Braden and Bella

Episode 17

(Mrs Marshall's returns to Winterhaven) 

Solange: Veronica! You're back already? 

Mrs Marshall: Yes... 

Braden: (excitedly) Mom. Welcome back. (he hugs her) 

Mrs Marshall: (poignantly) Thanks. 

Braden: What's the matter? You look upset. What happened to Dad? 

Mrs Marshall: Braden, Your father is dead. He died yesterday evening, His lungs gave out. 

Braden: (sighs) Even though I wasn't close to him at all, He was still my father. May his soul rest in peace. 

Mrs Marshall: His body was taken to the morgue yesterday. (sniffles) And I warned him but he didn't listen. (tears drop down her cheeks)

Solange: (pats her) There's nothing we can do,  Crying wouldn't bring him back... 

(Hours later) 

Solange: Veronica, I'm making noodles with sausage. Are you interested? 

Mrs Marshall: No thanks. I don't have any appetite. 

Solange: You can't tell me that. I'll definitely make for you. 

Mrs Marshall: I'm serious. I don't feel like eating anything. 

Solange: So you want to starve yourself over the death of Will? Look, Life has to go on. Don't worry, I'll just make something small for you cause I can't let you go to bed hungry. 

Mrs Marshall: If you insist. 

(Later on)

Solange: How was it? 

Mrs Marshall: Delicious. You're a great cook. 

Solange: Yup.

Mrs Marshall: That's nice. 

Solange: So Veronica, Have you called Bella since the last time she texted? 

Mrs Marshall: You know she said I shouldn't call her often because of cell reception. 

Solange: What about texts? 

Mrs Marshall: She does sends me text messages,  Saying everything is alright. 

Solange: Hmm, That doesn't sound good. I mean, She's supposed to reach out to you very often. 

Mrs Marshall: But she does, Through text messages. 

Solange: I meant through calls. (sighs) I hope she's doing okay in Mexico City. Anyways, You should go and rest now. I'll clean up. 

Mrs Marshall: Alright sis. 


(Madame Laho's mansion)

Madame Laho: Wow, You girls did a great job today. I made extra money than I usually do. (looks at Bella) And it's all thanks to you. 

Bella: (looks at her with scorn)

Madame Laho: Anyways, Did any of the clients give you girls anything? 

Amy: Yes Madame. One of the clients gave me $1,350.

Madame Laho: Ok, You can keep that. As a reward for your honesty. 

Amy: Thank you ma. 

Madame Laho: (looks at Bianca and Liana) For those of you that are always playing smart and not declaring what you've been given, Keep it up, Your reward is coming soon. You may leave now. 

(Bella, Bianca, Amy and Liana leave her house) 


Bianca: Amy or whatever they call you, You better don't use your stupid eye service to spoil business for us! 

Liana: Girl, What's the meaning of the rubbish you did in there? 

Amy: (confused) I was just obeying Madame Laho. 

Bianca: Which stupid madam? Juliana, This girl is a big fool, Just listen to the way she talks... 

Liana: Amy! If you don't need this money, Bianca and I needs it! Stop behaving like a miss goody two shoes 

Bianca: Juliana let's go. I still wonder where they got this girl from, She's just a very stupid person! 

Bella: Hey, hey, hey....Don't talk to my friend that way! 

Bianca: And who the hell invited you in this conversation? 

Amy: Bella please just leave them. Let's go. 

(Bella hisses loudly at Bianca) 

Bianca: (To Liana) Who the hell did this bitch just hiss at? 

Liana: (shrugs her shoulders)

Bianca: (To Bella) I'm gonna teach you some manners... 

(Bianca takes off her one of her stiletto heel shoes and walks to Bella)

Bella: (threatenly) If you fucking touch me... 

Bianca: (she stops in her path)

(Bella hisses at Bianca & Liana as she walks past them with Amy and they look on in bewilderment) 

(That evening)

(In Mrs Marshall's room)

Mrs Marshall: (groaning) Uhh... (She dreams while she sleeps)

(In her dreams, She's in a beautiful meadow with Bella and she's smiling and holding hands with her, Suddenly the clouds turn red and the flowers and trees turn brown and start dying and then a woman (Madame Laho) appears and chains Bella then takes her away....Mrs Marshall screams and wakes up in fright) 

Mrs Marshall: (screams) BELLA!!! 

Braden: (enters the room) Mom! What's the matter? Why'd you scream? 

Mrs Marshall: (pants heavily) I had a terrible nightmare. 

Braden: About what? 

Mrs Marshall: About Bella! She was with me then suddenly a woman appeared from nowhere and binded her in chains then took her away. 

Braden: (puzzled) What could this mean? 

Mrs Marshall: I don't know but something is wrong, I can sense it. Where's my phone? 

Braden: It's right here. (He hands it to her)

(Mrs Marshall calls Bella)


(In Madame Laho's mansion)

Madame Laho: (she picks up Bella's phone) Ugh, Who is this calling? (She checks the phone) "Mom''? Hmm, This must be Bella's mom calling. (shouts) Mitch! 

(He enters the living room)

Madame Laho: Go and fetch Bella from the hostel. Quickly! 

Mitch: Yes Madame. 

(Mitch leaves and goes to the hostel) 

Mitch: (coldly) Bella. Madame Laho wants to see you right away. 

Bella: What for? 

Mitch: When you get there, You'll know. 

(Bella stares at Courtney and Amy worriedly as she leaves the hostel) 

(Mitch returns to Madame Laho's mansion with Bella, few minutes afterwards)

Bella: You sent for me? 

Madame Laho: Apparently your Mom has been calling. (smirks) I want you to speak to her, To let her know that everything's alright... (she signals Mitch)

(Mitch points a gun to Bella's head)

Bella: (gasps) What are you doing? 

Madame Laho: Oh, Just to make sure you co-operate. 

(Madame Laho's hands Bella the phone just as Mrs Marshall calls once again)

Mrs Marshall: (over the phone) Bella? 

Bella: (fidgets) Yes Mom. It's me. 

Mrs Marshall: Have you gotten to Mexico City? 

Bella: Yes Mom, I have. And I'm currently working in Madame Laho's beauty company... 

Mrs Marshall: But why didn't you call to tell me? 

Bella: (fidgets) Have you forgotten I told you there's hardly any cell reception here, For some reason. 

Mrs Marshall: Why do you sound so jittery? 

Bella: Huh? 

Mrs Marshall: I mean your voice is shaky. 

Bella: Oh, I'm just tired that's all.

Mrs Marshall: Bella are you sure you're okay? 

Bella: Yes Mom, I'm fine. Why wouldn't I be? 

Mrs Marshall: Please stay safe? I'm begging you. 

Bella: You have nothing to worry Mom. I'm alright. By the way, How is everyone else? 

Mrs Marshall: They're all okay. 

Bella: My regards to them. 

Mrs Marshall: No problem my dear. Take care. 

Bella: And you too. 

(She drops the call)

Mitch: (he snatches the phone back from Bella)

Madame Laho: (To Bella) That's my girl. Very co-operative.... (grins evilly)


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