Ross Maynard sipped his iced tea and read his newspaper as nonchalantly as he could. Even with a nearly deserted Denny’s like this one, he still had to keep his secret in the public eye. Wouldn’t want a nosy waitress making too much small talk with him. In between reading various stories in the paper, Ross would sneak a quick peek at the front entrance. He knew he had to keep calm at a time like this, but his racing nerves wouldn’t slow down for even a moment.
And then the Mexican bombshell Fatima Ruiz entered the establishment with a frilly red cocktail dress on and a heat-seeking glare. Normally she glided across the room with the grace of an angel. But even in high heels, she pulled off the perfect angry stomp with both fists at her side. Ross took another sip of iced tea to settle himself for the shit sandwich he was about to eat (not because he was dining at Denny’s).
“When were you planning on telling me you were a cop?” asked the stone cold Fatima Ruiz. “Did you think I was stupid? Did you think I would never find out? Do you think this shit is going to end now that my father is in jail? This shit’s not over until I say it is.”
Ross fluffed his jacket and wiped his wet hands on his jeans to buy time. When he had enough of it, he folded his hands across the table and looked seriously into his lover’s eyes. “Your father was the leader of the Ruiz Cartel. He was responsible for too many deaths in this city. He had politicians and policemen alike in his back pocket. Not this time. A lifetime in the hole is where he’s headed. I make no apologies for my detective work,
Fatima. It’s my job.”
“No apologies, huh?” asked
rhetorically while nodding. “That’s your job: breaking women’s hearts? I
trusted you, Ross. I let you into my home. We made love together. And now
you’re telling me that doesn’t mean shit to you?” When Ross refused to show
remorse for his actions, Fatima swatted the
newspaper off the table and yelled, “What do you have to say for yourself?!”
“Nothing,” said Ross with a frosty tone. His confidence returned and he showed it with furrowed eyebrows. “I’m an FBI agent. It’s what I do. You were an easy target. You were my golden ticket into the Ruiz Compound. That’s how these investigations work,
I’m sorry you got your heart broken, but it is what it is. None of it was real.
It was all business.”
Ross’s stony expression countered Fatima’s criminal rage to where the
beauty hung her head and allowed tears to flow softly from her eyes. Agent
Maynard slowly reached his hand over to comfort his now ex-lover and she jerked
away while shouting, “Don’t touch me!”
The agent allowed the tension between them to simmer down before asking, “So what did you come here for? To let me know that you’re on to me? To deliver some veiled threat? To kill me? Your entire cartel is being rounded up even as we speak. There’s nobody left to help you, Fatima. Your empire is gone. Gone!”
sobbed some more while gently saying, “I could kill you right now…” When Ross
snapped at her to speak up, she snapped back with, “I could kill you right now!
I don’t need a gun or a knife. I want to strangle you with my bare hands. I
want to rip your balls off. I want to rip out your tongue for all of the lies
you’ve told me!”
“If you’re so eager to join your empire behind bars, I’d say go for it. Go ahead. Slap me. Punch me. Do whatever it is you want to do. I don’t give a shit. I’ve got the cuffs in my jacket pocket. You want some new jewelry, be my guest,” said Ross in his increasingly icy tone.
Ross scoffed, “Bullshit!” and
smiled even harder. She even threw in a few giggles. The detective’s solemn
expression grew even darker as he contemplated the potential reality of what
his lover just said. “Please tell me you’re bullshitting. This is all a joke,
“I make no apologies for my detective work, Agent Maynard,” said
Fatima. “I’m keeping this baby and I’m
going to raise him as my own. You and I are going to have a family together,
Ross. Oh wait, you already have a family, don’t you? A wife and daughter of
your own. I wonder what they’ll think when they find out daddy impregnated a
gangster chick. What will your coworkers think? What will the judge think when
I demand child support from you?”
“You don’t know shit about being a mother!” belted Ross.
“And you don’t know shit about being in love. It’s all fake to you, right? I bet your own family doesn’t get to see the side of you that you’ve shown me all this time. All those expensive gifts. All of those happy moments. All of the love we shared. The whole world will know and you can do nothing about it,” grinned
“So what are you going to do with that little runt, anyways?” asked Ross hastily. “You’re going to raise him to be a gangster just like every other member of your sick family? You’re going to teach him to murder and steal? You’re not a mother. You’re a damn fool! You’re going to march over to that abortion clinic and…”
“And what? Give you the satisfaction of fucking me over one more time? I don’t think so, honey. We’ve done things your way for the past couple of months. Now we’re going to do them my way. Here’s what’s going to happen: I’m going to rebuild my empire from the ground up and you’re going to help me. That means getting my peeps out of jail and recruiting new members. I don’t want just some hoods and thugs running around here. I want top brass motherfuckers on my payroll. I want cops, politicians, and other cartel factions. And who knows? Maybe if you do all these lovely things for me, I’ll show you what true love really is. That’s what you seem to be lacking these days,” said
Fatima with a red-hot smile and villainous eyes.
“Give me some time to think about it,
“Take all the time you need, baby cakes. It’s not like this little guy is going to pop out anytime soon,” said
She mockingly waved goodbye to her ex-lover and blew him a kiss before turning
heel and model-walking out of the restaurant.
Ross tried to keep up his emotionless stature, but he couldn’t help holding his head in his hands and wondering how the hell Fatima Ruiz got the best of him. He thought of his own wife and daughter and all of the happy days at the beach they had. The little lady would run across the sand and bounce in the water like a little froggy. He would hold hands with his wife and shower her in kisses despite the disgust of those around them. He loved his family and he didn’t care what anybody thought.
He cared what his fellow FBI agents thought, however. They were going to tear him limb from limb, rip his badge away along with his heart and soul, and leave him homeless and alone. What kind of life was that for a soon-to-be former detective and his family? They’d have to do illegal, disgusting things just to get by, much like how the Ruiz Cartel got started. Ruiz Cartel…Fatima Ruiz…that bitch!
Ross pulled out a six shooter and fully loaded every chamber. One bullet for her. One bullet for him. Four bullets for anybody who disagreed with his dark logic. He kissed the barrel of his weapon and angrily whispered, “I’ll show you what love is, Fatima, you fucking bitch. I’ll kiss you with a bullet!” He knew he looked insane to the waitresses and waiters, but he didn’t give two shits and a flying fuck. In fact, he loved the bloodlust in his bulging eyes.