It was dark, the skies looked threatening as though something ominous was about to happen, the wind howled silently as though some disaster was on the way. Tess Morgan was oblivious to all this as she hurriedly compiled her worksheets, Her brown hair falling over her face, as she chewed her lip in concentration, totally unaware how enchanting she looked.
'Time to call it a day,' she muttered to herself. Suddenly feeling hunger pangs,
She longingly recalled the chicken salad she had at the Palace Hotel with some clients. She decided to grab a pizza from the pizzeria on her way home, the thought cheered her up.
Tess frowned as she looked around, everyone had gone home, and she was alone. The eerie silence unnerved her, It made her feel uneasy, 'Tess, I think you are going soft in the head,' she chided herself. It was so unlike her to be afraid.
'Jones, are you there?' she called out to the guard, not getting any response she
quickly hurried on toward the parking area, she shivered involuntarily as the cold
bit her. She couldn't wait to get back to her flat where a hot bath was waiting for
her. She decided to watch an old movie which was one of her favorites.
She spotted her Red Sedan standing proudly; she simply loved her car,
Singing softly, she unlocked the car and settled herself in. Suddenly she noticed
from the rear view mirror, a pair of brown eyes stared at her, Her body went
numb in fear, Before she could utter a sound, something hit her head and
everything went black.
The pain was unbearable, Tess groaned as she tried to open her eyes her head
hammering. She felt sick and nausea tic and had an overwhelming urge to throw up.
'Morning lady, I hope you slept well,' a soft voice said, startling her.
'Who is it?', whispered Tess barely managing a croaking sound.
'Don't worry your pretty little head as to who i am, you are just as beautiful as
I had thought. Truly a diva, soft, sensual...the perfect woman,'
he said. 'What do you want from me?', cried Tess, ' why have you brought me
here, what on earth have I done to you,' she cried hysterically.
'Shh... don't shout, or else..,' he said meaningfully, ' now just be good
and do as I say', he said. with that he shut the door and left. She heard the lock
turn. She had barely managed to see him, she felt lousy and sick. Her heart
hammered with fear as she wondered what was going on.
Closing her eyes, she whispered a prayer,' God please save me,' with that she
drifted to sleep.
Sergeant Josh was sitting on his desk, chewing on a pen, his legs swinging to
and fro, the telephone ring startled him,' Sergeant Josh here,' he growled,'how
can I help you?. He was in one of his dark moods.
' Aye sir, am calling from Charlie accountancy firm, Lame street, there has
beena mugging, Jones the guard is in a critical condition.,' Said a frantic
'Sergeant Andrew, he called out to his long time partner and best friend,
'you are going to love this, another mugging at lame street, we better go and
Sergeant Andrew groaned unhappily, ' Just when I have promised Amy a
grand lunch, one of these days she's really going to leave so she threatens,
Josh eyed him cockily, knowing very well, Andrew loved his job and he
was goodat what he did. They hurried along.
There was a huge crowd there, everyone talking in hushed voices. A thin bald
man came out to meet them.' Its Jones the guard, sir,' he uttered. 'We found
him tied in the garage, it seems he was hit with something, he's bleeding and
all.The ambulance is here to take him.' he said leading them to the garage.
'It looks like someone had a grudge on the poor fellow,' said Sergeant
Andrew. There was a huge pool of blood. and vomit. The smell was
'Kiles, Mr. Charlie's driver found him in the garage today in the morning.
'I would like to meet Kiles', said Sergeant Josh as he narrowed his eyes.
'Andrew,' he said quietly ' I don't think this is the normal mug kind of scene. I
smell something here. Just search the whole area, fingerprints or anything we
can find will be useful', in the meantime we have to wait for this Jones guy to
be better.' It might be someone whom he may have had a tiff with.'
Sergeant Andrew got down working in the meantime Sergeant Josh chatted
withthe staff perhaps anyone could have seen anything or so.
He talked to one of the secretaries named Rose, ' I was here till 6.45 pm last
evening. The only person left was Tess Morgan, our firms accountant, she
was too busy working when I popped in to say bye, but she was too
engrossed in her work to hear me so I left' said she.
