41: Mario Explodes In Front of Cecelia
world has very little love to offer. I often think that some people
actively avoid it because they see weakness in it. The weakness is
in their inability to be strong in the face of real adversity, when
those they love are threatened. They push them away in the name of
power or social position. The smart ones who make this mistake live
to regret this while the others are content with shallow
satisfactions achieved through nefarious plots. The political forum
is the main arena for this.
entered the bedroom suddenly, catching Marcia on her cell phone. She
ended the call quickly and told him she was talking to her mother.
She sarcastically asked whether that was forbidden. Strangely, he
did not snatch the phone out of her hand to examine it. She left the
was determined not to lose Regina again. Regina told Gerardo they
could not be together because of how their relationship was hurting
others. Neither of them seemed to have ever asked themselves whether
the people in their lives were choosing to be hurt by something that
was none of their business, including a public whose well-being they
concerned themselves with.
argued with his father and refused to obey him regarding Cecelia.
Alonso told him off about the prostitutes, the sex and the drugs,
then said he was stupid, which was unlikely to be effective. He
emphasized that if he wanted to resolve this problem he had to do as
he was told.
was experiencing a similar communication difficulty with Nayeli, who
did not want to comply. She wanted Nayeli to tell her what was
wrong, but Nayeli did not want to. She said she had tried to be a
good mother. However, she managed to control her temper much better
than Alonso, but only up to a point. Nayeli told her mother that she
felt alone when she was with her. While Jessica was the attractive
gringa she was only a lowly Mexican without friends. Jessica was
unaware of this. Nayeli then confessed that she was in love with her
stepfather; also, that she had had relations with him many times and
that he loved her more than he did Jessica. This earned her a slap.
Jessica then cried and left Ignacio's house.
looked at her cell phone and saw a message telling her that she was
being watched. There were photos attached of her in the midst of
Chivo's drug deal.
got Ochoa's report, then spoke to Magda about Israel. He had known
about the man's proclivities for a while. Magda told him that Israel
had broken her heart. This was such an understatement for such a
confronted Noemi about her meeting with Isela. Noemi stood up for
her right to know the truth of the situation. She wanted to know why
he looked elsewhere when he had everything. Mario avoided answering
this. He told her he had not planned on having a child with Isela
but that he loved Cecelia from the beginning, so he provided for her
to the best of his ability. Nothing in his list of excuses made
Noemi lose her resolve in this discussion. She then informed him
that he was never to touch her again. In exchange for her silence
she demanded to know all about his businesses and to receive a major
share of his future income.
went to José's home to learn more about him. He said that was no
place for her, but she said that if it was a place for him, it was
also a place for her. They joined hands.
went to the police station at a call from Andres, who told him that
Alma was dead. She had been the prostitute who came to them with
information. Gerardo asked whether she had been murdered. He told
him that Emiliano was involved somehow and that two other girls who
had been there had talked. There had been a party with drugs.
Hernán was there taking notes. He appeared to be the only
the others were the gauntlet through which Alonso and Emiliano had to
pass to get into the office. Alonso shoved him inside when they got
past the front door.
went to see Cecelia in her office.
happened?” she asked. He hit her hard enough to almost knock her
forgot that Emiliano is my grandson. He has your blood.”
forgetting something. That you put me here to –”
didn't put you here to do this... aberration,” he said.
about the relationship with Regina's husband? That's an aberration,
too. For Alonso I'm only an object. You served me up to him on a
platter. This was all about controlling him.”
didn't you leave him alone?”
I didn't think. But, he's in love with me.”
who's fault is it?”
it's my fault? The only thing I've ever done is to systematically
obey you. About Alonso. You are my father; you're supposed to
protect me. All you have done is ruin my life every single day.Look
at what you've done.”
looked a little pensive.
that moment Alonso and Emiliano were waiting in a corridor for
Regina. When she arrived and kissed her son Alonso said they needed
to discuss something that affected all of them.
talked about how long it took to have any peace with Isela.
your wife hates her.”
else knows, but there is something else. I confronted Omar San
Roman. This was very dangerous.”
have to be careful because that man will kill whom he wants to kill.”
tried several times but he doesn't have the power. Right now I'm
more worried about Emiliano. Daughter, you must prepare for this.
As soon as Emiliano knows who you are he will lose his mind. We are
on the verge of getting what we want but you need to be cool and
collected. And alert.”
is something else you need to know,” she told him. She then
related accounts of the deaths of Alma and that of Emiliano's friend
who had supplied the drugs.
promised to protect her along with Emiliano and Alonso.
refused to believe that Regina had anything to do with Alma's death.
He wanted media silence on this but Hernán told him that this was
nearly impossible. Gerardo insisted that he say nothing about this
until there was evidence that would stand up to close inspection and
Hernán agreed to this because Gerardo was a true human being.
mother brewed tea for Natalia while her son went to change clothes.
She told Natalia about Omar's visit and the fear she felt in his
presence. He had told her that he was José's boss and would dismiss
him if he was dissatisfied.
sat in the dining room with Omar, but lost her appetite. When he
tried to question her attitude she said he was never satisfied. If
she talked he was bothered, if she didn't it bothered him. He said
he had here with him to please himself. He was trying to provoke
her. Finally he started saying some truly vile things to her, saying
she was short, ugly, and uncultured. He got angry with her and
ordered her to leave. She complied without argument, as she could
not tolerate his presence.
got Regina and Emiliano in his office where he acknowledged his
mistake in not telling Regina about Emiliano's relations with his
are you trying to do, crucify me?” the boy asked.
how he talks back to me?” Alonso said to Regina. He then turned to
his son. “Tell your mother what you told me.”
need you to be home, Mama. I need you to come back.”
your son needs you. Do you think I'm deaf to all this and that is
isn't important to me?”
don't need you to tell me what has to be said.”
have a child. Do you want to lose him? Or doesn't that matter?”
is the most important thing in my life. Excuse me, but can you say
I hope that one day you hear others' criticisms and take charge of
your life, your family. I hope. I'll leave you alone.” Alonso
left the room. She tried to get Emiliano to talk to her. He
played Marcia's voicemail for Mauro, advising him to bring Alonso's
attention to this.
to your boss. Tell him that his father is out of control and he
needs to take precautions.”
was asleep on the couch when Teresa returned to the apartment where
she was not welcome. She walked in deliberately and frightened her
daughter to wakefulness. She then laughed at Ximena's expression.
