The Rideshare Chronicles Novella Series – The Start of Destiny – Destiny Begins

A Rideshare Chronicles Novella
The Start of Destiny

Destiny Begins

ActXII

Jonathan woke up with a cold sweat as he ejected his bare chest in a sitting position.

     


"Alessandra!" Jonathan screamed as he quickly reached for the phone to check on her. Which immediately went into voice mail. "Tio!" Jonathan yelled as the transparent figure of Mike Romero entered the room in his hotel in Spain.

    


"I told you to stop calling me that," Mike Romero scolded as Jonathan shrugged his shoulders.

    


"It's the only way I knew you would come," Jonathan snickered in humor as he put the phone down.  He stared at the ring that laid on the side table with the letter that Alessandra wrote to him, saying that it felt wrong to kiss the ring. 

     


"She's doing fine?" Mike Romero said as Jonathan looked at Mike Romero in suspicion.

     


"You act like it's my first rodeo with our family dynamic," Jonathan rebutted.

     


"Take my word for it," Mike Romero said as Jonathan pounded the bed in anger.

    


"Your word is useless to me!" Jonathan yelled. "You don't give me updates!" Jonathan scolded. "You don't tell me how the family is? You don't even tell me how dad's doing!" Jonathan screamed in anger. "How am I supposed to take your god damn fucken word!" Jonathan said as tears began to fall. 

     


Jonathan's eyes began to widen from the shock of the golden light forming in the hotel room, which had him crawl back as he hit his head on the headboard. Jonathan yelled in pain as he squinted at the woman who was wearing traditional Aztec attire.

    


"Hello, Jonathan?" Chalchiuhtlicue said as Jonathan began to remember the woman he met a few years back. When he first moved to Los Angeles.

    


"Chalchiuhtlicue!" Mike Romero scolded. "You're not supposed to be here!"

     


"Quiet grandson!" Chalchiuhtlicue scolded.

     


"Oh, yeah!" Jonathan said as Chalchiuhtlicue smiled.

    

"Come on, let me show you something?" Chalchiuhtlicue said she gestured for Jonathan to come with her.

     


"Don't, Abuela!" Mike Romero said in disappointment.

      


"After the sadness and the tears, he cried doing our bidding?" Chalchiuhtlicue said in kindness. "I think he's earned a right to look into what our warrior is up to these days.

     


"Warrior," Jonathan said with a smile.

     


"Are you going to sit there and look pretty?" Chalchiuhtlicue scuffed in laughter. "Or are you coming?"

     


"Can I at least put some close on?" Jonathan said as Chalchiuhtlicue nodded.

    


"But why are you going against the order of the New Light Order?" Mike Romero asked as Jonathan began to slip into his jeans.

     


"I was a sucker for forbidden love too at one point in time?" Chalchiuhtlicue said as Jonathan turned towards Chalchiuhtlicue with a smile.

      


In the rented Nissan SUV, Jonathan was in the front seat as she drove through the night sky in San Antonio. As a rideshare driver for Passeio.

     


“Chalchiuhtlicue?” Jonathan said as Chalchiuhtlicue interrupted.

     


"You can call me Abuela?" Chalchiuhtlicue said as Jonathan looked back at Chalchiuhtlicue.

     


"I barely know you," Jonathan said as he immediately went into the next question. "What is she doing?"

     


"Well, you know there are always bumps in the road," Chalchiuhtlicue said as Jonathan turned towards Chalchiuhtlicue in confusion.

    


"Meaning?" Jonathan said in confusion.

    


"She is playing the cards she is being dealt with like a champ," Chalchiuhtlicue said.

    


"But when you said warrior, I thought," Jonathan said in confusion.

    


"You kid these days," Chalchiuhtlicue said with a sigh. "You never get the concept of patience," Chalchiuhtlicue said as Jonathan looked at Alessandra as she began to roar as she hit the freeway, accelerating the engine as she drove through the empty streets at the beginning of the quarantine.

