Amanda dropped her suitcase immediately at the sight of Heather, gulping loudly. Her mouth went dry, she couldn't speak. She didn't know how to answer her.
'Why do you have a suitcase?'
'Amanda what are you doing? Just tell me.'
'I'm sorry Heather. I wanted to say goodbye to you before but I just couldn't.'
'What do you mean?'
'Bill's outside waiting, I'm going with him and we're leaving Dallas for good. I'm never coming back here Heather, I just can't. '
Heather stared blankly at Amanda, her big hazel eyes filling with tears. She didn't answer.
'I've felt so awful about having to do this to you, you've done so much for me and I'll never be able to thank you enough. I know I'm a heartless bitch, I know…'
Heather walked over to Amanda, hugging her tightly. 'You're not. You're my best friend and I'll support you no matter what.'
The two friends each wiped their tears, smiling at each other.
'Where are you and Bill going? Have you figured that out yet?'
'No, I think we're going to Cali. I don't care, as long as we get away from everyone in Hillside. I wish you could come with us.'
'Me too. But 'Manda, what am I going to say when everyone asks where you are? I can't tell them about your baby, obviously. What do I say? Oh I'm going to miss you so much!' Heather burst into tears again, this time being comforted by Amanda, who wiped her tears and hugged her, again.
'Just tell them I joined a cheerleading camp or something, I don't mind. I'm not going to be here to ear it anyway. We have to keep in touch somehow, I'll write.'
Amanda reached over for her suitcase, turning the knob on the door handle. Turning to Heather, she spoke through her tears. 'You're the best person I've ever met, Heather Cruz. I love you so much, you deserve the best in life. You could never screw up your life like I have…'
'Aman-' Heather called, but Amanda had already walked out the door. She put her head in her hands, standing in the pitch black, crying uncontrollably. Amanda, who was walking down the Cruz's footpath, did the same. As she entered Bill's car, she let out a deep breath.
'Hi baby. You ready?' Bill kissed her on the cheek, wiping her tears with his thumb.
She put her hands in his, squeezing tightly. 'Are you sure we're going to be okay? We don't have money, Bill. Where are we going?'
Bill reached over behind Amanda's seat, revealing a suitcase. Unlocking the silver latches, Amanda nearly fainted at what she saw. 'Where did you get this?'
'I told you I can persuade your mother, besides the fact she gives away 100 dollar notes like they're quarters. I wouldn't let my sweetheart down.'
The pair kissed, before Bill turned the key and started to drive slowly down the quiet suburban avenue.
Dallas' queen of mean had officially given up her throne.
The end -