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Hanna, who has just discovered that her son, Benny, has mortgaged her house, is sitting in the dark waiting for him to come home. When he walks through the door, she speaks quietly to him.

"I pride myself on being an independent woman. I bought this house when I was 21. I had you and your sister on my hip...three and four years old," she says. "I worked two jobs when your father walked out on me. I didn't crumble. I didn't cry. I didn't even complain."

Benny asks what's going on. Hanna tells him not to act like he doesn't know. "Is there something you want to tell me, Benny?" she says, handing him the notice of foreclosure.

Benny admits what he did, following his mother into her room after she storms out. "You were in the hospital, and Candace was in trouble," he says.

"I knew it was her," Hanna says about her estranged daughter. "That girl wasn't in no trouble. She was conning you."

Benny says no. "She called me to pick her up late one night. I went to get her and walked right past her. I didn't even recognize her. She was beat so bad," he says. "I took her to the same hospital you were in. She was one floor below you. She owed him money, and he told her if he didn't get it, he was going to kill her. Mama, he damn near did."

Hanna says it's the life Candace chose. "That child has been nothing but trouble. The day I got pregnant on through my labor. I was sick as a dog every day. That child flipped in my womb and almost killed me," Hanna says. "It's like she never wanted to be here. Maybe if she had gone on or passed on she would have found some peace. Put us both out of our misery."

"For someone who's always grabbing the Bible, that's some real Christian talk," Benny says. "I'm going to let you calm down, and I'm going to forget that you said that about Candace."

Hanna warns Benny that Candace doesn't care about anyone but herself. "It's not in her to love anybody or anything," she says. "She got a baby that she probably don't even know where he is. It's not in her to care."

Benny defends his decision that night and says he'll right the situation. "I'm going to go sell my truck and bring them as much as I can," he says. "I got to try something, Mama. I'm going to fix this."


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