Treatment Part 2

The two doctors return with a nurse  pushing a cart on top is a small machine. Li Shaoting filled him in as to what the process would be so Li Tian silently watches from the side.

Dr. Ling was told by Li Shaoting that the bodyguard was allowed to stay. Since he threatened the research facility’s funding she acquiesced. 

Ignoring Li Tian’s piercing gaze  Dr. Sloane places several electrode pads on Sara’s head and turns a dial slowly. When he turns on the machine Sara’s body twitches and her eyebrows wrinkle. Li Tian panics and pushes the doctor, “What are you doing! She looks like she is in pain!”

Annoyed by Li Tian’s outburst the doctor’s face contorts in anger, “Unless you want me to call security, step back and let me do my job!” He is a well renowned neurologist that people wait months to see. “Don’t interrupt the treatment!”

  “Shaoting didn’t say she would be in pain. Stop now!”

  “…” Both doctors stare at him, Shaoting?

 Dr. Ling realizes this man is not ordinary, his domineering tone is as if he is used to being in charge. Referring to Young Master Li…is he a person favored by the Li Family? A relative?

 Composing herself she says, “Mr. Lu, the electrodes are stimulating her brain waves. It is normal for the patient to have some involuntary movements. I gave Miss Song a low dose pain medication in her IV, she shouldn’t be in any pain.” 

 “She is pregnant!  How will it affect the babies?”

She can’t hide her shock at his emotional outburst, “Mr. Lu! You are merely her bodyguard…Mr. Cadieux would not be happy to know you are growing abnormally attached to his sis…Miss Song.”

Li Tian’s hand in his trouser pocket is clenched and the veins on the back of his hand are bulging. He changes his expression and cocks an eyebrow, “Mr. Wu hired me…only he can fire me.”

“Well, let Dr. Sloane treat Miss Song without interfering.” I really want to kick this arrogant man out of the hospital! I have never seen such an overbearing bodyguard!

 The treatment continues for another hour and except for Sara’s initial reaction Li Tian doesn’t see any signs of discomfort. When Dr. Sloane finishes he tells Dr. Ling, “I am going to study the images and I will send my report to you.”

  “Very good.”

  A nurse comes into the room to wheel the cart out and the two doctors follow. When Dr. Sloane reaches for the door handle he turns around and he sees Li Tian holding Sara’s hand.

  While waiting for the elevator he remarks, “I think you should have Mr. Wu change bodyguards.” He noticed the possessive glint in Li Tian’s eyes and his interference was unprofessional. The man seems to be in love with Miss Song.

  Dr. Ling steps into the elevator with him and takes off her glasses. She has a worried expression,“You think I haven’t wanted to? I have been uneasy from the beginning! Leaving a man with a beautiful woman who is in a comatose state is unconscionable. But, it isn’t my decision. She was abducted and the culprits haven’t been found so Tang Wu insisted on having her guarded around the clock.”

 “She was kidnapped?”

  “Yes. I didn’t include that information in the report because Mr. Cadieux instructed me to conceal that information.”

  He furrows his thick eyebrows, “Dr. Ling when dealing with neurological problems it is best to have all the information. Have you ever considered the possibility the young girl was traumatized and her problem could be psychological?” He opens the folder in his hand, “According to the last analysis of the patient’s blood there is no trace of the Sombian. I assumed the drug did damage to her cerebrum.”

 She wipes her glasses, “I never considered that .”

 “I will know more when I study the images. For now I will plan on the treatment plan we discussed.” He steps out of the elevator curious about Sara’s abduction. When he enters his office he makes a phone call.

  The man who answers pushes the woman off his lap, “Damn! Young Master Sloane, it has been a long time! When did you return to China?”

 “How is your sister?”

 “She got married last year…are you jealous?”

  His lips curl up into a sneer and he ignores the question, “I need information on a woman named Song Sara.”

 The man lights a cigar, “A new love? Want her investigated? Haha…” 

 “A patient. She was a kidnapping victim approximately two months ago. I don’t have any more details.”

 “Oh. I thought maybe you finally moved on.”

 “The past is the past. Get me the information as soon as possible.”

  After he hangs up he takes a piece of candy from a bowl on his desk. As he unwraps it he leans back in the chair, bastard if you weren’t the best private investigator I know I wouldn’t call you! I need to know about what happened before I continue treatment!

In Sara’s hospital room Li Tian comes out of the bathroom with a warm wet towel. His eyes are full of pampering as he wipes Sara’s face, in a warm and gentle voice he says, “Did that hurt?” He kisses her eyes that are closed tight, “I don’t like that bastard’s attitude but if he can help you I will tolerate him.”

 There is a knock on the door then Kang Mingshun enters holding an insulation box. “Boss, I brought  dinner.”

 “Set it on the table.” He continues to run the washcloth down Sara’s neck, “Why is there no news about the kidnappers from Chen Wu?” 

  Kang Mingshun scratches his chin, “Ahh…Chen Wu…well, Vice President Yang told him to set it aside for now. He sent him to deal with the trouble in Shanghai.”

  Li Tian’s face darkens, he had a strange feeling when he was talking to Yang James. “Why wasn’t I informed?”

  “Boss, you said to listen to Yang James, you were only handling the matters in Bashu City. I thought you knew.”

  “Did you bring me the information on that greedy bastard Gao?”

  “Yes.”

  “Then you can go. Keep monitoring their mansion.”

   After Kang Mingshun leaves Li Tian walks over to the table. He opens up the insulation box and a fragrant aroma drifts over to Sara. She inhales and unconsciously licks her lips. Her mind is foggy. She doesn’t know for how long but she has been in a strange dream. She is like a doll lying motionless on a bed. 

    Sara can hear voices, people coming and going, the whirring sound of a machine. A man whose scent calms her down gently takes care of her, sometimes laying his head on her stomach. He embraces her and she feels comfortable in his arms. Why can’t I wake up? Who is he? Who am I? She struggles to open her eyes but only her eyelashes slightly flutter.

  

 

Treatment Part 1

It has been over almost two months and Sara has not awakened from the coma. Li Tian appears thin as he stands at the window of Sara’s hospital room looking out at the bustling city below.  Under the guise of being Sara’s bodyguard he spends most of his time in her room. During the day he patiently sits by her bed talking to her and doing his work, at night  he sleeps in the bed embracing Sara in his arms.

He successfully forced Leo to go back to France to deal with the turmoil he created in his father’s company. Because of the chaos Leo can only return occasionally to Bashu City to visit Sara. When Li Tian encounters him he keeps up the pretense of being Sara’s bodyguard and doesn’t interfere with him. Since the doctor said she needs stimulation he reluctantly accepts the fact

  After standing at the window for a while he walks over to the bed and fixes the blanket covering Sara.. Gazing at beautiful face he runs his finger across her tightly closed eyes gently touching her long black eyelashes. After leaning down and kissing her pale lips he has a crease between his sword like eyebrows, he strokes Sara’s growing belly and sighs, “When is your mommy going to wake up?” I miss seeing her changing expressions. When she is mad at me her crystal blue eyes deepen and are filled with sparks…when she is laying under me they are hazy and full of lust…driving me crazy with desire.

  Li Shaoting walks into the room and his heart tightens at the sight. It is strange to see his cold and aloof cousin looking helpless as though he has lost his soul. He walks over to the bed and doesn’t say the words in his heart. After returning from the film site he has tried to persuade Li Tian to take better care of himself to no avail. 

  “Filming is over?”

  “Yeah.”

   Dr. Ling enters with a tall thin man wearing a white coat. “Mr. Wu, you are here… good.” Although she has seen Li Tian many times she believes he is only the bodyguard so typically she ignores him. “This is Dr. Sloane, a neurologist that recently joined the staff.”

  Reaching out his hand the foreign man smiles and Li Shaoting shakes it. Dr. Ling continues, “He has come up with a new method to treat patients in a vegative state.”

  Li Tian winces when she says ‘vegetative state’ he narrows his eyes staring at the blonde man standing next to her. He has had countless doctors come and examine Sara with no results. The only reason he hasn’t lost his mind is because the babies are growing normally and although she is in a coma her vitals remain stable.

  Li Shaoting’s eyes light up, “Dr. Sloane,- will  Song Sara wake up?”

  He calmly replies, “I believe Miss Song is a good candidate for treatment but there are no guarantees.”

Dr. Ling walks over to check Sara, “His  success rate has been excellent. I think this treatment is the best course of action.”

Li Tian wants to ask the specifics but knows his identity as a bodyguard doesn’t give him the right. He clenches his fists at his side, damn this charade! 

Li Shaoting can feel the oppressive aura surrounding his cousin at the moment and asks, “Can you give me the specifics?”

 Li Tian loosens his fists, very good… the brat is not completely useless.

 Dr. Sloane explains the treatment plan then says, “I have another patient to see. I will return later with the device.”

 Li Tian has lost his patience and blurts out in a domineering tone, “Now. Start treatment now. The other patient can wait.”

“…”

Li Shaoting immediately tries to smooth over the awkward atmosphere, “Haha..Lu Zhen…are you forgetting your place? I need to speak to you, step out into the hallway.”

 Li Tian glares at him and follows him out the door.  When they are in the hallway he growls, “You get your ass in there and convince that bastard to start treatment now!”

  “You didn’t give me a chance! Of course I will!”

  “I don’t want a delay! Go in there and threaten him that  the Li Family will withdraw their investment in this fucking hospital!” 

   Li Tian’s phone rings and he motions to Li Shaoting, “Do it.”

   Li Shaoting nods and walks back into Sara’s room.  They don’t know I am Li Shaoting..how can I say that!

  Yang James responds, “Do what?”

 “I was talking to Shaoting. Why did you call? Have you found the people who plotted against me and abducted Song Sara?

