5 of 5 prelude
“We have a deal then?” Mom asked my father in a polite voice from the other side of the door inside her office.
I listened intently. My ear close to the door.
My Dad laughed light heartedly. “Of course. Thank you for the help. I’ll get you the details about where the farm is after the fight.”
“I would like the-“
“We agreed after the fight. That’s the way it’s going down or the deal is off.” My Dad spoke in a clear voice all warmth removed from his voice.
“Cyrus. Come now. You can’t act like you have-“
“I guess you don’t give a damn about whether your only son and heir gets the medical treatment he needs. I mean. You stand to win a lot of money in the bet you have going against me as well. You sure you want to chance it trying to pull some bullshit over me.”
I heard my mother go silent. “I never said I had made any bets against you.” She said sweetly.
“Why are you playing games Murphy? You like to look like the charming innocent mouse lady. Nobody has to know what your really like. I can tell Jon how you planned this all out after he sees me be the loser you tell him I am. I’ll take your silent as an agreement. Goodbye.” He said and hung up.
“Damn him. What the hell are we going to do? We need the location of the plant.” Mom said to someone in the room.
“Don’t worry baby. I’ll buy the information from a Fixer. We got time. We’ll make a fake copy of the contract. Don’t worry about Vod. That asshole and his coach will be in serious shit with Zeus London after the fight. I’m telling you baby with the credits from the bet and once we sell C-98 for a scale price to the lower dregs in the summer the whole fucking town will be singing your praises.” Nate Watson said.
“Alright. Thank you, Nate. You so reliable. Keep a watch on Jon while I take care of your business.”
I started to move but the door opened and I stared up at Nate’s surprised face he grabbed my arm and yanked me inside and brought me before my mother. She stared at me and put her detapad down. She didn’t look like a killer. She didn’t look like she had a mean bone in her body even now. I wondered if I had imagined the whole thing. Maybe, I was wrong about what I heard.
“Give me your detapad.” She said calmly.
I looked between Nate and my mother. Nate looked like he might hit me. My mother just waited with her hand out.. I reached in my pocket and gave it to her. My mom set it down and studied.
“No one is going to hurt you. You don’t have to be afraid. Everything we’re doing is for the family company.” She said calmly. “You have questions. I’m sure. You may ask one.” She said gentle.
“Are you going to kill my Dad?” I said. It was the only thing I could think of asking. It’s the only thing that mattered to me.
“No.” Mom said firmly. “Your father is going to help you get a large supply of Cp-98 to last you for five years. We’re going to use it to also fund the company and keep it from going under so you can take it over after me. We’re corpos. We’re not monsters. You won’t into a little trouble for all this but he’ll manage he’s a man and a survivor. Neither Nate or myself will do anything to hurt your father physically.”
I looked at Nate. He stared at me. “If you tell anyone about this your mother will go to jail for six years for attempted theft and conspiracy of public indangerment. Your father won’t be able to-“
“That’s enough.” Mom said firmly. She stared at me. “Your father is a strong man. I know you watched his fights and admire him. It’s already done. You will understand this when your older.” She said and held out my detapad to me. “I’m trusting you to stay out of the adult business arrangement I have with your father.”
I took the detapad back knowing I couldn’t use it to warn him. I would figure out a way. I was the wolf’s son. I would save my Dad. I turned my gaze toward Nate and focused until I felt my element raise in my arms.
“Ahh. Shit.” Nate jerked his hand off me. I backed away from him staring at him. “You touch me again, I’ll do worse to you. Keep the fuck away from me.” I said and ran from the room.
Fucking bitch. Enough with the prelude shit let’s go.