'Ms Rose, I would like to meet Ms Morgan, please,' said Sergeant Josh.
'Ye she's usually here by eight in the morning but it seems she hasn't turned
up today. Old Charlie is frantic, it's not normal for Tess not to turn up for work
and her phone is not reachable.
Josh frowned,' Was there any problem between Ms Morgan and the guard?
He inquired. 'No, Ms Tess is sweet and gentle as a dove, I don't think so.' the
Josh had a feeling about this case. It was not as simple as it looked.
Sergeant Josh was the best they had in town and he had a knack of doing
things. He usually had intuitions which helped him solve his cases. There
were hardly any he hadn't solved, just one or two which gave him sleepless
One was on a drug bust he had managed to get the top guy involved and
another was a murder of a successful lawyer. She had been found brutally
murdered and all tied up. Her body had been dumped at the garbage centre.
It was all a mess and horrific. There was certainly a sick person roaming
Sergeant Josh gave a sigh, as he decided to leave and come back later to
talk to Ms Tess Morgan.
He later went to the office and made reports on some other cases but his
mind kept on coming back to the mornings case.' Why would anyone smash
up a guy, tie him up and lock him, surely, there was no robbery involved ,
People went crazy these days he thought to himself.
The phone interrupted his thoughts as he stretched to grab the black
receiver,' hello, Josh here,' He said ' Josh, we searched the whole building,
we got talking to some people, near the driveway , just at about one spot
we found lots of cigarette ashes, it looks someone spent the whole day
busting his chest. It seems A Ms Tess Morgan is missing.
Mr. Charlie went to her flat to find it empty, the doorman says that apparently
she hasn't come home since last night.
This Jones guy has lost a lot of blood but he's coming around, i just called the
hospital it seems he just regained consciousness.
If there is anything will let you know, said Andrew.
'Good job, Andy, i am going to
the Victoria Hospital, see if i can get anything from the Jones fellow.' Said
Sergeant Josh. "Go easy on him,' laughed Andrew as he called off.
Andrew is the best, thought Josh fondly to himself. They had been working
for years together, they were more like brothers than colleagues.
Andrew with his chocolate boy looks, managed to charm everyone and Josh
with his intuitions and deep insight, they surely made a fine pair.
Startled, Tess woke up. She didn't know how long she had been sleeping,
brown eyes staring back at her probing, making her feel uncomfortable.' I got
you some food, clothes and some necessities, please go freshen up
whereas i make tea for you,' he said
He did not look as threatening as he had before, Tess reluctantly stood up.
She knew she had to get out of here, and for that she needed strength. she
didn't know how but she just had to.
She took the stuff he offered her and locked herself in the bathroom. It was an
old wooden kind, shabby full of cobwebs. It looked as though it had hardly
She quickly turned on the squeaky tap and splashed the cold water in her
face. Now that felt really good. Looking through the stuff she found an old pair
of jeans and shirt which she quickly put on after the cold shower she took. She
longingly thought of the hot shower she had decided to take, what a terrible
twist of fate.
He was stirring the tea when she came out. He stared at her, he continued
stirring without looking away. That made her really uncomfortable. 'Hmm,' she
cleared her throat, that seemed to work as though it broke his trance and he
He pointed at the toasted bread, tea and offered her. she took it without a
word, her stomach grumbled with hunger. They ate in silence the only sound
was of the mouths munching.
Tess looked around her, for the first time noticing the shabby room, the little
wooden bunk she slept on, a tiny old cupboard with cracks all over and a
small tiny window.
'Don't even think of it, he warned as his eyes followed hers, noticing that she
was staring at the window, ' you wont get anywhere'.
Tess suddenly felt resentment rising up her chest and snapped in anger,' you
have no right to imprison me, what do you want from me, at least
tell me that, i have a right to know! At least tell me who you are.'
He smiled as he brought his head close to hers.' Mac'. With that he left.
Tess was perplexed. 'If he had brought me here with the intent to steal or kill
he would have done so before, but why,' she lamented.
