Due to the length of this chapter, it has been divided into two parts that are available to read in their entirety at this time.
For those who didn't read the previous chapter, this is a brief summary of what happened:
Benxamin is admitted to a hospital for the accident and remains in a coma for three months. Stella abandons her obsession with art to dedicate herself to the care of her nephew. Mira dies of cancer and James begins to suffer the first symptoms of dementia. Victor is sentenced to 10 years in prison and Tamara reveals to her father that she is pregnant.
T.W.: Drugs, Dementia.
During Victor's stay in a medium-security prison, an awakening occurred in him that allowed him to obtain a long-awaited second chance. He befriended an actor named Derek Zebrian, who was convicted of killing his son's murderer - a gang member who stole his belongings while the young man was with Derek on their way home. The veteran actor starred in some big-name movies in the 1970s and was never involved in any scandal until the death of his son.
Every time he saw Victor, it reminded him of his killer, since he had a similar appearance. He didn't hate him - there was no reason - but the boy gave off an aura that attracted attention and that worried him. He tried to protect him from other inmates who were looking at him unscrupulously. Victor was just a young adult, with a certain beauty that could be easy prey for someone deranged when he was alone. But he was lucky; he didn't let them take advantage of him, remembering his brother's abilities to persuade people and also his old trade as a salesman, he often got away with it. One day he sold cigarettes that he got with the help of Derek, or other times he participated in bets that had to do with friendly soccer matches between the inmates. He resold what he earned and thus managed to survive little by little.
The resocialization programs offered to inmates as a way to reduce their sentences had to operate strictly without the least possible mishap - except when there were disturbances. Prisoners got up early to work at some of the various jobs, as well as take night classes and validate their studies, run by guards, soldiers, nuns, priests, and other civilians who worked as volunteers. There was no excuse for not doing something useful. Victor learned mechanics, he was doing well in the automotive area, but he also worked in the kitchen. Every day without rest.
The stories of some prisoners were as funny as they were sad, violent and sadistic. Making friends there was not easy, but not everyone came to him with bad intentions. Visiting hours were held three times a week - depending on the pavilion - for a large part of the day, or only for one hour. In other words, based on the type of prisoner and their crime, they could be with their family or companion for a long or limited time. Tamara never missed those meetings that were not conjugal. Just awkward chats between her and Victor.
Their conversations were empty and not the most cordial. The toxic relationship only led to discussions about a future together; which seemed unlikely. Victor stopped accepting her visits because he was tired of listening to her. He was constantly telling her, in a peaceful way because he was afraid that she might hurt herself or someone else: “I appreciate you wanting to see me, but really, don't come here just because you want to hang out with me. I don't love you, I never did. You are someone great, please value yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.”
She wanted him to give her a chance, but luckily she gave up without threats. It was more like an obligation to have to see his face. Tamara stopped feeling passion for Victor. Ernest, realizing this, did not insist that his daughter speak to him again and let her walk away from the young man. It was the best for everyone.
Once she wanted to have him as if he were a caged bird; she understood that it was difficult to continue with that relationship, behind bars, with an ex who was not willing to touch her. Witsel also visited him; from time to time, during his birthday or at some special celebration, with the son that was born from the relationship between the unfortunate young man and Tamara; an adorable boy named Daniel.
A baby who couldn't take in the magnitude of what was happening. Ernest took custody of the child, so people in the Witsel family's social circle - including Marcel and his parents - thought that Daniel was Tamara's younger brother. She agreed to give up being the mother of her minor so that no one would judge her for being the sentimental partner of a prisoner.
Victor finally broke free of his possessive girlfriend; the child was his only priority. He had no clear idea of how to approach Daniel, but he tried to gain his trust by becoming his childhood playmate. Every time he visited him - and if possible, with Ernest's permission - Victor took the little boy to a nursery set up by the prison to play with him and learn to be his friend. This he took on his own initiative; he wanted to face each of his responsibilities as the adult that he was and it had a slight effect on the little one. Daniel began to appreciate Victor without knowing that he was his father.
