She trudges over to one of the giant trees and plops down underneath, trying hard to focus on something else. Counting to ten and taking deep breaths allows her to calm down and think.
Now that she’s in a better mindset, she ponders the rationale behind her theory. She bites her bottom lip and tries to find some reasonable explanation for what she saw in the drawer. Ultimately, she can’t think of any reason why Leona has Roland’s wallet. Why would she want it? Why would she want his money clip? The more she tries to find some excuse, the more she keeps coming up with the obvious. His body was never found. He disappeared. If he ran away, then he would obviously need his wallet. The only reason Leona would have it is if she was the last person to see him.
“This can’t be happening to me,” she whispers, shaking her head.
As the fear rises up from within her soul, she immediately dismisses it, refusing to let herself lose control again. “Think of something else, Amelia.” She rubs her temples and tries to clear her mind. She is relieved that at least she knows where Leona’s keeping her cell phone, and she’s glad her parents always pay the bill a couple months in advance. She has at least two more months before it gets turned off. As the wind picks up speed, a squirrel races through the yard, looking for food. She figures this would be a good time to explore, so she gets up and shakes off the bad vibes. As she treks toward the front of the house, she hears someone whispering and quickly hides behind a nearby bush to listen in.
“Listen, you two, I don’t want to hear anymore fuss about it. Be nice to Amelia. She’s going through a lot right now, and it’s not the time for you to give her any problems,” Leona warns.
“But Mom, Uncle Cash could die any day now, and in the meantime, we’re stuck with that brat,” Eli complains.
“I don’t care! Things change, all right! Either way, we got that whore Alexandria away from Cash forever. Let’s just enjoy it here and not talk about this ever again. By the way, keep an eye on her because I don’t fully trust her yet.” Leona walks back inside the house and closes the door.
Amelia sighs with heartache. She knew Leona was behind it all, but hearing it directly from the horse’s mouth puts everything into perspective. To understand that her aunt intended to do whatever it took to break up her parents is hard enough to accept, but what’s more sickening is that she involved Eli and Navid in her obsession. She knew her aunt was disturbed, but this takes it to another level and—she’s scared.