The Baby Contract????????????
“Where’s your mom?” Deville asked Pearl when he walked inside,he had been waiting for almost thirty minutes for Anne but she wasn’t coming out.Pearl looked up from her coloring book,
“She’s in her room, I guess.” Deville left and headed upstairs only to see Anne crying,he rushed to her,
“Anne,what’s the problem?” He wrapped his arm around her,
“Why are you crying? Did anyone hurt you?” She wasn’t saying anything but was still in tears,
“Tell me,what happened?”He wiped the tears falling from her eyes,
“You don’t want to go again?” She shook her head,she walked away from him and sat on the bed,
“I don’t seem to fit into my clothes anymore,I’m getting fat and…” Deville walked to her,
“Anne,you aren’t fat or ugly,who gave you that idea?” No reply, she was still sulking.
“You’re still the most beautiful woman I’ve ever laid my eyes on and would always be.” He pulled her up from the bed,
“Anne,you are perfect,I wouldn’t pray for another woman in my life if not you.” He said to her,she smiled,
“You sure you won’t leave me for Millie or Marisa or…….” He shut her up with a kiss,
“I won’t even leave you for even Beyoncé.” He whispered to her,
“Now let’s get you into something nice,Mr Sullivan must be going out of his head waiting for us.” He stayed with her with her while she got dressed (no need for privacy though) and left to meet the wedding planner.
When they got there, Mr Sullivan was already at the appointed place waiting for them.He (Mr Sullivan) insisted they didn’t stay in his office,
“Mr Salvador, I thought you won’t come again.” Deville who was still holding Anne turned to her and grimaced,
“We had to wait for my queen to get dressed before we come.” Anne turned crimson red,Deville brought out a seat for her and she sat down,then he did.
“Anne,you’re looking beautiful, pre-wedding glow,I guess?” Mr Sullivan commented her,she held Deville’s hand and blushed,
“I’m a good fiance and do take care of her well,right?” Deville turned to Anne,
“By making take those yucky smoothies every morning, I bet you’re better than that?” She faked a smile to him and turned to Mr Sullivan,
“I do take care of him and myself.” She said smiling,
“Okay,let’s go to the business of the day.” Deville nodded,Mr Sullivan brought out some wedding gown magazine and some brochures,
“Anne,check these gowns and Deville,” He turned to Deville,
“You called for a pastor right?” Deville nodded,
“I have a few contacts I can rely on and Love Garden is a good spot for planning you want,” He brought out his tab and showed photos of the place to Deville,
“Let me have a look,” Anne peered into the tab,
“Deville,this would do,it shouldn’t be too grand.”
“Anne,this is our wedding,it should be grand and glamorous.” Anne placed her hand on his,,
“Deville, let’s make it simple,you known the situation at hand.” He melted,she smiled and stood up,
“Deville, I need to use the ladies room.” He stood up too,
“Let me take you there,” Anne shooed him,
“I can go myself please,you stay behind with Mr Sullivan, its gonna be rude leaving him here alone.”
“Anne,would you mind if I ask for a favor?” Mr Sullivan asked her quite amused at her drama with Deville,she gave him a go ahead sign,
“Call me Fred,stop that Mr Sullivan formality and call me Fred.”
“Okay,so can I go now?” Deville and Fred nodded,then she left,Anne got to the ladies room with the directions of a staff.
She was still in the ladies room when her phone rang,she was rushing out to get her phone from her purse when she felt someone tap her from behind, she was about turning when the person covered her mouth with a small clothe,the last was a complete blackout.Meanwhile,Deville waited for for almost thirty minutes but no sign of Anne,he became worried and excused himself and went to the ladies room to meet her but was surprised she wasn’t there,
“Where has she gone to?” He brought out his phone and dialled her number,it was ringing,Deville turned to the sink and saw Anne’s phone,
“How could she leave her phone here and…..God,no….no..no!” He took her phone and rushed out of the place.
