Revenge, Inc. Part 3: A Short Story

Author's Note

I'd like to first thank you all for coming to read the next installment of Revenge, Inc. as I'm doing my best to bring to you this series just as soon as it unfolds. Please feel free to comment here as am interested in hearing what you think of it so far. Thank you in advance for accompanying me through this. I appreciate it.

-ODP

If you have not yet read the previous chapters in the Revenge, Inc. series, please click on the corresponding link to do so:

Revenge, Inc.: A Short Story

Revenge, Inc. Part 2: A Short Story

“Oh my God! Stop hitting my husband!” The middle-aged woman who was accompanying the guy was screaming.

I was at Valhalla Cemetery in my Sunday Best having freshly shaved, to the delight of Peter no doubt, when I catch this jackass walking over Haley about forty-yards away. Well, I just dropped Haley’s bouquet of roses and closed in on him like a heat-seeking missile and belted him one, I think, in mid-flight. When he fell, I followed through with more right-hooks while muttering I don’t know what.

“Stop! Please stop!” After I did so for a full three seconds, I belted him another one for good measure, so his front tooth that was already loose was now completely out.

“Fucking asshole!” I said to his face. “Don’t EVER WALK on Haley AGAIN!” I looked down at my hands and only shook my head in disgust. I had to drag my knuckles on the grass of some, “Harold J. Lauder: Proud Father and Husband” next door to get the blood off. While doing so, I watched as the woman helped her husband up (whose blood-drooling got all over the front of his shirt) and left. I looked down to find that my own shirt had blood freckles all over it. “Look what you did to my shirt, you fucking jerk!” I yelled out. The couple swung their heads around to look at me and then began moving double-time. Where the hell do these people come from?

I retraced my steps and found Haley’s bouquet and then sat down beside her. The sun was out and it was warm for autumn. I had to loosen up my tie to get comfortable. And as soon as I placed her flowers next to her, she started to come back to me.

“Hi, sweetie. I got you your favorite. You see? I told you that I’d never forget…I kept my promise.” I forced myself to smile, to put on my best face. I wasn't very good at this.

Now, I don’t know if it was the weather with its wind or the recent turn of events with that asshole stepping on Haley or what, but the pain I felt that day when I learned the news of Haley leaving this world returned; it felt like a six-foot sword plunging deep through my fucking heart. Four years later and it still feels the same as it ever did. My dad is full of shit. It doesn’t get better. The pain only gets more refined and more difficult to control. It all became real to me again. Haley came flooding back to me:

“What the fuck do you mean you can’t find her?” I said to Chief Felix Jeffries over his desk. I was livid and the cops had nothing except for Haley’s sneaker. “I vote, pay my taxes, am a good citizen, and when my little girl goes missing the Chief of Police brings me a fucking Reebok for my trouble.”

“Look, Cody. The boys are doing all they can, you know that.”

“Well, it’s three fucking days now Felix! I haven’t slept yet…I’m all fucked up right now.”

“Maybe you should do that or at least try to. You don’t look so good and if I’d pulled you over tonight, you get a free pass to de-tox. Take it easy on the sauce, huh? I’ll have Jimbo here drive you home. There’s no point staying here…Jimbo? You mind giving Cody a ride?”

“No, I wanna walk.” I said to him before Jimmy could answer.

“I’d rather Jimmy give you a lift if it’s all the same to you...I’m not asking you either, Cody.”

That was when Jeff placed a bear-paw sized hand on my shoulder and gave me a hard squeeze while staring at me like he was trying to psyche me into agreeing with him. By then, I was just too damn tired to argue and so took his offer to ride with Jimmy riding shotgun. I remember that entire ride from start to finish, combing the sidewalks for Haley, half expecting her to hobbling along while walking with one sneaker. What the hell was I thinking?