 Yang James taps a gold pen on the desk, “ Not yet.”

 “When did you become so incompetent? It has been two fucking months!”

 “It is like they vanished into thin air. I am still having men look. But you need to come back to Catang City.”

 “I told you I am supervising the Affordable Housing Project,”

 “ The negotiations are at a standstill, if you don’t deal with her directly she said she won’t sell.” I know that is just an excuse to stay close to that bitch.

 “Then she doesn’t sell.”

 Yang James gnashes his teeth,“Tian, weren’t you the one who said the company needs that facility in order to expand?”

  “The expansion can wait.”

  “Wait for what? Song Sara to regain consciousness? You are going to waste our efforts for the last five years because of a stupid woman?”

   “Watch what you say! She is my beloved woman carrying my children!”

   “Tian, are you going to continue to neglect the company? It has been two months, she might never wake up!

   The veins on his forehead are bulging and he spits out,  “SHUT UP! SHE WILL WAKE UP AND SOON!” 

   After Li Tian hangs up he takes a pack of cigarettes out of his pocket and angrily strides to the end of the hallway. She has to wake up!

  He smokes three cigarettes to calm his nerves then returns to Sara’s room, only Li Shaoting is there.

  “Well?”

  “They agreed and will start treatment immediately.”

  Li Tian walks over to Sara’s bed and sits down. He tenderly touches her cheek then kisses her forehead. His voice is soft and his eyes are filled with undisguised affection. “Baby, I know you will wake up soon.”

The Babies Are In Danger

   Xie Yubai lifts an eyebrow as he takes Leo’s hand off his shoulder, “I wasn’t aware Miss Song had a brother.”

   Leo realizes he was hasty and quickly responds, “We are like family so of course I call her sister. Dr. Ling will be arriving soon and will examine Song Sara then transport her to Bashu Heights Private Hospital.”

  “Dr. Ling?”

  “Yes. The medical helicopter should be landing any moment.”

  Xie Yubai narrows his eyes, “I didn’t catch your name.” Dr.Ling isn’t a doctor just  anyone can summon.

 “Cadieux, Leo Cadieux.”

“Your father is Nigel Cadieux?”

 “Correct.”

  Leo’s identity arouses his curiosity. How did Song Sara attract two dangerous men? One calls her his beloved woman, the other his sister.  If I allow Leo Cadieux to send Song Sara to the hospital Li Tian will be furious but it is in her best interest to be transported to a better equipped hospital as soon as possible. Dr. Ling is a world renowned doctor so Song Sara will be in excellent hands. “Very well.”

  Li Shaoting also believes that it would be best to get Sara away from Li Tian. “When will the helicopter arrive?”

  “Soon.”

  Dr. Ling enters the hospital room and greets Leo, she recognizes Xie Yubai, “Dr. Xie, what are you doing here?”

   “Hello Dr. Ling. I am the doctor the production company sent to the filming site. The patient is a friend of Tang Wu’s so he called me.” He doesn’t want to involve Li Tian.

  She looks surprised, “You are the on set doctor?” then quips, “ Isn’t that a waste of your talent?”

  He chuckles, “I find it rewarding in its own way.”

  Dr. Ling walks over to the bed, “What is going on with the patient?”

  Xie Yubai shows her the toxicology report and she frowns as she mutters, “Pregnant with twins and injected with Sombian.”

  Leo shakes his head in disbelief,, “What? Song Sara is having twins? How can that be possible? She had an ultrasound a few weeks ago and there was only one baby.”

  Dr. Ling responds, “How far along is she in her pregnancy?”

  Xie Yubai checks the chart then hands it to Dr. Ling, ” Approximately 15 weeks.”

   She studies the report then turns to Xie Yubai, “We shouldn’t delay transporting Miss Song.”  The patient could have a miscarriage if the drug remains in her blood for too long. The fetuses are definitely at riskthere is no time to waste. The Sombian will slowly deprive the babies of oxygen from the blood in the umbilical cord and placenta.

  He unhooks the IV then motions to the two nurses to put Sara onto the stretcher.

   Li Shoating can tell by Dr. Ling’s reaction to the report that Sara could be in danger of losing the babies. It was only for a moment but her eyes revealed her worry. He nervously follows, “I am coming with you.”

  Leo pushes him, “No. If she didn’t accompany you here this wouldn’t have happened.”

  “That is why I have to come with you.”

   Leo unwillingly relents because of his relationship with Sara, “You better hope she and the twins are okay or the Li family will be destroyed by me.”

   While keeping pace with Leo’s long strides, Li Shoating doesn’t respond, he is preoccupied thinking about how happy Sara was looking in the window of the baby boutique and now… He calls his brother, “Sara is being transported to Bashu Private Hospital. I will keep you informed. Stay in town tonight. Tomorrow I will arrange for a driver.”

Li Feng’s heart is in a knot and his voice trembles, “Is she going to be okay?”

“Well, I will call you from the hospital.” He quickly hangs up as they put Sara into the helicopter.

At the Chengi hospital Xie Yubai walks down the hallway to check on Li Tian. He meets Kang Mingshun coming out of the room. “Is he awake?”

  “Dr. Xie, you need to give the Boss a sedative. He ripped the IV out of his arm then fell down when he tried to stand up. He sounds delusional, he kept saying he needed to go be with his wife.” They aren’t married and the chick wants nothing to do with him! But I can’t say that.

  “Well, I will check on him. Song Sara is being taken to Bashu Heights Private Hospital, her condition isn’t good. Leo Cadieux arranged for a medical helicopter.”

  “Leo Cadieux?’

  “He arrived with a specialist not long ago. They should be on their way now.”

  Kang Mingshun breaks out into a cold sweat, “Whatever you do, don’t mention Leo Cadieux to the Boss!”

   Opening the door Li Tian overhears their conversation. He staggers out and angrily grabs Xie Yubai by the neck. His pitch black eyes are filled with rage and the veins on his neck are bulging, “You let that maniac take my wife? I will fucking kill you!”

  Xie Yubai struggles to breathe as Kang Mingshun tries to pull Li Tian away, “Boss! Stop! Miss Song’s life is in danger! Cadieux brought a medical helicopter.”

  Li Tian suddenly releases Xie Yubai and holds his head. In excruciating pain he tries to focus then commands Kang Mingshun, “Let’s go.”

  Xie Yubai rubs his neck, “Tian, you have a severe concussion and could have sequelae, you can’t leave the hospital.”

  Li Tian glares at him, “Can and will.” 

  Kang Mingshun holds onto Li Tian who is about to collapse, “Listen to the doctor Boss. I know you hate Cadieux but he will do everything possible to save Miss Song. You need treatment.”

 “Get me to the car.” I should be with my woman, not that bastard.! Trying to steal her away when I just found the little disobedient kitten again! I won’t let him!

  On board the helicopter Dr. Ling monitors Sara under the watchful eyes of Li Shaoting and Leo. Li Shaoting wrings his hands while Leo silently contemplates how to torture the people who kidnapped Sara.

    In Bashu City the people involved are in a luxurious hotel suite discussing the situation. Alexandre is sitting on the couch and Madam Olga is at the bar.

Alexandre regrets his greed clouded his judgment, “Have you heard from Hamid?” He anxiously taps his slender finger on his thigh, “He better have erased any evidence. Leo is very methodical and will meticulously search for the culprits. You are well aware of how competent his right hand man, Wong Duan is he will track down even the slightest clue.”

  “My son knows what to do, he should arrive soon.” She pours a glass of vodka, “Alexandre… how did you not know that this bitch is your partner’s sister! I never would have agreed to this plan!”

  “Fuck! I was shocked when he told me! He already took care of the Bosnians, if I had known that we wouldn’t be in this position. Leo bought a hotel by the harbor and wants me to open a restaurant with the girl. He obviously dotes on the little bitch. If she is harmed in any way I don’t want to think of the consequences.” I am certainly not going down for the kidnapping…that is for sure.

  The door of the hotel suite flies open and Hamid bursts into the room. Surprised to see Alexandre with his mother he hides his nervousness. As they were leaving Chengi the car they were driving passed by Leo and Wong Duan. He isn’t sure if Wong Duan saw them and wanted to inform his mother that he needs to return to Morocco immediately to create an alibi. 

  Alexandre noticed the flash of panic in Hamid’s eyes, gripping the glass in his hand tighter, he glares at him. “Is there a problem Hamid?”

  “Of course not.”

  “So nothing can be traced back to us?”

  “I assure you that I made it look as though human traffickers kidnapped the woman. No one has any reason to suspect otherwise.”

  “For your sake you better be right.” Alexandre receives a text then sets the drink down and stands up, “I’m leaving.”

  Madam Olga sneers, “Aren’t you forgetting something?”

  He turns around, “You will receive payment after I am satisfied there is no blowback. Yang James will call you, he wants to meet.”

   As Alexandre presses the button for the elevator he arches an eyebrow, his intuition tells him that Hamid is definitely hiding something. I might need to eliminate Madam Olga and him, if that moron botched handling the situation.

   Author’s Note: Hi my faithful readers ❤! I have been super busy and this story will be on a short hiatus until Aug. 24 then I will update regularly again...

The Storm Arrives

   When Li Shaoting and Xie Yubai walk back into the room, the nurse has finished with the ultrasound. Li Tian has a flustered expression while staring at the sonogram, the little girl is pregnant with twins. How can her tiny body handle having two babies? As the nurse moved a gadget around on Sara’s stomach he listened to their faint heartbeats and his mind is still reeling from the realization that those are his babies… He asked the nurse why the second baby didn’t show up in the first sonogram. Nurse Dong told him that because it was very early in the pregnancy the other baby could have been hidden from view. It is unusual but happens and is nothing to worry about, from the ultrasound results both babies appear unharmed.