     


"You know that is how it began when the first one happened?" Chalchiuhtlicue said as she admired Jonathan's loving face as he stared at Alessandra.

    


The COVID outbreak was just announced, which brought fear to the world.  With that news that there was a couple who caught in San Antonio. The city was cold and empty as the freeway laid bare.

     


"What?" Jonathan said as he couldn't get his eyes off Alessandra as he smiled in her delight.

      


"The first mass extinction," Chalchiuhtlicue said as Jonathan looked at Chalchiuhtlicue.

     


"So, it's here," Jonathan said in concern. "Fuck!" Jonathan said with a sigh as he fell back. "Is she ready?" Jonathan whispered as he looked at the Mission exit as he looked at the dark street that led into the poorly dim light.

"One can only hope," Chalchiuhtlicue said as he began to hit the dash of the car, causing no damage in his unphysical temporary form.

     


"Alessandra, what the fuck are you doing!" Jonathan yelled as she went deeper into the park as she rolled down the window to feel the breeze.  

       


Alessandra was alarmed to see a woman running to the far side as she began to scream for help as a man chased after her.  

      


Alessandra's immediately felt the fear as she felt her stomach turning as her hands began to shake as she continued to drive away in fear of the anticipation.

    


"Keep driving, babe," Jonathan said as Chalchiuhtlicue rebutted.

    


"Hypocrite!" Chalchiuhtlicue said as she turned back to see the man jumping towards the woman.

     


Alessandra parked the car as closed her eyes. Tears began to fall from her face as she began to breathe in and out. "What do I do!' Alessandra said as she started to cry in fear and helplessness. "What do I do!" Alessandra said as she called.

    


Alessandra looked slowly down as The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" began to play on her radio, which initially was off.  Alessandra exhaled as she whispered, "Never turn a blind eye. I am a badass!" Alessandra said she drove over the ramp as the tires screeched as she made a U-turn as she made her way back towards the incident.  

     


"No! No!" Jonathan yelled as he looked at Chalchiuhtlicue. "Bring me back!" Jonathan said. "We need to help her!" Jonathan said in anger as he looked at Chalchiuhtlicue.

    


Chalchiuhtlicue nodded her head as she said, "No."

      


Alessandra immediately lifted the bat on the back seat's floor as she inhaled to calm her nerves as she bolted out the door.

    


"Come back!" Jonathan screamed in terror as he got out of the SUV without having to open the door.

    


"Jonathan!" Chalchiuhtlicue said as she grabbed his arm. "This is her moment!"

     


"Bring me back!" Jonathan said as he hit the metal armor of Chalchiuhtlicue breastplate. "Let me help her!" Jonathan screamed as tears fell from his face.

     


"She needs to learn how to help herself and gain the power to learn how to have a desire to help others," Chalchiuhtlicue said as Jonathan began to pound on her armor. Chalchiuhtlicue stood unchanged and unmoved.

     


Jonathan turned as he heard Alessandra scream, which he immediately followed as he fell back as he saw the lavender flames ignite in the dark park. He looked at Alessandra. She looked back as she held her eyes tightly, expecting the worst.

Alessandra immediately turned as she got up in confusion as what appeared to be three men were thrown back. As they began to circle, Alessandra nervously. 

     


"Run to the vehicle!" Alessandra yelled as she immediately stood up and made her way to the passenger side of the running SUV.

      


"What are you!" One of the men said in a shaky voice.

       


Alessandra shook as she held the pack like the sword she once had, as she made sure to keep eyes on the three men.  

     


One of the men lunged, grabbing the bat attempting to pull it from her hands. Alessandra kicked the man as she dragged the bat back the Alessandra pushed them away as she ran in the opposite direction of the vehicle. 

      


"9-1-1, what's your emergency," the operator said as the woman answered.

     


 "Hi, we are being attacked!" The young woman said.