I didn’t live that far away from the station but even so, Jimmy felt the need to talk to me, whether it was out of pity or just to break the silence while driving me home that night:

“I still remember that play Cody, against Southern Catholic. You hit their quarterback so hard his helmet flew clear right off! What a play!” After I didn’t say anything he turned and looked at me. “Hey, we’re gonna find her, bro. We’ll find Haley, all right?” And he was right, because he never said whether or not she’d be alive when they did. I didn’t say anything the entire ride. I was just too spent. I didn’t even say ‘Thank you’ when I got out of the cruiser when we arrived at my house. “Take care of yourself, all right Cody?” I barely heard him.

Just as soon as I get inside, I hear the annoying beeping of the answering machine in the kitchen. For a moment my hearts racing because I think it’s Felix with some news of Haley, but then that thought is squashed, because he would’ve radioed Jimbo if that were the case. It’s not like he didn’t know where I was after all. I made myself as available as possible those last few days. Although worried sick, I had some hope that Haley would be found and that life would just return to normal for the love of Christ, like I was living a nightmare that would soon blow over like a passing storm. I went over to the machine anyway and pressed the PLAY MESSAGE button. It was Peter:

“Cody? Cody, I just heard what happened. I just got back today and so heard what happened...I’m sorry Cody. I don’t even know what to say right now. Please call me as soon as you get in all right?”

I hit the DELETE button and went to flipping open my kitchen cabinet doors for more liquor but found that I had none left. I then thought about getting to the liquor store before they closed but realized that my car was still back in the station, but not before checking my garage first to find a fucking a grease spot where my Mustang should’ve been and so for a split second I thought someone stole my car and was nice enough to closed my garage door out of spite. I was too tired to be pissed about my own stupidity. I went over to my couch to rest my eyes if even a little bit and placed the cordless atop my chest just in case Felix called. I passed out just as soon as I closed my eyes. I might've had five or six dreams that night and in every single one of them there was Haley looking so beautiful and peaceful, smiling and waving to me from a place I couldn’t reach, no matter how hard I tried. I apologized to her and begged for her to come back to me instead but she didn't seem to hear me. I screamed out to her over and over again but it was useless. That’s probably why my throat was hoarse the following morning.

I woke to the sound of the cordless ringing from everywhere. It was real early and the sun was not out yet. I jumped from the couch so suddenly that the cordless I had sitting on my chest dove off me and so spent the next dozen seconds or so cursing out loud while trying to track down exactly where the ringing was coming from and turned my living room upside down in the process.

“Hello?” I said out of breath and into the phone just as soon as I found it.

“It’s Felix. You’ll have to come down. I’ll send a cruiser to come pick you up.” And before I could say anything else, he hung up the phone and left me without words.

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Comments 56 comments

poetlorraine 7 years ago

it's so good, coming along really well, you write so much,and such different subjects, but all enjoyable. So different from sticky rice, but just as enjoyable, well done


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Arthur Gulumian 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Ah Part 3 finally arrived =D! Great sequel Dohn - I expected no less from you mate.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Dohn--fantastic! I am rooting for the father in this one. His vengeance is justified! Beating the crap out a man for 'stepping' on Haley! Awesome. This could be a movie, Dohn--oh yeah!


Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

Dohn,

I love the back story here. I couldn't read it fast enough! This story is really coming along. I can't wait to read the next part.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Poet. I'm glad you liked it. There is so much more that I will add to this story. Just so long as I have a readership, I will continue to post. Thank you so much for reading!

Hey, Arthur. It's great to hear your excitement in getting to read this. Your comment is encouraging to me. Thank you for reading this.

Hello, AIDY. Seeing this story in the form of a movie as a movie is justifiable in it's own right, huh? That's would be something. Thanks for the compliment and I'm glad you liked it!

Hey, UK. I'm just enamored that you liked the addition and thank you for being so patient for it to finally get posted. Part 4 should be available for you to read within the next week. Thanks again!


