CC had thrown Cilia out of the house, she had crouched behind a bush for a while
and had thought what she should do next. She could still hear the conversations
in the house and so she considered that it would be better to remain distant.
But where should she go? CC hadn't allowed her to take anything with her than
the things she wore. She also wouldn't be able to take a room for the night,
because neither money nor identifications she could have taken with her. Why on
earth had she started this dispute with Sophia? Why couldn't she be patient
for only a little bit longer until she....... my God! She had a date in the
Internet tonight and her laptop laid her room in the Capwell house. Cilia still
sat in the crouches and held her legs embraced. Despaired and not to scream out
loudly, she bit herself into her knee. Slowly, the despair even skipped in fury
"You shouldn't bite yourself, you should punch yourself. Or better: shoot
yourself. How could you've been so stupid? You had come that far and now
thoughts kept running in her mind - and always with the same result: her
stupidity to have spoiled the situation. As she heard the barking of the dogs
she remembered, that she wouldn't be able to crouch behind the bush the whole
night. CC would have had instructed his security guards in the meantime to kick
her from the property or to set the dogs on her. She didn't know him very
long, but this force-outbreak this evening made her fear. She has watched
CC how lovingly he handled with Sophia all these days. Handled her almost
like a doll; almost afraid he could break her. But Sophia was no
doll. She was a strong woman, that wouldn't like to be treated like this. And
she would have never allowed Angelo to treat her like Angelo had done with her.
had an idea. Not one her best, as she admitted herself directly, but one, that
would defiantly give her a place to stay for the night. Before Angelo left her
alone earlier that morning, he had named her the motel and the telephone number
under which she could reach him. Of course he had done this not to help Cilia in
the situation she was now. Angelo still expected that she would betray and spy
out the Capwells for him and that she would lie. Well yes, she had already
done that part but with different motives. She would stay the night with him
and the next morning she would go back to the Capwells and wouldn't leave
before she hadn't talked to Sophia. Cilia didn't want to accept that
everything was over because of this one stupid mistake she had made. Again she
heard the barking and got up to.
have to get to Angelo. But how ?"
heard the voice of one of the guards that called the dogs back. Suddenly she
knew how to get out of here. Slowly she approached the small cottage of the
guards. She didn't want to scare the other dogs that might be in there. As a
relief she could see, that was only one single guard in the cottage, while the
other one made his round with the dogs. Carefully, she knocked at the inside of
the open door. The guard turned around to her and smiled as he recognized her.
The guards liked Cilia and her happy nature and so he was quiet pleased to see
What are you doing out here ? I thought you would take care of the little
Capwell princess today. Don't tell me you are taking her out for a ride." The
guard smiled at her.
thought what she should tell him and how far she could go to get what she
They changed their mind and I got the evening off. Actually I only wanted to
stroll in the garden shortly, but now I have decided to visit a friend after all
and wanted to order a cab from your phone since I don't want to disturb in the
house no longer."
became aware of the risk she was just taking. If CC had really informed the
guards, he would immediately recognize the lie and all chances on a taxi would
you finally make some friends in the city? That was about time, honey. It's no
fulfillment for such a pretty thing like you to be with the Capwells only all
you are right. It was about time. The Capwells are really nice people, but
sometimes they are driving me mad and I just don't want to see them anymore.
These thoughts brought me out into town one night and that's how I met the
was glad, that the guard didn't notice her lie and got talky. When she stopped
for a moment he grasped the telephone to order a cab for her. Soon he would
admittedly experience it however, but she wouldn't have to worry about this
now. It would only have to last until the cab would arrive and Cilia could drive
she had made some more small talk for a few minutes about the beautiful
occasions in Santa Barbara and her new friends, the cab finally arrived. After
Cilia had named the address and they had passed
the main-gate, she felt better. But what should she tell Angelo about the
whole thing? Should she lie as she already did with the guard ?
she reached the tacky and approves looking motel, Cilia asked the driver to wait
a moment since she would had to get money. First it didn't seem as if the man
would allow her to get out of the car without paying, but finally he gave in
with a snarl. Angelo was quite surprised to see Cilia, but however she gave him
no chance to react.
