The grand gesture
A cloud of cold air left her lips that night on the rooftop he was like a vulture circling around her as he spoke sheād let him down and he had lost trust in her her eyes closed as she sucked a shaky breath in āNo emotion Candiceā her brain told her as a hand clasped her right shoulder he was stood behind her now his mouth close to her left ear she could feel his warm breath in her neck the stench of Brandy filled her nostrils but this smell was familiar to her, It was home.
āCandice, You know I have to make a show of you loveā Her eyes now opened as she looked out on the horizon, Nikās Words filling her ears he was being nice or as nice could go for Nik before bringing her up to the roof he had shown his men what happens when you donāt comply striking her with the butt of his gun it connecting with her mouth, he had to make a show of her everyone knew they were sleeping together what kinda boss would he be if he let it slide? She swallowed hard like she had just dry swallowed a pill the moisture sapped out of her mouth due to fear, Yes she feared this man. She was shaking but that was something she could blame on the cold not her fear she wasnāt allowed to show emotion āYou have to show them baby, Show them how cold you are! Show them what Iāve createdā he said softly kissing her neck now but his mood instantly changed as he yanked her hair back forcing her body to fall back onto his his left arm snaking around her waist āF*** them, Show me I need a grand gesture! Show me how much you want this and maybe Iāll f***ing let you liveā he shoved her away she felt the sting in her eyes but she dared not cry, Not here not now and definitely not in front of Nik she didnāt even look at him as he walked back to the door āOh and Candice? Donāt let me down itāll be such a wasteā she nodded still facing away from him inches from the edge of the building āYes sir!ā She finally found her voice sure and steady after he had left she stayed up there freezing for what seemed an eternity before marching back down and out of the door she knew what she had to do. Arriving at her home she sighed opening the door the warmth of the home hit her and made her feel nostalgic and guilty all at once she composed herself she couldnāt feel yet otherwise sheād never do it sheād never be able to prove herself to them.. No to him, All she ever wanted was for Nik to approve āCandice your home!ā The warm voice of a man who had raised her from the age of five āHey Eddieāā she smiled but it didnāt quite reach her eyes he noticed āWhatās wrong?ā She shook her head this men meant the world to her and everyone knew it, This was the only way āCome with me? Please I need helpā she pleaded and of course he complied because he trusted her.
The drive back to Nikās Mansion was a tense one he was asking questions she couldnāt answer that she didnāt want too she pushed all emotional baggage away now she had to be strong but she needed him to know something āI wanna thank you, For everything I am sorry I didnāt turn out the way you wantedā these were her last words to the man that raised her she pulled up and stepped out of the car nodding for him to follow āWhere are we? What are we doing here?ā She didnāt respond she just walked leading the beautiful soul to his death, All eyes turned to her as they walked in Nik with his Brandy in hand raised his brow at her āCandice whatās going on who are these peopleā Candice stood in front of Eddie now everything went so quick but seemed so slow all at the same time as she reached around her back and pulled her gun seeing his face change from concern to absolute fear she pulled the trigger the bullet ripped right through his forehead and left out the back of his skull the few men behind covered with blood and parts of head and brain Candice seen it all she didnāt even close her eyes and she knew Nik saw that now looking at him she bowed āGrand enough for you?ā She turned to leave all she could hear apart from her departing footsteps was Nikās sadistic laugh and him clapping for her.
She was forgiven.