Bev turned his attention to Karl. “Now, I suppose there is only one problem left.”
Cat and I also looked at the defeated man.
Cat cleared her throat. “Karl, there was a time that I loved you, but allowing those men to try and rape me showed me who you truly are. I am filing for divorce, and you are leaving, tonight.”
He simply nodded, not saying a thing. Without looking up, he stood and went upstairs, I assumed to pack.
Bev looked at me again, sticking out his hand. “Kurt, I’m glad you signed on with me. I’ll have some paperwork sent over you in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you finish your schooling. The money from this morning should cover the bills. When you graduate, we’ll look at getting you moved.” He looked at Cat and continued, “And Mrs. Jaeger, I’ll put you in touch with my lawyers. They’ll take care of Briggs for you.”
Finished his speech he stood, and we both stood as well.
“Why are you doing all this?” Cat asked.
Bev smiled and replied, “To make amends. To you and others. Not to mention, your beau is an interesting man.”
He gave a final smile and wave, and saw himself out.
Three years later.
Cat greeted me at the door as I headed for work; the same as she always has, ever since she first moved in with me. The only difference now is she held our son, and looked ready to pop out our second child.
“I’ll see you in a few days, Love,” I said leaning in kissing my sister soundly on the lips.
Turning to my son, I tickled his belly, eliciting a giggle from him. “And you, my boy, be good for Mommy.” With another giggle the two year old nodded and waved.
I turned back to Cat, and rubbed her belly. Crouching down, I whispered to her belly, “And you my unborn lovely, wait until after I get back to come out.”
Cat laughed, hearing me. She reached down, and pulled me back up. “Kurt, don’t take long. Take Bev out and kill a moose so you can come home.”
I gave her another kiss, then leaned in to whisper in the ear opposite our son. “I love you my Kitty Cat. I’ll be home as soon as I can.”
She gave me a final kiss then I hefted my bag, and collected my rifle case. With one final look at my family I left the house and walked down the lane to where Bev Wilder sat waiting in his truck, decked out in hunting gear.
I tossed my gear in the back of the truck and climbed in. Bev smiled at me, and shook my hand. “As the guide, aren’t you supposed to pick me up?”
I chuckled, as he drove away.
“Maybe, but when you asked to pick me up, I do what the boss says.”
As we drive down the trail, I reflect back on my relationship with the casino owner. He still seems just as evil today, as he did the first time I met him, but he has always treated Cat and I well. Aside from Cat’s ex-husband, Bev is the only one to know the truth about our relationship. I am a little worried he’s holding it over our heads, but I suppose that’s the tradeoff. He gave me my dream job, and ultimately, all I have to do in return is live my life, and take him and his friends hunting.
Is working for Bev Wilder a gamble? Maybe, but I’m a better gambler than my ex-brother-in-law. I have a wife and family I love. I have my dream job, and couldn’t ask for more.