Chapter 13

(Four Months Later)

Maria rubbed her hand over her stomach. The day before they were set to leave for Greece Maria had found out of the pregnancy and her doctor had told her she couldn't travel for her first trimester. She had forbidden Anastacia to bring the lamp near her she wanted to tell David. Face-to-face. If everything went well today she would be able to.

Maria smiled as she looked out the window of the SUV they had rented and smiled.

"You ready to see him again?" Peyton asked from the back seat with a smile.

"You bet your ass I am." Maria said, wiping a tear from her cheek. "I miss him so much."

"I know you do sweety." Anastacia said, touching Maria's hand from the driver's seat. "It won't be long now."

"This is you're location." The GPS computer said.

Maria groaned as she looked outside. There was nothing for miles. She stared at the large statue in front of them. A statue of a woman that was beginning to decay away.

"Are you sure this is it?" Maria asked, stepping from the car.

"Pretty sure." Anastacia said, looking to Marcos, her current boyfriend.

"This is it." He said, his accent quite obvious.

"Where is it?" Maria asked, taking a drink of her water. "Is hell even this hot?"

"I doubt it." Anastacia laughed. "If you get to hot then you get back in the car and turn on the air conditioner. I don't want anything happening to my nephew."

"What if it's a niece?" Maria asked.

"It's not." Anastacia laughed, grabbing the bag that held David's lamp in it and walking toward the statue.

"This is her?" Maria asked, looking at the statue. "She doesn't look so hot."

"Yeah well looks can be deceiving." Marcos said, grabbing a sledgehammer.

"Don't we have to dig?" Peyton asked.

"Nope." Marcos said, simply. Swinging the sledge hammer against the base of the large statue.

Maria squealed as she saw the beginning of a passage. Marcos knocked down the entire base and all still wasn't open to them.

"Okay so maybe we shovel a little bit." Anastacia laughed, grabbing a shovel along with Peyton and Marcos and beginning the dig.

Two hours later they were through and a long staircase let them under ground. Maria followed, holding tightly to Peyton's hand.

"I wish David was here." Maria whispered to Anastacia.

"But he is." Anastacia said, grabbing the lamp from the bag. "It's dark, he can't see you."

Maria held the lamp tightly to her body and followed the threesome through the dark tunnel. Marcus lit to torches as they entered a room, filled with various treasures. Maria handed the lamp to Anastacia quickly, before the light hit her and followed Peyton around the room.

"Do you see a medallion?" Maria asked, shuffeling through the massive piles of gold.

"I think I found it." Anastacia said, opening a chest full of circle shaped coins.

"Just pick one?" Maria asked.

"There should be one that says Batista." Anastacia said, helping Maria search threw the coins.

"Got it." Maria smiled. "Now can you burn gold?"

"No it's not gold." Marcus said. "Trust me."

He made a small makeshift fire on the floor.

"Throw it in." He said, as the ground began to shake. "Throw it now."

Maria quickly dropped the coin in the fire as Anastacia took the lamp from her bag and set it on the floor by the chest. Maria fell backwards as the quake got worse and felt the tears fall as she saw the room fill with smoke and the top of the lamp come off.

Maria had just gotten to her feet when David took form in front of them and the ceiling began to cave in.

"Run Maria!" Anastacia yelled, pushing her to the passage.

Maria ran as fast as she could out of the cave and sighed as she found herself in the freedom of outside. The sun was beginning to set and it was almost dark outside. She felt Peyton touch her back as she bent over gasping.

"Here's some clothes bro." Anastacia said.

She watched as David took a step toward Maria but she stuck her hand out to stop him.

"Give her a minute." She whispered.

Maria felt the tears begin to fall and the now familiar churning begin in her stomach.

"I think I'm going to throw up." Maria whispered to her friend.

"It's okay go ahead." Peyton whispered.

"Man is she throwing up again?" Marcus groaned from behind them as he heard Maria begin to gag. "I hope I never get anyone pregnant. They puke to much."

"Pregnant?" David whispered. "Who's pregnant?"

Anastacia bit her lip as David moved his gaze to where Maria was standing up. She took a drink of her water and spit it out, trying to wash the taste out of her mouth.

David's eyes fell to the small bump on her belly.

"What the hell is wrong with you!" He demanded, stopping in front of her.

"What?" Maria asked. "I missed you too."

Maria pushed past him and jumped into the third seat of the SUV and waited for the others to enter.

"Give us a minute." David whispered, entered the car and sitting in the seat next to Maria's. He sighed as he listened to her small sniffs.

"I didn't mean it like that. You shouldn't be out here. You're pregnant. It's hot and there are all kinds of things out here. The cave could have collapsed on you." David said, wrapping his arms around Maria. "You know I missed you. I love you."

"I just needed you to be here. I sent you back and I didn't think it would take this long." Maria sniffed. "You were only supposed to have to be in there for a month. And then the doctor told me I couldn't travel until yesterday so it had to wait."

"It's okay." David said.

"No. I promised you'd never have to go in the lamp again." She said.

"But I'm out now and I don't have to go back EVER." David said. "No more mistresses. Just me and you forever."

Maria felt David kiss her lips and she sighed.

"Now you can be MY love slave." He said, smiling as they drove off.