   Li Shaoting looks over Li Tian’s shoulder, “Let me see.”

  Li Tian clutches tightly onto the black and white film in his hand while lovingly gazing at Sara’s delicate face devoid of color. She looks like a fragile porcelain doll laying there with her eyes closed her lush black hair spread on the white pillow. His voice is low and hoarse, “Yubai, did the results come back from the blood test? Why hasn’t she awakened yet.”

  Xie Yubai replies, “Not yet, I want to look at the sonogram.”

 Li Tian reluctantly hands it to him and Xie Yubai has a surprised expression, “Twins?”

 Li Shaoting grabs Xie Yubai’s arm, “What!”

 The three of them are looking at Sara lying unconscious on the bed when the door opens. A man in a white coat is holding a few sheets of paper and says, “Dr. Xie, could you step outside.”

 Li Tian glares at the man, “Do you have the results from the blood test?”

 The man feels stifled from Li Tian’s oppressive aura and steps back. He looks at Xie Yubai for instructions and Xie Yubai nods. The lab technician reports, “The woman was injected with a strong sedative called Sombian. It is currently not on the market and is in clinical trials…” He breaks out into a sweat as Li Tian suddenly approaches him in two aggressive long strides.. “Ah…ah…” Frightened he moves closer to Xie Yubai as Li Tian’s veins bulge on his forehead and his eyes turn pitch black,  “Continue…is my woman in danger?!”

  “Well…I don’t know. The patient’s blood is also tainted… with a..a..” The man stiffens his back and spits out, “I don’t know what…I would need to run more tests….we don’t have the facilities for complicated analysis.”

   Li Tian is like a volcano about to erupt, he feels as though he could destroy the world right now. A moment ago he was thrilled at the prospect of having twins but now faced with the possibility there could be complications for both mother and child he is close to losing his mind. Li Tian’s breathing quickens holding his bruised ribs trying to stabilize himself. His knuckles turn white as he grips onto a nearby chair, “Are the babies in danger?” 

   When the man doesn’t answer he grabs him by the collar and in a terrifying voice dripping with anger demands, “Answer me!” Li Tian has been suppressing the pain from his injuries but now that his rage has surged his qi is chaotic and he can’t focus. The man in front of him is becoming a blur and the room is spinning. He sucks in a deep breath and tries to remain alert but suddenly darkness surrounds him.

   Xie Yubai barely catches LI Tian as he collapses and tells the lab technician, “Get a stretcher quickly!”

   Li Shaoting watches in shock but snaps out of his daze to help Xie Yubai. Although they are both men are180m tall, Li Tian is still almost a head taller so they struggle supporting his strong body to the couch. He has never seen his intimidating cousin in a weakened state and his eyes widen in disbelief, “ I didn’t realize he was that injured.”

  “Tian is a very strong willed person adept at martial arts. He was using his internal energy but when he became enraged he couldn’t maintain the calmness he needed to ignore the pain.”

  Li Shaoting stares at his cousin lying motionless on the couch, maybe I underestimated his feelings for Sara but that doesn’t change the fact he isn’t good for her. It would be for the best if she didn’t go back to Catang City with him. She should remain at my villa where she can feel comfortable and start a new life.

  Two nurses enter with a stretcher and Xie Yubai and Li Shaoting help put Li Tian on it. Xie Yubai instructs them, “Take him directly for x rays of the chest and left arm, then a Cat scan.”

  Both he and the lab technician follow out the door and Xie Yubai turns back, “Shaoting, I will be back shortly.”

  Outside the room the lab technician hands are trembling as he passes Xie Yubai the paperwork, “Look at page two the second paragraph. The patient should be taken to a better hospital as soon as the storm subsides. We don’t have the right blood type here and she will need an exchange transfusion to dilute the effects of the Sombian in her bloodstream. I am telling you Dr. Xie, the side effects are unknown at this point and well…with the patient being in the early stage of pregnancy she needs to be monitored to prevent miscarriage. Whoever injected her with the drug exceeded the maximum dose…” He shakes his head thinking about the possible consequences…coma… miscarriage he is disgusted, “I hope the culprit will be brought to justice.”

Xie Yubai flips to page two and reads as he does his heart tightens. Despicable! If anything happens to Song Sara or the two babies I shudder to think of the hell Li Tian will rain down on whoever is involved. I have never seen such a genuine smile on his face as I did today while he was looking at the sonogram. He gazed at the woman like she was his most precious treasure… if they are harmed… he will become an Asura from Hell.

  Yang James eyebrows twitch as he impatiently calls Kang Mingshun for any news, “What is taking you so long! You haven’t arrived in Chengi yet? I tried to call CEO Li but there was no answer.” He is panicking, afraid his part in Sara’s kidnapping might be discovered somehow. After making the decision to eliminate anyone who lead Li Tian back to him, he contacted an assassin who is an expert in bomb making. He plans on swiftly killing Alexandre, Madam Olga and Hamid. He has arranged a meeting for tomorrow at the hotel where Madam Olga is staying. Aware of Li Tian’s methods he knows time is of the essence, he can’t delay.

  “I am driving as fast as I can, the snow has stopped falling but the visibility still sucks in the mountains, I can barely see through the fog.” Li Tian told him not to mention the helicopter crash.

 “Let me know as soon as you find him.” I need to know what is going on, Alexandre said Hamid released the woman but I haven’t heard anymore about the situation.

  At the hospital Li Shaoting stares at the sonogram in shock, today has been full of too many surprises. Song Sara’s kidnapping…Cousin’s confession that he is the man she was entangled with in Catang City…she is having twins… and  I couldn’t hear them but Sara or the babies must be in some sort of danger from his reaction to what the lab technician said.

 He rubs his temples feeling helpless when Xie Yubai returns to the room. Xie Yubai walks over and checks Sara’s pulse. Li Shaoting has a worried expression, “Song Sara is going to wake up and be alright isn’t she?”

  Xie Yubai knows Li Shaoting’s sensitive nature and doesn’t want to worry him, that won’t help the situation. “She is stable but she will need to be transferred to a larger hospital for more tests.”

   “What about the babies?”

   “Also stable, don’t worry too much. When she does wake up she will need you to be strong. You can do that can’t you?”

  “Of course. What about Cousin Tian?”

  “He has two broken ribs but no other broken bones. Mild concussion.. deep bruising and lacerations nothing serious. He collapsed because his breathing became unstable from the broken ribs and head injury.”

  “Is he awake?”

  “No.”

  “It is getting late don’t you have to film your scenes in the morning? You should rest.”

  “I can’t leave Song Sara alone, I feel responsible for her kidnapping. I shouldn’t have left her side.”

  “Shaoting, you can’t blame yourself we don’t know who kidnapped her or why.” It could very well be because the little beauty is carrying Li Tian’s child…rather children. He has a lot of enemies and Kang Lanfen is ruthless if she found out he had a mistress…well…I don’t put anything past that scheming bitch. Easily switching daughters to ensure the marriage contract wasn’t broken when Long An was injured…she needs this marriage desperately. The odd thing is the kidnapper told Tian where to find Song Sara without a ransom demand. Very strange…

  Li Shaoting takes out his phone to call his brother to update him when the door is flung open and Leo rushes to Sara’s bedside, startling both Li Shaoting and Xie Yubai who is checking the IV drip. Leo tenderly touches Sara’s pale cheek then impulsively grabs Xie Yubai by the shoulders, “Are you totally incompetent! Why hasn’t my sister awakened?” 

  “…”

  






A Storm Is Coming

   In the clinic Li Tian won’t leave Sara’s bedside, he is gently holding her hand nervously watching as Xie Yubai draws blood. Li Shaoting anxiously paces back and forth then gathers his courage, “Cousin Tian you don’t look good, listen to Dr. Xie and get checked out. I will let you know what the doctor finds out.” He is afraid Sara will wake up, see Li Tian and freak out. He doesn’t want her to leave Bashu City.

  Li Tian turns his head and sarcastically drawls,, “Since when do you care about my well being?”

  “I called you to help find Song Sara and if my Dad finds out you were in a helicopter crash…well he will be really pissed off.”

  “No one will find out, I called someone to take care of the situation.”

  Li Tian glares at Xie Yubai, “Where is the nurse to check the baby?”

 “I told you Tian this is a small hospital. They are understaffed and the nurse will be here shortly.”

  Meanwhile in Bashu City Leo Cadieux calls Wong Duan, “The man you had watching Song Sara, contact him, she isn’t answering my calls.”

  “I will get right back to you.”

   Wong Duan calls the man he has shadowing Song Sara but he doesn’t answer. He checks the GPS installed in the bodyguard’s phone then calls Leo. “He didn’t answer either but his location is Chengi, a small town in the Washnu Mountains. With the snowstorm maybe the reception is bad.”

  Leo takes off his glasses and rubs the space between his eyebrows. He doesn’t like the ominous feeling he has in his heart.“Get me Li Shoating’s number. He is filming there and she must have accompanied him.”

  It doesn’t take long before Wong Duan finds Li Shaoting’s private number. He calls Leo, “Got it but he might not get a signal either.”

  Leo has no patience, “Number.”

  Wong Duan tells him the phone number then says, “Although Starfire made a mistake I have been training the girl, I think it would be wise to put her by Song Sara’s side again.”

  “I will see. First I want to find her now. It isn’t like my sister not to call, we had plans for dinner. How is the old woman?”

  “She refuses to eat or drink. Do you think Woo Hua will cooperate and tell the truth?”

