ask him something.
“Are you absolutely sure you don’t want to tell your family, especially your wife. I really think it’s best for them to know. You’ll need all the support you can get.”
“Yes, my wife has enough to deal with. My family is happy living their lives to the fullest, I won’t take that way from them.”
“Alright,” Dr. Cornwell reluctantly relented.
“Thank you for not pressing the issue. I hear what you’re saying, I really do, but I won’t ruin things for my family.”
“Okay, it’s your decision, Victor. Just take it easy, and call me if you have any more problems, alright?”
“Okay, I’ll do that. Thanks Dr. Cornwell.”
Depressed by his own thoughts of what he could very well lose, and just how soon he could lose it, Victor hung up.