Proxy House.

Chapters: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16!!

Chapter 1.

It was a cold winter day in January and were sitting in comfortable chair in front on the fireside where the fire crackled and spread out it's warm. Getting lost in the sight of the flames she thought back to when she was just a young girl at the age of 17 living in the North State of America. At that time she lived in the family home that carried the name "Proxy". She never knew why their home had been called that but back then it was normal for a big house to have a name of some kind. The house was big and old and were placed out in the country which looked idyllic and therefore easily could make you just stop up and take in it's beauty. It was in this house she lived with her parents and four siblings. Her dad was the head of the family and he was teaching 's two older brothers Paul and John to be able to do the same when they got their own family. This meant actually at this point had three men telling her what to do. Besides her two brothers, she had two sisters called and that were younger than her. Everyone more or less adored the very ground her two sisters walked on. Still Jenny didn't feel jealous, she guessed it was because they were simply like night and day and that just made them argue.
Belonging to the house where a huge garden which thought of as theirs but in reality it was a shared garden with their neighbour but at the moment nobody lived there. It was a beautiful garden and she loved spending time there. She had even found her own favorite spot by a lake which were surrounded by grass and flowers. Sitting by the lake she often fell into her own thoughts about life and how hers would turn out. She was a bit of a dreamer and often dreamed about things that seemed out of reach. This day she didn't get far with her dreaming as she heard yelling from her brother Paul trying to find her.
- come on, we have a ball waiting for us. Paul yelled looking around trying to catch the sight of . He yelled once more and then it got quiet. It was at that moment Jenny realized what he meant. The ball she had forgotten all about it. Probably because she didn't want to go but her family was determined to show her of at the ball. With a sigh got up and walked slowly up to the house where she found Paul standing in the doorway waiting for her.
- Ah ain't you even ready yet? You do know we have to leave soon? He asked with a hint of annoyance in his voice.
- Yeah yeah I'm on my way. sighed walking passed him into the house.
- That was about time. Paul grunted and disappeared up the stairs where all the bed rooms where. plodded along in the same direction and took a turn when she got to her own room. She enjoyed having her own room and just to be able to close the door when her family got on her nerves. She walked over to the window and looked out. Just a moment later she heard a knock at her door and watched Sofia walk in. She was an old friend of the family who always tried to keep the peace among them all which sometimes could be a hard job.
- Oh Jen you're not even dressed yet and the others are almost ready. Sofia cried stressed.
- I don't feel like going. sighed.
- Of 'cause you do, now get a move on. Sofia cried pushing the dress towards while suddenly Paul appeared in the door.
- get a move on NOW!! The ball doesn't wait for us and we should�..
- Get me set aside for some guy so you won't have worry about your difficult little sister anymore.
- What a bunch of bull shit. Paul yelled and walked away.
- But none of the less the truth. muttered under her breath but Sofia heard her.
- Don't, you're brother is a good guy.
- Whatever you say Sofia. smiled and watched her leave. Turning around starred at the dress laying upon her bed. She got herself together and took on the dress. Afterwards she went downstairs where her family where waiting for her. When they walked through their driveway noticed a gentleman who looked pretty rich. Her family stopped up when they reached him and rolled her eyes when she heard how they tried to get into the gentleman's good books such a speak. It was then she suddenly understood that he was moving into the house next to theirs. Soon after two younger men appeared, and the older gentleman presented them as his nephews and who were moving in with him. 's gaze slipped from the house and suddenly she was starring into the clearest eyes she had ever seen. She stood paralyzed for a few seconds and couldn't move her gaze away from him until pushed her. turned her gazed and looked at her sister until her gaze fell back on the man and she saw him smile at her shortly. tore her back to reality again and pulled her with her, almost pushing her towards the ball.
A little while later they found themselves in front of a big sparkling building and slowly they walked up the stairs. When they got inside the family quickly got spread from each other. Standing as still as you could possible do watched all the people there not knowing what to do with herself. Suddenly she heard Emma by her side whispering to her to look up and see dance with .
- , the nephews are here.
- Yeah I see is.
- And .
- Oh really. replied trying to sound like she didn't care.
- Yes and Emily and I have decided she get's and I get . The one with the eyes you couldn't get your eyes of. snorted while stunned watched her disappear among the other guests.
Now that had gotten her to look over the dancing crowd, her gaze suddenly met 's. She quickly moved her gaze away from him and went into another room but still he found her and suddenly stood right in front of her making her nervous.
- May I introduce myself? I'm . He grinned politely.
- . She replied shyly reaching out her hand which he took softly and with a light peak he kissed the palm of her hand making her heart jump.
- Well a lady of few words. Can I ask for the next dance? He asked giving her a teasing smile.
- Thank you but I rather not.
- And may I ask why not? asked feeling slight taken back.
- Well I'm a bad dancer.
- Ah is that all? He laughed
- It's not funny. Apparently you should be able too at a thing like this. She replied with resent in her voice.
- You're absolutely right, so let me teach you. He replied grabbing her hand pulling her out on the dance floor before she got a chance to respond. It was a bit awkward in the beginning but after a while it went okay.
- Look you can do it. smiled
- Yeah if you call this dancing.
- Ah but I do. He replied while their gaze met and for the first time in her life a guy had made her heart pound. Their moment got taken away from them when cut in demanding to help home because she had twisted her foot. Looking at thought it seemed like he wanted to say something but before he got that far pulled him away. Seeing them go walked out with a sigh to get and help her home.

