Battered Mind By Sylvia Stein beginning chapter


Sadie Carlyle awoke in a state of despair when she finally opened her eyes, and noticed that 

she was lying in what appeared to be a large hospital bed.   Then,  she  immediately began 

screaming very loudly.  She was so out of control that a strong sedative was required to calm her 

down.   Her long red hair looked so dry, as the sedative took immediate effect.  It was not too 

long before her greenish eyes began to close again, her skin looked so pale as the nurse applied 

an soft pillow under her neck.   This had been an intense few day for Sadie.   Her emotions   

were so intense that you could see the puffiness in her swollen eyes from all the non-stop 

crying.   It was so hard to believe that Sadie was once a very attractive green eyed 

red head that captivated a room with her profound beauty.  After a few minutes the nurse noticed 

that Sadie was bleeding from her nose.   As this was going on, the nurse quickly called the 

doctor .   In the meantime Sadie still  asleep began  to let her mind get whisked away.  

  “Here he comes again screaming at me always  terrifying me why 

can’t he see that he is hurting me!”

“Mrs. Carlyle , Mrs. Carlyle!” called a man in a dark suit.  Suddenly, Sadie was no longer in  

the hospital bed.   She was in a courtroom.  Her heart was racing and she appeared 

very agitated and confused.   However, she decided to take a deep breath to calm her 

nerves.   As always once again her thoughts run away with her.. 

Sadness is approaching it feels very dark-  I feel it pulling me closer 

to the end of a cliff and then I am drowning!”

Can you please answer the question now,  said the impatient District Attorney.  As he

 paced back and forth you could hear the silence in the packed room.   She tried to stay 

focus and not let her thoughts run away with her again.  Well, Ms. Carlyle, he stated 

once more.  Sadie took a deep breath and then said,  “Yes I am so sorry Mr. Mason”, 

she  began to say said in a rather soft and apologetic tone.

 “ Please forgive me, again”  she said. “ You see I am rather nervous being up here and 

talking about such a traumatic event and I was letting my nerves run away with me, Do 

you mind repeating the question?   He paused and then once again asked, “ What 

happened on the night of May 27, 2010?”  “Now I hope that was clear enough for you!” 

he added in a more sarcastic tone.  Charles Mason had been a District Attorney for the 

State of North Carolina for 16 years now and he was known to win all of his cases.  The 

man had been divorced three times and finally said that he just was not going to let a 

woman bury him, even if it meant he end up alone.  However, he was fair in matters of 

the law and just wanted to get to the truth.   “ Well, on the day you are referring to!” Sadie 

continued and then after a brief pause then blurted out “ I killed my husband!”   As she said that, 

the court room went into a big uproar. 

   This is when the presiding  Judge Vicente Mikos knocked on his gavel and asked 

everyone  to quiet down.  “ Please!”,   Silence he urged.  “ Now, please continue 

Ms. Carlyle.”  Again, She began to let her thoughts get away from her again.  

    “A Voice cries out in the night, for someone to hear its plea.. As the wind begins to fade the sound, there you are in between, ready to comfort.. or destroy me?” “I want to break free... of you!!!”

 Look Mr. Mason everyone here is going to see that my husband  Dante Lucas Carlyle was a 

monster and an abuser”.  She continued by adding, “  I did what I had to do to 

protect my daughter and myself , because if I had not shot him he would of come 

after both of us.”   

Sadie began to shake as she finished her testimony.  You could hear the whispers in the 

crowd of people which included both Sadie’s parents as well as Dante’s. 

   “Silence! Silence! everyone”,  said Judge Mikos once again.   he then continued.   “Now I 

must remind everyone to keep their composure throughout the trial and if there are 

those that do not want to follow the rules you will be escorted out!”     Just as he got 

done with the stern warning there was a another voice who called upon the judge.   

“Your honor!” said the slender woman,  “I ask that there be a short recess so that I can 

speak with my client.”    “Alright we will all meet back here at 2:00 p.m”, urged the judge.     

“This will allow most of us to go to lunch and be ready to continue”,  he continued.  

 “However,  he added I must remind the jury to be mindful of this case and 

your obligations as jurors”.   As the people walked out of the courtroom,  the slender 

attorney directed her attention to her client.    As she approached Sadie, Ms. 

