Alissa turned in the direction of the male voice calling her name. She didn’t recognize the man and she felt uneasy.
“Yes. Do I know you?” She asked him.
He rushed over to her.
Then he quickly pulled her into the alley. He held his hand so tightly against her throat that she could not scream. Drawing a breath took immense effort. As she struggled to breathe, Alissa managed to whisper, “Please don’t! “
“She was right about this one! She is sexy. We’ll have to give her an extra fix as a bonus!” The man said.
Alissa was terrified. She struggled against the man holding her.
“Stop fighting, or it’ll be even worse!” He told her harshly.
As he assaulted her, she felt completely helpless and humiliated. He had no right to do this to her! Maybe it would be over soon!
“Hurry up so I can take my turn!” The man holding her said.
Alissa forced her mind away from what was happening to her, as they switched places. She thought of the day Sharlee was born and Dale holding her and playing with her. He had become Sharlee’s father from that moment on.
Then she remembered the day that she had met Dale. She thought of the way he had smiled at her. She loved him so much. She thought of their precious babies, Cara and Shawn. She had to survive this and go back to them.
“I want another turn!” The one holding her was saying. “She’s the best we’ve ever had. We should take her with us!”
“We can’t take her! She’s wearing a wedding ring. I’m sure her husband would search for her. She’s gorgeous! If she belonged to me I wouldn’t give up looking for her! I’m sure her husband wouldn’t either. If you want another turn, we better hurry!”
He fixed his clothing and prepared to change places.
“Let’s get out of here!” The man holding Alissa shouted. He dropped her to the ground, and they ran out of the alley.
“My God, lady! What happened?” He pulled out his phone and called an ambulance.
About a month earlier in Riverview,
“I missed you and Mommy, Dad!” She cried.
“We missed you too!” Dale responded.
“Did you bring me anything?” She asked.
They caught the afternoon plane home. Everyone was glad to be back.
The next morning Dale went off to work and Sharlee left for school. Alissa decided to take the twins to the park. As she sat on one of the benches, she noticed that one of the other mothers kept staring at her.
“I’m sorry to keep staring, but you look so familiar to me.” She told Alissa.
Alissa hated when people recognized her either because she was Matthew Hammings daughter or because she had been the intended victim of a hitman. She tried not to look annoyed. She found it simpler to just introduce herself.
As Alissa looked at the woman more closely, she realized that the woman looked familiar to her as well. Suddenly, she realized who she was!
“Lala!” Alissa cried.
Lala and Alissa had become best friends when Alissa was ten years old before her mother was sent to prison.
“I missed you so much after they took you away Alissa! I never had another friend as close as we were.” She said.
“Did you know that my parents tried to get custody of you?” Lala asked her.
“Yes. They went to see your mother in jail. She refused to let them take you. She said that you were where you deserved to be. She made the social worker put a note in your file that they were not permitted to have any involvement with you. My parents told me after I was older.” Lala explained.
“I found out that my father tried to get custody of me too. She blocked that as well. At least I have a good relationship with him now despite her efforts to keep us apart. I haven’t seen her since I was put in foster care.” Alissa said.
It made her feel good to know that even back then there were people who really cared about her. Although thanks to her mother, she hadn’t known it.
“Which one is yours?” Alissa asked.
They exchanged phone numbers.
After the rides, they sat down to eat. Dale cleared his throat. “Alissa, I know that this is extremely short notice, but I invited one of the doctors and his family for dinner tonight! I can pick something up for dinner on my way home.” He said quickly.
“That’s a relief. I told him to come about 6:30. Is that alright?” Dale asked.
“Sure! I better get Cara and Alan home soon. It’s past time for their naps and they will be cranky!” She said. As they quickly finished lunch, she told him about seeing Lala again.
Alissa had everything ready by the time the guests arrived. She had prepared Sharlee and Dale’s favorites. It was her roast chicken, corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. She hoped the guests enjoyed it too.
“I take it you two know each other!” Dale said pleased.
Note to Readers:
I hope that this chapter is not offensive to anyone! It was necessary for the storyline, as you will see in later chapters if you stick with the story. Thanks for reading Alissa, and I hope you continue to enjoy it!