She had to think of a plan quick to get out of here. She had no track of how
long she had been here, Probably Old Charlie, her boss, had informed the
police and was looking for her all over, that thought reassured her.
.Hours and hours passed before he came back again, it seemed like an
This time she was determined to know.
She folded her arms squarely and asked him, ' Mac! We can work it out, tell
me your price, I shall pay it but just let me out, i swear I wont squeal to the
police, but just let me go, I want my freedom.
He looked at her and grinned, ' You won't get that easy lady, you might have to
pay a very big price for it.'
What is it,' she said, i am willing to pay any price just name it.' she replied
thinking of her savings account. She hadn't got much but she would give it all
to him, she would probably have to start from scrap but that didn't matter, all
shewanted was her freedom.
Mac smiled he got up, he pinned her arms to her back and whispered in her
ear,'its you i want,' his words caressing her cheek.
She trembled, but not with fear, she suddenly became aware of his rugged
tanned face, his built muscles and his probing eyes.
She gasped for air as he held her by her hair, ' please don't...,' she
' Please don't..', he mimicked, laughing loudly. he grabbed her and shoved
her to the floor.
She didn't know how long she had sat crying, her arm hurt. Her head spinned.
She felt numb.
He did not come back again; he had left her some food which she barely ate.
Whole dozenful thoughts ran into her mind. She had to do something, she
She had tried breaking the door, banging and shouting but to no avail. It
seemed that he had brought her in some isolated place.
The only constant sound she heard was whooshing of the wind, and
the ebb of the tide. 'There must be sea somewhere here,' she muttered to
herself. 'Help me someone,' please she thought desperately.
Jones was sitting up in his bed when Sergeant Josh came in. Hello, this is
Sergeant Josh,' he drawled. Jones looked pale and tired as if he was
thousand years old.
'Everything was just normal that day; I was walking around the building, when
suddenly I see this guy sitting on the driveway, just hidden behind
the cars. I went up to him and inquired as to what he was doing. He just sat
and grinned. 'Am waiting for someone he had said, There was something
devilish about the way he had said and after that he burst into laughter.
Feeling uneasy about it I demanded to know whom he was waiting for,
I told him it was against the rules to have anybody lurking around,
There was something mean about the guy; suddenly he had exclaimed 'there
he is, when I turned round to look, I felt something hit my head, I fell down all I
knew was that I was dying.
'Could you probably remembered how this fellow looked?,' inquired Josh
frowning. 'Ms Morgan is missing. It seems this guy had something to do with
it but we are not too sure about it, Ms Morgan's sudden disappearance and
you being hit, could it be anything less than a coincidence?, now that remains
to be seen,
'Oh no, Jones exclaimed, I hope Ms Tess is alright,
Josh shrugged, we have to look into it, in the mean time our sketch guy will
be coming around, please give him the description of the guy. Every tiny
detail matters. So please try to remember. Now please rest, said Sergeant
Josh as he turned to leave.
There was something which Josh couldn't put a finger to, he just felt it. In the
meantime he decided to go meet Andrew for a cup of coffee and discuss the
Outside palace hotel the two shook hands as they entered inside. 'So how's
with you mate, Josh asked,' How's Amy and the kids?'
he inquired,' all too good,' as she is busy organizing the new charity event for
the school.' They chatted about Andrews family for a while as they sipped
their coffee. 'Josh, my friend, its time now that you find yourself a good
woman,' teased Andrew. Josh feigned surprise
and laughed out aloud. 'No Andrew no, first it was Amy on my back now she
has you after me, I am happy the way I am'.
As they turned to leave they called up to Pete and complimented him for
having the best coffee in town. Pete was pleased and thanked the two
gentleman profusely for their support. 'Sergeant Josh, about the lawyer lady
Diana, have you found the murderer?, Pete asked solemnly.
'No Pete we are in a complete deadlock, still i understand she was one of
your customers, please do keep an eye if you hear anything, just let me
know.', Josh replied. 'I understand there was a mugging case at Old Charlie's
firm,' Pete asked. 'Yeah, we are still working on that as well, A lady named
Tess Morgan is missing since then,' answered Sergeant Josh.