Hamilton’s   dark brown eyes, which matched her dark brown hair appeared to get 

darker as she got closer to her.    Many thoughts ran thru Miranda’s head,  and 

she tried to compose her voice tone.   “ Okay now  Ms. Carlyle do you have any thing to 

say for yourself?” ,Miranda awaited patiently for an answer.  However, Sadie apparently 

appeared to be in another frame of mine, and she  seemed to  be  deliberately taking  her  

time in answering her.   It was about a few minutes later, that Sadie finally felt like 

indulging Ms. Hamilton and in a rather stern tone said, “ Look you are suppose 

to be on my side, so just let the evidence speak for itself!”  and then just like that  got up 

and walked out of the room.  This type of attitude left a very bad taste in  Miranda’s 

mouth and she decided for the time being to keep her frustrations to herself.  However, 

that did not mean she had good thoughts of Sadie.  
     

“ Oh I am so sick of this woman!  thought  Miranda as she gathered her brief case.    This 

type of behavior that was coming from her client was unacceptable and was now 

regretting being her defense lawyer.  You see Miranda Hamilton was approached by 

Sadie’s parents because they knew she was one of the best criminal defense lawyers in 

Atlanta Georgia, were Sadie’s father had recruited her since he was also in that same 

field and wanted to make sure his daughter was well represented and were willing to 

pay whatever it took to protect her.    As Miranda collected her briefcase and composed 

herself,  District Attorney Charles Mason came in and gave her this small grin.   She 

went right passed him and tried not to pay him any attention.   Then he added “ Don’t let 

the door hit you on the way out!”   He could hear Miranda trying not to lose her 

composure.   One of the main reasons that   Mr. Mason acted in such a way is because 

he knew that there was more to this case.   There were more than  a few things that just 

did not add up.   As stated earlier Charles Mason,  believed in getting to the truth of 

what really occurred on the night of May 29, 2010.   “ I am sure that there are things that 

Ms. Hamilton’s client is not saying and I am going to break this case and her”.  He said 

with a big smirk on his face.    In another closed room,  Sadie sat in one corner of the 

room locked deep in her thoughts.   “ 

“ Look Dante I want you to stop this, I cannot continue to be hurt by you.  I will 

not allow you to hurt me!”

“ Hurt you, Sadie why would I do that, to you.  “ I love you!”  

“ Sadie! Sadie!” called a familiar voice from the room.    It was her father’s voice.

he went into the room and embraced her.  “ Oh hunny you have been thru so 

much and soon everyone will know what a horrible monster that Dante was.

Sadie appeared not at all there as her father was speaking  to her.   But somehow 

found a way to speak to him.   “ Yes I just want all this to be over so I can resume my life 

with my baby girl.   “ Oh I can’t wait to be with her, she said.   Shhh!, there there 

whispered Mr. Martin, it will all be alright and Keyla is with your mother so there is no 

need to worry darlin he said as he comforted her.  Mr. Martin noticed that his daughter

had barely eaten her food.   “ Now sweetheart I know this is a very tough thing you are 

dealing with right now, however you are not going to do yourself any favors by fainting in 

court because your not eating, he stated in a more stern voice.    

Please go away now, I really don’t want to hurt you, but I will”...  

    then Sadie’s nose began to bleed heavily.    “ Oh no yelled her father.. Someone 

call “ 911 my daughter is bleeding..    

   
“Sadie please talk to me how you are  feeling ” please talk to me .. 

“No!  Dante I am done talking with you!”.  “ I am tired of this game we keep playing and   

I am not doing this any longer!”


“ Sadie darlin everything is going to be okay,“ said a very distraught Jackson Martin.   As 

the ambulance arrived they used a stretcher to take her out.    The judge asked 

everyone to come into the court room so that  he could make his announcement.  As 

everyone came in and sat down , everyone waited for Judge Mikos to speak.   “ Thank 

you all for coming back,”  he stated.  “Now it appears Ms. Carlyle had to be rushed to the 

hospital emergency room and we are not sure, how long she will be there or what is her 

prognosis as of yet and due these circumstances, the time and date to be back to the 

court house is to be announced”, he added.   “Therefore,  I still am urging the jury which will be 

sequestered not to discuss this case with no one,”  he added in a more stern tone.   Again, we 

appreciate your time and dedication to this case.”   That will be all.   As he left the court room, 

one person that was grinning all the way was Miranda Hamilton.  She was smiling from ear to 

ear as she glared into Charles Mason’s greenish eyes.   “ Well Counselor she added with a bit a 

sassiness in her voice “ Looks like the ball is in my court now!”     As she strutted out, he gave 

her a stern warning, “ Careful Ms. Hamilton, don’t forget I never lose!”   She ignored his 

comment and continued on her  way. 


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