Chapter 2.

were laying in her bed and thinking back on the ball that was about 1,5 year ago but still she thought back sometimes and thought about . She often wondered why she hadn't met him nor since, especially since and still talked about them. Sometimes it sounded like they had met them but she wasn't sure as every time walked into a room they would stop talking. Once she had asked them but their only reply was what it had to do with her? The only thing she was sure of where that the rich gentleman still lived in the house and that his name was Steven.
A knocking took out of her thoughts and watched Sofia enter her room.
- Good morning sunshine. The sun is shining. Sofia smiled walking over to pull aside the curtains.
- Good morning Sofia, how are you today?
- Oh as you can expect. I have talked to my doctor today. She replied while nervously sat up in her bed watching the sorrowful look in her eyes.
- It's not good . The doctor said it could happen soon so I thought you and I should have a chat before it might be too late.
- Sofia that's not true. You're going to live for many many years to come. cried.
- deep down you know I'm right, I don't have long to go now. I haven't got long to live and you have to accept it. I have had a long life and it's time for an old woman like me.
- But Sofia I can't do this without you. I won't except it. replied feeling tears sting her eyes.
- You have to sweetie. I know you're family isn't easy but you will be allright. They mean well and they love you.
- It doesn't seem like it. and shuts me out and John, Paul and dad are only busy with finding me a husband. Mean while mom only watch because she doesn't dare to say anything against them. Sofia you will get better. replied while the tears now ran down her cheeks and Sofia sat beside with tearful eyes.
- Listen you know I won't. Here I want you to have this and I know you will take good care of it. Sofia replied and pulled out a little box from her pocket and handed it to .
- Oh... Sofia, you're ring. cried and put her arms around Sofia and thanked her.
- I got it from my mom and now it's yours. Sofia said quietly.
They sat for a while without saying anything until Sofia got up on her feet and walked to the door. When she opened the door she started to wobble on her feet and ended up falling. rushed to her side and tried to get her back up on her feet but she couldn't. watched how Sofia lay completely still and turned pale.
- I think it's happening. Sofia said in a whisper.
- No, NOOO Sofia you can�t die.
- my sunshine believe in yourself you will be fine. Sofia whispered before her eyes closed.
- HELP someone! cried in despair.
Mean while outside the house stood and talking to and . wanted to rush in but grabbed her arm.
- Don't it's just . sighed.
- , wouldn't sound like that if it wasn't important.
- Is here? questioned but didn't get a reply.
- do what you like. I'm going to see what's going on. said firmly.
Inside bended over Sofia telling her the others were on the way now. When 's family came rushing is the men pushed to the side and got hold of Sofia and put her into her room and waited for the doctor.
When the doctor came everybody left the room and let him do what he could. Sitting out in the hall waited for the doctor's judgment with her family. It wasn't until now she noticed who it was her sisters stood beside. 's tearful eyes met 's for a while. When realized it she marched over to .
- Stop it. Get your own guy. hissed.
- I doubt is you're guy and besides Sofia is laying in there seriously ill and the only thing you think about is what I can and cannot do. Do you even have any emotions? cried at her sister.
- ME?! It is your fault Sofia is sick and I'm not insensitive!!! yelled
- It could never be my fault. Just go away , let me be. screamed at her sister while tears ran down her cheeks.
- stop it. said stepping in trying to stop her from making her sister feel even worse. looked at him offended and with an hmpf sound coming out of her lips she turned her back on them and walked over to .
- Thank you. said in a whisper to surprised to even see him standing up for her.
- Any time. smiled and studied her face for a second before he leaned in and hugged her. When he let go of her slowly he noticed a small smile gaze up at him.
- I guess this is going to make pretty mad. I don't think you're allowed to hug me.- Well that's just a shame 'cause you seemed to need one. replied while the doctor walked out to them.
- I'm really sorry but there's nothing I could do. The doctor said with sadness in his voice.
- NO, NO, No that cannot be true. cried and rushed to Sofia's side while tears kept running down her cheeks. She was gone.