   Leo twirls an ornate dagger in his hand, “I would rather have her confess to my sister in person but if she steadfastly refuses I taped our conversation when she admitted everything. His strange eyes narrow and he repeatedly staps the rosewood desk with the razon sharp point of the dagger. “I would enjoy killing the old bat, but if Song Sara found out…well…she would never forgive me. I was hoping the old woman would repent and admit her wrongs but she clings onto the fortune teller’s prophecy.”

   After he hangs up he dials the number Wong Duan gave him. Li Shaoting is in the hallway outside Sara’s room getting a can of Coke from a vending machine. He doesn’t recognize the number and hesitates then answers, “Who is this?”

  “Leo Cadieux, Song Sara hasn’t answered her phone, is she with you?”

  Li Shaoting recalls Sara was going to have dinner with a man named Cadieux. He takes a sip of the cola while he is thinking unsure if he should reveal the fact she was kidnapped.

  When he doesn’t respond Leo sounds irritated, “Is she with you or not?”

  “Well…”

  Leo can sense there is a problem and growls, “ I am only asking you one more time…where is Song Sara?”

  Li Shaoting breaks out into a cold sweat from Leo’s intimidating tone. Fuck! This guy reminds me of Cousin Tian… the way the sound of his voice sends a bone piercing chill down my spine.

 His knees feel weak and he can barely breathe from the intense pressure he feels from Leo. He impulsively blurts out, “Someone kidnapped Song Sara, Cousin Tian found her unconscious at a small Inn.. Now she is being treated at Chengi Public Hospital.”

  Leo’s eyes have rolling flames in them and his rage makes the porcelain on the shelf rattle and fall to the ground. ”Repeat what you just said!”

  Li Shaoting stutters, “She…she is in Chengi Public Hospital.”

  Leo almost crushes the phone in his hand and hangs up. Filled with killing intent he throws the dagger at the wall then brushes everything off his desk onto the floor.

  He grabs his coat and rushes out of his study followed by his shadow guard X. As he races down the hallway he calls Wong Duan, “Song Sara was kidnapped and is in the hospital in that shitty little town. I’m picking you up. Get a hold of Dr. Ling to meet us there with a medical helicopter.”

  Li Shaoting leans on the wall next to the vending machine. Fuck!  When he finishes drinking the soda he crushes the can and tosses it into the trash then walks back to Sara’s room. A nurse is next to a machine by the bed and Li Shaoting asks Xie Yubai, “What is that?”

  “An Ultrasound machine to check the baby.”

  He walks closer and the middle aged nurse frowns, “You need to step outside. Only the father can be present.”

  “…”

  Li Tian has a sly smile as he points to the door, “You heard the nurse. Go.”

 “I’m the baby’s cousin. I want to see too.” Father! She doesn’t want anything to do with that crazy bastard!

 Xie Yubai chuckles and looks at her name tag, “Nurse Dong, let him stay.”

 She shakes her head and doesn’t want to argue with Xie Yubai he often sees patients at the hospital on a pro bono basis while the film crew is in town. Nurse Dong admires him for his selflessness and dedication, additionally he extremely handsome and she wants to introduce her daughter to him next time she visits.. “Back up anyway you are crowding me.” I already have the husband who won’t let go of the girl’s hand. 

  Li Tian’s face darkens and in a low voice only Xie Yubai can hear him snarls, “I guess you don’t mind me telling your old man you aren’t abroad. He can start setting up the blind dates again.”

  Xie Yubai’s Peach Blossom eyes have a mischievous twinkle as he quietly responds “Fine. I can tell Auntie she is going to be a grandmother.”

   The nurse lifts Sara’s hospital gown exposing her snow white belly. Li Tian suddenly jumps up and pushes Li Shaoting, “Both of you leave now!”

  Looking at Li Tian’s eyes narrowed dangerously and his angry expression Li Shaoting turns towards the door muttering in an aggrieved tone, “Not fair. I want to see.”

  Xie Yubai is slightly taller than Li Shaoting and ruffles his hair as they leave. The Xie family and the Li family are close and he treats him like a little brother. “Ting, you can see the sonogram afterwards. I have never seen your cousin show any care towards a woman no matter how beautiful. What is Song Sara like?”

  After the door shuts completely Li Shaoting purses his lips and can’t help but complain. “ Yubai! She is too good for that cold bastard! He doesn’t deserve that beautiful girl at all! She is sweet and funny…kind.. and a really good cook. And Hmmph! Don’t let his caring act fool you, I don’t know what he did but she ran away from him…left Catang City because of him!”

   Xie Yubai notices that not only his words but Li Shaoting’s eyes are filled with affection. “Ting, maybe they had a lover’s spat. Pregnant women are emotional.”

  Li Shaoting is furious now that he knows about Sara and Li Tian. He clenches his fists at his side and his eyes are full of indignant fire, “Yubai, Song Sara is an ordinary girl. Do you think Grandfather would accept her…the baby? If Cousin Tian really cared about Song Sara, why didn’t he break the engagement with Long Jinxi and introduce her to the family? I can tell by your expression you know why…because he isn’t going to cause any waves in order to maintain his position as CEO of Li Group.”

  Xie Yubai cautions him, “Ting, I don’t think anyone can fathom what goes on in Tian’s mind, but he clearly feels something for that girl.The dark obsessive look in the man’s eyes … his  paranoid possessiveness. He is heavily injured but insisted on carrying the girl and is sitting there in pain not willing to move from her side. “ If I were you I would let them work out their differences and not get involved.”

  Li Shaoting wants to tell Xie Yubai that his cousin told him not to let her know he is in Bashu City…it is definitely more than a ‘lover’s quarrel’. But Li Tian warned him to keep it a secret. 

Crash Landing Part 2

   When Li Shaoting enters the filming site he doesn’t know what they will find so he says, “Lee Ani stay in the car. Feng come with me.”

   The two brothers rush over to the field and Li Feng gasps at the horrific scene. The helicopter is on its side and ablaze. Black smoke is billowing from the wreckage and it is engulfed in red and orange flames. A man Li Shaoting recognizes as a member of the crew is on his phone not far away. “Where is Li Tian?”

  The man has a frightened expression as he takes the phone from his ear, “Tang Wu, you know that maniac? I’m calling the police.”

  Li Shaoting grabs the phone from his hand “Don’t call. I know him… where is he?”

  “I drove over when I saw the helicopter swaying and spinning in the air. When I arrived the man was crawling out of the wreckage. I ran over and he looked dazed, blood dripping down his forehead, holding his right arm and his clothes were scorched. He growled, “ Where is your car? Give me the key. I was about to say I would drive him to the hospital but he fucking pulled out a gun! A fucking gun! I wasn’t going to argue with him. His eyes were bloodshot and his face contorted in anger. The man’s aura was terrifying. So I pointed to the company SUV, I will be in deep shit that is why I am calling the cops.”

   Li Shaoting hesitates then says, “Well, don’t call the police, he is the main investor in this film, CEO Li.”

  The man shakes his head, “No fucking way!”

 Li Shaoting pats him on the shoulder, “Forget what you saw.” 

  Over past some trailers, Li Tian grits his teeth and wipes the blood dripping down into his eyes with his sleeve as he unlocks the SUV. Suppressing the pain racking his body he lifts his leg slowly and gets into driver’s seat. He blinks a few times to focus then puts Snowflake Inn on the GPS.  Baby, I will be there soon.

He can’t lift his left arm and is in extreme pain as he holds onto the steering wheel with his right hand. Ignoring the phone ringing in his pocket he drives recklessly down the icy road towards the Inn.

  When he arrives the tires screech as he pulls into the parking lot. Li Tian’s face pales as he steps out of the vehicle, he uses all his internal energy to move forward. Opening the door to the Inn he looks around and there is no one in the small lobby.

  Frustrated that because of his injuries he can’t rush up the stairs he curses. “Dammit!” Holding onto the railing he slowly lifts his legs climbing up one stair at a time.. He ignores the pain radiating down his body, his only concern is finding Sara as he lumbers up the narrow wooden stairs. Finding the room she is in he bursts through the door. A thin layer of sweat forms on his forehead as he hurries to the bed then uses his right hand to lift Sara. He can’t restrain himself, kissing her face and hugging her tightly. Sighing heavily he buries his head in her neck. “Baby, I’m sorry. I’m late.”

  The man’s hot breath sprays on her skin and she inhales the familiar scent of mint and tobacco. Sara stirs and Li Tian loosens the arm encircling her waist. he panics that she will push him away when she discovers the person holding her is him. But when she opens her eyes she flutters her eyelashes and tears drip down from the corner of her eyes. Sara’s lips tremble, “Li Tian, my baby… What if my baby…”,she sobs uncontrollably and she clutches his shirt pleading, “Help me…please.”

   Looking into her beautiful watery blue eyes his heart melts and he wraps a strand of her long black hair around his finger, “I’m here…it will be okay.” He can tell by her dazed expression she isn’t fully awake. Mesmerized by her delicate and fragile beauty he kisses her forehead, “Stay by my side. I will protect you and the baby.” 

 She leans on his chest and continues to cry, “The man…he gave me medicine…what if the baby..”

  Hearing her disturbing  revelation, Li Tian’s eyes flicker with flames and his body stiffens. Although in his heart he is worried he reassures Sara, “Both you and the baby will be fine. I’m calling a doctor now.”

  Sara clings onto him and tears flow down her cheeks soaking his shirt., “Li Tian…I’m scared.”

  Hearing his name softly spoken from her lips he tenderly touches her cheek,”Trust me I won’t let anything happen to you or the child.”

 Nervously taking out his phone he makes a call, “Get over to the Snowflake Inn, room 35, immediately.” His scorching hot gaze isriveted on the pink baby bunny hat and he is filled with rage.  The veins on his neck are bulging, the bastard drugged Song Sara! What if the baby is affected? I will find them and make them suffer a life worse than death!