“Fred! Fred!” He call out to Fred,who stood up with a surprised face seeing only Deville,
“What happened and where’s Anne?” Fred asked him,
“Anne isn’t in the ladies room but I found her cell phone there.” He brought out the phone from her pocket and showed it to him,
“What? Did you ask any of the staff or any one around there?” Deville shook his head,he hadn’t met anyone close by when he got there,he went back there with Fred.
“Did you see this lady anywhere?” Deville asked a staff there,the woman after taking a closer nodded her head,
“Yes,she had asked me for the way to the ladies room some time ago and I took her there,haven’t seen her after that.” Deville was surprised and angry at the same time, he called the manager of the place,
“Sir,my fiancée is missing.” The manager a short bald man frowned at Deville’s words,
“How come?” He asked,
“How should I know? She went into the ladies room and didn’t come out again.” Deville said,
“Call the security and Mr Deville, please follow me.” Deville and Fred followed the short bald head man to the operating room,
“Show me footage of one hour ago.” The manager told the operatives,he gave seats to Deville and Fred,Fred sat down but Deville didn’t,
“Zoom in to Camera Four.” Deville pointed to the man and he did as he was told,
“Deville,I think we should inform the cops.” Fred stood up and whispered to Devices, he nodded brought out his phone and call the cops.
“Yes sir,she entered the ladies room and after her this janitor went in and came outside,then she went in again came out with the trash can but your fiancée didn’t come out.” The operative relayed to them.Immediately Deville phoned the cops,they came running to the scene,
“Sir,please take us to the said Ladies room.” One of the cops told Deville, he took them there while Fred stayed with the operatives to check for any clue on where she had vanished to but they got nothing.The cops took Deville’s statement and he gave them Anne’s phone,
“I saw her phone close to the sink when i came inside.” The cop took everything down,
“Call the janitor that came inside here after your wife did.” The manager called all his janitors,
“Who among you came in here after Miss Anne did?” One of the janitors came out,she was very fair skinned and lanky,
“Sir,I came in here to check the trash trolley,it was filled up,so I left to get a trash bag but when I came back the trash trolley was gone,I left thinking someone else had taken it out.” She explained,Deville and the other were flabbergasted,
“If you hadn’t take the trash trolley out,then who was the janitor that took it?” Deville asked the girl,she was scared and almost in tears,
“I don’t know sir,”
“Get me the footage,I need to see it.” The cop said to the operative,
“Sir,I found this on the floor,close to the restroom door.” The younger cop came running to Deville and the older one,he showed them a cufflink in a zip lock bag,
“The kidnapped might have dropped it when taking her out.” The older one said to Deville, while his junior stood there waiting for any analysis,
“This is a kidnap case and we need to thread carefully,”He turned to Deville,
” Sir,do you have any suspect for this kidnap?”Deville shook his head,then be remembered something,
Anne and Charles,she had refused him some weeks ago and Frank….No,Frank must have gotten over her,he thought.
“I have a suspect,” Everyone turned to him,
“Charles Zhang,he’s lodging at Crystal Hill Hotel,” The cop took down the name and location,
“And sir,I’ll would love to speak with your superior Tim.” Deville called Fred and they left the place,
“Have you called at home?” Fred asked him while they were in the car,he shook his head,
“You ought to call,tell them what’s happening before it goes viral and they hear it out,
“Let’s switch seat,you drive while I call home.” He stopped the car by the road,came and and switched seat with Fred.After that,he called his mom,
“Deville,what am I hearing?” Mrs Phina said immediately Deville called,
“Mom,I’m confused, it just happened all of a sudden and…..”
“Deville, take it easy,it will be alright.” She said to him,he was furious,just a few weeks to their wedding and this..
“Deville call Tim,he’s with the police right? He should be able to help you.”She adviced,
” Mom,his men said he’ll be in town tomorrow,so I’ll be going to his office tomorrow morning.”He said,Fred drove to his house while Charles continued from there and went to the hotel but got a ghastly shock,Charles had checked out almost a week ago as per what the receptionist said.
