volunteered to surrender the disc. Vanessa thought she was out of
her mind. Katia argued that nobody would suspect her. Jackie was
convinced and Vanessa decided there was no alternative. She left the
and Eddy talked while he chopped tomatoes for the evening meal. She
asked to take a bath and he let her go. The doorbell rang; Jimena
had come over to talk to him.
pointed out to her colleagues that Borgetti was in the office the
entire day that Diego went missing. They would need to bring
charges. He would have needed an accomplice to be guilty in this
matter. Bernal said that they could not leave Diego at Borgetti's
mercy. f the computer wasn't in Julio's car it had to be in his
mother's house. They wondered about Borgetti's house and talked
about calling, but since someone would recognize Kuri's voice it
would have to be Lascurain calling from a pay phone on the street.
asked Eddy how much he wanted to come to work for her. It looked
like she wanted to cut José out of the equation. Eddy didn't like
this. She told him he could make much more money with her than with
José and Jackie, but he said that didn't really matter. He had made
a deal with Jackie and José and didn't want to break his word. She
suggested he become a partner, but he declined definitively and said
he was busy. She took the hint, got up, and left in a huff. Eddy
exhaled in relief after she was out the door.
escorted Kuri back to her place and she asked if he'd like to come in
for a sandwich. He accepted, opened the door, and entered with her.
Erick was on the couch with his laptop and headphones. She got his
attention by sweeping his feet off the couch and he took off the
headphones asking “How many?”
many men are you bringing here?”
don't be rude,” she said.
who is this whom you're bringing to your bed –”
I won't permit you to talk that way to your mother,” said
are you to tell me how to behave?” he asked. His voice was a low
and as cold as his progenitor's was capable of being.
not that. It's how you talk to your mother. What I don't tolerate
is for a brat like you to show such disrespect to a woman, least of
all to your mother. Erick, if you want to be a man, you have to
respect women. If you don't, next time you will have to deal with
boy answered with a rude facial expression that said he did not care,
nor did he respect what had been said. He left the room, closing the
door behind him. Kuri looked embarrassed and Lascurain realized he
may have violated a boundary.
sorry, but I had to say that,” he said.
no, no; don't apologize. On the contrary, thanks. He seems to
confuse my friends with lovers. That's the kind of thing I'm dealing
me for this, Rita, but what your son needs is limits. It's necessary
that you impose that now or this is how he'll be for the rest of your
life. What this is about is his adolescent angst, his
dissatisfaction. In reality he needs to feel respect, love, and
gratitude that you're his mother. Please start now with this, the
right way or the hard way.”
clasped her hand and she made an expression of agreement.
drove in the rain to the specified location. She took out the disc,
enclosed in a ziplock bag, and tossed it on the ground at the base of
a road sign. The door signal sounded as she went back into her car.
She closed the door and drove off. Marcial appeared from a darker
spot and looked around before picking it up. He then took out his
cell and called Borgetti.
I have it.”
it to me immediately.”
do we do with the boy?”
what we had planned with him. After I've checked the video we go to
the next step.”
He ended the call.
was still in the warehouse where he had been taken. He was asleep.
thanked Katia over the phone. She said she would send Borgetti a
message and then they would wait. Vanessa immediately sent a text.
that I've turned over the video when will you return my son?
pulled up in front of Borgetti's home and rang the bell. He was
admitted by the maid just as another car pulled up across the road.
Bernal watched the door as he talked to Jackie on his cell. He told
her that she should have told him about Borgetti earlier. They had
to trust each other more. She told him he was right and he told her
he was in front of Borgetti's house. He was waiting to find out if
the man he had followed had Diego. He ended the call and kept an eye
on the door.
was nervous that there had been no answer from Borgetti. She asked
about Bernal and Jackie said there was no new news. She did say that
he had told her they should have told him sooner about the double
books at ZZ. Jackie compared this to when Eddy saw Julio and Vanessa
gave him the BS about “Tony,” except that this was much more
dangerous. “That's the danger of being involved with a cop,”
Vanessa said. Jackie knew all too well.
played back the disc on his laptop in front of Marcial. Satisfied,
he stopped the playback, ejected the disc, and handed Marcial his
be available whenever you look for me. What now?”
with the plan, as we discussed.”
shook hands with Borgetti and left. Borgetti broke the disc in half.
passed Miriam on his way out. She asked who he was.
