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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

chapter 44





Back at Hernan and Adrianna’s house
Gabriel tells Hernan and Adrianna that they should go on to his sister and Antonio’s house, and he will wait for Anna Patricia as planned and then they will come. Hernan says that he doesn’t like that idea at all. He says he is afraid to leave him alone because Helena and Carlos might try something. Gabriel makes a face. He says that he will be fine. He says that he is old enough to take care of himself. Hernan says that no one is disputing that, but he knows better who they are dealing with and he wouldn’t want to risk anything. Adrianna adds that Helena and Carlos right now are like cornered lions, who are afraid of losing the company. She adds that they are very dangerous at the moment. Gabriel sighs and agrees to go with them.

Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
They are in their room. She tells him that her brother, Adrianna, Gisela Paulina, her father and Anna Patricia are coming along as well. Antonio says that it’s okay. He sighs and runs his hand through his hair. He hopes, his grandmother is well, wherever she is. Gabriela goes and puts her hands around him.

Back at Martin’s house,
Marianna is in the kitchen alone. She is making a sandwich for Dianna, before she starts making breakfast. Just then Martin comes in. She is serving Dianna, on a colorful plate but stops and looks up at him. Martin asks Marianna if he can talk to her. Marianna says that its okay. Martin says that he was talking to Dianna earlier and she mentioned something that interested him. Marianna asks him what that was. Martin says that she mentioned that Alejandro had been calling her. Marianna stops what she was doing and moves to the other end of the kitchen. Martin moves near her and holds one of her hands. Marianna turns and looks at him. He asks her why she would keep something like that to herself. She says that there isn’t much to say. Martin says that given her reaction it is hard to believe that.

Martin tells her that he really wants to help her and Dianna but she has to do her part. Marianna takes a deep breath. She then says that Alejandro has been calling her from time to time. Martin folds his hands and asks her what Alejandro wanted. Marianna says that it was nothing of importance. She adds that he was just bothering her and trying to start another affair with her. Martin asks her if she still has anything to do with him. Marianna says that she would never want anything to do with Alejandro again. Martin says that if Alejandro tries to bother her again, she should tell him and they will deal with him together. Marianna says that its her problem to handle not his. She adds that he has his own life to live. She tries to leave but he holds her hand. They look at each other.



Sometime later,
At Juan Patricio and Clara’s house,
Antonio and Gabriela have just arrived. They find Helena, Carlos and Juan Patricio talking. The police have also just arrived. Gabriela holds onto Antonio’s hand tightly after they get out of his car. As they approach, Gabriela notices both Helena and Carlos glare at her. She puts her face straighter, and says that she won’t let them cower her.

Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
Hannibal is with Gabriel and Aranza in the dining room. He looks up at his grandfather and asks him where his parents went so quickly. Gabriel runs his hand through his grandson’s hair. He then tells him that his great grandmother doesn’t feel so well and his parents had to go and make sure that she is okay. Aranza looks at her father like she wants to say something but he gives her a look and she remains quiet.

Meanwhile back at Martin’s house,
Marianna, Martin and Dianna are having a late breakfast. Marianna asks Martin if he will go and meet up with some of his family later. Martin says that he has other plans. Marianna says to herself that he is going to see some other girlfriend or the other. Martin looks at Marianna then says that she is very curious about his plans. He asks her if she is jealous. Marianna rolls her eyes and says that she was curious especially since he hasn’t shown that he has any plans. Martin says that he already has. He sips a glass of juice then says that he is going to take her and Dianna to a nearby restaurant for lunch.

Marianna looks at him wide-eyed. What is Martin upto? He looks at Dianna and asks her if she wants to go with him and her mother to swim and eat in a nice restaurant. Dianna nods excitedly and then says yes. Marianna says that she isn’t so sure. Dianna looks at her mother and asks her if they can go. Marianna tells Dianna that she has to talk to her uncle first. She then glares at Martin who smiles back sweetly.

Elsewhere, back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
Aurelio is coming back with Ricardo from the toilets, when out of the blue he starts crying. Aurelio stops and asks him what’s wrong. Ricardo asks him why his real mother hasn’t come looking for him. Aurelio runs a hand through his hair. He says to himself that he isn’t equipped to handle such things. He however tells Ricardo that his uncle Antonio and mommy Gabriela love him and will take care of him. Ricardo asks him what about his mother. Aurelio takes a deep breath and says that she has to go somewhere but she will come for him one day.


Back at Juan Patricio and Claudia’s house,
Antonio and Gabriela are in the kitchen. Gabriela is having a glass of water, when Helena and Carlos come in. Antonio clenches his hand, knowing that what follows is not likely to be a pleasant exchange. He is not wrong either. Carlos looks at Gabriela and says that it is very hypocritical of her to be there. Antonio glares at his father and asks him why it would be awkward. He says that Gabriela is his girlfriend and has every right to be there during this time to support him. Carlos says that Gabriela and her brother are very happy given that they never liked his mother in the first place. Antonio tells his father that not everyone is as vile and hateful as him. Gabriela says that she doesn’t really care whether they believe her or not but despite all the problems she had with Claudia in the past, she doesn’t wish any harm on her. She adds what matters now is that they find her and that she is safe.

Helena glares at Gabriela and says that she wouldn’t be surprised if she had anything to do with Claudia’s disappearance. Gabriela says that murderers seem to think everyone is like them. Helena goes to hit Gabriela but Antonio blocks her. She looks at him and he glares at her. Just then Antonio’s phone rings. He doesn’t recognize the number. Despite that he picks it up anyway. The other person asks him if he knows Claudia Diaz. Antonio says that he is her grandson. The person says that he is sorry to tell him (Antonio) but his grandmother is in hospital in a very serious condition. Antonio goes into shock for a few seconds as he digests the news. Helena, Carlos and Gabriela all look at him but none of them dares ask him what he has just been told.

Back at Martin’s House,
Martin and Marianna are in the kitchen. She has folded her arms and is glaring at him. Martin looks at her but says nothing. Marianna then asks him what funny tricks he is upto. Martin says that he wants to take both her and Dianna out for some fun. He says that he knows that she gets bored staying in the house. Marianna unfolds her hands. She tells him that she doesn’t think it’s a good idea because it will fuel the rumors. Martin shrugs and says that what matters is that both her and her daughter have fun and bond. Marianna asks him what about his family. Martin says he already told them. Marianna narrows her eyes at him and asks him how long he has been planning it. Martin says that it was something he thought of on the spur of the moment yesterday. Marianna says that seems very unlike him because he plans things out and thinks things over before doing them.

Martin smiles and says that she doesn’t really know him as much as she thinks. Marianna asks him if he is really sure about what he is doing. Martin says that he is. He tells her not to worry too much about the gossip. He says that he knows that his grandmother is nosy and his mother can get overprotective over him but after twenty-eight years of dealing with the both of them he can handle it. Marianna is really apprehensive about the whole idea, so Martin moves closer to her and runs a finger down her face and tells her that he can’t assure her that everything will be okay but he can assure her that he will do everything he can to help her and her daughter. They both look into each others eyes. Martin removes his finger from her face and lets his hand rest on hers. Just when he is gong to kiss her, his phone rings.


Back at Juan Patricio and Claudia’s house,
Antonio tells Gabriela, his father and Helena that his grandmother is at the hospital in a very serious condition as is her driver. He gives his father the address he had written down and says that he and Gabriela are going there but the two of them can come if they wish. Gabriela follows Antonio as they leave.

Meanwhile back at Martin’s house,
It is Anna Patricia calling. She asks him if he has talked to either of the twins or Aurelio. Martin says that he hasn’t. He asks his mother if something has happened. She tells him that Antonio’s grandmother is missing and Gabriela went with Antonio to his grandparent’s house to get more information. He asks her where she is. She says that she is with Aurelio, Aranza, Gabriel, Hernan, Adrianna, Gisela and the boys at Antonio and Gabriela’s house. Martin says that he will call Gabriela to see if something has changed.

 Elsewhere,
At the hospital,
Santiago is removed from the high dependency unit to a regular room. His whole family is there with him. He had been recovering quite well. As promised, Claudia through Antonio was taking care of the bill.

Meanwhile back with Martin,
He calls Gabriela. Gabriela is in Antonio’s car. They are on the way to the hospital to visit his grandmother and find out how she is. Martin says that his mother just called him and told him what happened. He asks her if she has any updates. Gabriela says that the hospital just called and told them that Claudia is in a serious condition and she is rushing there with Antonio. Martin says that he is coming there. Gabriela says that its not necessary. She adds that someone else will come. She tells him to stick to his plans and that he can come the next day. Martin says that he can’t go on as if nothing has happened and wants to be there for her. Gabriela says that she understands and appreciates that but he needs to be there for Dianna because the child must be confused with all the changes and she needs stability and love. 

