“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.
“I will. I just want you to know that if they believe her, I’m okay with you leaving. I would rather you be out there somewhere safe than locked up for something that was an accident.”
“I’m not leaving you with her. She hates me and I know she’ll hate you too. I wouldn’t want you having to deal with her,” Alexandria replies.
“If they convict you and send you to jail, I’ll have to deal with her anyway, so what’s the difference?”
“The difference is I’m not going to jail. It won’t come that. Let’s just stay positive. Your father is going to make it through this, he’s strong. I can hear the sirens; the police will be here soon.”
Amelia tries to stay strong, but all she can think about is that her mother will be the one to take the fall for everything. But she quickly dismisses her thoughts and focuses on her dad. She puts her ear close to his nose to see if any air escapes. She’s frightened. “Dad! Dad, can you hear me?” she says, while forcefully shaking him. No response. He’s like a statue. She runs her fingers through her hair feeling helpless. Alexandria is pacing back and forth and biting her nails.
Wham! The front door bursts open, forcing Amelia to jump back. Leona’s sons Navid and Eli stroll in. What are they doing here? Amelia gets up and stands next to Alexandria.
“What’s going on here?! What happened to my mom?” Eli shouts as he rushes to Leona’s aid. He shakes her until her eyes fly open. She slowly sits up and rubs the back of her head as Eli helps her to her feet. Navid remains quiet as he stares at Cash and all the blood.
“Eli, you need to take your mother and get the hell out of my house. This is all her fault,” Alexandria says. “By the way, I thought you were away at school. What are you doing here?”
“Mind your own business. We’re not going anywhere, and I’m not leaving my brother,” Leona says, still rubbing her head. She wipes the blood from her nose and lip and grimaces.
Alexandria takes a step towards her when the police storm inside the house, followed by the paramedics. They rush to Cash and check for a pulse but can’t find one. They start performing CPR. Amelia watches in agony, hoping they can restart his heart.
“Huh!” Cash breathes.