Revenge, Inc: Part 5: A Short Story

Author's Note:

Hello everyone and welcome back. I apologize to any of you that are overly anxious to get this story in its entirety, as I'm doing my best to publish this series as fast as I can. In the meantime, please expect new installments every Friday from now on. I will put forth my best effort to make sure I carry out this pledge to you, my readers. I hope that you enjoy this story just as much as I enjoy writing it. Again, thank you for devoting your time to reading my work. It's an absolute honor.

-ODP

P.S. If you have not read the preceding chapters of Revenge, Inc. please click on the corresponding link(s) to do so:

Revenge, Inc. Part 1

Revenge, Inc. Part 2

Revenge, Inc. Part 3

Revenge, Inc. Part 4

Darkness closes in all around me. There is no light as there is just too much darkness for there to be any. I have bouts of absolute rage in which I want to break, destroy, and make suffer everything around me—so much so that upon waking, I cannot be contained or controlled. Felix finds it in his heart to let me stay with him—that is in his jail cell at the station downtown. My cell is nine-by-five, has black iron bars, and no window unless of course you count the one my captors use to slide my three-squares through. They all seemed pretty pissed when I wake up out of my spell.

“I don’t know why it is we should feed you, jerk off! Look what you did to my nose!” Yeah, his nose was completely covered in gauze. It was that cowboy Randy—the one that picked me up and drove me to Haley. Maybe when the bandage comes off, he’ll find that it was an improvement, I thought. I guessed that it was my way of giving back to the police force.

“I did that?” I said to him, trying my best not to laugh.

“What? You telling me you don’t remember?” I shook my head.

“No.”

“Oh, so you don’t remember breaking Dave’s arm or punching Jimbo in the eye? It took six of us to hold you long enough so the captain could use a Taser on you!”

And I really didn’t recollect any of that as I only remember the darkness and waking up with a goddamn migraine. The newbie wasn’t finished apparently, because he continued on: “Oh, let me catch you outside the station one of these days! I’ll take you on my DAMN SELF!” I smiled.

“You know, it’s easy to talk shit on the other side of these bars, partner.”

“All right, cut the shit!” A familiar voice this time and there was no mistaking it: It was Felix. “Randy? If you had a second nose, Cody would break that one too. You are one pain in the ass, Cody. Where the hell did you learn how to fight like that?”

“The Valhalla Public Library.” I then turned to the newbie cop as I just couldn’t help myself. “You’d be amazed at what you can learn if you just picked up a book once in a while.” I got him, as the idiot ran right up to my cell.

“I’ll kick your ass!” Randy yelled.

“Not a chance in hell, Randy. Now get the out of here before I tell Shari you were over at Mister Happy’s after patrol last night.” So just like that, Randy disappears like a warranty on a used car. Felix then turns back and looks at me. “So you mean to tell me that you learned all of that from reading books?” I nodded my head.

“That’s right.”

“Well…Any of these books teach you how to control that temper of yours?”

“Those books must have been loaned out at the time.”

“Yeah, and more than likely they’re long overdue.” Felix smiled. “Your friend Peter is here waiting for you. Now, are you going to let forensics investigate Haley or are you going to let her abductor get away?” That temper of mine was trying to consume me—I could feel it. I had to fight the urge to react; I rolled my hands into fists

“I don’t have much of a choice now do I, Felix?”

“We all have a choice, Cody. The sooner people realize this, the sooner the world becomes a better place to live. Don’t you agree?”

“I don’t want to do that.”

“Do what? Make a choice?”

“No, Felix. I don’t want to live.”

It was quiet for most of the ride with Peter. He kept his eyes on the road and his thoughts inside his head…Typical Pete. I learned over the years that he wanted me to speak, that he wanted me to say something, anything, just to break the silence.

“What day is it, Pete?” He shook his head and didn’t bother to look at me when he responded.

“Friday.”

“You tellin’ me I was locked down for three days?”

