08-26-2011, 06:09 AM
CH. 10- Confrontation
The night arrived and a light rain began to fall, which lowered Criss’s visibility of the road. Once again, their short fuses became a problem.
“So,” Liliana said, to break the ice after a long period of silence and boredom, "I assume that you've been doing this for a long time."
Criss turned and asked, "Do what?"
"Well, you know, rob banks and stuff."
"Why you ask?"
"Well, that didn't seem to be your first time doing that. You seemed very professional about it."
"That's why you don't hear about me on the news; they don't even know it's me, unlike you who leaves all the evidence there for the cops to see!"
"What are you talking about?!" Liliana replied in disagreement.
"Well, you send a guy to the hospital, and you leave pictures and belongings there. Now they got your face all over the news. And then, you take out a gun in a restaurant full of people, as if you were admitting that you were the one from on T.V. That was totally careless and unnecessary. Then you kill that cop, and with my gun! Now they're going to have a bullet to examine which can lead them too other clues."
"Well it's not like I haven't learned anything. I set the gas station on fire precisely so there wouldn't be any traces or witnesses."
Criss scolded her, “But you can't be sure of that! How do you know that some of the people survived the explosion, and that they're now getting closer on us? I make sure that no one gets even a small glance at my face."
"Well, that's also why I shot that cop; I was trying to get rid of a witness-"
She was stopped by Criss who started yelling, "Are you trying to add more years to our sentence? Why do you want to pile our record with even more unnecessary crimes? This is not a game, you know. This is serious, and you should be thankful that I managed to get you safely out of your own mess."
Liliana remained quiet and just looked out the window. Criss kept driving with a mad look on his face, until he was able to cool down, and said, "OK, you know what? I'm sorry. I shouldn't have yelled at you. It's just that this is a serious situation and-" this time Liliana interrupted him.
Criss didn't know what to say. He looked at her with eyes of shame, while she kept staring out the window. It was going to be a long night.
The rain got heavier, and there seemed to be no end for the long and dark road that lied ahead.
Liliana asked, "How much longer?"
"We should be arriving there soon," he answered.
"You said the same thing hours ago, and you're still driving."
They kept driving some more until Criss began to slow down. He made a right turn and entered another small and desolated road. Until they arrived to what seemed from the outside to be a big old house. It wasn't exactly a mansion, but the building was of huge proportions. Criss parked the van in front of the front gate of the house.
"Wait here," he told Liliana.
"He went out in the rain, and rang the bell.
A voice answered from the speaker and said, "Who is it?"
"It's Criss," he replied.
Then a buzzing sound was heard and the gate was open. He signaled Liliana to come out of the car. They entered through the gate. The front yard was gigantic. There was a huge fountain in the center with sculptures of angels. There were some swings too. Liliana couldn't explore further with her eyes because of the rain. They finally got to the door. Criss knocked and the door. They waited for a few seconds until the door opened, and a nun greeted them.
"Please, come in before you catch a cold."
The nun led them to a small living room, where she offered them a cup of coffee.
"If it's not too much of a problem," Liliana said.
"Oh, no, it's not a problem at all. I'll be back in a moment," the nun gladly said.
Taking advantage of the opportunity, Liliana asked Criss, "Hey, where are we?"
"Isn't it obvious?" he said.
"Is this the hospital that you told me about?"
The nun came back with a huge smile on her face, and holding a tray with the coffee and some sugar.
"Sorry to keep you waiting, here's your-"
The nun's hands started shaking, as she stared into the hallway that was behind the couch where Criss was sitting on. The nun dropped the tray, and the cups broke, splattering coffee all over the floor. Criss got up quickly and turned around.
Liliana did the same. A woman with blond hair and a slender body stood there in the hallway, holding a rifle. Without taking his eyes off the woman, Criss ordered the nun to run away. The nun left quickly.
Then the woman said, "So, it seems that you got yourself a new man."
Liliana was frozen, while Criss couldn't understand what was going on.
Then he asked Liliana, "Do you know this woman?" But Liliana couldn't talk. Then the woman said, "C'mon Liliana, why don't you tell your little boyfriend here what you did. Tell him how you took my man away from me!"
A thunderstorm had started outside.
Criss said, "Liliana, who is this woman? What is she doing here?"
"It seems that she's too shocked to talk," the woman said. "I'll tell you who I am. I am Johnny Depp's fiancée, and this +@@@# sent the love of my life into a world of pain, from which I don't know if he'll be coming back!"
Criss was calm, too calm. He's confidence struck the woman as he said, “So, you must be the one that gave the anonymous tip to the police, am I right?"
"Wow, you really are smart, my dear, " she said sarcastically.
"Well, then, what do you want from us?!" he shouted.
"I want the money the money you stole from that bank."
Criss acted surprised.
"That's right, I know everything about it. I know you're the one who stole that money and killed all those people."
"Then why don't you turn me in? Wouldn't that be much easier?"
"Oh no," she said, "that would kill all the fun! Besides, I don't want just the money."
"Then? What do you want?" he exclaimed.
The woman pointed her rifle at Liliana.
"I want her life as well!"
And just as she was about to pull from the trigger, a shot hit the ceiling above her, letting small rocks and dust to fall on her. Criss and Liliana turned to their rights. The kind nun that they had met before was now holding a shotgun in her hands and had an expression of anger on her face. Her hands were not shaking at all. The woman ran away and Criss followed her. When he had come out of the front gate, a shot almost hit him, but he was able to dodge it. The woman was already on her motorcycle, holding the black bag with the money. He exclaimed, "!@%#!" as she got away, laughing at him.
Liliana came out after that, looking for Criss.
"Criss, what happened!? Are you OK?"
"Yes I'm fine."
"She took the money! Criss, I'm so-"
"It's OK, don't worry about it."
"I said, it's OK, really. Look, I'll show you"
Criss took Liliana to the back of the van and opened the doors. He said, "You see that?"
Liliana said ironically, "Yes, I can see that the money is not there!"
Criss got inside the van, and pushed a couple of boxes among the mess he had in there. He began to search for something.
"What are you looking for?"
"Wait…I almost…got it" he said, as he struggled to find what he was looking for, until he finally seemed to pull something out of there. Liliana was amazed. It was the black bag!
"But,-but how?!" she stuttered.
Criss winked at her and said, "The bag was here all the time."
"But then, what did she take with her?"
"A black bag," he said.
"Yes, I know that! But, what's inside?"
Criss just smiled.
The woman was riding her bike as fast as she could, fearing that Criss and Liliana would follow her. When she realized that she was safe, she stopped abruptly in the middle of the lonely road, and took a peek inside the bag, as to congratulate herself for her great deed. Her nerves got tense, and her liver was about to explode. She threw the bag on the floor with all her strength. Blank pieces of paper wrapped in rubber bands came out flying out of the bag.
She was furious.
A mysterious man wearing a hat and a large grey coat appeared from the darkness.
"It looks like our friend, Criss, was smarter than we thought. He really has lived up to his reputation."
The woman just heard him. She was still mad.
"Well, no need to worry;" he said confidently, "We'll play a little more with him. And then we'll see who's smarter"