Pay for the cab, please. I will explain everything to you later" Cilia
asked and passed Angelo to get into the room.
the room, it looked like after a bomb attack. Angelo had never been capable to
hold things in order, but this time he had even surpassed himself. The TV was on
and on the bed laid an empty box with a little rest of pizza. She knew that
Angelo didn't like the put his clothes into a wardrobe ans so she was not
surprised to see the open suitcase with all his clothes laying around it. Cilia
pushed down a few things to be able to sit on the bed. She laid her face in her
hands and took a long, deep breath. As she heard the cab driving away, she knew
that she would have to give a good explanation for her sudden appearance now.
of Angelo's snobbish appearance of the morning, was left. He had a jeans with
big holes on and an old undershirt, on which she could recognizing the remains
of his pizza.
What brought you into my small palace "? he asked and opened his arms
who knew that she wouldn't get far with lies decided, that it would be best to
tell the truth.
kicked me out of the house", she began, got up and went on the other side of
the room. There she turned around to him in the hope he would retain the
distance between them. " I had a dispute with Sophia and this has made her
husband throwing me out."
felt confirmed and grinned at Cilia from opposite.
have finally managed to find her. And you have also finally found the courage to
get what you deserve". Angelo's voice became loud and he made the first
steps closer to her. Instinctively she knew that this wouldn't mean anything
finally found back to your beloved mommy..... and to her money ". Angelo
had reached her and stopped directly in front of her. With each further "
finally " he emphasized again
and again, Cilia twitched more and more.
Did we finally get the chance to
get what we had waited for for so long? Are we finally that close ?"
Angelo's sudden and solid grip packed Cilia's chin " And have we
finally spoiled everything directly once more ?"
Angelo swung back with the other hand and beat Cilia into the face, so that she fell onto the ground. From there, she could still see his flat hand clenching to a fist. The first hit did hurt. The second one was almost habituation. She hardly didn't notice the next hits.
you gone completely mad ?"
mastery was past after a short time and his voice became louder again. Kelly got
the feeling that she would have to defend herself.
I didn't want to believe it myself, Daddy. But I have found her identification
and Connor has called in Italy and it was confirmed. She is the Count Armonti's
starred at her but didn't say a word. Just when he wanted to answer, he was
The only daughter of the Count Armonti is called Serena and should be 15 year
older than Cilia ".
CC, Kelly nor Connor, that hadn't interfered in the conversation yet, had
noticed that Sophia had come down the stairway and stood close to them now.
And talking about the other parent you named, Kelly, I don't think, that we
have to go on discussing this again. Don't you think that I should I know, if I
had another daughter?"
every ones amazement Sophia seemed to be very calm and quiet. She had moved to
the other side of the stairway and stood opposite them, looking into their faces
Your father has already become surprisingly father of Elena and Greg twice
lately. Don't you don't think, that this should be enough for our family,
Kelly. Not mentioning the
impossible biological circumstances."
had suddenly changed and it seemed that she would become almost aggressive. The
last time CC had seen her like this had been, when he had to admit that Santana
expected his child. At that time, Sophia had tried franticly to keep patience
and to hide the pain inside her. Her true feelings were only to be recognized by
a similar kind of aggression she showed that day.
tried to concern the matter quietly.
I have seen her passport, Mommy. And I have seen her birth certificate."
can be faked !" CC said immediately and tried to use the same quiet tone not
to provoke Sophia further.
it was Connor that interfered finally.
I have spoken with the authorities in Milan and they have given me the
information. In the official computer-files, she is led as daughter of the Count
Armonti......". Connor tried to muffle his voice even more, "... and as
daughter of the Contessa Sophia Armonti ".
a short moment it was quite between all of them. CC, Kelly and Connor waited for
Sophia's reaction and stared at her. She tried to breathe quietly and
suppressed her tears. But she couldn't master her feelings however and so her
reaction came out very keenly.
A mother should be able to remember if she has ever born a child!"
if a knife had hit her, the pain drove through Sophia's body. Starting to
realize again, that she had already forgotten or ousted some things of her past.
And to face this truth again every time, was like a renewed sting into the
heart. To admit to herself, that she had killed the own son and had ousted this
for so many years was an experience, she was never able to recover from. That
she, without realizing it, had driven Eden into separation from the
.that Brick had left town, because he could never get used of the
thought that he was the official proof of the forbidden love between her and
and so many more things she had done without wanting it. Again and
again she wanted to oust this insight because it hurt so much. She wouldn't be
able to endure if there........
body cramped and her face showed fear and determination same time.
