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The Joy of Revenge Novel Chapter 63

CHAPTER 63 Champagne
Cristos
Night had fallen over the quiet town of New Salem.
It was the calm before the storm.
The contestants were in the dressing room doing their hair and make-up while I sent Joy and Xavier home to get ready for tonight. Sebastian went to Bismarck to supervise our three teams to ensure operations go smoothly during the heist.
As for me, there were still things I needed to do in the pub, but I decided to go home and get dressed first. It was worth the twenty minute drive since I didn’t have a change of clothing in my office.
Although I wanted to wear a suit, I thought it would be too much, so I opted for a simple crisp white long sleeved buttoned down shirt and navy blue slacks, all paired with brown shoes. After putting on my gold Rolex and making sure my hair was styled in place, I drove back to the pub to prepare the table Xavier had requested and ensure the pageant proceeds without any other delay.
When I arrived, I wasn’t surprised to find the pub filling up with people. The pageant wasn’t supposed to start in an hour and a half, so to entice my patrons to come early, I extended happy hour as an extra perk for the occasion. I also included a discount on ladies’ drinks to get the women to come in, knowing it would be mostly men inside the pub and I didn’t want it packed with so much beef.
After
r grabbing the things I needed from my office, I began setting up the table for Cynthia McDowell. Over the simple white table cloth I used to cover the wooden table Xavier specifically requested at a dark corner of the pub, I placed a sheer maroon table runner to create an illusion of romance. I lit up a long tapered white candle on a vintage brass. candlestick and laid a beautiful bouquet of red and white long stemmed roses on top of the table. Beside the table, a champagne ice bucket on a stand was already filled with ice and. three bottles of Laurent- Perrier Champagne. Xavier requested Dom Perignon, but I told him champagne as expensive as Dom was for celebration not extermination. He smirked at my comment, agreeing with me.
“Who’s that for?” Lisa’s familiar voice asked from behind me. I turned around and greeted her
with a warm smile.
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I was stunned to see her wearing a little black dress which seemed to have finally made its way out of the end of her closet. On her feet were pointed toe high-heeled sling backs while her hair was up in a neat bun displaying her long neck.
I actually felt sorry for Lisa. Here was a beautiful brunette who had wasted so many of her years with an animal named Cris.
Anyway, it won’t be long and Cris will be six feet below the ground. I just hoped Lisa would move on quickly and fall in love with someone who would make her truly happy.
I placed my cheek against hers and kissed her cheek to cheek. “Lisa, it’s so nice to see you.” I, then, pointed to the table. “Well, Bo called this morning requesting I reserve a table for a lady friend for tonight,” I explained, then placed a finger against her lips to quiet her. I- already knew what her next question would be. It’s for Cynthia McDowell.” I abruptly turned around to walk back to the bar. As I walked away, I complimented her. “By the way, nice
dress.”
“Uh, thanks. So, Chip, does Bo have a date with Cynthia McDowell? Or did Bo just reserve at table for her?” Lisa asked, following closely behind as I walked to the bar. I could understand why she wanted to clarify things.
I gestured for her to sit at the bar while I went behind it. After placing a martini in front of her to compliment her sophisticated outfit, I leaned towards her and whispered, “Bo wanted the table to be special and even sent that beautiful bouquet for her. So, maybe he did ask her
out on a date.”
Lisa moved her head away from mine, her brown eyes as wide as saucers. “Bo is into older women?” I thought-”
“You thought what?” This I wanted to hear.
“I thought he might have a thing for Virtue,” Lisa said. I laughed at the absurdity and placed my hands on my hips.
“Why in the world would you think of such a thing?”
She shook her head and placed her hand over her eyes, realizing she had made a mistake. “I
don’t know why I listen to Cris. He said he saw Virtue at Bo’s and noticed how his eyes
followed Virtue out of the store. Phew! I thought Cris might have seen something more
incriminating.
I decided I should change the subject and turn the tables on her.
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“And where is this hushand of yours? I raised an eyebrow as I asked. She shrugged her shoulders. “Your husband has left you all alone while you sport the forever elegant little
black dress?”
