RTN 22

After Mom and Lizzie both went to bed, I stayed up with Amy for a while. “Lizzie is a pretty great kid.” Amy mentioned casually. “Yeah, she’s the best.” I agreed. “Maybe we should consider having one of our own.” She reached for my hand and held it tightly. “R-really?” I stammered. “Well yeah…not right now of course but one day.” She grinned at me. “What do you think?”

I didn’t get a chance to reply because there was a loud scraping noise right outside of our window. “What was that?” Amy jumped up and peeked through the curtains. “It’s your mom…she’s on the balcony.” I sighed and rolled my eyes. “Guess I need to go check on her.”

“Oh alright…but come back to bed soon.” Amy teased in a husky voice.

16

“Hey Mom. It’s chilly out here…let’s go in.” I stood in the doorway and peered into the darkness. My mother’s face was eerily illuminated by the porch light and she seemed to be lost in deep thought. “I’m fine.” She finally murmured. “But you should come on out. We need to have a talk.” I sat next to her and pulled my nightgown over my knees. “I’ve been meaning to ask…how are you doing? I was so sorry to hear about Eddie. I didn’t mean to run off and leave you to deal with that mess on your own but something came up…and I had to get out of town as soon as possible.” I bit my lip and hoped that she would believe me. “Cassandra.” She narrowed her gaze at me. “Just stop talking. I know it was you.” She hissed. “You killed him.”

17

I stood and raked my fingers through my hair while I paced back and forth on the small balcony. “But you don’t understand. He attacked me!” I cried. “I don’t believe you! He was a damn good man. And now he’s gone.” She let out a strangled cry. “You’re going to pay for it. Just like Jennie did.” I stared at her with wide eyes. “He’s the one who killed Jennie, Mom! How can you defend him?”

“No…it was me.”

18

“What?” I gaped at her. “I was so angry. She kept making up these stories about Eddie coming in her room at night and making her do things. What a disgusting lie!” She screamed. “He wasn’t like that! I just snapped and grabbed Eddie’s hunting knife from the coffee table…and I killed her. He helped me dispose of her body.”

“You’re a monster!”

“That makes two of us.” She sneered as she lunged at me and wrapped her hands around my throat.

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