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Hands Up, Baby Hands Up

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Juliana was leaning back on the sofa, her eyes scrunched up at hearing the yelling around her. She never liked it when people fought - it reminded her too much of her parents - that's a thought she didn't want to think through. This didn't sound any different - the male voice domineering; the female one pleading. She'd had enough of it.

"Okay- Okay that's enough!" she snapped, sitting up at once. This is why I don't do romance.

"Look - she's making it sound worse than it was!" Sergio argued, and Juliana looked like she couldn’t care less. She took one look at her cousin, who looked so defeated it broke her heart a little.

She picked up her gun from the table that was in front and got up. She did not even try to listen to Sergio's pleading. Her mind was made up when her cousin Sara had explained to her what he did. She had no particular fondness to go and look for trouble, but this was family after all.

So much for family values.

"I've heard enough." Juliana offered as she casually waved the gun and walked right at Sergio, who looked quite pale.

"As far as I understand - you got my little cousin there drunk on Mezcal, clouded her judgement by telling her horrible things about her boyfriend, and then coerced her into sleeping with you. Is that right?" she reasoned out, her eyes glaring at Sergio's, her face hard.

"That's not how it started out -" he began, his throat going dry.

"No, but that's what happened."

Sergio gulped. He couldn't deny it, he figured he better beg for mercy now.

"I don't think you have to kill me for this!" he pleaded, his haughty voice had long lost its arrogance.

Juliana stared menacingly at Sergio for a minute in silence, watching his breathing become faster and doing his best to control his agitation. Slowly she shook her head.

"No, I'm not going to kill you. You know why?" she replied in a strong quiet tone, through gritted teeth. Sergio couldn't find his voice anymore, so he desperately shook his head.

"Because if it were me, I would have killed you before listening to your shitty explanation." Juliana finished, turning and walking towards Sara. Sergio heaved a sigh of relief.

"I think she should decide what's to be done, don't you agree?" Juliana shrugged, cocking the gun and handing it to her cousin, who looked quite nervous. Sergio stiffened up again, but not as scared as he was before.

"Now, don't be worried Sara", Juliana offered, walking back towards the sofa and not paying much attention.

"If you want - You can just shoot him in the leg-"

Before Juls could finish her sentence, a shot rang through the house. Sergio fell backwards almost instantly.

Juliana slowly turned to look at her cousin, who had a look of relief on her face.

"Did you just kill him?" Juls asked out loud in disbelief.

"That was the plan, right?" Sara asked back, falling back on the sofa behind her, looking more like her old cocky self.

Juls could not believe what just happened.

"THAT WAS NOT THE PLAN!!"

"No?"

Juls widened her eyes at her cousin’s calmness.

"I said we could deal with him!"

"And we did."

"That doesn't mean kill him! Oh Sara, why did you have to do that?" Juls surrendered, falling on the sofa. This was not a big complication, but now she would have to deal with Inspector Montilla.

"He deserved it." Sara shrugged.

"Next time, I'm dealing with the gun. Hand it over." Juliana commanded, leaning forward. Sara frowned, and hesitated before returning the gun back to her elder cousin.

Juls shoved the gun into the back of her jeans and walked towards the now lifeless body of Sergio.

Well he did deserve it.

"Don't move, I'm going to talk to Montilla." she ordered, dialling the inspector on her phone.


 

Montilla rolled his eyes back staring at the number on his phone. This cannot be good.

"Good evening, Ms. Valdes."

"Inspector Montilla. How nice to hear your voice again.” Juls began, she knew the man was close to snapping on her.

"What do you want?"

"Oh, nothing. Remember that time you promised to make sure I would not see the inside of a jail cell if I ratted out my father? You remember that?"

"I regret it too." Covering up for Juliana Valdes' had become a burden for him, but he had no choice. The girl is her father's daughter alright.

"Well, now you've got a nice murder to pin on any criminal you want."

Montilla sighed, he knew better than to cross paths with Juliana. It is better she's on our side.

"And where will I find this body?"


 

"The police will be here soon. Come on, let's go." Juliana beckoned to her cousin, who seemed busy with Sergio's phone.

"What – are you doing?" Juls groaned, exasperated with her cousin.

"What, there's nice selfies on it." Oh my God.

"Wipe the phone, put it back and come on, we gotta go." Juls ordered. It was best to be strict with Sara.

The two of them calmly walked back to the SUV they came in, one of Juls henchmen in the driver's seat. Juls leaned her head back, hand on her forehead, taking in all that happened.

"So how was dinner with that girl last night?" Sara inquired, climbing into the SUV.

Juls slowly turned to look at her cousin.

"You just killed a man. Show some respect." Juliana muttered contemptuously, secretly hoping that Montilla would not bother her too much about this. She had been nice for a while, surely that was worth something.

"For him though?" Sara asked, disgusted a little.

Juls considered it for a moment and then threw off her air of contempt. Excitement always came over her face when she thought of the beautiful Valentina Carvajal.

"So, her name is Valentina, and she's about three-fourth legs and I'm in love with her."

Sara grinned at her cousin's glee. "Tell me everything."


 

Juliana stared at this man, quite unsure of what to make of him. He looked pretty decent, but if he was here then he couldn't be as decent as he seemed.

"What's your name?" Juls dryly asked him. She was at her own home now, surrounded by her most loyal men. Sara was standing in the corner, watching intently.

"Lucho."

He didn't look like he was going to continue. Juls tried to understand why this rich boy was asking her, the local feared contract killer for help.

"And why have you come to me?"

"This is a sensitive issue, and I know you will handle it with care." Lucho replied, looking quite impassive. Juls was trying to sum up this man, but there was something about him she couldn't quite figure out.

"So, you want me to kidnap this girl-?"

"Just for a while, she's spoilt and it's just to teach her a lesson." Lucho explained, and Juls looked mildly impressed with that explanation.

"Seems like a harsh thing to do to teach a girl a lesson." Juls retorted, taking a sip of her juice.

"There's a lot of money in it for you if you handle it well." Lucho offered, tapping a suitcase by his side. Juls considered it for a second. It seemed like a simple thing to do, and it paid well for the kind of job it was. Thinking over it for a minute, she nodded.

"Okay."

Lucho looked relieved, and passing the suitcase to her, began with the details.

"Her name is Va-"

"HEY HEY HEY! You think I do the dirty work myself?" Juls immediately cut him off. "I don't even want to know about this, you can explain the details to her." Juls nodded towards Sara and left him to explain the details to her cousin.

"Now, I don't want any details, just a photograph, and you bring her to the place and time we tell you and that's all the details that's needed for now." Sara explained roughly. She didn't seem very impressed with Lucho. She looked at the photo Lucho showed her and nodded.

"Give it to me, I'll take care of it."