Peace and Love Everyone!
I’m late with the chapter tonight but I’m bring it to you. It’s been a long weekend and I would have completed it sooner, except I needed to wash and braid my daughter’s hair. That is always a feat in itself.
Anyway, I didn’t want to disappoint so I finished typing and edit today. Now this story was created when I was in junior high. I’ve been working to type it and clean it up. And without further delay, I bring you Episode 5 of my Fame Fan Fiction.
Jesse took Allegra home after Lou’s. They talked a lot about old times, but Alle made sure that her step-father was not part of the conversation. She didn’t want to remember any of it. She was ashamed of that part of her past. Not only was her family hurt, but the only guy she ever loved was killed trying to protect her.
Thinking g of it now made her want to curl up in a ball in bed. Well, Jess, are you coming in, have a coke?”
“Sure, I’ll have a cherry coke.”
“Fine, let’s go into my room. I want to show you something.” Allegra grabbed two cokes out of the refrigerator and headed to her room. When she opened the door, she screamed aloud, a sound piercing to the ears. To her surprise, Mark was lying on her bed.
“I was wondering when you would get home.”
“No, no,” she said, backing out of the bedroom door. She was about to scream Jesse help when she backed right into him.
Just then, her aunt walked in.
“Allegra, what’s wrong? I heard your scream from the hallway. “Why are you screaming?”
“Ms. Grant, her father is here.”
“What the hell do you mean, her father is here?” Lydia walked to the bedroom and opened the door. “Mark Sutton, what the hell are you doing here? Get out, or I’ll call the police.
“I’m taking Allegra with me.”
“No, Auntie, Jesse don’t let him take me. Please, don’t let him take me. He’ll hurt me again, just like before and just like he hurt Pablo. He killed him; he’ll kill me just the same. Don’t let him take me.” Panic was rising in Allegra. She began to feel like she would never escape her pain. It kept coming back, no matter how she tried to break free.
“Jesse, take her to your place, please. I’ll bring her stuff over later.”
“Sure, Ms. Grant. Come on, Allegra.”
“You can run all you want. I’ll find you, Allegra. You know you want me. No one gives it to you as good as I can. And you know it.”
“Your delusional Mark and sick. Get help. But mostly get out!”
It took the whole train ride uptown for Allegra to calm down. By the time she reached Jesse’s apartment, she wasn’t as upset. Seeing her, stepfather brought back a lot of painful memories. It was a living nightmare.
“Allegra, tell me what happened to you when you returned to LA. You wrote to me once about a guy you were studying with. Did anything happen?”
“Yeah. As you know, Pablo and I studied at my house a lot. And well, dad got very upset at Pablo always being there. But I kept that under control for a while. At least up until the time something started between us. Pablo knew me like a book, and he was the only one I trusted. Mom had convinced dad to let me date, so I had hoped that Dad would leave me alone. He did for a while anyway.
“Pablo and I got close. I told him about dad and what I felt about him not abusing me anymore. Pablo wanted to be sure so he would sneak into my room at night and stay with me. I felt so safe with him. Pablo came every night for two months to protect me.
“Allegra, you sound so calm.” He paused and looked at the cousin he had grown fond of during one summer in Mexico. “When did he start abusing you?”
“Mark. When did the abuse start?”
“Oh, about six months after Mexico.”
“Allegra.” He was going to continue, but he saw the storm brewing behind her calm. He didn’t want to cause a scene, so he let her finish.”
“I went to the doctor, well Pablo took me. My period was a little over two months late. The test was positive. I told Pablo, and he was upset at first, but then he was thrilled. He was going to send me to college and dance school. He wanted to support my every dream. I never told mom, though.
“I was almost three months pregnant. That same day that I found out, there was an emergency at the hotel, and Pablo couldn’t stay with me, so he just dropped me home. I thought I was safe, but it happened again. He raped me. Oh, God, that night is still fresh in my mind. I felt dirty again. I didn’t think I would ever feel that way back, but I did.” Allegra recounted the story, and the thought of it made her stomach roll. She thought she was going to throw up. Instead, she took a deep breath, swallowed and managed to continue. I felt like I was betraying Pablo. I know now it wasn’t my fault. I would have screamed, but he had a knife to me. He beat me pretty bad. After it was over, I felt sharp pains in my stomach. I was bleeding, and I lost the baby. I spent a week in the hospital, but not without another attempt from him. Good thing Pablo was there.