     


"Calm down, ma'am," the operator said. "Where are you?"

     


"Somewhere in Mission Park," the woman said in a panic. "Please hurry. They are chasing after her!" The woman cried.

     


"Who are they chasing?" The 9-1-1 operator said.

     "My rideshare driver!" the woman yelled.

      


Alessandra began to cry as she reached a dead-end in the park as the men started to approach Alessandra at the dead-end of the park.

      


"Getaway!" Alessandra yelled as she began to swing the bat. 

      


"Must have been luck!" One of the men said, looking at the other two. 

      


"Now time to die!" One of the men said as Jonathan began to cry.

      


"Why are you letting this happen!" Jonathan yelled as he Chalchiuhtlicue appeared. 

      


"Just wait!" Chalchiuhtlicue said calmly. "It gets better."

        


Alessandra looked down as the men with knives backed away as her phone began to play "Blinding Lights" as the screen began to light up in her cut-off shorts.

      


The men looked at one another in nervous fear as they looked like Alessandra began to swing the bat like her sword.

     


"Time to stop running!" Alessandra said as the first man lunged at Alessandra as she kicked the knife out of his hand. Alessandra swung the bat as the man fell back as he flew back. The blood and teeth hit the men as they began to both charges at Alessandra.

    


Alessandra pushed the tip of the bat into the man's torso as she bent back, lifting her, dodging the knife attack the second man attempted to execute.

     


"Not today, Satan!" Alessandra yelled as the knife flew up as Alessandra swung the bat towards the blade as it passed into the tree's bark.

     


The man glanced at the knife as he roared as his accomplice grabbed Alessandra from behind as the man pulled the bat.

    


"You're dead fucken bitch!" The man said as he lifted the bat.

     


"Don't be so sure," Alessandra said as she stomped on the man holding her as. She quickly reverses the grip as the bat hits the man on the head, which followed with the man falling to the ground, unconscious.

      


"You know cheating is only for those who don't have any skills!" Alessandra said with a smile as the man ran with the bat raised in the air. 

    


The man huffed as he swung the bat as he said, "You want to fight like a man, I will treat you like a man!" The man fell as Alessandra sweep kicked him as hit the ground with a thud.

     


"Only a fucken pussy would say that you are fucken coward!" Alessandra said as he stood in a fighting stance as she allowed the man to stand up. "You want to fight like a bitch? Well, I treat you like a bitch!" Alessandra said as the man ran with the bat up in the air as Alessandra crouched as she pierced her side with her finger as she executed an uppercut!"

     
"Now that's a warrior princess, right there!" Jonathan cheered as Chalchiuhtlicue looked at Jonathan with a smile.

"I told you it gets better!" Chalchiuhtlicue said as she smiled in pride as Alessandra finally had the power to start believing in herself.

     


"Are you crying?" Jonathan asked in humorous confusion.

     


"Mind your business!" Chalchiuhtlicue said to Alessandra's voice.

    


"I don't want to hurt you," Alessandra pleaded as the man stood up with blood dripping from his nose.  The man roared as he swung at Alessandra in the face.

    


Alessandra dodged the hit as she lifted her leg, causing the man to fall to the floor as she brought her leg down.

     


"I'm not going to lose to a woman!" The man said as Alessandra moved her fingers with a proud smile.

    


"First time for everything, I guess," Alessandra said as the man jumped at Alessandra.

     


Alessandra jumped towards him as she grabbed him, using his body weight to throw him back towards the concrete barrier as she quickly stood up.

    


"Men and the egos they get in insecurity!" Alessandra said as she wiped the sweat off her face.

    


"Pussies!" The man said as the two other men stood up as they ran away.

      


"Aww," Alessandra said in pity. "I guess it's just you and me, big boy!" Alessandra noted as the man charged. He was refusing to quit.

      


"Don't get cocky, babe," Jonathan whispered as the man grabbed her arm as pushed her down as. He grabbed Alessandra's neck as he began to chock her as Alessandra attempted to pull the man's hands away.

