Jose’s eyes shifted to Elaine’s hand that closed over the flash drive. He made a move toward her and Elaine shifted behind the desk holding the flash drive tightly. Jose paused.
“Don’t make this hard on yourself, Elaine. Hand it over and I will let you go.”
Elaine shook her head.
Jose sighed. “Please, I don’t want to hurt you. Just give it to me and this will all go away. You won’t get hurt I promise.”
Elaine eyes flashed. “I won’t get hurt? You already broke that promise. I trusted you and you betrayed me!”
Jose’s face looked pained but she couldn’t trust his reactions anymore. They had fooled her long enough. “I really like you Elaine. I really do. This is just something I have to do. I’m sorry I broke your trust I didn’t mean for this to happen, you weren’t supposed to get involved.” He began to pace. “I have a job to do and you constantly kept getting in the way.” He paused to look at her. “I can’t ask you to trust me anymore, I know that but can you at least just believe me that I won’t let you get hurt? That’s all I’ve been trying to do this whole time was to keep you safe.”
“How am I supposed to believe that when you just gave me over to Nick earlier today? You were working with him this whole time!”
“It’s not like that…”
“I don’t believe you! You used me and I want nothing else to do with you!”
Jose’s face fell. Elaine’s emotions were in a whirl and she felt a twinge of guilt for yelling at him. But why should she feel bad? He was the one that betrayed and hurt her! Not the other way around. She was furious but needed to stay focused. She needed to get out of here. Jose covered his face with his large hands. Now was her chance.
Elaine sprinted for the door using her shoulder to push past Jose. He leaned back to avoid the impact causing her to trip over his extended leg. She fell into the door and grabbed the doorknob to yank it open but it was locked. Jose was immediately behind her and pushed her into the wall. She spun around and slapped him with full force. He held his cheek in surprise. His hand trembled with rage as he grabbed her by her shoulders and pinned her against the wall again. He face hovered in front of hers, his eyes searching her face. She knew he was angry and hurt but there was something else. He looked down at her lips and she had the thought that he might kiss her. A part of her wanted him to, for this all to have been a mistake and to just get lost in him.
Their trance was interrupted by loud talking and steps on the other side of the door. Jose’s eyes opened in surprise and she knew that Nick had followed him here. In anger, she kneed him and as he fell to the floor clutching his stomach in pain, she switched the lock and bolted out and down the hall. She turned the corner and ran right into Nick’s henchmen. They held her tightly as she kicked and squirmed trying to get free.
She was spun around and came face to face with Nick. He smiled his evil smile again.
“Elaine, you should know by now you can’t get away from me.” He took one look at her clenched hand and grabbed it, digging into her wrist and palm. She screamed in pain as he dug the flash drive out of her hand. “Finally! I was beginning to think you might have gotten the best of me Ms. Ramos, but now it is time for you to see why I’m the one in charge here.”
To Be Continued…