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[Story] Baby And Me — Episode 2

Episode Two
8 months later…..
The harshness of the world had changed me, I was now a con man, the man I told myself I would never be, the world turning against me after I tried so hard to be a good man, after I did everything in my power to ensure that I didnt become a clichè
Anyway, I took the job with Chace Tatum, he was only a few years older than me and we worked well together, with his charming looks, easy going charismatic personality, his savvy street smart brain and my excellent IT skills, we were able to hack into all kinds of offshore accounts, cleaning out the bastards with the dirty money, the dirty money came from all sorts of things, drugs, illegally imported or exported goods, stealing and robbing from the less fortunate, all we did is take from them and I slept better at night knowing that my job didnt entail me stealing from people who made an honest living but from bad people who made their fortune in unsavoury ways…
I was making money, lots of money and I knew that I wanted to move from Brooklyn, buy myself a new house and live the life I deserved even though the world had turned its back on me. Chace suggested that I upgrade my look because he also wanted me to deal with “our clients” on a personal level, though I was not as smart as him in conning people but I had a special ability to be able to read people just by looking at a few things about them, Chace thought that people wouldnt trust me if I looked like a geek, I had to dress like I mean business, stuff myself into a suit from time to time. Like an older brother to me, he took me for my very first make over, we started at the salon where I got a fresh new haircut
Chace “wow! You’re actually a very good looking young man Jude! See how this new haircut brings out your facial features?” I smiled as I looked at myself in the mirror, he was right…I felt like a completely new person!
Me “whats next?”
Chace “clothes! First impressions are always important because people judge you by your outer appearance first. If you’re dressed well, you have confidence so if you’re dressed well and are confident, people will trust you, they will believe everything that you say. You must always dress appropriately for a job that you want…or in our case, the job that we’re going to do ”
Me “really?”
Chace “yes, I know a few places that sell designer men’s clothes”
Me “what? I cant wear those…what will people say?”
Chace “its time you moved out of that apartment anyway, you need to be in the upper east side”
Me “everyone knows I dont have a job, even if I do, they will get suspicious if I just up and move to Manhattan”
Chace “how long”
Me “what?”
Chace “how long will it take? For you to finally leave the slumps? I hate coming here”
Me “give me a couple of months, I have to tell people I got a job first…then I’ll move”
Chace “good! Lets go”
We left the salon and headed into the direction of the shops, we were Manhattan, we went to the Giorgio Armani store first where I picked up a few suits, at Balmani then Versace. For casual wear we went to Levi, Guess and others…most of the clothes were either formal or semi formal wear.
Chace “good! Now I will introduce you to class”
Me “class?” He smiled
Chace “yes you have to speak the language of the rich, you dont have to just dress like them and look like them but you have to eat like them, talk like them and even think like them”
Me “how do I do that then?”
Chace “I’ll tell you everything you need to know”
Me “I’m ready to learn”
Chace “I love the attitude okay…we’ll start by pretending you’re meeting a potential client at a fancy restuarant. Before any meeting you must find out everything you can about the client, what they like to drink, eat, their interests outside the office and so on”
Me “okay”
Chace “when you have all of that information under your belt, you must keep dropping some of your knowledge to make the client more comfortable so they talk to you and even let something useful slip, you’re a lucky kid because you already have the gift of reading people” I smiled and the lesson continued, Chace and I spent the whole day in Manhattan, where he was teaching me everything I needed to know about the business, well our line of business
He dropped me off at the apartment in his black sleek SUV Bentley
Chace “sleep well, tomorrow we put your knowledge into practice okay?”
Me “okay” he patted me in the shoulder, I retrieved my bags and got out of the car
Kate “wow! Jude…who was that?” Kate was my next door neighbour at the apartment, she was throwing out her trash
Me “my new boss”
Kate “you got a job! Thats amazing!”
Me “I know right! Its at this great company in Manhattan! My boss is great! He’s like an older brother to me”
Kate “I’m happy for you, its been so heartbreaking to see you struggle, such a brilliant mind! Soon you’ll be leaving this place huh?”
Me “of course! Just give me a couple of months and I will be in the upper east side too just like Jason”
Kate “thats great news!” I smiled and nodded then went inside, after telling Kate that I got a new job, I knew the news would spread like venom through one’s body when bitten by a dangerous snake, Kate was sweet and everything but she was also a blabbermouth. I had taken my first step into ensuring that I leave Brooklyn and never go back to that hell!
The next day Chace came to pick me up, just before the lunch rush hour
Me “where are we going?”
Chace “my place, we need to change”
Me “okay” he drove up to his place, a nice big house right by the water
Me “this is your house?”
Chace “yes, you like it?”
