She knew that she shouldn’t be there. Going out in public to meet someone was risky. Anybody could see them. But she had no choice. Especially with this one.
She found him in the room at the karaoke machine like he said he would be. She had never pictured him as a karaoke singer, and she could understand why after hearing how bad he sounded. She knew better than to show or say her disapproval though.
She sat down on the sofa in the room and couldn’t help remembering that morning when he was at her own house on the sofa.
She had hoped that she had heard the last from him, but apparently not. She really hoped that he didn’t plan on a repeat performance here.
She was a bit surprised when a woman walked in and took over at the karaoke machine.
“She knows to ignore anything we say…or do.”
“I don’t think this is the place for that.” Colleen had been afraid of that. She know that either Izaiah would fine out, or “He” would and then “He” would make her pay for seeing someone without his permission.
“I don’t think you have any say in this matter. Not if you want your secret kept from your husband. You know, I could call him right now and tell him all about it. I do believe that prostitution is still illegal in Brindleton Bay.”
He had her, and they both knew it. She had no choice but to do what he wanted.
“What do you want?”
“I want a piece of the pie. We both know it’s no longer cherry, but I can live with that.”
“I don’t think…”
“You have no room to think. You know that. This is not a request, Colleen. I know who you are working for. We both know that he can hurt you physically if you deny him. We both also know that I can hurt you in a much worse way if you deny me.”
She looked down at her hands in her lap. She could feel the tears in her eyes that she was trying to hold back. She didn’t want him to have the benefit of seeing her cry.
“What do you want me to do.”
“I will be at your place in the morning when Izaiah leaves for work. We will discuss it then.”
She nodded and stood up. She needed to get out of there and get home. She needed to process this downward spiral her life was on.
Izaiah was already home when she got back. She had to think fast of some excuse in case she was asked where she was.
“Hi, Love. Out with the girls again?”
She nodded and immediately felt guilty. “Mindy felt like some karaoke so we headed to the city for a few hours.” She knew that changing the subject would be best. “How was work?”
Izaiah sighed as he told her about his day. “This case is a tough one. This woman was a wife and a mother. Her daughter said that she had gone out jogging and never came home. Her husband says the same. From what the scene showed us, they are telling the truth. Her shoes were still on, but her clothes were nearby. We think she may have been raped. We are waiting for the lab results on that.”
Colleen listened to the details and felt her heart breaking for the woman’s family. “Is there anything that I can do for the family? Cook them something, send flowers?”
He shook his head and squeezed her hand. “It is very sweet that you want to do something, but no. They are staying with a family friend right now and are being taken care of.”