I am not responsible for this life. My daughters are called Kelly and Eden. And
not Cecilia!" Sophia's mastery finally past. She turned around, ran into the
living room and fell on the sofa.
who knew her mother well and knew that this would have to happen, was astonished
to see, that her father didn't follow Sophia immediately. He was still
standing beside them - quietly and motionlessly.
When will it finally stop, that this family is pulled through all absurdities of
mankind. Didn't we suffer enough? Isn't it somebody else turn now ?"
had no desire to fight once more for his family-luck. For the first time he felt
old and burned out. The hate in his eyes was gone, but Kelly could still feel
the pressure in him. And she knew that she was responsible for it.
Daddy, we have to talk to Mommy." Kelly
tried to calm him down.
CC turned to Kelly and Connor.
me, how long is Sophia with us again? 10 years? How many times did she has to
face her past and how often did it hurt her and did almost destroy our living
together? Can't you imagine after all these years what it means to her
to be driven into the dark, again and again, without knowing what there is to
could hardly answer her father and also Connor dared not to speak.
Kelly, you didn't tell her that you damaged your car."
felt burned out and incapable to go on with this conversation. Therefore, he
decided to ask Kelly and Connor for some time alone now.
It was a long day for all of us and it didn't finish as we had thought it would.
I think that nobody here is capable to think rationally today and I think it's
best if you go now."
But Daddy. Mommy....."
shook the head.
I will go to your mother now. But what to tell her, how to calm her down .I
don't know yet."
turned around and hoped that Kelly would respect his wish and would go. Shortly
before he reached the sofa and Sophia, the slam of the entrance door fulfilled
had calmed down again, but her thoughts seemed to be far away. Her eyes stared
into nowhere, while she held a pillow close to her body and a hand on her mouth.
CC sat down beside her, but however didn't dare to touch her. Finally it was
Sophia, that made the first move and looked at him.
" You know, that she could properly be right." she began quietly. " Only therefore, you didn't start to shout out as usual. We both had to recognize, that this nightmare hasn't end yet and maybe never will. What's more to come, CC? What is left to come to crash on us, trying to destroy our life?"
worry, CC - I will come directly to pick up Samantha. I hope, that Sophia will
feel better soon. Till then!"
wrong with Sophia or why do you have to pick up Samantha again? I thought this
Cilia would take care of her. She seems to be a real "Italian
looked into his newspaper and took his cup of coffee. He was sitting in front of
the chimney and had made himself comfortable. It had admittedly been not a cold
day in Santa Barbara, but in certain evenings he simply loved to hear the
crackling of the burning wood and to know Julia sitting close to him. They had
decided to drop the topic baby and job for this evening and wanted to
concentrate on each other. But now it seemed, that it would become another
evening with the three of them.
Something must have happened. The only thing CC mentioned was that Cilia had
left the house and Sophia is not capable to take care of Samantha. Seemingly Sam
must have been aware of a dispute, because he said that she cries all the time
and wants to go home." Julia had
a skeptical gaze when she looked at Mason. " Sounds strange, doesn't it ?
This morning, she could hardly expect to spend the night with your parents and
now she wants to go home ".
looked up from his newspaper on Julia, who had started to put on her pants and
Hm, sounds strange to me, too. I can't imagine that my father and Sophia had a
fight that made Samantha being upset like she is. And even if, why has Cilia
left the house?"
No idea !" answered Julia and put the shoes on. "But I will tell you
when I found out."
thought what he should now do.
for me. I'm coming with you. I can't tell you why, but I'd like to know
what Cilia, Sophia and my father had to do with it and what brought them
together. Give me two minutes - I just get dressed.
Julia knew Mason's " two minutes ", she put her handbag aside again
and made herself comfortable on the sofa.
Samantha will be at home tomorrow morning. Have you got any plans ? Could you
stay with her or shall I call Mrs. Kopp and ask her to come ?"
couldn't understand the words coming from the other room, which
probably were Mason's
Darling, I can not understand you, when you still have the sweater over your
head and mouth" Julia answered him and smiled.
as she had suspected, Mason came through the door - the sweater still over the
head, but now far better understandable.
