Like a Dream


“I guess everything went well,” Amelia says to Eli and Navid.

“Okay, you guys can move in as soon as you’re ready. It was nice to meet you all. If you need anything, just call the number on the card,” Rebecca states with a smile as she walks out the door. She hops into her car and drives away.

“Mom, what about the furniture? Aren’t they supposed to take it with them?” Eli asks.

“No, Eli, it’s a fully furnished home, so we can use everything in this house. Just be careful not to break anything. We were really lucky to have found it so quickly. Why don’t you guys go and unload the car and bring our stuff inside,” Leona suggests.

Amelia follows behind, but Leona grabs her hand. “Not you. I need you to help me clean up some things and fix dinner.”

Amelia agrees without protesting. In a weird way, it feels like a vacation, regardless of the company. While she’s in the kitchen cooking, Leona walks in and starts cleaning the counters. Amelia senses that Leona wants to say something to her but can’t bring herself to do it so she takes a chance.

“Leona, this is a really cool place and I’m glad that you found it for us. You have decent taste.” Amelia says, hoping to break the tension. Leona continues cleaning with her head down. Well, I’m not going to kiss her feet. At least I tried.

Leona looks over her shoulder in Amelia’s direction. “How’s your wrist? I’m sorry I did that.”

Amelia’s positive she has a shocked look on her face, and she doesn’t know what to say. Her aunt never apologizes for anything.

“It’s fine,” she retorts. This moment will definitely go down in history.

“Listen, I don’t want to continue being cruel to you. I understand you’re going through a tough time as a young girl, and it’s not your fault that your mother shot Cash,” she murmurs.

No, it’s your fault. “I really appreciate you saying that, Leona. I don’t want to fight anymore either. Let’s just start over,” Amelia offers with a smile. She holds the smile as long as she can, even though she wants nothing to do with her aunt.

“Fine with me. All I ask in return is that you respect my wishes and not contact anyone,” she requests.

“Deal,” Amelia replies with another fake smile. She turns back around to continue cooking dinner.

Later that evening, Amelia contemplates the conversation. If she really thinks I’m never going to speak to my family again, she’s even crazier than I thought. Who does she think she is asking me to do that? As night approaches, they claim their rooms and go to bed. Amelia is relieved that Leona took the master bedroom downstairs so that she can have a decent night’s rest. To know that her aunt will be nowhere near her bedroom adds comfort to her new living arrangements. She’s impressed that her room has a back door, which will make it easy for her to take evening strolls. She noticed that Navid has one as well. She can’t believe how nice he and Eli are being to her, but is certain Leona must have told them to give her a break since she’s her new favorite person.


LIKE A DREAM and MONSTROUS TIES can be downloaded to your e-reader here and here

About shinaj1

Shina James is the author of LIKE A DREAM and MONSTROUS TIES, which are both available on Amazon as well as multiple retailers. She is currently working on the final book in the LIKE A DREAM series, WAKING AMELIA and can't wait to share it with her readers. While residing in Texas, she loves spending time with her husband and two kids.
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