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?”
“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.