Later that afternoon, Brielle arrived at Grandma Bennett’s house with Jane. When Grandma Bennett opened the door, holding Baby Kennedy on her hip, and let her granddaughter and great-granddaughter into the house, she immediately noticed the shiner Jane was wearing and the bruises and scratches about the face.
“My Lord! What the heck happened to Jane, Brielle? Jesse said that he saw you in town at about noon today and that Jane was in the car with you!” Grandma Bennett asked, concerned. She handed the crying baby to Brielle.
“She got into a fight. She’s been suspended for three days.” Brielle answered.
Grandma Bennett’s eyes grew big.
“What!” She asked, flabbergasted.
“Two girls tried to jump her and Jane used her self-defense training. When she took down the two girls, five more girls jumped in and beat Jane up pretty badly,” Brielle explained, “They knocked her unconscious. After we left the school, I took her by the hospital to get checked. Luckily, all she got was a sprained wrist, few scrapes, scratches, bruises, and a bump on the head.” Brielle told Grandma, “In the meantime, I have to go to work. I called Olivia’s school and took them to tell her to get off the bus here. I hope that’s okay, Grandma.”
Grandma Bennett Gets a Shocker
“My God!” Grandma Bennett gasped, “And they suspended Jane for defending herself? That’s insane!”
“They’ve always been like that, Grandma. Remember? They did the same to me.” Brielle reminded.
“Oh, I know it!” Grandma said in frustration, “These people are back-asswards, I tell ya!”
Brielle looked outside to see Olivia getting off the bus. Grandma took the baby back.
“Brielle don’t mess around, honey! You gotta go on to work before you wind up being late.”
Brielle waited long enough for Olivia to come in before kissing the baby and each of the girls. She then grabbed her purse.
“You girls behave for Grandma!” She called back as she rushed out the door.
Later that night, Brielle was on her way back home from work. The radio was playing, and a long string of ads was airing. She leaned forward, reached out and turned the dial, searching the stations for a good song. She finally found one of her favorites, “Dani California,” by Red Hot Chili Peppers and turn the music up loud.
“…Looking down the barrel of a hot metal forty-five, just another way to survive…California, rest in peace, Simultaneous release…”
Brielle continued bobbing her head to the beat of the music and singing along when suddenly, she noticed the glow of flickering of blue lights dancing all over the inside of her SUV. She looked through her rear-view mirror to see the blue lights of a squad car on her tail.
“What the- “Brielle said as she turned the music back down.
Slowing the vehicle, she eased the vehicle over to the side of the road and pulled to a stop. Brielle then shifted into park and continued watching through her rear-view mirror as the lawman emerged from the squad car behind her.
The cop, silhouetted by the glow of the squad car’s headlights approached the driver’s side window of the SUV. Brielle hit the power-window button and lowered the driver’s side front window. It was none other than Sheriff Bobby Crabtree.
“Why, hello, Bobby. How Can I help you?” Brielle said in a suspicious tone of voice.
“Step out of the vehicle, please.” Bobby suggested.
“Pardon me?” Brielle asked.
“You heard me! Out of the car!” The sheriff growled.
Without saying another word, Brielle reluctantly opened the door and exited her vehicle.