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From chapter 46
Tina’s eyes narrowed. She felt a headache coming on, the edge of it creeping up the back of her neck. She bit her lip, watching as Rudy squinted at the document as his lawyer explained it to him.
“I ain’t signing.” Rudy sneered, cracking his knuckles. “I ain’t signin ‘til you agree to the fucking money.”
Tina stood, the chair behind her scooting back. She was not leaving here without making steps towards resolution. This was for Rosie. For Bette. “We can talk about money, Rudy. But first, I want a paternity test. Now. Today. Make that fucking happen…” she ordered the lawyers, “I need some fresh air.”
Tina paced in the waiting room. Her back hurt and she was tired. Tired of the stinky prison, which with her heightened pregnant sense of smell made her want to gag, and the stress of the confrontation with Rudy was catching up to her. She keenly felt the weight of being the daughter of Donna Kennard, the guilt at the drugs that ravaged the river region, shame that she had to bear witness to the price Rudy and his family paid for ever meeting Donna.
She needed to eat something, and her patience, or what was left of it, was exhausted. Fucking Rudy. Mr. Stephens finally emerged; his face unreadable.
“Three to five days for the paternity test. I have the kit to take a swab of Rosie’s cheek and you can send it in to the same lab for cross checking…”
“Who is sending in the sample for Rudy?”
Mr. Stephens shifted, unsure. “We did not discuss a timeline…”
“Not good enough. I want to see the fucking thing put in the mail. Today, Mr. Stephens if you please.”
He started to object then went back to the guard at the window and spoke to her. She glanced at Tina then dialed a number and handed the office phone to the lawyer.
Tina waited, the picture of patience while inside her stomach was rolling, hungry, nauseous. He returned with something written on a piece of paper.
“It is being sent today, he’s actually in the medical station now. They will bill you for it and the results will be sent to the address you gave me. We can track it, I have the number here.”