When he finished the speech, Gustavo lowered from the chair and heard an explosion of applause and cheerful screams, around him, people smiled and congratulated him. Gustavo was euphoric and felt like the most important man of the world, like a prodigy. He did not pay attention to the rest of the meeting, he was fully taken by his speech, with what he had said, and the faces and reactions of the people present.



They departed in a warm August morning in which some people made sure they were present to give the last advice and support. The six men left emotional and with some fear of what they could find ahead. The night before, Gustavo had said goodbye to his kids with a strong hug and thought of the possibility of not seeing them again, in case something in the trip went wrong. As he rode on his horse in the first kilometers that put them away from the village, he felt as the protagonist of some adventure movie or a raider who goes in search of treasure and who will have many adventures, surprises and even undesired encounters. 



The four of them worked frequently together, and all the laws had to be approved by Gustavo, he always had the last word and was who also had the folder of foreign relationships and businesses. An almost empty folder, since the foreign relationships were practically void, but Gustavo knew that it would be for a short time: having electricity was too alluring and they would soon come to visit him. 


Chapter X - RUTE

He got up, and when he was ready to speak, Rute got up with him and caught his hand softly; she thought of saying something to keep him from going, but she simply looked at Gustavo’s blue eyes; he was filled with courage and approached Rute’s face and lips slowly. After the first kiss, many others came and their hands ran across both of their bodies with more and more intensity; they got into the small bedroom without stopping their kisses as they took off their clothes in a clumsy manner and ended up naked on the old bed that Gustavo had brought a few hours ago. 



- I know that; he is a simple thief who was unlucky enough to get caught; he was the perfect excuse we needed in order to carry out this attack; now, we’re going to say that we found, in your houses, plans to attack and assault our village. You know, José Lino, every great empire and regime needs to find a common enemy in order to create a mutual goal; 



He knew perfectly that if they eliminated the core of the party, the remaining elements would run, hide or simply pray not to be identified with the party that never happened. The meeting began right after dinner and lasted all night long until the first sunshine arrived. The night was long and exhausting for the three men who discussed and prepared in detail how, and when, to execute the operation. 


Chapter XIII - OMEN

Zeca lowered his head letting his shoulder fall ahead; he felt the way Gustavo treated him was unfair, he felt that no matter how hard he tried he would never satisfy him, they were from different worlds and origins, for the first time an idea began to settle in his mind, a military coup, he was the one commanding the soldiers, it would not be that difficult to eliminate Gustavo. It would be an idea to be thought about carefully and germinated later.