“Three months later, I went to see my mom. After the hospital, I went to live with Pablo and his family. It was good to see mom. I had missed her. Everything was fine for a while, but then, Mark came out of their bedroom with a gun. He shot and killed Pablo, and all I had left of him. Pablo died after two months in the hospital. The case was dismissed in the eighth month. I’ve lived with those memories ever since, and I hate Mark for ruining my life. He killed the only man I’ve loved and killed my baby. The baby would have been smart like his father, I know it. Pablo was so intelligent, a brilliant man. He was all I had left to make life worth living.”
They had just stepped into Jesse’s apartment. “Oh, Allegra, I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were carrying around all that pain. But I have a secret to tell you. Pablo isn’t dead.”
“What? Jesse, I saw him in the hospital. I went to his funeral. How can you tell me he’s alive. That’s not funny.”
“I’m not joking. Did you tell him about me? Anything at all?”
“Yes, where you lived, and the times we had. I told you he knew me like a book.”
“Yeah well, after the shooting and the funeral and all he came to New York. He got in touch with me and told me everything. Well, almost everything. I didn’t know uncle Mark was abusing you. Anyway, his parents set him up here. They wanted to protect him. Said they didn’t want him to have to deal with the circus. Besides, your stepfather would have killed him for sure.”
“Anyway, we talked, and we still keep in touch. I’ll take you to see him, but I warn you Pablo is not the same man you knew. He’s become cold. I know he’s still dealing with the loss of you and the baby, but he won’t admit it. He’s more of a ladies man now, thinks women just get you into trouble if you get too involved.”
“Jesses can you take me to see him?”
“Maybe. Do you really want to?
“Yes, Jesse. I can’t believe that he’s alive.”
“Yeah, well. Let’s call him first. Get the door, will you?”
“Sure.” Allegra walks a few feet and opens the door, “Aunt Lydia.”
“Hi, honey. Are you okay?” Lydia hugs Allegra.
“Hey Richarson, any mail?”
“Yes, the courier brought an envelope. I slipped it under the door.”
“Thanks.” He replied, getting into the elevator up to his floor. The apartment door was open, and Linda’s suitcases were outside of it.
“What the hell’s going on? Where are you going?
“Away from you. To someone who treats me right.”
“What’s wrong? Diamonds aren’t good enough for you anymore?”
“You know what I mean.”
“I did everything but kiss up to you. You ungrateful bitch. I gave you everything. I tell you what. You want to leave do so, leave all the jewelry here.”
“No, that’s a gift.”
“Bullshit. You leave, you leave jewelry here.” He yelled, grabbing her arm.
“Let go of my arm, you bastard. I hate you.”
“A bastard, fine. You go, and I’ll take this.” With that he grabbed jewelry kit and shoved Linda through the door, slamming it behind her. “I should have sent her out with what she came to me with, nothing.” He paused, looking at the closed door and took a deep breath. He couldn’t help but wonder what had happened to him when the phone rang. He walked over to the table and picked up the receiver. “Hello…Yeah, this better be good Valesquez.
“He’s making a phone call.”
“I just brought you some of your things. Tell Jesse I came by and thanks.”
“Sure, Auntie, see you.”
“Okay, Alle, let’s go. Wait, let me check my window.” As Jesse entered his bedroom, he saw Mark about to climb through. Jesse punched him; Mark lost his balance and fell unto the fire escape. Jesse locked the window.
“What was that?”
“Nothing, let’s go. I have to stop to see a friend first.”
They walked down the hall, and he knocked on the door. “Tony, you home.”
The door swings open. “Hey, Jesse, what’s up?”
“Hey man, listen. I need you to take care of someone whose messing with my cousin here.” Jesse points to Allegra. “He was just here a couple of minutes ago.”
