Chapter 5 — A Problem Not Easily Solved
Sunday Night — The Chastayne Family Estate — Geraldine’s Study
A knock at the door, Geraldine walked across the room and then opened the door. A weak smile on her face, Geraldine stepped back and then looked at the woman she once called friend. Motioning with her head, the person entered the room and waited for a command.
“Vivian, I need you to take Donna here to one of the rooms on the other side of the house and help her get settled in,” Geraldine instructed as the young woman bowed her head and then waited for Donna to move. “Donna, I’ll see you in the morning. Be sure you see me at nine sharp. Do you understand?”
“Yes, I understand,” Donna replied, looking down at her hands.
“Vivian, make sure none of the other help bother Donna here. You are the only one I want to interact with her,” Geraldine stated.
“Yes ma’am,” Vivian replied as she nodded her head and then waited for Donna to follow her out of the room.
“Goodnight both of you,” Geraldine spoke, turning around as she walked over behind her desk.
“Good night Mrs. Chastayne,” Vivian replied as footsteps could be heard walking up the stairs.
Monday Morning — Across Town — Saint Catherine’s General Hospital
“Good morning Dr. Sheldon,” Dr. Sheldon heard as he walked through the entrance doors to the hospital and then looked up to see one of the interns walking towards him.
“Good morning Keegan,” Dr. Sheldon spoke as the intern looked at him with a strange smile on his face as the two of them walked down the hall. “Is there something you want?”
“Yes sir, I—I was wondering if there was a way I can be added to your surgical team,” the young man spoke as Dr. Sheldon shook his head.
“Why is it that you would like to be on my surgical team Keegan?” Dr. Sheldon asked as he looked at the young man closely.
“Because your surgical team is the best sir,” the young man replied, looking at Dr. Sheldon with a wide smile. “If I was a part of your surgical team, that would help me excel in…”
“So that’s what you want,” Dr. Sheldon stated as he stopped walking and looked at the young man. “You want something from me. What do I get from you in return?”
“I… Ah… Well… What would you like from me sir?” The young man asked as Dr. Sheldon smiled almost wickedly as he turned to face the young man.
Oh, this is just too easy. This young man knows what he’s doing right now. In this day in age, in order for one to get ahead, one must give some head. This must be my lucky damn day, compared to all the other shit going on in my life. Between the shit with Julie and that fucked-up gangster, trying to cause problems for me around here, there could be a silver lining after all.
“Sir, is there something wrong?” Keegan asked, snapping me out of my thoughts as I smiled to myself.
“No, there’s nothing wrong at all,” I answered him as his previous words echoed in my ears about what he could do for me.
As I see it, he wants something from me, so I think I can play this so I get what I want from him. I’m sure he’s seen the way I look at him when he enters a room. Hell, I’m sure he knows how he looks in those tight ass chinos he wears all the time. If I get my way, those tight chinos will be coming off and I’ll be sliding in between those cute round mounds of his.
“Well sir, is there a way I can become a part of your surgical team?” He asked as I stopped walking, placing my hand on his shoulder as he locked eyes with me.
“Why don’t you come to my office this evening and we’ll talk more about it then,” I suggested as he smiled, just as my pager went off.
“Alright sir, thank you sir,” he said as he walked off as I looked at my pager and then shook my head.
Damn it, what does the damn gangster want now? I don’t have time to deal with him or his thugs right now. My goal for right now is how I’m going to get the cute Keegan James into my bed tonight. Hell, I’ve been after that ass since he came to work for the hospital. If I play my cards right, I’ll be working that ass over tonight.
Across Town – The Donovan Home – The Kitchen
“Good morning baby, how did you sleep?” Alex asked as JT walked into the kitchen, yawning as he stretched. “Are you okay baby?”
“I’m fine baby,” JT replied, yawning again as he sighed and then sat down at the kitchen table. “Are the kids up yet?”
“Mason is, but Caleb’s still sleeping,” Alex replied as he leaned in close and kissed JT’s mouth. “Come on baby, what’s going on?”
“I’m just tired baby, don’t worry about me,” JT replied as he accepted the cup of coffee that Alex handed to him. “It seems all I did was toss and turn last night. All of my dreams centered around my father’s threat.”
“So, you’re actually worried about that now? Is that the case baby?” Alex asked as JT nodded his head. “Really? You’re worried about that now?”
“It’s more like I’m concerned,” JT responded as he yawned again and then took a sip of his coffee.
