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An Unnatural Influence 17

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Is the Blood-Red Ruby about to claim yet another victim?

Is the Blood-Red Ruby about to claim yet another victim?

A Slick Maneuver ...

Renée obediently moved over to the telephone under the watchful eyes of Sadie and dialed the number. When the assistant answered the telephone, Renée asked to speak to Lee. A noise was heard outside and Sadie was momentary distracted. At that split-second Renée whispered to the assistance “I’m sorry—never mind.”

When Sadie turned back to Renée she was on the phone as if she were talking to Lee.

“Don’t argue with me, Lee. Just send me the damn papers.” Renée hung the phone up abruptly incase Marme wanted to talk to him. Then she turned to her Marme to plan her exit.

“It’s all settled. I’m going to my apartment to lie down.” And before her Marme could say a word Renée was out the door and speeding down the road to her apartment. When she walked through the door she got back on the phone and spoke to Lee, explaining what Marme wanted her to do and asked for his advice.

“I’m glad you called. Don’t worry about anything; I know how to handle Sadie Bakersfield. It’s certain that she is going to call to verify what you did, and I will be very professional about the whole thing, not telling her anything which is a breach of client confidentiality. And Renée it’s good to hear your voice” Lee paused shaking his head. He thought about how dangerous Sadie Bakersfield really was.

Sadie felt that old Southern Charm would win and hold the affections of any man … including Alex!

Sadie felt that old Southern Charm would win and hold the affections of any man … including Alex!

The Ruby’s Revenge ...

It was Lee’s voice that brought things back to the present.

“… and if you had listened to Sadie’s advice, our law firm would have had no choice but to comply. No wonder she died with a smile on her face. She had died confident in the fact that you would have been obliged to remain in Bakersfield.” Lee concluded.

“Why was she doing this, Lee? Why did she get so much pleasure in manipulating me?” Renée cried.

“From what my father told me, when Andréa and Sadie first met, it was in college in California.” Lee began.

“Yes, I had heard that Sadie had won a scholarship to Sanford University!” Renée said dabbing her eyes and thinking back to something she had heard.

“Well, your mother was a freshman, and Sadie was commencing her senior year. Sadie was one of those southern belles with an aristocratic air about her. Perhaps it was because she had been raised by her grandparents. The Bakersfields possessed that Old South mentality.” Lee commenced.

Sadie couldn't believe that Alex would choose Andrea over her. Especially, with Sadie's obvious wealth and background!

Sadie couldn't believe that Alex would choose Andrea over her. Especially, with Sadie's obvious wealth and background!

“At any rate, when Sadie won that scholarship in History she was off to California with the determination to take back what she had acquired to help the people of Bakersfield. A kind of patriarchic duty.” Lee paused briefly, and then continued his story.

“Sadie met your mother at a sorority pledge function and it was instance friendship. Your mother was extraordinarily beautiful even then. Sadie was a popular woman with a really gorgeous figure. Being relatively attractive she liked to associate herself with like kind. Men were attracted to Sadie’s sweet Southern accent and her willingness to please. Sadie was dating a foreign exchange student named Alex Latimoore from England. Alex found out that Sadie was friends with your mother, so he used her to get to know Andréa. Your mother possess the same chocolate eyes that you have but in a fairer complexion. After Alex met Andrea they started dating.” Lee paused briefly again.

“Sadie couldn’t believe that a condescending little freshman from France could be any threat to her relationship with Alex. Later when Sadie discovered that Andréa’s name was being linked with Alex Latimoore she became furious with your mother and well … the rest is history!” Lee finished completely spent. Pulling out a bottle of water, Lee began drinking in earnest.

The Blood-Red Ruby performs it's death grip around the neck of the lovely Renee Latimoore! Can she escape?

The Blood-Red Ruby performs it's death grip around the neck of the lovely Renee Latimoore! Can she escape?

“There were just so many skeletons in Marme’s closet!” Renée said sadly. “She used me as a way of getting even with my mother, didn’t she?”

“Yes she did, and every time she restricted or corrected you, you were the surrogate for Andréa Dupree Latimoore. She possessed a special hold on you that was almost supernatural. And it looks as if she is reaching from beyond the grave to ensure that she continues to manipulate you.” Katie said.

“I agree.” Lee said.

“I have a legal right to the Bakersfield Foundation. It was my money all those years that helped kept it going. I will relinquish my claim to the town and release custody of Bakersfield to Curtis Bakersfield. It should have been left to him anyway being the younger brother of Bernard. The community of Bakersfield will have a kind benefactor in the personage of Curtis. I also want to turn over those Bakersfield Foundation checks to Chasity. She can make sure that the house and everything in it is properly taken care of.”

Suddenly, Renée became hysterical, choking violently and uncontrollably sobbing while trying to tear the pendant from its evil grasp around her neck!

To Be continued ...

An Unnatural Influence 18

  • An Unnatural Influence 18
    The Blood-Red Ruby was determined to make Renee its next victim out of punishment for not submitting to it! Sadie Bakersfield's influence was no longer a factor!

© 2018 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS

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Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on October 10, 2018:

As the Blood-Red Ruby tightens its grip around the neck of Renee; both Katie and Alex struggle to save her life!