Candy feels the need to help Sarah with the laundry. She suddenly has a
desire to sniff freshly laundered clothes. Plus, she’s been invited to
another party , this time at her ex-sister in law’s home, and wants to make
sure her dress is clean.
The phone rings while Sarah is tidying up the sitting room.
Sarah goes to answer the phone, but pauses. She knows that
Candy’s cousin has been very sick lately. She hopes that this call
does not bring bad news.
Sarah answers the phone and sure enough, it’s the news they’ve
all been dreading. Kianah has passed away.
Sarah hates to be the bearer of bad news, but the responsibility
has fallen into her hands.
Sarah spots Candy in the kitchen. “Um…Candy,” She begins.
Candy’s heart immediately feels as though it’s stopped beating.
She has a feeling that she won’t like what Sarah has to say.
Sarah continues after she realizes that Candy is not going to
respond. “It’s your cousin Kianah…she just passed away.”
Candy still says nothing. “Are you ok?” Sarah asked concerned by
Candy’s lack of response.
“I’m fine Sarah.” Candy says with a false smile on her face, “ Stop gawking
at me…I’m…” She begins then stops as Sarah’s words begin to move past
the merciful shock that allows a person to feel numb for moments after
receiving disturbing news.
Candy stands as still as a statue. Sarah notes that Candy looks
faint. Sarah doesn’t know what to do. She is worried about Candy.
Candy’s face morphs; showing several stages of grief as Sarah
watches. First Sarah sees anger. “I should have stayed there with
her. How could I just leave her like that?” Candy says.
Then she appears sad and depressed, holding back tears that
never break the surface.
Then, just as quickly, Candy is in denial, “Are you sure she’s gone? Maybe
they said she’s getting worst.”
“Yes ma’am, I’m sure…I’m so sorry.”
Candy leaves the room on wobbly legs and passes out in the sitting
room. Sarah rushes into the room when she hears the thump. “Oh
no!” She cries out, “Somebody help, it’s Candy!”
Spencer hears Sarah call out and rushes downstairs to see what’s
Sarah’s loud shouts are enough to revive Candy. She slowly gets
By the time Spencer gets downstairs, Candy is up and alert. “Sorry to
scare you. I’m ok now.”
“Are you sure mom? Maybe we should take you to the hospital.” Spencer
says concerned. He’s never witness his mother in a moment of weakness.
Candy refuses to let Spencer take her to a hospital. “I have a party
to go to,” she says before heading outside to the backyard where
she spots her cousin Nakida.
“How are you holding up?” Candy asks.
“I’m doing ok. I was there with her when she took her last breath.” Nakida
“What happened?” Candy asks. “I was just there with her and she looked
“She was just putting on airs for you. Kianah was very sick, but didn’t want
you to know it. “ Nakida tries her best to remain strong, but the tears have
a mind of their own.
“It’s ok Nakida, let it out.” Candy encourages.
“My only sister is gone. What am I going to do?”
“Nakida, you still have one sister left. I’ll be here for you. We were
all always much more than cousins.”
“Do you want to come to the cemetery with me?”
“Yes, I need to show my face at a party really quick, then I’ll be ready to
Rena, exhausted by all of the high emotions in the house retreats
upstairs. She is saddened to hear about the death in the family.
She attempts to temporarily escape the grief by taking a nap.
Candy dresses quickly and heads next door to Evelyn Pratt’s
house, her ex sister-in-law. “I’ll stay out here.” Nakida says.
Candy steps into the house and greets Evelyn. Evelyn has been dating
Tenor, Kianah’s oldest son, so she is also saddened by Kianah’s death.
“How’s Tenor taking it?” Candy asks.
“Not so well.”
Candy’s grief makes her lightheaded once again. She sits down on
Evelyn’s couch to gather enough strength to go to the cemetery.
While Candy and Nakida head to the cemetery to say their
goodbyes to Kianah, Rena goes into labor.
A strong contraction hits. Spencer gets ready to take her to the
Gwen is downstairs wondering what all the commotion is about.
“Tell mom that the baby is coming when she gets back!” Spencer
says before rushing Rena out the door.
Nakida walks around reading the gravestones of her grandfather,
grandmother, uncles, aunts, mom, dad and finally her sister Kianah.
Nakida can no longer hold her grief. Her body trembling sobs rock
her at the gravestone of her older sister.