Mega Mall Opening Part 1

   Dr. Sloane and Dr. Lee enter Sara’s room and walk over to the bed. Dr. Lee raises her delicate eyebrow, “The woman is quite beautiful.”

  He gazes at Sara’s delicate face with a hint of pity, “It is a shame she is involved with that bastard, Li Tian. She won’t have a good end dealing with his family, there is no way they will accept the twins in her belly. She is the unfavored daughter of the Song family, who have declined significantly in the past several years. The Li family would never consider a marriage contract between the families. ”

  “The woman is pregnant? That complicates matters. You should have told me I wouldn’t have agreed.”

   “What does her pregnancy have to do with the treatment?”

  “To stimulate the patient her heart will stop for a moment when I insert the third silver needle. I don’t know how that would affect the fetuses. I suggest you wait. If your prior successes with other comatose patients are any indication, she should respond to your treatment.’

   “No. I have a scheduled meeting tomorrow for the investors in my company. I need to show the success rate is worth the millions I am requesting for further research. If I delay the meeting it will send up a red flag and could deter them from committing more money.”

   Lee Yinyin laughs, “So that is why you wanted to enlist my help. Not because you are a lovelorn fool.”

  “Both, although lovelorn doesn’t aptly describe my emotional state.” I might be a fool to want to know why she left me for that old fart.

  “You aren’t worried about the fetuses?”

  “If her heart briefly stops, I don’t foresee any problems.”

  “You don’t foresee or you don’t care? Johan, you have changed. The man I knew wouldn’t risk harming a patient to further his career.”

  “I trust you know what you are doing.”

  Sara can hear them speaking and she desperately struggles to open her eyes. She doesn’t want to take the chance her babies could be affected. The fog in her brain isn’t as dense as it was and she realizes she is in a coma not dreaming. She feels helpless, why can’t I open my eyes or say something! The babies are mine! They have nothing to do with the Li Tian! I got pregnant from that terrible wild man!

  Dr. Lee struggles for a moment, so Dr. Sloane impatiently adds, “Yinyin, do you want your brother to take over as CEO? You should consider your own interests.”

  “If the woman wasn’t pregnant, I wouldn’t hesitate…but…”

“I am here, if the patient is in any distress I can handle the situation.”

 Dr. Lee takes out her silver needles. “Fine.”

Sara tries her hardest to at least lift her hand to signal them. Please..don’t…don’t if there is the slightest chance it might harm the babies…

Dr. Lee inserts the first needle at the base of Sara’s neck and Sara panics, two more needles and she will stop my heart…

   After some soul searching,without alerting Dr. Sloane of her intentions, Lee Yinyin decides she won’t risk harming the fetuses.

The second needle is inserted in Sara’s forehead then she doesn’t insert the third needle into Sara’s chest. She opts for a different location which might stimulate Sara’s brain. Two more needles are inserted and there is no movement from Sara.

 Dr. Sloane anxiously waits next to Dr. Lee for her to finish. Once all five needles are inserted he asks, “Will she wake up after you remove the needles?”

 Dr. Lee doesn’t want to deal with his temper, if Johan knew I deliberately changed the position of the third needle, he would explode. No one knows better than me that under his calm exterior is an obsessive lunatic.  “It is a wait and see, but I anticipate she should awaken in about two hours after I remove the needles.”

“Very good. I was watching the monitor and I didn’t notice any fluctuation in her heartbeat.”

 She slowly removes the needles,“It was probably so brief…if you blinked you would miss it.” 

 “Thank you Yinyin. I owe you.”

 “Well, while we wait for the results, you can take me to dinner. I am famished.” It is a fifty/fifty chance the woman wakes up tonight. But, she certainly will at some point between your treatment and the acupuncture.

 Sara’s mind is in turmoil. I can feel the babies moving so I pray to Buddha there is no problem. I need to wake up and leave this hospital! Has Li Tian really found me?

  Dr. Sloane checks Sara’s vitals then changes the IV bag with a new one containing an experimental drug he uses in his treatment.

  Dr. Lee has a quizzical expression when she notices a slight brownish tint to the liquid in the IV bag, “What are you giving her?”

  “Because she is pregnant I couldn’t use the standard drugs to treat her so I am using a new drug developed by the lab. She was given an extremely high dose of Somalin. I believe the drug combined with the psychological trauma of being kidnapped caused the patient to become comatose.”

  Sara doesn’t remember anything after looking at baby clothes in the small town where Tang Wu was filming. I was kidnapped and given drugs? Why? Who would do that to me?

   After Dr. Slaone replaces the IV he says, “Let’s go. I will have the nurse monitor Song Sara and call me if she awakens.”

  As the medicine enters her bloodstream Sara feels the fog in her brain disappearing. She tries to recall any memories about the kidnapping but her mind is blank. Was I kidnapped because of CEO Li?

   At the Mega Mall opening, Li Tian sneezes and Long Jinxi holds his arm as she sweetly asks, “Tian, do you want me to send my assistant for cold medicine?”

  He glares at Long Jinxi and flings off her hand clutching the sleeve of his suit coat. He growls,“Don’t touch me again if you want to keep that hand.”

  She stumbles in her ten cm. high heels and pouts, “I am only concerned about you.” She rubs her hand, “You don’t have to be that fierce!”

  “I need you to remember our engagement is a sham. I will get rid of it as soon as my grandfather’s condition stabilizes.”

  Long Jinxi lowers her head and has a malicious gleam in her eyes, my mother will make sure the old man doesn’t recover. You will marry me. It wasn’t easy getting the marriage agreement switched to me after my sister’s accident. 

  When she raises her face crystal tears hang on her eyelashes and she looks like a weak beauty. With an aggrieved tone she softly responds,“Tian, our marriage is what grandfather wants. I would be willing to walk away, but I can’t.”

  Li Tian’s father approaches them and wrinkles his forehead, “Tian, are you bullying the little girl?”

  Long Jinxi clutches the sides of her dress and shyly responds, “Uncle Hong, no… I was just thinking of my sister, wishing she could be here.”

  “Little An will miss the opening ceremony but will attend the banquet. Your father said she was feeling better.”

  Long Jinxi looks happily surprised, “That is great! When I spoke to her earlier she wasn’t feeling up to it.” Inwardly she is cursing her annoying sister, What the hell? What does she plan on doing?

 “Can you excuse us? I need to speak to Tian.”

“Sure Uncle Hong. I see my friend Jiang Wenli. I will go say hello.”

 Li Hong’s face darkens, “Son, do I need to remind you that Jinxi is your fiancee! I saw you snarl and throw her hand off of your arm. I won’t tolerate you disrespecting your future wife.”

 “Dad, I told you I will never marry that duplicitous woman! I am only placating Grandfather until his heart condition improves. I agreed to let her accompany me tonight but that doesn’t mean I need to let her hang on me.”

  The veins are bulging on Li Hong’s neck, “There is a lot of media covering this event and like it or not you need to behave. Not only is Jinxi your future wife, but she is a popular celebrity so they will be taking pictures of the two of you. It is good publicity for the Mall.”

  “Why do you ridicule Shaoting for being in the Entertainment Circle but  seem to praise Long Jinxi?”

  “Why do you insist on pissing me off! It is not the same! I’m not wasting my breath explaining it to you. Do as I say!”

   Long Jinxi smiles brightly as she strolls through the crowd to Jiang Wenxli. Uncle Hong will put that arrogant bastard in his place.

She hugs her friend, Wenwen! Long time no see! So Fan Mi told me that you got the second female lead in Director Fang’s new movie.” Her lips curl up into an arc as she taunts her, “Poor Baby, Did you have to sleep with that greasy pervert?” 

   Jiang Wenli’s face turns from white to green, “Shhsssh!” She pulls her to the side, “He is so disgusting! But, if I didn’t go to his hotel room, there was no way he would give me the role.”

  She brushes Jiang Wenli’s hair back, “You better hope no one finds out. I heard he likes to tape his ‘conquests’ or should I say ‘victims’. If you have a scandal your family will never let you stay in the Circle.”

  Jiang Wenli’s face pales, “WHAT? Who told you that? Jinxi, are you trying to scare me?”

  “You’re my friend, I wish you had told me your plan first. I would have told you one role in his shitty movie is not worth it. I can’t tell you how I know, but be careful not to offend the fat pervert or he will destroy you.”

   Jiang Wenli’s eyes widen and her hands are clammy as she holds onto Long Jinxi’s hand, “My agent insisted I go with him, I had no choice!”

  “Well, like I said, be careful.  What an idiot! Her agent is known for sending her actresses to directors and investors. “I see Zheng Lan and Zhou Jason. Talk to you later.”

Sara Hears Li Tian’s Voice

    Five days later inside Sara’s hospital room, Li Tian is sitting on the couch looking at the computer on his lap. He is working on the last minute details of the opening of the much anticipated Mega Mall outside Catang City.

After quite a few setbacks the project was successfully completed and the occupancy rate reach full capacity. The retailers and restaurant owners were ready to accept customers and the PR department prepared a lavish ceremony and banquet to celebrate the opening.