    


Chalchiuhtlicue pushed Jonathan back as he attempted to run to help.

    


"She's more powerful than you think," Chalchiuhtlicue reassured as Jonathan stepped back. "Unless you lied when you told her that," Chalchiuhtlicue said as he nodded in desperation.

     


Alessandra began to think in her panic as she saw the man's rage in victory began to appear. As he smiled with a grin of evil satisfaction.

     


Alessandra began to kick the man on the back with her foot as he began to groan from the pain.

    


"Stop it!" The man said as he pushed Alessandra as. His eyes began to roll back as she continued to kick.

    


The man looked back as he used his leg to hold hers in place, overpowering her for a minute.

     


Alessandra struck him in the eye as the man looked back as the man began to scream as. He immediately let go as he covered his face as he attempted to keep his eyeballs in place.

    


"You fucken bitch!" The man screams as he fell to the floor as he screamed in agonizing pain.

   


Jonathan sighed in relief as he saw Alessandra roll over as she coughed from the pressure on her neck as she began as. She rolled on her back as she threw her arms to the ground.

    


The man's screams echoed through the empty park as the neighboring houses began to turn off the lights as the cries grew louder. 

     


"You're going to rot in prison," the man yelled in painful agony as Alessandra sighed as she stumbled from the dizziness as she stood up.

    


"You no longer have the power to intimidate me!" Alessandra yelled as the man screamed as he turned towards Alessandra's voice.

    


"Look what you did to my eyes!" The man screamed as he pulled his hands from his face. He showed the bloody and empty eye sockets as he cried.

    


"It was self-defense, helping someone you were already hurting," Alessandra whispered as she couldn't help to feel sympathy for the man.  I mean, how couldn't she.  She didn't know what happened to the man to lead to the events that resulted from that evening.

     


"Why!" The man screamed as the pain began to more substantial.

     


"If you assumed I was a girl with daddy issues," Alessandra said as she sighed in relief. "That's your pendejadas, not mine!" Alessandra huffed as she finally began to catch her breath. She picked up the bat as she began making her way to the running vehicle.

     

Maria Romero turned as the door opened.

    
"Mija!" Maria Romero cried as she ran to see Alessandra's bloody face as the bruise on her neck began to show. "Oh my God!" Maria said as she grabbed her face gently as Alessandra winced from the scream of the pain. 'What happened!"

"Work!" Alessandra said as she gently pushed her Abuela out of the way as she fell into the recliner as she began to moan from the sore muscles in her body.

    


"No, you are not driving anymore!" Maria Romero scolded.

     


"Abuela, we have no choice," Alessandra said as she kicked the right shoe off as Aurora Romero stood at the end of the hall.  Alessandra turned as she immediately bolted into the kitchen to get ice and the first-aid packet. 

     


"We will make it," Maria Romero pleaded

     


"I'm still in one piece," Alessandra yelled as she hissed as Aurora Romero began to clean the wounds.

     


"Then it's set. We are selling the house," Maria Romero said as Alessandra smirked with a grin.

    


"Now who's the cabesuda!" Alessandra said as she sat back as gently pushed Aurora Romero away. "I made two hundred bucks and helped save a life?" Alessandra said as Maria Romero looked at Aurora Romero in confused shock.

    


"What do you mean?" Aurora Romero said in concern.

    


"While finishing my last lap around the city, there was the woman who needed help," Alessandra said as she closed her eyes.

    


"What kind of help?" Maria Romero said in nervous concern as Alessandra opened her eyes as she exhaustedly stared at her Abuela.

    


"I helped stop a violent sexual assault," Alessandra said as she smiled in humbled pride.

    


"How did you do that?" Aurora Romero said as she sat on the love seat as she stared at Alessandra.