Charles had left a week ago,then who’s with Anne?Who had taken her since Charles is out of the city? He called his mom again, this time Cheryl was with her,
“Deville, did you find him?” His mom asked,
“No mom,they said he checked out a week ago.” He heard another person talking with his mom,
“Mom,who’s there with you?” He asked,
“Its Cheryl,Ace and Pearl are playing in Pearl’s room.” She said sadness in her voice,
“Deville, did they get any clue or evidence to show who’s behind it?” Cheryl asked,
“Yes,they found a cufflink in the place she was kidnapped,” He said,
“What happened to my mommy?” Cheryl and Mrs Phina turned and saw Pearl and Ace,standing by the door,they were surprised. Cheryl went to the kids,
“Pearl nothing happened to your mommy,she’s fine.” She lied but Pearl knew,Six year old hears everything,
“I want to meet my mommy,tell my daddy to bring her home,I want my mommy.” The little girl began to cry,all of a sudden she ran outside and went to her room,shutting the door behind her.
“Hello Deville.” Cheryl called him again,
“Its Pearl,she overhead everything and has been crying in her room.” Deville gasped,
“Cheryl,I think I ……”
“Deville, we’ll handle the kids,just try get information on her first.” Cheryl interrupted him,Deville couldn’t bear it any longer,so he cried it out,
“Shhhhh,Deville, she’s gonna be alright,you put yourself together,you’ve gat to be strong for Anne,Pearl and the baby.” She advised him almost crying herself too.
After a whole day of futile search,Deville decided to go home and continue his search for Anne the next day,still there was no news from the cops or anyone.Deville lost sleep that night,the next morning,he rushed to the Police Headquarters,fortunately for him Tim Grayson was back in town,
“Deville, I heard what happened and…..”
“Tim,I need that cufflink.” He interrupted him,
“Tim,your men aren’t working as fast as I want them,its almost twenty hours but still no news on Anne.” Tim asked him to sit and sent someone to get him a cup of coffee,
“Dev,what do you intend to do now?” Tim asked as calm as ever,he knows what Deville was going to suggest and he isn’t going to object,
“I want to take that cufflink to the FBI,if I hand it over to Jake,I think he’ll do a better job than this.”They handed him the coffee,strong and black,
” Okay,but don’t hesitate to call me if you need my help, I’m fully out to help. “They shook hands,
“And how’s mom and that little fairy you call Pearl?” Deville lip curved into what look like a smile,the first ever since Anne’s disappearance.
“They doing fine I guess.” One of the cop brought the cufflink still wrapped in a zip lock bag and handed it to Deville,
“Here you go Dev,remember to call me when you need me.” Deville took the bag from Tim finished his coffee and went to his car,
“Anne,I’m going do everything possible to find you and bring you back home to us,to your family.” He assured himself and drove to the FBI quarters.
Deville, William, Tim,Jake and Archie are close friends from different background though,Deville, Tim and Jake grew up in the system before being adopted by two different families to nurtured them while Archie and William are from well to do family, Archie’s family is the richest amongst the five friends.Deville is into the raw material business, own some companies which sole mission is to distribute raw materials most especially Crude Oil to different countries of the world,Tim is in the Police Force while his elder brother is with the FBI, William a renown doctor and last Archie. Being born with a golden spoon,Archie earliest memory was playing with toys that later became real guns and hard drugs,his father Archie Snr was a great Cartel before he died,Archie at the age of sixteen, took over his father’s business,he runs the cartel and now has joined the money laundering business,he’s making good pit of it,lives in his old man’s old Mexican ranch which has been renovated to match his taste,he’s an ideal kingpin.
“Deville!” Someone called him,he turned and saw Jake,the bimbo with him turned and waved at Deville too,
“Old habits die hard.” Deville muttered as he walked to them,
You can never see Jake standing with Simone if not a bimbo with nice and gigantic tits,he though as he stood a foot from them,
“Hey bro,” They shook hands,
“Deville, this is Sara and Sara this is my oldest friend Deville..”
“Deville Salvador,I’ve sure heard a lot of him,” she stretch forth her hand and Deville took it,quite irritated at her seductive looks on him,he dropped her hand immediately,
“I hope its good things?” Deville asked faking a smile,for now he wants nothing more than to fine Anne and take her back home safe and sound.