Martin relents and says that she must update him. Gabriela says she will. He says he loves her and she says she does too and ends the call. Marianna asks him what happened. Martin tells her what little he knows. Marianna asks him if his cousin will be offended if they go out and don’t show up at the hospital. Martin assures her she won’t. He says that it was Gabriela's own suggestion that they go on and then visit the next day. Marianna turns and faces the other side. She wipes away a lone tear and then turns to leave. Martin holds her hand. He asks her what’s wrong. She says that its nothing. He says that its not nothing if she is wiping away a tear. She says that she was thinking of how both him and Antonio love their grandmothers and are very close to them and she thinks about her own lack of someone like that. She starts to cry and he holds her.



Sometime later,
At the hospital,
Antonio, Gabriela, Helena, Carlos and Juan Patricio are in the waiting room. The air is tense, partly because of the anxiety over Claudia’s condition and partly because of the tension between the people present. Just then the Doctor comes out of the operating room. Antonio is the first one there and asks how his grandmother is. The doctor says that she is in a very serious condition and it’s a miracle she is still alive. He adds that the surgery went well but she is still in a comma. He further adds that most of the damage was sustained in her head, and feet. Both Carlos and Juan Patricio are equally if not more devastated. Juan Patricio says that his wife should receive the utmost quality care. The doctor assures him that they are doing everything that they can for her to recover.

Elsewhere,
Martin, Marianna and Dianna are already at the hotel. It has a pool at the center. Martin has changed into his swimming trunks. He is sitting at a spot quite near the pool. He is sipping a glass of juice as he waits for Marianna and Dianna. Just then Dianna comes running to him. She is dressed in her costume and floater. She says that she wants to swim first before eating. He rubs her head then asks her where her mother is.  Behind him, Marianna says that Dianna was to excited about swimming to wait. She then walks and sits near Dianna. Martin is watching her the whole time. Marianna looks at Martin for a second before going back to her daughter. Martin knew that Marianna was beautiful but that day she was stunning. Dianna looks at Marianna and asks her if she can go swim. Marianna says that she will take her. Martin stands up and says that he will take her as well. Marianna looks at Martin again. She then takes Dianna’s hand and walks with Martin to the baby pool. Martin asks Dianna if she wants him to stay with her here. Dianna shakes her head and says that she can swim by herself. Marianna looks at her daughter and smiles.

Elsewhere, at the hospital,
Hernan had come to the hospital alone. He finds a moment to talk with his sister. It is some time after he arrived. They are in the hallway. He asks her what will happen with the issue concerning Marianna’s family. Gabriela says that given what has happened to Claudia they are going to have to wait because Antonio is in no position to handle it. Hernan says that’s its too bad because after their own story he feels kind of uncomfortable postponing Marianna from knowing about her family for a second longer. Gabriela agrees, she adds that life is too short and Mr. Santiago is old and he needs to spend all the time with his granddaughter and great granddaughter. Hernan suggests that maybe she should talk with Antonio once his grandmother is stable about talking to Marianna and her family.

Gabriela says that she will. She adds that especially after knowing that Marianna’s father was one of the three people killed while Helena and Carlos tried to kill their father, she feels even more involved in this issue and wants to help Marianna and her family. Unknown to both Hernan and Gabriela, Antonio who was going to his car to get his wallet, so that he could go to the cafe for some coffee overhears them. Hernan says that he thinks once things settle down, they should consider, helping the other two families as well. Gabriela says that it’s a wonderful idea. She adds that Aranza will probably have a ton of ideas. Antonio walks on, and says to himself that he told Gabriela not to tell anyone about Marianna’s family and the first chance she gets, she goes and tells her brother. He runs a hand through his hair. He (still to himself) says that he is trying very hard to understand how easy it is for Gabriela to keep secrets from him for years but she can’t keep a secret from her bother for even a few weeks.

Back at the restaurant,
Martin and Marianna are back at their seat. Marianna takes a few sips of her juice then stands to leave. Martin asks her where she is going. Marianna says that she doesn’t want to bother him and so she will give him his space. She says that she will move closer to Dianna or swim. Martin says that he hasn’t said she bothers him or acted like it. He asks her if she thinks like that because of something someone said. Marianna says that those are her own conclusions. She adds that she has come into his life like a hurricane with her mistakes and problems and she doesn’t want to be too much of a burden on him. Martin says that he doesn’t regret deciding to help her despite everything that has happened. He then asks her to follow him to the pool.
Marianna is unsure about everything. She asks Martin why he is being so stubborn and refusing to hear her concerns. Martin says he has heard all her fears, but for today at least they should relax and leave everything for tomorrow.  Marianna looks around then agrees. Martin smiles then holds out a hand for her. When they get to the pool area, they turn back to check on Dianna. She has put herself in charge of the games the children in the pool are playing. Some are at least two years older than her. Martin smiles. He says that she is sassy and bossy just like her mother. Marianna glares at him then pokes his ribs. Marianna notices how many of the women are looking at Martin and at her with envy. She says to herself that if only they knew.



Elsewhere,
Alejandro is in his house alone. He receives a message and he opens it. It is a picture of Martin, Marianna and Dianna at the restaurant (before Martin and Marianna took Dianna to the pool). Alejandro throws the phone away. He says that he will never allow Hernan and Adrianna to be happy or Martin and Marianna to be happy either even if it’s the last thing he does. He asks himself what his two women saw in those two darn cousins. He says he is going to think of something that will destroy any chance of happiness that Martin and Marianna might have with each other.

Much later that night,
At Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
Antonio is in his study. He has a lot on his mind, between his grandmother’s accident, Gabriela’s lack of discretion and what to do about the secret concerning Marianna’s family. He sips a glass of water then puts it down. Just then Gabriela comes in. He barely looks at her. Unaware that he is angry at her, Gabriela assumes that his mood is because of his grandmother’s health. She asks him when he is coming to bed. Antonio doesn’t answer her. Gabriela takes a deep breath and then says that they need to rest because they have a long day ahead the next day at the hospital. She adds that they need to be alert so that they can help his grandmother in case of anything.

Antonio asks her if she thinks that its only his grandmother’s health that is bothering him. Gabriela says that as far as she knows there isn’t any other immediate concern. Antonio finally says it. He says that he heard her talking to her brother about Marianna’s case when he was going to the car to pick his wallet. Gabriela is momentarily shocked. Antonio says that he told her to keep it a secret until they can tell Marianna and her family. Gabriela says that she is sorry. Antonio tells that its not a matter of giving a simple apology. He says that it bothers him that she can lie to him for years without batting an eyelid while keeping a secret from her brother for a few weeks is impossible.

Elsewhere,
Adrianna comes back into her and Hernan’s room. She finds him busy lost in his thoughts. It is only when she taps his shoulders that he comes back to the present. She asks him what he was thinking about. Hernan says that it’s not anything important. Adrianna gives him an I don’t believe you look. She says it would be strange for him to be busy quietly thinking about nothing. Hernan smiles. Hernan tells himself that he had told his sister that he wouldn’t tell anyone else. He then looks at Adrianna. He says (to himself) that Claudia’s accident has changed everything because Antonio can’t be expected to take charge of revealing the secret to Marianna or her family. He says that it will have to be upto him, Adrianna, Gabriela and maybe Martin to tell Marianna and her family the truth. He takes a deep breath then tells Adrianna that he has something very important to tell her. She says that she’s listening.

Back at Antonio ad Gabriela’s house,
Gabriela says that she knows that she made a mistake and she knows that apart from Adrianna, her brother is unlikely to tell anyone else. Antonio says that maybe true but she should have discussed the issue with him before telling her brother. Gabriela says she should have but now that it has already happened, they need to think about how the secret will be revealed given his grandmother’s accident. She adds like she told her brother, one thing she has learnt from the tragedies of her own life is that life is too short, and she would want Marianna and her family to get to know each other.

Gabriela continues and says that she may sound a little crazy but because of Mr. Santiago age and Marianna’s court case, she would like them to use all the time they have to the maximum. She says that Marianna will need all the support she can get with Dianna. Antonio thinks about what she has just said and mellows a bit. He says that his first priority now is his grandmother’s health. He says that she and her brother can take care of revealing the whole thing. Gabriela agrees. Antonio says that he is very sure that her brother has told Adrianna and she can help them.




