Safety in numbers
Offering Sophie Sophie a place to stay, Carmel Carmel soon realises there’s more to her visit than meets the eye
stabbing murder in May is still very raw in the mind of his grieving mother Carmel and older brother Kush – as well as Sophie, the mother of
Bruno, the now-imprisoned gang leader who wielded the knife. Although Carmel is attending a support group, even the sight of Shakil’s trainers still unnerves her. So she’s totally unprepared when she answering a knock at the door and nds Sophie waiting on the step.
Overreacting, Carmel shuts the door in Sophie’s face but is compelled to intervene when she spies Keegan, Shakil’s best mate who was also stabbed, furiously arguing with Bruno’s mother on the street! Keegan has no interest in Sophie sniffing around what he perceives to be her killer son’s behalf, and even rages at Carmel for being so calm in trying to ease the tension!
However, Carmel suspects Sophie needs help but her benevolence arouses Kush’s anger; especially when Sophie reveals a local gang is stalking her after she grassed them to the police. He doesn’t want his mum subjected to anymore heartache and prefers that Sophie leaves but Carmel overrides her son’s wishes when the gang terrorises Sophie outside the house and insists she stays in the safety of the Kazemi home.
Unfortunately, Carmel fears that Kush could be right in not wanting Sophie around when she nally confesses that Bruno wants her to visit him in prison – and he wants Carmel to come, too. Trembling, Carmel frets Bruno may want to threaten her again and wonders if she can withstand any more pain in her life...