“The dude on the fire escape.”
“Thought so, he’s handled. I thought he was after the girl you brought home. I didn’t know she was family. I’ll keep an eye out.”
“Thanks, Tony. Check you later.”
“No problem. Take care of her; she’s one fine chick.”
“Yeah, see ya.” He turned to Allegra. “Let’s go Alle.”
“Aren’t you going to introduce me to Tony. And what was that about?”
“There’s no need for that. You’re my cousin; you’re his cousin. And don’t worry about a thing.”
They were quiet for a while as they walked to the train station. “You know, you sure are a lot of trouble. Here I’m seeing you for the first time in a decade, and I’ve taken you home, then my place, now mid-town.”
“Sorry. I don’t mean to be any trouble.”
Jesse smiled and put his arm on her shoulder and gave her a side hug. “I know what we do for family. Especially my Manchichi.” They got off the train and began walking. “Now I’d like to remind you he isn’t the same guy you knew in L.A.”
“I know, I just hope that later he’ll take me back.”
Jesse rang the bell of the brownstone. The doorman opened the door. “May I ask who you are and who you wish to see?”
“Pablo Rosado Rosas and I’m Jesse Valesquez.”
“Yes sir,” the doorman replied, picking up the building phone. “Mr. Rosas there is a Mr. Burrego to see you….You can go right up, the fifth floor. Use the front door.”
“Sure, thanks. Come on, Allegra.”
Pablo lived on the top floor of the building. There were several homes in the building, and the apartments were large.
When they reached the apartment, Allegra hid behind Jesse. Then he rang the doorbell and waited, but not for long.
“Burrego, what do you want?”
“My aren’t we in a bad mood.”
“You would be too if your main bitch walked out on you. She moved all her stuff.”
Jesse turned slightly and whispered, “I told you he changed.”
“Who are you talking to, Valesquez?”
“Pablo, I have someone that will cheer you up.”
“You have another loving bitch for me.”
“No, an old lover.” Allegra stepped out from behind Jesse.
“What are you doing here.”
“Trying to change my life. Hoping to leave the past behind. I needed a new start in my life.”
“So find a new boyfriend.”
“I much prefer the old one. I’ve missed him so.”
“Well, I’ll leave you two to catch up,” Jesse said to both of them. Then he turns to Allegra, “I’ll see you in school tomorrow. Pablo, check you later, man.” Jesse chuckles and walks away.
“Yo, Jesse, man what am I suppose to do with her?”
“Take care of her. You did before. The streets aren’t safe for her.” Pablo sighed. “Come in. Can’t leave you standing there.”
“I still need you, Pablo.”
“I need you too, babe.” He replied, embracing her. “I need you too. Let me take the bag. I’ll put it in the bedroom. So how are you?”
“Okay. I’ve missed you a lot. I wasn’t the same without you.”
“Yes, same here. I missed you. I’ve locked myself away here because I don’t want to care about anyone anymore. So let’s go into the bedroom, and I’ll show you have much. I missed you.”
“Pablo, I’m not one of your hoes off the street. What do you think of me now? Do you still respect me? Do you even care for me?”
“I don’t know. How do you want me to feel? You endanger my life by tricking me into protecting you from your father. You made me believe he was abusing you. You probably made up the baby.”
“Is that what you think?” Allegra couldn’t believe this was happening. She so didn’t need this right now, not after how her day was ending. “Sure, I bruised myself to get the attention of a guy. I even got my gynecologist to pretend I was pregnant and then having a miscarriage. I didn’t want you to get hurt; I just wanted to get away. You seemed to care; maybe I was wrong to think you did. Thank you for nothing. Goodbye.” She screamed at him and ran out of the apartment, crying.
Pablo sat down in the middle of his living room. “Damn Pablo, you got the one you loved back in your life, and you blew it. I hope she’ll give me another chance. I still love her, dearly.
I hope you enjoyed the next chapter in my Fame fan fiction. Let me know what you think.
There are ten chapters in this story, so we’re half way there. Join me next week for the next episode in my Fame fan fiction.
Peace & Love