As I awake from my slumber, it’s dark , everything’s blurry and my head hurts like shit. The room reeks of moisture and mildew, you can hear faint droplets of water falling in a bucket or puddle. Squinting with blurry vision looking around the area there’s one lightbulb surrounded by darkness. I can’t see anything beyond the lights radius. I’m restricted can’t move my arms or legs and I’m still trying to figure out where the hell I am and why am I here? Wriggling my shoulders to try and get some movement space from the tight ropes, feeling around with just the tips of my fingers to see how I’m tied and suddenly there is movement from beyond the darkness….
I freeze in anticipation to see who goes there. The sound of shoes on the cool cement surface and some kind of scraping on the walls. “Fuck” I utter under my breath heart pounding, skin crawling and blood dripping from my head onto my linen suit. The footsteps get closer and the silence breaks. “We have your wife and kid” my heart sank to the pit of my stomach. “They are safe for now but all of that depends on your actions following the request” … What fucking request? I respond. POW as the guy lands a punch to my bruised jaw. “That will be the last time you speak without my asking”. I sat there trying to adjust my jaw that now feels broken paired with a dull ringing in my ear. He continues to explain. ” We took a visit to your home to get the money that you owe us. No money but we found your family. You have 24 hours to get the $500,000 to us or we begin to cut off limbs. We’ll start with fingers until their is nothing left of your precious wife and then your kid. Do you understand?” I understand I responded in a shaky voice. My thoughts at this exact moment is I’m fucking screwed.
A heavy fog of cigarette smoke filled the room causing the sight of the place to be a bit hazey. He was sent an invite to an event that sat on his cherry oak desk for about a month before he even took the liberty to peek at it. He has not been in the mood for social gatherings much lately but for some reason he was drawn to attend this rather lavish event. Upon entering he scanned the room in an inquisitive manner. Very dim lighting, satin drapes around the perimeter giving things a very elegant look. Along with gold ropes tying back the drapes to the entrance. A room filled of people dressed in their best tuxedo’s and evening gowns with soft music playing from an expensive baby grand piano all black trimmed in gold. Making way into the room he grabbed a glass of scotch from the tray of a server walking nearby. Looking for the nearest empty corner to stand and watch the room unseen. Just as he raised his glass he locked eyes with the most elegant , beautiful woman he has ever laid his eyes on. She was very pleasant and showing of divine grace. A low-cut black form fitting gown that displayed every curve of her feminine body. Mid-length wavy hair not a follicle out of place and cherry red lipstick. The way her diamond necklace lay on her it enhanced her beautiful soft skin in such a manner he could not stop looking. Breathing intensifies as she has not stopped looking either, he walks a few feet to the left out of curiosity to see if she would continue to watch him through the crowd of people. His suspicions were correct she did indeed continue to watch him but he was not as clever as he thought. She knew exactly what he was doing as she looked down smiled a bit and invited him over with her eyes. Making his way through the crowd it looks as if the party was worth it after all . . .