'Oh goodness no,' exclaimed Pete in surprise,' She's one of my regulars, on
that day, she was here for lunch with some of her clients,' he cried' a truly
beautiful woman, kind and always smiling,' good gracious no, ' Pete was
undoubtedly upset. Andrew and Josh exchanged glances, there was
something clearly wrong.
Ms Tess Morgan was certainly well liked
It was past midnight, when Tess heard the door close softly, this time she was
alert. He barged into the room. He had a rope in his hand. 'Lie down,' he
ordered, Panic rose from within, ' what are you going to do,' she cried.
'I am going to do what I brought you here for, now shut up and lie down or you
are going to be sorry, he said menacingly.
'No, i wont do it, please let me go what have i done to you. Why are you doing
this to me, Please i beg you for God sake let me go.' she whimpered.
He laughed,' that's how I like them, at my mercy. You shall do as I say or you
He pinned her hands and tied them with the rope and her legs too. The rope
cut through her skin. 'No, please leave me alone,' she begged.
Mac softly whistled, he removed his shirt, exposing his tattooed torso. He lay
down on top of her and started removing her top,
' No Mac please leave me alone, please don't do it', she shouted. She
wouldn'tgive in so easily. She would fight him
He grabbed a handful of her hair, Tess screamed with pain. He slapped her
and kicked her in the stomach.
'Stupid woman,' he shouted. 'You are all whores, you pretend not to like it but I
know you are enjoying it. You want me to do all those things to you, your body
is taunting me, begging me to devour it. I don't want to be a sinner, its you
who are making me. It's your fault. He started thumping his fists against the
wall.Tears running down his face, he narrated.
'She was a lawyer, smart and beautiful like you, her body called out to me. i
had seen her at the palace hotel where i go regularly. I know she wanted me
take her away from this bad world, so i kidnapped her when she was coming
out from home. I thought she would thank me but she fought me just like you
are doing, she called me names, she laughed at my face that stupid whore.
We were going to live happily just the both of us. she spoiled it, he sobbed. 'I
was heartbroken, she made me sin, I had to kill her'.
'Then last week i saw you at the palace hotel, it was as though you wanted to
berescued, your beautiful green eyes calling out to me. I knew I had to have
you.' I followed you till your office, i waited for you till night. I had to remove
your office guard from the way, so i hit him on the head, tied him and locked
him up in one of the garages.' he continued, ' now milady I shall protect you
from the worldand we shall be happy ever after, wont we?' he spoke as if he
was in a trance.
Tess was dumbfounded; she was clearly entrapped with a psycho. 'Mac,
listen to me,' she said gently not wanting to anger him further.
'What's the point in hiding away, I can be yours, we can be together, but not in
this cabin, we shall have our beautiful house, why shall we hide?'
'You mean it? Mac asked surprised, ' you mean you shall love me forever,' he
took Tess in his arms and started kissing her neck, her cheeks and her lips,
Tess closed her eyes, It just a matter of time, she had to come out of it alive,
She was willing to play this game.
If this was the price of her life so be it. 'Mac she said softly, ' no not now, i
wantit to be it special together, when we are man and wife, not like this.
Please. Mac nodded, he was excited like a school boy.
'Yes my love, anything for you'. he replied. He smiled, singing softly, he took
her in his arms and danced with her. Tess played along. 'Tess, come sit on
my laps,he said, She stood up obliging, He caressed her cheek, nibbled her
ear sending shivers down her spine. Slowly he whispered in her ear, ' don't
play games with me Tess, ever, promise me.' With that he left her and as
usual bolted the door.
Smith stared at the sketch, "Wow, he whistled, this fellow is good looking,
He put his pencil on his ear, removed his spectacles and put it on the table.
He was clearly impressed with his work, 'Josh is going to be a happy man, he
muttered to himself.