I have a date in court tomorrow morning" he repeated. "I thought you would
be at home" Julia knew, that she would have to speak about the forbidden topic
now and was feared to know into which direction their conversation then would
I'm going to meet a new client tomorrow morning. And since we probably will
have to go through the complete case, I think it's better to call Mrs. Kopp
and ask her to come ".
statement had the expected effect. Mason stood motionlessly there and looked at
her reproachfully. Julia decided to end the silence between them before Mason
would do it.
Yes. I have a new case. An unpleasant traffic-offense, which will only take a
few letters and maybe a quick court-term. And to answer your next question right
away : Yes! I feel absolutely capable to dictate these letters and also believe
to be able to get through to slim aisle in court. Julia passed her hand over her
sweater to show Mason that there was still no sign of a baby-stomach.
And what after that ?" Mason asked seriously. " I don't have to explain
to you, that also such a small offense like this can draw out."
was annoyed and stood up .
I'm sorry ! I really don't
want to go through this unpleasant topic with you tonight. I will call Mrs. Kopp
now and you: please hurry up to get dressed. Because it's even more
unpleasantly to imagine that our child cries in the Capwell house, than to fight
with you again.", Julia took the telephone. " So please hurry up
I'd like to go !"
You are right !" Mason said and turned away to get his shoes. However he
stopped again to add something to his statement. " You are properly right
to worry about our crying daughter. But I would only wish, you would have as
half as many thoughts for our unborn baby, too."
he had hit Julia's sore nerve. It was probably only assigned to her worry
about Samantha, that she didn't explode and just put down the telephone.
Get dressed - your two minutes are already gone."
she turned around and went to the door. Before she opened it, she stopped again.
If your opinion concerning my pregnancy doesn't change, Mason and if you
won't make any concessions to me, then I can see a damn huge problem over our
said this and lowered head so that she wouldn't have to look at Mason. Then
she opened the door and went to the car. Leaving a thoughtfully man with himself
alone. He got torn out of his thoughts as the telephone rang. It was Detective
Hopkins, who wanted to talk to Julia.
I'm sorry, Paul. Julia has just
left to pick up Samantha. Is there anything I can tell her ?"
just had to get a young woman into hospital - she was beaten up brutally and I
assume, if the neighbors wouldn't have called us, this fellow would have
beaten her probably dead. The doctors had to give her something against the pain
and to keep her calm. We won't be able to talk to her before tomorrow
you inform any relatives yet ?"
Unfortunately not. She had no papers with her and there was no entry made in the
hotel. I think that fellow has picked her up somewhere and took the baby with
him for the night."
But didn't he tell you at least where he found her ?"
definitely would. However he had already disappeared when we arrived. I guess
we'll have to wait till the baby tells us tomorrow. And we would like to have
Julia with us when we talk to her. So about 11am in my office ? I will give her
all the information she needs there."
I can't promise that she'll be definitely there. Julia has an appointment
for tomorrow morning, but I will tell her about it and she will get back to you,
and Paul Hopkins said goodbye. Exactly as Mason had put down the receiver the
door opened and Julia had a look inside. She pointed at the telephone.
I forgot to call Mrs. Kopp." Was the only thing that came out spontaneously
and sounded somehow abashedly.
smile showed her, that he had forgiven her long ago.
Hopkins has just called. A young woman has been beaten up brutally and he would
like you to join them when then talk to her tomorrow morning. You shall meet
him about 11 am in his office."
looked at her watch.
This will be tight with my other appointment, but I will make it somehow."
I have told him, that you would get back to him."
noticed the skeptical expression in Mason's face.
wrong with you ? If you start again to ....."
shook his head directly.
" Not at all ! No more talking about this for tonight !" he smiled at her. "It's just that I have such a bad feeling - too many things have happened during the last hours. Mason's hand rubbed over his stomach. "And something inside here tells me, that I will find most of the answers to my questions in my father's house. Let's go !"
room was painted in white and besides a few medical appliances, there was only
the typical American TV, a small
table and a chair.
laid in the bed, covered with white bed cloth and had closed the eyes. Not, that
she was tired or simply didn't want to see anything. The doctors had given her
anesthetics, that had made her tired, but however she couldn't sleep. Still,
the pictures appeared before her eyes, that she would wish to forget as soon as
possible. She saw the fist again and again - approaching her up to the moment,
as she put her hands in front of her eyes. Trying to
protect herself and trying to deny what was just happening to her.