Me “its so big! How can you afford this….ya, how long have you been doing this for?” He gave me a sly smile
Chace “lets just say, long enough to provide me with the life I always wanted, you will get here too Jude” I smiled
Me “I cant wait for that day” he drove up to the house and parked in the driveway. We got out of the car and walked to the garage, he opened the door and I was surprised to see a plethora of vehicles, how much did this guy have!
Chace “we’ll be using this one today, we’re going into the DA’s office, he’s been dabbling in some dirty dealings, I need you to hack into his emails and get the info we need to get to the big players”
Me “what are we going in as?”
Chace “we’re going to in to fix the air conditioning vents”
Me “are you serious? Where did you get all these cars? Have you been doing this alone all these years? You cant, its too big a job to carry out alone, you had someone before me didnt you?”
Chace “lets just get the job done and ask questions later” I sighed
Me “okay” we left the garage and walked inside the beautiful house
Chace “you’ll find your change of clothes in that room, on the bed. Change quickly we have to get going”
Me “alright” I walked to the room he showed me, I quickly changed into the workmen’s uniform that was on the bed.
We drove out to the DA’s office where we parked in front of the car. I hacked into their security system and pulled it up to our computers
Chace “thats the guy we’re looking for”
Me “okay”
Chace “I know you’re wondering why we have to go into his office because you can hack anywhere”
Me “actually….” he chuckled
Chace “Greg is smart, so he locked down his account so much that one cant enter into his emails using another computerl, it has to be his. I dont doubt your skills but….”
Me “I understand” we saw them leaving for lunch and that was our cue to move out. We grabbed our tools and made our way to the building. We were checked and signed in by the security with our fake I.D’s that looked very realistic. We made our way into Greg’s office, I quickly went to work on his computer. Chace was right, the guy definitely barred his security well and even though I could do this with my own computer, it was definitely a lot easier with his
Chace “Greg doesnt take the full hour for his lunch so he’ll be back here in 30 minutes” I nodded, working against time to get the job done. 15 minutes later, I was still sweating trying to open the last bar standing between me and that info “what is taking so long?!”
Me “you said it yourself, the guy knows how to hide his shady dealings! He wouldnt make this easy”
Chace “but arent you like a mega genius in this department”
Me “I would be if you stopped talking so much!!”
Chace “fine…just hurry up! We have 10 minutes left!” I worked my fingers as fast as I could, the anticipation of possibly getting caught making me sweat like a pig
Chace “5 minutes!!” By the time he said that, I was already transferring what we needed to the hard drive we brought, it was loading!
Chace “he’s back! He’s back!! Come on!!”he was looking at his tablet
Me “okay! Done!!” I pulled out the hard drive and shut down his computer causing it to reset. I stood up and wore my hat.
As we stepped out of the office, Greg was already in the passage coming to his office, my heart was beating vigorously in my throat. When he passed us, we gave a little bow and so did he. He walked to his office and as we approached the elevators
Greg “excuse me!” We both turned to face him
Chace “is there a problem sir?”
Greg “yes, my computer, did you do something to it?” Chace looked at me, I knew he wanted me to talk so I took in a long breath and smiled
Me “of course not Mr Waters but since we had to fix the conditioning vents we had to switch off a few plugs, it must be reseting”
Greg “oh!”
Me “it will be fine”
Greg “oh, thank you” I gave him a reassuring smile, he turned and walked back to his office. The elevator doors opened and we stepped in. As they closed, I breath out a loud sigh of relief
Me “oh my God! That was such a rush!” He laughed
Chace “you work really well under pressure Mr Howard ”
Me “thank you! I feel high on something! How we almost got caught!”
Chace “okay lets go reset their air conditioning and get to work”
Me “alright”……
3 months earlier…..
Work was going great, I had learned so much from Chace and he truly was like the big brother I had, he taught me so much and he gave me the confidence I never had, the confidence I lacked since I was 16 when my adoptive parents passed away. People always asked me, why dont you look for your biological parents then, to be honest…I’d be lying if I said at one point I didnt consider that but after a while I came to terms with the fact that they, my birth mother must have given me away for a reason and that reason was enough for her to stay away 23 years of my life so why would I go and find her perhaps complicating her life by being the unwanted son? So I gave up on that idea before I even pursued it….
Because we had been doing so many jobs in the past few months, Chace suggested that we take a little break because we didnt want to create a pattern.
We were chilling in his house one day, watching a game and drinking beer, we had become really close
Chace “ah…Jude?” I looked at him
Chace “let me ask you…how would you feel about relocating?” I raised my eyebrow
Me “where to?”
Chace “LA”
Me “why LA”
Chace “some new business opportunities has surfaced and I think the best place to be in, is LA right now”
Me “mm, well I have nothing here in New York so I’d be willing to go where the job takes me” he smiled
Chace “good! I like you kid” I smiled
Me “what made you get into this business anyway?”
