Diego was still missing. Bernal said he could not have gone far and
possibly was looking for help. There were fingerprints on the car so
one of the Villa Bravo cops thought that would be the case. They
told Vanessa they would contact other police, hospitals, etc. A gun
was found near the car and they asked Vanessa whether it belonged to
Julio. She didn't know and mentioned that they were separated. The
investigation went on.
arrived at Farmateca to find Miriam in the conference room. She had
not expected her. She explained that she had been at the funeral of
an employee. Miriam explained that she was getting bored at home and
came in to see how things were going because she was the majority
shareholder. She wanted to be more involved. Irene tried to deflect
this by telling her that they didn't have an office that was adequate
for her, but Miriam told her that this would not be a problem; the
conference room would do.
apologized to Vanessa for pressing her in her current state but she
needed to tell him everything she knew. She told him that there was
a very dangerous man after Julio. Jackie finally said it was
went “home”, telling Sandro she couldn't join him at his place
for the time being. He was alright with that and handed her a small
jewelry box. Her jaw almost hit the floor at the sight of a diamond
tried to get Irene to sign documents regarding a five-year sale
period on the diet pills. Irene was suspicious, thinking that Miriam
didn't trust her. Miriam told her that this wasn't it; she was
merely protecting her own interests.
tried to decline, saying she wasn't ready. Sandro knelt in front of
her and took the ring from the box. He put it on her finger and
requested that Victor help her and Irene told her he was dead. She
had just come from his funeral. Miriam asked how he died and Irene
told her that he committed suicide. Miriam asked “In prison?”
and when Irene nodded she asked what he was accused of. Irene said
it was attempted murder.
is it possible that an employee of this company is a killer?” she
was a surprise to me, to everyone.”
you investigate the people who come to work here? He was your
assistant. Your right-hand man! It's inconceivable that this could
know, I know. Calm down! It was very sad.”
said Miriam. “Think of what this could do to the image of
following up. We're doing everything possible so nobody finds out.”
was careless! You need to put more effort in investigating people
who work here!”
will not happen again.”
want to speak to the head of human resources. I want to personally
review all pending hires. [ ??? ] This was the best decision
of my life.”
took off the ring, returned it to its case, and gave it back to
Sandro, saying she could not accept. She wanted to make sure she was
making the right decision when the time came. Sandro said he felt
rejected; she told him not to because she wanted to be sure that they
were on the same page. It was better for him, for her, etc.
called Borgetti to tell him that Miriam intended to install herself
in the Farmateca offices. He had not been aware of her intentions
and told Irene he intended to find out more. However he warned her
that if Miriam is this determined he may not be able to do anything
about it and “Don't tell me what I have to do.”
worked on her laptop at home, asking Arturo how things were. He told
her about taking the case of one of Vanessa's friends. She mentioned
that Katia was the widow of Nicolas Lombardi. His parents had been
good friends of Giovanna's parents. Arturo said he knew nothing of
this. Giovanna told him that Catalina detested Katia. As they drank
some red wine he explained that he only took the case because of
Vanessa. He drank down his wine and announced he was getting to
work. Giovanna smiled to herself.
and Natalia were running in the park and she slowed down to a halt,
apparently in pain. He realized she wasn't close behind him and
stopped. She apparently had trouble breathing. He got her to pause
and take some deep breaths. Preparing for a marathon isn't easy.
thought Sandro was crazy when he told him about proposing to Katia.
and Vanessa explained that Borgetti had been looking for Julio's
computer and whatever information was on it. He had been threatening
Julio over it because of the double books at ZZ. Bernal commented on
how they had not given it to him at the time and Vanessa said that
was because they didn't know where it had been. But Borgetti had
been looking for it and must have provoked what had just happened.
Julio had refused to give up custody of Diego so Vanessa was going
with them out of the country.
asked whether they knew that Borgetti's wife was the majority
shareholder of Farmateca. Vanessa said no, but Bernal went on about
Irene also owning major shares and she could also be responsible for
this. What Bernal questioned was why Julio was cooking the books.
