In the Mountain Penthouse, Daryl balled up the LCN newspaper and threw it over the balcony with uncontained fury.
“CURSE!” He exclaims fiercely, “How dare she? How did this information reach the newspapers so quickly?”
Diane and Felipe approach him.
“Father, don’t be angry.” Felipe asks, “According to what I’m learning in Informatics, the Internet makes news circulate quickly. A mouse click is enough, and information is forwarded to dozens or hundreds of contacts!”
“How horrible.” Daryl sits in the armchair, sinking his hands on his head, “It was with this modernity that Gabriela was photographed acting as Josias’s girlfriend. She is now taking revenge for writing that demeaning article.”
Felipe widens his eyes, “Father, were you or Mother responsible for those photos?”
“No, son, we swear we don’t!” Diane exclaims, “W
At the entrance to LCN, there is general laughter from all employees passing by to enter the company and face another day at work. Those who were discouraged started to have extra energy with the embarrassment that Gabriela was going through.Unsatisfied, Gabriela tried twice more, but her badge didn’t release the access roulette. And on the monitor......ACCESS DENIED.The receptionist, after wiping away tears of laughter, gets up from the counter and approaches her, “Miss Alves, haven’t you noticed that your access is restricted?”“BUT WHY?” Gabriela yells, “I didn’t get fired! Why won’t they let me in, what happened?”“We’re only following orders.” The receptionist responds with contempt, looking Gabriela up and down, “Get out of the way as other employees have to come through.”Gabriela leaves the queue and watches the other employees pass by calmly
On the sand of Sunset Village beach, Josias was imposing in his navy blue suit that matched the beach scenario. He patiently waited for Tiago’s ‘boys’ to come with Gabriela.They were in a secluded corner of the beach, and another guy from Tiago had taken off his suit, tie, and shirt, and was in a hole, digging it deeper with a shovel.Tiago observed the depth of the pit and asked, “Master, is it all right for you?”Josias realized that he could barely see Tiago’s helper’s head, just the shovel and sand coming out, “That’s enough.”Tiago extends his hand and helps the helper out of the pit.The limousine pulls up and stops at the start of the sand.Josias is amused to see how the three security guards struggle to drag an unwilling Gabriela to them.“NO, NO, NO! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO! HELP, PEOPLE, HELP! I DON’T WANT TO DIE, I DON’T WANT TO DIE, I DON&rsquo
The next day, Josias knocks on Alan’s bedroom door. The heir opens the door wearing a sky-blue robe.“Yes, Dad?”“Son, before you have breakfast, come and find out what is going on,” Josias commands him.Alan tightens the tie on his robe and closes the door, following his father’s lilting steps.Josias walks to one of the guest rooms. Tiago is there, present and somber. His hand tucked inside his suit made Alan wonder if he was holding a gun.Josias opens the door and the three gentlemen enter.Gabriela is leaning against the headboard, eating a breakfast consisting of strawberry jelly and raspberry flan. On the bedside table is a steaming cup of coffee.“We are ready, Gabriela,” Josias announces.“Dad, what is she doing here?” Alan wonders, “Won’t that get us into trouble?”“On the contrary, son. Finally, we’re looking for solution
At Rocha Mansion, Josias, Tiago, and Alan continue to listen to Gabriela and her confessions.But Gabriela keeps looking at Tiago’s hand, “Is he holding a gun under his suit?”Josias gestures, “Don’t mind Tiago. Focus on me, tell me everything you know, like you promised.”Gabriela feels tremors and decides to continue, “OK. After I was beaten and taken to the hospital, I obviously resented Katherine’s assault on me and vowed revenge.”Josias interrupts her, annoyed, “Here’s another mistake of yours. Why did you need to seek revenge? Don’t you see, Gabriela? This is where things got worse! I could very well force Kate to apologize, but you have lost your reason for wanting to reciprocate in kind.”Gabriela retorts, “But your dear wife blew up the peace pact when she invaded Isabel Freire’s autograph session and assaulted Maggie.”“Then that&
At Rocha Mansion, the controversial talk between Josias and Gabriela continues.“Gabriela, don’t take me for a fool.” Josias raises his index finger, “You claim that you had no part in the photographs and the anonymous e-mail, but it was precisely this action that helped you to carry out the plan: Kate filed for divorce and went to Boston, dying on the high seas along with my son.”Gabriela despairs, remembering the grave dug in the sand on the beach, “I swear, Josias... I met you by chance. I enjoyed the moments when you fed pizza in my mouth as if we were dating. But I wasn’t posing for any photographer. That was a terrible coincidence.”“Yeah, but it served your purposes.” Josias somberly concludes, “Next, Melissa appeared in front of me wanting to confess to the plan, but then backtracked. So...”Alan is startled and asks angrily, “Hey, you mean my mom going to Victoria&mdas
At General Hospital, Daryl is bedridden, being treated by Dr. Braggart.“The bleeding has stopped, Mr. Mountain. You need to rest for a few days because of the broken rib. Thankfully, we won’t need surgery for correction and stanching.” The doctor winks at him.Daryl was about to sigh, but the movement makes his ribs hurt, “Ouch... I’ll have to breathe carefully.”“Only for now. I’ll send a nurse to give you a pain reliever.”Beto was nearby, “Thanks, doc. Looks like if it weren’t for Josias’s secretary, the friend here could have something worse.”“How strange, I didn’t expect the people of Mr. Rocha was of this violent strain. OK, I need to see other patients.”Doctor Braggart retires.Daryl looks at Beto gratefully, “Roberto, I appreciate you taking me here.”“You don’t have to thank me.” Beto gesture
The next day, Josias showed up at Daryl’s penthouse building. Felipe passed by with bags from the nearest grocery store.“Hello, Mr. Rocha!” The young man greets him with a charismatic smile.Josias remembers that Felipe is not to blame for being adopted into a family of crooks and greets him politely, “Hello, Felipe, good morning. Don’t your parents have servants to do the shopping?”“No, and I don’t care. So I know the neighborhood.” Felipe responds politely.The elevator arrives and they enter. Felipe presses the penthouse button. Josias presses Vernon’s pavement button.Felipe looks at where Josias pressed, “Are you going to visit your family? They are good people. Sandra is a cutie and takes after her father. She’s going to be a headache when she’s a teenager, breaking the hearts of every high school boy.”“João Paulo and I didn’t have
At General Hospital, Josias is in Dr. Silvana while the others wait in the popular lounge.Elza notices that her husband and son are stressed and have high blood pressure. They gasp as if some angel is crushing their necks.“HEY, do you want to tell me what’s going on at once?”“Nothing is going on, sweetie!” Vernon tries to hide it as much as possible, “Come, sit next to your hubby.”“It’s baloney!” Elza remains standing, “It’s obvious to the whole world that you two have one more reason to be surprised by Josias’s request. And it’s not because of what Gabriela Alves believes. By the way, how did she come up with that idea?”João Paulo shrugs, “I told you, Mom. The creepy girl wants to win Josias back and is using my daughter as a tool. She knows I’m going to fight in the Family Court for full custody.”“Why would Gabriel