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The Joy of Revenge Novel Chapter 39

CHAPTER 39 Divide and Conquer
Joy
I figured it would take about five minutes for Xavier to get to the storefront from his office. Five minutes is usually just a blip on the radar, but when you are with distasteful company, five minutes feels like an eternity.
As my blue eyes locked with the man’s twi nkling gray ones, the voice in my head screamed…
I hate you!
Luckily, it didn’t take me much effort to smile brightly at the tall man while hiding my
disdain.
“Councilman Murdock, what a nice surprise! I was just with your wife earlier.” I deliberately placed an emphasis on wife, hoping he wouldn’t miss it. “After signing the lease, I came straight to Dom’s to purchase construction material, but his store was still closed. So, I decided to come here and order a blanket from Bo instead. I just finished with him,” I explained, fighting the urge to giggle.
And it felt soooo good.
enough about me. What brings you here, Councilman?” I flipped my hair and placed a active hand on his arm, hoping he would think with the head in between his legs. He suddenly coughed and turned red. That was the reaction I was looking for.
“I was hoping to talk to Bo about my campaign. Elections are coming soon and I was hoping Bo’s grocery store could help sponsor my reelection, and of course, the reelection of our good mayor, Liam Cohen. Everyone in New Salem comes here and if they see Bo’s supports us, it may help us win again,” he replied. “But I must say it is wonderful bumping into yo like this. I would like to apologize for my behavior last night. It isn’t everyday I meet such a beautiful young lady as yourself.”
“I’ll take that as a compliment, Councilman, so there isn’t a need to apologize,” I said flirtatiously. He grinned from ear to ear.
you
“So, you’ll be deemed a resident of New Salem after thirty days which means you can vote in June. All you need to bring is any form of identification with you and a current utility bill at your designated polling place. It will mean the world to me if I can get your support,” he said, looking at me with puppy dog eyes.
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Why in the world would I support someone like you?
“Of course. Anything for you, Councilman,” I said, batting my eyelashes at him.
“You can call me Cris, Virtue,” he said, winking at me.
I noticed some of the customers were openly watching our exchange. Well, I needed to divert attention away from Cristos, Sebastian and Xavier. If people begin talking about me, the trio can move more freely.
“Well then….anything for you, Cris,” I murmured I saw his face turn unmistakably red.
“Cris! What can I do for you this fine morning?” Xavier suddenly asked from behind me. I heaved a sigh of relief.
Oh, thank Go d! The bagel I had earlier was threatening to come out from all this flirting.
“The very person I needed to see, Cris said, extending his hand for a handshake. Xavier grabbed Cris’ hand and shook it.
Time for me to leave…
“Well, I need to go to Dom’s. Bo, please call me about that blanket I ordered earlier. It needs the perfect color of cerulean blue. Cris, I’ll go ahead. Have a good morning gentlemen!! ed goodbye at the both of them and quickly left the grocery store. I kept my smile Mastered on my face just in case I was being watched.
Surprisingly, there were already a lot of people shopping at Dom’s when I entered. I noticed Sebastian was busy entertaining a group of housewives, leading them towards the house decor and furniture section of his store. I decided to browse around, looking for people. carrying a black sling bag. Yet, I didn’t notice anyone with such a bag.
Dom’s was divided into two sections, mainly, home decor and furniture and hardware. I
didn’t expect Dom’s was just a big as Bo’s. When I open my boutique, this whole commercial space will be our territory.
As I was walking around, I caught the familiar scent of Nicole’s sweet-smelling perfume
while I heard the distinct timbre of Noah’s voice.
They are here together?
I followed the scent of Nicole’s perfume and found them huddled together looking at a
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laptop atop a tall bar table near the ‘Lumber and Building Materials’ section of the hardware. A chubby-looking fellow with brown hair and glasses wearing a blue and maroon striped shirt and jeans was with them answering Nicole’s questions. I coughed to grab their
attention.
“Virtue, you’re finally here,” Nicole said. “I went looking for you at Bo’s, but I couldn’t find
you.”
Here we go…
“Oh, I was just talking to Cris,” I said. She looked at me puzzled. Cris, being so tall, was a hard man to miss.
“I would have noticed Cris,” she remarked, frowning. Today, Nicole was wearing a yellow halter ruched bodycon dress with a matching yellow sweater and yellow platforms on her feet. Her hair was up in messy bun on the top of her head as usual, making her look tall.
“Well, if you did, then you would have seen me speaking with him,” I murmured, running my fingers along some of the wood displayed on a rack.
“Nicole here sees Bo and everyone else in the store becomes invisible,” the man with them unexpectedly said. Noah smirked to Nicole’s utter dismay.
found myself a worthy ally.
i. I’m Virtue and you are?” I asked.
