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The Joy of Revenge Novel Chapter 114

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Joy
I sighed as I sat down behind my desk with my phone positioned in front of me, waiting for the press conference like every other person in this town. The sun was finally setting and the only other people in my shop were Dina and Cristos.
News of Mayor Cohen’s press conference spread quickly throughout the town. The media, I heard, were already stationed at St. Elizabeth’s ready for Liam to make his announcement. The townsfolk, who were so eager to listen to what he had to say, either went home to watch him on television or went directly to the hospital to offer their support.
After Liam left my store earlier, I noticed the crowd thin down almost immediately. When lunch time came, my store was empty except for a few demanding customers who wanted a number of alterations to suit their tastes. Luckily, the evening dresses they wanted were made by me, so I knew what to alter and how to alter the dress without ruining the fabric.
To Sebastian’s amusement, Dom’s was empty as well. Since both our stores were empty, it wasn’t a surprise when Xavier came bustling into my shop carrying tons of food.
“Norma and her friends are organizing a vigil for Theodore at the hospital,” he said as he placed the bags of food on the counter. He had changed into his usual T-shirt and jeans combo sans his favorite blue apron. Xavier couldn’t stand being in pink.
Sebastian chuckled while he rummaged through the bags. “Norma isn’t going to like it when she finds out her son is the primary suspect for the dead person she’s organizing that vigil for. She’ll probably faint if Liam and the Sheriff decide to broadcast their investigation.”
“Any word on what’s going on at the hospital?” Xavier asked him. Sebastian shrugged his shoulders and opened his mouth to answer, but Cristos spoke up.
“Autumn says the Sheriff has confiscated their phones, each one of them are being questioned and the deputies are searching through their lockers using their K-9 units,” Cristos enumerated to our astonishment. “Imagine… all of that being done without a
warrant.”
“Police can conduct a search without a warrant just as long as they have reasonable suspicion of exigent circumstances and believe me, finding Theodore’s murderer is pressing,” Sebastian explained. “How are you communicating with Autumn anyway? Emma gave explicit instructions to refrain from messaging or even calling her.”
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“Autumn has a burner phone stashed somewhere in the hospital,” Cristos answered, taking out his phone. “For someone who physically stands out in this town, she seems to get around without being seen.” Cristos tapped on his phone and handed it to Sebastian. “By the way, Dina sent me the video of Liam and Ford Martin’s little scuffle when Liam arrived at the hospital.”
Sebastian and Xavier laughed while they watched the video. After they were done, Sebastian handed the phone to me so I could have a look.
When Liam grabbed Ford’s shirt, I knew Liam wanted to kill him. I zoomed in on the video to get a good look at Ford, trying to remember who he was when we were children. As I continued watching the short video, I noticed a scar on his right arm and it hit me. Ford was the older boy I fought with when I caught him looking underneath my skirt at the playground.
“The Martins will soon become outcasts in New Salem,” Sebastian said, looking quite satisfied as he ate. “How’s Dina doing with the footage we have of the hospital?”
“She’s done editing Emma and Autumn out from the video,” Cristos replied. “When the Sheriff watches the footage, all he’ll see is Ford heading to Theodore’s hospital room with all the necessary medications in his tray… like any other day. The evidence will surely point to him, no matter what he says to refute it. Cristos suddenly turned to me. “Virtue, I have Dina pulling all of your videos and pictures off of social media. I don’t want your parents finding out and flying here unexpectedly. It will ruin all of our plans.”
“Quick thinking,” I said, agreeing with him. There was always a chance my parents might se me on social media. I didn’t want to give my father a heart attack. I took a slice of gourmet pizza and stood up to go to my office. “Speaking of my parents, I need to give them a call. I know they’re busy fixing that dilapidated villa I purchased for them in Italy to keep them occupied. Seems to be working. They haven’t called for three days which is a first.”
“Sure, honey. Say hi to them for me while you’re at it,” Xavier said winking. “Don’t worry about the mess. I’ll have my staff clean it up. Anyway, my grocery store is practically deserted. I’ve already told my staff that we’ll be closing early, so they can join the vigil if
they want to.”
Once Dina was done doing her magic out in the back, she came into my shop with her fake resume to apply as my sales associate. Xavier needed her around to do tech support while I needed someone who knew how to use a gun.
Sebastian quickly taught Dina how to use my cash register before going off on his own. Since
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the townsfolk were all preoccupied with Theodore’s death, he decided to go and oversee some of his ‘other businesses’ which usually meant he was going to talk to De Luca or see another one of his men.
Xavier, on the other hand, had promised Norma he would go to the hospital and participate in the vigil. While he joined Cynthia’s old crew, he instructed his men to keep an eye out for Pete and told Sam to stay with Noah. After the grand opening ceremony this morning, Noah went straight to his office to meet with Lisa and Link to begin renovations on the McDowell
residence.
As for Cris Murdock, he was on sick leave according to Dan, but Sam had eyes on his house just in case Cris decides to leave the comfort of his home.
Nicole, surprisingly, was missing in action. According to Cristos, before she entered the Waldorf Hotel, he noticed the angry glint in Nicole’s eyes. He said she looked like she was already planning her vengeance. Noah better watch his back.
After I had finished with the alterations in the small tailoring area in the stockroom, I went
to
my office to see if the press conference had started. Luckily, media was still on standby at
St. Elizabeth’s.
I kicked off my shoes and leaned blissfully against my chair as I waited for Liam, my fiancé..
when Cristos knocked.
“I need to go to the pub,” Cristos announced. He quickly walked in and sat on the couch, yawning. Poor Cristos. He was tired. “Since Dina won’t be able to handle the influx of students who will be coming in the next several days before the Spring Formal, I’ve hung a ‘Help Wanted’ sign in front of your shop. You also need someone to help you alter the gowns You can’t do it all on your own.”
“Ugh, you’re right,” I said, yawning. “I should’ve thought of that before opening this store. I hope I get the help I-”
We suddenly heard a chime coming from the front of my store, alerting us that someone had
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just walked in. Cristos rolled and was about to stand up to take care of it, but I
gestured to him to stay seated. Dina could handle this.
After several moments, a soft knock sounded on my door. The door opened and Dina popped her head in, her bright eyes t winkling with mischief.
Dina was one of those brilliant minds that couldn’t sit inside a classroom even if you taped
her to her chair. She was petite and slender halt- Asian and half-Italian, with light brown.
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almond shaped eyes, rosy cheeks, nice flawless skin and pink thin lips. Her fine brown hair if was cut into a short pixie cut, but styled with long bangs she could twirl behind her ears she wanted to. She was wearing an as s ymetrical pink top and white skinny jeans paired with high-heeled pink stilettos.
“Miss V, a Miss Nicole is here to see you,” she said. I glanced at Cristos and saw him grimace. Nicole always spelled trouble.
“Anyone else inside?” I asked, putting on my bunny slippers. I’m wearing flats from now on.
“No, Miss V,” Dina answered, coming inside the office. “Before I told her you were here, she wanted me to give you a box and an envelope… and she’s acting really strange. She keeps whispering for some reason and she keeps hiding her face with her scarf.”
“She and her boyfriend covered the store with CCTV cameras and listening devices,” I told her. “Flip the sign at the door and close shop. We won’t be entertaining anyone else,” I said, standing up from my desk and handing her the keys. “Will you be okay opening the store on your own tomorrow morning?”
“No problem, Miss V. I’ll have my husband come in with me tomorrow,” she said, smiling at me. I smiled back. She was so small, but so energetic.
“Come on, Chip,” I gestured to Cristos. “Let’s see what our unexpected visitor wants.” He scowled before getting up on his feet. Unfortunately, he still needed to deal with Nicole before leaving to go to the pub.
I followed Dina into the shop and instantly saw the lone figure of Nicole in a long sleeve fitted maxi dress with blue and white stripes. She was wearing white sneakers and had a b scarf wrapped around her platinum blonde hair. When she turned to face me, that’s when I noticed the big-rimmed sunglasses covering her eyes. She was trying so hard to keep herself
hidden.
Shockingly, she wasn’t wearing any make-up which I thought was a better look for her. She actually had nice skin under that full face of make-up she usually puts all over her face.
“Virtue, hi,” she greeted me. “I’m so sorry to bother you, but I don’t have anyone else to turn. to.” Her voice was barely audible against the soft sound of jazz music playing in the store.
I wanted to reprimand her… That’s what you get when you bug every place in such a small town. Nowhere was safe.
“Nicole sweetheart I thought you were flying in later this evening.” Cristos said from behind
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me.
“Chip, you’re here,” she said nervously. “I was hoping to speak to Virtue alone. I, uh, I…”
“You know I can keep a secret, Nicole,” Chip replied gently.
“I know you can, it’s just that… well, I need a favor from Virtue and maybe you won’t like having your bestfriend help me,” Nicole said.
“Come on,” I placed an arm around Nicole. “Why don’t we speak in my office?” Nicole shook her head and pulled away from me.
“Please not here. Can we talk somewhere else?”

