Like a Dream


Chapter Eleven

A bird singing right outside her window wakes her up to enjoy another day of hell. The chirping gets louder the longer she lies there, so she slides out of bed and peeks behind her curtain, being careful not to scare it away. She comes face to face with the culprit. A cute bluebird is whistling its little heart out, and she’s certain it’s looking right at her. Oddly enough, it doesn’t seem to be afraid of her. “Maybe you’ll bring me good luck. God knows I need it,” she says.

She is grateful for the pleasant start to her day, especially after that terrifying nightmare. So many things are being revealed to her, and she doesn’t know why. Of all the people in the world for me to end up with, I get stuck with a murderer. Luckily for Leona, it doesn’t run in the family. If Amelia were anything like her aunt, her aunt would already be dead.

The dream she had awakened something inside her. Amelia can feel it in her soul that Roland is dead, but he’s not gone. His spirit is very much around, and she knows he wants justice. Maybe one day he’ll get it. Though she can’t fathom why Leona’s still holding on to his belongings. Why not just burn them or throw them in a river? In a creepy way, they’re a part of her aunt now. She’s probably keeping them as souvenirs. If only she were brave enough, she would turn Leona in so fast her evil head would spin. But for now, she must keep up the charade. Otherwise she’ll just be putting her family in jeopardy. She knows Leona has trained Eli and Navid to hate her and torture her if she gets out of line. If something happens to Leona because of her, she knows they’ll come after her and her family.

To put the images of yesterday behind her, she takes a long and relaxing shower. She knows Leona wants to go shopping, so she decides to do what her aunt wants and not protest.

As she waits for the others to come down, she realizes the quietness of the country will be hard to get used to. She can hear every little noise or creak and in her state of mind, she finds herself startled quite often. She grabs a cereal bar from the pantry and heads over to the island, where she can’t help but stare at the “hidden” drawer. The evidence inside is taunting her, begging her to find some way to turn it in. The thought of Roland being murdered makes her shiver and she wishes she could just go grab her damn cell phone. Finally Leona comes out of her room, yawning.

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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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