Characters in the story are based off real people. Names have been changed to protect those individuals. Situations and events in the story are fictional, although some real events may be included. Some content may include violence and sexual depictions. Reader discretion is advised.
It didn’t take long for the correctional system to process the minister into the same system he tried to dodge. In fact, the same system that he had always tried to fight and state that it doesn’t treat the black man with respect, is now part of his reality going forward. The only thing that is working in Khalid’s favor, is that the extradition order to send him back to Boston will take some time. For right now, Minister Cure is being locked up and detained inside the county jail awaiting the first part of his extradition process, a hearing of whether the extradition will be granted or denied. With little time on his side, Khalid request to make a phone call to his stand-by attorney to fight the extradition, which is a 50/50 chance success rate. After speaking with his attorney on the phone, Khalid is returned back to his cell to only find out that he now has a cellmate to share the cell with. When Khalid stepped through the cell doors, and heard it slam behind him, the new cellmate looked up at him and didn’t say a word to him for the first few minutes. Khalid took a few more steps further into the cell to step pass the new inmate, which apparently irritated the man.
JAMES WINSTON: Excuse you, minister!
KHALID X. CURE: What?
JAMES WINSTON: You heard me.
KHALID X. CURE: I wanted you to repeat it.
JAMES WINSTON: Whose you? My father now? I don’t listen and take orders from nobody.
KHALID X. CURE: Listen slim, umm, I don’t know you, but since we have to cell together, I think swinging attitudes around won’t help the situation.
JAMES WINSTON: Oh okay. So you think preaching to me is going to help us get along? Nigga please!
KHALID X. CURE: What?! You just got here and you already trying to claim shit and step? You don’t know who you messing with, slim. I suggest you calm down and just take it easy.
JAMES WINSTON: Take it easy?! Listen, minister! You are supposed to be the leader of the black community, but yet you are stuck in the same system that you once tried to fight. I’ve been in and out of the system for years, to the point where if a bitch in blue even looks at me, I’m thrown behind the slammer. You don’t know what that is like, do you?
KHALID X. CURE: You think I just got where I am without any trials and tribulations of my own? You honestly think that I got to where I am now without having to step on some toes and bust some heads? I’ve gone through more shit in this life it feels like then Jesus Himself went through dying for our sins in this white man’s world! Don’t talk to me about struggles and pain like I don’t know what you are talking about. I’ve seen things that even men older than me haven’t seen and dealt with. I tell some of my adventures to old war veterans, and even some of them say they still had it better than I did growing up. The system we are in right now don’t want us to strive after we leave, they want us to continue the same cycle so they can show all those that agree with them that we are out of control. There’s no need for hostility towards me son, just understand that I am still on the right side fighting for our existence okay?
COUNTY INMATE #1: Hey! Minister! Nobody wants to hear that shit in here!
JAMES WINSTON: Shut the fuck up!!
COUNTY INMATE #1: Why don’t you come over here and make me? I got something for that ass!!
KHALID X. CURE: You gotta problem me? What’s your name, son?
COUNTY INAMTE #1: They call me ‘BC’! Black Curtain! I make niggas go to sleep anyway I can!
KHALID X. CURE: Okay, Black Curtain! If you think that scares me or anyone with great substance to stand on, you aren’t helping the situation! We need to stand together as a black community to get the respect that we so deserve!
COUNTY INMATE #1: I got respect! You don’t understand that kind of respect! I….
CORRECTIONAL OFFICER: Hey! Shut the damn noise! We don’t need to hear any of this shit!! Especially you, minister. Don’t start shit! Walks away.
KHALID X. CURE: Talking to his new cellmate. What’s your name, son?
JAMES WINSTON: James Winston. They call me GG.
KHALID X. CURE: Let me guess. The Green Gangsta?
JAMES WINSTON: Nah. Green God.
KHALID X. CURE: Explain Green God to me.
JAMES WINSTON: I’ve made a lot of money over my time in the game. I’ve made money in situations that no one dared to pursue. I’ve made money in the most fucked up places you can imagine, man. I’ve had fake businesses scraping in the dough at one time, you know? Shut’em down and build elsewhere. Repeat the same process over and over again until the blues caught up with me just a few months ago. I try to find the weakness in the financial game and…
KHALID X. CURE: …exploit it. Maybe you need some fine tuning on your skills.
JAMES WINSTON: I need people that I can trust to get shit done.
KHALID X. CURE: Well, James, I think I have an opportunity for you awaiting once you are released.
JAMES WINSTON: Seriously?
KHALID X. CURE: Yes.
JAMES WINSTON: However, I’m not the only GG around here. There’s a GG Jr.