Chace “life….just like you, I had a bright future ahead of me, I wanted to study to become an engineer. My sickly mother passed away before I could graduate from high school, I lost the scholarship I was supposed to get so I didnt get to go to college. I met a guy, he was older than me and he told me that he could help me make enough to become the engineer that I wanted to be. So I helped him scam people but he was scamming people that had nothing so I suggested we go for those that had money to hide and because it is dirty money, they wont be able to report it. We worked together for many years, I made enough money for college but instead I went to study neurology so I could know how the human brain works…and I never looked back”
Me “what happened to the older guy?”
Chace “he passed away…last year he was diagnosed with lung cancer…I guess that was his Karma for all his bad deeds”
Me “bad deeds” he smiled
Chace “yes, our line of work is not usually appreciated Jude, even though we console ourselves with the fact that we’re taking from bad people who do bad things to get that money, a con man is still a conman and I have conned a lot of people, so in the end I will be dealt my cards too, my karma will come to take its place” I didnt reply, I just pondered on what he said and perhaps he was right, no matter how I looked at it…it was still wrong….what we were doing was still wrong
2 weeks earlier……
The move to LA was happening and I had already told everyone I knew that I was moving for my job, everyone was happy for me. I didnt have much to pack except for my clothes, I was excited about moving to LA because I that meant I could finally use all the money I made, get a house by the ocean and drive the cars….of my dreams and not live like a pauper anymore. Because I had no responsibilities and I had nothing to lose, I could easily move to LA without blinking twice.
Jay “man I am so bummed that you have to leave but I am also happy you found a job, I’ve been worried about you” we were in his apartment in Manhattan
Me “thanks man, I’m happy about this. I finally get the new start I always wanted”
Jay “yeah and happiest of all, you dont have to deal with Leila” I laughed
Me “I know you never liked her”
Jay “she wasnt the right girl for you”
Me “I finally saw that too”
Jay “I bump into her from time to time you know, she moved here a few months ago with her baby daddy”
Me “oh”
Jay “come on man…dont tell me you still have feelings for her”
Me “honestly, since Leila dumped me, I have been so busy, I havent had the time to even think about her. She is…a thing of the past”
Jay “good! you’re going to be running around with LA girls now”
Me “hahaha I dont have time for relationships”
Jay “who said anything about a relationship?” I laughed, ever since I started the business…I had to become a little player in the field and I loved it…for once it was me who played and wasnt played…I became a broken record of one night stands and if I had to see a girl for more than a night, it would last a month or two months tops!
Me “well….you’re right ”
Jay “as always”
Me “hahaha smug bastard”
Jay “ya…go to LA and live in a nice house in Malibu or something, I’ll come to visit” I laughed “or Huddington beach”
Me “noted my friend”
Jay “cheers….to a new start for you”
Me “cheers”…..
Present day….
I had come back from doing a job with Chace when I found the baby fast asleep in a basket on my doorstep. With the note in hand, I opened the door and took the baby, putting her on the table. I read the note again, I was confused and angry, how could Leila do this to me! First she cheated with her boss, got pregnant, dumped me and now she was leaving me with a child she had been so adamant isnt mine. Stable life? Ch! My life was anything but stable! I was now something I thought I would never be in my life, I was moving to LA in a few days so that meant there was nothing stable about my life! I was in a place where I couldnt let the people around me even know my real name, where I could never stay for too long in one place and change my identity a few times too and I was fine with that but what the fuck was I supposed to do with a freaking baby!!
On the note she said not to contact her because she was leaving with her precious Connor but I presumed that she was still in the country because she would have had to drop the baby off by herself. I quickly called her but her phone was off, I quickly went to put my IT skills to work, tracking her boyfriend’s phone instead, they were already at the airport. I called him with an unknown untraceable number and Leila picked up
Leila “hello?”
Me “Leila”
Leila “Jude! How did you….?aaahh of course, who am I talking to”
Me “what the hell is going on Leila?! Why is there a baby on my front door? You said its not mine!”
Leila “thats what I thought too but we had a dna test done and its not Connor’s”
Me “so? You just assume its mine? You said it yourself? There were other men!!”
Leila “she’s yours Jude! You can have a dna test too”
Me “and what if she isnt mine either? What then? You just dumped her with me”
Leila “then you can get rid of her”
Me “what?”
Leila “look, Connor got a new post in the UK so we’re moving there and he doesnt want kids….so you if you dont want it, you can just get rid of it too! Drop it off at those orphanages or leave it at a hospital”
Me “it? Wow you are unbelievable Leila Stanford! This is a baby, not an it!!”
Leila “then keep her if you care so much! You are her father after all…dont call me again” then she hung up. I looked at her sleeping peacefully, how could Leila be so cold? Towards her own flesh and blood? Even if she didnt know who the father is but at least she is her mom right?……I had to take care of this situation before moving to LA…..and fast!

Updated: October 13, 2017 — 7:37 AM


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