   Although he complained that he was too involved with the Affordable Housing Project to return and recommended Yang James to represent him, his proposal was rejected. Unfortunately, both his father and grandfather insisted he be the host stating it would be an insult to the investors and public if he wasn’t present. 

   Irritated that he has no choice but to return and participate, he is fuming after speaking a moment ago with his grandfather. Somehow that little bitch Long Jinxi convinced grandfather to be my date. Because Grandfather recently recovered, if I disobey him he might have a setback due to anger. I would like to kill those two Long sisters so I don’t have to keep dealing with them.

  Li Tian gazes at Sara, unwilling to leave this afternoon to return to Catang City. Well…it will be one night I will return immediately after the banquet.

Since Dr. Sloane began treating Sara he has been anxiously awaiting her waking up from the coma. Convinced there will be a breakthrough soon he canceled any meetings and shelved all projects that would take him away from her side.

   He is ecstatic thinking about the several  times during last night she had a physical response as he kissed and touched her body. Sara would quiver as she moaned, which hadn’t happened previously. More than once it appeared she would awaken at any time. He had mentally prepared to face Sara and tell her how much he loved her and the babies. 

   Encouraged by her various reaction as he played with her body, he believes there will be good news soon. He decides to call his father and offer a new alternative, his cousin Li Shaoting.

Li Hong is having breakfast discussing the opening tonight with his wife. His phone on the table next to a plate of food rings. He grimaces when he sees the caller. Putting down his chopsticks the middle aged man knits his brow anticipating Li Tian trying to shirk his responsibility.

  Li Tian quickly gets to the point, “Father I have an idea. Shaoting’s popularity has risen greatly since his last movie. I think everyone would be more than pleased if he was the host of the event. His presence would garner more attention than mine because of his celebrity status.”

 “Brat! Are you forgetting Ting’er goes by Tang Wu! He has distanced himself from the family because of his celebrity status. The Entertainment circle is dirty and we can’t have the Li family’s reputation tarnished if something inexplicable happens. He offered to perform but his father declined. Stop your useless prater.”

Li Hong is convinced since Li Tian has been in Bashu City he has changed. After dealing with the Bashu Airport problems he naturally assumed he would quickly return to Catang City. He was shocked when his cold and indifferent son got uncharacteristically involved with a ridiculous public housing project.

  Li Tian was in a hurry to resolve the problem and didn’t consider Li Shaoting’s identity. Dammit!

  When there is silence on the other end Li Hong taps his chopsticks on his plate, “Anything else? My eggs are getting cold.”

  “No.”

   “Get your ass to the company this afternoon. I have some things to discuss before this evening.”

   Frustrated, Li Tian purses his lips into a straight line and tightens his grip on the phone. He angrily curses his father and lifts his hand about to throw the phone at the wall. His hand is in midair when the door opens and he suppresses the urge to destroy the phone.

   An elderly nurse enters and pulls on her collar, the air surrounding that cold bastard is suffocating as usual. She glances at Li Tian, she has become strangely accustomed to the frigid atmosphere in the room. Dr, Ling assigned her to Sara because either the younger nurses became infatuated with him or were deathly afraid. Since she has weathered many storms during her long life she is impervious to his terrifying aura.

  Li Tian is actually very satisfied with this old nurse. She does a good job taking care of Sara without disturbing him. If he asks a question she answers him politely without any judgment. Although he could give a shit about anyone’s impression of him he feels she is more sincere with her answers. 

   Ignoring his penetrating gaze she proceeds over to check Sara’s vitals. She takes Sara’s blood pressure then checks the IV bag. It should be changed in about a half hour. When she lifts Sara’s hand to put the pulse oximeter on her finger she notices Sara’s hand trembling. Hmmm…this is unusual, I should make a note for Dr. Ling. 

   Li Tian has become sensitive to any nuances on the faces of the nurse and doctors. Noticing her quizzical expression he approaches the bed, “Is there a change.”

  The elderly nurse looks up at the handsome man towering over her with a concerned look in his pitch black eyes. She is well aware the man standing next to her is an evil bastard. Sara will have red marks on her body and her lips will be red and swollen at times. But, she feels it isn’t any of her business since Dr. Ling must be aware and seems to have no opinion.

  “Slight movement of her fingers on her right hand.”

  Li Tian’s face reveals his excitement and the elderly nurse inwardly sighs, the iceberg does seem to have true feelings for the beautiful girl.  

   His voice is tinged with expectations, “Does that mean she will wake up soon?” I almost want to tell this old woman about Sara’s response to me touching her last night.

  “I am only a nurse, I have no idea, I did make a note for the doctor.”

  “Call the doctor to come now.”

  “Mr. Lu..” She stops when she sees him affectionately holding Sara’s hand and the hopeful expression on his face “Yes. I will immediately.” Although looking at Sara lying motionlessly on the bed she doubts her hand trembling was indicative she would awaken from the coma. The man does sit in this room guarding her everyday and this is the first sign of any possible progress from the treatment.

  When she leaves Li Tian squeezes Sara’s hand, “Baby, I know you are going to wake up soon.” He lowers his head and kisses her forehead then puts his hand on her swollen belly. 

  His joy is short lived when  Dr. Slaone examines her and concludes it was an involuntary tremor.

   Disappointed after the doctor leaves he sits on the bed and hugs Sara into his arms. Stroking her soft black hair, his eyes are full of warmth and gentleness. He touches the lush black eyelashes covering her eyes. “Come on Baby ,try a little harder to open your eyes, I miss seeing your beautiful blue eyes…sometimes hazy with lust…so enchanting you suck my soul from me.”

He lightly kisses her closed eyes and chuckles, “But..haha.. Of course, most of the time your eyes flash with flames of anger.” He tightens his embrace in a low and magnetic voice he confesses, “ I am waiting for you to look at me with your crystal blue eyes sparkling and full of love. I love you and our babies more than I can say. I will give you everything, all my love and a life of luxury. Please, wake up so I can prove to you that I am the only man for you. He tightens his arms around her thin waist and his voice is full of longing, “I want to marry you Song Sara. I want you to be my wife. I will only love you in this life.”

   Li Tian’s words and the feeling of being in his warm embrace stir Sara’s consciousness. Listening to his strong heartbeat and his heartfelt confession sink into Sara’s clouded mind. What a strange dream.  It isn’t possible for the arrogant and cold CEO Li to say such tender words to me. Do I like him? Is this wishful thinking on my part so I am dreaming of him confessing his love. How could that be… If he knew the baby wasn’t his… a seed planted by a wild man who raped me…I need to wake up from this weird fantasy. It should be time to make breakfast for the Li brothers.

  He buries his head in her neck and inhales her unique fragrance of jasmine that is intoxicating. Licking and sucking on her shell-like ear he whispers, “You are so beautiful my love.” Gazing at her lovingly he presses his lips on hers before he deepens the kiss he forces himself to stop. Knowing if he lingers any longer he will be too tempted and disobey his father and grandfather he unwillingly lays Sara on the pillow. He fixes the blanket covering her then gets off the bed. “I need to go. I will be back tomorrow.”

   Kang Mingshun is deep in thought while standing in the hallway waiting for Li Tian.

When Li Tian exits the room his face has an ugly expression, “Let’s go.”

Treatment Part 2

The two doctors return with a nurse  pushing a cart on top is a small machine. Li Shaoting filled him in as to what the process would be so Li Tian silently watches from the side.

Dr. Ling was told by Li Shaoting that the bodyguard was allowed to stay. Since he threatened the research facility’s funding she acquiesced. 

Ignoring Li Tian’s piercing gaze  Dr. Sloane places several electrode pads on Sara’s head and turns a dial slowly. When he turns on the machine Sara’s body twitches and her eyebrows wrinkle. Li Tian panics and pushes the doctor, “What are you doing! She looks like she is in pain!”

Annoyed by Li Tian’s outburst the doctor’s face contorts in anger, “Unless you want me to call security, step back and let me do my job!” He is a well renowned neurologist that people wait months to see. “Don’t interrupt the treatment!”

  “Shaoting didn’t say she would be in pain. Stop now!”

  “…” Both doctors stare at him, Shaoting?

 Dr. Ling realizes this man is not ordinary, his domineering tone is as if he is used to being in charge. Referring to Young Master Li…is he a person favored by the Li Family? A relative?

 Composing herself she says, “Mr. Lu, the electrodes are stimulating her brain waves. It is normal for the patient to have some involuntary movements. I gave Miss Song a low dose pain medication in her IV, she shouldn’t be in any pain.” 

 “She is pregnant!  How will it affect the babies?”

She can’t hide her shock at his emotional outburst, “Mr. Lu! You are merely her bodyguard…Mr. Cadieux would not be happy to know you are growing abnormally attached to his sis…Miss Song.”

Li Tian’s hand in his trouser pocket is clenched and the veins on the back of his hand are bulging. He changes his expression and cocks an eyebrow, “Mr. Wu hired me…only he can fire me.”

“Well, let Dr. Sloane treat Miss Song without interfering.” I really want to kick this arrogant man out of the hospital! I have never seen such an overbearing bodyguard!