He sipped his coffee slowly, cherishing the moment. He picked up
thetelephone and dialed, ' come over mate I got for you something, he said
Josh managed to reach the office in ten minutes, he quickly rushed in, Smith
looked and smiled, ' We have it ready Josh, this might be your
The sketch was of a gorgeous guy, curls all over with brown eyes, he looked
like a movie star, ' Are you sure this is the description you got, this guy looks
like a movie star not a criminal,' Smith nodded and replied ' looks can be so
deceptive, if there's anything we have learnt in our careers its this,' Josh
nodded in agreement. 'Thank you Smith for a job well done,' and left.
He quickly called Andrew, ' come over to the palace hotel immediately, we
have got the sketch ready, I think there something connecting the lawyer and
Morgan'scase, I am on my way, Andrew took a deep breath ' Phew! I think
this one is going to be a long night, I will be there in ten minutes. he said.
Josh drove to the palace hotel which wasn't too far, he settled in the corner of
the hotel from where he could see the entrance. He did not want to start his
investigations without Andrew. He waited impatiently drumming his fingers in
the table. Andrew rushed in looking flushed, he was breathing heavily, he was
clearly all to excited. He was clad in blue jeans and a black top. Without
saying a word,
Josh handed over the sketch to him, they understood the rules, that's how they
worked together for all these years.
Andrew raised his eyebrows in astonishment; he was clearly impressed by
the sketch. 'Pete is the man, lets ask him,' said Andrew urgently. Josh quickly
shook his head in agreement,' Just as if by miracle they saw Pete coming on
their table. ' I got a call from old Charlie,
He's really worried about Tess Morgan. The guy seems to be really fond of
her, takes her like a daughter,' said Josh.
Before Andrew could answer, Pete chanted, ' Hello gentlemen, I hope you are
okay, your orders already taken, I hope. Both men nodded.
'Pete, please join us, there is something which we would like to show you,'
said Josh silently.
'Oh but sure,' Pete replied gleefully, knowing that there was something
exciting coming up his way.
Andrew removed the sketch and showed it to Pete. 'Any idea who this fellow
is,'he asked. Pete stared at the sketch, 'its Mister Mac, he regularly comes in
for his meals. He does odd jobs around; a quiet fellow keeps to himself
mostly.'Josh felt his heart skip a beat, 'Any idea where i can get him, Josh
asked keeping away the excitement out of his voice.
Pete shook his head. ' is he the guy?' asked Pete. 'Might be may be not,'
replied Andrew. 'Thanks Pete, you have been a great help, just in case any
time he comes in, would you please just give me a call? He said. 'Sure, sure I
shall do that, Pete said as he walked away.
As both men walked out of the Palace Hotel, they came face to face, with the
man from sketch. He smiled at them, softly humming a song, with hands in the
pocket, he went on in.
Josh stood rooted to the ground, excitement gleaming in his eyes; he ran his
hand through his grayish hair, not aware of how ruggedly handsome he
looked. 'Action time, mate,' he said urgently to Andrew. 'Go over to him; try
making small talk, seeif you can get something, i shall wait here then we shall
follow him once he leaves,' explained Josh.
Andrew gave a salute in response grinning, went on inside. Josh found a
bench outside, pretended reading the paper.
He could see Andrew with his tray going over to the nearby table where this
Mac guy was sitted.
He pretended to eat and concentrate on his food. After a while he stood up
and went next to the Mac guy, he saw the frown on Mac' s face but Andrews
constant laugher and smooth talking relaxed him a bit. After some time, He
could see Mac standing up and shook his hand with Andrew and moved out.
Josh was alert; he hid his face behind the paper and pretended to read. Mac
with his hand in his pocket barely giving him a glance, walked away. He
crossed the road moving towards Mrs. Grey boutique, Josh was on the move
he knew Andrew was somewhere around keeping an eye just like him.
Mac emerged after some ten minutes or so, it seemed like an eternity of
waiting. he had a smug look on his face as he walked on, he looked round as
if to see if nobody was following him, and quickened his pace as he walked
straight aheadtowards the New Shopping Mall and quickly entered inside.