Back at Hernan and Adrianna’s house,
Adrianna can’t believe it. Marianna is the daughter of one of the men her aunt killed and is Santiago’s granddaughter. Hernan says that Antonio was supposed to talk to Mr. Santiago but given his grandmother’s health, that will likely be more important to him. Adrianna agrees. She then says that she can talk with Marianna while he and his sister talk to Mr. Santiago and the rest of the family. Hernan looks at her like she is crazy. Adrianna shrugs and says Helena and Carlos' plot to kill his father caught innocent people who were just doing their job. She said that Marianna's father for example was murdered at the prime of his life. 
She says that he never got to meet his daughter and they have to do all they can to help Marianna and her family. She adds that Santiago will be thrilled to know about his granddaughter despite the circumstances of Marianna's case. Hernan agrees. He says that he will talk to his sister and see what she has to say. Adrianna asks Hernan about Martin. Hernan thinks about it then says that they will tell him given the circumstances and how everything is.

 One week and some days later,
It is Monday and it starts out like a normal day.
At Montes De Alba Inc, police investigators arrive to question Helena and Carlos. Two teams arrive. One team goes to Carlos office and the other to Helena’s. Helena and Carlos know the police are coming but they don’t know why. Helena calls Carlos to try and get a picture of what is going on. He tells her he has no idea of what is going on either. She asks him if he thinks that new information has turned up concerning Alejandro’s and his friends cases. Carlos says that it could have but they aren’t involved in that issue. Just then the investigators coming to interrogate Helena arrive first and she tells Carlos that they will talk later. After introductions she asks the officers why they are there. The leader of the team shows her their warrant and says that they are here to investigate the authenticity of the death certificate that was issued when it was believed that Gabriel Montes De Alba was dead.

Helena is shocked. She couldn’t have anticipated this not even in her worst nightmares. The officers note her reaction. To her credit she quickly manages to regain her composure. She asks why she would be a party of interest in the issue. She says that bodies were found after the tragic accident and after DNA tests were carried out, she was told that one of the dead men was her husband and they received his body and had a funeral. She adds that it was a shock on the whole family to find out that Gabriel was alive after so many years. One of the officers says that it is quite suspicious that a death certificate was issued and Gabriel turns up alive. He adds that either there was error and gross negligence or someone committed fraud. He adds that if foul play led to the mix up, it could suggest that the accident wasn’t an accident.

Elsewhere at Montes De Alba Inc,
Carlos is also being interrogated by a team of two officers. One of the two officers says that the issues they raised concerning the authenticity of Gabriel’s death certificate considering he is alive raise other suspicions. He adds that for example it is quite strange that Gabriel’s children disappear when they are eight only to turn up as adults suggesting that they feared for their life. Carlos says that it is insulting that they would suggest that he would want to harm Gabriel or his children. He adds that Gabriel was his close friend and associate.
He adds that if he wanted to harm Gabriel or his children, he would have harmed Aranza as well. The other investigator says that Aranza had her mother to protect her. Carlos says that he doesn’t know anything about the death certificate and he certainly wouldn’t be able to know why the twins went away as children or came back under hidden identities. He adds that it is only Hernan and Gabriela who would be able to fully explain their motives. The investigator says that they cannot rule out the possibility that an attempt was made on Gabriel’s life to gain control of his company. Carlos manages to look insulted.

Elsewhere,
It is at the hospital,
Antonio had just come from sorting the paperwork for Santiago’s release as well as checking up on his grandmother. He is now on his way to the small chapel in the hospital when he runs into Renata and Santiago. He is concerned, and asks Santiago if he feels well. He adds that they are all happy that he is recovering quickly and was released two days earlier but he needs to rest. Santiago assures him that he is well. He adds that he just came to pick up some medicine and get some tests done. Renata asks Antonio how his grandmother is. Antonio looks solemn. He says that her condition hasn’t improved much. He adds that it is pretty much the same as it has been since the accident, though they are thankful that she made it through the surgery. Antonio adds that he was even on his way to the chapel to pray. Santiago tells Antonio that he owes his grandmother his life and adds that his family can count on him (Santiago) for anything. Antonio thanks him. Renata suggests that they should all go to the chapel to pray for Antonio’s grandmother. Both Antonio and Santiago agree.


Elsewhere, at Martin’s house,
Marianna is alone as Dianna has gone to school. She is trying to watch something on television but she cannot concentrate. For days now, she has been thinking about the time Martin almost kissed her. She runs a hand through her hair. She had long stopped pretending that she didn’t find Martin attractive. He was as attractive as he could be irritating. Marianna takes a deep breath. She says that she needs to keep on ignoring how attracted she is to Martin since she lives in his house. She adds that acting out on that attraction cannot be good for either of them especially because she is a train wreck. She also says that Martin is a nice person and she doesn’t want to complicate his life. She then remembers the time Martin kissed her when she mocked him and how good his kiss felt. Marianna throws a cushion against the wall. She says that for her own peace of mind, she should increase the amount of space between her and Martin. She adds that Martin hadn’t mentioned the almost kiss and she too should forget it.

Sometime later,
 At Montes De Alba Inc,
Adrianna comes in and apologizes to Martin for being late. She had asked him to meet up over lunch. He tells her that it’s not a problem. They are in one of the soundproof boardrooms. She says that she needs to tell him something very important. Martin asks her what it is. Adrianna says that while Antonio was helping Hernan and Gabriela with their father’s reveal, he found out a secret that concerns Marianna. Martin is curious. How could Marianna be connected to one of the families of the three people killed? Adrianna says that Antonio found out that Marianna was the daughter of one of them. Martin is shocked. Adrianna says that’s not even the shocking part. Martin asks her what else there is. Adrianna says that Marianna’s father’s name is Diego and he is Santiago Holguain’s son.

Martin is even more shocked and tells Adrianna that he doesn’t understand why Marianna knows nothing about her family and vice versa. Adrianna says that Marianna’s parents had a fling and her mother never told her father that she was pregnant. Adrianna continues and says that they never met again and Marianna’s mother was never the maternal type, and she abandoned her daughter. Martin adds that her she had a hard life growing up and her father whom she never met was murdered when she was five. Adrianna nods sadly, then says that’s pretty much the summary of it.

Elsewhere at Montes De Alba Inc,
Helena and Carlos are in his office. They are discussing the police interrogation. Helena says that there is a possibility the twins filed a charge against them. Carlos says that it is inconsequential. He says that all they have are suspicions and a death certificate. Helena asks him if he can’t see what all that means for them. She adds that is enough to create doubts and lead to an investigation. Carlos reminds her that it has been twenty-two years since Gabriel’s incident. He adds that they covered their tracks well and anything they may have missed has withered because of the time that has passed. Helena agrees with him but says that if compelling evidence is found the case might be reopened despite the statute having passed. Carlos takes a deep breath. He tells Helena to stop being paranoid. He adds that no compelling evidence will turn up.

Back at Montes De Alba Inc,
Adrianna asks Martin what he meant when he said when he said that when Marianna was five. Martin says that Marianna is twenty-seven and the accident happened twenty-two years ago. Adrianna says okay then says that Antonio would have taken charge of everything but his grandmother’s condition is delicate. Martin asks her who else knows. Adrianna says its just the twins and Antonio. She adds that she’d like him to tell Marianna and then she and Hernan will tell Santiago and the rest of the family. Martin asks her what about Gabriela. Adrianna says that between the children, work and supporting Antonio because of his grandmother’s condition, they will have to do this one without her. Martin agrees that’s the best option. He then asks her how soon he thinks that they should do it. Adrianna says that they shouldn’t postpone it any longer and they should do it as soon as they can.


Adrianna says that he kind of understands Marianna better now. Martin asks her how. Adrianna says that she suffered a lot of rejection as a child starting from her own mother and she was very vulnerable to lies from Isabella and company. She adds that maybe Marianna felt that finally she belonged somewhere and that she had found people who would love her and accept her. Martin says that its very likely. He adds that what is even worse is that Marianna made the same mistakes her mother made with her. Adrianna says that it won’t be all bad because Marianna is working very hard to be a better mother to her daughter than her own mother was to her. She adds that the two of them and hopefully Marianna’s family will help her with that and they can break that evil spirit of bad parenting.

Elsewhere at Montes De Alba Inc,
Aranza and Hernan are in the cafeteria having lunch. She asks him if Helena and Carlos will ever pay for their crimes. Hernan says that he hopes so, but because of the amount of time that has passed, it will be very hard. He adds that unless they find something compelling or Helena and Carlos commit another crime, there is very little they can do. Aranza then looks at Hernan and asks him if he thinks she will be like Helena as she grows older. Hernan looks at his sister a little horrified. He says that she is a good person while her mother has always been evil. He adds that thankfully she is more like their father than her mother. Aranza says that it’s a fear she started having as she started learning just how bad Helena is and how far she will go. Hernan puts an arm around Aranza and tells her that she is a good person.