 The treatment continues for another hour and except for Sara’s initial reaction Li Tian doesn’t see any signs of discomfort. When Dr. Sloane finishes he tells Dr. Ling, “I am going to study the images and I will send my report to you.”

  “Very good.”

  A nurse comes into the room to wheel the cart out and the two doctors follow. When Dr. Sloane reaches for the door handle he turns around and he sees Li Tian holding Sara’s hand.

  While waiting for the elevator he remarks, “I think you should have Mr. Wu change bodyguards.” He noticed the possessive glint in Li Tian’s eyes and his interference was unprofessional. The man seems to be in love with Miss Song.

  Dr. Ling steps into the elevator with him and takes off her glasses. She has a worried expression,“You think I haven’t wanted to? I have been uneasy from the beginning! Leaving a man with a beautiful woman who is in a comatose state is unconscionable. But, it isn’t my decision. She was abducted and the culprits haven’t been found so Tang Wu insisted on having her guarded around the clock.”

 “She was kidnapped?”

  “Yes. I didn’t include that information in the report because Mr. Cadieux instructed me to conceal that information.”

  He furrows his thick eyebrows, “Dr. Ling when dealing with neurological problems it is best to have all the information. Have you ever considered the possibility the young girl was traumatized and her problem could be psychological?” He opens the folder in his hand, “According to the last analysis of the patient’s blood there is no trace of the Sombian. I assumed the drug did damage to her cerebrum.”

 She wipes her glasses, “I never considered that .”

 “I will know more when I study the images. For now I will plan on the treatment plan we discussed.” He steps out of the elevator curious about Sara’s abduction. When he enters his office he makes a phone call.

  The man who answers pushes the woman off his lap, “Damn! Young Master Sloane, it has been a long time! When did you return to China?”

 “How is your sister?”

 “She got married last year…are you jealous?”

  His lips curl up into a sneer and he ignores the question, “I need information on a woman named Song Sara.”

 The man lights a cigar, “A new love? Want her investigated? Haha…” 

 “A patient. She was a kidnapping victim approximately two months ago. I don’t have any more details.”

 “Oh. I thought maybe you finally moved on.”

 “The past is the past. Get me the information as soon as possible.”

  After he hangs up he takes a piece of candy from a bowl on his desk. As he unwraps it he leans back in the chair, bastard if you weren’t the best private investigator I know I wouldn’t call you! I need to know about what happened before I continue treatment!

In Sara’s hospital room Li Tian comes out of the bathroom with a warm wet towel. His eyes are full of pampering as he wipes Sara’s face, in a warm and gentle voice he says, “Did that hurt?” He kisses her eyes that are closed tight, “I don’t like that bastard’s attitude but if he can help you I will tolerate him.”

 There is a knock on the door then Kang Mingshun enters holding an insulation box. “Boss, I brought  dinner.”

 “Set it on the table.” He continues to run the washcloth down Sara’s neck, “Why is there no news about the kidnappers from Chen Wu?” 

  Kang Mingshun scratches his chin, “Ahh…Chen Wu…well, Vice President Yang told him to set it aside for now. He sent him to deal with the trouble in Shanghai.”

  Li Tian’s face darkens, he had a strange feeling when he was talking to Yang James. “Why wasn’t I informed?”

  “Boss, you said to listen to Yang James, you were only handling the matters in Bashu City. I thought you knew.”

  “Did you bring me the information on that greedy bastard Gao?”

  “Yes.”

  “Then you can go. Keep monitoring their mansion.”

   After Kang Mingshun leaves Li Tian walks over to the table. He opens up the insulation box and a fragrant aroma drifts over to Sara. She inhales and unconsciously licks her lips. Her mind is foggy. She doesn’t know for how long but she has been in a strange dream. She is like a doll lying motionless on a bed. 

    Sara can hear voices, people coming and going, the whirring sound of a machine. A man whose scent calms her down gently takes care of her, sometimes laying his head on her stomach. He embraces her and she feels comfortable in his arms. Why can’t I wake up? Who is he? Who am I? She struggles to open her eyes but only her eyelashes slightly flutter.

  

 

Treatment Part 1

It has been over almost two months and Sara has not awakened from the coma. Li Tian appears thin as he stands at the window of Sara’s hospital room looking out at the bustling city below.  Under the guise of being Sara’s bodyguard he spends most of his time in her room. During the day he patiently sits by her bed talking to her and doing his work, at night  he sleeps in the bed embracing Sara in his arms.

He successfully forced Leo to go back to France to deal with the turmoil he created in his father’s company. Because of the chaos Leo can only return occasionally to Bashu City to visit Sara. When Li Tian encounters him he keeps up the pretense of being Sara’s bodyguard and doesn’t interfere with him. Since the doctor said she needs stimulation he reluctantly accepts the fact

  After standing at the window for a while he walks over to the bed and fixes the blanket covering Sara.. Gazing at beautiful face he runs his finger across her tightly closed eyes gently touching her long black eyelashes. After leaning down and kissing her pale lips he has a crease between his sword like eyebrows, he strokes Sara’s growing belly and sighs, “When is your mommy going to wake up?” I miss seeing her changing expressions. When she is mad at me her crystal blue eyes deepen and are filled with sparks…when she is laying under me they are hazy and full of lust…driving me crazy with desire.

  Li Shaoting walks into the room and his heart tightens at the sight. It is strange to see his cold and aloof cousin looking helpless as though he has lost his soul. He walks over to the bed and doesn’t say the words in his heart. After returning from the film site he has tried to persuade Li Tian to take better care of himself to no avail. 

  “Filming is over?”

  “Yeah.”

   Dr. Ling enters with a tall thin man wearing a white coat. “Mr. Wu, you are here… good.” Although she has seen Li Tian many times she believes he is only the bodyguard so typically she ignores him. “This is Dr. Sloane, a neurologist that recently joined the staff.”

  Reaching out his hand the foreign man smiles and Li Shaoting shakes it. Dr. Ling continues, “He has come up with a new method to treat patients in a vegative state.”

  Li Tian winces when she says ‘vegetative state’ he narrows his eyes staring at the blonde man standing next to her. He has had countless doctors come and examine Sara with no results. The only reason he hasn’t lost his mind is because the babies are growing normally and although she is in a coma her vitals remain stable.

  Li Shaoting’s eyes light up, “Dr. Sloane,- will  Song Sara wake up?”

  He calmly replies, “I believe Miss Song is a good candidate for treatment but there are no guarantees.”

Dr. Ling walks over to check Sara, “His  success rate has been excellent. I think this treatment is the best course of action.”

Li Tian wants to ask the specifics but knows his identity as a bodyguard doesn’t give him the right. He clenches his fists at his side, damn this charade! 

Li Shaoting can feel the oppressive aura surrounding his cousin at the moment and asks, “Can you give me the specifics?”

 Li Tian loosens his fists, very good… the brat is not completely useless.

 Dr. Sloane explains the treatment plan then says, “I have another patient to see. I will return later with the device.”

 Li Tian has lost his patience and blurts out in a domineering tone, “Now. Start treatment now. The other patient can wait.”

“…”

Li Shaoting immediately tries to smooth over the awkward atmosphere, “Haha..Lu Zhen…are you forgetting your place? I need to speak to you, step out into the hallway.”

 Li Tian glares at him and follows him out the door.  When they are in the hallway he growls, “You get your ass in there and convince that bastard to start treatment now!”

  “You didn’t give me a chance! Of course I will!”

  “I don’t want a delay! Go in there and threaten him that  the Li Family will withdraw their investment in this fucking hospital!” 

   Li Tian’s phone rings and he motions to Li Shaoting, “Do it.”

   Li Shaoting nods and walks back into Sara’s room.  They don’t know I am Li Shaoting..how can I say that!

  Yang James responds, “Do what?”

 “I was talking to Shaoting. Why did you call? Have you found the people who plotted against me and abducted Song Sara?

 Yang James taps a gold pen on the desk, “ Not yet.”

 “When did you become so incompetent? It has been two fucking months!”

 “It is like they vanished into thin air. I am still having men look. But you need to come back to Catang City.”

 “I told you I am supervising the Affordable Housing Project,”

 “ The negotiations are at a standstill, if you don’t deal with her directly she said she won’t sell.” I know that is just an excuse to stay close to that bitch.

 “Then she doesn’t sell.”

 Yang James gnashes his teeth,“Tian, weren’t you the one who said the company needs that facility in order to expand?”

  “The expansion can wait.”

  “Wait for what? Song Sara to regain consciousness? You are going to waste our efforts for the last five years because of a stupid woman?”

   “Watch what you say! She is my beloved woman carrying my children!”

   “Tian, are you going to continue to neglect the company? It has been two months, she might never wake up!

   The veins on his forehead are bulging and he spits out,  “SHUT UP! SHE WILL WAKE UP AND SOON!” 

   After Li Tian hangs up he takes a pack of cigarettes out of his pocket and angrily strides to the end of the hallway. She has to wake up!

  He smokes three cigarettes to calm his nerves then returns to Sara’s room, only Li Shaoting is there.

  “Well?”

  “They agreed and will start treatment immediately.”

