“I don’t know what to think,”
John rubbed his temple, more than a little agitated at
this point. He was still in his dress clothes from the
gala, but in his frustration the dark tie had been
roughly loosened and now hung limply from his hunched
frame. He had just conducted an update meeting with Bo
and Antonio; it was about the Santi mess, mostly about
New surveillance had surfaced and the officers on his
tail had reported numerous meeting with members of
Kevin Buchanan’s campaign as well as some of the
gangsters in training that presided over Llanview’s
“What’s he bothering with all these small time guys
for?” Antonio stared at the reports, clearly
“I mean Tico is big money, what he needs these guys
for?” he picked a file for a local drug dealer before
tossing it back onto John’s desk.
“He’s covering his ground, “John said without looking
“If your hunch is right, your brother wants to assume
his position as fast as he can. The new boss always
wants to make his presence known. He wants to let
those other lowlife’s know he’s moving into their
John’s words sunk in as Antonio paced up and down the
office, but there was a feeling he just couldn’t
shake. Since he had rejoined the force, Antonio had
pledged to take his brother down no matter the cost.
Now that everything was out in the open, the two
brothers knew what the other was; there were no more
masks to hide behind. Tico would always be his
father’s son, a power-hungry, cold-hearted mega mogul
who would never be satisfied till he had erased all
competition in the form of his enemies, with his
brother Antonio being first on the list. Antonio on
the other would always be Manuel Santi Jr. But that
was it, just a name, he was not and would never be the
man his father was, he was a cop, it was all he knew,
and family or not Tico had to stopped.
Antonio had been going on about how the whole
operation seemed to be going way to smoothly. From
tailing Tico to finding information on his various
operations, it was all too easy, it just wasn’t right.
He didn’t realize till he looked up that his friend
was preoccupied elsewhere, he watched as John McBain
stared aimlessly out the window.
“She’ll be fine,” he said suddenly
John looked up a little surprised, was it that
“I’m not so sure anymore”, he stood up, hands on hips.
“Why did something happen with RJ?”
John shook his head, unsure.
“I don’t know, I-I saw her tonight-Evangeline, after
the party. She just seemed… different, she didn’t say
very much, but something in her body language.
Something happened tonight.”
“C’mon John,” Antonio tried to play if off to ease the
“You know she would tell you if something was wrong.”
When John turned around it was evident just how
concerned he really was. John was scared, and McBain
didn’t scare easily. He tried to think of something
encouraging to say, but they both knew, with the
current state of affairs, it was a dangerous place to
be. He had enough run-ins to know that whichever way
you looked at it, RJ Gannon was bad news. But they
also knew Evangeline was stubborn and that she would
have done this no matter what.
“Hey, look, we’ve done all we can tonight, maybe we
should call it a night. Go see Evangeline, find out
what ‘s up?”
John merely nodded; he had been thinking that all
night. But the way she had looked when he had left,
she had never looked at him like that before…
He moved to get his jacket and was about to say
something in reply when there was suddenly a loud
rapping at his office door. But before he could
answer, a tall officer filled the doorway, his eyes
moving from John to Antonio, and back to John.
“Lieutenant…” he was out of breath.
“What happened!” he yelled before officer Johnson
could get out another word.
John was staring over his shoulder; panic struck him
as he realized the officer was alone.
“She-she tried to call you, sir,” Antonio had joined
“Where the hell is Evangeline!” his voice roared as
the officer tried to explain.
“At Capricorn, sir.” John started to walk past him.
“I told you to stick with her and to not leave the
apartment!! What the hell were you thinking?”
“She-she was worried sir; she thought something might
be up at the club.”
But John wasn’t listening as he stormed through the
station with Antonio and Officer Johnson hot on his
“What do you mean, up?” Antonio stared strangely at
“I dunno,” he shrugged seemingly scared, “something
about RJ Gannon and you brother.”
“My what?” Antonio spat, John had stopped in his
tracks, before turning round to stare Johnson squarely
in the eye.
Johnson stared from one man to another as he
involuntarily backed away into the corner.
“What brother…” John’s eyed darkened as he braced for
the answer, knowing fully well, it could only be one
Your bother,” he said finally “Augustico Santi.
“Get rid of them, whoever they are.” Tico had hissed
the words before he had retreated to the back office,
taking his goons with him.
