THE DIAMONDS 2: 31, 32
“No! No! Let me go! Let me go, please!!” I cried as the men dragged me into the cell.
They ignored my cries and pushed me in, making sure they locked it properly afterwards.
I stood up and held onto the bars of the cell.
“Please, you don’t understand. I really need to find Miquel. I….I you need to let me go! Please!” I pleaded.
“No matter what, miss Cali, you’re not expected to leave the institute for anything. Its clearly against the rules. If there’s something wrong with Miquel, we’ll do our best to find him” one of them said and left with the other.
I cursed and kicked the bars.
I knew the cell was power – resistant and there was no way I’d be able to break free with my powers.
I ruffled my hair and sat on the floor in tears.
Oh, Cali! I should’ve been more careful. How did I end up getting caught just when I was about leaving?
Oh God! D@mn it….
What do I do?
I placed my head on my legs and wept.
I really wanted to see him. I felt so incomplete.
Where could he be, huh? What could’ve happened between him and Mykel?
Oh God! I shouldn’t have told him about the rmayspecial incidence. No matter what, i should’ve kept it away from him and maybe none of this would’ve happened.
What have I done?
Three Days Later
My head was leaned against the wall as I sat tiredly on the floor.
Shortly, I heard footsteps and opened my eyes to see it was two guards, one holding a tray of food.
“Time to eat” the one with the food said as he awaited the other to unlock the cell.
Two guards were permanently positioned outside the gate and they stepped aside for the others to walk in.
The one with the tray walked in, while his partner stood behind with a gun, probably to make sure I dont do anything stupid.
I remained sitting on the floor and watched them
As they dropped the food and left. But the two other guards still remained on their position, outside the cell.
I stared blankly at the food for a long time and finally decided to eat since i hadn’t eaten anything the whole of yesterday.
I’ve been locked up for here for three days and felt so incomplete without Miquel.
I uncovered the plates and began eating – slowly.
Not long after, someone else walked in.
Huh? One of the directors. She was actually the lady that had attended to me the first day I arrived here at the institute.
She wore a short tight sk!rt, tucked in with a long sleeve. And her heels made annoying sounds as she walked in.
“Bring her out of cell” she ordered the guards who were a little surprised at first.
“The manager wants to see her, okay? So, quit staring at me like hoodlums”, she snapped at them.
G0sh! So rude.
“Okay ma’am” they replied and made to open the cell.
Oh my! Am I being released?
But she said….the manager wants to see me? Huh?
The guards came up and opened the cell and took me out afterwards.
I took a close look at the lady and became confused when I heard her thoughts.
My eyes beamed immediately as I recalled the fact that only one person calls me by that name.
I gasped but tried as much as possible not to show my excitement.
“Don’t worry. I’ll take it from here” she said to the guards and gripped my arm.
“Come on” she said huskily and started taking me away, holding me so roughly – probably to make it look real.
I didn’t say a word as I walked silently with her, out of the cell territory and out to where a car was parked.
“Get in” she said huskily as she opened the front door.
It was so dark already and the area was quiet.
“Diane!” I called in a whisper tho, and she smiled at me.
“Hello barbie” she replied and I chuckled.
“You…what’re you doing?” I asked, bemused.
“What else? Saving your Missy Emxplora of course. Come on, get in before we get caught. Get into the boot” she replied and opened the boot for me.
Oh my God! Thank goodness.
I got into the boot and laid in the darkness as she closed it up. And in a short while, the car began moving.
I took in deep breaths, feeling so excited.
She was taking me out of the institute, right? So, I could look for Miquel.
Oh my God!
I felt so happy as the car moved but suddenly came to a stop.
Oh! Maybe we were at the gate.
“You’re going out ma’am?” I heard a masculine voice ask and figured it was one of the securities.
“Yeah, its important” I heard Diane reply.
They said some other words which I couldn’t quite understand, but after a short while, the car started moving.
Ah! I could feel it. We were driving out of the gate.
I placed my hand on my chest and prayed this works out. I really needed to see my Miquel. My prince charming.
The car drove for a very long time and finally came to a stop just when I was becoming impatient.
The boot was opened right afterwards and I jumped out immediately.
“Diane” I called and looked at her.
She’d changed back to her real self.
I looked around and recognized the area. The black Diãmônd institute.
“Sorry it took me so long to come save you. I had go through a lot getting in contact with one of the directors. You wanted to come here, right?” She asked and I nodded.
“Are you sure about this? It might be dangerous, Cali”.
“It doesn’t matter. I just need to find Miquel” I replied fervently.
