For a split second, Leona takes her eyes off of Alexandria and looks at Amelia. Alexandria charges a distracted Leona to the ground and slaps her. Clack! Amelia jumps from the sound of the gun hitting the floor. Alexandria slaps Leona again, drawing blood from her upper lip. Leona grasps Alexandria’s hair and pulls hard, shoving Alexandria off of her. Amelia crawls towards the gun and grabs it when Leona steps on her hand and takes it away. “Ouch!” Amelia grunts, holding her hand.
As Alexandria rises to her feet Leona points the gun at her head.
“No! Please don’t!” Amelia screams. She puts her hands over her mouth and looks away. She hears the gun clicking and knows that her mother won’t stand a chance surviving.
Cash pulls himself off the floor and pushes Alexandria out of the way. Boom! “Ahh!” Alexandria hollers as Cash falls backwards. A crimson mass spreads across his chest. “You shot my husband!”
Leona drops the gun as tears form in her eyes. “It—it was meant for you.”
“I hate you!” Alexandria yells. She pushes her nemesis to the floor and punches her in the face, repeatedly. Blood gushes out of Leona’s nose.
Amelia runs over and gets the gun. She slides it under the couch and tries to rouse her father. Blood oozes from his chest. He struggles to keep his eyes open. Amelia cries in agony until she realizes that the person at fault is now choking her mother. She doesn’t want to leave her father’s side again but can’t watch her mother die either so she yells, “Fight mom!”
Alexandria musters the strength to get on top of Leona and slam her head on the tile floor, knocking her unconscious. Amelia sighs. “Mom, I tried to keep him awake but, he won’t respond to me,” she cries.
“That’s okay baby, he’s lost so much blood.” She kneels down and whispers in his ear, “Cash, it’s Alex. If you can hear me, please stay strong. Don’t give up, we love you.” She puts her hand on his neck to check for a pulse. “He still has a pulse but it’s faint.”
“Mom, we need to talk. You know Leona is going to tell the cops you tried to kill dad right? If she’s as manipulative as you say, she’ll convince them. Look what she did to dad.”
“Yeah she’s good I’ll give her that, but we just have to tell them the truth,” Alexandria declares.
“You’re right. We should tell them the truth.” Amelia faces Alexandria and takes her hand. “I want you to do something for me. If at any point you feel like they believe Leona, I think you should run. I mean, we’re talking attempted murder, Mom.” Hearing the words out of her own mouth makes Amelia shudder.
“Honey, they will believe me. It was an accident and as far as the second shooting, she did that. Plus, you are an eyewitness. You can tell them what you saw,” Alexandria replies.
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