Alex's background—his life—his past. How could I tell her? I couldn't. His background involves his past which is mostly about his parents. That they are divorced and that his mother passed away. Knowing that if I tell Joanna, I can never remove the guilt. I can never let myself feel that I betrayed him.
''Joanna, the deal is off.'' I mutter, ''There's nothing to this. If you want information, you'll get it yourself. It's your job anyway.''
She keeps quiet for awhile, ''What are you talking about? This deal isn't off.'' From her voice, she sounds a little bit pissed.
''It's off.'' I repeat, ''Our deal was about Alex but you wrote about me. I'm not a part of the deal. You lied so the deal is off.'' I say, trying my best to find ways to break off the deal, ''I don't need to tell you otherwise.''
Joanna chuckles, ''Oh dear. You don't know who you're dealing with.'' Before I could say anything, she cuts me to it, ''I will make you pay, Athena. You should've given me information about Alex but somehow, you neglected me. You want out, I give you out but I will make you see, who you're dealing with. Have a good day and a successful marriage ahead of you, Mrs. Herrera.'' Then she hangs up the phone.