Josh had lost track of him, he tried to look for him but it was difficult as the
place was crowded, people were shopping for the holidays. Kids running all
over and the teenagers hanging out.
Josh decided to go towards the main door, probably he would see him when
he was coming out, He quickly called up Andrew,' Where are you, i am
outside the shopping mall and I have lost track of this guy, he said feeling
very angry with himself hoping that Andrew might still have an eye on him.
'Damn,' Andrew sweared, ' I have also lost track of him, i had a small accident
justas i was coming out of the Palace Hotel. A kid riding a bicycle drove into
me, I think i have injured my rib. I am coming over' he said.
Josh threw his hand in frustration, ' we were so close, I think he knows we are
after him, i shall hang around see if I can find him, he growled.
He was sweating profusely, He jaws tightened almost into a scowl. He felt like
banging his hand into the walls. He must be around, where can he go he
thought anxiously. Andrew joined him in a while ' I talked to the guy, he is a
quiet sort. I noticed a tattoo on his torso. He didn't say much, I told him I
wanted my plumbing down, but he refused saying that he was getting married
and didn'thave time, i asked for his cell phone and it seems he doesn't own
Josh shook his head,' this fellow is no fool, i think he knows, we should have
arrested him there and then' I thought if we could keep up to him and he would
lead us directly to this Tess Morgan. We have screwed up,' he barked.
Andrew could see how distressed Josh was, they were so undoubtedly close.
They searched around the whole place but there was no trace of Mac.
Feelingdefeated they decided to go back to the office and dig up more stuff
on this Mac guy.
Mac was furious, he felt betrayed. He was mad with rage. She was just like
the others. She had to die; now he was too close being caught. Those two
sergeantsthought they were smart, he had outsmarted them, he had regularly
seen them at the Palace, chatting with the old inquisitive fool Pete, He was
lucky, he had taken a big risk and it paid off. He had rushed to the Men's, he
was lucky no one was about. He quickly put on the dress which he had bought
for Tess, and came out. He would make a beautiful woman he thought,
smiling to himself.he had managed to walk past the cop, the poor bastard,
was so angry over the phone and didn't notice him.
Mac walked towards the beach which was miles away from the town, feeling
the warm sand on his feet. 'She must die, he thought sadly to himself. Still
clad in a dress, this was his secret place, his own world, he thought to himself,
Way back when he had come to this small town, Old Billy was the only friend
he had. When Old Billy died some time ago, he had moved in to his old
The house was old and required lots of mending, he had discovered a secret
door, there was a tunnel which he followed, He could not believe it what lay
before his eyes, there was a small island with virtually no habitat, an old
wooden cabin was all there was.
He felt safe, he had found his heaven where nobody would ever disturb him,
His mother, her constant barking, she was a beautiful woman but how she
had tormented him, the constant beatings. The drunkards who came visiting,
every night there was a new 'uncle'.
Macky she would say, ' this is uncle Tom, now will you please go up to your
room, we have business to discuss.
He would pretend to go but the ' voices' would not go away. Even if he had
tried to close his ears, the ' voices' tormented him. Then one day he had a
plan, he would fight the 'voices'. He waited till late night; he knew she would
be so drunk that she would barely be able to move. he had softly entered her
room, she was snoring and that had irritated him further. He tied up her legs,
and whenhe was tying up her arms, her eyes flew open. 'is that you Mac, she
whimpered like a sick cow.
'whhat the hell.. 'She cried, before she could say anything he had covered her
face with a pillow. He pressed and pressed. Like a caged bird she had
fought, he felt so good, so in power. Then he had removed his knife from his
pocket and stabbed her, He had kept on stabbing her, he had felt so good, so
It was an unusual feeling.
What a mess it was, blood oozing from her stomach. Her eyes had bulged
out, 'Mommy, i am sorry mommy, I had to protect you from this world,' he had
Then the 'voices' had stopped. He felt at ease. He had to run and he had hitch
hiked to come to this town. he did odd jobs to survive. Then he had seen the
lawyer lady, she was so beautiful just like her, the 'voices' had started
tormenting him, he knew he had to protect her just like mommy. How she had
cried, fought, that one was a wild cat. He had felt at ease. Late night he had
carried her and thrown her at the garbage centre. Lucky for him the garbage
centre was not farfrom the beach.