“It would’ve been for more were it not for me.”

“Wow. My hero. What did you do? Put all their kids through college?” He turned and gave me the most sourpuss face and then back to the road ahead.

“Let’s just say that Felix and his precinct won’t be pressing charges against you.”

“Why not?” I was almost hurt that they weren’t.

“Under the circumstances, Cody, Felix didn’t want you in his cell anymore than you wanted to be there. Broken noses and broken arms heal. On the other hand, reputations and bad press aren’t as easy to fix. The last thing Felix wants is word spreading about how a one-hundred and eighty pound guy single-handedly beat the living piss out of half his precinct, especially when he’s trying to get bumped to commissioner. So, just keep it hush, all right? I made a deal with Freddy."

If you know that TV show, “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” then you might remember Billingsley Estates as being a featured home—all 20,000 or so square feet of Venetian monstrosity made up of Italian marble, chiseled stone, and mortar parked right smack in the middle of 250 acres in the suburbs of the suburbs of Valhalla. To call it a house was absurd. The damn thing was a castle. All of it, including the Billingsley fortune was left to Peter just as soon as his parents’ Skyliner SS80’s twin-jet engines failed and took The Plunge. All of this happened when Peter was only fourteen. He was the only kid that I knew, whether on TV or real life, with his own full basketball-court inside his house. He and I used to shoot hoops there after school.

Just as soon as we pulled up to the front of his castle, his two Saint Bernards and his plump maid, Roberta, came out after them to greet us before Peter’s Lotus could come to a complete stop. It was all routine. The words, “Welcome home, Master Peter!” was very familiar. But as soon as Roberta saw me, she got all misty-eyed and gave me a hug.

“My Goodness, Cody! My condolences to you!” Not knowing what to say, I thanked her and ended it there. And for just a fleeting moment for the few minutes while riding with Peter, I didn’t once think about Haley until then. “Could I entice you with some coffee or tea?”

“No thank you, Roberta. Not right now.”

“But of course, should you change your mind…”

“Yes, I will, you know that.” Roberta then gave me a slight bow and then turned to Peter.

“And for you, Master Peter?”

“Just a Scotch, Roberta. We’ll be up in the archives.”

“Very good, sir.” When Roberta left, I turned to Peter.

“She never changes, does she?”

“I wouldn’t know.”

“And your wife?”

“Probably out shopping.”

When we got to the upstairs, to the archives, the two of us sat down and went over everything that occurred from the night Haley didn’t come home. I told him the entire story about how the two of us got into an argument over Adrianna and about how I slapped Haley to end the argument. I felt sick to the core just talking about it. I went on about how I check with Charlie and Charlie’s parents and about how she was fine after their date and how Charlie was a gentleman walking her back and how Haley had given him a peck on the cheek for doing so…But then she just vanished and somehow never made it back home.

“And no one saw anything?” Peter asked, amazed.

“Not a single person.”

A silence between Peter and I and then my eyes fell on something that I must have seen about a hundred times but never really took any real interest in until then.

“Peter?”

“What?”

“Can I borrow your katana?”

“What? Sure, but why?”

“I also need you to do me a huge favor, as a friend.”

“Yeah, anything. Just say the word.”

I got up and went on over to the glass case that held the nineteenth century Japanese masterpiece that was flawless in its craftsmanship and the very last of its kind before the industrial revolution expelled the Samurai populace in Japan for good.

“I want you to kill me.”

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keira7 6 years ago

Hi Dohn, fo myself I have ready forgive you:) Thanks for part5. Take care my friend. God Bless.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for commenting, Keira7. I appreciate it.


