She could still hear him raging inside the penthouse, screaming into the commlink. He was still furious about whatever had been stolen out from under his nose last week. She’d heard him say something about “the skull”, but she must have misheard. Whatever it was, it had been some part of his never-ending battle to prove himself to his father. Nothing angered the young man more than failing, but it was even worse when he failed trying to live up to the elder Nakada’s expectations.
She actually felt sorry for him at times. She understood what it meant to be trapped by the circumstances of your birth. She didn’t want to be the heir to Thompson Industries than she wanted to be in this penthouse with a raging oedipal complex. She would have been happier as a second or third child, forgotten and left to her own devices.
Her talk with Ryan had opened more wounds than she had ever thought. I couldn’t even answer his most basic questions about Daddy’s business troubles, she thought. He probably knows more about Thompson Industries than I do. Some ‘heir-apparent’ I am. Just another failure to add to the pile.
The young woman leaned over the railing to look at the street below. She used to be terrified to stand this close to the 80 story drop. But today it seemed strangely enticing. The movement of cars and pedestrians below was almost mesmerizing. Just a second of terror and it would be all over, came the thought. It would solve everyone’s problems…
The balcony door slammed open and Hideki stepped out into the rain, still talking through the commlink. “Start searching again, dammit. Sending a team after it isn’t an option and he’s not going to give it back just because I ask nicely. So START LOOKING!”
He glanced up at Tina and held out his hand “Please come back inside,” he said gently. “I’m sorry for losing my temper like that. You know how I get when I speak to .”
Tina nodded absently and stepped toward Hideki’s open arms. A shudder ran through her body as she glanced briefly back at the railing.
It’s just the cold, she tried to reassure herself as she let the young man hug her and gently guide her into the penthouse.