Was there other business beyond what would have been normal? Jackie
said she didn't know and found no records of anything irregular at
ZZ. Which made Bernal conclude that all the information was on
Julio's computer. This was also why Zacharías Zaldiviar was also
after it. He excused himself to return to the accident scene. Jackie
and Vanessa were getting nervous.
had regained consciousness while on the gurney being wheeled into an
examining room. He asked about his child and was told that he was
found alone at the crash site. A doctor told him that he had been
found alone. Julio went on as though he didn't hear him, saying that
a man was after his child. The doctor tried to tell him that the
police were investigating this as they took him in to be examined.
told Kuri over the phone about the double accounting at Farmateca and
that this was related to Borgetti being at Irene Palazuelo's house.
He wants a wiretap on the phone at that house. At the same time
Borgetti told someone else (Irene?) that the police don't have any
incriminating videos and he didn't believe it existed and Zacarias
only wanted to deceived her.
asked Bernal if he thought that Irene Palazuelos was involved in all
that. He wasn't sure what to say to that. However, the fact that
Miriam owned so much of Farmateca that Borgetti was eliminating
anyone who could stand in her way although he screwed up on Julio.
This all made sense to Kuri, who teased him about breaking the case
open on his first day back.
met Marcial, his henchman, in the warehouse and paid him. He told
him he did a good job. He had, in fact, chloroformed Diego and
carried him off. Like the psychopath he was he thanked Borgetti and
would be glad to do other such things for Borgetti in the future.
went to another area in the building and Marcial showed Borgetti the
unconscious child. Borgetti took several pictures and sent them to
Vanessa's cell phone with the following message:
you want to see your son and thereby end this nightmare, give me the
video and other copies if they exist.
noted that this came from an unknown number. The message was
followed by the photos of Diego. Both women were horrified. Another
you say anything to anyone let alone the police your son will not get
out of this alive.
came over to the car and asked if they had heard anything. Vanessa
lied and said just her mother-in-law who was ill with a heart
problem. This was bad enough but if she knew that Diego was missing
– but she didn't know how much longer she could keep this from
told her firmly that they will recover Diego and before Isabella
would find out. Bernal agreed that nothing good would come of
telling her now. Vanessa began freaking out, demanding to know what
they would do. He tried to get her to calm down while explaining
that the Villa Bravo police will be redeployed.
tried to reason with Danna, who still wanted her parents to get back
together. He told her that her mother was with her friend, Gustavo.
Danna told him that she loved her mother but loved him more. She
wanted to keep living with him. Their differences ended there.
told Vanessa and Jackie that he spoke to the right people and he
would be informed as soon as there was information. Vanessa said
that if there was nothing else they could do she wanted to go to the
hospital and talk to Julio. Jackie suggested rest and they left for
the two women were in the car Vanessa told Jackie to get that video
to them because they needed to free Diego from Borgetti. Julio had
told her that he was the one who threatened him with.
was panicking and Jackie kept telling her to calm down. Bernal
didn't know half of the story but all of them knew how heartless
Borgetti really was. They aren't home free yet and getting this done
meant being calm.
called Katia, who was with Sandro. When Katia ended the call she
told Sandro some of the details and said she had to go. He wanted to
go with her but she said that this would not be a good idea. He lent
her is chauffeur and she thanked him. She put the disc in the back
of a picture that she hung on the wall, took the gun, and left.
Jackie, and Bernal arrived at the hospital and Vanessa identified
herself to the desk nurse. The nurse told her that Julio was in
surgery. Vanessa sat in the reception area while Jackie and Bernal
went for coffee. Vanessa sent the following message:
In a little while I will have
the video with me. I ask you to please not to do anything to my son
or no deal. If you touch a single hair of Diego's I don't care what
I will have to do to make you pay even if it takes the rest of my
was trying to call Julio but got no reply. Her nurse tried to get
her to take her pills, but she kept refusing. She knew something was
wrong. She called Vanessa, who told her that she, Julio, and Diego
would be away for a few days. Isabella didn't believe it since their
passports were at her house. Vanessa told her that they were
negotiating and that Julio lost his cell phone so she shouldn't call.
