“Officer, it was all a big misunderstanding. You see, my husband—”
“I can tell you Officer Brian,” Leona interrupts. “By the way, how is your mother?” Leona says with a warm smile.
Officer Brian squints and says, “Mrs. Jamison? Hi there. I wasn’t expecting to see you here.” He walks closer to Leona. “My mother is doing exceptionally well, thanks to you. I appreciate you taking care of her at the nursing home. You made her feel so safe. Oh, and the chief wanted me to thank you for the homemade cookies you sent last week.”
“Cookies? How convenient,” Amelia says. She looks at Alexandria. “Do you think this is a coincidence?” she whispers.
Alexandria’s mouth flies open. “Officer Brian?” she says.
“Oh, yes I need a statement.”
“She tried to kill my brother!” Leona blurts out. Officer Brian turns and gawks at Leona. “She was planning to leave him and when he wouldn’t go she became desperate. His life insurance is all she really cared about. That’s why she shot him twice. Look what she did to me.” Leona points to her swollen lip and bloody nose and starts to cry. Officer Ryan walks over to comfort her.
“You sick liar! Officer Brian, I saw the whole thing. Leona pointed the gun at my mother and was going to kill her when my dad jumped in the way,” Amelia explains.
“She’ll say anything to protect her mother, don’t listen to her. Do you see those wonderful roses over there? Well, they’re from Alexandria’s lover. I’m telling you, she’s dangerous.” She wipes her nose again and sniffs.
Officer Brian shakes his head. He looks at the roses and then back at Alexandria. “Ma’am, did you shoot your husband?”
“Accidentally. He was leaving with the gun and I tried to stop him when the gun went off. Everything that my daughter said is the truth. Leona was going to kill me,” Alexandria explains.
“No, I took the gun away after she shot him twice. It was so awful,” Leona cries. Amelia glares at her aunt’s tearless eyes and can’t believe the show she’s watching.
“Officers, my aunt is a pathological liar. You have to believe us,” Amelia pleads.
“I think I’ve heard enough here,” Officer Brian says, glaring at Alexandria.
Alexandria squeezes Amelia’s hand. The two officers walk towards the door, whispering to each other.
“Mom, why don’t you go to the bathroom and clean your face, you have some blood on your forehead. Here, take your purse so you can apply more makeup,” Amelia says as tears form.
Alexandria’s bottom lip quivers as she whispers, “Je t’aime ma cherie.” Amelia nods and tries to respond but is muted by the devastation. Alexandria goes into the bathroom and locks the door.
The paramedics lift the stretcher and place an IV bag next to Cash.
Feeling nauseous, Navid runs to the kitchen and vomits into the trash bin. Amelia swallows hard and looks away to keep from doing the same. All she can do is cry as they prepare to carry her father out of the house.
She washes the blood off her hands and makes her way to the door when Leona grabs her by the arm. “Where do you think you’re going?”
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