“Why baby? Why are you concerned now? You finally see what I’ve been talking about for so long?” Alex asked as JT looked down at the coffee cup. “Baby, your father is really crazy and I truly believe that he’ll try to do something to hurt us one of these…”
“He’s not going to do anything to hurt us Alex,” JT stated as Alex shook his head and then walked towards the door. “Alex…”
“It’s breakfast time. I’m going to get our children,” Alex said, walking out of the room as JT frowned and then sighed.
“This is going to be a very long day,” JT stated as he shook his head. “After we have our meeting with Mrs. Shepherd at the school, I’ll have to take him somewhere, someplace private so we can talk and try to smooth all of this over.
New York City, NY – LaGuardia Airport – A Private Room
Reverend Ely Carter’s POV
Thank the Lord, I’m leaving this place and heading back home. I don’t know what it is, but I feel—feel like this is the best thing for me to be doing right now. There’s nothing like going home. Being surrounded with family and friends is the best medicine for a broken heart.
Since I’ve been here in this place of sin, all I’ve felt was guilt and sadness. I shouldn’t be feeling guilty about anything and I shouldn’t be sad, being that I’ve had a wonderful time, every place I went. I first thought my feelings were because I left Lauren at home to come here, but I think my feelings are more about the past, not the present. I was once a happy man here in this place, but that happiness was false, it was full of sin, leading me down the wrong path. I was in this place with a man, a man that I can’t… won’t be with.
“Stop it Ely, stop this,” I said aloud as I sighed and then took a deep breath.
That’s all in the past and this is now. I’ve been saved from that way of life and I’m sure of that sin. I have a beautiful girlfriend that stands by me and supports my dreams wholeheartedly. I shouldn’t be sitting in this room, contemplating my feelings about the past. I shouldn’t be sitting here, thinking about a man… a man that is no longer available to me. Besides, that man should be the least of my worries.
Thinking back on things, why in the world did I agree to come on this missionary trip with the others in the first place? The way I feel right now is just a result of me being here, in a place of sin where I was once happy with a man. I should’ve known those feelings would come back upon me coming to this place. Now I feel like my whole life has been a big lie! My life has been a big joke, a joke that the Lord is possibly playing on me.
“I’m in a relationship with a woman when I should… I should be with a man… A man that I once loved… the man I still think about very much,” I spoke, looking around the room as I wondered how many people had been in this room, thinking similar thoughts as I.
Damn it all to hell! Because of my family, I pushed that man away and told him I couldn’t be with him, that loving him was a sin—a sin against God. I told him that I had to be with a woman and that he needed to be with one too. I’m a really confused here! Only if I’d just listened to him, we’d be together right now. We’d both be happy—happy like his lawyer best friend is happy, the one I met a while back, while hanging out with him.
“Lord, please show me the right way here,” I said, looking up towards the ceiling, hoping for a sign that I was doing the right thing.
Is being Reverent Ely Carter what I’m supposed to be or am I to be just me, the guy that loves another man? Am I really meant to be a reverend? I’m in the place where I can change my life forever. All I need is a sign here Lord.
“I want what his friend and that guy have. That’s what I need in my life, but is it too late for me to have that? My heart felt happy when I saw those two men with their cute little kids. Why Lord, why can’t I have that kind of life? That’s the life I crave… a life filled with love. That’s what I want, myself, my husband and our kids,” I said, looking around the room, realizing just how alone I am in the world.
That’s the life I want, but I screwed it up and the man I saw myself having that life with isn’t here with me, like he should be. How can I get that life back? Lord, I need a sign here. Please Lord, please guide me in the right direction.
= Flight 214 to Atlanta has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. =
“That’s my flight,” I said, looking up towards the sky. “I guess that’s the sign I needed Lord. Thank you for answering me.”
Smiling, I grabbed my carry-on bag and tossed it over my shoulder as I walked towards the door, heading towards the ticket counter to trade my ticket in for the one I needed to take me where the man I want and need, currently is. I now know what’s more important, the love of the man that may or may not want me. What I have to do now is find out just what I need to do to fix my heart.
Albany, NY – The Taurus Club – A Private Room
“Well hello Mr. Randall, how are you doing this evening?” Hillary asked, walking into the room where Justin sat on the bed. “Do you have something special in mind, that you want to do with me?”
“Why don’t you come over here and surprise me,” Justin spoke, licking his lips as Hillary smiled and then walked slowly over to him as piece-by-piece of her clothing was thrown to the floor.
