Even though Leona is doing a great job at keeping them apart, she knows her parents’ love will bring them back to each other. Her mother told her that Leona’s been trying to break them up ever since they first got together. Cash always stood up to her, but she always found a way to cause trouble. They’ve been together for eighteen years. A person would have to be pretty irrational to keep up such an exhausting hatred for so long. Her mother is one of the sweetest people in the world and would give anyone the shirt off her back. What could Mom have done to make Leona hate her so much? This is my fault. How could I have let Leona do this? If only she could’ve somehow convinced Cash that none of the lies were true. Leona hated how much he loved Alexandria and knew that the only thing that would set him off is the thought of her ever leaving him.
The more Cash warned Leona to knock it off, the more she inserted herself into every aspect of their lives. It wasn’t until Cash started stressing out about the nightmares that Leona realized the full potential for messing with his head. She saw an opportunity in her vulnerable brother and knew he was no longer thinking clearly.
Between the nightmares about his past and Leona’s lies, Cash started to unravel before their eyes. Alexandria convinced him to see a therapist, which helped tremendously. He wasn’t as depressed and he slept peacefully with the prescribed medication. But Leona swayed him into thinking he was fine and didn’t need to take medication anymore. By the time Alexandria got wind of Leona’s manipulation, Cash had been off his meds and started getting nightmares again. Amelia remembers being sound asleep one night when she heard him scream, “No! Please, Dad! Stop it!” She rushed into their room, where her mother assured her everything was fine and told her to go back to bed. Maybe the dreams came from the abuse he suffered as a child. She wishes she knew. She feels obligated to find out because it’s the foundation of Leona’s madness.
The past was clearly too much for him to bear, and Amelia is glad that at least he had her mother. She hung in there and became his rock in his time of need, which was often. The horrible things she’s heard about her grandfather, Abraham, makes her shiver. And it makes her weep more for her father and what he’s going through. It’s sad that the closest thing he has to a mother is this psycho sitting across from me. Amelia strongly ponders kicking Leona in her throat as she sleeps.
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