Elsewhere at the hospital,
Claudia is still in a delicate condition. She slips in and out of consciousness. She is in a lot of pain. The door to her room opens and Antonio enters. He is dressed in the protective uniform. He wipes away some tears and walks towards her. He kisses her forehead and says that he loves her. He says that he will be by her side as much as possible until she recovers. Claudia wants to call out to Antonio but she doesn’t. She feels too weak and she is in so much pain. It was like her mouth wanted to move but couldn’t.

Elsewhere in the hospital,
Anna Patricia has just taken her father for his usual monthly checkups. Thankfully he was fine. He had suggested they eat first before stopping to check up on Antonio’s grandmother. Ramon looks at his daughter and asks her what is troubling her. Anna Patricia looks at her father then sighs. He knows her too well for her to lie to him. She says that she is worried about Martin. Ramon asks her what he has done. Anna Patricia says that she has never agreed with his decision to allow Marianna to live with him from the beginning. She says that Marianna is a train wreck she does not think is good for her son. She also says that adding an innocent child into whatever it is he is upto is only making things more complicated. Ramon says that Martin might do the same thing that he did with her mother.


Anna Patricia looks at her father alarmed. Ramon shrugs and says that they both know that Martin is very much like him. He says that he believes Martin when he says that he isn’t involved with Marianna but the longer they live together the more that is likely to change. Anna Patricia says that maybe Marianna isn’t a killer, but she committed a lot of other crimes and will likely face some jail time or something along that line and she doesn’t want her son to get caught up in that. She says that Martin does deserve to find love again, but with a nice girl. Ramon says if Marianna is who Martin ends up loving, there is nothing that they can do, because at the end of the day, Martin is an adult and he’s not crazy.

Meanwhile,
Gossip had spread like wildfire that police investigators had arrived to question Helena and Carlos at Montes De Alba Inc. The news had spread far beyond the company walls. Everyone was talking about it. Speculation was rife (and correctly too) that Helena and Carlos were being questioned over the accident that killed three people and almost killed Gabriel. The shareholders and the board of directors were concerned over the negative publicity the company was receiving and an emergency meeting was quickly arranged for the next Monday. It was decided on suggestion from Aranza that they should let the rest of the week flow so that they can monitor developments. There was a lot of reporters at the gate of Montes De Alba Inc waiting for a glimpse of Helena and Carlos as well as any word from either Hernan, Gabriela or Aranza. Gabriel meanwhile had gone with Gabriela to begin the legal process of getting back his legal identity. A DNA sample from Hernan had been taken prior to this day and had already been tested and found out to be positive.

Back with Anna Patricia and Ramon,
Anna Patricia says that Martin may be twenty-eight but he is still her son and she can’t stay quiet when he is walking into a hurricane like Marianna. Ramon says that it is interesting how she is turning into her mother. Anna Patricia asks her father what he is talking about. Ramon says that her mother has always questioned her decisions on her personal life and not trusted her enough when it came to how she raised Martin. He continues and says that it is the same thing she is doing with Martin. Anna Patricia smiles. What her father said is not far from the truth.

Later that night,
At Martin’s house,
Martin is in the kitchen. He runs a hand through his hair. How does he even begin telling Marianna the truth? How does he even start that conversation? Marianna comes into the kitchen. He asks her if Dianna is asleep. Marianna says that she is. He watches Marianna fill up the water bottle that she was holding with water from the dispenser. She turns to leave and he asks her if she was going to sleep. She turns to face him says that it’s too early and she will watch a movie on her phone or something. She then asks him if he needed something. Martin says that he wanted to talk to her. Marianna says its okay then adds that they should go to the sitting room. Martin follows her.

Elsewhere,
At Natalia and Damian Holguain’s house,
They are having a late dinner, and are engaged in a conversation when Santiago’s phone rings. He removes it from his pocket and is surprised to see who it is. He tells his son and daughter in law that it is Hernan. He then picks it up. Hernan apologizes for calling so late. Santiago says that it’s not a problem. Hernan says that he would like to meet the whole family. Santiago is surprised at this request. Why would Hernan Montes De Alba call him late at night and ask to meet with his whole family?  Santiago asks Hernan if something is wrong. Hernan says that everything is okay but he would rather talk in person.


He says that it is a matter that concerns his whole family. Santiago asks Hernan if Antonio is unwilling to continue to help him with his treatments and couldn’t tell him face to face. Hernan says that it has nothing to do with his health but more to do with late son. On hearing something about Diego, Santiago is even more intrigued. He tells Hernan that he is with his son and daughter in law and would like to talk to them first to agree on a date. Hernan says its okay. He then adds that he would rather not have Thiago present so as to shield the child. Santiago says he will talk with his granddaughter and see how Thiago can be kept away from the conversation.

Back at Martin’s house,
He is with Marianna in the sitting room. He is having trouble starting the conversation. She watches him curiously. Marianna tells Martin that she is surprised that he is having trouble telling her whatever he wanted to say to her. She adds that usually he has a lot to say to her, even if it is mostly making fun of her or insulting her. Martin stares at her then tells her to stop joking because what he has to tell her is very serious. Marianna rolls her eyes. Martin says that Antonio found out something about her when he was searching for the perfect candidate among the family members of the three men killed during the attempt to kill Gabriel. Marianna says that she doesn’t see how she is connected to the crime or any of the victims. Martin takes a deep breath and says she is connected because one of the three men killed was her father.

Marianna is shocked. She holds one hand to her chest. She has never been so shocked in her life. Martin says that isn’t the whole story. Marianna looks up at him and asks him to continue. Martin watches her with worry but says that her father Diego was the son of Santiago, the man they visited in hospital some time ago.
Marianna says that everything makes sense now. Martin asks her what she means. Marianna says that Renata fainted the first time she saw her because she resembled her (Renata’s) grandmother. She then adds it was because the lady, Delia was also her grandmother. Martin says that while doing his research Antonio saw Delia’s picture when she was in her thirties and was amazed by how much she looked like her (Marianna).

Back at Natalia and Dami├ín’s house,
Santiago has just told them everything Hernan said. Natalia says that it’s no secret that Antonio is quite intelligent and maybe he found out something related to their family when doing work for somebody. Damian says that it is likely. He adds that his brother died in the same accident where Gabriela’s father nearly died, and probably while looking over information related to the accident or preparing for Gabriel's reveal, something turned up. Santiago says that he would like them to meet with Hernan as soon as possible and clear up whatever issue it is. He adds that they need to agree on a date and venue.


Back at Martin’s house,
Marianna asks if (she pauses) her family knows about her. Martin says that Hernan and Adrianna are in the process of telling them that and they will do so in the course of the week. Marianna says that knowing how thorough and efficient Antonio is, he probably dug up information about her mother as well. Martin says that they do know that her mother eventually abandoned her when she was young. Marianna doesn’t say anything and Martin thinks that she will cry. She however wipes away a few tears.
She asks Martin if her father knew about her. Martin says that he didn’t. That was the last straw. Marianna stands up and turns to leave. In a split-second Martin is by her side. He holds one of her hands. She turns and looks at him. He can see the tears threatening to fall. He asks her how she is. Marianna starts to say that she is fine, but she stammers and the tears finally fall. Martin puts an arm around her and she lays her head on his chest. He doesn’t say anything but just comforts her.

Elsewhere,
At Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
Gabriela is in the kitchen having a glass of water, when her phone which is nearby rings. She goes to it and picks up. It is an unknown number. She frowns but decides to pick it up. It is Horacio. She sighs and asks him what he wants. He says that he is insulted that she forgot about him. Gabriela rolls her eyes. She then sighs in frustration. She tells Horacio that she has no time for his nonsense. She adds that she only wants to be free from him. Horacio says that he will never sign the divorce papers because he intends to keep his vows to her forever. Gabriela sighs and slams the phone down. Horacio was even crazier than she thought. Horacio says that Gabriela will always be his and his alone.

 Antonio comes into the kitchen and asks her who that was. Gabriela pauses then says it was Horacio. Antonio clenches one hand and moves closer to her. He asks her if Horacio has called her before. Gabriela says that he occasionally bothers her. Antonio asks her why she hasn’t told him yet. Gabriela says that Horacio is a pest and she doesn’t want to give him the attention because he doesn’t deserve it. Antonio sighs in frustration. Sometimes Gabriela can be so frustrating. Antonio says that he loves her and if she has a problem, he wants her to come to him and not bottle it up or face it alone. He adds that they both know that Horacio is crazy and it is his duty to protect her. Gabriela says that she knows that and she loves and appreciates him. She promises to tell him if Horacio bothers her again. Antonio kisses her and she kisses him back. They then go back to their room where they begin to make sweet passionate love.