  Li Tian walks over to Sara’s bed and sits down. He tenderly touches her cheek then kisses her forehead. His voice is soft and his eyes are filled with undisguised affection. “Baby, I know you will wake up soon.”

The Babies Are In Danger

   Xie Yubai lifts an eyebrow as he takes Leo’s hand off his shoulder, “I wasn’t aware Miss Song had a brother.”

   Leo realizes he was hasty and quickly responds, “We are like family so of course I call her sister. Dr. Ling will be arriving soon and will examine Song Sara then transport her to Bashu Heights Private Hospital.”

  “Dr. Ling?”

  “Yes. The medical helicopter should be landing any moment.”

  Xie Yubai narrows his eyes, “I didn’t catch your name.” Dr.Ling isn’t a doctor just  anyone can summon.

 “Cadieux, Leo Cadieux.”

“Your father is Nigel Cadieux?”

 “Correct.”

  Leo’s identity arouses his curiosity. How did Song Sara attract two dangerous men? One calls her his beloved woman, the other his sister.  If I allow Leo Cadieux to send Song Sara to the hospital Li Tian will be furious but it is in her best interest to be transported to a better equipped hospital as soon as possible. Dr. Ling is a world renowned doctor so Song Sara will be in excellent hands. “Very well.”

  Li Shaoting also believes that it would be best to get Sara away from Li Tian. “When will the helicopter arrive?”

  “Soon.”

  Dr. Ling enters the hospital room and greets Leo, she recognizes Xie Yubai, “Dr. Xie, what are you doing here?”

   “Hello Dr. Ling. I am the doctor the production company sent to the filming site. The patient is a friend of Tang Wu’s so he called me.” He doesn’t want to involve Li Tian.

  She looks surprised, “You are the on set doctor?” then quips, “ Isn’t that a waste of your talent?”

  He chuckles, “I find it rewarding in its own way.”

  Dr. Ling walks over to the bed, “What is going on with the patient?”

  Xie Yubai shows her the toxicology report and she frowns as she mutters, “Pregnant with twins and injected with Sombian.”

  Leo shakes his head in disbelief,, “What? Song Sara is having twins? How can that be possible? She had an ultrasound a few weeks ago and there was only one baby.”

  Dr. Ling responds, “How far along is she in her pregnancy?”

  Xie Yubai checks the chart then hands it to Dr. Ling, ” Approximately 15 weeks.”

   She studies the report then turns to Xie Yubai, “We shouldn’t delay transporting Miss Song.”  The patient could have a miscarriage if the drug remains in her blood for too long. The fetuses are definitely at riskthere is no time to waste. The Sombian will slowly deprive the babies of oxygen from the blood in the umbilical cord and placenta.

  He unhooks the IV then motions to the two nurses to put Sara onto the stretcher.

   Li Shoating can tell by Dr. Ling’s reaction to the report that Sara could be in danger of losing the babies. It was only for a moment but her eyes revealed her worry. He nervously follows, “I am coming with you.”

  Leo pushes him, “No. If she didn’t accompany you here this wouldn’t have happened.”

  “That is why I have to come with you.”

   Leo unwillingly relents because of his relationship with Sara, “You better hope she and the twins are okay or the Li family will be destroyed by me.”

   While keeping pace with Leo’s long strides, Li Shoating doesn’t respond, he is preoccupied thinking about how happy Sara was looking in the window of the baby boutique and now… He calls his brother, “Sara is being transported to Bashu Private Hospital. I will keep you informed. Stay in town tonight. Tomorrow I will arrange for a driver.”

Li Feng’s heart is in a knot and his voice trembles, “Is she going to be okay?”

“Well, I will call you from the hospital.” He quickly hangs up as they put Sara into the helicopter.

At the Chengi hospital Xie Yubai walks down the hallway to check on Li Tian. He meets Kang Mingshun coming out of the room. “Is he awake?”

  “Dr. Xie, you need to give the Boss a sedative. He ripped the IV out of his arm then fell down when he tried to stand up. He sounds delusional, he kept saying he needed to go be with his wife.” They aren’t married and the chick wants nothing to do with him! But I can’t say that.

  “Well, I will check on him. Song Sara is being taken to Bashu Heights Private Hospital, her condition isn’t good. Leo Cadieux arranged for a medical helicopter.”

  “Leo Cadieux?’

  “He arrived with a specialist not long ago. They should be on their way now.”

  Kang Mingshun breaks out into a cold sweat, “Whatever you do, don’t mention Leo Cadieux to the Boss!”

   Opening the door Li Tian overhears their conversation. He staggers out and angrily grabs Xie Yubai by the neck. His pitch black eyes are filled with rage and the veins on his neck are bulging, “You let that maniac take my wife? I will fucking kill you!”

  Xie Yubai struggles to breathe as Kang Mingshun tries to pull Li Tian away, “Boss! Stop! Miss Song’s life is in danger! Cadieux brought a medical helicopter.”

  Li Tian suddenly releases Xie Yubai and holds his head. In excruciating pain he tries to focus then commands Kang Mingshun, “Let’s go.”

  Xie Yubai rubs his neck, “Tian, you have a severe concussion and could have sequelae, you can’t leave the hospital.”

  Li Tian glares at him, “Can and will.” 

  Kang Mingshun holds onto Li Tian who is about to collapse, “Listen to the doctor Boss. I know you hate Cadieux but he will do everything possible to save Miss Song. You need treatment.”

 “Get me to the car.” I should be with my woman, not that bastard.! Trying to steal her away when I just found the little disobedient kitten again! I won’t let him!

  On board the helicopter Dr. Ling monitors Sara under the watchful eyes of Li Shaoting and Leo. Li Shaoting wrings his hands while Leo silently contemplates how to torture the people who kidnapped Sara.

    In Bashu City the people involved are in a luxurious hotel suite discussing the situation. Alexandre is sitting on the couch and Madam Olga is at the bar.

Alexandre regrets his greed clouded his judgment, “Have you heard from Hamid?” He anxiously taps his slender finger on his thigh, “He better have erased any evidence. Leo is very methodical and will meticulously search for the culprits. You are well aware of how competent his right hand man, Wong Duan is he will track down even the slightest clue.”

  “My son knows what to do, he should arrive soon.” She pours a glass of vodka, “Alexandre… how did you not know that this bitch is your partner’s sister! I never would have agreed to this plan!”

  “Fuck! I was shocked when he told me! He already took care of the Bosnians, if I had known that we wouldn’t be in this position. Leo bought a hotel by the harbor and wants me to open a restaurant with the girl. He obviously dotes on the little bitch. If she is harmed in any way I don’t want to think of the consequences.” I am certainly not going down for the kidnapping…that is for sure.

  The door of the hotel suite flies open and Hamid bursts into the room. Surprised to see Alexandre with his mother he hides his nervousness. As they were leaving Chengi the car they were driving passed by Leo and Wong Duan. He isn’t sure if Wong Duan saw them and wanted to inform his mother that he needs to return to Morocco immediately to create an alibi. 

  Alexandre noticed the flash of panic in Hamid’s eyes, gripping the glass in his hand tighter, he glares at him. “Is there a problem Hamid?”

  “Of course not.”

  “So nothing can be traced back to us?”

  “I assure you that I made it look as though human traffickers kidnapped the woman. No one has any reason to suspect otherwise.”

  “For your sake you better be right.” Alexandre receives a text then sets the drink down and stands up, “I’m leaving.”

  Madam Olga sneers, “Aren’t you forgetting something?”

  He turns around, “You will receive payment after I am satisfied there is no blowback. Yang James will call you, he wants to meet.”

   As Alexandre presses the button for the elevator he arches an eyebrow, his intuition tells him that Hamid is definitely hiding something. I might need to eliminate Madam Olga and him, if that moron botched handling the situation.

   Author’s Note: Hi my faithful readers ❤! I have been super busy and this story will be on a short hiatus until Aug. 24 then I will update regularly again...

The Storm Arrives

   When Li Shaoting and Xie Yubai walk back into the room, the nurse has finished with the ultrasound. Li Tian has a flustered expression while staring at the sonogram, the little girl is pregnant with twins. How can her tiny body handle having two babies? As the nurse moved a gadget around on Sara’s stomach he listened to their faint heartbeats and his mind is still reeling from the realization that those are his babies… He asked the nurse why the second baby didn’t show up in the first sonogram. Nurse Dong told him that because it was very early in the pregnancy the other baby could have been hidden from view. It is unusual but happens and is nothing to worry about, from the ultrasound results both babies appear unharmed.

   Li Shaoting looks over Li Tian’s shoulder, “Let me see.”

  Li Tian clutches tightly onto the black and white film in his hand while lovingly gazing at Sara’s delicate face devoid of color. She looks like a fragile porcelain doll laying there with her eyes closed her lush black hair spread on the white pillow. His voice is low and hoarse, “Yubai, did the results come back from the blood test? Why hasn’t she awakened yet.”

  Xie Yubai replies, “Not yet, I want to look at the sonogram.”

 Li Tian reluctantly hands it to him and Xie Yubai has a surprised expression, “Twins?”

 Li Shaoting grabs Xie Yubai’s arm, “What!”