The Joy of Revenge Novel by Sheila

The Joy of Revenge Novel by Sheila

Status: Ongoing Author: Artist:
*I didn’t know that night would become my worst nightmare. * It was my junior year in high school. After two years of being bullied, I was now finally accepted by my peers. I had finally blossomed into a lady and now everyone wanted to become my friend. But… the thing happened. I will never forget what happened to me that night. I will never forget that I wasn’t given the justice I deserved. I want revenge. I want them dead… So do my three lovers. The Underbosses of the Blood Disciples. * I knew Xavier was in love with Joy the moment he met her. However, it didn’t stop me or Cristos from falling in love with her too. “I doubt an empire will come crushing down because we love the same girl,” I said. De Luca looked at me, shocked. * “Do you guys steal money from other people?” I asked, completely shocked at his revelation. I knew Cristos was good with computers and encryption, I just didn’t know how far it went. “Sometimes. Sometimes we manipulate, troll, steal incriminating evidence. The usual.” “Our fake ID’s…did you make them?” I asked. I was impressed because they looked so real. “Judging from the monitors, it looks like a call center. How could you have the capital? The security to work without even being scared of law enforcement?” “Sebastian, Xavier and I were born into this kind of life. Since we were little, we were trained to work as a unit just like our fathers. Mama Rose isn’t just a simple housewife. She is also part of the organization and sits as a third high ranking official,” Cristos explained. “Sebastian, Xavier and I are underbosses of the Blood Disciples, the ruling party of the West Coast Mafia. Our fathers are the bosses while our mothers and sisters are consiglieres. We are in training to become the bosses once our fathers retire. Sebastian is in charge of merchandise, ports, and businesses while Xavier handles the trash. I, on the other hand, am in charge of the virtual world. Anything digital goes through me.” * After leaving her small town, Joy Taylor gets a second chance at life and love when she crosses paths with three handsome young men in college. Now, she’s happy, prosperous, and in love with three beautiful men who think the world of her. It seems there’s nothing else she could ask for. Her life felt complete. However, she could never let go of the pain of her past. Especially when she discovers the four boys, who raped her during their junior year in high school, have done it again. This time, the young girl wasn’t so lucky. Her b*dy was found floating in a lake near town. Now, Joy is back in New Salem, seeking her revenge. Ten years may have gone by, but revenge has no expiry date. Unfortunately for Joy, things are not always what they seem.

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