Back at Martin’s house,
After some time, Marianna lifts up her head from Martin’s shoulder. She apologizes for breaking down. He says that it wasn’t a problem. He adds that what she just found out is pretty shocking. Marianna agrees that it was but adds that it wasn’t why she cried. Martin asks her why she cried. Marianna says that when he said that her father never knew she existed it broke her that her mother never told him that she was pregnant. Marianna adds that her mother didn’t love her and didn’t even bother to let her father or his family know of her. She adds it was like her hate for her was so great, she didn’t want anyone else to love her. Martin says that they have talked enough about her mother and they should let the topic go for now. Marianna says that she is afraid her father’s family will reject her. Martin says that they are nice people and either way she should relax about it. Marianna takes a deep breath and wipes off another fresh round of tears.

Martin comes closer and runs his hand down her face. Marianna looks up at him. Martin lets his hand slide down to her waist. Somewhere deep in them they know that they cannot be. However, at this moment it doesn’t matter. Nothing does. He leans in and kisses her and with an equal amount of passion, she kisses him back. Marianna wraps her arms around his shoulders. After a few minutes, Marianna pulls away. She looks at Martin for a second then without a word she quickly leaves. Martin doesn’t follow her. He runs a hand through his hair. He also needs to process what just happened.


Friday, 8 March 2019

Chapter 43






Elsewhere,
At Ramon and Clara’s house,
Anna Patricia is there with her mother. She is nervous about that day. Clara looks at her daughter and tells her to have faith in the children. She adds that they are smart and have gone through their plan as well as what to do if something goes wrong. Anna Patricia says that she is a little scared but she knows that things will be okay. Clara looks at her daughter again and asks her if it is Gabriel she is worried about. Anna Patricia tells her mother that she doesn’t understand her. Clara says that she knows that she is in love with Gabriel. Anna Patricia looks uncomfortable at the subject and denies having any feelings for Gabriel. Clara gives her an I don’t believe you look. She tells Anna Patricia that she has been on this earth for much longer than her and anyway she is her mother and she knows her quite well. Anna Patricia ignores her mother. Clara tells her that she knows that she is listening, even if she is pretending not to.

At Hernan and Adrianna’s house,
Delia has arrived. She takes a deep breath and knocks. Adrianna goes and opens the door. She welcomes her in. They walk together towards the sitting/dining room where Hernan is still there with his father talking. They stop when Adrianna comes in with Delia. After greetings Adrianna asks Delia if she wants anything before, she starts. Delia says that coffee will be fine. Adrianna says that she will get the coffee.

Back at Ramon and Clara’s house,
Anna Patricia tells her mother that a love with him would be very complicated. Clara asks her what complications those would be. Anna Patricia says that for one he is still married to Helena and they both know how crazy and evil the woman can be. Clara admits that Helena is evil but it has been nearly twenty-two years since Gabriel’s believed death. She adds that whatever marriage they had cannot be valid after over two decades of Gabriel’s supposed death. She further points out that Helena married Carlos. Anna Patricia says that all maybe true but as long as the Montes De Alba fortune is involved, Helena is capable of anything. She adds that the money is all Helena has ever cared about. Clara says that is true but she is strong. Anna Patricia says that after all the disappointments that have happened, she couldn’t handle more. Clara says that Gabriel is perfect for her and things will work themselves out for her this time. Anna Patricia frowns. She says that she is past waiting for or looking for love. Clara tells her to be patient.

Sometime later,
Back at Montes De Alba Inc,
The board room is starting to fill up, as one by one the company’s shareholders and board members start to come in. Gabriela, Aranza and Aurelio are among those who have arrived. Helena gives Gabriela a subtle side-eye. Gabriela ignores her. She tells herself that today is the beginning of the end for Helena and Carlos.



At the hospital,
Santiago is continuing to recover. After all the days that have passed, he hadn’t forgotten the visions he had of his late wife and son. One thing in particular stood out for him. He remembers his wife mentioning that their family will grow. He asks himself how that will happen. He adds that he still doesn’t understand what she meant.

Back at Montes De Alba Inc,
Everyone who has to be there is there except for Hernan, Adrianna and Antonio. Helena has already started the meeting. She looks at Aranza then at Gabriela. She says that since the most important order of business is to officially usher her (Gabriela) and her brother into the company they both have to be there. Gabriela says that Hernan is coming, as are Antonio and Adrianna. She says that they can continue and her brother will join them as they go along.

Elsewhere,
At Horacio’s house,
He is there with Isabella and Alejandro. They are discussing the twins regaining their legal identities. Horacio says that he won’t leave Gabriela alone and will ensure he gets a slice of her family fortune as her husband.


Shortly after,
Back at Montes De Alba Inc,
Helena asks Gabriela to remind her brother that the day was going to be a very busy one and that he needed to keep time. Gabriela looks at Helena. She then says that both she and Hernan know the importance of the day. She then assures the board that he is coming. Helena is about to begin her speech but then there is a knock on the door and Adrianna comes in. She apologizes for the lateness and enters followed by Antonio. They proceed to sit down. Hernan then enters. He apologizes for being late and says that it wasn’t for lack of consideration for people’s time but for a very good reason. He then turns and tells an unseen person that they can now come in. Gabriel comes in. He is finely dressed but has a wig with a hat on it. He also has dark glasses on. No one has recognized him yet. Helena looks at Gabriel and is immediately filled with dread. Who is he? Carlos looks at Hernan and asks him what that man (Gabriel) is doing there.



She adds that it is only people who have to be there that should be there. Hernan tells him that everyone who is there should be there. Hernan looks at his sister and pauses. It is time. Helena asks herself what the twins are up to. Hernan tells his father to introduce himself. Everyone not in the know watches curiously as Gabriel peels of each layer that hides his identity. There are murmurs as the board, Helena and Carlos whisper among themselves. Helena watches her daughter smile and asks herself what she did. When Gabriel is done, there is pin drop silence in the office. Helena’s face is deathly pale. It may have been nearly twenty-two years, but she would recognize Gabriel Montes De Alba’s face anywhere. He was older and tired, but it was still him. He had that same wry mischievous smile that he passed on to all his three children. Gabriel looks at Helena then at Carlos. He asks them if they have anything to say to him.

At Martin’s house,
Marianna is alone as Dianna has gone to school. She hears a knock on the door and goes towards it. She asks who it is and the other person replies. It is Clara. Marianna sighs inwardly. She says to herself that she knows that Clara is there to grill her about Martin. She adds that she doesn’t need anyone else assuming she and Martin are in a relationship. Clara knocks again and tells her that she is still waiting. Marianna takes a deep breath and opens the door. She greets Clara and she enters. Clara stares at her and tells her to relax. She says she won’t eat her. Marianna smiles. Marianna asks her what she would like to have. Clara says that she would like juice or water. Marianna tells her to wait in the sitting room and she will be there very soon. Clara goes into the sitting room and waits.

Back at Montes De Alba Inc,
Gabriel and Hernan go and sit down. Carlos and Helena are still shocked. Gabriel is alive. How did the children pull of keeping something this big from everyone? Gabriel says that he knows that they (Helena, Carlos, shareholders, the board) have a lot of questions but they aren’t in the right place, nor is it the right time to answer them. He adds that what is important is that he witnesses his children regaining their places. He then looks at Carlos and Helena again. The documents that the twins are to sign are brought. Hernan and Gabriela look at each other. This is it. The time they had been patiently waiting for, for years was here. Hernan lets his sister sign first. She is surprised. It is so unlike her brother to not want to be the first one to do things. He smiles at her and she signs.

Shortly after,
Back at Martin’s house,
Clara and Marianna are in Martin’s sitting room. Clara asks Marianna if she and her daughter are okay. Marianna says that they are fine. Clara sips her juice asks her how well she is getting along with Martin. Marianna says that Martin is a good person and despite all her mistakes, he has treated her well and is willing to help her get a second chance at life. Clara smiles and says that her grandson is a good person with a generous heart. Marianna agrees. Clara says that she has some concerns about her living there. Marianna assures Clara that she is working hard to be a better person, mostly for her daughter. She adds that she knows that she has hurt a lot of people and she is sorry for it and she isn’t going to scheme against Martin. Clara says that she believes her. She tells Marianna that she can sense that she is genuine. Marianna asks her what the problem is then.