Mendoza,” he replied.
work with my husband?”
left the house as Borgetti entered the parlour. He had thought
Miriam was upstairs in her room. She told him she had things left to
do and was waiting for some tea. He said he'd bring her tea to her
room after bringing her there. She agreed and he picked her up.
exited the house and made an inaudible phone call. Bernal took a
photo of him on the phone and as he entered his car and drove off.
got to the hospital and Vanessa was almost in full panic mode,
threatening to call the police in five minutes and tell them
everything. Her cell phone rang and it was Ferrer, telling her that
they had received an anonymous call saying where a child matching
Diego's description could be found. The three women got up and left.
followed Marcial as closely as he dared. Jackie called to update
him. Something about this didn't sound right to him.
was doing her nails when her cell phone rang. She picked it up
carefully so as not to ruin her manicure. It was Benjamin, her ex,
asking how she was. She was about to answer when the phone slipped
from her attempt at holding it to her ear with her shoulder, falling
on the wood floor. She got close enough to just be able to stand
while holding onto the armrest and pick up the phone. She told him
to call her back later and just managed to resettle into the chair
before Borgetti entered with the tea tray. He asked her if she
needed help and she said she did not. He left the room with a folded
robe in hand as she picked up the teacup.
three women arrived at the location given to Vanessa and found Diego
in the back of an EMT van. A detective told them that he slept like
he had been drugged and had a few minor bruises but was otherwise
alright. Vanessa was relieved as she touched her son. He opened his
eyes briefly then closed them again, obviously needing time to sleep
off whatever had been given to him.
in the same hospital waiting room Katia said something about the
three of them being together in this crisis over Diego. Jackie told
her not to fool herself, that despite this there was no possibility
that she and Vanessa would reconcile. Vanessa came back saying that
the doctors wanted Diego to stay in the hospital overnight for
observation but he would likely be able to go home in the morning.
Katia said that therefore Borgetti did nothing. Jackie reminded her
that this wasn't over. Julio knew that they had killed their
husband. There was also the issue of Irene Palazuelos and the dead
bodies, which wasn't likely to be left alone. Jackie then told the
others about Victor's death in prison. Both were shocked.
had donned his pyjamas and put Miriam in bed. He commented about
Miriam going to Farmateca and she said she needed to. When he kissed
her goodnight she didn't kiss him back. He noticed the change before
turning out the light.
told the others that Bernal was sure that Victor had been murdered.
Katia said that they gave up the only protection they had. Vanessa
said that if Borgetti were not a cop they would have options, but now
they have none. Jackie said all they had was Bernal. They were
stuck in Encino Blanco during the investigation. Katia said that
Vanessa would need protection if she couldn't leave Encino Blanco.
Katia took her leave, telling Vanesssa she was glad Diego was alright
and that he was the only innocent in that whole mess. She kissed
Vanessa on the cheek and got no response. Vanessa looked at Jackie
and shook her head.
went over to Intensive Care and looked into the large window into
Julio's room. She looked down at the unconscious ulio and recalled
him ending their affair, the affair that started because Vanessa was
paying too much attention to Diego.
asked directions to the ladies' room and the nurse told her it was at
the end of the right corridor. She thanked her and the nurse went on
her way. Vanessa looked up at the Intensive Care sign.
following morning Vanessa had to explain to Diego that his father was
in the hospital asleep and the doctors needed to help him. She asked
him if he remembered what happened. He told her that his father was
driving fast because someone was following them. The car crashed, he
went out trying to get help, then he remembered nothing.
until you woke up?” asked Jackie.
better that way, love,” Vanessa told him. “It's better that
and Jackie exchanged meaningful looks.
repeated this to Bernal in the corridor and he told her that while
this was better for the child it meant they had no clues. Jackie was
sure the boy would remember this after he got over the shock of the
accident. Bernal thought it was all too odd that this ended in the
woods, as Ferrer and his men could find no sign of him that night.
Jackie said that someone had to have taken him, but who returned him?
Bernal said they didn't know. Ferrer and his men thought that this
might be the fake insurance agent. Bernal was sure it was Borgetti.
However if Borgetti had the computer why did he do this? It didn't
make sense. He told her about having watched Borgetti's house and
that according to the Villa Brava police the phone used by the man he
was watching had belonged to someone who had died several months
previously. Jackie asked whether that man was the one who had taken
Diego from the woods and Bernal said he could also have been the one
who left Diego to be found before he made that call. It could be
that the child was returned because Borgetti had the computer and
Julio was in a coma. Bernal had photos of the man and his team was
going to try to identify him.
Kuri and Lascurain were working on at that moment. She set the
computer to looking for matching features and it came up with Marcial
Mendoza. He had been a cop in their precinct and was sent up for six
years for corruption and abuse of authority. Kuri had never trusted
him and now she understood why: Because he was close to Borgetti.
Lascurain identified another thing, that the license plate on
Marcial's car had belonged to another vehicle. Neither one knew that
Rico was watching them. He seemed to be taking out his cell and
texting as he watched.
man in a flat grey cap and a brown jacket tried to keep a low profile
in the hospital corridor as he waited for the desk nurse to leave the
desk. He looked at the patient information on the screen.
helped Diego get dressed and gave him a soccer ball as a gift. He
was a happy child, hugging her and calling her “Auntie.” The
doctor gave Vanessa instructions for Diego's care, saying he should
be back to normal shortly. As for Julio the doctor was waiting for
him to be authorized for transfer to the hospital in Encino Blanco
via ambulance. Julio would be needed for the investigation. Vanessa
thanked him, saying she would address this immediately. Diego wanted
to see his father, but Vanessa told him this wouldn't be possible
until he was transferred. Vanessa called Ferrer.
and Borgetti had a person of interest (to Bernal and Kuri) in the
interrogation room. Borgetti said to just leave him there.
was sure that Marcial was impersonating the insurance agent.