The boy had a certain resemblance to Victor; he was a miniature version who played tirelessly and was hard to control at times. Ernest sometimes had to be very patient in order to educate that child. During visits to the prison, Victor could also feel devoid of emotion as he enjoyed his games. Daniel was too energetic a boy for his age; a mass destruction machine of affection.
Victor's friendship with Derek grew stronger as they began to have more in common. Through an intermediary that was not destiny, but Ernest, it was possible for some guards to transfer the prisoner without much paperwork to the cell where Victor was being held. Why was this possible so easily? Derek Zebrian was the right person based on Ernest's influences and this link arose from the actor's son.
The deceased young man was a college student who wandered into Witsel's dangerous world. First, he was approached for drugs - through a mutual friend - but without measuring limits to his addictions, he got into all kinds of bets, including underground fights and car races; his debts increased like a plague. Derek was never aware of his son's movements until his death. The boy owed Ernest more than his life and the rest, was history. But this did not end with the fatal crime; something happened without much explanation. There was no clarity on how the gang member who killed his son died. According to case officers, Derek in shock acted without thinking about the consequences. Said theory could never be clarified; justice only needed to condemn someone and the actor was there.
Witsel went after his victims in any way he could bribe. Knowing that Derek was the father of one of those unfortunates and that he happened to be in the same prison as Victor, gave him a strange feeling of guilt that he never thought to associate. The murder of a naive gambler and the conviction of his father made him think about his role with Tamara. He reflected on the situation in detail, Derek being an actor and a "good man" became the perfect hook for this difficult crossroads.
The friendship of that prison cell was what Ernest needed to avoid taking more radical measures; circumstances had to flow naturally, and with this, benefit from such an experiment. In short: Victor wasn't going to feel lonely, Derek could be released early for good behavior and Ernest wasn't going to worry about the young man's safety.
One night, Victor and Derek talked about their dreams once they could gain their freedom,
“According to my calculations, you will leave at 26. You are still very young, you can study whatever you want,” Derek said.
“I don't know, dude. I hurt a lot of people and now I have a son, it's overwhelming for me to see myself like this. Someone like me doesn't stand a chance,” Victor expressed.
“Because you don't have a purpose in mind. Look at me, I have to stay here for 20 more years.”
“You didn't kill anyone, I don't think so. I know that here people say they are innocent, but from what I have seen, I have tried to understand when someone is telling the truth and when they are not, I know that with you it is different. You have appealed several times; you have proof. Someone murdered your son and there was no justice.”
“About that, the truth is that I wanted to kill him, but I couldn't, I didn't want to be like him. I know who did it, you see, I'm here for that person. I won't tell you more, this is much more complicated. And you, you did it to protect your friends, but also because you feel unable to ask for help. Although I think people have told you the same thing over and over again.”
“I don't want to be a pessimist; I was an actor once and it didn't go well for me, bro. I haven't given up on that shit though. I would have liked... ”
“And why don't you try it here?” Derek asked.
“How?” Victor said ironically.
“Well, there are many clubs. An actress comes here to work with the inmates; the drama club is still running.”
“The drama club?!”
“Well, yes, she is the director of that club. It is that you spend all day working that you have not realized. The actress has only been here for a short time, but she has become popular.”
Victor felt that there was a reason to fight for Daniel. He approached the actress - named Lorna - a fairly young but intrepid woman who became interested in volunteering to work in a beauty pageant at the women's prison. Coincidentally, she was Derek's set partner in a movie. And with the actor's help, Victor took unprecedented leadership in reigniting his passion for acting by performing complex, popular or little-known works on various pavilions. With romantic, tragic and comic stories for his audience: his fellow prisoners, the guards and even the warden himself.
The Outcast Club, that's how they were nicknamed. Victor not only worked as an actor; he also directed and was in charge of the costumes and makeup of his actors. Lorna wanted to film some of these plays to get the inmates' stories out to the media. However, due to paperwork issues and the respective permits between her and the warden, that was not possible - at least not during the period in which Victor was imprisoned.
For this and many other proposals organized by the young Dautt, his sentence for good behavior was reduced and he was released from prison in 2001.
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