Clara says that she thinks that she and Martin are setting themselves up for a very complicated situation. Marianna asks Clara what she means. Clara says that they are both young and single and despite everything an attraction could happen. Marianna looks at Clara a little shocked. The woman is very bold. Marianna insists that there is nothing going on between her and Martin. She adds that he has never tried to show any interest in her or make a pass her. She continues and says that she isn’t interested in him either. Clara shrugs and says that doesn’t mean anything and the longer she stays with Martin, the more it is likely to change. Marianna says that she hadn’t planned to stay more than a week or two. She adds that she only wanted to stay as she recovered but then Dianna came over and Martin suggested that she continue staying there because it was a better environment for them than her house because of Alejandro. Clara asks Marianna whether she and Martin agreed on the amount of time she should stay with him.

Elsewhere,
At Montes De Alba Inc,
Helena suggests that they postpone the rest of the day's agenda, because of the unexpected turn of events (Gabriel’s return). There are murmurs in the boardroom. Gabriel says that its not necessary to postpone any of what they had planned to do. He says that they should continue and he will sit in and listen.

Back at Martin's house,
Marianna admits that they haven't discussed how long she should stay. She also admits that she feels that Martin's house is a better place for her to stay and grow closer to her daughter. Clara says that it is, but the truth is that they don't know how long it will be before Alejandro and the others are caught and things are likely to get complicated in so many ways. She adds that for instance Martin and Dianna are getting attached to each other. Marianna agrees that Martin has been fantastic with Dianna and she loves him too.

Clara points out that they (Martin and Dianna) will both be affected if Dianna ends up elsewhere. Marianna ponders this. She then looks at Clara and asks her what she thinks she should do. Clara says that she should have a serious discussion with Martin and Adrianna about a more permanent and stable condition for Dianna. She adds that it has been a confusing time for the child and what she needs is stability. Marianna says that Martin seems much happier with Dianna around, like that part of him that died when Emma and his child were killed is slowly coming to life again. Clara smiles. She says that he treats her like the child he could have had. Marianna is filled with guilt. She has already done a lot of damage to Dianna’s life. What should she do?



Meanwhile,
Sometime later,
At Montes De Alba Inc,
The meeting had long ended and people had gone back to work. Carlos and Helena had retreated to Carlos' office. They were discussing what to do about Gabriel. Carlos says that they got rid of Gabriel once and they will do it again. Helena glares at him. Carlos asks her if her concerns are because she is still in love with Gabriel. Helena tells Carlos to stop being ridiculous. She says that just like him she is concerned about their future at the company. She then says that if anything happens to Gabriel now, it will be fishy and it will work against them. She says that they need to be careful with what they do next and think things through. Carlos says that the more time that they take to do something, the more the twins and their father will grow their influence in the company.

Meanwhile,
Word had got out that Gabriel Montes De Alba was alive. The company was a buzz with this shocking news. The news has spread far and wide. It was all everyone was talking about. Antonio and Gabriela had taken her father to their house. They had decided to all go back to their houses. It had been a long and draining morning.

At Hernan and Adrianna's house,
Hernan is sitting on the chair busy lost in his thoughts. Adrianna comes in and asks him what he is thinking about. He says that he was thinking about Helena and Carlos. He says that knowing the two of them, they won't let any of what happened that day, go down without a fight. Adrianna agrees. She says that they are probably planning something right then. Hernan says that he was always afraid of this part reaching because there was virtually no proof against Helena and Carlos and so getting them out of the company will be so difficult. He adds that also many years have passed and the case cannot be investigated. Adrianna says that they need to have faith. She says that Helena and Carlos' crimes won't go unpunished. Hernan says he hopes, so, but after so may years, he is sure, that the evidence has been lost or damaged and they have an uphill task.

At Claudia and Juan Patricio's house,
Claudia goes into her husband's study to get a book she had left behind. She looks through the shelf and finds it. On her way out as she looks around and sees that the desk is untidy. She goes towards it to tidy it up. Most of the papers aren't that interesting, just old business letters and bills. She starts to arrange them and sees a letter in a red envelope. Claudia becomes very curious. For one it is a very bright red colour, and no other envelope or anything else comes close in color. She drops the other things she was holding neatly in a pile. She takes the red envelope and turns it over and over as she mulls over whether to open it or not. Claudia then picks up her book, folds the red envelope and puts it in. She then starts to leave. Before she reaches the door, it is opened and Juan Patricio comes in.


Elsewhere,
At Antonio and Gabriela's house,
She is there with her father and sister. They are in the dining room. Aranza looks at her father. She asks him if he will come back to his position as the head of the company. Gabriela says of course he will because the company is his. Gabriel looks at both of his daughters and says that he will but not as the head. Gabriela looks at her father and asks him what he means. Gabriel says that he is old and for the sake of his health he feels it is best if he steps back from taking on any of his former responsibilities. He says he will always be involved in the company but not with nitty gritties and with the day to day running of the company.

Gabriela is shocked. She tells her father that it might take time but eventually Helena and Carlos will be exposed and removed from the company and the company will need stability and leadership. Aranza sulks at her sister. She says that their father's health is more important than the company. Gabriela says that of course she also cares about her father's health. Aranza says that right now it seems like the company is more important. She adds that its not the right moment to discuss such weighty matters. Gabriela glares at her and says that she is concerned about both and they need to start planning for the succession before Helena and Carlos fall or else the company might suffer. Gabriela and Aranza then begin arguing before their father tells them both to stop it. He looks at Gabriela and says that she should know better because she is older. She glares at her sister but says nothing.

Back at Juan Patricio and Claudia's house,
He asks her what she was doing in his office. Claudia says that she had left one of her books inside and had gone for it. Juan Patricio says that he doesn't like anyone going into his office. Claudia says that she doesn't see what the problem is because it isn't the first time she has been to his office. Juan Patricio says that the office is a bit disorganized at the moment and something important could get lost. Claudia says that she just picked up her book and she left. Juan Patricio throws up his arms and goes towards his study. Claudia says to herself that she doesn’t understand him. She then goes on towards their bedroom.



Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
There is a knock on the door and Aranza goes to open it. It is Anna Patricia. She hugs Gabriela and they walk towards the dining room where Gabriel and Aranza are. Anna Patricia greets them both. Gabriela remembers something and asks Anna Patricia where her grandmother is, because they were to come together. Anna Patricia sighs. She says that her mother, wouldn’t say where she was going. She adds that the only thing her mother said was that she had a few errands to run. Gabriela says that she went to interrogate Marianna. Anna Patricia says that knowing her mother she wouldn’t be surprised. Gabriela then tells Aranza to help her arrange something for the boys. Aranza gets the idea. They need to leave their father and Anna Patricia alone because they have a lot to talk about. She follows Gabriela.

Back at Juan Patricio and Claudia’s house,
Claudia is in her room. She opens up the book and removes the red envelope. She mulls it over then decides to open it. She is shocked. In her hands are copies of the autopsy reports of Adrianna’s parents, Adrian Alvarez and Paulina Garcia Alvarez, as well as a report on the inspection done on their car after the accident and their death certificates.  What would her husband be doing with these documents? How is that any of his business? She then goes back to what they have just found out- Gabriel Montes De Alba is alive. She says to herself that Gabriel’s death certificate was either fake or there was a mix up of bodies at the morgue. She asks herself what Adrianna’s parents have to do with any of that. She then turns both reports over. There is nothing written on them. She then looks the envelope over again. There isn’t anything written on it. She takes out a phone and takes pictures of all the documents. After that, she returns the reports into the envelope and seals it again.



 She then goes to her closet and hides it in one of her very many handbags. She sighs and asks herself if any of the documents are genuine. Just then there is a knock on the door. Claudia knows that it is her husband. She sighs. She asks herself if he has noticed that the red envelope is missing. She then empties the contents of her handbag on the bed and goes to open the door. He comes in and looks around. He asks her why she locked the door. Claudia says that she wanted to go through her handbag and sort it out. Juan Patricio asks himself if she has found the red envelope. He says that he cannot ask about it, without it raising questions as to why he has the documents. He says that if she tells Antonio, him, Helena and Carlos are as good as dead, because Antonio will find out the truth, no matter how long it takes.

Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
Anna Patricia asks Gabriel how he feels after finally revealing himself to the world. Gabriel says that it is a relief to no longer have to hide. He adds that he cannot wait to spend time with his children and grandchildren publicly and without any worries. He also adds that most importantly he cannot wait to get on with his life. Anna Patricia says that she is happy for him, because after how much he has suffered, he deserves to be happy. She says that he is going to be there for his grandchildren for a very long time. Gabriel says that as much as he loves his children and grandchildren, his happiness will be incomplete without her. Anna Patricia fidgets nervously and says that now isn’t the time to talk about such things. Gabriel says that it is the perfect time. He says that they have known each other for years and as much as he was sick for part of that time, he knows that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her no matter how long that will be. Anna Patricia remembers Carlos threats that if she ever started a relationship with Gabriel, he would hurt him (Gabriel). Anna Patricia knows that despite all the time that has passed, Carlos is still obsessed with her.




She knows that for someone like him who isn’t used to being rejected by women, his ego took a huge hit when she said no. She says that she can’t risk him doing anything to Gabriel and deny him an opportunity to get his life back especially to continue spending time with his children and grandchildren. Gabriel gently taps her shoulder. Anna Patricia’s mind comes back to the present. He asks her to tell him what her fears are. Anna Patricia knows that she cannot let the fear of what Carlos might do, dictate how she lives her life forever. She says to herself that now that everything is out in the open and Carlos and Helena will fall sooner or later, she needs to finally break the hold he has on her life. Anna Patricia says that some time back Carlos had threatened her that if she ever had anything to do with him (Gabriel) he (Carlos) would make him pay.

Meanwhile,
Juan Patricio is back in his study. He looks around, but he cannot find the red envelope. He runs his hand through his hair. He asks out loud if Claudia could have seen it. He knows that he has to find that envelope as soon as possible.


Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
Gabriel folds his hands. He asks her if Carlos had continued harassing her past the time, he had heard about it, when his twins were talking about how her parents had learnt about it. Anna Patricia sighs then says that he largely kept away but he would from time to time bother her and kept making unwanted advances. Gabriel stands and paces around. Anna Patricia says that she can now clearly see where Gabriela and Aranza get their strong personalities and tempers from. Gabriel then tells her that she shouldn’t worry and that he will be there for her, as will the rest of their family. He adds that he will personally beat up Carlos if he even as much as looks at her. Anna Patricia tells Gabriel that Carlos is a pest and that they shouldn’t pay too much attention to him. Gabriel tells her that Carlos is more than crazy, he is dangerous and a psychopath who is obsessed with her. Gabriel holds her hands and tells her that they should do what is best for her. He lifts up one of his hands and touches one of her cheeks.

Hours later,
At Martin’s house,
He has arrived back home. He enters, locks the door and enters. He can hear noises, coming from the dining room and can tell that Marianna and Dianna are in there. He goes into the dining room. When she sees him, Dianna runs towards him screaming uncle Martin and hugs him. Marianna watches them both and smiles. It never ceases to amaze her how close they have become in such a short time. She remembers what Clara told her about Martin and Dianna. She is however brought back from her thoughts by Dianna shouting mummy. Marianna looks at her daughter. She reminds her that she hasn’t greeted Martin (or uncle Martin) as she calls him. Marianna greets Martin then tells Dianna that he is tired and she should let him rest. Martin tells Marianna that its okay. He then puts Dianna down. He tells them that he will be back in a few minutes. He turns and goes towards his room.



Meanwhile,
At Horacio’s house,
He is there with Isabella and Alejandro. They are discussing the unforeseen revelation that the twins’ father is alive. Isabella says that shouldn’t be too relevant to them because they can still carry out their plans regardless of him being alive. Alejandro says that they have to make sure the twins, Adrianna, Antonio, Marianna and Martin all pay. He adds that they have to make sure that they are never happy at all. Isabella says to herself that if Antonio won’t be hers, he won’t be anyone else’s. She adds that she won’t let that silly girl (Gabriela) have him.

Back at Martin’s house,
Martin comes back to the dining room, from his bedroom. He is carrying his phone in one hand and a white paper bag in the other. He finds that Marianna has placed a glass of juice and two muffins for him to have. Martin is surprised. He is sure that he didn’t buy them. He however sips the juice. He asks Marianna if she bought them. Marianna says that she didn’t. Dianna calls Martin and says that her grandmother also bought for her coloring books. Martin takes a bite into one of the muffins. He is very sure it wasn’t his mother who was here. He looks at Marianna and asks her if his grandmother was there. Marianna stays quiet for a few seconds then says that it was her. Before Martin can say anything else, Dianna asks him what is in the white bag. He smiles at her and tells her to close her eyes.


Dianna closes her eyes. He tells her no peaking. Dianna says that she isn’t peaking. Martin removes a bar of milk chocolate and tells Dianna to open her eyes. She does and smiles when she sees the chocolate. She moves to grab it but Marianna tells her to wait first. Dianna looks at her mother and scowls. Marianna says that if she wants something, she has to ask nicely. Dianna asks Martin to please give her some chocolate. He gives her a bar and she thanks him. He hands Marianna a bar and opens one himself. Dianna asks Martin if he will color with her. Marianna says that Martin is busy and that might not always be possible. Martin says that they can start the next day. The smile on Dianna’s face is infectious.

Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
There is a knock on the door. Gabriela opens it. It is her brother, Hernan. He asks her where their father and Aranza were. Gabriela says that their father went to the park with Anna Patricia and Aranza had some pending work at the office she wanted to finish. He asks her if Antonio is around. Gabriela says that he had some errands to run. She says that she is with the boys. Just then Ricardo and Hannibal come running into the room and both hug Hernan. He walks with his sister and the boys towards the dining room. Once there, Gabriela asks her brother what he wants. Hernan says that he will have some juice. There were already two packets of juice on the table because Gabriela was giving the boys their evening snack. She says that she is going to get glasses from the kitchen.


Back at Martin’s house,
Marianna is in the kitchen, lost in her own thoughts when Martin comes and gently taps her on her shoulder. She glares at him and tells him to stop doing that. She then asks him what Dianna is doing. He says that she is watching cartoons. Marianna starts to walk off but Martin holds her arm. She looks at him then tells him to excuse her because she wants to go to her daughter. Martin says that he wants to talk to her. Marianna glares at him but says that she is listening. He asks her what she talked about with his grandmother. Marianna tells him that whether he believes her or not, she didn’t argue with his grandmother and they got along well. Martin says that he believes her. She asks him why then he wants to talk about his grandmother’s visit. Martin says that he knows his grandmother very well and she is very nosy. Marianna tries to get away from Martin but in the process, they get more entangled.

They stare at each other for several seconds before Martin increases the distance between them. Marianna tries to move away again but Martin stops her. He asks her why she won’t tell him what she talked about with his grandmother. Marianna says that his grandmother thinks that they are in a relationship or it will happen. Martin smiles. He says he can imagine how bluntly she put it. Marianna agrees that Clara was blunt then says what stood out most was when his grandmother said that him, Adrianna and her (Marianna) need to seriously discuss about Dianna because after everything that has happened, the child needs some stability. Martin says that his grandmother does have a point there. He tells Marianna to relax. He adds that the one thing, they can both agree on now, is that they love Dianna. He further adds, that with time, they will figure out a more permanent arrangement. He places one of his hands over hers. Marianna looks at him, then at his hands. She stands up gives him one last look before leaving the room. He doesn’t follow her. Martin sighs.


Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
Gabriela is with Hernan in the dining room. The boys are watching cartoon. Hernan is looking at his sister. He can see that her mind is elsewhere. He tells her to relax and not worry too much. He adds that their father will be fine. Gabriela says she’s not to worried about their father because he is strong and has overcome a lot of health issues and he is still himself. Hernan asks Gabriela what then she was thinking about. Gabriela looks at her brother and tells him not too mind her. She sips a glass of juice and looks aside. Hernan narrows his eyes at his sister then smiles. He says that even as a child she would do the same things. Gabriela asks him what he means. Hernan says that it has always been easy for him to read her because she would either mumble or fidget when nervous. He then asks her what she is upto. Gabriela glares at her brother and says that she has no idea what he means. Hernan gives her an I don’t believe you look. Gabriela sighs then says that she will tell him.

Elsewhere,
Claudia is at the back of her car as the driver is taking her to Antonio’s house. Her mind is preoccupied with one main thing. She asks herself if the report on the condition of the car was falsified or not. She says that no matter how much she tries to think about it, she can’t find any reason why her husband would need to have the autopsy reports of Adrianna’s parents or the report on the state of the car. They are driving along a fairly deserted hillside road. Unknown to them a car had been following them. The driver of that car, overtakes another one and moves right behind Claudia’s car as they turn along a corner. The person who had been overtaken, stops for a second to adjust something in their car. Meanwhile the attacker boxes Claudia’s driver into a corner. She is deathly afraid and holds her hands to her chest. To avoid crashing into the attackers Claudia’s driver swerves and they roll over into the nearby thicket. Oil from the engine drips out after the impact as smoke is seen. The attackers flee as quickly as they came.

Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house,
Hernan looks at his sister shocked. He can’t believe that Marianna is a Holguain. He asks her when she and Antonio will tell her and her family. Gabriela says that she had agreed with Antonio that they would do it as soon as possible after they were done with their (Hernan and Gabriela’s) father’s big reveal. Hernan says it is shocking how the tragedy of their father’s accident caught up so many people. Gabriela agrees then tells her brother to promise to not tell anyone else because Marianna and her family should know first. Hernan agrees. He says that he knows that Mr. Santiago will be happy and that Marianna will need that support and stability especially with taking care of her daughter. Gabriela agrees. She adds that Thiago will be happy to have a cousin, even if she is much younger. 


Back with Claudia,
It is two hours later, and Claudia and the driver have been removed from the accident scene. Luckily for them it was just in time because the car burst into flames soon after. There are some police and firefighters on the scene. Meanwhile, at the hospital, they are both in a serious condition and are fighting for their lives.

Two days pass and Saturday dawns bright and early,
Antonio has just woken up when his grandfather calls him. He is surprised to see the call. He however picks it. He is even more surprised when his grandfather asks him if he has any idea where his grandmother is. Whatever sleep he had evaporated. He asks his grandfather what he means. Juan Patricio tells Antonio that his grandmother never came home the previous day. Antonio is very shocked. He asks his grandfather why he is telling him now. Juan Patricio says that he assumed that she was with friends or something. Antonio now beginning to get angry says that they both know his grandmother does not just decide to stay with friends unless it is something she planned in advance. The conversation wakes up Gabriela and she turns and stares at Antonio. He asks his grandfather if he has tried calling her at all. Juan Patricio says of course he has. He tells Antonio to relax and adds that he is just as stressed as he (Antonio) is but they have to be calm so that they can deal with this issue. Antonio runs his hand through his hair. Why does he keep on having problem after problem?

Elsewhere, at Martin's house,
He is lying in his bed awake. He is thinking about what Marianna told him about what his grandmother said. He says that Dianna is a very special child and she is slowly weaving her way into his heart. He says that she is helping to heal that part of him that nearly died when Emma and his child were killed. He says that she makes him want to protect her and make sure she is comfortable.

Back at Antonio and Gabriela’s house
Gabriela asks Antonio what is going on. He doesn’t say anything but continues pacing around the room. Gabriela again asks him. He takes a deep breath and tells her that his grandmother seemed to be missing. Gabriela is shocked. Antonio says that his grandfather was calling to say that his grandmother didn’t go back home yesterday. Gabriela knows that despite everything Antonio loves his grandmother very much. Antonio says that his grandmother is too prim and proper to disappear without saying anything so he is sure that something has happened. Gabriela puts an arm on his shoulder. She asks him what they should do. Antonio says that they need to go to his grandparent’s house and get more information before they decide what they can do. He then goes to the dressing table and picks up his phone. He begins dialing a number.



Meanwhile at Aurelio and Aranza’s house,
Aranza is making breakfast when she sees Antonio’s call. She picks it up and greets him. He replies but she quickly notices the distress in his voice. Aranza gets worried and asks him what’s going on. Antonio tells her that his grandmother didn’t return to her house yesterday. Aranza is surprised. She asks him how she can help him. Antonio says that he would like her and Aurelio to come and stay with the boys as he and Gabriela go to his grandparent’s house to find out more details. Aranza agrees. She tells him not to worry. Antonio asks her if it will be too much of a bother. Aranza says that it won’t be a problem. She says that they are family and that’s what she is there for.

Elsewhere
At Hernan and Adrianna’s house,
Hernan is sitting with his father, Adrianna and daughter, Gisela Paulina. They are having breakfast. Hernan asks his father what he thinks they should do, now that everything is out. Gabriel says that his recovery is a long process and it might take some more time before he recovers. He says that he needs to see some of the things from his past, like their family house, and items from his (Hernan) and his sister’s childhood as well. Adrianna says that’s a good idea and it will help him adjust better as he tries to regain his life. Gabriel then says that after everything that has happened to him, he has realized that life is too short, and it should be lived to full the fullest. Hernan asks his father what he is talking about. Gabriel says that he will marry Anna Patricia. Hernan tells his father that it is a good idea but that he should take his time. He also tells his father that he has just been released from hospital after a very long admission and he should take things easy.

Gabriel looks at his son like he is crazy. He tells him that he (Hernan) is young and can afford to play games while he (Gabriel) is too old to play games and go around in circles. Hernan looks at his father and smiles. Adrianna smiles as well. Her father in law is Hilarious. She says to herself that what Gabriel is saying sounds like something Aranza would say. She adds (still to herself) that of all her siblings Aranza is the one most like her father. Gisela Paulina calls her grandfather. Gabriel looks at his granddaughter and smiles at her. He asks her what his princess wants.

Back at Aurelio and Aranza’s house,
Aranza has finished making breakfast and is quietly eating. She is still thinking about what Antonio said about his grandmother. Aurelio comes and finds her deep in thought. He asks her what’s wrong. He then sits down and serves himself some juice and eggs. Aranza tells him that it seems like Antonio’s grandmother is missing. She adds that she didn’t go to her house yesterday and Antonio’s grandfather called him earlier in the morning to tell him. Aurelio takes a sip of his juice and then asks Aranza how they can help. Aranza says that Antonio would like them to go and stay with the kids as he and Gabriela go to visit his grandfather and find out more. Aurelio says that its not a problem and that they should leave as soon as possible. He says that something could have happened, because Antonio’s grandmother is too prim, to disappear for some days, without notice. Aranza agrees.


Back at Martin’s house,
Martin is in the dining room, coloring with Dianna. She then stops and asks him if he will send her back. Martin ask her what she means. Dianna says that she doesn’t want to go back to her father’s house because he isn’t a good person. Martin looks at Dianna shocked. For someone so young, Dianna is very intelligent. Martin asks her why she thinks her father isn’t a good person. Dianna says that he used to make her mommy Adrianna very sad and mistreat her. Martin asks her what else he did. Dianna says that he calls her mother all the time to disturb her. Martin is shocked. Alejandro calls Marianna? Why doesn’t she tell him? Martin then looks at Dianna.

He tells her that no one will ever take her to her father again. Dianna smiles, and looks very much like her mother. She then says that her mommy Adrianna and uncle Hernan treat her well but they have Gisela and she doesn’t want him to be lonely. Martin smiles and rubs her head. Dianna says that since he doesn’t have a child, she can be his daughter. Just then Marianna, comes into the dining. When she sees her mother, Marianna takes one of the pictures she was coloring and runs over to her. She then shows her the picture. Marianna kisses her daughter’s forehead and says that it’s beautiful.

Back at Hernan and Adrianna’s house,
Gisela Paulina tells her grandfather that she wants to be the flower girl. Gabriel asks her what she means. Gisela Paulina gets off her chair and folds her hands. She then looks at her grandfather and while calling him grandfather, reminds him that he said he was getting married. Hernan looks at his daughter sternly and tells her not to ask her grandfather so many questions. Gabriel waves his son away. He tells Gisela Paulina that she will be the flower girl and that she and her cousin will hold the rings. Gisela smiles and goes to hug her grandfather. 

Just then Gabriela calls Hernan. He knows his sister too well and can sense from her voice that something is wrong. He asks her if she, Antonio and the boys are fine. Gabriela says that they are. Hernan sighs. He tells his sister that if she doesn't tell him the truth he is coming with their father immediately to see if there is a problem. Gabriela rolls her eyes. She says to herself that her brother is annoying and a bully. She however tells him that Antonio's grandmother seems to be missing.



Hernan is shocked. Gabriela is in the boys room. She has washed them both and she is dressing them. Hernan asks Gabriela what they are planning to do. She says that Aranza and Aurelio are coming over and she and Antonio will leave soon after. Hernan asks her why she called Aranza first, when he is much more responsible than their little sister. Gabriela sighs. She says that it wasn’t her who called Aranza and anyway that isn’t important. Hernan says it is. He says that it feels like she trusts Aranza more. Gabriel sighs and goes and stands near his son. He tells him to give him the phone to talk to his (Hernan’s) sister.  Hernan tells Gabriela that they will talk. He then adds that their father wants to talk to her.

Elsewhere at the hospital,
Claudia and the driver are still in a delicate condition. Someone is going through her things to get some Identification. They find her passport. They hold their hand to their mouth, when they see who it is. Meanwhile, she is still in surgery. It is a very delicate surgery. She has lost a lot of blood.