 The three of them are looking at Sara lying unconscious on the bed when the door opens. A man in a white coat is holding a few sheets of paper and says, “Dr. Xie, could you step outside.”

 Li Tian glares at the man, “Do you have the results from the blood test?”

 The man feels stifled from Li Tian’s oppressive aura and steps back. He looks at Xie Yubai for instructions and Xie Yubai nods. The lab technician reports, “The woman was injected with a strong sedative called Sombian. It is currently not on the market and is in clinical trials…” He breaks out into a sweat as Li Tian suddenly approaches him in two aggressive long strides.. “Ah…ah…” Frightened he moves closer to Xie Yubai as Li Tian’s veins bulge on his forehead and his eyes turn pitch black,  “Continue…is my woman in danger?!”

  “Well…I don’t know. The patient’s blood is also tainted… with a..a..” The man stiffens his back and spits out, “I don’t know what…I would need to run more tests….we don’t have the facilities for complicated analysis.”

   Li Tian is like a volcano about to erupt, he feels as though he could destroy the world right now. A moment ago he was thrilled at the prospect of having twins but now faced with the possibility there could be complications for both mother and child he is close to losing his mind. Li Tian’s breathing quickens holding his bruised ribs trying to stabilize himself. His knuckles turn white as he grips onto a nearby chair, “Are the babies in danger?” 

   When the man doesn’t answer he grabs him by the collar and in a terrifying voice dripping with anger demands, “Answer me!” Li Tian has been suppressing the pain from his injuries but now that his rage has surged his qi is chaotic and he can’t focus. The man in front of him is becoming a blur and the room is spinning. He sucks in a deep breath and tries to remain alert but suddenly darkness surrounds him.

   Xie Yubai barely catches LI Tian as he collapses and tells the lab technician, “Get a stretcher quickly!”

   Li Shaoting watches in shock but snaps out of his daze to help Xie Yubai. Although they are both men are180m tall, Li Tian is still almost a head taller so they struggle supporting his strong body to the couch. He has never seen his intimidating cousin in a weakened state and his eyes widen in disbelief, “ I didn’t realize he was that injured.”

  “Tian is a very strong willed person adept at martial arts. He was using his internal energy but when he became enraged he couldn’t maintain the calmness he needed to ignore the pain.”

  Li Shaoting stares at his cousin lying motionless on the couch, maybe I underestimated his feelings for Sara but that doesn’t change the fact he isn’t good for her. It would be for the best if she didn’t go back to Catang City with him. She should remain at my villa where she can feel comfortable and start a new life.

  Two nurses enter with a stretcher and Xie Yubai and Li Shaoting help put Li Tian on it. Xie Yubai instructs them, “Take him directly for x rays of the chest and left arm, then a Cat scan.”

  Both he and the lab technician follow out the door and Xie Yubai turns back, “Shaoting, I will be back shortly.”

  Outside the room the lab technician hands are trembling as he passes Xie Yubai the paperwork, “Look at page two the second paragraph. The patient should be taken to a better hospital as soon as the storm subsides. We don’t have the right blood type here and she will need an exchange transfusion to dilute the effects of the Sombian in her bloodstream. I am telling you Dr. Xie, the side effects are unknown at this point and well…with the patient being in the early stage of pregnancy she needs to be monitored to prevent miscarriage. Whoever injected her with the drug exceeded the maximum dose…” He shakes his head thinking about the possible consequences…coma… miscarriage he is disgusted, “I hope the culprit will be brought to justice.”

Xie Yubai flips to page two and reads as he does his heart tightens. Despicable! If anything happens to Song Sara or the two babies I shudder to think of the hell Li Tian will rain down on whoever is involved. I have never seen such a genuine smile on his face as I did today while he was looking at the sonogram. He gazed at the woman like she was his most precious treasure… if they are harmed… he will become an Asura from Hell.

  Yang James eyebrows twitch as he impatiently calls Kang Mingshun for any news, “What is taking you so long! You haven’t arrived in Chengi yet? I tried to call CEO Li but there was no answer.” He is panicking, afraid his part in Sara’s kidnapping might be discovered somehow. After making the decision to eliminate anyone who lead Li Tian back to him, he contacted an assassin who is an expert in bomb making. He plans on swiftly killing Alexandre, Madam Olga and Hamid. He has arranged a meeting for tomorrow at the hotel where Madam Olga is staying. Aware of Li Tian’s methods he knows time is of the essence, he can’t delay.

  “I am driving as fast as I can, the snow has stopped falling but the visibility still sucks in the mountains, I can barely see through the fog.” Li Tian told him not to mention the helicopter crash.

 “Let me know as soon as you find him.” I need to know what is going on, Alexandre said Hamid released the woman but I haven’t heard anymore about the situation.

  At the hospital Li Shaoting stares at the sonogram in shock, today has been full of too many surprises. Song Sara’s kidnapping…Cousin’s confession that he is the man she was entangled with in Catang City…she is having twins… and  I couldn’t hear them but Sara or the babies must be in some sort of danger from his reaction to what the lab technician said.

 He rubs his temples feeling helpless when Xie Yubai returns to the room. Xie Yubai walks over and checks Sara’s pulse. Li Shaoting has a worried expression, “Song Sara is going to wake up and be alright isn’t she?”

  Xie Yubai knows Li Shaoting’s sensitive nature and doesn’t want to worry him, that won’t help the situation. “She is stable but she will need to be transferred to a larger hospital for more tests.”

   “What about the babies?”

   “Also stable, don’t worry too much. When she does wake up she will need you to be strong. You can do that can’t you?”

  “Of course. What about Cousin Tian?”

  “He has two broken ribs but no other broken bones. Mild concussion.. deep bruising and lacerations nothing serious. He collapsed because his breathing became unstable from the broken ribs and head injury.”

  “Is he awake?”

  “No.”

  “It is getting late don’t you have to film your scenes in the morning? You should rest.”

  “I can’t leave Song Sara alone, I feel responsible for her kidnapping. I shouldn’t have left her side.”

  “Shaoting, you can’t blame yourself we don’t know who kidnapped her or why.” It could very well be because the little beauty is carrying Li Tian’s child…rather children. He has a lot of enemies and Kang Lanfen is ruthless if she found out he had a mistress…well…I don’t put anything past that scheming bitch. Easily switching daughters to ensure the marriage contract wasn’t broken when Long An was injured…she needs this marriage desperately. The odd thing is the kidnapper told Tian where to find Song Sara without a ransom demand. Very strange…

  Li Shaoting takes out his phone to call his brother to update him when the door is flung open and Leo rushes to Sara’s bedside, startling both Li Shaoting and Xie Yubai who is checking the IV drip. Leo tenderly touches Sara’s pale cheek then impulsively grabs Xie Yubai by the shoulders, “Are you totally incompetent! Why hasn’t my sister awakened?” 

  “…”

  






A Storm Is Coming

   In the clinic Li Tian won’t leave Sara’s bedside, he is gently holding her hand nervously watching as Xie Yubai draws blood. Li Shaoting anxiously paces back and forth then gathers his courage, “Cousin Tian you don’t look good, listen to Dr. Xie and get checked out. I will let you know what the doctor finds out.” He is afraid Sara will wake up, see Li Tian and freak out. He doesn’t want her to leave Bashu City.

  Li Tian turns his head and sarcastically drawls,, “Since when do you care about my well being?”

  “I called you to help find Song Sara and if my Dad finds out you were in a helicopter crash…well he will be really pissed off.”

  “No one will find out, I called someone to take care of the situation.”

  Li Tian glares at Xie Yubai, “Where is the nurse to check the baby?”

 “I told you Tian this is a small hospital. They are understaffed and the nurse will be here shortly.”

  Meanwhile in Bashu City Leo Cadieux calls Wong Duan, “The man you had watching Song Sara, contact him, she isn’t answering my calls.”

  “I will get right back to you.”

   Wong Duan calls the man he has shadowing Song Sara but he doesn’t answer. He checks the GPS installed in the bodyguard’s phone then calls Leo. “He didn’t answer either but his location is Chengi, a small town in the Washnu Mountains. With the snowstorm maybe the reception is bad.”

  Leo takes off his glasses and rubs the space between his eyebrows. He doesn’t like the ominous feeling he has in his heart.“Get me Li Shoating’s number. He is filming there and she must have accompanied him.”

  It doesn’t take long before Wong Duan finds Li Shaoting’s private number. He calls Leo, “Got it but he might not get a signal either.”

  Leo has no patience, “Number.”

  Wong Duan tells him the phone number then says, “Although Starfire made a mistake I have been training the girl, I think it would be wise to put her by Song Sara’s side again.”

  “I will see. First I want to find her now. It isn’t like my sister not to call, we had plans for dinner. How is the old woman?”

  “She refuses to eat or drink. Do you think Woo Hua will cooperate and tell the truth?”

   Leo twirls an ornate dagger in his hand, “I would rather have her confess to my sister in person but if she steadfastly refuses I taped our conversation when she admitted everything. His strange eyes narrow and he repeatedly staps the rosewood desk with the razon sharp point of the dagger. “I would enjoy killing the old bat, but if Song Sara found out…well…she would never forgive me. I was hoping the old woman would repent and admit her wrongs but she clings onto the fortune teller’s prophecy.”

