**”Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem”
-in the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful-**
There was a knock at the door just as sabreen placed her plate in the kitchen sink.
“I wonder who that can be…” Alice said nonchalantly as she got off from the bar stool and headed for the door.
she opened the door to find the policeman from the night before, standing in the doorway. Her cheeks flushed with embarrassment at the thought of running away like a coward last night.
“Err.. Officer…. what…err.. Please come inside” she said nervously and moved to the side making space for him to enter.
He stepped inside and alice close the door before beginning to explain herself.
“Look officer. I’m really sorry about last night. I just couldn’t go through with it alone. And I’m glad I didn’t becau…”
She was cut off by the officer… “Ma’am… I’m not here about last night. We’ve already identified the body and we know that its not your brother. ”
“Yeah he…” She began but was cut-off again.
“We’re here for a different reason now. We’re looking for your brother as he may be involved in the murder of the boy who’s body we found yesterday….”
“What? My brother? A murderer? Are you out of your mind?”
Alice was enraged…
“Calm down miss. We did his drivers licence at the murder scene and that’s the only lead we have at the moment..”
“So just because You found his licence there doesn’t mean he killed someone! You’re supposed to be the cops… Why don’t you do your homework properly!”
“Miss williams, we’re just doing our job and following the leads we have. We’re not saying that he definitely killed anyone as yet..”
“For your information, tony lost his drivers licence there last week when he went fishing at the dam with his friends..”
“Is that so miss williams?”
“Yes! He said so. And I trust my brother…”
“Do you miss williams?”
“What’s that supposed to mean? Ofcourse I do!”
“Okay, can you tell us where he is at the moment? We just need to ask him a few questions please..”
Alice didn’t know what to say. She shifted her feet on the ground and played with her fingers trying hard to think of something to say. But the truth was, she was doubting tony herself.. And everything she just said was just to reassure herself more than anyone else..
“I… I don’t know where he is.. He’s gone out somewhere.”
“Hmmm… You have any idea what time he’ll be back?”
Alice looked towards sabreen who was standing silently in the kitchen with a blank look on her face, then faced the officer again and shrugged..
“I don’t know…” She whispered.
The officer nodded.
“Thanks you miss williams. Sorry for taking up so much of your time.”
He pulled out a tiny piece of paper from his pocket and scribbled something on it.
“Well this is my number. Please call us the minute he’s home. We just want to have a few words with him”
Alice hesitated at first and then slowly reached for the paper.
She was still staring at the paper when the officer walked out and closed the door behind him.
“Alice! Do you think?” Sabreen asked once the door was closed.
“I don’t know sabreen… I don’t know anything okay!” Alice snapped.
She sat down on the couch with her hands over her face.
“Why does our lives have to be so complicating huh? Why? Why can’t we just live normal lives like everyone else in this world? Happy homes with 2 normal and responsible parents. Siblings that annoy you but you can still trust with your life. Family and friends to support you in happy times and sad….”
Sabreen sat down beside her sister. She didn’t offer any comfort lest she would be snapped at again. And she didn’t offer any words for the same reason.
“Do you think he did it?” She suddenly looked up and asked sabreen… “Do you think tony is a murderer?”
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