KHALID X. CURE: I see that the color Green is in the name here. Anyone dealing money that deals with you has green behind or in front of their nickname?
JAMES WINSTON: Something like that, but we try to exploit the financial system and gain from it. Some men have died doing shit like this. There is a reason for the color and it’s not all about the color of money.
KHALID X. CURE: I’ll protect you and your partners if you share me in on the 411. Don’t need an answer right now, but think about it, talk it over with your friends and get back to me. Gets on the top bunk to take a nap.
For several minutes after the service is over, and standing inside a candlelit sanctuary, Shelly awaits to be summoned to the back by one of the leaders. While she walks around the sanctuary glancing at the artwork posted on the walls and staring at some of the beautiful structured statues, she notices one of the members leaving the building in a hurry, with a quick pace walk. Although this sparks her interest, she doesn’t put it together that what was about to come next will be life changing. Immediately after the last member walks out the front doors, Shelly hears her name called waving her to the back door of the sanctuary. Shelly takes one more glance at the statue she was standing in front of and quickly goes to meet the parishioner at the door, who holds it open for her to enter through. Once she walks through the door, the parishioner escorts her down the hallway to a set of stairs leading to the basement, where she mentions that Ruby and the others are waiting. Shelly stares down the steps and looks back at the lady before proceeding down the wooden, creaky steps to her secret meeting.
When Shelly gets to the bottom of the steps, she looks around and sees three women in dark red robes standing at the end of a tunnel. She begins to walk towards them down the dark, partially lit hallway and comes within a few steps of their presence. All three women look at her and directs Shelly to follow them through a door, which unknown to her was a room set up for sacrificing needs. Immediately, after Shelly entered through the door she saw Ruby and another lady standing by a table with arm and leg straps prepared for her. This sends fear through Shelly’s heart as she tried to escape through the door she just came through, but ran into the three women that led her there. At this point, Shelly tries to fight all three women with very little success, who quickly overpower her and drag her to the table against her will. Her struggle to avoid being sacrificed was an annoyance to Ruby, who gave her a powerful backhand across the face nearly knocking her unconscious. Once the women were able to place Shelly on the table, and strap her arms and legs down tightly, all the women took their places around the table to be a valuable witness to what was about to happen.
As the women around the table, including Ruby, began to chant and repeat the sacrificial covenant, Shelly looks above her head and could see a large, long knife being held over her. Ruby slowly raises the knife above her head to the max point of where she couldn’t raise it anymore, preparing to strike Shelly directly in the chest. Shelly started crying and began to beg for her life as she thought she was facing the reality of her life ending in the dark dungeon of where she served with loyalty and respect. The women began to get louder with their sacrificial chant as it was near the point of no return for Shelly to be spared, but just before Ruby was to strike down with all her force, the door to the sacrificial ceremony was busted open. The loud noise of the door being busted open got the attention of all the women, who all quickly shifted their focus on the open door with no one standing in front of it. Ruby snaps her fingers for two women to go check out the hallway and to see who is hiding out. Two of the women peeped out the door down both sides of the hallway, and as they stepped out to see if anyone is around, Ruby hears the two women screaming before they were silenced. The other two went to quickly close the door the best they could, but it was blown open once more sending both women to hit the wall banging their heads, knocking them out cold.
To the amazing sight of Ruby she was now face to face with the shadow figure, who only made his eyes visible in bright white hue. Ruby slowly began to back away from Shelly with the knife still in her hand at about neck level, while the shadow figure just stood there staring at her. Once Ruby backed up as far as she could with her back up against a wall, she grabbed her throat and made the choking sounds and gestures dropping the knife on the cement floor. Shelly raised her head to watch Ruby struggle for air as she slowly slid down the wall to the floor, which she thought was the end of her ordeal. After Ruby passed out, and was silenced, the shadow figure focused his attention to Shelly being sprawled out on the table still strapped down. The figure slowly entered the room and stood by her, which just made Shelly extremely nervous to even say anything or look at it. As she laid there with her eyes tightly closed, she felt her arms and hands were free, and before she dared to move them, she opened her eyes to see no one standing there. Shelly quickly sat up on the table and glanced around the room and could see three women on the floor motionless. Once she jumped down off the table and ran out the door, and down the hallway, she saw a stone figure in the middle of the hallway.
