“You witch! If you’re going to shoot me just get it over with. This is what you wanted right, to get me out of the way? Well guess what, Cash loves me and always has and there is nothing you can do about that.”
“Oh there isn’t? I think I have a pretty good chance to do something about it,” Leona replies.
Amelia is seeing stars and all of the blood is making her lightheaded. She keeps a worried eye on Leona and her mother. With a frog in her throat and stomach contents burning her esophagus, she manages to croak, “Leona, please don’t shoot my mom.”
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.”
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