    


"Como la gente!" Alessandra said as she smirked as groaned in pain. "How else do you think?" Alessandra said as she looked at the Great Aunt and her Abuela in confusion. "With this!" Alessandra said as she groaned as she put her fist down. 'You were right, Abuela," Alessandra said in a proud whisper. "The bat finally was put to use?"

     


"Well, is that why you didn't answer my calls that had me worried sick?" Maria Romero cried.

    


"I didn't go to the hospital," Alessandra whispered as she closed her eyes. 

    


"So why are you here two hours after you said you were coming home," Aurora Romero scolded.

    


"Because," Alessandra said in victory. "I helped someone fight for the self-respect that she almost lost because of this," Alessandra said as she looked at her two leading ladies as tears began to fall from their faces. "I did what I thought I never could," Alessandra said as she groaned as she lifted herself. "I inspired someone to fight for justice," Alessandra said.

    


"Well, did you give those fuckers hell," Alfredo Romero said in pride as he rolled into the living room?

    


"Let's just say the guy was blinded by the light I thought I never had," Alessandra whispered.

   


"We have to go," Chalchiuhtlicue said as she grabbed Jonathan as made their way back to his hotel room.

    


"Why do you always do that," Jonathan yelled as he turned towards Chalchiuhtlicue.

     


Chalchiuhtlicue smiled as the phone began to ring.

    "Hello?" Jonathan said as Antonio Castillo answered.

   


"There has been a change of plans," Antonio Castillo. "Starting immediately, we will be shooting a pilot for a local singing competition," Antonio Castillo said.

   


"Meaning?" Jonathan said in confusion.

    


"Meaning the tour in Europe will end, and the last appearance will take place in a club in San Antonio."

     


"How soon?" Jonathan asked as Antonio Castillo replied.

     


"You fly in a few days," Antonio said as he paused mid-sentence.

     
"Well, what if I told you I was already in San Antonio?" Jonathan said as he looked at Chalchiuhtlicue.

"Well then, take a week off, and we will begin after you return. The next few weeks are going to be hell," Antonio Castillo said with a chuckle. "I expect you at the studio the following week!" Antonio said as he hung up the phone.

    

"Are you ready to venture into the destination to destiny!" Chalchiuhtlicue said as Jonathan looked at Chalchiuhtlicue as he nodded with a smile.

 

    


Alessandra stopped at the car wash to rinse off her vehicle before she began her Rideshare shift.   The hose from the car wash as Alessandra put the hose back in place.   Three weeks passed since her first initial incident, which motivated her, assuring that she drove a few hours every day. Not only to put food on the table to help her family but to help others in need. Who wouldn't usually help with the turning of society's blind eye.?

     


She began to think of her journey so far as she began to smile. As she pulled from the bay of the carwash, she began to smile as The Weekend's "Missed You" began to play as she entered the entrance to I-10 on Culebra road. Alessandra began to smile as she admired the city's skyline. She had so much resentment upon her return. 

     


She began to smile as she began to think of the memories she had throughout her life.  She pondered how Seraphine Harkness was okay.  I wondered how AR Jay and Christina were, after their falling out from her emotional outburst as she put the emergency lights as she parked the vehicle on the median of 281 as she crossed as she fireworks flew into the sky as she was taken away.

     


"How could I ever resent this beautiful city that was home to so many things?" Alessandra said as her honey hazel eyes glowed as she admired the firework display that she assumed were left over from the Fourth of July holiday that passed. 

     


Alessandra looked down as she thought about Jonathan as she began to realize why she constantly pushed him away. "I'm not going to let the abuse my ex-husband did after high school stop me from loving again," Alessandra whispered as she thought about Jonathan.  Alessandra looked at the time as she turned to the flashing police lights.

          


"Is everything okay, ma'am?" the officer asks Alessandra. "Can I get your license and registration, please, ma'am?" he asked in a charming and pleasant tone.