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twalker74 7 years ago from Las Vegas Nevada

Good job so far. This is a nice touch. I think you are headed in the correct direction.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, thank you, twalker74. My receiving so much great feedback only pushes me further to continue onward. I'm glad you enjoyed it!


hubpageswriter 7 years ago

'And he left you without words'...

Emotions well felt; especially about the losing of Haley.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, HPWriter. I'm glad you like it! I hope to get Part 4 out in a couple of days.


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lancelonie 7 years ago

I like story (although I'm late) . . . especially that caged-cat photo. :))


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, lancelonie. I appreciate your comment!


ralwus 7 years ago

Nice cliffhanger. Am in anticipation dohn. I finally rested enough to read a few hubs and I chose this one early on. Going well my friend.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Charles! I'm glad that you like it so far. I'm just not sure how long this will be just yet!


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lisamrcx 7 years ago from Florida

Wow nice job! I feel the emotions and pain for the father great hub! I cant wait to read more.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Lisa. Hopefully the next installment will be ready in a couple of days.


cosette 7 years ago

my God, Dohn - You are an AMAZING writer! I see Haley...I feel his agony..I chuckled at this:

"I had to drag my knuckles on the grass of some, “Harold J. Lauder: Proud Father and Husband” next door to get the blood off."

this would make a FANTASTIC film! if this doesn't get published then those people are idiots. rock on dude. I am pressing the UP button.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Wow, didn't know you can be such a bloody ba...writer. BTW, Valhalla sounds like something out of Valkyrie Profile.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you cosette! I really liked that scene too, as it defines Marak's character perfectly to me. As much as readers are into this story, I'm doubly so, as he is probably my favorite out of all of the characters I've ever created, as he is uncompromising (almost, as he doesn't kill people) and pretty much badass. I'm glad you enjoyed it :D

...And speaking of badasses, hello, May! Valhalla is the "hall of heroes" or the place where slain heroes go after the world of the living in Norse (Viking) Mythology. It's also a real town that was close to where I grew up in New York. I thought it a good name for the cemetery. Thanks for the compliment!


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

woohoo! Congrats on the HubPages weekly 'Hubber2Hubber' Dohn!

from a fan =]


ralwus 7 years ago

AIdy beat me to it, ain't she a doll? Congrats my friend. I was honored that way too, 'tis special huh?


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, thank you both! I was pleasantly surprised that I was chosen to do the interview and yes, Charles, I definitely felt honored! Thank you, AIDY and thank you Charles for the shout. I appreciate your friendship.


Justine76 7 years ago

Ok, I know everybody said this but your really doing well. I love how your getting in the past story right with the present. I highly doubt youll ever loose readership, at least I know Im sticking around. You should keep writing, as long as you enjoy it.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Justine. I appreciate tour readership and support. I will see this serial to the end and I hope that many will follow Marak for its entirety. Thank you!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Justine. I appreciate tour readership and support. I will see this serial to the end and I hope that many will follow Marak for its entirety. Thank you!


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words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

"Hubber2Hubber"

what a feeling Dohn to know you a little more...congratulations! I still got to read this hub but I am in a hurry..catch up with you again...

May God bless you with all that you desire in life now and years ahead!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, words cocktail! Come by anytime. Thank you for the encouragement and the well wishing. That was very kind of you, thank you.


Keira7 7 years ago

Hi brother, I just have to say again that you are an excellent writer. Thanks. God Bless you bro.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Keira7! That's very kind of you! I'm glad you like the story and hope to hear from you again soon!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Dohn - it just keeps getting better - absolutely gripping!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Shalini. Thank you again! I love your comments.


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

hi Dohn, the intensity and emotions still continues as I anticipate reading the next part of it, it is true that after reading this series and when I put my coffee into brew, I cant help but still think of Haley,,,,,hmmm


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow, that's really interesting to hear! Haley's character has certainly affected you, Pretty! She certainly is a developed character in my view and is the reason why Cody becomes Marak. See you in the next installment ;)


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

Looooong way to scroll to leave a comment! Well done! Anxiously awaiting the next installment...


