Chapter 10:

Good Intentions

Magnum Opus

After talking with her, I spend some time pondering about the situation. Right now, we are at the principal´s house, is there any way the mafia knows about this house? Second, will my family start to look for me with the help of the police? Third, why is she helping me? Is there any connection between her and I? Does she know about the theater incident? Finally, how in the world will I escape from this situation?Bookmark here

She told me to stay here for a while, which from my perspective is a good idea… I guess I will use this time to get to know her better, maybe that way she can tell me why is she helping me. Little by little I will solve these problems. Bookmark here

Ha… how funny. Bookmark here

Since my mother died, I stopped caring about what I enjoyed even a reason to live. I just wanted to live far from my family especially my brother. It´s funny how despite the fact I don´t have any particular reason to live I don´t want to die either or better said, assassinated. Bookmark here

I take off my shirt and look at the scar the knife left in my stomach. Bookmark here

It´s kind of big and deep, I know that because I lost a lot of blood. Who in the world would like to kill me?Bookmark here

I put the shirt on.Bookmark here

I´ve done wrong in my life but I stopped and I don´t know of any cases where wealthy families got attack by someone. In this part of the city, the wealthiest are untouchable, we can do what we want, of course there is the media but we have contacts there to avoid any kind of suspicion. However, there is the rumor that we are a cult or something and that we control everything, that is not a lie but neither a truth. We certainly have power, but in the poorest parts of the city, for example where hope lives, there is a war between gangs and mafias. That always works as a distraction making us look like we don´t control everything.Bookmark here

Anyway, as far as I remember there is no one who hates me. Or maybe… not me… maybe they are trying to get to my family by me.Bookmark here

Hmmm…Bookmark here

That makes sense, as I am not a confirmed I am easier to get to, I don´t have protection. Yes, maybe they want revenge against my family… but who?Bookmark here

There is a rule amongst the Confirmed, we shall never do harm to our members, the punishment is dead. Although, no one has ever committed that sin. My family is the most respected, my father Gilbert provides “resources” to all the confirmed and my brother Cain is the right hand of the emperor. I guess there is only one way to know. Bookmark here

I need to talk to my family personally.Bookmark here

I smell shampoo. It seems Hope finished taking the bath.Bookmark here

She sits in the couch in front of me wearing a large blouse and pants. Bookmark here

“What do you want for dinner?”Bookmark here

“Ah?” I wasn´t expecting that.Bookmark here

“Anything will do, I am not picky with food.” That´s true, since I left High grounds I survived by just eating at restaurants and street food.Bookmark here

“Anything…” She seems a little bothered.Bookmark here

“Is that a problem?” I asked.Bookmark here

“No, it´s just that telling me what do you want is easier for me to prepare something.”Bookmark here

“Are you going to cook?” wait a minute, is she for real?Bookmark here

“…If you don´t like, then we can eat outside.” She says. I think I made her a little mad.Bookmark here

“No, it´s not that, your cooking is good. It´s just that I wasn’t expecting such hospitality from you.” I say that to try to calm her down in case she really is mad.Bookmark here

“…mmm…” She looks down and rapidly looks at me again. “Is that good?” she says calmly yet she looks a bit nervous.Bookmark here

“Yes, I honestly never thought you were such a good person.” I speak frankly. Bookmark here

She is astonished, then she puts her hands on her mouth… Bookmark here

Is that a teardrop?Bookmark here

“Are you okay?” I ask trying to grasp what just happened.Bookmark here

She turns back. “… yes…” She takes a deep breath and then says. “Do you think I am a good person?”Bookmark here

She sounds deadly serious, how can something this trivial be so tense?Bookmark here

“… mmm yes, since we met all you have done is help me… and we don´t know each other. For me, only those who are really good people help the others without asking anything in return.”Bookmark here

“something in return…” she makes a pause. “Like what?”Bookmark here

“I don´t know, like money, a favor, things like that.” What kind of questions is she asking me? Isn´t this common sense?Bookmark here

“… how about words?”Bookmark here

“words?”Bookmark here

“Yes, like hearing words from someone.”Bookmark here

“You mean like thanks?”Bookmark here

“…no… it´s not that…” she makes another pause. “Like what you said to me before.”Bookmark here

“ammm you mean receiving word like “you are good person”?”Bookmark here

“Exactly.”Bookmark here

“so, that will be recognition.”Bookmark here

“Yes, is receiving recognition something bad?”Bookmark here

“I guess no, after all people who seek recognition do it because they expect that from something good or important they did. Although, that depends on your intention.” I say that remembering what confirmations are. Bookmark here

“My intentions…”Bookmark here

“Yes, did you help me with good intentions?”Bookmark here

“I don´t know… well, I do know. I have a reason that´s for sure.”Bookmark here

“And what´s that reason?” I ask.Bookmark here

“Can´t tell, I´m not ready, but I have one.” She says firmly. Man, how stubborn.Bookmark here

“Hahah.” I laugh. I kind of like that side of her, it´s like a child.Bookmark here

“Why do you laugh?” She asks in a severe tone of voice.Bookmark here

“Nothing nothing! I swear. I just thought you were funny.”Bookmark here

“Are you mocking me?” she says after turning to me again. Bookmark here

“It´s just that you change your behavior so suddenly” I clear my throat. “Let´s go back to the intentions, were your intentions good when you helped me?”Bookmark here

“I don´t know… I acted without thinking.” She looks disappointed.Bookmark here

“mmm and how did you feel after you helped me?”Bookmark here

“… what I felt…” She makes another pause. “Relief…”Bookmark here

I sigh.Bookmark here

If we continue like this, we would never eat. Tough, I think I can get somewhere with this.Bookmark here

“Then that´s your answer. Relief is a sign that your intentions were good, so, thank you for saving me.” I say that smiling to comfort her.Bookmark here

“Umm” She nods and smile back.Bookmark here

What was that?Bookmark here

And then, she heads to the kitchen.Bookmark here

“Hey, you haven´t answer me. How did you find me?” I yelled from the living room.Bookmark here

“Wait, I´ll tell you during dinner.” She yells back.Bookmark here

Hmph.Bookmark here

What a girl.Bookmark here

“Will the mafia find us here?” I yelled again just to make sure before relaxing on the couch.Bookmark here

“No. Well, not for now.” She yells at me.Bookmark here

Not now eh. Well, that´s better than having them right next to us. Bookmark here

In the meantime, I´ll look around the house.Bookmark here

After looking around the house, I discovered a few interesting things, the good thing is that there are plenty of rooms here, three to be precise. There are closets full of clothes. I even took a shower and then headed back to the kitchen.Bookmark here

While on the kitchen she told me how did she find me. She just took a different way riding her bike, she followed us because she refused to leave me alone, she even made sure no one followed her. Bookmark here

Then the diner proceeded as when we had breakfast, we eat in silence and then I thank her and received a smile from her.Bookmark here

How interesting.Bookmark here

Ha…Bookmark here

Starting from this day, I´ll live with her until things get clearer or worse, whatever happens first,Bookmark here

we´ll see.Bookmark here

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