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The Joy of Revenge Novel Chapter 80

CHAPTER 80 Enigma
Joy
I woke up to a rainy Monday morning. I quickly grabbed my phone from my nightstand and checked my messages. As expected, a message from Liam was waiting for me, informing me Cynthia McDowell’s funeral had been postponed to this afternoon, but he would no longer be attending. His father was in the hospital and he had to attend to his needs first.
Sh it! Pete survived the fire.
I put my phone down and stretched. No problem. If a fire couldn’t kill him, I would.
Last night, before the firemen and the rest of the first responders arrived at the scene, the boys decided it was better if we left and met up with Leo and Benny instead, before they left. New Salem. It was such a huge relief to see them alive and well, laughing with a drink in their hands. After giving Leo and Benny each a hug, I gave Sam a kiss on the cheek as my way of thanking him. Xavier looked on, proud of his protégé. Sam was proving himself indispensable.
I was already up, brushing my teeth and recalling the deal Liam made with Pete last night, when the doorbell rang. Wondering who it was, quickly put on my robe and rushed downstairs.
It was Noah. He was wearing a long sleeved plaid shirt, jeans and his trusty work boots, while holding up an umbrella to shelter him from the rain. He smiled brightly at me, appearing to be in a good mood despite the bad weather.
“Good morning, Virtue! I dropped by to check up on you. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there was a fire at the funeral home last night,” he said.
I invited him inside so he could get out of the rain and ushered him into the kitchen for
some coffee.
“Yes, I know there was a fire at Chimes last night. I was there when it happened,” I replied, filling the reservoir of my coffee machine with water. After placing some coffee grounds in the filter, I turned my coffee maker on.
“I thought you weren’t going to Cynthia McDowell’s viewing,” he said, taking a seat in one of my kitchen stools and leaning his elbows on the kitchen island. “Tell me, what happened?”
“Well, I changed my mind at the last minute, thinking it would be better if I did go… to show
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Pete during this very emotional time for them. Chip and I were about. this explosion. Smoke suddenly started coming out from the viewing people were running and screaming. Liam told Chip to get me out of there inside to look for his father. It was a frightening experience,” I said, narrating short version of last night. “Anyway, I received a message from him this morning. rently, he and his father are fine, although his father is currently in the hospital.” I gged in my toaster, then I asked him, “Do you know if there were any
any casualties?”
Yeah, several, according to reports. The police are still identifying the remains,” he answered. “After your, uhm, horrifying ordeal last night, I have some good news for you. My team and I will be finishing up your boutique today instead of tomorrow. I, uh, I’ve been. hired to clean up the debris at the funeral home and see what can be salvaged. Once Linda
Jacobs’ insurance pays up, she wants me to start construction.”
“That’s really nice to hear. Thank you, Noah,” I said gratefully, grinning at him. I actually waited for you to come home yesterday to ask you if you wanted to come with me to Cynthia McDowell’s visitation, but I guess you were busy,” I opened my refrigerator and took out a bag of bagels and some bananas.
“Aw, you should have called me. Seems like I missed a lot last night. I was over at the Hughes’ residence installing new flooring, some light fixtures and putting up
up new shelves,”
Noah explained.
Sure you did, Noah. Sarah Hughes and Nicole had that same look when they looked at Noah. They were in love with him..
I glanced at him from time to time while I prepared a simple breakfast for the both us. I had. to make sure his hands were where I could see them. After finding bugs and cameras in inconspicuous places in my boutique, I didn’t want him doing the same in my house.
“Are you going to the funeral later this afternoon? Liam messaged me it was postponed to this afternoon,” I mentioned while placing a cup of coffee in front of him, including some cream and sugar.
“Ah, no,” he answered, shaking his head while he poured some cream into his coffee. “I’ll be at your boutique remember? Plus, there’s some talk going around town that the McDowells are, uhm… cursed.”
I stared at him with a bewildered expression on my face, but in reality, I was fighting the urge to laugh.
If you guys only knew….
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ursed? Why do the people think that?” I asked, placing a plate of bagels, a plate of sliced ananas, a jar of cre amy peanut butter and a block of cream cheese on the island counter. “Do people here still believe in witchcraft?”
“Well, North Dakota has a rich Native American history and that includes certain beliefs about spirits and curses,” he explained while putting some cream cheese on his warm bagel. He took a bite and moaned in satisfaction. “As a precaution, Virtue, I think it’s best if you stay away from Pete, just for the time being.”
“Noah, I doubt if a curse caused the fire last night,” I said, putting some peanut butter and slices of bananas on top of my bagel. “I was there. The air in that place was moldy, the lights were flickering and the hallway was so dark, I thought the boogeyman was going to jump
out
and grab me. That funeral home was in dire need of repairs. I suspect the fire was caused by something that short circuited.” I took a bite of my bagel and savored its sweet taste.
“Well, they’re still investigating,” Noah said, looking at me. “Are you considering going to the
funeral?”
“Of course. Pete needs our support,” I answered before chomping down on my bagel. I was hungry.
“Is Liam going with you?” He asked, finishing his bagel.
