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Like something out of a movie, Antonio appears from a dark aisle, flanked with wooden barrels.
He positions a metal chair a few feet from me and straddles it. His expression is unreadable—at least to me.
The ancient cave is eerily quiet, as though the spirits have melted into the stone walls, to await news of my fate.
Antonio observes me intently but doesn’t say a word for several moments, and I don’t dare say anything either.
“What do you have to say for yourself?” he finally asks.
While his voice is neither warm nor forgiving, the hatred seems to have lessened. Or perhaps a bit of sleep, as little and disturbed as it was, has given me a renewed sense of strength.
I can’t just give up. I have to appeal to his sense of humanity—for Isabel and Valentina. And for me.
Be humble, Daniela. Above all, be humble and contrite.
“I’m done,” I croak. “You won. I’ll marry you, and we’ll live in Porto.”
“You’ll marry me? This must be my lucky day.” He’s sarcastic, but not caustic. “I always win, Daniela. Always. I thought you would have learned that by now.”
“I’m sorry I ran.”
“I don’t believe you.”
“I made a mistake.”
“I wanted to be with Isabel and Valentina. They’ll have a hard time surviving without me until Valentina is old enough to work.”
“You wanted to be with them? I don’t believe it’s a thing of the past. You’re never going back to the US.”
I feel a lump forming in my throat. “I wanted to be with my family—what’s left of it. That’s a normal thing. I won’t run again. But you’re right. I’ll never stop missing them.”
“Your maid and her daughter are not your family.”
I need to make him understand that they are family—it’s true.
“They are my family, Antonio. In the same way Cristiano and Lucas are yours. If either of them were in trouble, you would risk everything to help them.”
“I would never take the kind of risk you took today.”
“I don’t believe you,” I say softly, and respectfully. “They’re like your brothers. Not all family is blood.”
Antonio’s phone buzzes, and he gets up and disappears down the aisle he came up before. The door opens and closes seconds later. One set of footsteps approaches.
I hope it’s him returning. My best chance for survival is with him. No one else can make that decision.
When he comes back, he’s holding a small plate with a mug and some tea biscuits. He places it on his chair and unchains my wrists, briskly rubbing his palms over my arms and shoulders. I soak in the warmth of his hands—the humanity I so desperately need right now.
Before he sits down, he hands me the cup of tea and the biscuits.
I’m overwhelmed by the small kindness. Maybe he’s not going to kill me. I start to cry. I’m leaking from my eyes and my nose, and no amount of sniffing can stop it from dripping off my face and onto my shirt.
He gets up and comes back, holding a wet facecloth and a clean T-shirt. He hands me the warm cloth. The heat feels so good against my face.
“Take off your shirt, and put this dry one on.”
I don’t bother to ask if there are people watching, because it almost doesn’t matter. Despite my tears, I’m numb inside.
“The cameras are off,” he murmurs.
He remembered my fear of being watched. I almost start to cry again.
“You’ve had a hellish twenty-four hours, and I’m sure there are people who would feel you’ve been punished enough. I’m not one of those people.”
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About Eva Charles
Eva Charles is the best-selling author of sexy romantic suspense, and contemporary romance. She spent a career working as a social worker and an attorney, specializing in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often sneak their way into her books.
When she’s not writing steamy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two naughtiest dogs you’ve ever met, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.
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