Shelly quickly realized that the stone figure she was seeing was one of the women that fled the room earlier. Squeezing her way around the statue, she made it to the sanctuary and made a mad dash to the front door. As she is running towards the door, things behind her begin to catch fire and anything on the way starting falling to the floor shattering into pieces. Once Shelly made it through the front doors of the building, she fell and looked back at the building, which very quickly engulfed into flames. Unknown to Shelly outside, Ruby was the only one still alive in the building, who started to come too when the building began to collapse on itself. Ruby does her best to gather herself and struggles through falling debris to escape through a back tunnel that was not known to many people. Just as Ruby made it through the tunnel entrance, the building exploded sending a fireball partially down the tunnel, which had enough force to send Ruby off her feet landing face first on the ground, but avoided being burned to death. At the same time when the building exploded, Shelly was just close enough for the force to send her flying backwards through the air landing on a hood of a car. Lying there on the hood of the car, Shelly was barely conscious and before losing consciousness, the last thing she heard were people in the distance and the sound of the fire crackling. In the tunnel, Ruby was able to escape with her life, but her colleagues had perished in the fire, which left her standing alone. Ruby took one more glance at the first before disappearing into the dark of night, not to be heard from or seen again until the time to fight back has presented itself.
[Safe House in Russia]
After Aya and Daniel arrive at the safe house location provided to them prior to undertaking the assassination mission, Daniel runs around to clear the house making sure no one else was inside. Once the coast was clear, he helped Aya in through the front door, who was nursing a thigh injury from a bullet wound and blood streaming down her leg. Aya was laid on the couch supporting her wounded leg on the arm rest to slow down the bleeding while Daniel rushed into the kitchen to grab the first aid kit. Daniel brought the first aid kit over to Aya and grabbed the Quick Clot application and tore it open, which made Aya just imagine the pain that would soon come after. The Quick Clot was poured on her would, which made Aya scream out for a brief second and several grunts followed before Daniel was able to seal off the wound from further infection. Knowing that Aya was taken care of, he sat down on the floor next to the floor trying to catch his breath and calm his heart rate while watching the reaction of Aya.
A few minutes passed before Daniel went into a room to alert his handler that they are safe and sound for the time being. As Daniel is communicating with his bosses back in the United States, Aya sits up on the couch to gather herself and started to limp around the house to see what was around. The curiosity of Aya got the best of her and she just started going into room after room, and after going into the last room was something she didn’t expect to see. She found herself staring and looking through evidence that showed the United States attempting to undermine the influence of the Russian government in the Balkan region, which spelled out the possible assassination of the Russian president. What Aya was seeing was completely different from what she was told and led to believe why she was defying her own people. By the time Daniel found her snooping around in the last room in the house, Aya was standing there holding papers in her hand feeling mixed emotions of what she discovered.
Daniel slowly walked up to her in the midst of explaining it all to her, but at that point Aya mustard up enough strength to punch him right in the face for lying to her. He stumbled backwards a little bit holding his mouth, checking for blood as he felt it and the taste of iron in his mouth. She looked at him saying, “If I didn’t have a hurt leg right now, I’d kick your ass for this shit! You lied to me about why we did what we did! I thought I was saving my family from further tyranny, but yet I might’ve just put them in danger believing your lies.” As he stood there he could see the anger in her eyes, which teared up for a few seconds before she wiped them away. Just before he could respond to her, the phone line rings and he goes to answer it as it could be from his handler. When he answers the phone to speak, Aya comes out of the room in a bothered-depressed state of mind and goes to sit down on the couch, holding her fresh sealed wound. Many things are running through her mind at this point, but with her fear of her family being killed or kidnapped for her betrayal of the motherland. While she sits there soaking in her own sorrow, Daniel slowly comes out to deliver some news to her that she should know.
He walks around the couch and finds a seat next to her as she just stares straight ahead into space. While watching the tears coming down her face, he delivers to her that her family is now safe and has been pulled out of the area by American Special Forces, who were undercover working the area. This breaks her stare and switches her eyes to his and he could see the relief being lifted off of her knowing that she didn’t put them in harm’s way. However, she made it clear to him that he wasn’t completely out of the dog house with her, and that she demands a complete explanation of what is going on. Before he went into explanation of what the true reasons for what they did, he hands her a piece of paper with his writing on it stating that tensions between the two countries have been risen.
AYA SILVERMAN: What does this mean? What are you trying to tell me?
DANIEL STORM: The Russians are blaming the United States for the assassination attempt of their president, and stating that they will put their forces on high alert in the Balkan region. This is why your family was pulled out of the area undetected. An assassination attempt of a president, of any country, is considered an act of war and this could lead out two nations on the brink.
AYA SILVERMAN: So our two countries will go to war because of what I did? You getting caught and I getting wounded in the process to save your American ass!