As long as it was the only option I had, I had to take it.
“Okay then. I’ll just wait here in the car as back up. If I don’t see you in the next thirty minutes, I’ll come in as well. Okay?” She said and I nodded as it sounded like a good plan to me.
“Thanks” I mumbled and started on my way.
I walked for a long time before spotting the big black gate.
I didn’t even know how to get in.
Oh God! This was so risky.
Do I really wanna see Mykel?
But Miquel…he was more important. I needed to be sure he’s safe.
I finally got to the gate and just stood in front of it, wondering how I’d get in. Do I need to scream it down?
No; it’d look like I was entering for war.
But…they should be cameras here, right? Just like the ones at the white Diamond institute?
Or….maybe I should knock?
I was about placing my hand on it when I heard the gate groaning open.
I watched keenly and stood my grounds and finally, the faces of the securities showed, pointing their guns at me
“Hey! Hands in the air!!” They yelled and I lifted my hands in surrender.
Oh my! This was a really big risk.
They ran to me and held me roughly,,pinning my hands behind me while guns were still pointed at my head.
“I’m not here for trouble. I just wanna see Mykel” I said tiredly and they dragged me in.
They kept me in a dark room where I was made to kneel with guns still pointed at me.
I stayed that way for a long time before the lights went on as soon as the door opened.
I looked and saw three boys walk in,, one of them Mykel.
My heart skipped immediately as I felt a scar reopen. My head ached.
But he looked so…injured. His face was covered with bruises, and his left hand was bandaged.
What the heck happened to him?
Suddenly, my mind drifted to Miquel.
“She’s demanding to see you” one of the men who’d been in the room with me said to him.
His eyes were so cold as he stared at me and stopped in front of the table.
“Leave us” he ordered and the men left after a little reluctance – every one of them.
And we became the only ones left in the room.
Immediately, I stood up and lifted the table to hit his knee and that way, he landed straight on the floor.
He definitely wasn’t expecting it.
I ran to him on the floor and held his neck.
I had no idea where the guts came from, but I did it.
“Where’s Miquel? What did you do to him?” I asked angrily,,applying pressure on his bandaged arm.
He grunted a little and held my hair and before I knew it, I found myself crashing to the floor.
He pushed me like a chicken and I ended up sustaining a scratch.
Before I’d regain myself and stand on my feet, he was already on his.
“Seriously?” He scoffed.
“Did you really come here to fight me?”
I panted heavily and maintained a good distance.
“Where’s Miquel? He’s the only reason I’m here” I said with so much hate resounding in my voice.
He scoffed and brought out a cigarette and lighter from his pocket, lit it and stuck it into his mouth.
“You’ve really got some nerves, huh?” He asked and puffed out smoke.
“I must say you’re really brave coming here alone.
“Anyway, why do you think Miquel would be here?”
“Because you’re the last monster he came to see. He’d left me with so much anger with the intentions of killing you four days ago. But since then, I haven’t set my eyes on him. And I’m asking you nicely, where is he?” I enthused, trying so hard to control my temper.
He chuckled and puffed more smoke into the air.
“Well….” He sighed.
“I guess he’s gone home already”.
I arched my brows in confusion. .what’s he talking about?
“What home?” I muttered.
“His home, Cali. To ascend the throne. Have you no idea? He’s the King of darkness”.
I felt cold chills run through my spine as soon as he made that statement: *King of Darkness*
Oh God! What’s he talking about?
No; it can’t be.
“You’re lying to me” I mumbled.
“Really? Why would I lie, Cali? The coordinates from Korea has been after him for weeks and obviously, they’d gotten to him already.
“On the day of the mission, I saw him. He was captured by them and that only meant they’d taken control of him. So, its 99% possible he’s back in the Kingdom already and has probably ascended the throne”.
I felt a sharp pain in my chest as his words pierced into my ears.
No; Miquel? In Korea?
The King of darkness?
Why would he just leave me behind? Leave without saying a word?
I placed my hand on my chest as the shock was just too much on me.
“I could take you to him” I suddenly heard the monster say and lifted my eyes to look at him.
“If you’re in, first thing in the morning, we’ll take the institute’s private jet and leave. You can get to meet him”.
My eyes dripped in curiosity.
Is he being serous?
“And why would you do that?” I asked, my voice still coming out hoarse.
No matter what, i couldn’t get the anger off my mind.
“Well……Let’s just say I feel like it. Unless…you feel like letting it go and don’t wanna see him”. He shrugged and smoked from his stick and I scoffed.
Anxiety crowded me.