“Does this suit your fancy Mr. Randall?” Hillary asked as Justin nodded his head as she moved closer to him, pushing him backwards on the bed as she climbed into his lap.
“Mmmmm yeah,” Justin moaned as Hillary worked on his tie as she leaned in and kissed his mouth, while gyrating her hips on his crotch.
“You like that Daddy?” Hillary asked, using his tie to pull him close as she nipped at his bottom lip and then maneuvered her hips in a different way as Justin gasped and then moaned again. “You must like that very much.”
“You know what I want to do,” Justin whispered as Hillary smiled and then reached down to his pants, sliding his zipper down. “That’s right baby, take it out.”
“What do you want me to do with it, when I take it out?” Hillary asked, licking his bottom lip as she stroked his manhood with her hand.
“I want you to ride it baby, ride it all the way home,” Justin replied as she stroked his dick a few more times as she maneuvered herself again as she inserted his manhood inside her. “Oh God, that’s it!”
“You seem ready Daddy,” Hillary stated, sliding up a bit and then slowly sliding back down as Justin lay flat on the bed as he closed his eyes as his hands found their way to her hips as he directed her movements, up and down on his lap. “You in control now Daddy.”
“Yeah baby, just like that,” Justin moaned, stroking her hip as his butt rose up off the bed a bit, inserting himself more into her as she moaned this time. “You like it baby?”
“I love it Daddy,” Hillary replied as Justin smiled, still having his eyes closed as he held onto her hips, slowly thrusting up into her as she leaned on one arm, holding herself up as he entered her over and over, faster and harder.
Across Town – Chastayne, Crestmore and Johnson Law Office – James’ Office
“Good morning Benjamin, what can I do for you?” James asked as a tall white man walked into the room.
“I need a favor James,” the man replied as James smiled.
“What kind of favor do you need?” James asked, looking at the man closely.
“I need one of your special favors,” the man replied as James motioned with his head for the man to sit down in front of his desk.
“Oh, what’s going on Benjamin?” James asked.
“I have a problem that needs to be solved rather quickly,” the man spoke as he smiled evilly. “Being that you know the law, I want you to use that law to help me out.”
“Well you’ve come to the right place,” James said as he walked over and then closed the door to the room as he returned back to his desk and then pressed a button under his desk. “What kind of help do you need this time?”
“The kind of help that involves a little piss-ant, that has violated my daughter, being taken care of, if you know what I mean,” the man replied as James looked at him strangely.
“What do you want me to do about this ‘piss-ant’ that has violated your daughter Benjamin?” James asked.
“Being that she’s in love with him, she doesn’t see that he’s no good for her,” the man stated as he shook his head. “This is where you come in at. I need you to get him locked up for brutalizing my baby-girl.”
“Have you tried the police already?” James asked.
“The police let him go, mainly because she refused to say he did anything to her,” the man replied as he shook his head.
“How old is your daughter Benjamin, and the young man?” James asked.
“She’s fifteen and that little piss-ant is seventeen,” the man replied as James shook his head.
“What do you want the law to do to him Benjamin?” James asked, tapping his fingers on his desk. “Right now, there isn’t a law on the books that can really do anything to him; especially if she’s not willing to tell the police or the courts that he did something wrong to her.”
“She’s pregnant for Pete’s sake!” The man screamed as James raised an eye at him. “That bastard knocked my baby girl up! My little girl is going to have a little girl of her own real soon!”
“Unless she tells the police that he did something to her, there’s really nothing the law can do to stop them from being together Benjamin,” James stated as the man shook his head and then made a move to get up from the chair. “Now, if you want to look outside the law…”
“Now you’re speaking my language,” the man said as James smiled.
“So, who is this boy?” James asked as the man smiled.
“Todd Halstead,” the man replied as James rubbed at his head for a moment and then looked back at the man strangely. “Yeah, he’s the son of the town’s new mayor.”
“Come now Benjamin,” James said as he shook his head. “That’s a little bit too close to home there.”
“So, you’re saying you can’t handle this?” The man asked as he stood up.
“I’m saying that I won’t handle that Benjamin,” James stated as he shook the man’s hand. “You’ll have to find someone else to handle that task.”
“Can you suggest somebody?” The man asked as James pointed at the door. “Why can’t you do this James?”
“That boy is already in the damn spotlight Benjamin. He’s the son of the mayor,” James stated as he walked around his desk. “If something happened to that young man, the police will turn this town upside down, trying to find the reason behind what happened to him. I’m not looking for that kind of heat in my business.”