“Jake can I talk to you in private?” He said to Jake,he nodded and followed Deville inside leaving his bimbo,
“Jake I need you to run a test on this.” He brought out the wrapped cufflink,
“Anne has been missing since yesterday and I strongly believe its kidnap,we found this in the crime scene.” Jake collected the zip lock bag from him,
“Is there any other clue,like a CCTV footage to see who last entered there?” Jake asked taking a closer look at the content of the bag,
“There’s but it isn’t informative enough.” Deville said,Jake motioned him to come with him and they went inside,
“Dev,do you have any suspects?” Deville was not sure whether to place Charles as a suspect or not,he finally nodded,
“Charles Zhang but the issue now is,I went to the hotel he was lodging and found out he checked out a week ago.” He explained to Jake,
“Okay,Tedd!” He called,one of his FBI men came running toward them,
“Take this,try run a test on it to check for fingerprints, I’ll be back soon for a match.” Jake turned to Deville,
“If there’s a possibility that no one has checked in into that Charles’s room,we can find something that we can use to match the fingerprint on the cufflink.” Deville nodded,
“And then well try get that CCTV footage of yesterday.” He dismissed Tedd then himself and Development drove to the hotel to try their luck.
“Mr Zhang’s room?” Deville said to the receptionist when they got to the hotel,
“Sir,I told you yesterday that Mr Zhang had checked out a week ago.” She complained,Jake brought out his ID card,she kept mute and nodded,
“Has anyone checked into that room since he left?” Jake asked,she shook her head,Deville smiled,actually that was all needed,
“Okay,the keys please.” Deville said, she handed the key to them and they left to his room.
“Wear this.” Jake gave Deville a latex glove,he’d wore it himself too and they ransacked the room.After awhile of nearly futile search,Jake came across a piece of broken glass in the trash can,he picked it up,
“Dev,seems like we have something.” Deville ran to him,and took the glass from him,
“It has a blood stain on it.” Deville said taking a closer look at the piece,
“Then that’s actually what we needed.” He put it in another zip lock and they rearranged the room to its normality,
“Let’s get outta here.” They left the room,gave back the keys to the ever appreciative receptionist and drove back to the FBI quarters.
Back to the FBI quarters, Jake gave the glass to the man,
“There’s a blood stain on this glass,pair it up with the fingerprints on the cufflink and check whether it matches.” He took the cufflink, then Deville and Jake waited for the result.
“What really happened Dev?” Jake asked,
“We’d gone to see the wedding planner,I and Anne,she said she wants to use the female room, I wanted to go with her but she refused,protesting on being pregnant not crippled,I allowed her go but she didn’t come back.When I went to search for her,I saw her phone but didn’t see her anywhere,asked the janitor around but no one saw her leave the place,called the manager and we went to the operating room,we checked the……..”
“Sir.” They were interrupted by the other man,they stood up and went to him,
“It doesn’t match,I mean the fingerprints on the chick and the bloodstain on the glass.” Deville was kinda not really shocked but surprised, the man handed the result to them.
“Okay..but is there any other way I can find the owner of those fingerprints?” Jake patted the man,telling him to leave them alone,then turned to Deville,
“There’s,but it is far within our reach.” Deville was kinda curious,
“What is that?” He asked Jake,they sat down,
“Its an advanced technological device created ahead of it’s time,God’s Eye is the only device that can do such task with ease.” He explained,
“Last we heard,KGB handed it down to the Mexicans and we haven’t heard a word of it since.” Deville’s phone rang,interrupting their discussion,
“Mom?” He took the call,
“Deville, can you come home now?” She said,
“Mom,I’m in a…..”
“It’s Pearl,I bet you need to see her.” She hung up,his brought back his attention to Jake,
“Bro what’s up?” Jake asked,
“Place a call to Archie, tell him were coming to Mexico tonight,I’ll have to go home now and handle my daughter,call me when everything is ready.” He headed to the door,
“Do take care of that bimbo,the one I met you with,she’s a real beauty.” Jake smiled and he left.