         


The officer was young and very attractive, with dark brown eyes and a naturally tanned complexion.  He was clean-cut and had very little facial hair, with full and kissable lips.  He was five foot eight and very fit, with biceps popping out of his creased sleeve like a stray hair.

         


"Yes, Officer Martinez, everything is fine," she said politely.

         


"I saw that you were kneeling on the side of the road taking pictures of the Alamo," he replied in a comforting tone. "I just wanted to make sure you were emotionally okay," he said kindly.

         


"Yeah, I was just taking in the scenery.  Why would I not be, okay?" she replied humbly.

         


"I saw that you had tears in your eyes." he reassured." The city is beautiful, isn't it?" he replied proudly. "Are you not from here?" he asked inquisitively. 

         


"Born and raised, but I just moved back about three months ago, which today just now driving for Passeio had me see the true beauty of it for the first time," she replied in the same reminiscent voice she felt.   

         


"They say it's a city with a small-town feel, which, if you ask me, is the charming part of San Antonio," he replied like a narrator on the History channel in his deep sultry voice.

         


"You know it is.  For the longest time, I had resentment for my hometown as I was always undermined", she said in assuring tone. "Living in Houston, I began to miss the more I was gone.  But the truth of the matter is that San Antonio gets underestimated.  People don't realize the power and the strength this city has.  Despite of all the contradictions, tonight I realized that I wasn't appreciative of the things I had here." she said humbly.


"Well, Miss Romero, I am not going to hold you up any longer as you do more for this city than you know being a rideshare driver.  Since Passeio, our drunk driving rate has gone down.  Thank you for your services, ma'am.  We police officers always get thanked for the services that we provide, but we rarely thank our rideshare drivers." he affirmed humbly. "If not, one hasn't told you yet. Thank you for the service you provide to this city daily and welcome back home, Miss Alessandra. It's a pleasure to have you back home.  Be careful out there." he said in a thankful and appreciative tone.

         


"Thank you, Officer Martinez, and be safe out there too.  If I am in a jam, I might need a kind and amazing soul like you", she replied.

         


"Call me Alejandro, all my friends do.  Have a great rest of your day, Alessandra", he said as he got into the car. 

     


Alessandra waved goodbye as she entered her vehicle as she smiled at the whistling sounds that followed explosions that brightened the night sky

     


Alessandra heard that chime of the incoming pickup as "Waiting for Tonight" played.

    


Alessandra smiled as she began to think about prom night but then thought for a moment about the time in Houston with Jonathan.

    


"You'd be proud, babe," Alessandra whispered as she switched the gear to drive. "I feel like I am on my way to being a true badass!" Alessandra said as she went off into the night and destiny.

    


The radio began to get staticky as she was halfway to the pickup as the "Blinding Lights" began to play.

    


She looked at the screen that showed the cover of the album of her favorite artist.

    


"Sounds more appropriate for a night like this," Alessandra said as she smiled as she looked at the road. Alessandra chuckled softly as she remembered what Jonathan said about her being a hero one day. "Maybe one day, Charming," Alessandra said. "Maybe one day," Alessandra said as she pressed the gas pedal as hugged the curves of the curving road. 


She kept steady as she stayed perfectly in the lines as she made towards the stop on the St Mary's Strip. Which later that night, she would encounter Jonathan in their final and permanent reunion. As now her adventure is about to begin as she reaches her destiny. The destination of destiny. 

Published by Frieda Lopez at Frieda the Writer

Frieda López is the writer for Journey of an Unraveled Road who was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Through her professional career in Customer Relations and Retail Management, she has utilized her experience and interactions with the behavioral patterns, which was used to start her personal journey with Journey of A Unraveled Road as her debut novel. She has completed philosophy, psychology, and theology courses at San Antonio College as well as creative writing courses. Frieda López has been a lifelong writer since 2nd grade. A survivor of childhood trauma, childhood abuse, and domestic violence, she wrote this piece, which started this book as her personal journey; works from home in San Antonio, TX.

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