All she knows without a doubt is that her parents love each other very much and it was true love at first sight. They went through a lot to be together and vowed that nothing would ever tear them apart, which is why Amelia is determined to make it her mission to get her family back together. She splashes some cold water on her face and stares into the mirror.
“Amelia, you are tough and strong. You can do this,” she says to herself. She walks out of the bathroom and stops in her tracks. Her body trembles as she stares at the back of their heads in the waiting room. Her mind is telling her to go sit down, but her legs want to run out the door. This could be her only chance. Just as she starts to head toward the double doors, she pauses and thinks about her mother and how Leona won’t let up until they find her. She thinks about her poor grandparents, who are innocent and don’t deserve to be involved in this sick and twisted situation.
This sucks! She wants to be reckless but it’s just not in her. She takes a deep breath and walks back to the waiting room, slumping down into the chair. She looks up and sees the wolves gazing at her like they’re eyeing a steak. Eli and Navid all but snarled at her. If looks could kill, I would be done for. It’s almost like Leona raised them specifically to be cruel to her and Alexandria. She’s not sure how to act around them and it’s frustrating not knowing what they’re capable of. But she refuses to show fear. She will fight until she dies because it’s up to her now to protect her family. She just hopes her father will make it, for all of their sakes.
As times passes, Amelia’s left leg begins to twitch and she starts to nibble on her bottom lip. It seems as though the doctors are taking a long time, and she can’t shake the anxiousness. It’s been at least two hours since they rushed Cash into the operating room. This can’t be good. She knows her mom will be destroyed if he dies. Plus, the thought of being stuck with lunatics makes Amelia want to heave—again. They want her mother to pay for what she did, but Amelia knows she’s close enough in their eyes.
She stares at the clock on the wall and watches the hand tick, not missing a beat. Regardless of what’s happening in the world, time will continue to fly by, stopping for no one. If only Amelia could wind back time, then maybe she could’ve done something different. But it’s all too late. She knows this is going to be no picnic and wonders why this had to happen. It breaks her heart to think that Leona got in Cash’s head the way she did. In Amelia’s eyes, her father is a good person and her mother is practically a saint, but Leona is the devil herself.
Clack! The door to the surgery center opens and closes abruptly, startling them. The clicking sound reminds Amelia of a teacher hitting a chalkboard with a ruler. The surgeon slowly walks out and heads to the nurses’ station.
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