Chip, I actually have no idea where he is. I called him a while ago and his phone was out of service. He left for Bismarck last night to have a meeting with a ‘private sponsor. That’s all I know.” It was weird, but she actually sounded relieved.
“If it’s any consolation, you can report him missing if he doesn’t show up for the pageant,” I joked. I paused to survey the crowd and glanced at my watch. Almost nine. Everyone should be coming in at any minute.
And I was right. Noah walked in with Jack Emery. After seeing me with Lisa, they both waved and walked towards the bar. Jack was still in uniform.
“Lisa, Where’s Cris?” Jack asked gesturing at me for two beers. I nodded my prepared their drinks for them.
head and
“Somewhere,” Lisa answered dismissively, then quickly changed the topic. “Where’s Dan? Isn’t he coming here?”
“Uhm, not sure if he’ll be coming to watch the pageant, but he’s with the Sheriff. They’re keeping gan eye on the lake,” Jack said, leaning back on his barstool, “while I’m going to keep
the troublemakers here inside the pub. I’m going to make sure no one disrupts this
an eye
neve on
pageant.”
I stooped down pretending to get glasses from the under bar, hoping Sebastian had overheard Jack. Luckily, he did.
“Copy that. Sheriff is at the lake. Tanks are filled and the men are suited up. I just need you to shut down all the CCTVs from here to Timbuktu. Do it during the swimsuit portion… while everyone’s attention is focused on the pageant and not on you.”
“Copy,” I murmured while I rummaged for a white wine glass.
Before I stood back up, I heard Lisa gasp and wondered why. I thought maybe something happened to Cris on his way back from Bismarck. I quickly stood up, glasses in hand about to ask what just happened when I noticed everyone’s attention was focused on the woman who just walked in.
Many appreciative low whistles came from every direction of the pub as the tall blonde wearing a lemon spaghetti strap fitted mermaid c ocktail bandage dress strutted across the
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pub to the bar in matching yellow colored high heels. The mounds of her breasts peeked through the top of her dress while her curvaceous body was outlined by the fitted dress for
all to see.
There was no way any man could resist this se xy vixen. Her hair cascaded freely y over her shoulders and on her back, styled in huge luscious curls which bounced as she walked. Her body hugging dress left nothing to the imagination.
She was a picture of perfection… enticing every man.
Jack quickly took charge and rushed towards her to protect her from the men’s catcalls. A fleeting surge of jealousy erupted within me as I watched Jack take Joy’s hand, but I stood back like the g ay man I pretended to be and smiled appreciatively as my supposed bestfriend walked an imagined catwalk.
I applauded and yelled, “Strut it, girlfriend!”
“Chip!” Xavier’s voice interrupted my applause. I pretended to jump and squeal.
“When did you get here?” I asked.
“I walked in with Virtue,” Xavier said, chuckling at the reaction of the people at the pub as Joy waltzed in. But I knew deep inside Xavier was pis sed. It was in his eyes. “I guess everyone”
else is invisible.”
I poured a glass of white wine into a thin wine glass and placed it on the bar top just as Joy arrived at the bar, her arm wrapped around Jacks. After Jack took hold of her arm, the whistling stopped and the men in the pub averted their heads in embarrassment.
“Nice dress and nice entrance,” I said. “I wasn’t expecting you to arrive so early.”
“It isn’t early,” she said. “It’s already a quarter past nine. The pageant will be starting in forty-five minutes and I wanted to have a couple of drinks before we began.” She took the glass of white wine and downed it. Then, she turned her attention to Xavier. “Hey Bo! So nice to see you outside your usual territory. Look at you… so nicely dressed.”
Xavier was wearing a casual dark gray suit without a tie. His white shirt was unbuttoned
showing some of his chest. I smirked. Cynthia McDowell was known to insert her hand inside.
a man’s shirt.
“I have a date,” Xavier said, his face towards the entrance of the pub. “And here she is now…”
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As I prepared more drinks, I watched discreetly as Cynthia McDowell wearing a fitted red dress flittered like an excited butterfly towards Xavier.
I smiled.
Tll have the dj play ‘Lady in Red’ later, I told Xavier while handing him two champagne glasses.
“Sure,” Xavier said. “And keep those bottles coming. I want her so drunk, I’ll have to drive her home.”

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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