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Great comment, RedElf! Part 5 will be ready tomorrow! Thanks again.


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Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

It just gets better. great work.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, TFT. That's great to hear!


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G Miah 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

Very interesting, i love the suspense, and i know that Haley is dead, but i want to know how she died, and of course, to find out i have to read on!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It's great that you're "into" this story, G Miah. However, you'll be caught up in no time flat ;) Thanks again!


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Mrvoodoo 6 years ago from ?

Very very very impressed so far dude, gonna cook up some chips, grab me another beer and read on. I've put down the book I was reading because it's shockingly poor in comparison to your own. And whilst I don't mean to suggest it is any way the same or based upon, it does have that kind of V-Vendetta/Sin City dark graphic novel feel to it (but obviously without the pictures). Loving it.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I love it, bro. You're not the only one that gets themselves ready to read this series, as I have people getting cocoa ready while sitting on a sofa (after having printed out each installment) others are reading it on their lunch breaks at work over a sandwich...It just gives me such gratitude to hear such activity. I think it just has to do with people giving a damn about what I write. I can't ask for more.

I'm glad to see that you're into this story. I can't wait to hear your responses down the road ;)

I also flattered that I got you to ditch a book that was PUBLISHED and instead opted for my series here (free of charge for now, lol).


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Darn, Bro! You got me panting here! This is really good, Dohn! I am glad I decided to read it slowly, because I am really enjoying it big time!

Great piece!

Two thumbs and Two toes up!

Be blessed, my brother!

Kind regards,

Mystique


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

LOL, thank you, Mystique! Thank you so much for that! I'm a pretty impatient reader, so I always try to write my stories that would interest and excite me. It's awesome to know that you're now reading this, so welcome aboard.

Until next time?

Dohn


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

You've done a good job setting up that 'kick in the gut' news.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Rose Mary. You really are keeping to your word!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hmmm... now you make me attacht around your hubs for while to read the whole series. Isn't it not done yet, right? I should followed my instinct to not start reading this until all done because I hate waiting. hhh.... Wonderful job, Dohn!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Freya. This will be done very, very soon. Sorry, I can't yet disclose that info! You can wait if you want to, but I assure you, if you read like one a day, you'll be fine ;) I'm glad I got you hooked!


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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

Ok, I'll meet you at the next chapter....


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It's great to hear from you, apricot!


Just A Voice 6 years ago

I have been impatiently waiting to have a moment of free time so I could continue your story. And finally tonight I've gotten a chance.

It is so good, it's just sucking me in more and more. I'm definately hooked!


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Chicagovision 6 years ago from Chicago

your writing is brilliant thus far.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Just A Voice! It's so flattering to hear that! I hope that you find more time and so are able to catch up. I'm doing my best right now to get back on track with the proceeding part(s). See you at the finish line ;)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Chicagovision! It's awesome to see that you're still following this story!


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

You really cause your readers to feel your emotion. The tension is building, and we are suspecting the worse.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for the comment Valerie. It's great to hear such great feedback from you. There's much, much more to come!


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thanglynn07 6 years ago from Long Beach, CA

Hey Don!!! Omg! I am soo far behind on this!!! I'm gonna make me some nice hot cocoa and read as much as I can today! You are such an amazing writer! Where do you find the time? I've been so swamped lately that I haven't been as involved in hub as I would've liked to. So, I'm gonna get myself back into reading these wonderful hubs of yours! And so many others I've neglected! Good to be back!!!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Holy cow! It's been a long time, thanglynn07! Just to hear from you again is awesome. I really hope that you get the opportunity to finish reading this work as I'm curious to hear what you think. Of course, I'll read as much as your work as I can and with that said, I sure do hope that you get back into sharing your words again. I've been extremely busy myself and so haven't even had the time to come back to HubPages to moderate my comments. I hope to hear from you again soon ;)

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