LITTLE BIRD Chapter Seven
After they kissed, Rose tasted something odd.
“You taste weird! Sorry, that's not the response I meant. I was going to same something similar till you interrupted me. But, it means the same thing in the end. Our love produced the truest form of love together.”
“All right, start driving we can't stop anymore. It's been awhile since we passed Saratoga. You're not far from the destination.” She looked at the GPS.
“Do you forgive me? The last six months while you've been pregnant, all the conditions he made you live under. I should have known earlier. It shouldn't have taken me for him to tell me that story! I blame myself for the last six months. I've seen the bruises and I feel them twice as much, believe me. Listen, I want you to know, I set up a new life. Two identities. To start all over! I have tons of money saved up. And also, something to give you. You wont need to work again in your life and be able to take care of the baby. I set our futures up."
"You really planned this well, huh?"
"Yes, I've been planning it to make sure these two identities start a new life and a happy lives together! I didn't tell my team because I didn't want any leaks. They will find out about it eventually, but never about where we're going. Now, there's plenty of time to leave. The house if not only for your protection, but for where you can give birth.” Gio said.
"How did you do all this?" Rose asked.
“I've lived everyday with you in my life and I've loved you each moment. Easy, love.”
“But, you could have been killed back there! You were by yourself and outnumbered!”
“I anticipated each one of them and knew at worst i'd have to go to the hospital. I happen to be good at what I do.”
“I don't know anything about what you really do!”
“Right. Well, I promise you will soon find out and be impressed. Now, let me show you the thing I'm giving you. I can't wait till we get there. I'm too excited it means so much to me. You must promise me you will never tell anyone about where these came from. Also, if the agency I work for ever finds you, which they won't, never tell them about these.” He opened the glove compartment and moved a bunch of wraps and napkins and removed the purse from earlier. He opened it up.
“Try to keep your eyes on the road.”
“Would you just show me.” He opened the purse up and beautiful diamonds appeared on a silk cloth. They were flawless. There were at least twenty of them. Then he took He reached into the purse and retrieved half a dozen gems. They were gorgeous and impossibly beautiful. They took her breath away. He was looking at them lost in memories.
“These mean a lot to me. Not because of their worth, but because of their value for another reason. There for you!” She put her hand to her face to cover her crazy expression.
“Jesus Christ! I can't take something like this! Oh...fuck me!”
“Goi? I'm not a woman that deserves these flawless items. I would be doing a great injustice by wearing them, or even having them. They belong on a woman who looks like she should be wearing them.”
“What if I told you they were meant for a women out of love? Would you wear them then?”
“Oh my god yes. Without a doubt. I would wear them to represent our love all the time. Is that what you meant by them being value in another way?”
“Kind of. But, these were meant for a women that a man loved more than anything in this world.” She started tearing. She tried to roll down her window but remembered it was broken and cardboard was in place. She felt hot all of a sudden.
“I don't know what to say. I can't believe you….I understand now. I love you. More importantly, I would feel so lucky to wear these to represent our love.” He finally smiled. He turned and looked out the window then.
“Hey, what's wrong? What are you thinking about?”
“Time and life. How time always catches up to life. It's an endless battle that you only learn you can defeat once it's too late. Also, I was thanking someone.” She was wondering who he was talking about then he turned to her. “Do you have water? I'm thirsty.” They looked at the plastic water bottle that had a bullet hole through it in the cup holder. They looked at each other and she realized how lucky they were.
“At least it only went through at the top and there's still water in it. So, like I explained the two passports with new identities will be in this envelope. I'll keep it in the glove compartment till we reach the house.”
"Hey? Are you going to get in trouble from your bosses? You know, from comprising this operation and leaving?” He smiled.
“No, absolutely not. In fact they'll be happy. I left a written document in a folder with tons of evidence to put Totorio away for a long time. I also stated that I was retiring and leaving. As for this safe house, only one other agent that I trust with my life knows about it. His name is Sam. I trust him with my life. We served together overseas. I took a bullet for him. Let's just say he owes me one. I made sure no one would interrupt your pregnancy. Once you have the baby while living at the lake house, and recover with the baby ready, it'll be time to leave. So, this house will be the perfect house to live in for four to five months. As long as you need. Then the tickets will be bought and the home will be waiting in the country that will be home. The country were going to and your new home, they'll treat you like a Queen when they learn your last name. Well, if you take my last name.”
“What makes you think I'll like where we're going to live?” Rose said smiling.
“I promise, it will mean just as much to you as it does to me. As for the agency I work for, the FBI. No, they'll understand and wont need you. I provided great evidence to ensure you be left alone. But, my good friend that I told you about is also a witness in the case. He knows that Totoiro committed a capital offense and will be tried for capital punishment. Don't worry it will be all explained to you when we arrive. Hey, the first place I want us to go to is the balcony. It's where I always wrote my stories.”
“I thought it's where you see the sun set and rise there. And you said the night sky looks like you can see all the world's and planets moons.” He looked down.
“Yeah, that too.” She looked at him and he was looking out the window.
“Was I worth you leaving your job behind at at young age? I'm assuming you loved what you did.”
“What, what did you say?”
“Was I worth It? Leaving your job and all?”
"It's crazy because two years ago I would never have imagined this now. I was, let's say an anarchist against the thought of love. I've seen what it can do first hand. But, then I realized no one has control over choosing who they loved. Love picked me. The first time I saw you everything in my world, it just...like an axis shifted. I lost control of my senses. I made impulsive decisions because I had a purpose all of a sudden. I never knew till I met you that I had a void inside of me, and how big it was. You filled it and made me complete. Full, do you understand? I then reached a point where I knew what it felt to be whole and knew at that moment that I could never go back to feeling half again. To live half the man I was without you, it wasn't possible. It's like being told the secret to life and then being told your mind is going to be erased. Because of you, I was allowed to escape such a stressful traumatic job at times, and not be where my feet were, but my mind a world away. But finally, this operation let me learn what my father once told me one night. I now after sixteen inches all this time, know what it all means now."
"You said your Dad was one of the biggest thief. Let me guess, that was a lie too?"
"No, that was true. I told you Rose, I never told you one lie. I just held a lot back for your safety until today." Gio said proudly.
"I like when you smile like that. What are you thinking about right now? Wait, until today??”