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An Unnatural Influence 20

Ms. Williamson is a published author and educator with a Bachelor of Business, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Science!

The Blood-Red Ruby has a history of deception and death. It will take a special person to be worthy of lifting the curse!

The Blood-Red Ruby has a history of deception and death. It will take a special person to be worthy of lifting the curse!

One Plot Foiled ...

Lee, Katie and Renée look at each other. Then Renée sat up and spoke. “I really hope that my father will be safe!”

“I believe he will as long as he doesn’t reopen that box. I can’t believe that things like this still happen in the 21st century!” Lee said in utter incredulity.

“No wonder my mind was overwhelmed with constant thoughts of Marme. In a sense, I carried her around in that pendant she gave me. It was the source of her control over me!” Renée said feeling resentful over her godmother’s deviousness.

“It’s so sad that she felt that strongly about your mother, and could have very well been the cause of the accident. Thank the heavens that all this will soon be behind you!” Katie said.

“Only after we have fulfilled our mission!” Renée cautioned.

“Then you will truly start to heal. I have left everything in the capable hands of Curtis Bakersfield. You know Curtis, Katie? He assumed the temporary position of Director of the Bakersfield Foundation when Sadie died. Both Curtis and Chasity were sorry to hear about your illness and surprised with your decision not to claim your inheritance. I know that he will handle everything well and Chasity will be receiving a substantial salary for her efforts. She welcomes the challenge of handling the foundation. Chasity will also have a capable staff of people working with her. Her tasks should be an easy one. Bakersfield Manor will be remodeled and the new occupants with be Curtis and his staff.” Lee acknowledged.

Katie is like the sister Renee never had. She has shared the pain and will eventually share the joy!

Katie is like the sister Renee never had. She has shared the pain and will eventually share the joy!

“That’s GREAT!” Both Katie and Renée cried.

“However, you will still be receiving that endowment from the foundation. Chasity insisted on it. The salary will be more that enough to compensate for her trouble.” Lee smiled.

“Then I will use it to further help the township of Bakersfield. The people were always good to me and anyway I have more than enough money.” Renée said smiling for the first time in weeks.

Preparing for the Adventure ...

As the days passed Renée began to feel stronger and stronger. Soon it was time for her to accompany her father to Haiti. Renée had been dismissed from the hospital and she was most anxious to get this behind her.

“Well daughter are you ready to close a chapter of your life and open to a new adventure and a new life?” Alex asked.

“I am more than ready, father.” Renée said smiling.

“Then I have our airplane tickets and we can proceed on our quest.” Alex replied trying not to show how nervous he really was.

"Leaving on a jet plane … don't know when I'll be back again!"

"Leaving on a jet plane … don't know when I'll be back again!"

The ride to the airport was uneventful. Lee provided the usual limo and Renée sat quietly looking out the window.

“Are you alright?” Alex inquired holding his daughter’s hand.

“As well as one can be under the circumstances. I dread facing Madame Amara. After all it was my godmother that had her grandmother killed.” Renée reminded her father sadly.

“Madame Amara doesn’t blame you. She told me that it was the accursed ruby that caused the problem.” Alex replied.

“Why didn’t you want Katie and Lee to see us off.” Renée queried.

“I just felt that it would be better to handle the entire thing between the two of us, that’s all. Now we’re here. Let’s get on board.” Alex found a suitable parking space. After checking their small baggage; they both boarded the plane.

You never know who'll be waiting to meet you at the airport!

You never know who'll be waiting to meet you at the airport!

A Proud Heritage ...

When the airplane landed, the duo was greeted by a very amicable young man.

“You are Sir Latimoore?” The young man asked.

“Yes, I am—and you are?” Alex countered.

“I am Jabari, Sir Latimoore. And you must be Renee?” Jabari rejourned admiring his distant relative.

“Yes, I am—Jabari you seem familiar in some way.” Renee responded somewhat in puzzlement.

“Ah, this is because of our shared ancestry. Raziya Rene was the sister of Ashanti. And Ashanti was the mother of Nakia” Jabari said waiting for Renee’s reaction.

“Do you mean that Marme—Sadie Bakersfield had my great aunt killed?” Renee asked in astonishment looking from her father to Jabari.

“That is exactly what I mean. Nakia was my grandmother and Amara is my older sister.” Jabari replied.

Madame Amara was anxious to meet her distant relative but under better circumstances.

Madame Amara was anxious to meet her distant relative but under better circumstances.

“Where are the others—the rest of your family?” Alex inquired.

“My father is away on business and my mother had to entertain guest. They both regret being unable to visit with you. But seeing the nature of your visit—it would have been very uncomfortable for my mother.” Jabari explained.

“Perhaps we can visit on another occasion.” Renee stated.

“This would be very acceptable. Perhaps you can come on our Ancestry Day!” Jabari exclaimed.

“That would be a very appropriate time to come!” Renee responded excitedly.

“Now let’s get down to the business of the Ruby.” Alex reminded not wanting to interrupt the reunion.

“How right you are, Sir Latimoore. Please forgive me.” Jabari apologized.

“I am the interloper—call me Alex, please!” Alex replied.

“Of course Alex, this way please.” Jabari retorted and led them to a beautiful late model and expensive car.

A Porsche! Now THAT is a wow car!

A Porsche! Now THAT is a wow car!

“Wow ...” was all Renee could say.

“Oh yes, my father is quite wealthy thanks to the assistance of the Marquis. The import/export business has been very successful. Our main residence is a wonderful villa in the South of France, but we never forget our beginnings. Here is where we must deal with the curse!” Jabari interjected.

Both Renee and Alex nodded in agreement.

To Be Continued ...

An Unnatural Influence: La Fin

  • An Unnatural Influence: La Fin
    It will take a ceremony which consists of Renee putting the infamous Blood-Red Ruby back on. Will it finally claim her as its victim or will she triumph?

© 2018 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS

Comments

Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on October 17, 2018:

And now … the Conclusion but NOT the end of this saga! Follow the orange link above!

Pam Morris from Atlanta Georgia on October 17, 2018:

Sound exciting, thank you for sharing

Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on October 17, 2018:

In the sequel, we will discover some surprises surrounding Renee's mother and we will be taking a journey to both England and France. In France, of course, they do speak French--however I will have interpretation of it! There will be indeed surprises and a bit of "oh la, la" but prepare for yet another fascinating journey!

For now--let us end this curse!

Pam Morris from Atlanta Georgia on October 17, 2018:

Okay, Jacqueline, I see and read this story is coming to an end and oh how I look forward to reading it. Then I will wonder what will you come up with next after I read the last saga.

Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on October 16, 2018:

Ah … one more episode to go and then the sequel. Hmm, maybe a break, too!

Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on October 16, 2018:

There are surprises at every corner in this saga!