Billion Dollar Baby Bundle 2By: Simone Holloway
They were in a small dark room with bare cement floors. A thin stream of light poured between the cracks of a heavy wooden door.
“Don’t bother,” Ms. Miller said. “I already tried. It’s locked.”
Selene remembered her dream. Her hands flew to her stomach. It was round and full. The baby locked in his own world, safe and sound. Selene sighed with relief.
“Who was it,” she asked, “that kidnapped us?”
Ms. Miller looked at her quizzically. “You mean you don’t know?”
Selene shook her head.
“Well how should I know?” Ms. Miller said frustrated. “You know more about this business than I do.”
Selene doubted that. Ms. Miller knew far more about Ethan’s business dealings than she did.
“I didn’t even know you were pregnant. You two work quickly.”
“What do you mean?” Selene asked. “You were there at the interview. You know about the arrangement.”
“Arrangement?” Ms. Miller looked puzzled. She narrowed her eyes. “Mr. Cole was
interviewing new girls for his… business ventures.”
Selene assumed she was referring to Belle Amie. “You thought I was a hooker?”
Ms. Miller scoffed. “Don’t flatter yourself dear. We get women from all walks of life.
You’re nothing special. Now tell me about this arrangement.”
Selene told her everything. Starting with the conditions of Ethan’s billion dollar trust fund she worked through the events of the last few months up through her kidnapping. When she was finished they sat in silence. Selene waited for Ms. Miller to speak.
“What exactly did the trust fund say? You’re sure the only way to get the money was through an heir?”
Ms. Miller didn’t seem to be concerned or even surprised by these revelations. Selene eyed her suspiciously. “I don’t know.”
Ms. Miller grimaced then rose. She walked to the door and knocked twice.
“What are you doing?” Selene said.
She shook her head. “You poor dear. You really have no idea.”
The door opened and Ms. Miller walked out.
Selene pounded on the door and screamed, but no one came. Giving up, she retreated to a corner of the room and waited. Hours passed.
She was drifting off to sleep when the sound voices jolted her awake. She heard a man laugh, then the door to her cell was thrown open.
A man, his arms bound behind his back was tossed into the room. The door slammed shut behind him. The light was dim but Selene could make out Ethan’s features clearly. She wrapped her arms around him; he groaned.
“I’m sorry,” she said. “Are you okay?”
Ethan moaned, “Yes.”
His eye was swollen and he was bleeding from a cut on his forehead. His clothes were dirty and covered in blood. Selene imagined the worst: scenes of torture and beatings flashed through her mind.
She moved behind him and pulled at the ropes binding his wrists. The knot was tight and it took her a while to untie him.
“Are you alright?” he asked. “…the baby?”
“We’re fine. Where are you hurt?”
“Everywhere.” He tried to laugh but ended up clutching his side in pain. “I don’t want you to worry,” he said through gritted teeth. “I’m going to get us out of this.”
“Ms. Miller’s working with them,” she blurted out. “I woke up and she was in here with me. I thought she had been kidnapped too. I told her everything I know, which isn’t much.”
Ethan nodded. “I’ve kept most of the important details from you. I’m sorry but it was for your own protection.”
Look at how well that worked out, she thought. “I told her about your trust fund- about how you had to have an heir to collect the money. She seemed surprised. The day you interviewed me in your office she thought you were auditioning hookers for Belle Amie.”
Ethan looked pensive. “She didn’t know about the trust fund?”
“No, at least she didn’t seem to know.”
“Good, that means they’re not as smart or well organized as I thought.”
Ethan slowly rose to his feet. Selene helped steady him. “What do we do now?” she asked.
“Now, we wait.”
Hours ticked by without a word from their captors. Selene rested her head on Ethan’s chest. They sat on the hard cement floor in the corner of the room. It was impossible to get comfortable. Her back ached and her feet were swollen but Selene didn’t want to complain, not after what Ethan had been through. She snuggled in next to him. Ethan draped his arms around her.
“You’re getting big. I can barely wrap my arms around you. Won’t be long, before the baby comes.”