November 4th: The Journey
I awoke slowly, aware of burning pain in my shoulders, and unbearable pain in my back, as if I was being stretched and had been for several weeks. My first thought was of the club. If i'm here, who's in charge there?! What's happening to my boys? Are they in the same boat? Do they know whats happened? Do they think i've abandoned them!?
What is that prick Levy telling them?
A gruff voice...the same gruff voice which was the last thing i'd heard, so long ago. Since then, i've been in and out of conciousness, bundled into the back of cars, left by roadsides, in basements, and now, seemingly, in an abandoned car park. I pushed one foot in front of the other and stumbled in the indicated direction. As we moved, the lights slowly flickered on...perhaps this carpark wasn't as abandoned as it seemed.
From out of the shadows stepped a tall, thin figure, suited and booted, and with a stony, cold face, and a sneer which would cut diamonds.
Nice of you to join us, Mr Ardilles
I nodded, unable to form words. Why the fuck was I here, and who is this Joker?
I sense your confusion, dear fellow. Let me introduce myself; My name is Carlo Perez, and I represent some very wealthy business men within the football world, holding power in various top-level clubs.
We want your help.
What?! My mind was reeling - this guy was telling me he had the backing of trillions and billions of pounds, and yet he'd dragged me to an abandoned car park, tied me up, and ripped me away from my club?
Of course, I must apologise for the manner in which you have arrived with us - we had to make sure the media thought this was a legitimate abduction; it's not...I mean, you're not free to leave, but there's no duress.
A cruel smile crossed his chiselled features, and the bear behind me grunted. I shook my head, still trying to figure out why I was here
Alexi, would you please?
I stiffened as the bear moved towards me, but all he did was take the crude handcuffs from my wrists and toss them aside, and we all moved as one, towards a newly opened door.
Of course, we are still in Britain just now, but if you're amicable, that could all change.