“I—I’ll just have to think of something else,” the man said as he turned and walked to the door.
“You might have to let this one be for the time being,” James stated as the man shook his head. “Maybe something else will happen and your daughter won’t love him anymore.”
“You know young love is heard to control,” the man stated as he shook his head. “I’ll guess I’ll be going. Good day James.”
“Good day to you as well Benjamin,” James said as the man walked out of the office.
“Well good morning Donna,” Geraldine stated as Donna walked into the room. “I take it, you’re well rested and refreshed after a good night’s sleep.”
“Yes,” Donna replied as Geraldine pointed over at a chair.
“Good, why don’t we go ahead and get things started,” Geraldine stated as she tapped her fingers on the desk. “So, do you have any clues as to what you want to do for a job?”
“I’ll do anything,” Donna stated as Geraldine shook her head.
“Hell, in all the time that I’ve known you, you’ve only been good at doing one thing…” Geraldine stated as Donna gasped. “Only been good for laying on your damn back.”
“I’ve done other things besides that,” Donna stated, looking down at the floor.
“I’m sure you have, but your ass is too damn old to work as a ho, so we’ll have to find something else for you to do,” Geraldine stated as Donna sighed.
“Geraldine please, I—I need a job, not this constant humiliation from you,” Donna stated as Geraldine raised an eye at her.
“If you want my help, you’ll put up with any and every fucking thing I have to say and do to you,” Geraldine stated as she stood up behind her desk. “Now, if you don’t want my help, you’re free to walk your nasty ass up out of here and be on your merry little way.”
“Fine,” Donna said, looking down as Geraldine took her seat again.
“Good, now back to the topic at hand,” Geraldine stated as she folded her hands and then looked over at Donna. “What are we going to do, to get you back on your feet, so you don’t end up on your back, as usual Donna?”
“As I said, I’ll do anything,” Donna stated as Geraldine smiled.
“Tell you what, why don’t you go over to the Taurus Club, I’m sure you can keep the girls in line there and keep an eye on things for me,” Geraldine stated as she handed Donna a business card. “I’ll call ahead and let the girls know that you’ll be overseeing their activities from now on. You think you can handle that Donna, being that you have plenty of expertise in that area.”
“Yes ma’am,” Donna replied with a small smile.
“Good, go clean up your face and find something hot and classy to wear and get your ass to work,” Geraldine demanded as she picked up the phone on the desk.
“Yes ma’am,” Donna stated as she got up from the chair and walked towards the door.
“Oh and Donna,” Geraldine spoke as she stopped dialing numbers on the phone.
“Yes ma’am,” Donna replied.
“Your job is to oversee, not participate,” Geraldine stated as she pointed her finger at Donna as she continued dialing numbers on the phone. “You may go.”
“Yes ma’am,” Donna spoke as she walked out of the room.
Saint Sebastian Day School – The Counseling Office
Damn, I’m bored out of my mind right now. We’ve been here for a whole hour now and all this woman has talked about is the dynamics of a properly functioning plan. We’re here to talk about our child, not a damn plan. Since we’ve been here, Alex hasn’t looked at me once. At one point, I thought he had fallen asleep, but that was soon rectified when he cleared his throat and asked her a question. But that doesn’t answer my question of why he’s not looking at me. Is he mad at me? He hasn’t said much to me since we left the house this morning.
“So, with all of his improvements, I think it would be best that we update his ISP with some new and challenging goals. Do you two agree?” Mrs. Shepherd asked with a smile.
“Mrs. Shepherd, Caleb is a smart little boy, but I feel that changing his routine like this could cause a problem,” I stated as she nodded her head. “I’ve learned that following a set routine with him, he responds in a more pleasant tone and demeanor.”
“Yes, he craves structure, but sometimes things change and he needs to learn how to adapt and cope with those changes,” she stated as I shook my head, reading to object when Alex turned to me.
“She has a point baby,” Alex spoke as I looked at him, wondering where that came from all of a sudden.
“She may have a point, but she’s not around with him when he goes into meltdown when things change and he’s not ready for said changes,” I said as he frowned. “You know he doesn’t like change well and just the smallest things set him off.”
“It seems we have to adapt to change too. We can’t keep catering to his bad moods when he doesn’t have a good day,” Alex stated as she smiled.
“Maybe so, but that’s something that doesn’t happen overnight,” I said, sighing, wondering what rebuttal I would get.