RJ had breathed a sigh of relief grateful for whoever
had put a stop to this uncomfortable situation. He
said a silent prayer before he saw the two women walk
“What are you doing here, “he stared at Sonia before
he eyes settled on Evangeline Williamson.
Evangeline looked away from his intent stare watching
as Sonia looked at Capricorn for any sign of danger.
Her eyes immediately shifted to the small handgun that
Sonia sported before scanning the room.
“You’re here alone,” she said it with a sense of
uneasiness; RJ just stared at her, still not believing
she had really come, he seemed mesmerized by her
“She was worried about you,” Sonia nodded her head in
Evangeline’s direction, seemingly snapping RJ out of
“My brother isn’t…here, but any chance is he?” she
watched his reaction closely, but he masked his
“Worried, your brother?” he laughed heartily. “Now
what in the world would I be doing with your brother?”
“I don’t know,”
But even as she spoke Sonia had a hunch, suddenly she
was making her way to the back office. RJ looked on as
she swung the door open before stepping inside. RJ
tensed as he waited for the imminent explosion to take
place, but it never happened. He suddenly watched in
disbelief as Sonia walked back onto into the club
area, tucking her gun in the back of her slacks as she
“See,” he chimed suddenly, his eyes returning to
Evangeline who seemed uncomfortable to say the least.
“I thought I heard-“she began. “I could have sworn…”
RJ took that cue to move towards her, maybe she
didn’t’ hate him after all; she had cared enough to
come all the way down here.
“Don’t come any closer, “she said suddenly, backing
into the wall.
“I just came out of concern; I thought I heard…this
doesn’t change anything RJ.”
He noticed how she looked so amazingly vulnerable, she
was clutching her jacket at the collar, her eyes cold
as she backed away. RJ knew he had messed up big time,
but he couldn’t let things end like this. He needed
her to believe in the RJ he had been when they were
together, she had hurt him and he had wanted to hurt
her. But not this much, and certainly not like this.
“C’mon Evangeline what say we-“he stepped in closer
“Don’t touch me!” she yelled suddenly. Her eyes wide,
and frightened, her voice angry and yes…frightened.
“Hey, man, maybe this isn’t such a good idea.”
Sonia’s words floated in one ear and out the other. RJ
just stared at the woman in front of him. Something
had changed in her, she seemed so cold.
“I said don’t TOUCH me,” she tried to shrink away but
there was nowhere to go.
But RJ was determined as he moved towards her.
“Maybe you didn’t hear her,”
In an instant Evangeline was blocked from RJ’s view
by the Chief of detectives.
“Oh, great,” Sonia watched as Antonio trailed in after
John McBain. Antonio eyed her suspiciously before he
settled on the two men going head to head.
Gannon looked genuinely surprised and McBain looked
ready to kill.
“You touch her and I’ll kill you.” John said quietly
just loud enough for RJ to hear. His voice betrayed
his intentions and RJ could see McBain was out for
“John…” from behind him Evangeline whispered into his
He turned to look at her, she seemed so frightened,
and Evangeline was the toughest woman he knew. Her
eyes pleaded with him, and suddenly all he wanted to
take her home and protect her from all…THIS.
“You’re trespassing,” RJ piped up suddenly. He hadn’t
missed the exchange between the two lovers.
“Haven’t you ever heard of a lovers quarrel,” he said
the words as he purposefully moved his eyes to
Evangeline wriggled in disgust as she watched his
eyes undress her, the blood rising to her cheeks. John
McBain didn’t miss a beat.
“John!” Evangeline and Antonio yelled in unison as in
one move John pinned RJ Gannon against the wall.
Antonio struggled, with the help of Sonia, as they
tried to tear the two men apart. Evangeline wanted to
move but she couldn’t she felt rooted to the spot.
John could tell RJ was enjoying this. I huge grin was
plastered on his face as he met John’s stare head on.
“Go ahead…I dare you.”
“Shut up RJ!” Antonio felt John’s hands loosen.
John reluctantly began to pull away as RJ continued
“John,” Evangeline felt her legs go weak as her voice
was drowned out by the sound of RJ, Antonio and Sonia.
“John,” she called his name again, he eyes closed as
she felt her head swim.
All four of them looked up in time to watch as
Evangeline fell, unconscious, to the hard wood floor.