   Nestled in his warm embrace Sara falls unconscious again. He silently holds her against his bruised chest then calls Li Shaoting, “I found Song Sara. Come alone to the Snowflake Inn, room 35.” 

   “How is…”, before he says anything else Li Tian hangs up the phone. Li Shaoting looks at his brother, “I have a trailer on the film site. You can wait for me there.”

  “ Was that Cousin Tian did he find Song Sara? How is she? Why can’t we go?”

  “Don’t ask so many questions and do as I say. When I know more I will call you.”

  Li Tian struggles to remain conscious and when there is a knock at the door he calls out in a hoarse voice, “Enter.”

   A handsome blonde man wearing a windbreaker and casual pants lazily enters the room. “Old Li, what is going on?” Xie Yubai is the doctor employed by the production company and Li Tian’s friend from University.

   “She was drugged and is pregnant.”

Xie Yubai exclaims, “What the hell!”

 “I will explain later but you need to examine her.” Li Tian winces in pain as he lays Sara on the bed.

  Dr. Xie lifts Sara’s eyelid and points a small light into her eye. “If she was drugged there is a clinic in the town. It is small but it has the diagnostic equipment to identify the drug and I can treat her there. But, you look like you are in worse shape than the girl. What happened.”

  “Helicopter crash. I will be fine. I’m more worried about Song Sara.”

  “Who is she to you?’ He sets down the medicine bag in his hand and his expression changes,”Is..is..no way..is she carrying your baby?”

  “Yes. No one can know. It is complicated.”

   Dr. Xie sees Li Tian’s arm hanging limply at his side, “I will call an ambulance.”

   “No. Shaoting is on his way here now. We need to be discreet. She was kidnapped when she was with him. For reasons I can’t go into, it would be best if he accompanied you two to the clinic. I will follow.”

  After he examines Sara Xie Yubai calmly states, “I can’t say about the fetus but her vitals are within an acceptable range. If I were to hazard a guess I would say she was given a sedative.” He reaches into his medicine bag, “ As for you take these two pills and let me check your arm, it looks like a dislocated shoulder. They can take x rays at the clinic to see if any bones were also broken.” Li Tian bites his bottom lip as Dr. Xie pops his shoulder back into place. “See if you can move your arm.”

Li Tian knits his eyebrows together, “Why do I feel you enjoyed that?”

   Li Shaoting frantically rushes into the room, “Cousin, how is Song Sara?”

  Dr. Xie has a faint smile, “Shouldn’t you ask about Tian’s injuries first?”

  “…”

Li Tian gives his friend a harsh look, “ Yubai, wait outside I need to talk to my cousin.”

  After he walks out the door Li Tian says, “What I am going to tell you can’t be repeated to anyone, especially to that brat of a brother of yours. Song Sara is my woman. We quarreled and that is why she left Catang City. The baby is mine. She isn’t ready to forgive me so I don’t want you to mention me.Obviously she thinks you are Tang Wu not Li Shaoting or she would have nothing to do with you. Make sure you keep up that charade.”

  Li Shaoting listens with his mouth agape and gulps down his saliva. He points his trembling finger at Li Tian as he stutters, “You…you are the man Song Sara was running away from?”

   He doesn’t hesitate admitting, “Yes .For now I can’t let her know I am in Bashu City or she will run away again. I am counting on you to keep this secret.” He stretches out his arm and rotates it, painful but I can carry the little girl. He stands up and hugs Sara in his embrace. “Let’s go.”

   When they leave the room the corner of Xie Yubai’s mouth twitches, “Are you crazy? Give me the girl.”

Li Tian glares at him and walks slowly down the hallway. 

   Lost in thought, Li Shaoting absentmindedly walks alongside him towards the stairs. He clenches his fists at his side witnessing Li Tian kiss Sara’s forehead. This must be a fucking nightmare. How could that sweet girl be involved with my cold and heartless cousin! I can’t agree…no… I will find her a place to hide. Nothing good will come of her being with him. He is engaged to that bitch Long Jinxi and I know Uncle Hong would never accept a bastard into the family!

Crash Landing Part 1

Li Tian argues with the helicopter pilot then takes a gun from his pocket. “I said we are flying up to Washnu Mountain.”

 The pilot points to the sky, “CEO Li, you might as well pull the trigger because that will be a quicker death than crashing in the mountains. I am telling you it is suicide to take off right now.”

  Li Tian’s face darkens as he barks, “Get out of my way! I don’t need you. I know how to fly this piece of shit.”

  Kang Mingshun rushes up to the hanger, “Boss. I just talked to Yang James, he said he is working on finding out the little chick’s whereabouts.”

  Li Tian narrows his eyes glaring at Kang Mingshun, “Do you think I can sit around and wait? Every minute counts, I’m concerned that Song Sara could lose the baby if she gets too stressed. I saw she had anti anxiety medicine and sleeping pills when I was in her room. She must be very afraid. Dammit! Shaoting said the man forcefully threw her into the back of the SUV.”

  “Boss, think logically, they won’t hurt Song Sara. Whoever took her wants something…we will meet their demands, get the woman back then take care of them.”

  “No one knows she is pregnant. They could be too rough and harm the baby. I’m going. If Yang James hears anything contact me.”

   Li Tian hurriedly gets into the pilot’s seat and starts the engine. As the blades whir he readies for takeoff and looks off into the distance. Baby, I’m coming for you.

  Sara awakens and rubs her temples then glances around the room. Where am I? She picks up the pink knitted hat next to her on the bed and touches her stomach. Nervously surveying the room she wonders where the man is who grabbed her from outside the shop. Suddenly the door opens and she clutches the knit cap tightly and her heart starts racing.

   Hamid walks over with a tray of food and a cup of tea. He smiles  “Don’t look so frightened. I am not going to harm you. I was waiting for you to wake up to have a little chat.”

  Sara’s eyes widen as he sets the tray on the nightstand. “You should eat.”

   She stares at the tall dark skinned man standing by the bed and stammers, “I…I am not hungry.” 

  He grins, “You should eat for the baby.”

  The hair on the back of Sara’s neck stands up and she anxiously blurts out, “Who are you and how do you know I am pregnant?”

  He plays with the knife in his hand, “As for who I am you don’t need to know. How I know you are pregnant, you are clutching a baby hat and protectively placed your hand on your belly.”

 “What do you want?”

   He sits on the edge of the bed and runs his finger down her cheek, Sara shivers from his touch. Hamid looks into her eyes with a piercing look, “Little beauty, I want you to forget you saw me. My plans changed and you are no longer valuable to me.” He takes a syringe from his pocket and flips off the protective cap and pins Sara down. Her eyes widen filled with extreme fear, she  cries and struggles to break free, “Don’t! Don’t! This could harm the baby! I won’t say anything I promise!”  

   Sara pushes his chest as the needle comes closer to her arm, “I’m begging you don’t. I won’t say anything!”

   Hamid ignores her pleas, after the needle pierces her skin he puts the point of the knife on her stomach, “I trust you won’t because I will personally cut this baby from your womb if you do.”

    He watches as her eyes roll back in her head and she falls unconscious, then stands up and walks towards the door. He looks back at Sara sprawled on the bed, It’s too bad you are that maniac’s sister. I would have enjoyed tasting you.

     Lighting a cigarette he approaches his partner leaning against the wall outside of the room. “We need to ditch the car and head back to Bashu City.”

  The man furrows his bushy black eyebrows, “I don’t like this, Madam Olga said to secure the girl, now we are just leaving?”

  Hamid lightly slaps his cheek, “Do you want to fuck with Leo Cadieux?  It  turns out the slut is his sister. Even my mother is afraid of that lunatic so you should be happy we found out now while we can escape disaster. He laughs, “Let’s go.” I wonder if Li Tian knows he knocked up his nemesis’ sister?

   Li Tian fearlessly flies the helicopter towards Washnu mountain. He turns on the anti ice system,  I should be there in less than an hour, I might be able to make it before the storm worsens. He calls Li Shaoting, “Is there any word from the kidnappers?”

  Li Shaoting nervously responds, “No.”

 “I will arrive in a half hour, meet me at the  filming site, I will land in the field there. I haven’t seen any cars on the road; they must still be in the town.”

 “Okay.”

  When Li Shaoting hangs up he has a strange expression as he tells his brother,  “We need to meet Cousin Tian at the filming site, he said there are no vehicles on the road.”

  Li Feng anxiously replies, “Shouldn’t we contact the police?”

 “I did, they are useless. Do you think I wanted to call Tian? But he is the only person I could think of at the time. He knows how to handle these types of situations.”

 “ I guess you are right but I am surprised he responded so quickly.”

  “To be honest he actually sounded worried. Probably because since he is here to handle the problems with the airport he doesn’t want any negative publicity.”

  “Makes sense, your identity could get exposed. Do you think Song Sara was kidnapped because they mistakenly believe she is your girlfriend?”

    Li Shaoting pulls out onto the highway to drive to the filming site.  “I don’t know. I just hope she is alright.”

     Hovering above the filming site, Li Tian struggles to see where he can land the helicopter. He can barely see because of the heavy snowfall and the field is surrounded by large trees. While he is considering the best way to approach the snow covered field, his phone rings. He presses the button and a distorted voice says, “The woman is in room #35 at Snowflake Inn. She is unharmed. If you want her to stay that way don’t investigate.” The call abruptly ends, Li Tian’s face contorts in anger, she better be…but if you think I won’t pursue this you don’t know me very well. I will make you pay for snatching my most beloved woman!

  Without taking more time to consider the best route  Li Tian impulsively begins his descent. Anxious to find Sara he disregards how dangerous maneuvering through the surrounding forest is. One of the blades hits a large tree and the helicopter begins to shake. Li Tian tries to stabilize the helicopter but all he can do is attempt to avoid hitting other trees.