   After he hangs up he dials the number Wong Duan gave him. Li Shaoting is in the hallway outside Sara’s room getting a can of Coke from a vending machine. He doesn’t recognize the number and hesitates then answers, “Who is this?”

  “Leo Cadieux, Song Sara hasn’t answered her phone, is she with you?”

  Li Shaoting recalls Sara was going to have dinner with a man named Cadieux. He takes a sip of the cola while he is thinking unsure if he should reveal the fact she was kidnapped.

  When he doesn’t respond Leo sounds irritated, “Is she with you or not?”

  “Well…”

  Leo can sense there is a problem and growls, “ I am only asking you one more time…where is Song Sara?”

  Li Shaoting breaks out into a cold sweat from Leo’s intimidating tone. Fuck! This guy reminds me of Cousin Tian… the way the sound of his voice sends a bone piercing chill down my spine.

 His knees feel weak and he can barely breathe from the intense pressure he feels from Leo. He impulsively blurts out, “Someone kidnapped Song Sara, Cousin Tian found her unconscious at a small Inn.. Now she is being treated at Chengi Public Hospital.”

  Leo’s eyes have rolling flames in them and his rage makes the porcelain on the shelf rattle and fall to the ground. ”Repeat what you just said!”

  Li Shaoting stutters, “She…she is in Chengi Public Hospital.”

  Leo almost crushes the phone in his hand and hangs up. Filled with killing intent he throws the dagger at the wall then brushes everything off his desk onto the floor.

  He grabs his coat and rushes out of his study followed by his shadow guard X. As he races down the hallway he calls Wong Duan, “Song Sara was kidnapped and is in the hospital in that shitty little town. I’m picking you up. Get a hold of Dr. Ling to meet us there with a medical helicopter.”

  Li Shaoting leans on the wall next to the vending machine. Fuck!  When he finishes drinking the soda he crushes the can and tosses it into the trash then walks back to Sara’s room. A nurse is next to a machine by the bed and Li Shaoting asks Xie Yubai, “What is that?”

  “An Ultrasound machine to check the baby.”

  He walks closer and the middle aged nurse frowns, “You need to step outside. Only the father can be present.”

  “…”

  Li Tian has a sly smile as he points to the door, “You heard the nurse. Go.”

 “I’m the baby’s cousin. I want to see too.” Father! She doesn’t want anything to do with that crazy bastard!

 Xie Yubai chuckles and looks at her name tag, “Nurse Dong, let him stay.”

 She shakes her head and doesn’t want to argue with Xie Yubai he often sees patients at the hospital on a pro bono basis while the film crew is in town. Nurse Dong admires him for his selflessness and dedication, additionally he extremely handsome and she wants to introduce her daughter to him next time she visits.. “Back up anyway you are crowding me.” I already have the husband who won’t let go of the girl’s hand. 

  Li Tian’s face darkens and in a low voice only Xie Yubai can hear him snarls, “I guess you don’t mind me telling your old man you aren’t abroad. He can start setting up the blind dates again.”

  Xie Yubai’s Peach Blossom eyes have a mischievous twinkle as he quietly responds “Fine. I can tell Auntie she is going to be a grandmother.”

   The nurse lifts Sara’s hospital gown exposing her snow white belly. Li Tian suddenly jumps up and pushes Li Shaoting, “Both of you leave now!”

  Looking at Li Tian’s eyes narrowed dangerously and his angry expression Li Shaoting turns towards the door muttering in an aggrieved tone, “Not fair. I want to see.”

  Xie Yubai is slightly taller than Li Shaoting and ruffles his hair as they leave. The Xie family and the Li family are close and he treats him like a little brother. “Ting, you can see the sonogram afterwards. I have never seen your cousin show any care towards a woman no matter how beautiful. What is Song Sara like?”

  After the door shuts completely Li Shaoting purses his lips and can’t help but complain. “ Yubai! She is too good for that cold bastard! He doesn’t deserve that beautiful girl at all! She is sweet and funny…kind.. and a really good cook. And Hmmph! Don’t let his caring act fool you, I don’t know what he did but she ran away from him…left Catang City because of him!”

   Xie Yubai notices that not only his words but Li Shaoting’s eyes are filled with affection. “Ting, maybe they had a lover’s spat. Pregnant women are emotional.”

  Li Shaoting is furious now that he knows about Sara and Li Tian. He clenches his fists at his side and his eyes are full of indignant fire, “Yubai, Song Sara is an ordinary girl. Do you think Grandfather would accept her…the baby? If Cousin Tian really cared about Song Sara, why didn’t he break the engagement with Long Jinxi and introduce her to the family? I can tell by your expression you know why…because he isn’t going to cause any waves in order to maintain his position as CEO of Li Group.”

  Xie Yubai cautions him, “Ting, I don’t think anyone can fathom what goes on in Tian’s mind, but he clearly feels something for that girl.The dark obsessive look in the man’s eyes … his  paranoid possessiveness. He is heavily injured but insisted on carrying the girl and is sitting there in pain not willing to move from her side. “ If I were you I would let them work out their differences and not get involved.”

  Li Shaoting wants to tell Xie Yubai that his cousin told him not to let her know he is in Bashu City…it is definitely more than a ‘lover’s quarrel’. But Li Tian warned him to keep it a secret. 

Crash Landing Part 2

   When Li Shaoting enters the filming site he doesn’t know what they will find so he says, “Lee Ani stay in the car. Feng come with me.”

   The two brothers rush over to the field and Li Feng gasps at the horrific scene. The helicopter is on its side and ablaze. Black smoke is billowing from the wreckage and it is engulfed in red and orange flames. A man Li Shaoting recognizes as a member of the crew is on his phone not far away. “Where is Li Tian?”

  The man has a frightened expression as he takes the phone from his ear, “Tang Wu, you know that maniac? I’m calling the police.”

  Li Shaoting grabs the phone from his hand “Don’t call. I know him… where is he?”

  “I drove over when I saw the helicopter swaying and spinning in the air. When I arrived the man was crawling out of the wreckage. I ran over and he looked dazed, blood dripping down his forehead, holding his right arm and his clothes were scorched. He growled, “ Where is your car? Give me the key. I was about to say I would drive him to the hospital but he fucking pulled out a gun! A fucking gun! I wasn’t going to argue with him. His eyes were bloodshot and his face contorted in anger. The man’s aura was terrifying. So I pointed to the company SUV, I will be in deep shit that is why I am calling the cops.”

   Li Shaoting hesitates then says, “Well, don’t call the police, he is the main investor in this film, CEO Li.”

  The man shakes his head, “No fucking way!”

 Li Shaoting pats him on the shoulder, “Forget what you saw.” 

  Over past some trailers, Li Tian grits his teeth and wipes the blood dripping down into his eyes with his sleeve as he unlocks the SUV. Suppressing the pain racking his body he lifts his leg slowly and gets into driver’s seat. He blinks a few times to focus then puts Snowflake Inn on the GPS.  Baby, I will be there soon.

He can’t lift his left arm and is in extreme pain as he holds onto the steering wheel with his right hand. Ignoring the phone ringing in his pocket he drives recklessly down the icy road towards the Inn.

  When he arrives the tires screech as he pulls into the parking lot. Li Tian’s face pales as he steps out of the vehicle, he uses all his internal energy to move forward. Opening the door to the Inn he looks around and there is no one in the small lobby.

  Frustrated that because of his injuries he can’t rush up the stairs he curses. “Dammit!” Holding onto the railing he slowly lifts his legs climbing up one stair at a time.. He ignores the pain radiating down his body, his only concern is finding Sara as he lumbers up the narrow wooden stairs. Finding the room she is in he bursts through the door. A thin layer of sweat forms on his forehead as he hurries to the bed then uses his right hand to lift Sara. He can’t restrain himself, kissing her face and hugging her tightly. Sighing heavily he buries his head in her neck. “Baby, I’m sorry. I’m late.”

  The man’s hot breath sprays on her skin and she inhales the familiar scent of mint and tobacco. Sara stirs and Li Tian loosens the arm encircling her waist. he panics that she will push him away when she discovers the person holding her is him. But when she opens her eyes she flutters her eyelashes and tears drip down from the corner of her eyes. Sara’s lips tremble, “Li Tian, my baby… What if my baby…”,she sobs uncontrollably and she clutches his shirt pleading, “Help me…please.”

   Looking into her beautiful watery blue eyes his heart melts and he wraps a strand of her long black hair around his finger, “I’m here…it will be okay.” He can tell by her dazed expression she isn’t fully awake. Mesmerized by her delicate and fragile beauty he kisses her forehead, “Stay by my side. I will protect you and the baby.” 

 She leans on his chest and continues to cry, “The man…he gave me medicine…what if the baby..”

  Hearing her disturbing  revelation, Li Tian’s eyes flicker with flames and his body stiffens. Although in his heart he is worried he reassures Sara, “Both you and the baby will be fine. I’m calling a doctor now.”