His thoughts wondered back to Tess, anger boiled up again. 'She had been looking divine at the Palace hotel, how she had laughed with all those clients of hers, they were almost drooling for her. He knew he had to save her, protect her.
She had surprised him by her gentle ways, she did not fight him. She wanted
him, she had said so hadn't she? 'then why were the cops after him?' what
had he done? He was just saving her. She had to die because of the foolish
He quickly entered his cottage and headed off towards the tunnel, without
bothering to change, he was in a frenzy, a trance. He softly hummed,
caressing his knife with his finger tips. He slowly unbolted the door and
Josh asked Fran to run some back ground on this Mac guy, he sent Jim and
Hughes, his officers all over the town to see if they could come up to
Lack of action was make him feel impatient so he quickly called up Andrew to
see how he was feeling after the accident, he had come down with the flu.
'Hello, he heard a chirpy voice said, ' Amy how good to talk to you,' he said
smiling. 'HI, Josh, what are you up to these days, how come you aren't coming
down home these days.?' Josh laughed and said ' I am busy running after a
few criminals, how's Andrew doing?, how's did your charity event come up
with by the way. he asked politely.' Oh, it was so great, we managed to raise
so much funds for the school, it was just great. Last minute there was some
problemwith the wiring, the mikes and the speakers wouldn't work, Thomas
the electrician was out of town, we almost panicked, then one of the kids ran
of to call this odd job guy, and we manage to salvage the situation. Amy
' What did you say, Josh exclaimed, ' hmm Amy by any chance do you know
where this guy lives, he asked his heart pounding.' Umm i am not too sure but
Mrs. Fairley said many times she had seen him walking towards the beach,
She loves looking out from her terrace with her binoculars, she loves catching
people unawares. She had seen him once enter Old Billy's cottage once. She
chattered loving the attention Josh was giving her, ' Amy .... Uhh... I have to
go..! With that he slammed the phone cradle down.
I love you Amy for this, he said. He quickly grabbed his jeep keys and drove
like a mad man. All thoughts of Andrew flying away from his head.
Josh was now certain that Mac had something to do with Tess Morgan's
disappearance hope she is okay, he thought to himself, thinking of her
beautiful green eyes, the girl has something about her, he had seen her
picture, she had a smile on her face, hey eyes so innocent and naive, she was
so sensual. He had to save her. He couldn't afford to fail. He thought both of
Diana and Tess,both were beauties, successful and had no families. He now
understood how Mac chose his prey; he should have seen the similarities
He was so engrossed in his thoughts that he saw the sharp razor wires too
late in the middle of the road, he swirled the jeep in an effort to avoid it, He
lost control of the car and banged into one of the trees.
For a few seconds, everything went numb, he saw the jeep was badly
damaged, he had cuts on his face and blood was oozing all over.
He was in shock. I have to get him he kept on muttering.
He was lucky his cell phone was unscratched and still working, he quickly
dialedthe office and briefly explained to Fran what had happened.
Asking her to send some officers towards the beach. He made the second
call to Andrew and also filled him in.
He managed to clean himself with his handkerchief. His mouth was parched
dry and his head was throbbing with pain.
He saw a white pick up coming, and raised his hands for help.
Mac slowly entered the cabin, he saw Tess lying on her bunk. sleep baby
sleep, Ihave come to put you to sleep.
He had a funny look about him; he felt calm and peace in his body. She
looked tired and exhausted. He went and lay beside her. Slowly running his
hand all over her body.
Tess went rigid at his touch. 'Mac,' she said turning to face him. Stopping in
the mid sentence seeing him dressed up like a woman.
Shock was apparent in her face. 'Yes baby what is it, he said, Macky is home.
come into my arms,' he said. She slowly walked towards him, panic swelling
up her chest, he looked different, almost scary. 'He embraced her tightly
almost suffocating her
' Please you are suffocating me, she barely managed to say.