“No one said this would happen in a day Mr. Chastayne-Donovan,” she said with a smile. “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
“No it wasn’t,” I replied as Alex turned around.
“So, how do we go about this?” Alex asked.
“I think you three should sit down and have a talk. That seems like the perfect place to start,” she said with a smile. “Once you all talk, then we can start things here. Sound like a plan?”
“I—I guess so,” I replied as Alex turned and looked at me with a smile on his face.
“Great, here are the new goals his teachers think he could work on. What do you two think of these?” She asked, handing us a sheet of paper.
Reading over the page, I looked over at Alex as he looked back at me. After reading the new goal tracking sheet that Caleb’s teachers had come up with, I placed the paper down on the desk and looked over at Mrs. Shepherd. Should I agree to this and go along with the flow or fuss until everyone around sees my point of view? I guess I better take in a big breath.
“Mrs. Shepherd, did you read through that list of goals?” I asked as she nodded her head. “Oh-kay, Alex, do you have anything to say?”
“Baby, I… Go ahead,” Alex said as I shook my head.
“Caleb will interact with at least five peers each day, for at least fifteen minutes,” I said as she looked at me as if I hadn’t said anything to her. “Did you hear what I said Mrs. Shepherd?”
“Yes Mr. Chastayne-Donovan, I heard you,” she replied as I shook my head.
“Do you really think that’s a viable goal for Caleb?” I asked as she nodded her head. “Mrs. Shepherd, I don’t believe that to be a good goal for him to have at this stage of things. As you’ve noticed, Caleb only talks to a select few. Regardless of how much begging and pleading we do, that’s not likely going to change.”
“Mr. Chastayne-Donovan, I believe if Caleb is…” she started as I shook my head, interrupting her as I held up my hand.
“Mrs. Shepherd, we know our son and I’m sure Alex will agree with me, but this goal is a little bit too much for right now,” I said as Alex nodded his head. “I think we’re lucky that our son talks to us.”
“Caleb just need a little push in the right direction to get him to where he need to be with other students,” she said as Alex stood up.
“Mrs. Shepherd, why don’t we leave things the way they are for right now and we’ll approach this subject again in a few months,” Alex suggested as he held out his hand to me. “Thank you Mrs. Shepherd, good day.”
“Gentlemen,” Mrs. Shepherd spoke as the two of us walked out of the room and then closed the door behind us.
“Baby, are you mad at me?” I asked as Alex looked at me closely, leaned in close and then kissed my lips.
“I wasn’t mad, just a bit hurt,” he replied as we touched our foreheads together. “Baby, I want you to understand that you and the boys are my world and sometimes I feel—I feel like we’re not your world. I feel like you just throw me and the boys on the back burner and don’t care what happens to us.”
“That’s not true baby,” I replied as he looked at me strangely. “It’s not…”
“Baby, your father can end our lives together at any moment and there’s nothing anyone can really do about it. When he makes threats to your life, you don’t take him seriously, but I do baby. I don’t want to lose you,” he explained as we kissed again as someone near us cleared their throat.
“You’re not going to lose me,” I replied as he sighed and then shook his head. “When he talks the crap he talks, I take him seriously for a few minutes and then I let those thoughts flow from my mind.”
“Why would you do something like that? He’s crazy baby,” he said as he placed his hands on my shoulders.
“I’m not scared of him baby because I know he won’t do anything to me. He knows that if he does something to me, Mom will do something worse to him. Hell, anything he can do to me, he’ll have to deal with her and she’ll do probably ten times worse,” I said as he frowned. “The last time he actually hit me, she shot him.”
“Damn baby,” he said as I smiled.
“So, that’s why I don’t take his threats too seriously,” I said as we walked towards the exit doors. “Now if Mom happens to disappear or something, then I have something to worry about.”
“Alright then, let’s go grab some lunch and then head on home,” he suggested as I shook my head.
“No, why don’t we stay here and have lunch with the boys,” I suggested as he smiled this time as we walked towards the building that Caleb and Mason were in.
“I love you, baby,” he said as we held hands, walking through the courtyard of the school. “It seems like a beautiful day out.”
“When I’m with you, it’s always a beautiful day baby,” I replied as we stood under a tree.
“You say the sweetest things,” he said as a bell rang and we heard kids clamoring about. “We’re about to be graced with the pitter patter of little feet.”
“Well at least we’re not talking about your grandmother this time,” I said as he looked at me strangely as we both laughed out. “There are the boys, let’s join them.”
To Be Continued…