  Sara clings onto him and tears flow down her cheeks soaking his shirt., “Li Tian…I’m scared.”

  Hearing his name softly spoken from her lips he tenderly touches her cheek,”Trust me I won’t let anything happen to you or the child.”

 Nervously taking out his phone he makes a call, “Get over to the Snowflake Inn, room 35, immediately.” His scorching hot gaze isriveted on the pink baby bunny hat and he is filled with rage.  The veins on his neck are bulging, the bastard drugged Song Sara! What if the baby is affected? I will find them and make them suffer a life worse than death!

   Nestled in his warm embrace Sara falls unconscious again. He silently holds her against his bruised chest then calls Li Shaoting, “I found Song Sara. Come alone to the Snowflake Inn, room 35.” 

   “How is…”, before he says anything else Li Tian hangs up the phone. Li Shaoting looks at his brother, “I have a trailer on the film site. You can wait for me there.”

  “ Was that Cousin Tian did he find Song Sara? How is she? Why can’t we go?”

  “Don’t ask so many questions and do as I say. When I know more I will call you.”

  Li Tian struggles to remain conscious and when there is a knock at the door he calls out in a hoarse voice, “Enter.”

   A handsome blonde man wearing a windbreaker and casual pants lazily enters the room. “Old Li, what is going on?” Xie Yubai is the doctor employed by the production company and Li Tian’s friend from University.

   “She was drugged and is pregnant.”

Xie Yubai exclaims, “What the hell!”

 “I will explain later but you need to examine her.” Li Tian winces in pain as he lays Sara on the bed.

  Dr. Xie lifts Sara’s eyelid and points a small light into her eye. “If she was drugged there is a clinic in the town. It is small but it has the diagnostic equipment to identify the drug and I can treat her there. But, you look like you are in worse shape than the girl. What happened.”

  “Helicopter crash. I will be fine. I’m more worried about Song Sara.”

  “Who is she to you?’ He sets down the medicine bag in his hand and his expression changes,”Is..is..no way..is she carrying your baby?”

  “Yes. No one can know. It is complicated.”

   Dr. Xie sees Li Tian’s arm hanging limply at his side, “I will call an ambulance.”

   “No. Shaoting is on his way here now. We need to be discreet. She was kidnapped when she was with him. For reasons I can’t go into, it would be best if he accompanied you two to the clinic. I will follow.”

  After he examines Sara Xie Yubai calmly states, “I can’t say about the fetus but her vitals are within an acceptable range. If I were to hazard a guess I would say she was given a sedative.” He reaches into his medicine bag, “ As for you take these two pills and let me check your arm, it looks like a dislocated shoulder. They can take x rays at the clinic to see if any bones were also broken.” Li Tian bites his bottom lip as Dr. Xie pops his shoulder back into place. “See if you can move your arm.”

Li Tian knits his eyebrows together, “Why do I feel you enjoyed that?”

   Li Shaoting frantically rushes into the room, “Cousin, how is Song Sara?”

  Dr. Xie has a faint smile, “Shouldn’t you ask about Tian’s injuries first?”

  “…”

Li Tian gives his friend a harsh look, “ Yubai, wait outside I need to talk to my cousin.”

  After he walks out the door Li Tian says, “What I am going to tell you can’t be repeated to anyone, especially to that brat of a brother of yours. Song Sara is my woman. We quarreled and that is why she left Catang City. The baby is mine. She isn’t ready to forgive me so I don’t want you to mention me.Obviously she thinks you are Tang Wu not Li Shaoting or she would have nothing to do with you. Make sure you keep up that charade.”

  Li Shaoting listens with his mouth agape and gulps down his saliva. He points his trembling finger at Li Tian as he stutters, “You…you are the man Song Sara was running away from?”

   He doesn’t hesitate admitting, “Yes .For now I can’t let her know I am in Bashu City or she will run away again. I am counting on you to keep this secret.” He stretches out his arm and rotates it, painful but I can carry the little girl. He stands up and hugs Sara in his embrace. “Let’s go.”

   When they leave the room the corner of Xie Yubai’s mouth twitches, “Are you crazy? Give me the girl.”

Li Tian glares at him and walks slowly down the hallway. 

   Lost in thought, Li Shaoting absentmindedly walks alongside him towards the stairs. He clenches his fists at his side witnessing Li Tian kiss Sara’s forehead. This must be a fucking nightmare. How could that sweet girl be involved with my cold and heartless cousin! I can’t agree…no… I will find her a place to hide. Nothing good will come of her being with him. He is engaged to that bitch Long Jinxi and I know Uncle Hong would never accept a bastard into the family!

Crash Landing Part 1

Li Tian argues with the helicopter pilot then takes a gun from his pocket. “I said we are flying up to Washnu Mountain.”

 The pilot points to the sky, “CEO Li, you might as well pull the trigger because that will be a quicker death than crashing in the mountains. I am telling you it is suicide to take off right now.”

  Li Tian’s face darkens as he barks, “Get out of my way! I don’t need you. I know how to fly this piece of shit.”

  Kang Mingshun rushes up to the hanger, “Boss. I just talked to Yang James, he said he is working on finding out the little chick’s whereabouts.”

  Li Tian narrows his eyes glaring at Kang Mingshun, “Do you think I can sit around and wait? Every minute counts, I’m concerned that Song Sara could lose the baby if she gets too stressed. I saw she had anti anxiety medicine and sleeping pills when I was in her room. She must be very afraid. Dammit! Shaoting said the man forcefully threw her into the back of the SUV.”

  “Boss, think logically, they won’t hurt Song Sara. Whoever took her wants something…we will meet their demands, get the woman back then take care of them.”

  “No one knows she is pregnant. They could be too rough and harm the baby. I’m going. If Yang James hears anything contact me.”

   Li Tian hurriedly gets into the pilot’s seat and starts the engine. As the blades whir he readies for takeoff and looks off into the distance. Baby, I’m coming for you.

  Sara awakens and rubs her temples then glances around the room. Where am I? She picks up the pink knitted hat next to her on the bed and touches her stomach. Nervously surveying the room she wonders where the man is who grabbed her from outside the shop. Suddenly the door opens and she clutches the knit cap tightly and her heart starts racing.

   Hamid walks over with a tray of food and a cup of tea. He smiles  “Don’t look so frightened. I am not going to harm you. I was waiting for you to wake up to have a little chat.”

  Sara’s eyes widen as he sets the tray on the nightstand. “You should eat.”

   She stares at the tall dark skinned man standing by the bed and stammers, “I…I am not hungry.” 

  He grins, “You should eat for the baby.”

  The hair on the back of Sara’s neck stands up and she anxiously blurts out, “Who are you and how do you know I am pregnant?”

  He plays with the knife in his hand, “As for who I am you don’t need to know. How I know you are pregnant, you are clutching a baby hat and protectively placed your hand on your belly.”

 “What do you want?”

   He sits on the edge of the bed and runs his finger down her cheek, Sara shivers from his touch. Hamid looks into her eyes with a piercing look, “Little beauty, I want you to forget you saw me. My plans changed and you are no longer valuable to me.” He takes a syringe from his pocket and flips off the protective cap and pins Sara down. Her eyes widen filled with extreme fear, she  cries and struggles to break free, “Don’t! Don’t! This could harm the baby! I won’t say anything I promise!”  

   Sara pushes his chest as the needle comes closer to her arm, “I’m begging you don’t. I won’t say anything!”

   Hamid ignores her pleas, after the needle pierces her skin he puts the point of the knife on her stomach, “I trust you won’t because I will personally cut this baby from your womb if you do.”

    He watches as her eyes roll back in her head and she falls unconscious, then stands up and walks towards the door. He looks back at Sara sprawled on the bed, It’s too bad you are that maniac’s sister. I would have enjoyed tasting you.

     Lighting a cigarette he approaches his partner leaning against the wall outside of the room. “We need to ditch the car and head back to Bashu City.”

  The man furrows his bushy black eyebrows, “I don’t like this, Madam Olga said to secure the girl, now we are just leaving?”

  Hamid lightly slaps his cheek, “Do you want to fuck with Leo Cadieux?  It  turns out the slut is his sister. Even my mother is afraid of that lunatic so you should be happy we found out now while we can escape disaster. He laughs, “Let’s go.” I wonder if Li Tian knows he knocked up his nemesis’ sister?

   Li Tian fearlessly flies the helicopter towards Washnu mountain. He turns on the anti ice system,  I should be there in less than an hour, I might be able to make it before the storm worsens. He calls Li Shaoting, “Is there any word from the kidnappers?”

  Li Shaoting nervously responds, “No.”

 “I will arrive in a half hour, meet me at the  filming site, I will land in the field there. I haven’t seen any cars on the road; they must still be in the town.”

 “Okay.”

  When Li Shaoting hangs up he has a strange expression as he tells his brother,  “We need to meet Cousin Tian at the filming site, he said there are no vehicles on the road.”

  Li Feng anxiously replies, “Shouldn’t we contact the police?”

 “I did, they are useless. Do you think I wanted to call Tian? But he is the only person I could think of at the time. He knows how to handle these types of situations.”

 “ I guess you are right but I am surprised he responded so quickly.”