Why did I let it get this far ?"
refined in her eyes and gave them a quite particular shine. They would have made
her looking even more beautifully, if they wouldn't have been framed by
bandages and blue color around them. And so Cilia just looked like a woman, that
had to be taken directly into hospital after the police had found her. She felt
once more like one of this little criminals from the detective movies she loved
didn't I fight back ?"
almost would have had to laugh, but the slightest movement hurt and she forgot
about it quickly. She would have never been able to fight against Angelo. He
hadn't changed at all. He was still as brutal, as he had been in Italy - and
there she hadn't been able to fight against him either.
was used to get what he demanded. And anyone hardly dared, to get into his way.
Angelo wanted Angelo got. An unwritten rule, that everyone knew in town and
also everyone followed it with fear. Like Cilia. She had got to know Angelo as
the nice boys from next door and soon he became the first man in her still very
young live. Angelo wanted Angelo got. And the time he had got what he
wanted, there was not much left of his kindness. He considered Cilia as his
property, that was not allowed to be recognized by anyone without asking. And if
someone would come to ignore his orders, he would have to deal with the
consequences. Only one time, long ago, Cilia had dared to get between the sides
and had found herself in the dust
on the ground shortly after her intention to intercede. Her nose bled from
Angelo's uncontrolled hit, but the young man that dared to talk to her for a
moment had to take much more than her. Angelo started as usual - the fight
and handed his victim over to his friends then, while he took care of Cilia. He
grabbed her by the arm and tore her up to pull her away from the others. Hidden
in a quiet corner, he explained to her then, that he could not tolerate, that
she would behave like a b**** and that he had done everything just for her alone
and that it would be time to show him how gratefully she was. One day Cilia had
learned to be gratefully and not to provoke him any longer. It turned out to be
a very healthy solution for her.
I should have known that he would find me."
she had left Italy to go to Santa Barbara, so many things were on her mind, that
she simply found no time, to say goodbye to Angelo.
Of course, you had time. You had time a whole evening long. Only would have had
to go into the village, trying to tear him away from his friends and then would
have said " Hey, Angelo. I'm leaving. I will take my life into my own
hands from now on and you don't have to give me any orders anymore."
cold pain drove through Cilia's breast, because she knew, that she would have
never found the courage to face Angelo to tell him this. Becoming aware of her
cowardice, the effusions of blood started to hurt again. Her whole body started
to brace and bent, till only a rolled up small picture of misery laid in the
bed. She didn't want to cry. She wanted to scream. To shout out her fury about
being so coward and then to run away. Very fast and very far away. Far away
from Santa Barbara, far away from Angelo - even far away from Sophia. She
remembered how long she wished to be able to forget. That she you would wake up
and would find herself in a new life with a new chance. To start it all over
again - just like Sophia had done
it all those years ago.
No! No more forgetting no more running away". she said quietly to
herself and tried to calm down her breath. " Sleep now. Rest and afterwards
you can think about it once again. And now: sleep!..... sleep! "
tried to calm down and concentrated to fall asleep, but was hindered by the
closing of the door however. Slowly, she lifted the head to see out who it was.
Thinking that it could be only a
nurse or doctor. She couldn't think of any others of these well-meaning people
here in Santa Barbara, that would come to visit her. She heard the steps on the
floor and became afraid that it could be Angelo. Or maybe it was the police to
questioning her again.
doctors told them to come back the next day. Every one is expecting that you are
asleep." Cilia thought by herself.
the swollen eyes, she hardly succeeded to get a clear picture of the person that
stood in front of her bed. Only as she came closer to her, she could recognize
her, but wasn't able to say anything. Was it a dream or did the strong
medication finally work ? She would have expected CC or even Sophia, but not
her. The young woman sat down beside Cilia and went over her hair carefully.
Sleep ! You are save I am here now. And later on, when you have rested, you
will tell me everything that has happened. And then we will face the facts."
No more forgetting ?"
woman shook the head slowly.
No more forgetting. And no more running away. This time, we both will face the
The woman put down her hat and her long, blond hair fell over her shoulders.