I awoke to banging on the door, then screaming from outside. I knew it was her; she was here at the house, demanding I hand her daughter over. Amy slept through it, I knew if she woke, she would not settle again for hours. My sister had no right to come here and demand anything.
I opened the window, and told her to go away.
"You would like that wouldn't you, I want my daughter."
"Mary, go away, you will wake her. Just leave, and don't come back here, you are not welcome here."
"What are you going to do, call the police, or Ben, or is he in there. I know he is, that’s how you are doing it isn't it?"
"Keeping her away from me."
"No, you did that when you walked away and never looked back, you, not me, not Ben. And just so you know, Ben is not here. He is just my lawyer, and if you don't leave I will call the police." I closed the window, waiting for more abuse to be hurled at me. When all I heard was silence, I sighed and climbed the stairs, checking on Amy. She was gone. Her cot was empty. She had never climbed out before, my heart raced, my mouth dry, she had to be here. Where was she?
I searched the house, reaching the kitchen I saw the door ajar, it was then I knew why she had caused the scene, why she went silent. She had entered the house, and stolen her daughter from her bed. While she was asleep, in the middle of the night, she had taken her. I ran into the empty street, and saw one single car drive at speed down the road. I screamed her name, falling to my knees. How could she do that to her?
I don't know how I got back inside on the sofa with a blanket, but when I opened my eyes through salty tears I saw Ben. He sat at the end of the sofa.
"They won't get far. When we get Amy back, and we will. This has ended any chances she had of getting her daughter back. They were slim before."
"She just took her, how did she get in?"
"Mary used to live here; she most likely still had a key."
"I should have changed the locks."
"Maybe, but don’t worry about that now, besides I have arranged for that to happen, but let’s get her back first. The police need to talk to you."
The questions went on for hours, why all the questions, I wanted to scream just get out there and find her. They were staring at me, nodding. I saw one lady look at me, I knew her from school, she knew Amy was not my child, I could see her judging me for keeping her from her mother. I had every right to, look at what she did, where was she all the time she was gone. I had no clue.
"Don't think I don't know what you are thinking, Melanie Greene."
"So you remember me then?"
"Of course I do, you knew my sister as well as I did, and before you look at me with those looks. Did you know that she walked out just when Amy was four weeks old?"
"No, I didn't know that."
"Did you know she didn't even come back when our mum was dying, or at all. Not even a phone call or any contact at all. She could have been dead for all we knew."
"I’m sorry; I just would never would have thought she of all people would do something like this."
"Right, but you must know what Mary wants she gets. She always has."
"Yeah, I guess. I hoped she had grown up, when I heard she was pregnant, I thought she would be a good mum."
"Yeah, well it was good when she was getting the attention, the moment that went, which was a few weeks after Amy was born, so did she."
"I am sorry."
"Don't be, just find Amy and bring her home."
Ben held my hand. "I am going to be by your side until we find her." He smiled. "And what I said earlier...I…"
"Your timing was off Ben, that's all, the time was just not right, and even now I don't know when it will be."
"I can wait; Amy is what is important right now."
"She is, and that is all I can focus on right now.So please you get out there and find my daughter."
She nodded, and left the room, I wanted to be out there searching for her, she should be here with me. I could not think about how scared she was. My sister was dead to me; I wanted nothing to do with her. When I got Amy back, I planned to adopt her, if my sister would allow it, if it was the last thing I did. Our mother would want that, I wanted that, Amy wanted that.