Chapter 2 – Surprise
* 18°25′N 64°35′W. Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, Caribbean.*
I pulled up to Mia's and Brian's house. I look to my right and saw Elena curled up asleep with her head on the window; how she could sleep with my dodge challenger growling in her ear was a mystery.
"Elena." I whispered shaking her shoulder gently, "we're here."
She sat up and stretched, showing the tanned skin of her stomach. I undid my seatbelt and opened the car door. I stepped out and stretched; I could hear the bones in my back click and pop. Damn I was getting old. I shut the door and saw Elena had got out too. I rounded the car and started walking to the house, I felt Elena's small dainty hand slip into my large calloused one. We walk up the stairs and I opened the front door, both of us stepped in and Elena shut the door. I walked to the kitchen and saw my heavily pregnant sister standing at the sink looking out onto the beach.
"Hello preggers." I joked.
She turned to look at me and gave me a stern look, "Not now Dom." she said and turned back to the window.
Elena came up from behind me, "Hey Mia, where's Brian?" she asked.
Mia pointed out onto the beach. I saw him stood with his back to us staring out into the ocean.
"Something's wrong." I stated.
"I know." Mia said sighing, "But he just won't tell me what..."
"Let me." I said walking to the back door.
I walked down the beach and stood beside Brian who had his hands in his pockets. I folded my arms a crossed my chest. "Okay O'Conner, spill it."
He swallowed hard, "I can't just let it out Dom. I can't even tell if it's real or not. She was dead then I get a message from Monica telling me she's alive and done her job. Also that are records are clean. Seriously Dom I have no fucking clue what's going on." he rambled.
I was shocked; surely he wasn't talking about... "What on earth is going on?"
He turned to far me and I saw disbelief in his eyes. "Letty, she's... She didn't die like we think she did. She's alive, Dom."
I didn't believe him. He knew Letty was a touchy subject with me and he just pushed it too far. I spun towards him and grabbed him by the front of the shirt.
"Bullshit Brian. She's dead. Mia had to identify burnt body. I've moved on, why can't you do the same?"
I pushed him back and he stumbled. "No Dom that's bullshit."
He took two steps towards me and stood a foot away from me. He reached into his jeans pocket and pulled out a folded piece of paper; he slapped it against me chest. "I might have lied in my old life Dom, but evidence doesn't."
He turned and walked back up to the house. I bent down and picked up the piece of paper that had fallen to the floor. I unfolded it, there was a big, half a-page paragraph but I didn't read it; All I saw was the picture of Letty. The date underneath was for two weeks ago. She had her head tipped back resting against the headrest. She was staring out of a rolled down car window and she looked pissed. There was cut above her right eye that back bleeding, a cut lip that spilled blood down her chin. I swallowed hard hand stroked a finger down Letty's picture. A loud scream came from the house behind me. I folded up the paper and shoved it in my front pocket. I ran up to the house and flung open the back door with such force it hit the wall and made the widows rattle in their frames. I saw mia sobbing into someone's shoulder.
"Whats going on?" I demanded.
Elena turned to me and shrugged her shoulders, "she knocked on the door, Brian answered and Mia went crazy."
Mia stepped back and they turned to me. I saw it was a girl about sixteen around Mia's height; with brown hair that was cut sort and spiked at the back with a big fringe that fell into her chocolate brown eyes. She had an army kit bag discarded on the floor and an army pack slung on her left shoulder. She had on army boots and camouflage combats; with a white tank top, she had her dog tags slung round her neck. She looked so much like Letty, standing there with a lopsided smile on her face. "Don't I get a hello papá?"
Brian came up from behind her and placed his hands on her shoulders, "Dom this is Toni, umm... Letty's Daughter.