Chapter 3.

where sitting by her beloved lake in the garden. She sat there in silence thinking back about Sofia's funeral yesterday, it had been a beautiful one just like she would have wanted and then was a bit of a consolation.
- Hey . Are you going to be okay? Steven asked suddenly appearing.
- Hey. I guess so.
- The funeral was beautiful. Now she's sitting in heaven and keeping an eye on you.
- You think? asked meeting his gaze.
- I do. She's in peace now with no pain. Tell me do you have anyone to talk to about this? I mean I often see you here alone. and told me what happened when Sofia died. Steven said looking at her but she didn't answer so he continued talking.
- Sorry I know it's none of my business but if you need to talk then I'll be glad to listen. You know I'm not that bad. He smiled and looked back at him. In this light he looked like a nice old man with grey hair, light nice eyes and a mouth that smile carefully.
- I believe you. finally replied.
- Oh I'm honoured. He laughed
- Actually I don't really have anyone to talk to about this or well I have talked a bit to my mother but it seems like it's too hard for her to talk about it. Besides they seem to be busy with something they won't tell me about yet.
- Do you have a sense what about?
- I don't know but it seems to be something that delights so I guess it's bad.
- No matter what it is I'm sure you'll be fine.
- How do you know that?
- Because you can do anything. It's in your personality. Besides Sofia told me so. He smiled towards . It was a smile that told her that he was one of the good guys.
They sat there in silence for a while, both of them sitting there in their own thoughts when they had someone come running towards them. It made Steven get up on his feet and nod to and walk away. Letting her gaze watch him go turned her attention back on who now stood in front of her.
- What going on? asked.
- You have to come up to the house but can we talk for a second first?
- Are you sure you don't want to talk to instead? She asked confused not being used to be the one others came to.
- I'm sure!! replied rather nervous.
- Okay. So what's wrong?
- It's just that I have always thought that maybe it was wrong of me and to lie...
- Lie, what are you talking about? asked starting to wonder what they now had done.
- Well wanted and well um she could tell that he probably rather wanted you so she told that you had left. In the beginning he kept asking for you but after a while he stopped. He believed her as he never saw you.
- What??? And what about you?? cried not believing what she heard.
- I played along. I couldn't do anything else. cried.
- You could have told me the truth!! hissed at her sister.
- But I couldn't then she would go after .
- Ahhh and you like .
- claims I'm in love with him.
- Are you?
- I think so.
- But you could still have told me the truth. Then we could have gone against her together.
- Sorry okay?!! I'm telling you now and I just wanted to ask you something because you seem so wise. ... Why doesn't he..???
- Why doesn't he what?
- Why doesn't he kiss me? He has been courting me for a year now. cried nervously while was a loss for words and just didn't know what to reply.
- Um I don't know!
- But you must have... You most know. uttered.
- No I don't. replied and an awkward silence fell over the two girls.
- Oh well their waiting for you at the house. finally muttered trying to escape the awkward silence.
They walked back up to the house in silence while thought about what they wanted with her now but she didn't dare to ask after their awkwardness moment. looked disappointed that didn't hold the answers for her while couldn't believe she would think she had the answers. When they finally reached the house they walked into the living room where found her family gathered together.
- your now 18,5 years old and as you haven't presented a worthy man as your husband to be will we as your family take the responsibility to find one who can provide for you. Do you hear me ? Her dad asked.
- Yes I am. Jenny replied in utter shock.
- Good. You see it looks good with your sisters. is engaged to and with a little luck will be so with .
- WHAT??!! cried in shock feeling her heart beat raise in speed.
- I had a feeling you would say that but that's how it's going to be. For you we have found another presentable gentleman. His dads name is count Trawor and your husband to is called Andrew.
- But dad I don't even know him! cried in a mix of shock and fear.
- You will with time.
- And when is this thing going to happen?
- A summer wedding will be nice so you're getting married in June.
- What if I refuse?
- You can't!!! Her dad stated leaving the room with the rest of the family. As the one left in the room stood stunned with mixed feelings without the knowledge on what to do.

Chapter 4.