“And why should I trust you?” I asked disquietedly and in one enigmatic smile, he replied:
“Because I always keep t
o my promise”.
By: Faith Lucky
My breath hitched a bit as he said those words to me and instantly, I knew the reference he was trying to make.
I glared at him and he chuckled.
“Tell me, Cali” he stared at his stick.
“Are you interested or not?”
I fisted my hands and thought for a while.
“I don’t need your help” I suddenly said.
“I’ll find him myself”.
And with that, I turned around to leave.
“Seriously?” He scoffed and bursted into an hysterical laughter and I stopped to look at him.
“Are you kidding me, Cali? You really think you can find him? First of all, how would you locate the palace? Do you think Korea’s a town or something?
“Secondly, I’m the only one who can guide you to prevent your a$$ from being grounded because right now, the Miquel you might meet might not be the Miquel you know”.
“And why do you sound so confident, huh? Why do you sound like you know so much about him?” I asked angrily and he smiled.
“Because I’m his one and only brother”.
That night, I slept with Diane in the car cause I couldn’t think of staying in the Black Diamonds institute, even after Mykel had tried to convince me to do so. I wasn’t mad, was I?
Diane slept so early like a chick. And as I laid quietly
in the dark, I kept thinking about Miquel. Where could he be? Could he really be at the palace?
Oh God! What has become of him?
Helplessly, I had to accept Mykel’s deal..
Well, yes. You wouldn’t blame me cause I had no choice. Miquel’s absence was driving me nuts and I was ready to do anything just to see him.
At least, with the way Mykel sounded, I’ll get to see him by tomorrow!
I’ll set my eyes on him again!!
Oh God! Now, I confirmed it. The story he’d talked about – losing his family on a bridge and all that – it was all about him!!
Its been him the whole time!
The throne of darkness – everything was real. And Mykel was the God damn brother.
Ahh! I should’ve known.
Well, the only reason I’d try my best not to kill him is the fact that,He’s probably the only key to getting Miquel at the moment.
And for Miquel….I was ready to do anything just to see him.
G0sh! How the hell did I fall so deeply in love with a guy?
I waited outside with Diane for the j*erk to come out as usual.
“Are you sure he’s coming out? It’s been so long already” Diane grouse and looked around.
I just placed my hands on my waist and kept my eyes glued to the direction he was supposed to take.
Well, he’d better not be playing with me.
After a longer while, he finally showed up – in a car.
I gawped at him as he parked the car in front of us and stepped out
Well…I must admit, there was a striking resemblance between him and Miquel. And thus, he was quite handsome.
But I’d still prefer my Miquel’s look to that sh*t of his.
“I thought you changed your mind” I said sarcastically to him, making sure the anger in my voice was clear enough.
“Nah. Of course, I’d never change my mind. I never back out. Come on, let’s go. But..I hope she isn’t coming along?” He asked, referring to Diane.
“Of course, she is” I scoffed.
“Got a problem with that?”
“Well, if she’s coming,t then the deal is over” he said and my eyes dropped.
Diane also chuckled in surprise.
“I..I don’t get you. Why?” I demanded.
“Well, just in case you don’t know, Cali; we’re going on a mission – a dangerous mission because if the people of the palace gets to know we’re there to save Miquel, we’ll definitely be dead. Therefore, we can’t have ourselves walking in large numbers. Two is a companionship, but three is a crowd. So, its not working out” he enthused and I shook my head in disbelief.
He’s got to be kidding me, huh??
Like…what the heck???
“So….you really expect me to go alone….with you?” I asked disbelievingly and he rolled his eyes.
“We’re running out of time, Cali. Chose. Miquel or your friend?” He said and walked into the car.
He ignited the engines and that was when I knew he was damn serious.
I turned to Diane who was speechless.
“Wh…What do you think?” I asked, needing some sort of encouragement.
“Well…to be sincere, Cali. I….don’t know. Don’t you think its risky going alone with him? Do you really trust him that much?” She replied and I turned to look him in the car.
Just staring at him,I remembered all the wicked things he’d done to me. The images replayed fresh in my head and I just couldn’t imagine being alone with him.
He was damn important to me and I was ready to take any risk just to see him.
I sighed weakly and looked at Diane.
“I…I think I’ll do it. I need to see Miquel” I told her and she nodded after a little reluctance.
“How will you return to the institute?” I further asked.
“Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine. Just be careful, okay?” She said and I nodded.
Mykel honked the car, drawing my attention.
Diane and I gave each other a quick hug.
“Thank you so much, Diane” I said in the process and she smiled and hugged me tight.
We finally unlocked and I ran off to meet Mykel in the car.
