"There is no sadness in world than the loss of a loved one."
'' Okay love I'll be seeing you tonight, I must head to work now."
"But I thought we were going to spend some time together . We are barely seeing each other these days,"He put down the laundry basket he was carrying for the purpose of washing and complained . She looked at her boyfriend with a adorable smile on her angelic face and batted her eyelashes at him innocently. It always worked on him and his disappointment melted away replaced my love and adoration. Her tactics always worked on him - She knew how much he loved her. Deep down he was hurt and disappointed that they barely got to spend anytime together and these days they were barely seeing each other let alone enjoying each others company but yet when it came to her he always was the one who compromised because she knew how much she mattered to him and he was ready to put her first.
" I am sorry - something urgent came up at work. I don't want to go either but Mr. William said I will be paid extra if I work today."
"Go."With that he turned to the laundry basket.
Isn't he going to say anything more?He is definitely angry she wondered and it made her upset. She turned to pick her bag and files from the table . When she felt his arms as they wrapped around her tightly - yet gentle enough not to suffocate her . She smiled to herself. He was the sweetest guy she ever met. Always caring about her and putting her before his feelings.
"Don't be gone too long.I will be making your favorite dishes tonight. It's a date sweet heart."
"Promise?" She extended her pinky finger. He let out a chuckle and in a response wrapped his own finger around hers. " It's a date."
She rushed out of the house in a hurry. She was definitely late today and was going to get a good old hearing all thanks to the guy who hugged her for way to long. With that thought in mind she blushed.
" What took you so long Missy?You were supposed to be here half hour ago." Hana was standing over her desk with fake expressions of anger ready to burst into laughter any minute from now. Her arms wrapped on her chest trying to intimidate her. "You are a terrible actor."Sophie told her as she was putting away her coat and other stuff.
"Me? Hey Missy." Her best friend couldn't keep on her false facade any longer and burst out laughing.
" I was only imitating the ruthless devil AKA Mr. William. "
"You were doing a terrible job at it." With that she poked a tongue at her best friend.
"Hey Don't you dare make fun of me. One day I am going to the best actress and you are going to be blessed with the opportunity to hear my speech as I receive my academy awards."Both of the girls were so lost in their conversation that they didn't realized that their boss was standing there with a cross look on his face. Until he stride over to their table.
"Miss Hana how about you hand over your resignation letter today - So you can make the most out of that time to day dream? Did I hire you to dream or are you going to do your job properly and make yourself useful."All the workers at the office was looking at the drama as it unfolded. Few even had the courage to let out a giggle or snicker under their breaths until they got the most dirtiest looks from their boss which made them instantly shut up and pretend to be busy with their own respective works.
Than he turned to the other girl who was badly shaking in her place. Sophie bowed her head and waited for the lecture to come.
"See me in my office Ms. Beverly."With that he swiftly turned and stride away to the direction of his office. She put her hand on her heart to calm her nerves down. She was preparing for the worst to come. Mr. William was very cold and ruthless towards the people who worked for him.
" Oh my poor heart is going to burst. What should I do Hana. Should I just quit or go the devil's den? I am scared to go in the office alone. Didn't you see the deadly look Mr. William gave me . I am done for - I am so dead today."
"We are going to be cheering for you from afar Grace . Just don't burst into tears and don't show emotions and be brave otherwise Mr.William is going to chew you alive. " One of her co worker Taylor whispered to her words of encouragement , to which many of the others nodded their heads and she gulped out of fear, she knew she was in trouble and she was going to be facing the boss.
Her legs were badly shaking under her. She walked to Mr.William Office as if walking to Grim reaper's office. The office looked big , scary and cold just like the man who sat their.
She closed the glass door behind her and faced the mahogany colored table that was stuffed with a laptop , mountain of files , a pen holder with the pens scattered in the holder as well as the table. The table looked well used and why shouldn't it have been that way. Her boss was workaholic and he made sure others around him were miserable too. Her colleagues were always rushing to do errands , to complete the work before the short deadlines he so lovingly granted them. There were so many days when Sophie had to stay back and work for late hours. He was a devil incarnation in the skin of her boss.
"Miss Beverly I expect you look into these files and tell me which company planning is suitable for a well reputed company like ours. I don't want you to be lazy and make a bad decision and this company to suffer like others. "
She knew what he meant - ones he had so over worker one of her colleagues - His name was Jordan .He ended up signing the wrong file in his sleepy state and the company had to suffer the loss. Mr. William wasn't happy at all . Jordan was fired from his post with immediate effects , deep down she felt bad for poor guy. He didn't deserve what happened to him . Not only was he fired from his post but also Mr. William made sure his career life was over for ever.
The pile was hefty. She had difficulty carrying it and even stumbled on her way out multiple times.
"Are you going to check all of them? Vivian who sat across her from the table asked her as she passed by her table.
"Apparently yes-" She wasn't sure if she would be able to complete the task on time today. She hated her boss for this. He was so cruel - Now she had to call Aaron and let him know she was going to be late. This was not the first time she had to cancel their date.He should be used to this by now and it made her more guilty.
He was very understanding about it. He offered to pick her up from work since she took bus on the way to work but she has to turn down his offer since she wasn't sure when she will manage to complete all the files. She hated this but nerveless she started with the work granted to her.
Soon people started leaving for home. Hana stayed with her for bit long but since she had to visit her sick sister at the hospital - Sophie forced her to pack up and leave. She looked around her almost every one was gone, there few lucky ones like her who were forced to stay back and finish their work. Some of them waved to her as they hurriedly packed up , cleaned their desk and left for their homes.