Useful Knowledge 6 years ago

The suspense if growing evermore. I could not read it fast enough! Good stuff here Dohn...Really good. I can't wait until next Friday:)


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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast

No way it just ended. Ok I'll wait for the next one. Thanks dohn. Hope you had a good partay w/the Yankees' win.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for that, UK. I think that it's safe to say that you are my ambassador of my Revenge, Inc. series! To be honest, this was a bit difficult to write because of all of the info I had to reveal. I'm really glad that you enjoyed it!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Flightkeeper! Thank you for the comment! No, there's still much more to come! Yeah, I did get to celebrate , minus the champagne :P


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

great segment - as always! Patiently waiting for #6 :D Great stuff - keep up the great work!


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

A surprise ending--we'll see what evolves.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Enelle :D That's so good to hear! Friday it is! Thank you for reading!

Thanks, juneaukid. I surprised myself with the surprise ending :D


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Leop 6 years ago

Dohn, thank you for this very creative writing. You really can put it well. Love the beginning, center and definately, the suprise at the end. Can't wait for more.

Thank you.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome! Thank you so much, Leop! I'm so glad that you like it. I'll look forward to hearing from you again!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

I was gonna say, "Finally!" but hey, quality writing takes however long it takes. Keep it rolling friend, you've got something here. And when the book comes out, I'll be first in line.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Paradise7. Yeah, what with doing editorial work for my novel, work, reading hubs, ezinearticles, and the occasional novel I read, Revenge, Inc. is going a bit slow in terms of me churning out new serials. However, expect a new addition every Friday from here and out as one week gives me ample time to write a new one. Thank you so much for devotion. You are exactly the kind of fan that keeps me going :D


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Dohn - keep 'em coming! Can't wait for next Friday!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Shalini! I'm glad you liked it. Yes, Friday is a for Revenge :D


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Way to leave us hanging Dohn. Now we gotta read next weeks for sure!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hi Dohn, i have waited and be waiting for some more, I like the samurai, I like the depth and intensity you put into it consistently from beginning and the surprise at the ending....will wait for the next part again,,

This is what I like most here “We all have a choice, Cody........

thats true Dohn, we all have a choice...but then in the story, you dont understand things until it is happening to you,,,

thank you once more!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

:D Yes, Duchess, I'm terrible aren't I? Next Friday it is! I hope to see you then!

Hello, Pretty. Yes, the Samurai subplot is on the back-burner and is getting ready to be served up :) Trust me when I say that you're gonna like the next installment as well. The question of choice is very important in this story and so it is something that I wanted to established. I know I'll see you when Part 6 hits the "shelves."


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dave272727 6 years ago from Kentucky

Very powerful stuff! This is an amazing story. Thank you for sharing it.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Dave. Thanks for the comment. I like the hat, my friend :D


Am I dead, yet? 6 years ago

=o next Friday!?! Dohn--I do not think I have to say much about this but FREAKING awesome! I love this hero! Please do not kill him--oh, I get it, it is a cliffhanger! whew! He won't die, that was close! Dohn--you know it is not nice to scare people like that! I so looooveeee this series!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, AIDY! I'm so happy that you do. Overall, I like how the story is unfolding and am brainstorming week in and week out on how to go about telling it. I know that you'll be reading me next Friday and won't be disappointed :D


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

wow....! Absolutely brilliant stuff...and the suspense does leave you wanting for more always. Just keep writing....and we'll keep reading and loving every word of it! Waiting for the next one now...


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, myownworld. I'm glad that you think so :D I'm writing this story for you guys as you are My Audience. As long as you enjoy it, I'll keep writing it.


Linda Myshrall 6 years ago

What a cliff hanger-- I Can't wait for next Friday!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm glad you liked it, Linda. Thank you.


lynnechandler 6 years ago

Awesome as always!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Lynne. I appreciate it :D


Justine76 6 years ago

YAY!!!!!!! thanks for continueing. keep going as long as it stays fun. :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Justine. I'm glad that you're enjoying this series so far.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Well, I hope he doesn't grant his request to kill him. I guess we'll find out in the next Episode. The story is getting more interesting. Thanks Dohn.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Lady_E. It's good to see you here too. I appreciate your reading this and following this. You'll find out next Friday. Stay tuned :D


ralwus 6 years ago

It's growing into a great story Dohn. Love it. I did decide to come visit you as I knew you had this coming. Not been around much and don't know when I'll return, but I know you'll finish this and it will be waiting for me. CC


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! That's wonderful news, Charles. I thank you for coming by and reading this. Rest assured that a new installment will be ready and awaiting for your perusal. Thanks, Charles!


cosette 6 years ago

wow.

