It was the first time that she had ever fled the scene of a crime. Desperate to escape, she needed to make an immediate decision. At that moment, a police cruiser flew pass her with sirens on. She fell down flat on the ground to disguise herself. She laid there for several minutes until she could calm herself. And finally, covered in crisp leaves and twigs, she stood up and dusted herself off. Suddenly her cell phone rang, and she answered it. “Heeh… hello.”
“Where are you momma?” Olivia asked as her father stood near her, in anticipation of a response.
“I’m almost home baby.” Nessa replied sounding slightly winded, still trying to figure out her next move.
“My dad wants to say something to you.” Olivia said to her and handed the phone over to her father.
Tim plugged his index finger into his ear to muzzle the cries from the roaring sirens and distraught graduates and visitors back at the popular venue. “Nessa, where did you go? It’s so much chaos up here. Somebody is dead and about four other people are in awful shape. The police are all over the place.”
Nessa’s eyes widened and her heart dropped.
“I was standing directly next to the boy that was shot in the head. He died on impact— time he hit the ground.” He paused for a moment and then in...
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“That’s easier said than done,” she painfully admitted.
Tim then took a look at the wound and visibly quivered. “You should get this checked out by a doctor, woman. This isn’t going to heal correct without proper care, ya know?”
“I wasn’t born last night. I know that Tim. And if I go see a doctor right about now, they are going to transport my black ass directly to Rice Street from there. I’m not in need of three hots and a cot.”
Tim saw the dreadful expression plastered across Nessa’s face and knew then that she had no intentions of facing reality at that moment. It had been a bittersweet day. Their daughter had graduated, and the love of his life was facing prison time and there was nothing he could do to make things right.
“Just let me sleep on it honey.” Nessa said, and she slid herself over and planted a tender kiss at the corner of Tim’s lips.
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