“Peter McDowell, but you can call me Pete, Miss Virtue,” he said, turning red. I love it when I make men blush.
“No need to call me Miss. Virtue will do just fine, Pete. So what are you guys discussing over
here?” I asked charmingly.
“Potential layouts for your store, V-Virtue,” Pete answered. “I and a co-worker of mine drew these up for you to choose.”
“You’re very talented, Pete,” I said after looking at the layouts and the designs on his laptop. Everything including the material needed was included in his design. He also incorporated images of what the boutique would look like finished and furnished for each layout. “Did you also design the layout for my kitchen and bathrooms?”. Pete nodded his head
enthusiastically.
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Peter McDowell. I remember him. He was a year younger than us and was bullied worse than others. Apparently, now he worked for Noah. Judging how quick he came to my rescue
showed he had sp unk. I needed to get the story on Peter McDowell. He was wasting his
talent in this small town.
“So, Virtue, which layout do you want?” Nicole asked impatiently. I was taken aback. I didn’t hire her. I glanced at Pete who looked as though Nicole was an inconvenience.
“Well, to answer your question, I want the free-flow layout with a bigger office,” I answered. “But I have to apologize for the mix-up, Nicole. I placed a hand on her upper arm to appear apologetic. “Chip will be hiring your services. The pub is a big project and I don’t want to get in the way of the renovations of the town’s favorite watering hole. Since Chip will be hiring
you, I think I’ll hire Pete here to oversee the interior design of my shop since he already has a concete vision. What do you say, Pete?”
Pete began to nod his head, but the angry glare from Nicole stopped him. Noah bit his lower lip and looked away as if I had ruined their plans. Perfect.
“Actually, Virtue, I can do both projects at the same time,” Nicole hurriedly explained. “Plus, Chip hasn’t even called me to=”
“Hold your applause, everyone. The star has finally arrived,” Cristos said loudly, interrupting
ever Nicole was going to say. Yesterday, he wore mostly black, but for today, he was ly in pink except for his white sneakers. “Nicole! You said you would help me with the o. Why are you with Virtue?” Cristos pouted, looking sad and disappointed. “And I heard. what you said. You can’t do both projects because I am a very demanding client.”
“And Virtue isn’t. I did her house with minimal supervision. I mean, aren’t you suppose to be bestfriends, Chip? Usually bestfriends share,” Nicole reasoned.
“Darling, this is business not friendship. Virtue already has Pete and Noah prioritizing her boutique. She doesn’t need you. I need you. Now help me pick out what I need or you will never get a bonus from me.” Cristos maneuvered the little bit ch away giving Pete some breathing space.
I had Pete discuss everything with Noah and Stanley, Sebastian’s very young assistant. I paid everything in full and told them I would give them a bonus if they have everything done in two weeks.
I wanted to see how far I could push Noah’s buttons, so I bought the material for his porch. As expected, he blew his top off to the shock of everyone in the store.
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“Didn’t I tell you I’d think about it?! Who do you think you are, Virtue?!” Noah exclaimed
furiously. “Just because several people pay you compliments, doesn’t make you a queen. You are nothing in this town!”
He knew he went to far when Nicole, Cristos and Sebastian suddenly appeared, looking
completely shocked, offended and appalled.
Sebastian opened his mouth to say something, but I raised my hand to stop him.
“Noah, the building material is for someone you love dearly. Don’t let your pride get in the way of someone’s happiness.” My lips were trembling and my voice was a bit raspy. “Dom, just deliver the material to my house.”
“Sure thing, Virtue.”
I checked my phone for messages and saw a missed call and a text message both from Lisa. The message read to meet her at town hall. I sighed.
Great…
“Pete, make sure everything is ready to be transferred next door. If you need anything else, order it.” My voice cracked and I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes.
tue, I’m so sorry. If you could just wait and listen to my explanation-”
No need to explain, Noah. Just make sure everything is ready. Once I get the building permit, I want the construction to start,” I said, my voice going h o ar se again. I lowered my head to hide my eyes and sniffled.
I took a tissue from my bag and quickly wiped my eyes and nose. Then, I fixed my hair, took some calming breaths and smiled, finally composed.
I called out to Cristos who had just finished paying for his construction material. “Chip, I think our permits are ready at town hall.” He tucked his receipt in his bag and took my
v arm.
“See you later, everyone,” Cristos said, waving as we exited Dom’s. Before the doors closed, 1 secretly glanced behind me and saw a scowling Nicole and a troubled Noah looking at each.
other.
The ends of my lips curved into a small smile.
Divide and conquer.
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I’m sure Liam is not going to be happy about this.

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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