The next few days tried all she could to forget a marriage had been arranged on her behalf to some stranger.
One day she had walked down to the lake and sat in silence and starred down into the lake. She couldn't cry anymore, her tears were used up for a while. Suddenly she heard a splash in the lake from someone who had thrown a stone. The sound tore her out of her trance and she looked up coming face to face with . Without a word he sat down beside her.
- You found me! said in a whisper.
- Yeah. I was told the truth a few days ago. You weren't gone you had been here all along.
- Yeah. replied and gathered all the courage she could and looked at him.
- Are you engaged to ? She asked nervously.
- Is that what they have told you? He asked looking slightly shocked
- Well they say you are as well as.
- I have noticed they seem eager for that to happen. He grinned lightly
- But are you? She asked getting a bit impatient.
- No. So what is troubling you? He asked smiling inside himself seeing her blush.
- I can't just tell you. said feeling the shyness wash over her.
- Why not? I'm good at secrets. He smiled but couldn't help but laugh at the serious expression on his face.
- Right, I thought it was something serious and then you just laugh at me. huffed keeping a smile well hided.
- It is, sorry. It's just you looked funny.
- Ah well thanks and here I was trying to help.
- I know sorry.
- So now what is it? asked and got a sorrowful look upon her face again. She didn't feel sure about telling him or not. Looking at him she tried to figure out if she should, after all he had been hanging out with so who knew if she had changed him. Letting a sigh escape her lips knew she had to tell someone and she couldn't deny the butterflies he cursed in her stomach. Taking a deep breath she told him how her family suddenly had told her they had found a husband for her and how they wanted to control her and that she just had to do what she was told because they where her family. Finishing her story sat nervously and waited for him to say something. Instead he suddenly got up on his feet and pulled her up too. Seeing him just stare at her started to feel a slight panic raise inside her, debating whether she should kept her mouth shut.
- So you don't know the guy you're going to marry? suddenly asked breaking the silence.
- No. she replied quietly but happy he finally said something.
- Then how can you marry him?
- I haven't said I wanted too? She replied with slight panic in her voice thinking "didn't he understand what I just told him?"
- Then Don't.
- But don't you understand?
- Not really. Then what about us? He asked starring at her holding her gaze.
- Us? uttered slightly shocked.
- Don't tell me you haven't felt it. I did the first time I saw you. He replied watching blush and move her gaze away from him and stare down into the ground.
- Can you feel it? He asked letting his hand move to her face to lift it and make sure she looked into his eyes. looked at him shyly and slowly she nodded too shy to say anything. For a while she thought the only thing that could be heard where her heart beating wildly in her chest. She felt how her cheeks turned a bright red.
- It's embarrassing. She mumbled with a hint to her burning cheeks.
- It's not that bad. grinned and took a step even closer towards her so she now could feel his breath on her face.
- I don't know how to do this. She uttered seeing his face come closer to hers by each second and she felt like her heart was going to explode each second. He just smiled at her in response and shushed her but didn't move away. Leaning in he kissed her softly and felt a shiver run down her spine. Letting go a moment later he looked at her with a smile.
- By someone who claims not knowing what she's doing your doing well. But don't marry that guy. He doesn't deserve you. He said firmly.
- And you do?
- I'm working on it. He laughed kissing her a last time before he walked away.

