The two officers that came to the house spot them and walk over.
“Well if it isn’t Ryan and Brian,” Amelia jokes. “Sorry, I don’t have any cookies for you,” she says, sarcastically.
They glare at her, expressionless, when Officer Brian murmurs, “Ms. Waters, you shouldn’t be joking right now.”
Amelia’s smile fades. “Listen Officer, had you taken me and my mother’s statement, I wouldn’t be standing here right now because this freak would be behind bars,” she says as she points at Leona. “And another thing, if I don’t joke every now and then, you would have already found my body somewhere! So don’t you dare tell me what I should be doing.”
Leona’s face hardens as she rolls her eyes.
Officer Ryan clears his throat and motions for everyone to follow him to his desk. Amelia tries again to plead her mother’s case and tells them that Leona’s guilty but it’s to no avail. She gets up and goes to the restroom and takes slow, deep breaths. When she comes out, Officer Ryan tells her that Leona and the boys went to the car. On her way out she scowls at Officer Brian.
She looks around for the car and doesn’t see them anywhere. As she takes out her cell phone they slowly pull up to where she’s standing. She notices that Eli’s driving. They certainly didn’t have to come back on my account. She gets in and they quickly drive off. While trying desperately to ignore the eldritch atmosphere, she focuses on seeing her dad at the hospital. But when she realizes that Eli’s taking a different route she becomes worried.
“Obviously we’re not going to your place, so are we going back to the hospital?” Amelia asks.
“No we’re leaving.” Leona smirks.
“What do you mean, we’re leaving? Where are we going?” Whatever Leona’s hiding, Amelia knows it can’t be good.
“I guess it’s safe to tell you now. We’re moving to Missouri.” She giggles.
Amelia hunches over and hyperventilates, certain her pounding heart is on the brink of an explosion. Her ringing ears have once again silenced outer noise. Did she hear Leona right? Did she misunderstand? No! No she didn’t!
“You can’t do that! I can’t leave the state, and you have no authority to make me go!” Amelia manages to say.
“I can do whatever I want! You are under my care now and you’re going! You will never see your parents again! I’ll make sure of it.”
Never see my parents again! The revolting words from Leona’s wicked mouth send Amelia into a pit of doom. She feels dizzy and without relevance, because she feels as small as an ant right now. Blood continues to rush to her head, making her whole body limp.
“What’s the matter, Amelia? You had a lot to say earlier. Where are your smart remarks now?” Leona teases gaily as Eli and Navid laugh in agreement.