Thirty Five



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JACKSON SANDLER



"Roxanne is moontlik ook 'n moontlikheid (Roxanne might be a possibility too)"-me


He nods still seated on the chair opposite me.


"She's capable of doing a lot of things but I doubt she'd try to kill Alpha"-Marckus


I chuckle taking a sip from the glass of whiskey.


"She tried convincing me she isn't responsible for it but..."-me


I shrug not finishing my sentence. She's not an angel but I also know she never was a bad person until I brought it out of her.


"Sy lieg dalk vir jou (She could be lying to you)"-Marckus


I drink the last of the whiskey and put the glass down.


"Ek weet sy het saam met Russell gewerk voordat Alpha hom vermoor het; sy kon net klaar gewees het nadat sy van sy dood uitgevind het (I know she was working with Russel before Alpha killed him she could have just finished the job after finding out about his death)"-me


I look at him feeling the blood rush through veins on my arms.


"She could be after you or your girlfriend next she's been unpredictable at this point"-Marckus


He makes sense Roxanne is a little unstable right now she could hurt a lot more people.


"Daarom wil ek hê dat jy na haar moet kyk om seker te maak dat sy niks dom doen nie (That's why I want you to watch her to make sure she doesn't do anything stupid)"-me


He nods.


"Ek sal een van die ouens kry om ... (I'll get one of the guys to...)"-Marckus

"Ek wil hê jy moet dit doen nie die ouens nie (I want you to do this not the guys you)"-me


I point at him refilling my glass of whiskey.


"Ek kom dan daarby (I'll get to it then)"-Marckus


He gets up and walks to the door.


"Make sure you're not entirely focused on Roxanne though Alpha has butted heads with a lot of people other than Russel"-me


He walks out and I take a gulp of the whiskey and leave it on the table walking out of the study.


"Where are you going?"-Ndalwenhle


We bump into each other at the stairs.


"Ek gaan na die hospitaal toe om na Alpha te kyk ek sien jou oor 'n paar uur (I'm going to the hospital to check on Alpha I'll see you in a few hours)"-me


I kiss her cheek and walk past her but she holds on to my arm.


"Jackson are we in danger?"-Ndalwenhle


I shake my head trying to put her at ease.


"No this will blow over soon you have security all around you nothing will happen"-me


I rush down the stairs and walk to my car driving out to the hospital.


I park the car in the hospital parking lot as my phone recieves a message.


~𝙒𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪'𝙫𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙩 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚~

- 𝙍𝙤𝙭𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚


I put it back in my pocket and sigh as I get out of the car and walk into the hospital.


I walk into Alpha's ward and find Sino looking a mess standing next to his bed.


"Haai hoe gaan dit met hom? (Hey how is he?)"-me


She looks up at me and shrugs.


"Nog steeds dieselfde as toe hy gisteraand uit die teater kom niks het verander nie (Still the same as when he got out of theatre last night nothing has changed)"-Sinothando


She strokes the side of his face and lets out a shaky breath.


"He'll fight through this don't worry"-me


She nods holding his hand as I walk over to stand next to the bed.


"Do you have any leads on who could have done it?"-Sinothando


She looks up at me from him and I shake my head.


"No but my boys are still out looking we'll find them soon enough"-me


She sighs looking down at an unconscious Alpha again and rubbing the back on his hand.


"Well it doesn't matter when we find they're still going to pay for this"-Sinothando


Her bottom lip quivers and I walk over to her and hug her as she sighs heavily.


"They will don't worry about it how are the kids?"-me


She closes her eyes briefly as I take a step back from her and she lets out a shaky breath.


"I wish I could tell you that they're okay but they keep asking me questions I cannot answer..."-Sinothando


I nod my head in understanding and she clears her throat.


"And I'm living in fear because I don't know who of us is next or if he'll make it or not"-Sinothando


A tear slips down her cheek and she wipes it off with the back of her hand.


"It's okay the doctors are doing everything they can"-me


She chuckles softly then shakes her head.


"That doesn't guarantee anything they only tell you that he's in safe hands and they're doing everything in their power to comfort the family. They have no control over him making it or not" -Sinothando


She doesn't look like she has any hope in her it's like she's already convinced Alpha is going to die.


"But..."-me

"I'm a doctor Jackson this is what I deal with everyday and it sucks that I can't help my husband get out of this condition"-Sinothando


She interrupts me as Ouma walks in and sighs closing the door behind her.


"Sino I think it's best you go home to rest"-Ouma


She walks closer to the bed and Sino shakes her head.


"Wat as hy wakker word en ek nie hier is nie? (What if he wakes up and I'm not here?)"-Sinothando


She shakes her head more vigorously and Ouma looks at me for backup.


