Chapter 1: Part 1

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

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The story is not recommended for people under the age of 15, topics that can potentially upset someone, although it contains heavier feelings than in the first part it's still positive at her core. It is a supplement to the first part that I was thinking of writing back in 2013, but due to circumstances I wrote it now.
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11/26/2020 (Eight years since the beginning of writing the first part)
 
Part I
 
Kevin was driving through the traffic jam, shouting in the car to himself for being late. "Oh, the hell with those damn alarms ... I won't get to "Nira"on time! I have to go to "Gama" later too, but these fools won't move! (blows the horn a few times, the line slowly starts to move) It's better to inform Michael that I won't get to "Nira" quickly, I'll go to "Gama" first. I don't even know why I panic so much when everything is under control, I just don't want them to think I'm irresponsible. "
 
 "Gamma"company: Kevin gets to the secretary. Kevin: "Did she come?" Secretary (worried): "Yes ... She received a letter and got upset ... She broke something a while ago. I couldn't go in to see what happened." Kevin (scared): "It doesn't look like her at all! In these two years she hardly ever raised her voice at anyone, but if she's so angry ... It must be something serious, I'm going to see."
 
 He knocked on her office door and she opened it to him, greeting him with a nod. This time Kevin noticed something he had never seen in her eyes before — tears still clinging inside, but as if they could start dripping at any moment. She refrained from letting them out, at the same time restraining some rage that was biting her inside.
 
 Kevin (hugging her): "For God's sake, Onyx, what's going on?! I heard you broke something, please say if there is a problem, I worry. " Onyx (sighs): "Some nonsense ... I don't have to drag you into it." Kevin: "What kind of envelope did you get today?" Onyx (surprised): "You heard of that?" Some family stuff. I'll ignore it. " Kevin: "Onyx ... Tell me." Onyx: "Okay ... My aunt passed away and I would have to go back to my hometown if I wanted to attend the funeral. I haven't been there since ... you know. I don't know if I can do that. I loved my aunt a lot, I didn't even know she came back here from abroad ... I don't know how to go there without seeing all those faces I want to avoid." Kevin: "Are they more important than that? You know, you've never told me more about your previous life, but I want to go there together and hear that story." Onyx (eyes wide open): "I can't go there. I can't. I'm scared." Kevin: "You have faced so many potential assassins, you have been successfully running the company for more than two years, you have recovered from something that almost killed you and you are afraid of this? Onyx, you are one of the strongest people I have ever met in my life, if anyone can do anything then it is you. (takes her hand) And I ... I want to go with you. I'll be your support." Onyx (looks at the floor): "What if they drag me to the bottom? What if everything falls into the water? We're not talking about assassins or envious people from other companies, we're talking about the people who actually led me to that!" Kevin: "But then you were alone, now you have ... friend. Even through that it will always be more than that for me, but I don't have to keep telling you that." Onyx: "I don't know ... I can try, but ... Listen, I believe you, you're someone in whom I have the most trust, but I don't know if I can impose that burden on you, it's too hard ... " Kevin:" Not at all! What a burden, understand that I want to be with you, no matter what it is. I'll prove it to you now that we're going there. This is how we're going - I'm going to "Nira" to arrange with Michael to take care of everything while we're on the road, you take care of it here, then we go to pack, we leave together tonight and I don't let you out of my sight while we're there. Onyx (nods): "All right. Who knows, I might be able to get through it all without a problem. "
 
 In the evening, in front of Onyx's house; Onyx packs his suitcase in the trunk, then sits in the passenger seat. Kevin: "Everything ready to go? " Onyx: "Yes. Things are in my suitcase, my laptop is here in my briefcase." Kevin (starts the car): "You don't have to work all the time, Onyx, you left everything safe and sound." Onyx: "It doesn't matter, and you'd better at least check your emails, you always have to know what's going on with the company." Kevin: "I agree with that, but you don't have to do other business." Onyx: "Work calms me down." Kevin (as he drove out of the street): "Feel free to say I'm silly, but I think you're suppressing something you haven't solved yet, turning that emotion into something you find useful." Onyx: "Maybe ... It's good for me, and it's certainly good for others." Kevin: "You see, to some extent it is. Still, it has limits, you know? If there are too many of those feelings, you work harder, and the body will not tolerate it all the time - too much work is not good because it will completely exhaust you." Onyx (looks out the window): "You don't seem to know my limits ... I won't say you're wrong, but I'm a very persistent person." Kevin: "The point is, you should channel your emotions on some other way as well. It's nice that you managed to turn them into something useful, but that repression is not healthy at all. " Onyx: "I understand what you meant, but there is no need for that. I have been functioning like this for ten years and that principle works. Why change what works properly? "
 
 After they got out of town by car, Kevin continued the conversation: "Tell me a little about the story, who will be in town and what kind of things can happen? Who is in town? I feel stupid to ask you this, but ... where are your parents? You never told me about them." Onyx (gulped): "Although some people questioned me about it, I never told those details to anyone. So: I am the only child, both parents live in the town, divorced when I was thirteen. To both of them I sent money anonymously since I work at "Gama", I didn't want them to find me. There were problems with the housing issue, we were tenants and the salary my father earned was not high, so the lady found another source of income. (indignantly) That's why he left, I stayed with her. He was always passive, he couldn't do anything and everything was as if he didn't care, she's too temperamental and has high demands. They fought a lot, they could never be together. My mother and I have lived in my aunt's house for the last four years, I guess she's still there." Kevin: "And you sent them money even though, I understand, you're not on very good terms? Why?" Onyx: "I'd feel guilty if I didn't do it - I have a good salary at the company and I don't have a problem separating for that as well. I spend very little and then I don't even feel it when I send it to them." Kevin: "Wait, you haven't heard from them since you left? I call my mother at least once a week if not more, ask how my brothers, their families and other relatives are doing, and you haven't made contact with them in over ten years? Ah, there must have been something nasty about it." Onyx: "It could be said so, but I don't want to talk about it right now." Kevin: "And they... the others, as you said, who were they?" Onyx: "You'd have to know other information about me for that, and I don't want to talk about it. Let's just say they made fun of me for something, and then the environment added some other problems with fiction that I didn't know how to shut up." Kevin: "You didn't really tell me anything about it! It doesn't matter, when or how you want it. So, gossip and ridicule, family problems... Um, I see I'm going to have to be a good supporter out there and look after you. No one can hurt you again, you're not alone now." Onyx: "I hope there won't be a problem. Okay, that's some introduction to my story, I'll tell you the rest eventually or you'll find out. Unfortunately. Maybe it'll change your mind about me." Kevin, "Hey, don't let me hear that! I love you... I appreciate you for who you are, it's not going to disrupt my love... Uh, opinion." Onyx (looks at him): "Did you just say that..." Kevin (blushing): "I'm sorry, I said I wouldn't bring it up." Onyx: "Don't apologize. I appreciate you respecting me so much as a person and I hope I don't betray your expectations." Kevin (looks at her with a slight smile): "Never Onyx, never. (continues driving)"
 


Submitted: December 03, 2020

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