April and Amelie were identical twins but that is where the similarities ended. Amelie was born almost twenty-four hours after April and suffered the lost oxygen to her brain. They were raised by Amore, their mother who emotionally abused Amelie and relied on April too heavily while their father, Nelson, ran the family pharmacy. Amore died when the girls were fourteen and April stepped into the role of caretaker, however once Amelie has a child and goes to jail, the die is cast for their ultimate separation. Trinidad and April’s Amelie deals with the issues that ensue when twin sisters are at odds, but who still love each other immensely.
April felt calm and collected. She had taken a shower and was wearing a dress that fit a bit more snug. Her hair waved around her shoulders and a smile covered her face when she heard the door open.
“Hello Sister.” Amelie said wryly.
Feeling as if the floor had shifted, April felt cold rage fill her body. Almost magically, she was across the room and her hands were around sister’s throat, propelling them both to the floor. Amelie was stunned and caught off guard. Trying to get April off of her she pushed and pulled until finally she was able to crawl to the door. Once she was on the porch, she stood, looking around, wondering what the hell just happened. In all the times she had approached her sister and no matter what she did to her and she had done much, April had never attacked her in recent years. There were times when they were growing up that April kicked her butt regularly.
Standing up and strangely dry-eyed, April made her way to the kitchen; she had food to prepare for her husband…
Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and entrepreneur who is about forward motion while remembering history.