The girl sat up.
what are you doing here? How did you get in?” she asked.
flashed the keys that Gerardo should have confiscated.
have keys. Why are you looking at me like that? You think I'm
don't know what you're talking about. I don't care.” She got up
from the couch to leave the room.
don't know you're going to have a new baby brother or sister,” she
play games with me, alright?” Ximena replied.
the truth. I don't have to invent this. I decided I didn't want to
live alone so I came here to live with you instead.”
my father doesn't want that.”
is why you have to help me.”
I will not help you.”
you saying you're against me?”
not in the mood to deal with you.”
tried to leave the room but Teresa grabbed her and pulled her back.
will listen and you will respect me,” she said.
will never touch me again for the rest of your life,” Ximena said.
what the doctor said: I can't experience strong emotions because if
anything happens to the baby –”
What, Mama? Will that be my fault, like everything else is my
fault? Leave me alone. Please, Mother, leave me alone.”
walked out of the room.
filled Alonso in on Israel's arrest and his list of crimes. Alonso
asked him to get Magda and Cecelia into his office. He chewed Magda
out about this situation and further retaliated by insulting both
the same time Emiliano was working at brainwashing or gaslighting
Regina into staying at home for him and Alonso, saying that they both
needed her. Her cell phone began ringing and she ignored it. She
told her son they would have a long talk out in the garden about
everything, beginning with Cecelia.
is not the problem,” he said. “I am. It's I who fell in love
and need to fight for what I could lose.”
make out her reply]
is it, Mother?”
wrong is that I wasn't with you when –”
I don't want to look for guilt. I want solutions.”
are something. You are smart, very good-looking. You are generous.
You are incredible. You are part of me. As I cared for you in my
womb, Emi, I will take care of you forever. Always.”
took his hands in hers. She probably did not realize what she was
actually committing to.
I, too. I need you. Dad and I both need you.”
walked out of the Senate house together. He started home first. Her
cell phone kept ringing. She checked the caller ID and looked sad,
asked José why he hadn't told her about Omar's visit. She was sure
Omar had threatened him because that is what he does. She warned him
that it was a threat ad his problems were also now hers. She wanted
every detail of that incident.
gave Alonso the bad news about Omar. Alonso looked annoyed and a
little weary, then said he needed to talk to Ochoa. He needed to
protect Mario. He next objective was to ruin Gerardo Martínez in
order to get Regina back. He was too full of himself to realize that
this would not even begin to achieve such an impossible goal.
black station wagon pulled into a disreputable area as a
pewter-colored car parked behind it. Mario and Almirón talked about
meeting there to avoid Omar. Mario refused to be afraid of “that
decrepit old man.” Mauro called Mario to tell him that Alonso
arranged protection for him. He was directed to dig up whatever dirt
he could on Gerardo. Mario mentioned Teresa's pregnancy, but Mauro
told him that would not be sufficient. It needed to be something
much worse and much bigger to get him permanently out of Regina's
wants that much to see her suffer?”
so she will reconcile with him.”
I'll see what I can do.” He ended the call and addressed Almirón.
“Did you take photos of Martínez' daughter? It's time to use
that little girl to get revenge on that imbecile Gerardo to get
Regina's eyes off him and back to Alonso.”
little all these men really knew about women.
went to see Cecelia who rushed him into a hallway to tell him his
father ordered her not to see him anymore. She was not interested in
losing her job and Alonso had been furious. Emiliano did not take
this seriously and eventually their voices were sufficiently raised
to bring Mauro out of his office. Emiliano sassed Mauro about him
also wanting to keep him and Cecelia apart. Cecelia told Emiliano to
leave because she didn't want to see him anymore and wanted him to
leave. He turned around and left. Hector appeared to prevent
Cecelia from following him.
went to his father's office to confront him about this. Alonso told
him “This is over; get that slut out of your head.” He then sent
for Hector and ordered him to take Emiliano home and lock him in his
room. “If he sets foot on the street you will pay the
tried to turn Emiliano toward the door but the boy flinched
touch me!” He then looked at his father and said – sotto voce
– “I hate you” before leaving the office.
left a recording on a cell phone confessing to her father about her
recent activities, saying she could not face him or her mother. At
the same time, as she collected the false identity documents she had
ordered on the black market Chivo pulled up, got out of his car, and
grabbed her. He knew she had stolen the money. He dragged her into
the car, pinned her down along the front seat with her head over the
edge of the driver's seat. She fought back, but he choked her to
drove to a cabin in the woods where Gerardo was waiting for her.
is our farewell, isn't it?” he asked.
nodded. She looked sad, as though she were about to cry.
can't be together. You know that.”
will be our last time together. I love you, Regina.”
slowly embraced and kissed before going inside where they consummated
their passion on the floor before a roaring fire. Regina's look of
ecstasy was mixed with the tragic truth of their situation as she
savored the passion she had never known with Alonso. Had Tristan and
Isolde been able to watch them, they would not have hesitated to
prefer togetherness in life rather than in death.
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