   When Li Shaoting turns the car into the filming site, they hear a loud crash and see flames rising into the air. 


Big Trouble

    Li Tian is beside himself with worry and anxiously calls Kang Mingshun, “Someone snatched Song Sara in Chengi. Call ahead for a helicopter. I am on my way to the airport.”

  Kang Mingshun breaks out into a sweat, “Boss, no one will take off in this weather.”

  “They will if I have to put a gun to their head. There is only one road down the mountain, we can catch them if we leave now. Do it!”

   Li Tian hangs up and presses on the accelerator and the black Rolls Royce Phantom flies down the highway. He calls Yang James, “Some bastard kidnapped Song Sara, have the men ready. I am taking a helicopter up the mountain.”

  Yang James jumps up from his desk, “You can’t do that! There is a storm coming in from the East! If it is a kidnapping someone will contact us.”

  “I’m not fucking waiting! The woman is carrying my baby!”

 “Tian, you need to calm the fuck down! No one will harm the woman…they want something. Let me put feelers out. Wait.” Yang James regrets colluding with Alexandre but the company needs the influx of cash from the arms deal. The Mega Mall project has hit some delays and their position in the Underworld has been compromised from the last debacle when Li Tian let the hijackers go. Yang James paces across his office, all because of that damn bitch! Flying in this weather is asking for death!

  “She was with my cousin, it could be someone who thinks Song Sara is important to him. You know those crazy celebrity stalkers…she could be in more danger if one of those maniacs grabbed her.”

  Yang James looks out the window at the dark clouds in the distance, “Tian, no one will take off in this weather.”

   Li Tian slams his hand down on the steering wheel, “I will fly the fucking helicopter myself if I have to. The little girl must be frightened, I need to save her.”

   “I have never seen you let your emotions take over your rationality. Does killing yourself help her or your child? It is suicide flying a helicopter with the winds around the mountains…if  there is a snowstorm…well.”

  “Save your breath. I’m almost at the airport. I will rescue my woman.”

   After he hangs up, Yang James calls Alexandre, “Call it off.”

   Alexandre laughs, “What are you talking about? Hamid already has her and is on his way back to the city.”

  “He will kill everyone involved including you and me.”

  “Li Tian will never know you and I had any involvement. If anyone dies it will be Madam Olga and her stupid son Hamid, nothing points to us. I made sure of that.”

  Yang James grips his phone tighter, “You better be right. Li Tian has lost his mind over that woman.”

  “Women are replaceable. You are exaggerating.”

   “As soon as they are at the house, have him call with the demand. Don’t wait.”

  “You are worrying over nothing.”

  “Make sure Hamid doesn’t lay a hand on Song Sara, do you understand? The woman is carrying Li Tian’s child.”

  “No shit?” Alexandre pours a glass of whisky, “Why didn’t you tell me? Now I see what makes this woman special. I wouldn’t have had Hamid do the job. He can be, well…unpredictable.”

  Yang James tugs on his tie, “Call him. Tell him to be very careful.”

  Hamid is sitting in the back seat of the Black SUV next to Sara. She is unconscious clutching the tiny pink bunny knitted hat in her hand. The driver says, “Hamid, a snowstorm is coming. I think instead of driving to the city we should stay somewhere in this town.”

  Hamid responds, “Why not. The boy that was running towards us as we left I’m sure got the license number and will alert the police. We can ditch the car and get another one.Save being chased.”

  His phone rings and he answers, “I was about to call you. We are going to find a place to stay in this small town. Drive to the city in the morning with the woman.”

  “Hamid, listen to me… unless you have a death wish do not touch the woman! She is pregnant with Li Tian’s child.”

  Hamid glances over at Sara, slumped on the seat. “His whore is pregnant? Hahaha..he will definitely make the deal.”

  “Yes and it should go without a catch as long as she is unharmed. We just need her for a bargaining chip.”

  Leo walks into the hotel room, “Who do you need for a bargaining chip?” 

   Alexandre abruptly hangs up, “I thought you were returning to Catang City.”

   Leo sits down on the couch and crosses his long legs, “I am meeting with my sister then going back.”

  “Lola is in Bashu City? I thought she didn’t like China.”

  “Well you will know soon enough I have a twin sister. I haven’t been able to recognize her until now. I am meeting her tonight to reveal our relationship.”

   Alexandre hands him a glass of wine, “You look happy.”

  “She is a beautiful and sweet girl, quite the opposite of me. I am a little nervous but we have developed a friendship over the past few months. She brings light into my dark existence and although I hate the father of her baby I am going to be an uncle.”

  Alexandre lifts his glass, “Congratulations are in order then. It is good you have someone to bring happiness into your life. I don’t think I have ever seen you with a genuine smile on your face.”

  He lights a cigarette then says,“I look forward to meeting your sister.”

  “You have met her, in Paris at your Club.”

  Alexandre flicks the lighter closed. “I don’t recall you ever bringing a woman to the Club.”

  “She was Li Tian’s assistant at the time. I felt we had an immediate connection but I had no idea Song Sara was my sister.”

   Alexandre inhales deeply then chokes, “Song…Song Sara is your sister? How can that be!”

   “It is a long and complicated story. We were separated at birth. I was sent to that bastard of a father of mine and she stayed with my mother.”

  Alexandre tries to remain calm, “You are sure about this?”

  “Yes. Our grandmother confessed to everything.  A fortune teller told them I was evil and would ruin my sister’s life so they hid her. They deceived father and said she only gave birth to a boy…me. It is true I became a monster but what if they hadn’t kept us apart? I might have had a chance to change my destiny. If that fucking fortune teller wasn’t dead already I would kill the bitch with a thousand cuts.”

  Alexandre’s palms are sweaty, regretting teaming up with Yang James. He sets down his glass of whisky and looks at his watch, “I have an appointment soon, why did you stop by?” I need to call Hamid immediately.

   “Right. I bought a hotel on Harborview Drive.. I want you to open a restaurant/club in it. Unfortunately, Song Sara had to leave Catang City and give up her dream of opening a restaurant so I thought you could work with her. What do you think?”

   “Of course if you want me to partner with your sister I would be willing. Unfortunately, I need to travel to Serbia in the morning.”

  “No you don’t. I took care of the situation.”

   The corner of Alexandre’s mouth twitches, “Without consulting me?”

  “I didn’t see the need. I wanted to clear your schedule so you could come to the hotel and speak to the designers. I am going to have Song Sara come also.”

  Alexandre nervously responds, “Fine. I have to cut this short or I will be late.”

  Leo stands up, “I will call you with a time that is good for my sister. Keep your day open.”

 “Let me know.”

  After Leo leaves, Alexandre fingers are trembling as he dials Hamid’s number. 

  Hamid glances at his phone as they are pulling into a small Inn on the edge of town. What does he want?

  When he doesn’t answer Alexandre gulps down the rest of the whisky in his glass. Dammit! It’s one thing to fuck with Li Tian but Leo! Song Sara is his fucking sister!

   Hamid tells the driver to go to the back and park. “Go see if they have a room available.”

  The driver gets out and walks around the building to the entrance. Hamid touches Sara’s hair and puts a strand to his nose, “So you are having that bastard’s baby. I wonder how he would feel if he knew I tasted his woman.” He leans down to kiss Sara and his phone rings again. He mutters, “What the hell”, then answers, “What?”

  “There is a big problem. Let the woman go.”

  “No. I want the shipment delivered. My mother will cut off my balls if this deal doesn’t happen.”

  “Leo Cadeuix will do worse than that. He will strip the skin from your bones then rip out your fucking heart ! I just found out the woman is his goddamn sister! Cover your tracks and I don’t know… leave her somewhere or we will be in deep shit !

  “Are you fucking high?”

  “Leo told me himself. If he finds out we kidnapped his sister there is no escaping his wrath. He said he is to meet her for dinner tonight. Just leave her..get the fuck out of there. Torch the car. Don’t leave any evidence..do you understand ? “


We Need Leverage

 Li Shaoting and Sara are talking in the kitchen when his phone rings. When he sees the caller he thinks the Director is impatient to begin shooting his scenes. “I am leaving soon.”

 “No need. We won’t film until tomorrow.” The Director angrily watches in frustration as the crew breaks down the equipment silently cursing Li Tian. The weather is clear and the conditions are perfect to shoot the fighting scene between the two rival cult leaders.

  “I thought you said you need to do the scene today.”

  “Well, the second female lead has a cold. We will resume tomorrow.”

  “Okay.” After he hangs up he says, “They delayed filming but would you like to go to the mountains for the afternoon?”

  “Sure.”

  Kang Mingshun is busily working on the monitoring system to divert the footage to Li Tian’s phone. When he finishes he calls Li Tian but he doesn’t answer.

   Li Tian is sitting in a chair and a stunning woman is preparing a cast of his face. “CEO Li, I know you want a rush job but there is no way to speed up the process.”

   “How long will it take?”

   “The earliest Is tomorrow.”

   “Very well.” He leans back as she applies a sticky paste on his face.

  Meanwhile Sara is sitting in the back of the nanny van with Li Feng and the tutor, Lee Ani. Li Shaoting starts the car and jerkily drives down the circular driveway. Sara chuckles, “Tang Wu have you driven this car before?”

  “Well no, my driver is off today. Don’t worry I can figure it out, I just don’t usually drive a stick shift.” 

   Lee Ani volunteers to drive, “I can drive if you want Mr. Tang, I have a driver’s license. When I worked as an assistant in the marketing department I would drive when we went to team meetings.”

  “No, the roads might be snowy on the way to the mountain.”

  Li Shaoting pulls out of the community and a black SUV follows. The man in the passenger seat calls Alexandre, “What do you want me to do?”

