“To ride with my dad,” Amelia grunts as she snatches her arm away.
“I don’t think so. I will ride with him.” Leona shoves Amelia towards Eli. “You ride with Eli and Navid.”
“You can’t tell me what to do. Now get out of my house!” Amelia says.
Officer Brian steps closer to them with a serious expression.
“Amelia, is there someone you can stay with?”
Her heart drops into her stomach. “So, even though we told you the truth you’re still going to arrest my mother?”
“Don’t insult Officer Brian’s intelligence. He knows a guilty person when he sees one. Plus, we are witnesses. Officer, me and my boys will be happy to give you a statement.”
“You and your boys? They weren’t even here when—oh my God. How long have you been planning this?” Amelia runs her fingers through her hair and then lunges for Leona. “You evil witch!” Eli pulls Amelia back.
“That’s enough young lady! Now, where is your mother?” Officer Brian asks.
“She’s in the bathroom,” Amelia huffs, through gritted teeth.
“She’s been in there a while,” Leona says.
Officer Brian bangs on the bathroom door. “Mrs. Waters, come on out!” He looks back at Officer Ryan and motions for him to come closer. Officer Ryan takes three steps back and runs forward to kick the door open. Amelia walks closer and exhales when she sees the bathroom window open. She looks at Leona and smirks. Leona grits her teeth and tries to get to Amelia but Eli holds her back.
“She’s on foot, she couldn’t have gotten far!” Officer Ryan says as he bolts out the house. Officer Brian talks into his radio and runs out.
“They’ll get her,” Leona says as she and Eli stand by the door. Navid squeezes past them to get some fresh air. He leans against the car as his color returns to normal.
“I’m just going to stay here,” Amelia says.
“Oh no you’re not! Get in that car with Eli and Navid! They’ll drive you to the hospital,” Leona demands. Before Amelia can object, Leona ushers her outside and shoves her inside the car.
She struggles to keep from crying while riding with Eli and Navid to the hospital. Escaping constantly crosses her mind but she knows that disappearing will only make matters worse. Staying by her father’s side and praying that her mother gets away is her main priority.
Once they arrive, the paramedics rush Cash to the operating room. Amelia sorrowfully treks to the waiting area, wishing and praying for the surgeon to come out with good news. Leona, Eli, and Navid join her and wait in petrifying silence. Amelia glances at the nurse’s station and sees a police officer asking questions. Sure enough, they look at her and head in her direction.
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