“Officer, I think he’s going to be okay. He just needed some time to adjust to what has happened,” Leona said with sorrow. The officer nodded his head and motioned for his partner to meet him by the door. Cash made another attempt to sit up, but the room started spinning, so he lay back down.
“What’s going on?” Cash asked. He rubbed his head.
“You fainted. Can you sit up?” Leona replied.
“I think so.” He carefully tried again and stood up. The splattered blood on the wall brought back every emotion he had before he passed out. The tears poured out of his eyes as he stared with confusion. How long was I out? He noticed the body was gone. He wondered why Abraham felt like that was the answer. Damn, he must have really hated me, to sit and wait for me to come home to end his life.
“Oh, Cash, I’m so sorry, sweetie,” Leona cried as she hugged him tight. Cash broke down into a heart-wrenching wail, feeling like a newborn. He couldn’t stop the emptiness he felt, but he could stop the tears from flowing. Abraham didn’t deserve them. So he stifled his moans and tried to be strong. “It’s okay, just let it all out,” she said, rubbing his back.
“I just don’t understand. Why would he do that? He shot himself in front of me!” he screamed. Leona backed away from him and covered her mouth. Cash’s face burned with rage as his fingers shook uncontrollably.
“He killed himself in front of you?”
The horror in her face brought out more anguish. Cash immediately began to feel sorry for her because she had to grieve their father and deal with the chaotic situation they’d been thrown into. She sat down on the couch and pondered what he’d just told her. She must have so many questions, but I don’t have any answers.
“Where are the kids?” he asked, but Leona stared off into space. Her golden eyes were blank. “Leona!”
“Oh, um, Roland took them back to Arizona with him.”
“Are you okay with that? I mean, they’re just babies,” Cash said with concern.
“It’s fine. I’ll see them soon. At least now I can get some sleep. Navid cries nonstop. I’d rather it be this way, especially now.”
“I don’t know any mother who would be okay with letting her babies live in another state and not be concerned,” Cash replied. Leona gave him a fierce stare that meant, Butt out. Cash quit while he was ahead and got depressed again, wishing any distraction would stop the pain his heart. He was suddenly glad that he’d never met his grandparents because they must have been some real monsters to produce that kind of offspring.
“Honey, why don’t you go and pack a bag because there is no way I’m leaving you alone in this house. I know you’re eighteen, but I think you should stay with me for a while,” Leona advised.
“Yeah, I guess you’re right. I’ll go pack.”