  “To be honest he actually sounded worried. Probably because since he is here to handle the problems with the airport he doesn’t want any negative publicity.”

  “Makes sense, your identity could get exposed. Do you think Song Sara was kidnapped because they mistakenly believe she is your girlfriend?”

    Li Shaoting pulls out onto the highway to drive to the filming site.  “I don’t know. I just hope she is alright.”

     Hovering above the filming site, Li Tian struggles to see where he can land the helicopter. He can barely see because of the heavy snowfall and the field is surrounded by large trees. While he is considering the best way to approach the snow covered field, his phone rings. He presses the button and a distorted voice says, “The woman is in room #35 at Snowflake Inn. She is unharmed. If you want her to stay that way don’t investigate.” The call abruptly ends, Li Tian’s face contorts in anger, she better be…but if you think I won’t pursue this you don’t know me very well. I will make you pay for snatching my most beloved woman!

  Without taking more time to consider the best route  Li Tian impulsively begins his descent. Anxious to find Sara he disregards how dangerous maneuvering through the surrounding forest is. One of the blades hits a large tree and the helicopter begins to shake. Li Tian tries to stabilize the helicopter but all he can do is attempt to avoid hitting other trees.

   When Li Shaoting turns the car into the filming site, they hear a loud crash and see flames rising into the air. 


Big Trouble

    Li Tian is beside himself with worry and anxiously calls Kang Mingshun, “Someone snatched Song Sara in Chengi. Call ahead for a helicopter. I am on my way to the airport.”

  Kang Mingshun breaks out into a sweat, “Boss, no one will take off in this weather.”

  “They will if I have to put a gun to their head. There is only one road down the mountain, we can catch them if we leave now. Do it!”

   Li Tian hangs up and presses on the accelerator and the black Rolls Royce Phantom flies down the highway. He calls Yang James, “Some bastard kidnapped Song Sara, have the men ready. I am taking a helicopter up the mountain.”

  Yang James jumps up from his desk, “You can’t do that! There is a storm coming in from the East! If it is a kidnapping someone will contact us.”

  “I’m not fucking waiting! The woman is carrying my baby!”

 “Tian, you need to calm the fuck down! No one will harm the woman…they want something. Let me put feelers out. Wait.” Yang James regrets colluding with Alexandre but the company needs the influx of cash from the arms deal. The Mega Mall project has hit some delays and their position in the Underworld has been compromised from the last debacle when Li Tian let the hijackers go. Yang James paces across his office, all because of that damn bitch! Flying in this weather is asking for death!

  “She was with my cousin, it could be someone who thinks Song Sara is important to him. You know those crazy celebrity stalkers…she could be in more danger if one of those maniacs grabbed her.”

  Yang James looks out the window at the dark clouds in the distance, “Tian, no one will take off in this weather.”

   Li Tian slams his hand down on the steering wheel, “I will fly the fucking helicopter myself if I have to. The little girl must be frightened, I need to save her.”

   “I have never seen you let your emotions take over your rationality. Does killing yourself help her or your child? It is suicide flying a helicopter with the winds around the mountains…if  there is a snowstorm…well.”

  “Save your breath. I’m almost at the airport. I will rescue my woman.”

   After he hangs up, Yang James calls Alexandre, “Call it off.”

   Alexandre laughs, “What are you talking about? Hamid already has her and is on his way back to the city.”

  “He will kill everyone involved including you and me.”

  “Li Tian will never know you and I had any involvement. If anyone dies it will be Madam Olga and her stupid son Hamid, nothing points to us. I made sure of that.”

  Yang James grips his phone tighter, “You better be right. Li Tian has lost his mind over that woman.”

  “Women are replaceable. You are exaggerating.”

   “As soon as they are at the house, have him call with the demand. Don’t wait.”

  “You are worrying over nothing.”

  “Make sure Hamid doesn’t lay a hand on Song Sara, do you understand? The woman is carrying Li Tian’s child.”

  “No shit?” Alexandre pours a glass of whisky, “Why didn’t you tell me? Now I see what makes this woman special. I wouldn’t have had Hamid do the job. He can be, well…unpredictable.”

  Yang James tugs on his tie, “Call him. Tell him to be very careful.”

  Hamid is sitting in the back seat of the Black SUV next to Sara. She is unconscious clutching the tiny pink bunny knitted hat in her hand. The driver says, “Hamid, a snowstorm is coming. I think instead of driving to the city we should stay somewhere in this town.”

  Hamid responds, “Why not. The boy that was running towards us as we left I’m sure got the license number and will alert the police. We can ditch the car and get another one.Save being chased.”

  His phone rings and he answers, “I was about to call you. We are going to find a place to stay in this small town. Drive to the city in the morning with the woman.”

  “Hamid, listen to me… unless you have a death wish do not touch the woman! She is pregnant with Li Tian’s child.”

  Hamid glances over at Sara, slumped on the seat. “His whore is pregnant? Hahaha..he will definitely make the deal.”

  “Yes and it should go without a catch as long as she is unharmed. We just need her for a bargaining chip.”

  Leo walks into the hotel room, “Who do you need for a bargaining chip?” 

   Alexandre abruptly hangs up, “I thought you were returning to Catang City.”

   Leo sits down on the couch and crosses his long legs, “I am meeting with my sister then going back.”

  “Lola is in Bashu City? I thought she didn’t like China.”

  “Well you will know soon enough I have a twin sister. I haven’t been able to recognize her until now. I am meeting her tonight to reveal our relationship.”

   Alexandre hands him a glass of wine, “You look happy.”

  “She is a beautiful and sweet girl, quite the opposite of me. I am a little nervous but we have developed a friendship over the past few months. She brings light into my dark existence and although I hate the father of her baby I am going to be an uncle.”

  Alexandre lifts his glass, “Congratulations are in order then. It is good you have someone to bring happiness into your life. I don’t think I have ever seen you with a genuine smile on your face.”

  He lights a cigarette then says,“I look forward to meeting your sister.”

  “You have met her, in Paris at your Club.”

  Alexandre flicks the lighter closed. “I don’t recall you ever bringing a woman to the Club.”

  “She was Li Tian’s assistant at the time. I felt we had an immediate connection but I had no idea Song Sara was my sister.”

   Alexandre inhales deeply then chokes, “Song…Song Sara is your sister? How can that be!”

   “It is a long and complicated story. We were separated at birth. I was sent to that bastard of a father of mine and she stayed with my mother.”

  Alexandre tries to remain calm, “You are sure about this?”

  “Yes. Our grandmother confessed to everything.  A fortune teller told them I was evil and would ruin my sister’s life so they hid her. They deceived father and said she only gave birth to a boy…me. It is true I became a monster but what if they hadn’t kept us apart? I might have had a chance to change my destiny. If that fucking fortune teller wasn’t dead already I would kill the bitch with a thousand cuts.”

  Alexandre’s palms are sweaty, regretting teaming up with Yang James. He sets down his glass of whisky and looks at his watch, “I have an appointment soon, why did you stop by?” I need to call Hamid immediately.

   “Right. I bought a hotel on Harborview Drive.. I want you to open a restaurant/club in it. Unfortunately, Song Sara had to leave Catang City and give up her dream of opening a restaurant so I thought you could work with her. What do you think?”

   “Of course if you want me to partner with your sister I would be willing. Unfortunately, I need to travel to Serbia in the morning.”

  “No you don’t. I took care of the situation.”

   The corner of Alexandre’s mouth twitches, “Without consulting me?”

  “I didn’t see the need. I wanted to clear your schedule so you could come to the hotel and speak to the designers. I am going to have Song Sara come also.”

  Alexandre nervously responds, “Fine. I have to cut this short or I will be late.”

  Leo stands up, “I will call you with a time that is good for my sister. Keep your day open.”

 “Let me know.”

  After Leo leaves, Alexandre fingers are trembling as he dials Hamid’s number. 

  Hamid glances at his phone as they are pulling into a small Inn on the edge of town. What does he want?

  When he doesn’t answer Alexandre gulps down the rest of the whisky in his glass. Dammit! It’s one thing to fuck with Li Tian but Leo! Song Sara is his fucking sister!

   Hamid tells the driver to go to the back and park. “Go see if they have a room available.”

  The driver gets out and walks around the building to the entrance. Hamid touches Sara’s hair and puts a strand to his nose, “So you are having that bastard’s baby. I wonder how he would feel if he knew I tasted his woman.” He leans down to kiss Sara and his phone rings again. He mutters, “What the hell”, then answers, “What?”

  “There is a big problem. Let the woman go.”

  “No. I want the shipment delivered. My mother will cut off my balls if this deal doesn’t happen.”

  “Leo Cadeuix will do worse than that. He will strip the skin from your bones then rip out your fucking heart ! I just found out the woman is his goddamn sister! Cover your tracks and I don’t know… leave her somewhere or we will be in deep shit !

  “Are you fucking high?”

  “Leo told me himself. If he finds out we kidnapped his sister there is no escaping his wrath. He said he is to meet her for dinner tonight. Just leave her..get the fuck out of there. Torch the car. Don’t leave any evidence..do you understand ? “


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