“Ah, no. His father’s in the hospital,” I said. “I’m going to call Chip and ask if we can go together.”
“That’s right. Theodore Cohen is in the hospital, Noah said, sipping his coffee. He sighed. and placed a hand on mine, squeezing it. “I know Liam’s some sort of hero for saving Norma Martin from the fire, but he’s dangerous, Virtue. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Liam Cohen has been in the middle of two, uhm, cases.”
“Dangerous? Liam’s dangerous? What do you mean, Noah?” I asked, pretending to be concerned for my safety. I finished my bagel and began licking my fingers. I saw Noah swallow hard as he watched me place my fingers in my mouth.
Naughty… Naughty….
“We were in high school when he, Jack, Cris and Dan were accused of raping Joy Taylor, al friend of ours. S-she’s the girl I was talking about… my bestfriend. I don’t know what happened to her after. She and her family left New Salem in the middle of the night. I haven’t heard from her ever since,” he said, practicing some self-restraint. Good boy.
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“Accused? Did Joy Taylor ever file charges?” I asked.
“No, but her father wanted to. Unfortunately, no one would talk,” Noah said candidly.
“So, there weren’t any witnesses to corroborate her story. I see,” I said. “Do you suspect a cover up? I heard Theodore Cohen was mayor before Liam.”
“That’s what the town suspects,” Noah admitted,
“Poor Joy. She was raped and no one believed her. So how about the other case?”
“I’m sorry?”
“You said Liam was in the middle of two. The first, he’s an alleged rapist. How about the
second?”
“Ah… The Joan Summers rape-slay case. Her body was found in the middle of the lake last spring,” Noah said.
“Yeah, I recall Sheriff Combs talking about her. How does he figure in her case?” I asked, removing my hand from his grasp and picking up the used dishes and utensils, placing them.
in the sink.
“He was seen following her, stalking her before she went missing,” Noah answered.
“Noah, if Liam killed her, don’t you think he would dispose of her body properly where no on
would find it?” I asked. “It just looks too obvious. Plus, if I remember correctly, they found the person who killed Joan Summers or was that a cover up too?”
I read the coroner’s file on Joan Summers. Liam said Joan was his friend who played chess with him at his office from time to time. Unfortunately, after Old Man Eugene found out about Joan’s after school get-togethers with him, he began telling the townsfolk Cynthia McDowell and the Cohens were land grabbers. Liam stated he had no part in her abduction or rape, but he was ordered by Peter McDowell to get rid of her. Since he couldn’t kill her himself, he instructed his men to do it for him and to bury her body. However, his men threw the body in the lake instead of burying her.
Noah leaned back on his stool with a sombre expression on his face.
“I know he’s your friend, but Virtue, you don’t know him like I do,” Noah said. I was playing the devil’s advocate and it was working.
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“Uhm, isn’t he your friend too? I’m not defending him. I just want the facts. You were the one who said he was dangerous. Is there more to these cases… maybe certain details you may know?” I asked.
I watched him squirm uncomfortably in his seat He knew more than what he was letting on, but he was sworn to silence..
“I only hear what the townsfolk have to say,” he mumbled, finishing his coffee.
I just have one last question, Noah.
“You said you were bestfriends with one of his victims. Did you ever feel the need to avenge Joy Taylor? Because if she were my bestfriend, I would.”
He looked outside through the windows before answering my question. I was surprised to see the regret in his eyes.
“No. Because she left, so I moved on,” he answered, glancing at his watch. “I best be going. Thanks for breakfast.” He stood up and quickly went to the door.
No balls Noah…
“My pleasure. Since you’ll be busy, I hope you’ll have time to drop by when I have my grand opening,” I said, following him.
“For you, I will,” he said, suddenly turning around to face me. He placed his arms on my shoulders and gazed down at me with his chocolate brown eyes. “Virtue, I care for you. I don’t want to see you get hurt. So please, avoid Pete… temporarily, until I say it’s okay, and when you need to be with Liam, make sure you aren’t alone.”
I nodded my head. “Okay.”
“You promise?” He gazed at me with puppy dog eyes.
“I promise, after I go to the funeral.” He rolled his eyes at my answer.
“Fine. Just as long as you’re with Chip,” he said, accepting my proposal. “I better get going. Take care, Virtue.” He quickly kissed me on my cheek and left.
I waved goodbye as he walked through the rain underneath his umbrella.
Noah was an enigma. From what I remembered of him in high school, he was usually easy to read. Now, I couldn’t read him at all.
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thing I was sure of, he was up to something.
glanced at Joy’s shed as I walked away. The lens of the camera I had placed on the door had something blocking it. I’ve been meaning to come over and take a look at it, but Old Man Tucket was always watching. Plus, I had stuff to deal with it.
After climbing into my truck, I fixed my hair and checked if I had something in my teeth through my rearview mirror. I frowned as I gazed at my reflection, frustrated my boyish good looks weren’t enough to charm Virtue.
She needed a respectable man with money, a nice house, a nice car… Someone she could be proud of.
I backed out of my driveway and drove out of the cul-de-sac, slowing down as I passed her
house.
Soon Virtue.
Soon.

The Joy of Revenge Novel by Sheila

The Joy of Revenge Novel by Sheila

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*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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