Dohn, I'm rivited! your humor is great also...perfection.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, cosette. Thank you! I'm glad you liked it :D


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Its moving fast , I know im way behind your other posts but this great.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks again, TFT. I really wanted to get this story going since its inception. I don't mind if your behind, so long as you continue to read! Thanks.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I will do the same next time... wait till there is a bunch written because there is always that want more feeling after each 'installment'. I'll be back for the next installment and the next and the one after that.

regards Zsuzsy


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Zsuzsy Bee. Although I did say this before, I'll say it again: Congrats on joining the HP team. You are without a doubt have always (since I've been here) a contributing member of the community. Well deserved!

Thanks for reading me. I can understand why you'd wait for clump of installments to be ready and waiting so you can read them in one big block (I'm the same way). So long as you read them, I'm happy!


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G Miah 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

I'm enjoying so much Dohn, i feel i missed out by not actually reading it before!

This challenge of mine has proved successfull, you never know anything until you delve into it, and your writing is like a treasure chest!

I must do this challenge again, because i'm really enjoying this! Lucky me!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Nevermind the past, G Miah. The present is all that matters and presently, you're into this story. I'm certainly lucky to have to have you aboard. The fact that you're having fun is certainly a bonus!


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nadiaj1980 6 years ago

I have been reading this story since I first logged on about 4 days ago, and I must say that I am loving it, and it is not even a genre of writing I would usually read. You sell it well. :-) Can't wait to read more. Thank goodness I don't have to wait until the next installment. :-) Take care, and thanks for becoming a fan of mine. It is much appreciated.I posted my first hub last Wednesday so check it out and give me your honest feedback.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, nadiaj1980. That's one of the best compliments I've ever received-to hear that someone that isn't usually into a certain genre (in the same context that I'm writing about) to take interest in reading my work. I really do appreciate it. Thank you for letting me know that you're following this story! I'll be sure to check out your hub!


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

"I want you to kill me." Well I didn't see that coming.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm glad you didn't Rose Mary! On to the next!


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Quite an unexpected surprise, my brother! I would`ve thought Cody would suddenly go on a killing spree and then do the harakiri. Hehehe! I let my imagination fly! Quality stuff,Bro! Loved it!

Two katanas up!

warm regards, blessings and more surprises like these,

Al


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! No, my protagonist doesn't die (yet?). I want to keep all of you guys guessing as to what will happen next. Much of the time I myself don't know what will take place--at least not until the last 48 hours in which I start pecking away at a new installment (I'm not kidding). Thanks again, my friend!

Dohn

P.S. Loved the "Two katanas up" bit :D


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

What an ironic way of speaking! His behavior can't be more bad, or we all lost our interest on him. Love it!Brilliant, Dohn. I'll check the next chapter now. ^_^


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Great to hear, Freya. I'm really glad that you're taking my advice and reading this. It means a lot that you are.


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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

how dare you leave me hanging,now i surely have to read on.....


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Sorry for that loveofnight. I had to make sure my readers keep on coming back ;)


Just A Voice 6 years ago

I hate to quite reading...but my time is up for the night...sigh. Work is so interferring! I will be back soon.

Great work.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Just to hear that you're upset by not having more time to read my work is a compliment in itself! I appreciate that you're enjoying this, Just A Voice. Thank you!


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

As usual, good and very intense. I'll be back tomorrow. Good read.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Valerie. Thank you! I look forward to hearing your comments as always.

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