Amaryllis stepped back to let her father in. “Make it quick and then get out of here.” Her father smiled. “So much like your mother these days.”
“I'll take that as a compliment, thank you.”
At the mention of her nickname,she stopped dead in her tracks. "I miss you."
“You don't miss me. You miss having someone to beat on. Leave!”
"Watch your tongue, girl. I'm still your father."
“Why did you come here?
“I came here to make amends.”
Amaryllis folded her arms across her chest. "It's a little too late for that, isn't it?" Her father rolled his eyes.
"I'm getting real tired of your attitude. That's not any way to talk to your daddy." Her father smirked and walked closer to her. "I can still punish you, you know."
Lucy tossed and turned as she had horrible dreams, one in particular startled her awake. Her mother, Erin rushed to her side. "Honey, what's going on?"
Lucy sat up. “Mom. I think Amaryllis is in trouble. We have to help her. No questions asked, they just got in the car and drove to save her. With each minute passing by, the more danger Amaryllis was in.
Finally, they made it and hopped out of the car. Erin knocked, but no answer. Inside, they could hear her begging someone.
"Amaryllis, honey. It's Mom."
The door clicked and their father stepped out, dragging Amaryllis with him. "No one move. I mean it!" Their father threatened.
“Daddy,” Lucy spoke.
"Shut up, Child!"
"Hank, you don't have to do this," Erin tried to reason with him.
“The hell I don't.”
“Please. Please. Don't hurt me.”
“I've had enough of your whining!”
When everyone was distracted, Lucy grabbed Amaryllis out of the way and pushed her father down with her cane.
An hour later, he was being taken away in handcuffs.
Amaryllis turned her sister and mother. “How did you know I was in trouble? You both saved my life.”
“I had a dream you were in danger.”
"Thank you again for saving my life. You know, Lucy... I was thinking if you want to go live with mom, I can't stop you."
"Yes and Mom, I'm sorry I ever doubted you."
"Well, I've certainly given you plenty of reason to, but that's all going to change now. Come on let's get out of here."