Lascurain took out his cell to call Bernal.
was in the hospital. He sneaked into Intensive Care. Borgetti
called him just as he arrived at Julio's room. Marcial told him
where he was and that he was waiting for an opportune moment to kill
Julio. Borgetti told him he would have to wait because he had been
identified. It was possible that the Villa Brava police also knew
who he was. It was too risky. He was to get out of there
immediately. Marcial was annoyed, but he obeyed.
was unable to reach Bernal due to the usual cell phone issues. He
asked Kuri how her son was and she told him she was sending him to a
special school. When he walked away Rico went to the coffee machine
and commented to Kuri that she was getting chummy very fast with the
new guy. She let him know that she might have done so with him if he
hadn't been so determined to know everything that went on around him
and rat it out to the boss. Or if he had told the superiors
everything that happened in Tomás' home. He had nothing to say to
that and walked away. Kuri looked as though her suspicions had been
spoke via Skype with Orugate regarding the security being placed at
the Zamora home and around Julio himself. This was obviously for the
family's protection. He asked Borgetti for his help. He said yes
and asked for the details. “Didn't Bernal tell you?”
been assigned to another division,” Borgetti said, not betraying
his anger at what this meant. Orugate said that this might be a
personal thing because the child's mother and her friend are friends
of Bernal's. Borgetti knew that Jackie had attended Bernal's
self-defense class but claimed to know no more than that. Borgetti
told him he would take charge of this and asked him to keep him
informed. He ended the call determined to get Bernal for this.
took care of the checkout documents for Diego and Jackie commented
that it was a good thing they had medical insurance. Diego needed to
go to the restroom and they escorted him there and waited outside.
Vanessa's cell signaled a message and she took it out:
child was returned to you. As you can see, I'm a man of my word.
Therefore don't open your mouth and stay away from Bernal.
women realized that Borgetti was closer than they thought.
chauffeur obviously was reporting back to him, based on what he said
to Katia. She told him she took the other car to do something to
help Vanessa and wondered why his chauffeur was watching her. He
told her he was just watching out for her. He asked about Vanessa
and Katia said she was not accustomed to the distance between them.
He asked about Julio and she said she didn't like to see him in that
condition, but nothing else. He asked whether she was sure and she
said yes. He was satisfied. He had the air of a calculating man who
was looking for any reason to control.
asked Kuri to sign off on the security for the Zamoras and she told
him that Borgetti said that was urgent. Borgetti knew that he was
interested in the case and there was nothing they could do about it.
addressed a meeting at Farmateca, telling board members and lab
department heads that she was getting favorable reports on sales in
Mexico and the US. She expected that they would have the leading
weight loss product. Andres said they had also just been authorized
to sell in Europe. Miriam wanted to see his reports on the
experiments. This caused Irene to clear her throat and Miriam to
react by telling him that he didn't need Irene's permission to show
her the reports. She was the majority shareholder and had the right
to see them. He agreed to give them to her. She then addressed the
secretary to set up a cocktail party for their biggest clients.
Irene said she always did such things herself bit Miriam reminded her
she had made a big mistake with Victor Martinez. That caught Irene
told Sandro she had nightmares. He thought that normal considering
what had happened to Julio and his son. She said that her nightmares
had mostly been about Nicolás and remembered going to the hospital
multiple times after his suicide attempts. She told him about the
last one when he had turned on the gas jets before going to bed and
tried to kill her along with himself. This was after someone
wouldn't lend money to him. He looked shocked.
left the conference room angry. She called Borgetti and told him he
had to keep Miriam out of the office. She could not tolerate her
presence. He told her he couldn't do anything about it. She told
him that Miriam was challenging her authority and power in the
company. Borgetti told her to be patient; this would all blow over.
She needed to have Miriam on her side. Irene didn't buy this.
Borgetti told her not to be childish about this. He said he had to
see her in person right away and she told him she was not in the
mood. He apologized (though not sincerely) and said that this was
Sandro was the man from whom Nicolás tried to borrow. He remembered
his last encounter with Nicolás when he had tried to convince him to
get a job and live in a dignified manner. He told him “You speak
English and your family has contacts,” so there was a solution
there. Nicolás telling him that he owed Catalina for all the help
she had given him. Sandro told him that he was grateful to Catalina
but everything had its limits and here they were. Nicolás got up
and went to the door. “Very well. But I'll make this clear to
you. If I kill myself it's on your conscience,” was his exit line.
followed to the door and yelled at him “Okay, kill yourself. But
do it fast because I have an engagement this weekend.”
contined saying that in the beginning she had compassion for Nicolás
because of the depression but eventually she couldn't take it
anymore. She had to go to meet Arturo to discuss her case. She
excused herself and left.
Sandro realized he had told Nicolás to commit suicide.
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