He never heard, he was busy nibbling her ear, his hands scratching her back,
his legs thrust between hers. Tears were flowing down her eyes but all he did
was to lick them, She felt dirty and used.
'Mac, stop, please i thought i said after we get married,' she tried to say. 'Shut
up ' he suddenly snarled. He suddenly covered his ears with his hands. 'Stop!
stop! stop the damn voices, he began crying. He had entered into his own
Suddenly his eyes turned red, his mouth scowling, he grabbed her and started kissing her in the mouth, he cut her lips with his teeth, She cried in pain. She had to fight him. she pushed him hard with her hands and he fell. 'Stupid cow,' he cursed.' you shall pay,'
He came towards and banged her head into the wall, he pushed and kicked
She lay there in the floor in the pool of blood. She knew she was going to die.
He started tying her up, she had no strength to resist.
' please God,' she silently prayed,' help me, if you really exist, help me.'
He put the knife near her cheek, and she felt its sharp tip dig her, she
It was just a matter of time, he would reach there, he thought, urging the kind driver who had stopped to help him, to drive faster.
As they reached there, he slammed the door open and ran towards the
cottage. The doors were open. It was dimly lit, very shabby,
Cobwebs hanging all over. With his gun in his hand, he called out, ' Mac, are
you there,?' but no response. Disappointment overcame him, possibly the
bastard has escaped. He decided to search all over maybe if he could get a
clue or so.
He entered the kitchen; dirty dishes were laying there, unmade bed, clothes
all over. Nothing there he said to himself, As he turned to leave,
he noticed a small door open just next to the kitchen cabinet, Secret door, he
wandered to himself.
He climbed down into the tunnel, following it to see where it reached, it was
dark, he lit a match stick for lit. He was excited; this could probably be the
lead. He reached up to the end of the tunnel and climbed out, what he saw
was unbelievable, an island, it looked abandoned, with no sign of life.
Suddenly he heard a scream.
His body went numb, looking around to see where the scream came from,
that's when he saw the cabin. He quickly ran towards it. He could hear some
sort of struggling going on inside.
He had to do something, he looked around, and he saw a big rock lying
around. He slammed it into the door and forced it open.
What lay before his eye was unthinkable. He saw her on the floor badly injured
and tortured. His heart went out to her.
Mac was rooted to the spot. The knife in his hand fell down as he kneeled and
In a spur of a moment, he picked his knife and stabbed into his stomach
before Josh could stop him.
His eyes bulged out, his tongue hung out of his mouth. He fell into the floor dead.
Josh bowed down to untie Tess, ' Thank you Angel, she whispered, with that
she slipped into unconsciousness.
What followed later was a dream, the officers came flooding in, the
ambulance was called, It was a madhouse.
Tess opened her eyes, she moaned in pain, her eyelids fluttering. ' Don't
worry, you are going to be okay, she heard a drawl.
She smiled knowing she was safe. 'You better rest and soon we shall have
you fit and trim,' and she drifted off to sleep once again.
Josh stood looking at her, feeling protective of her, he wanted her to be
alright, to know her, to find out all about her. Josh had never experienced such
strong feelings for any one before. He would there for her everyday till she got
better and then after, he thought to himself.
Tess woke up, her body still numb then she saw him sitted next to her. There
were flowers all over from well wishers. He looked tired.
He smiled when he saw her awake, ' Let me help you sit up,' he said. 'This is
Sergeant Josh, here.
Tess was overwhelmed with his kindness, tears flowing down,' i don't know
how Ican ever thank you for saving my life. You are the angel God sent me, I
was praying and suddenly you were right there infront of me.
'It was a torture; i thought i was going to die.... 'She started her eyes filled with
tears. ' Shh.. shh, Josh whispered,' there is a lot of time for that later but first I
want you to get better,' ' I think I am falling in love with you Tess,' he said
holding her hand into his. 'I know you don't know anything about me, but there
isplenty of room for that, I just want you to know that I shall be on your side no
matter what,' Tess smiled and drifted of to sleep, thinking of her new