She Braced Herself
Sweat dripped down her face as she gripped the steering wheel and braced herself for the inevitable. She watched nervously as a cop walked closer to her car. She tried keeping her anxiety in check, but she knew there was no way out of this. She was in serious trouble and there was nothing she could say to him that would save her. The moment of truth was upon her as she rolled down her window.
A Brand New Life
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Ebony Rhodes had already experienced some of the most difficult months of her life. She relocated her entire family to Atlanta, Georgia, after her mom passed away. She's a single mom with four kids, which meant she had to find a means of providing for her family right away. Fortunately, Atlanta had some great job offers. But Rhodes had to face facts. She kept a secret from everyone for the well-being of her kids, but the truth was about to come out.
She Was In Trouble
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Rhodes was driving her kids to the library on one seemingly uneventful afternoon. She told them to study and do well in school, especially since finals were coming up. She knew that a good education would mean a great life for them. In fact, she thought about this on the drive there, which is why she failed to realize a patrol car had approached her. Then, she saw the flashing lights and heard the siren, and Rhodes knew she was in trouble.
Rhodes knew why the cop had pulled her over. Her tag was expired, but she didn’t have enough money to renew it. And if that wasn’t bad enough, she was also driving with a suspended license without insurance. She was certain the cop would have some serious issues with these violations. But that wasn’t what terrified her. Her deep dark secret was about to be exposed. The thought of it made her start to cry.
Worst Fears Come True
When the police officer approached her window, it was clear to her that she was crying. But she couldn’t understand why. "She came to the car and asked why was I crying and I was like, '…because I know my license isn't good,'" Ebony said. And once the cop reviewed her situation, Rhodes’ worst fears were confirmed. The officer told her she would have to impound her car and arrest her. Rhodes panicked because she knew her secret would come out.