Liz was standing in her office, her deputy’s surrounding her. She was briefing them about the murder last night. Caroline was standing outside, making sure her mother couldn’t see her, and kept her ears wide open.
“The boy’s name’s Derek Janders. He was Amber Lindy’s boyfriend. Amber’s the girl that lived there. According to Mrs. Lindy Amber had been pagganap off earlier that day. She came home, wrecked, like she was sexually assaulted. Mrs. Lindy insisted Amber to ulat this, but Amber became aggressive and violent. She threw Mrs. Lindy on the ground and then basically robbed the fridge, because- and Mrs. Lindy mga panipi her daughter: ‘I’m freaking starving here!’ After eating the whole fridge content Amber’s still hungry and took it out on Mrs. Lindy, punching her a few times in the face and compelling her to lie about it to Mr. Lindy; later she would tell him she’d ran through a glass door. Amber went upstairs to her room and from what Mrs. Lindy could hear she was trashing her room. It started raining and Mrs. Lindy heard her daughter screaming ‘Turn off the noise, my head’s exploding’ A few hours later Mr. Lindy came home. He asked his wife what happened, she told him the glass door story. He went upstairs to see Amber, saw the ruined room, noticed the window was open and Amber missing. This morning we got a call from Mr. Lindy saying his daughter’s boyfriend committed suicide in their shag” Liz paused and took a deep breath. “I find it hard to believe, though”
One of her deputy’s raised his hand. “Why? We found the letter. He writes about his parents, how their death affected him. mga kaibigan of him sinabi he was on something. It’s not that unexpected”
“Maybe not” Liz replied. “But there are too many factors that exclude suicide. For starters, he gave Amber a bracelet the same morning, so things must have been going quite well between them. Second, why would he hang himself in the shag susunod to the house where Amber lives? The letter says he ‘loved her so much’. Killing yourself nearby your girlfriend isn’t very pag-ibig expressing, is it? And last, but not least, why did Amber take off the same night and where is she now?”
Caroline, who had absorbed every little detail into her memory, understood her mother didn’t know madami and flashed away.