DANIEL STORM: To break it down to you in a quick summary of what is going on, is that some members of the Russian military were operating within the Balkan region to annex the area. Knowing how much this would put into fear of the people in Eastern Europe, and our allies, not to mention your government would ultimately stash self-defense weapons in the region to fight off anyone trying to come in to remove them.
AYA SILVERMAN: Why not just create chaos in the Balkans instead of going after President Gustavof?
DANIEL STORM: We didn’t want to get into another campaign overseas that we potentially couldn’t get out of without it escalating. So the idea was to assassinate the president of Russia, who is calling the shots directly, to at least delay the annexation so we could have time to figure out what to do next.
AYA SILVERMAN: Now since we failed to do that, this situation may have escalated anyway to a point of no return. We will have the entire breath of the Russian military searching us like dogs, with dogs, to capture us and kill us immediately! What’s the plan now? Run?
DANIEL STORM: We need to get to Poland, but we need to go through Belarus to meet one of our contacts. Then once in Poland, we seek asylum and wait for a representative of the United States to get us into the United States where we will be debriefed and released from our mission.
AYA SILVERMAN: What about my family? Where are they being held right now?
DANIEL STORM: Your family are on their way to the United States, where you will meet them and where you will have the choice of staying to receive citizenship or seeking asylum elsewhere of your families choosing.
AYA SILVERMAN: If we are successful, I may find it in my heart to forgive you! Until then we need to work together to make sure this plan works and not get caught up our nations affairs any more than what we have already.
DANIEL STORM: I understand. We’ll succeed.
As Dawn pulls up into the parking lot at the doctor’s office to see her son, she pauses in the car for a few moments when her thoughts really start to swirl about her future with or without her husband. She catches herself staring into space through the windshield and realizes that she is there for her son, not her soon to be ex-husband. Almost immediately after she entered through the doors of the doctor’s office, she meets with her mother in the lobby area, giving each other hugs. Then once they exchanged personal gestures, her mother escorted her to the back where her son was waiting for the doctor to return. Dawn saw her son, gave him a hug and rubbed his head in trying to give him some comfort, and letting him that mom is there. When the doctor returned into the room, he greeted Dawn and gave her the rundown of what her son was suffering from. Apparently, in the doctor’s notes and results he believed that Dawn’s son was suffering from IBS and a severe case of the stomach flu. Although hearing this was still somewhat bothersome, she was also relieved to hear that her son is going live.
After the doctor visit, and the medication for Troy was filled, all three of them began to make their way out to the parking lot. This is where Dawn’s mother felt it was the time to speak to her daughter.
DAWN’S MOTHER: So, have you decided what to do?
DAWN PERRY: I’m assuming you are speaking about Vincent and I?
DAWN’S MOTHER: Yes, of course.
DAWN PERRY: I’m still trying to decide what to do with this. Mom, I caught him in the bed with another woman, in mid-stroke mind you. I don’t know who this woman was, nor do I care who she is. The fact remains that he brought this behavior into our home where things were already teetering on the ledge. Thank God none of our kids were there to witness it.
DAWN’S MOTHER: Well, some would say it is an easy decision to make based on what you just explained and saw that night. I can’t say what you should do or what the right thing for you to do. I just know you need to follow your heart on this one. Pray to God and see what He says about it.
DAWN PERRY: I’m still waiting for an answer from God. My heart hurts for what happened and has happened in our marriage, but at the same time I feel bad for him because maybe I could’ve prevented this or could’ve contribute to it. I don’t know. I just know the love that was once there is not there and now our kids are going to be caught in the middle of it. On top of everything else, I have a job interview in Birmingham, Vermont for the court paralegal position.
DAWN’S MOTHER: Do you think you will take the new job if everything lines up correct?
DAWN PERRY: Maybe. It’s too early to tell what I will do at this point. I’m basically allowing things to take its course and I’ll decide then. Things aren’t black and white anymore to me like they used to.
DAWN’S MOTHER: Try not to stress over it too much. Just let things take its course, just like you said. Sometimes we won’t always have the answer before we need it. Do you deed as a mother and as a responsible citizen and things will work out as they should.
DAWN PERRY: Thanks mom. Hugging each other. Thank you for bringing Troy to the doctor’s office and taking care of the kids for me.
DAWN’S MOTHER: No problem dear. I’ll have your father bring over your other rebels to you later today. I love you dear. Take care Troy and feel better.
Dawn and her mother parted ways into their respective cars and left the parking lot in two different directions. Now, it is time for Dawn to really think about the future and see what will happen next. Just like her mother told her a few moments ago, sometimes you have to just let things happen and you will then know what your next course of action will be. Well, we will all see what is going to happen next!
END OF CHAPTER VII
APRIL 1, 2016 – CHAPTER 8