She’s so pissed that her aunt has finally gotten what she wanted. She really outdid herself this time, although she certainly miscalculated the outcome. Amelia knows Leona must be kicking herself right about now, so she finds solace that she doesn’t have to.
Ring! Ring! Oh crap, my phone. Amelia jumps up and runs to the bathroom, hoping Leona didn’t hear it. She looks at the screen and seriously contemplates not answering it. But then she remembers this could be her only chance to truly sound convincing.
“Amelia, comment vas-tu ma chérie?” Georgia asks.
“Um, hey, Grandma. I’m good. How are you?”
“Well, your grandfather is getting on my nerves, but aside from that I’m great,” she laughs. “So where is everybody? I’ve tried calling Alexandria’s cell and the landline, but no one is answering. I don’t know why, but I got a bad feeling that something’s wrong and wanted to see if you guys were okay.”
Lying never came easy for Amelia and if anyone can see through them it was always her grandmother. As she stands in silence, trying to find the right words, a woman walks into the bathroom and makes a beeline to the stall. “You know, Grandma, now isn’t the best time to talk. I have to go.” She terminates the call and puts her phone on silent, wincing from her gutless actions. Why couldn’t I just tell her everything? She walks out of the bathroom and leans up against the wall. Calling her grandmother back is just going to have to wait, at least until morning. Maybe by then there will be better news and she won’t have to tell her anything—at least that’s what she’s hoping for. As the past few hours run a marathon in her mind, she realizes that Leona has all the control. No matter how afraid she is of her aunt, she can’t give her all the power.
“This is my life! Dammit!” she shouts with frustration. She takes her phone back out of her pocket intending to call her grandmother back. She goes back into the bathroom just as a small-framed middle-aged woman is heading toward the door to leave, but then the woman stops and turns around.