  Alexandre has his feet propped up on a coffee table and looks at a middle aged woman pouring a glass of vodka. “I need leverage. Are you sure your information is correct?”

  “Yes. Li Tian’s right hand man contacted me. But, I don’t know if this is a good idea. Maybe we should wait until the woman is alone. She is with Li Tian’s cousins and an unidentified woman.”

  “We don’t have time to wait. I lose a shitload of money if this deal doesn’t go through tomorrow. I am with your mother now. Do you want to speak to her?”

   “Yes.”

   Alexandre holds out his cellphone to Madam Olga, “Hamid.” 

  Hamid nervously says,  “I am in a bad position. If Rashid finds out I am doing this for Alexandre I’m in deep shit. Why are you forcing me to help him?”

  “Because it is in our best interest. The buyers are desperate and if we enable the transaction they will locate that bitch that stole the flash drive from you. Are you forgetting how Wang Rebecca tricked you?”

   “Are you sure they know her whereabouts?” I want to lock her traitorous ass up and beat the shit out of the bitch for playing me!

   “Positive. He showed me a picture.”

   Hamid instructs the driver to follow at a short distance behind the nanny van, “What should I do about the Li brothers and the other woman?”

   “I will let Alexandre make that decision.”

  Alexandre takes his phone back.  “Leave them be. I don’t need any problems with the Li family. No one will care about the woman except Li Tian. The informant said they are going to the filming site in the Washnu Mountains. Once they are there it shouldn’t be hard to snatch the girl. The site is by a very backward small town.”

  “I will let you know when I have his woman.”

 Sara is laughing at Li Feng as he munchs on his second bag of potato chips, “Li Feng, you will get a stomachache if you eat anymore.”

  He takes a sip of soda, “I can eat four bags.”

  Li Shaoting looks in the rear view mirror seeing them laughing and regrets not allowing Lee Ani to drive. “Sara are you getting hungry? We will be in Chengi soon, there is a really good Noodle shop.”

   “That sounds good. I am getting a little hungry.”

    Li Feng crumples up the bag, “Noodles? Boring.” He looks at his phone, “There is a Vietnamese restaurant that got good reviews. Hmmm…There don’t have very many restaurants in Chengi.”

   “Well, there aren’t many people that reside in the town year round. They get a few tourists and it is a popular spot for filming fantasy shows. Other than that it is a rather sleepy town.” 

   Sara looks over at Lee Ani, “I’m not picky about food what do you think?’

  Lee Ani has been staring out the window and not paying attention, “Huh?”

  “What would you like to eat?”

  “I don’t care.” I am so happy to be in the same car with Tang Wu! I couldn’t believe it when my advisor said his brother Tang Feng needed a tutor. I jumped at the chance.

  Li Feng scrolls down, “Looks like the only other restaurant that has a review is a Barbeque restaurant.”

  Sara’s eyes light up, “Oh..let’s eat there!”

  Li Shaoting passes a car then says, “Isn’t that too spicy for you?”

  “No.” She giggles and pats her stomach, “I am actually craving pork ribs dripping in sauce.”

  They arrive in the quaint town and Li Shaoting says, “Give me the address and I will put it in the GPS.”

  “1440 North 15th St.”

   When they pull into the parking lot there are no cars and Li Shaoting purses his lips into a straight line. Looking at the small restaurant with the sign hanging by one nail he has his doubts. “Are you sure this restaurant is open?”

“Positive it got 5 stars and the last review was two days ago.”

   Li Shaoting parks the car and opens the back and helps Sara to step down. When she leaves the warmth of the van she shivers, “Wow. It is really cold.”

   Li Feng and Lee Ani get out of the backseat and they walk to the entrance. When Li Shaoting opens the door of the restaurant he smiles, half the crew of the drama are sitting at the long tables. One of the men waves at him, “Tang Wu what are you doing here? The Director said you were sick.”

   “He told me Xue Ning is sick. Filming was resuming tomorrow. How are the ribs?”

  “Really good. This is the fifth time I have come here to eat. Have a seat.”

 “I’m with friends.”

  “There is room, sit.” He motions at three men to move down.

   Li Feng immediately sits next to the man and Li Shaoting pulls him up by the collar, “Thanks but I see a table in the back. Is the Director around?” He wants to know why he lied to him.

   “Maybe in his trailer on the site. He was in a bad mood so we got the hell out of there.”

   “Okay.”

   Hamid is sitting in the SUV in the parking lot considering if he should go inside and grab Song Sara. He rolls down the window and  smokes a cigarette. 

  There are several cigarette butts in the ashtray when Sara emerges from the restaurant. Hamid watches as she smiles at Li Shaoting and smirks. Little girl you are quite beautiful. Maybe I should taste you before we make a deal with Li Tian.

  Sara touches her protruding belly, “I am so full. Do you want to walk around a little bit? I saw an interesting shop as we drove down the street.”

  Li Feng chimes in, “Yeah, I want a piece of cake there is a bakery about half a block from here.”

  “…”

   He tosses Li Feng the keys to the car,“You and Lee Ani wait in the nanny van, “Do your homework.”

  “Bro, I need dessert.”

  “We will bring you back a cake. I told you I don’t want to deal with Dad.”

   “Make sure to get me a piece of mango cake.”

   He kicks a stone as he walks back to the van while muttering and Sara chuckles, “Your brother is really cute.”

   Li Shaoting shakes his head, “He is a pain in the ass.”

  They walk down the sidewalk and when they reach the shop Sara smiles.”Look at the cute baby clothes.”

  Li Shaoting glances around and pulls down his baseball cap, “While you are looking at the baby clothes I am going to the bakery. I’m afraid that if I go in there with you someone might take a photo. What kind of cake would you like?” 

  “Umm..if they have macarons I would like a couple.”

  “I will meet you back here in twenty minutes.”

  “Okay.”

  Sara opens the door of the small shop. An elderly woman sitting in a rocking chair is knitting and looks up over a pair of rimless glasses.  “Hello. If you need any help finding anything let me know.” 

   Sara walks over to a table, “Did you knit these baby blankets? They are beautiful.”

  “Thank you. This is my daughter’s store so I knit a few things for her to sell. The clothes are all handmade by her. What were you looking for?”

  “Nothing in particular.”

  “Are you having a boy or a girl?”

  Sara blushes, “Ahh…I don’t know.”

  “You are having a boy and a girl.”

  “What?” Sara chuckles, “ I am only having one baby.” 

  “No. Two.”

   Sara picks up a blanket with a cute pink bunny on it and the woman says, “You should get the one with the blue bunny too.”

     “…” Poor woman must be a little senile..

    The bell rings on the door and an attractive woman enters the store. “Hi. I had to run home for a minute. Is there something I can help you find?”

   “She is having twins. I told her she should buy the bunny blankets.”

   The woman’s eyes sparkle, “Twins! How exciting!”

   Sara gazes at the old woman whose eyes are crinkled into crescent shapes and doesn’t have the heart to refute her words. She clutches her purse. I just got paid… I can afford both… I don’t know if I am having a boy or a girl. “These blankets are adorable. I will take both.”

   The old woman smiles, “You are so beautiful are you part of the cast that is filming on the outskirts of town.”

   Sara replies as she pays for the blankets,, “No. I just came for the afternoon with a friend.” 

   The old lady says, “Honey, give her the two matching bunny hats as a gift.”

   Sara waves her hand , “No. I can’t accept.”

  “Of course you can. When your babies are born come back, I want to see them wearing the hats and wrapped in the blankets.”

  Sara can only inwardly sigh, “Well..thank you and I will.”

   She walks out of the store and glances down the street to see if Li Shaoting is coming. She takes out the pink hat and touches the little bunny ears..so cute.

   Li Shaoting walks down the street carrying a cake box and sees Sara. As he waves his face freezes as a tall man in a black overcoat grabs Sara from behind. Li Shaoting drops the cake box and runs down the sidewalk and helplessly watches as the man tosses Sara into the back seat of a black SUV and the driver speeds away.

Li Shaoting’s heart is racing he memorizes the license plate and calls 120. “My friend has been kidnapped, black Mercedes SUV license plate #FW-5908.”

 A woman sounds startled,“What?”

 “I said my friend has been kidnapped. Hurry before they get too far.”

 “Sir. The only police car we have is being repaired.”

 “Are you fucking serious!” He picks up the bag Sara dropped and runs towards the restaurant where the nanny van is parked. There is only one highway leading from this town. I will catch the bastard.

  He gets to the van and opens the door and jumps in the driver seat startling Li Feng and Lee Ani. “What the hell!”

  “ Give me the keys. Someone kidnapped Song Sara.”

   Li Feng’s hands are trembling as he passes the keys to Li Shaoting’s outstretched hand “Why? Why would someone take Song Sara?”

   “How the fuck would I know!” Maybe the culprit is the person she was running away from in Catang City.

   He knows he needs to find out who owns the black SUV. He taps his hand on the steering wheel and reluctantly calls Li Tian as he pulls out of the parking lot.

   Li Tian is washing his face after the woman made a cast for the human mask.. He hears his phone ringing in his pocket and dries his face. He tosses the towel down and takes out his phone. He furrows his eyebrows, what does he want? Did the Director tell him I called?

  “Speak.”

   “Cousin..I need your help!”

  “What’s wrong?”

   “My cook..my cook.. I think someone thinks she is my girlfriend and kidnapped her!”

   Li Tian’s face contorts in anger and he rages, “What did you say!”

  “I don’t know why else they would take Song Sara.” Well I do but I can’t say.

  “From your villa?”

 “No. We are in Chengi a small town in the Washnu Mountains.” He is frazzled and blurts out, “She..she was in a baby clothes shop and as she came out a man grabbed her.” He wipes the tears in his eyes, ” I shouldn’t have left her alone.”