"Jy het 'n baba en nog twee kinders om tuis te versorg jy moet huis toe gaan en hulle verseker dat dit goed gaan met hul pa (You have a baby and two more kids to take care of at home you need to go home and assure them that their father will be fine)"-Ouma


I nod too clearing my throat.


"You need to rest too like you said as a doctor you know what lack of sleep can cause"-me


She looks at us and sighs nodding her head.


"Goed maar ek is oor 'n paar uur terug (Okay but I'll be back in a few hours)"-Sinothando


She's picks her bag up and kisses the side of his face then walks out she's hard to get used to without makeup she's usually well put together and dressed up all the time.


"Sal hy oukei wees? (Will he be okay?)"-Ouma


I stand next to the bed and stare down at my best friend connected to pipes and drips then sigh.


"Natuurlik sal hy oukei wees Alpha het erger as dit oorleef (Of course he will Alpha has survived worse than this)"-me


She shakes her head as she takes a handkerchief and wipes her tears.


"My kleinseun is 'n goeie mens hy verdien niks hiervan nie (My grandson is a good person he doesn't deserve any of this)"-Ouma


She sniffs shaking her head and I nod as she adjusts his pillow.


"Ek vloek wie dit ook al aan hom gedoen het hy het dit glad nie verdien nie (I curse whoever did this to him he didn't deserve this at all)"-Ouma

"I know but he will survive this don't worry"-me


She looks up at me and nods.


"I know it's Sino I'm more worried about she's not coping"-Ouma


She sighs looking down at Alpha and I tuck my hands in my pockets and also look down at him.


"She'll be fine as soon as Alpha starts recovering"-me


She sighs heavily again while I check my watch for the time.


"Ek moet iewers heen gaan maar bel my as iets verander (I need to go somewhere but call me if anything changes)"-me


She nods.


"Goed ek sal jou laat weet as iets so gou as moontlik verander (Okay I'll let you know if anything changes as soon as possible)"-Ouma


I nod at her.


"I'll see you later Ouma"-me


I walk out to the car and drive to my old house to pick Roxanne up.


"You needed to talk?"-me


I say as she closes the door getting in the car.


"Daar is iets wat ek jou moet vertel (There's something I need to tell you)"-Roxanne


I drive out of the yard joining the road and glance at her.


"Wat is dit? (What is it?)"-me


She clears her throat and looks outside the window.


"Can we find somewhere to talk first?"-Roxanne


I don't reply but drive to the nearest coffee shop and find somewhere to park the the car.


"Is dit goed (Is this good?)"-me

"Dit is goed laat ons ingaan (It's fine let's go in)"-Roxanne


She gets out of the car and we walk in the first person I recognize is Ndalo's friend.


She's looking at us as we walk and I lead Roxanne to a corner table ignoring her.


"Ek en Ndalo het planne jy het dertig minute (Ndalo and I have plans you have thirty minutes)"-me


I look at the watch and she nods.


"Ek kom dan direk by die punt uit (I'll get straight to the point then)"-Roxanne


I don't reply but stare at her instead and she sighs.


"Russel ordered for Alpha's family to get wiped out before he died..."-Roxanne


She pauses and looks at me for a reaction but I lean back in the chair and stare at her so she can continue.


"Ek het ingestem om hom te help as hy my gehelp het om jou agter tralies te sit sodat jy kon besef hoeveel jy my nodig het en ons kan weer bymekaar kom (I agreed to help him if he helped me put you behind bars so you could realise how much you need me and we can get back together)"-Roxanne


She sounds crazier than she thinks she sounds because there is no chance of us ever getting back together at this point.


"You tried to get Alpha killed because you thought I'd come back to you?"-me

"Ek was wanhopig ek kon die slag nie afskakel nadat Russel gesterf het nie want ek het nie geweet wie sy huurmoordenaar is nie maar ek belowe dat ek geen hand hierin het nie (I was desperate I couldn't call the hit off after Russel died because I didn't know who his hitman was but I promise I had no hand in this)"-Roxanne


She starts crying and wipes her tears as I hand her my handkerchief to wipe herself.


"Jy het 'n hand hierin jy het 'n treffer op Alpha genoem maar jy het nog steeds die moed om hom familie te noem. Hoe dink jy sal Sino voel as sy hiervan uitvind ?! (You do have a hand in this you called a hit on Alpha yet you still have the nerve to call him family. How do you think Sino will feel when she finds out about this?!)"-me


I raise my voice and it earns us a few pair of eyes and I sigh as she keeps crying.


"Daarom kan hulle nir hiervan uitvind nie sy is my beste vriend en dit sal haar seermaak (That's why they can't find out about this she's my best friend and this will hurt her)"-Roxanne


She looks at me through her tears and I huff out.


"What do you want me to do about that then?"-me

"Help me cover it up please"-Roxanne


She looks at me pleadingly and I sigh.


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