Now she was the only one in the office. She felt lonely and uncomfortable. Part of her thought of calling Aaron and tell him to pick her up but she had to do this. By the time she was done with her work it was already 3. She carried the files that she had approved to Mr. William's desk and kept it there. She put the other files in the drawer under her desk. After cleaning her desk she grabbed her purse and some files she had to check. Than she grabbed her coat and put it on. It was going to be cold outside today.
She left the office and waited for the bus at the bus terminal but no bus came. It was getting late and now she was sure she had to walk home. Aaron was busy at hospital. He had informed her that emergency came up. A child was rushed to the hospital and he was in a bad state. She didn't want to worry him or leave his work just to give her a ride home.
She started walking home all by herself with not a single soul in sight. The office was quite far from their home so she was tired. She stopped walking and stopped near a ally . She wasn't aware that the ally was vacant when suddenly a man came out.It scared her and she jumped in her place of how suddenly he appeared out of no where He walked past her and she stepped back to let him pass. But the next thing she knew he clasped her face tightly and pushed her back in the ally. She tried to struggle but he was too strong for her , by than there were tears in her eyes and she was scared.
"Look guys what I found. This little thing was walking alone. So we are safe."He said between chuckles as if presenting her to them.
There were 8 men who were sitting there , there were bottles of beers scattered around them. Some of them looked heavily drunk.The place was dirty and trashed with beer bottles and garbage.
"Please let me go- Please."She begged them and fought to get away but they kept coming closer and surrounded her like predators.Despite her screams for help and her pleas they didn't stop.
The next morning when she woke up the blood on her. She was bruised and bleeding. She could barely open her eyes- Her clothes were torn and she was barely covered with anything. She was cold and couldn't stand on her legs. When she stood up , the sickening crack made her realize what had happened. Her leg was broken. She searched for her bag but to her horror she couldn't find anything. They stole her purse and all other belongings. By now she nothing made sense - they raped her and left her to die all alone. She couldn't breath properly and started panicking, she was thirsty and felt as if each breath was a struggle for life. Her eyes were clouded with tears and she felt that she will die. She looked at her wounds many of them were still fresh and blood was gushing out she tried to stop the bleeding but it won't stop. She inspected other wounds some of them had stopped bleeding and some of them were infected. "Help - Somebody Help."She shouted but soon she was out of breath and was coughing badly. Than she felt getting light headed and her vision started getting blurry. She collapsed on her place. "Help."She croaked out and than she was out cold.
When she wake up she could hear continuous beeping of something.Warmth surrounded her. She felt as if she was having a nightmare and nothing else and everything else was part of a bad dream and something her sleepy mind had created. But it was the moment she tried to open her eyes that she realized what happened to her. She felt as if she was bounded by something. They were back. She was somewhere. She cried out loud.She was panicking now. Her eyes won't open and she was blinded and vulnerable. Were they going to kill her? Did they realize she was alive and came back to rectify their mistakes.Was she going to die?
"Please."She croaked out.
"It's okay sweetheart I am right here. You can sleep now- It's all over. You are here safe by my side."
"It's me sweetheart- I am sorry I was late."He tried to held in his tears. The other doctors have stepped out of the room to give them private time. When she was rushed here - they feared she wasn't going to pull through.But she was strong. She had always been strong. Her state wasn't any better than before but she could talk between cracking voice . He wanted her not to talk since she was running out of breath and it pained her to even form simple words.
"Shh sweetheart- Sleep for now."
"Aaron don't leave. They will come back- they will hurt me again. I promise I tried to fight , I begged them - I pleaded but they didn't stop. They were too strong I couldn't fight them all. I screamed and cried but they kept on going. Until the pain was unbearable and I couldn't keep my eyes open. I begged them for your sake -I called for you but - but you never came. You couldn't hear me. No one could hear me - My cries were in vain. I know you could have saved me. You always did. I -I - I am scared , they are going to come back . They are going to rape me again I fear they are waiting for me. Don't leave me alone I don't want to die- I don't want to die alone. They thought I was dead but I lived to see you one last time before I go. I was so scared that I was going to die without seeing you.I was going to die without you holding me - but I had to live for you." He tightly clutched her hands in his. Both of them were in tears and he had to fist a hand in his mouth to stop himself from crying out loud.
"I promise you - You aren't going to die. I won't let you go. I will always watch over you- I-I failed you ones but not anymore."At that moment he promised himself no matter who they were they were going to pay for this. He was going to make sure each and everyone of them feel the same amount of pain she did.He was going to make their deaths slow and unbearable. He was going to rip their life apart. He was going to find them no matter where they were or who they were.
"Dr. the police is here. They want to talk to the victim." One of the nurse came to him and informed him about the police arrival.
"Tell them they can't talk to her today- she is in no state to talk right now .Now please leave us be."She gave him a sympathetic look. Everyone in the hospital knew what she meant to him. They knew what happened to the girl who was laying on the hospital bed and what she was going through. They alone in the room - he turned to the girl who even her sleep squirmed in her place. She cried and called his name. It was only when he held her would she stop crying in her sleep. She was traumatized beyond repair.Her body was littered with bruises that would fade away but the bruises on her soul they would forever stay, she was the end product of someone's ugly lust and desires.
Everywhere she looked she felt as if the world was watching her with wide open eyes, mocking her and blaming her for what happened to her. Every eyes held the judgments and opinions about her struggles and deep down she knew they were trying to create scenarios as if she wasn't a real human being with feelings but just a victim, she knew she was forever going to remain one in their eyes no matter even if she rose from the crime scene , even if circumstances changed, she had to live between these very people and endure it for the rest of her life even if it take her forever to forget , the society and the people weren't going to let her forget the single detail , they were going to label her as the victim or the girl who was too shameless and should have probably died that night. Why she lived to see another day was beyond her , most of the time she had seen herself wishing that she should have never survived in the first place, so at least whatever of her was left behind would be buried and forgotten.
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