 Li Tian feels as though he is going to lose his mind. His eyes redden and the veins pop out on his neck. He looks like an Azura from Hell as he growls,”I will have a helicopter search the area. There is only one highway. Describe the vehicle. The man don’t leave out any details! “

I will fucking kill the motherf****r who kidnapped my woman !




Cancel Filming

  Li Tian walks into Sun Zhi’s villa and Mr. Mu greets him, “CEO Li, the guest room clean up hasn’t been completed so the Young Master said to move you to the East wing.”

  “Very well.” He follows Mr. Mu and as he passes by the presumptuous maid who entered his room he glares at her. She feels his oppressive aura and hurries down the hallway. She quivers, I need to stay far away from that terrifying man !

  Once inside the guest room he sits on the couch and takes out his phone. “Mingshun, I want you to install cameras in my cousin’s villa. Place them in Song Sara’s bedroom, the living room and the kitchen.”

  Kang Mingshun is driving back from Catang City after personally delivering the documents from Old Man Guo to Li Hong. He turns down the music in the car, “Boss, what did you say?”

 The corner of Li Tian’s mouth turns down, “I said I want cameras installed in Song Sara’s bedroom, the kitchen and the living room at my cousin’s villa.”

  Kang Mingshun hesitates and Li Tian growls “If I have to say it a third time, there is a vacancy in the Tunisian office.”

  “I heard you Boss…but…”

 “Do it.”

 Kang Mingshun hangs up, the Boss is going too far. If the little chick finds out she won’t forgive him. Why doesn’t he think like a normal man. Buy her flowers and beg the girl to forgive him.

 Li Tian lights a cigarette and gazes at the picture on his phone of Sara in bed. He has a satisfied smile thinking about being able to watch Sara, until I can be by the little girl’s side this will work.

  Sara is in the kitchen making breakfast and Li Shaoting is sitting at the table. “Song Sara do you want to go to my friend’s house with me for dinner tonight?”

  She flips the sausage patties over then looks up from the frying pan, “Thanks for asking me but I am meeting a friend tonight. He is leaving to go back to Catang City in the morning so we are going to have dinner.”

 Li Shaoting has a surprised expression and Song Sara notices, “He is one of the few people who know about my situation.”

  “You can bring him along.”

  Sara giggles thinking about Leo’s cold personality, “Well, I think he has something he wants to discuss with me.”

  Li Shaoting smells the delicious aroma of the food cooking and has a worried expression, “He wouldn’t want to take you back to Catang City would he?”

  Sara puts the sausage patties on a plate next to an omelet with a smiley face drawn in ketchup. “No. I can’t go back.” She sets the plate down in front of him with a glass of orange juice.

  “I hope you are happy here.” His lips curl up looking at the smiley face, “I am considering staying in Bashu City.” I haven’t been this relaxed in a while…it would be great to live here with Song Sara.

  Sara sits down at the table opposite him, “Don’t you need to film soon?”

  “I do but I can commute to the location they are filming the first half of the drama by Washnu Mountain.” He picks up a piece of the omelet with the chopsticks, “Do you want to come with me this afternoon? I am going to meet with the Director and film two fight scenes. It is really beautiful there.”

   Sara’s blue eyes sparkle,“ I have always wondered how they do the flying fight scenes.”

  Li Feng lazily walks into the kitchen. He is wearing an Adidas blue and white tracksuit and has a pair of headphones around his neck.  “I will come with you.”

  “Don’t you need to meet with a tutor this afternoon?”

  “Bro, I’m on vacation, I don’t want to study.”

  “No. I don’t need the headache if Dad finds out.”

  He takes a piece of sausage from his brother’s plate and  Li Shaoting swats his hand, “Get your own!”

  While he is chewing Li Feng says, “Take the nanny van and she can come with us. I will study while you meet with the Director.”

  Sara stands up, “I will fix you an omelet. Sit.”

  “I’m good. Is there any more sausage?”

  “Yes, but you should eat breakfast.”

  “I had a banana and toast earlier.”

   Li Shaoting asks, “Did you see Cousin this morning?”

  Li Feng shivers and his boyish face reveals his irritation, “Yeah. Why doesn’t he just stay at Sun Zhi’s villa.”

  Sara’s ears perk up when she hears his name. “Your cousin is friends with Sun Zhi?”

“They are friends. Sun Zhi lives behind me, the large villa on the side of the mountan. He is out of town right now so our cousin is staying there.”

 Both the brothers look at Sara, “Do you know him?”

  “Well…yes. I am acquainted with him. We worked for the same man briefly. My Boss lent me to another company… the Li Group. it is a long story. One I definitely don’t want to think about.

The two brothers stare at Sara and Li Shaoting stutters, “The..the Li Group?”

“Hmm.. The Mega Mall cooperation.I worked for the Zhou Group and CEO lent me to Li Tian as an assistant.”

Sara puts the last two sausage patties on a plate. “Are you sure you don’t want eggs?”

“What did you think of Li Tian? I heard he is a difficult man to work for. He is one of the investors in the film I’m working on right now.”

Sara scoops out a spoonful of rice, “I think I rather not comment.” My God where would I begin? Li Tian is the reason I ran away from Catang City!

The brothers can see by her expression Sara had been bullied by their cousin. Li Feng blurts out, “If you meet the rest of the Li family don’t judge them by that arrogant tyrant!”

“…” She eats a bite of rice and wonders why Tang Feng would be so agitated. Maybe he is friends with tthe Li family.

“Haha..I did meet his mother and father they seemed much more..ahh..normal.” She opens the refrigerator and takes out a carton of milk. After she pours a glass she leans on the counter.

   Li Shaoting jumps up from his seat, “Are you okay?”

   Sara’s face pales and her face contorts in pain. “My body feels a little achy. Probably just the weather.”

  Li Shaoting turns to Li Feng, “Go get Song Sara a sweater. Should I take you to the hospital?”

  “No..no maybe I did a little too much yesterday.”

   He holds her arm and helps her to the table, then carries over the milk. “I will call Mildred to return.”

  Sara smiles, “No. Honestly I am okay. My waist and legs are sore that’s all.”

  Li Feng rushes back into the kitchen with a sweater, “Song Sara do you need to go to the hospital.”

  She laughs, “Calm down you guys, I am fine and please call me Sara.”

  “Maybe you should stay home and rest today. You can accompany me another day to the filming site.”
  “Actually I would like to go. I have a few things on my mind and it would be good to be distracted.” I keep thinking about that annoyng man. I had a spring dream about him last night. When you mentioned Sun Zhi I was reminded of him again.

   “Li Feng call the tutor. I want to leave in an hour.”

   The Housekeeper walks into the kitchen, “Young Master there is a man at the front door saying he is here from the security company to check our monioring system. Apparently, because of the storm several people have complained about a disruption in their systems.”

   “Check his identification then let him into the house.”

     The Housekeeper opens the door and Kang Mingshun enters. Li Feng walks past them while talking to the tutor on the phone, “Yeah, we will be going to Washnu Mountain to the filming site. My brother and his friend invited us to go.”

   He listens then says, “No. His friend Song Sara is going also.”

   Kang Mingshun frowns, the Boss isn’t going to like this. He says to the Housekeeper, “Show me to the monitoring room.”

   Once he is inside the room he takes out his phone and calls Li Tian, “Boss, ahh..Mis Song..well..”

   Li Tian is driving to a house outside the city to meet the woman who will make the human mask for him. He turns a corner sharply, “Spit it out. What about Song Sara.”

   “She is going to the filming site with Li Shaoting and his brother.”

   “What! The roads are terrible. I almost skidded off the highway on my way out of town. The haven’t properly cleared the roads yet after the snowstorm. Stop them.”

   Kang Mingshun knits his eyebrows together as he replies, “How am I supposed to do that?”

   “What do I pay you for? I don’t know but do it.”

   After he hangs up Kang Mingshun stands frozen in place stymied as to how to prevent them from leaving. 

   Li Tian slams his hand on the steering wheel then calls Kang Mingshun back, “Don’t let Song Sara discover you. I will take care of it. He calls the Director, “It’s Li Tian.  Shaoting said he is going to the filming site today. I’m worried about my cousin’s safety the roads are treacherous.. Postpone until tomorrow.”

  “CEO Li, normally I would acquiece but everyone has been assembled and I need to start filming. I have to leave for Hungary next week for my daughter’s wedding.”

   “This isn’t a request.”

   The Director breaks out into a cold sweat, “As you wish. One day won’t disrupt the shooting schedule too much.”

    Satisfied that Sara won’t be going anywhere, Li Tian hangs up as he checks the GPS. He narrows his eyes looking at the men milling about in the driveway at the address Han Weisheng gave him.

Li Shaoting and Sara are talking in the kitchen when his phone rings. He thinks the Director is impatient to begin shooting his scenes. “I am leaving soon.”

 “No need. We won’t film until tomorrow.” The Director angrily watches as the crew breaks down the equipment silently cursing Li Tian. The weather is clear and the conditions are perfect to shoot the fighting scene between the two rival cult leaders.

  “I thought you said you need to do the scene today.”

  “Well, the second female lead has a cold. We will resume tomorrow.”

  “Okay.” After he hangs up he wants to spend the afternoon with Sara. “They delayed filming but would you like to still go to the mountains?”

  “Sure.”

  Kang Mingshun is busily working on the monitoring system to divert the footage to Li Tian’s phone. When he finishes he calls Li Tian but he doesn’t answer.

   Li Tian is sitting in a chair and a stunning woman prepares a cast to put on his face. “CEO Li, I know you want a rush job but there is no way to speed up the process.”

   “How long will it take?”

   “The earliest is forty eight hours.”

“It better be perfect.”

“…”



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