I Love My Husband

I Love My Husband
 
As soon as Alicia stepped on to the second landing, the lights went out and a hand grabbed her into the all-consuming darkness. She tried to scream in panic but a hand covered her mouth and a voice whispered in her ear, 'Shhh... It is me, Richard. Don't scream. You are in safe hands now. I will take care of you.' Alicia opened her mouth to speak. Richard suddenly whipped out a chloroformed handkerchief from his pocket and covered Alicia's face with it. She fell unconscious after a few minutes.

Richard lifted her and slung her over his powerful shoulders. He had to save his Alicia from the enemy. He walked over to the window in the landing and looked outside. There were two men by the gates of the hotel. Were they the enemy? He could not tell. He had rendered Alicia unconscious because she might have argued. Even now she did not comprehend the danger she was in, though he had warned her several times. He had no choice. Richard suddenly spotted the fire escape. Now he knew what to do.

He rapidly descended down the fire escape in spite of the fact that he was carrying Alicia on his shoulders. Alicia was petite and did not weigh much. That morning Richard had escaped from the prison where they had been holding him. He had found his Alicia now. He needed to find a car and make his way across the border into Mexico. Both of them would be safe to build a new life for themselves in Mexico, away from the enemy.

Richard walked rapidly to the garage and soon located a Skoda whose owner had not bothered to lock the car. He loaded Alicia into the back seat and got into the driver's seat himself and started the car. To his surprise, the guards did not bother to check him when he drove past the gates of the Hotel. He drove rapidly in the direction of Mexico. He may have a little problem getting past the border but he was confident he would manage it. Was that a car chasing him? No, he did not think so. 

Suddenly Richard saw a traffic police vehicle ahead of him. He tried to speed past it and immediately the vehicle began to give chase. Richard drove rapidly trying to lose the police vehicle. Soon he was at the crossroads. And suddenly he was surrounded by police vehicles from all sides. Richard did not care about his life but he could not sacrifice his Alicia. Suddenly a voice boomed over a mike, 'Please step out of the vehicle with your hands raised in the air.'

Richard stepped out and a policeman walked over to him and said, 'You are under arrest for overspeeding in the highway and not stopping when you are requested to.' The policeman escorted him to the traffic police vehicle. 


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Alicia woke up with a start and found herself in a spacious room with medical equipment all around. She tried to get up. A nurse held her down and said, 'Relax, my dear, don't try to get up just now. You will be fine in a day or two. How are you feeling now?' 

'Where am I? What happened?' asked Alicia. 

'You are in the Kensington state hospital and you are in safe hands now. There is nothing wrong with you. Your husband, Richard Gordon tried to kidnap you last night. I was one of his fans before he stopped writing,' said the nurse.

'Oh! I remember now,' said Alicia. 'I think I met him in the hotel last night.'

'Don't worry. Richard Gordon is admitted in the psychiatric ward here. Dr Rockfort is looking at him now. He escaped from his cell in the holding facility for the dangerously insane in San Francisco last night.' The nurse sighed. 'What a waste of a brilliant mind! Dr Rockfort will be coming to meet you anytime now.'

Soon Dr Rockfort was speaking to her, 'I have sedated your husband now. I also spoke to him. He is convinced that foreign enemy agents are conspiring to kidnap you and take you away to Moscow. I got into touch with the warden in Richard's jail. He has been having too many episodes of Bipolar-Disorder of late. He has been frequently speaking of enemy agents from Russia trying to start a war. He believes he has to save the country. He escaped from his cell last night and wanted to kidnap you and take you to Mexico. He says agents from Russia are trying to get hold of you. I was a fan of his spy thrillers before he fell ill and stopped writing. What a waste of a brilliant mind!'

Alicia sighed. She too had been a fan. That was why she had married him. Well, she could only hope he got better with time now. Did she love him still, she asked herself. To her surprise, the answer was a big, loud yes. She asked Dr Rockfort, 'When can I meet him?'

Author's Note: Written for the prompt given by Asha Seth. Read more here about Finish the story collaboration.

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