Isabella accused her of hiding something. Vanessa signed off and
ended the call. Isabella whined and the nurse told her she had to
and Bernal came back with coffee and noticed that Vanessa looked
stressed. They asked if there was any news and she told them she had
spoken to her mother-in-law. The doctor came out and told them that
the operation was a little complicated because of some bruises and a
small hemorrhage they were able to control. However, Julio went into
a coma. It could last days, months, or years.
was in his office with Rico and Ramirez. He passed around a flask to
them. Ramirez tried to decline, but Borgetti poured some into his
mouth. He sat down and told them he didn't want them sharing any
information with Bernal. Rico said that if they needed help they'd
ask others. Borgetti said he was getting some new personnel shortly.
He then told Ramirez to leave them to talk. He left them alone.
Borgetti told Rico he thought “You will go very far in this
profession.” He handed him the flask and Rico took a large sip.
Borgetti said that he thinks that Bernal is conducting his own
investigations that benefit him and not the department. Rico was to
spy on him and report back to Borgetti. He told him to think of his
future. Rico didn't look like he liked even one second of this
said he would talk with Inspector Ferrer in Encino Blanco. He also
suspected that Borgetti had the child. Diego hadn't turned up
anywhere including in hospitals. It was probably that Borgetti had
him and was going to negotiate. He told them to call if they hear or
remember anything. Jackie tried to reassure Vanessa that they would
soon have Diego back.
Rico came out of Borgetti's office he evaded Ramirez' questions.
was working at her laptop when a female employee entered and handed
her a file. The girl told her that Miriam was asking for full access
to all the computer files, including the archives. Should I do that?
Irene told her that she could do so in the morning. She was to
accommodate Miriam as the majority shareholder. She was also to keep
her [Irene] informed of all requests, needs, complaints, etc. She
asked about a replacement for Victor but Irene said that she would
not require one. Then she told her to close the door on her way out.
The girl left.
crushed her cigarette and went to work purging computer files. She
went to the safe and took out some documents, which she put through
the shredder. She then took all the cash out of the safe and put it
in her purse.
and Vanessa were in Julio's room. He was lying in bed with an oxygen
mask. Vanessa was seething with anger and hatred for him over his
betrayal with Katia and the fact that he was ultimately responsible
for what is happening to Diego. She hated Katia intensely. Jackie
asked where the two bullets in the car came from. Vanessa didn't
Ferrer came and said he needed to talk to them. There was no news of
Diego but he said they wouldn't stop until they found him. He wanted
to talk to them in the waiting room. There he told them that the gun
didn't appear to belong to Julio because it wasn't registered.
However, his fingerprints were on it. It was possible that he was
dealing with an enemy. Vanessa did not take this well. Ferrer tried
to ask more questions but Jackie stopped him and Vanessa said she
didn't know anything else. He left them alone.
was dining with Miriam. She told him she had been at Farmateca all
day and would continue to do so. She needed to feel useful. She
started on how careless they were about screening their personnel and
asked if he had heard about the suicide. Of course he had. Miriam
ranted about how employees like that could ruin the company's image.
They almost argued. She ended by telling him that she would work
there every day, in her own interests.
got more and more anxious until Katia arrived with the disc. Vanessa
was getting impatient with Miriam when Vanessa's text arrived. He
looked at it and excused himself from the table.
received a call from Marcial, who told her she was to follow his
instructions to the letter. She was to leave the disc for him at a
certain point on the highway. She would get Diego back once he
authenticated the video. Vanessa would not accept that. She
insisted on getting Diego back at the same time. Marcial became
livid, telling her to be at the appointed place in twenty minutes or
she could say goodbye to her brat. He then ended the call.
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