After the ride in the car, we arrived at the airport and proceeded to the private jet he was talking about.
G0sh! I still couldn’t believe I was walking side by side with this m0nster.
Well, it’s just for Miquel and Miquel alone. When we’re done from Korea, I’ll definitely fix him in his place.
We took our different seats in the jet and fixed the belts and in no time, we were off the ground.
“Have a safe trip” he turned to me and said with a sarcastic smile and I just glared at him.
His ev!l smile made me recall every f**king thing he did to me and how I wish to make him pay.
I took in a deep breath and tried to ignore him.
I shut my eyes and thought of Miquel. I couldn’t wait to see him.
After quite a long time, we arrived at the airport and alighted the jet.
I took in a deep breath as I stepped out with Mykel. And then, it was obvious.
I was in Korea!!!
We were there already!!
My eyes beamed happily and I turned to look at Mykel.
“Wh….What’s next? Where can we find him?” I asked anxiously.
“Patience, Cali. Patience” he smirked and stuff a litted cigarette in his mouth.
He had a bag with him and he opened it and brought out a face cap, putting it on.
“Come on”, he muttered and started walking away and I followed.
We got to the roadside and boarded a cab and after a very long time, we arrived at the destination he’d described to the cabby.
He settled the cabby and he took off afterwards.
I looked around but didn’t find anything interesting. Like….the area was just deserted and bushy.
“I thought you were taking me to the palace?” I snapped at him, but he didn’t reply as he brought a lollipop from his bag and stuck it into his mouth.
He brought out another and offered it to me.
“Here; you should keep yourself busy. Its gonna be a long walk” he said as he pointed it towards me, but I slapped his hand away, making the lollipop fall on the floor.
“I’m not interested. Take me to Miquel” I replied bitterly and he chuckled and started walking away while I followed.
We walked for such a long time, I began to feel suspicious.
“Where exactly are you taking me, huh? And why is it taking so long?” I asked angrily as we fought with the grasses.
“Geez! Cali, you act like a pest, you know? Relax okay? Do you think the palace is more like a two bedroom apartment that you can just go to, knock on the gate and request to see the king? I’ve told you before,,if we’re being suspected by 1%, we’ll be killed. Especially you because, you know? I’m a prince and can easily find a way to convince them. But you, you’re a total stranger and they kill strangers without remorse” he replied and I turned to look at her.
What the h*ell is that supposed to mean?
I scoffed and focused on the bushy path.
“You really need to stop hating me, okay? Your boyfriend already punished me enough” he said after a while and I glared at him
“You deserve worst than death, j*erk” I said angrily and he laughed.
“You two will make a perfect couple, huh?” He continued.
“I mean…you love him so much and risking your life for him. And him on the other hand, killed hundreds of people just to seek revenge for you”.
I stopped walking and looked at him. What’s he talking about?
I wanted to ask him for more details, but decided to wave it aside.
“Just shut up, okay?I don’t wanna hear anything from you”I faciled and he smirked.
“His ex girlfriend was a banshee” he suddenly said and for a moment, I stopped walking again.
I looked at him and he smiled – feignly.
“Didn’t you wonder why he suddenly got attracted to you? Despite his grumpy attitude? It’s likely because you reminded him of his first love – our first love”.
This time around, I was gob smacked and couldn’t move. And he smirked and walked ahead of me.
“Come on, pumpkin. We’re almost there!” He called out to me and I shrugged the thoughts off my head and ran to meet him.
We got to a hill and climbed together.
“Is the palace in the sky or something? I don’t understand” I said underneath my breath as I found it so difficult climbing the hall.
My breath was beginning to waver.
After climbing for such a long time, we got to the top and I found myself breathing heavily.
I stood beside him and stared the direction he faced and…..woah!!!
“That’s the palace” he said and made a slapping sound from his lollipop.
Climbing the hill gave us access to see the huge building ahead of us.
Like….it was so big, tall and wide.
And extremely beautiful.
With so many people moving about.
It looked just like paradise. Was that really the palace?
I breathed heavily as I shaded my face with my palm as a result of the sun while staring at it.
So….how do we get in?
Suddenly, I saw someone at the top of the building – at the balcony.
A person wearing a crown – having about four guards behind.
He just stood and stared into space, his hands crossed behind his back. And despite the fact he was far from me, I could still recognize him.
I could recognize that look from everywhere.
I brought my hand down from my face as my eyes dilated in shock.
I gasped in fright and placed my hand on my chest. I felt all my muscles move and my blood stop flowing
It was him!
He was right there.
“Miquel???” I called out without thinking twice.