The next day where up in the house in the living room where the whole family were gathered together with Steven, and . Catching 's gaze found herself wishing they were alone.
- You could say congratulation ! Her father said getting her back to reality.
- There are engagements in the air. Her dad smiled when he noticed the confused look upon 's face. Feeling a slight fear creep up on her looked towards praying it wasn�t him.
- It's and . Steven whispered into her ear by her side and the relief washed over her. She walked over to the couple and wished then congratulation.
- Now let's give the couple some peace as and is leaving us for a month. Interfered 's dad and everyone fled the room. Ending up in the hall looked up at .
- Well I better get of home. Steven said
- I shall walk you out. 's dad grinned
- There's no need. could do that. Steven replied
- Well sure she can. 's dad replied a little stunned.
Walking Steven out in silence felt a little on the edge.
- You see I have noticed there�s some spark between and you but as this is not the place to talk then met me down by the lake in about an hour, okay?
- I shall try. She uttered stunned hoping nobody else had sensed anything.
- Good, now see you there. Steven said walking of leaving in a state of nervousness and impatiently she walked around waiting for the time to pass.
An hour later she walked down to met Steven feeling nervous as she didn't know what he would say to her. Maybe he would ask to get lost or something. On her way she suddenly got back to reality when stood before her jumping up and down.
- It was so amazing . got down on one knee to ask me to marry him and everything. I'm so happy. cheered making laugh at her. It was like seeing a five year old get a lollypop.
- Oh I have to head off again. grinned leaving to walk the rest of the way to met Steven. When she came down to the lake she watched him stand there already.
- Hey . I took along hope you don't mind. Steven said while 's gaze shifted to and felt her heart pound and for some reason she felt even more nervous.
- back here, attention on me. Steven smiled making her look over at him.
- Now as you might have I guessed I know about you and . I see the way you look at each other and I know the odds for the two of you. I've been there myself. I met a girl and we fell in love but her parents wanted her to marry someone else. We tried to fight it but it didn't work and she ended up marring the other fellow. Later I married someone else too but not day has passed were I haven't thought about her. Steven said watching take in what he told her.
- So where is your wife now? asked carefully.
- She died two years ago.
- So now you could try to find the other woman? She asked
- No, I don't know where she is.
- Oh. Are you telling me this because you think that is what is going to happen to us to.
- I hope not. I will try to help you. is leaving for a month and mean while I'll see what I can do but I can't promise anything. I'll leave you two alone to talk and I'll see you later. Steven replied and with a smile he walked off.
- Sorry I told him but he asked. said softly letting his fingers stroke down her face.
- No I'm just a bit surprised. She replied feeling her heart beat faster when he pulled her body closer to his. Sensing a few sobs escape her moved away a little so he could see her face.
- What's wrong? He asked in whisper moving her tears away with his fingers.
- My family will never change their mind.
- be positive. They might. God I'm going miss seeing you sweet face. said gazing at her. Leaning in he kissed her and let his tongue slide over her lips edging her to part her lips and when she did he let his tongue slide in and met hers. She felt her knees go weak under her and felt like her heart with explode by the way he kissed her. Pulling away looked at her figuring out what was going through her mind. Without saying anything he took her hand and leaded her away from the lake and down in the far bottom of the garden where there were a little shed had never been inside. He leaded her inside and closed the door. Pulling her close he kissed her meanwhile he pulled her down onto a sofa. Breathlessly he looked into her eyes for a moment.
- Are you sure. He asked in a husky voice but she could just manage to nod her head. She felt nervous and slightly scared as she had never been this close to a man before but she couldn't stop herself even though she knew she should wait until she was married. As soon as he kissed her again she forgot her thoughts and felt his hands sneak under her clothes.
After some time she found herself laying in his arms when they heard yell outside.
- Oh God, I forgot the time. Baby I have to run. cried running around grabbing his clothes pulling it back on.
- No what am I thinking I can't leave you like this.
- It's okay, really.
Leaning down he kissed her hungrily before he pulled away.
- So you're leaving now? She asked not wanting him to leave.
- Yes but I will be back sweetie. He smiled kissing her one last time before he rushed off.

Chapter 5.

When the month had gone got more and more nervous because nothing happened and she didn't hear anything from nor Steven.
One day she went down to the lake but not long after appeared. She was dressed in one of her nice dresses and smiled carefully to . She stood there quietly for a while shuffling her feet before she spook up.
- I just thought I should warn you as you never seem to listen when we speak to you at the moment. said and looked at her in thought.
- What about?
- Actually I wanted to tell you that tomorrow three couples is getting married.
- Three, what three? asked stunned looking at her sister.
- John and Paul but you would have known that if you had listened.
- Oh so they found someone who wanted them. So who is the last?
- Well you should know as it is you! cried out while looked at her with a question written all over her face "had Steven talked to her dad after all?"
- Have you forgotten all about Andrew?
- So what if I have?
- you might as well forget it, you won't get , he is all over the mountains such a speak.
- How do you know?
- Don't you know anything? He is in France. He manages their jewel stores there.
- Jewel stores??
- Yes and he isn't coming home any time soon.
- How do you know all that? asked getting slightly angry and frustrated.
- Right I admit it shortly before Steven died I overheard a conversation between him and dad.
- Steven isn't dead! uttered feeling all energy drain from her face.
- Yes he is. He tried to convince dad about you and but with no such luck as dad think should have him.
- It can't be true. Why didn't I know all this? cried.
- Because you were always gone. Down here I would guess. replied spreading her arms out in the air with a sigh. Before could take in the shock told her to come with her up to the house.
- You have to try on your wedding dress. said
- I'm NOT marring Andrew.
- Ah , , , you just have too, men don't ask us. You know how the world works.
- Well it doesn't work. muttered under her breath while she in shock followed up to the house. When they got there watched a lot of people rush around the house getting things ready. Hearing her mother yell up from her room walked after up there. When they got into the room saw her mother there with and some woman who was there to help with the dress.
- Ahh my little girl is getting married and that with a rich man who can provide for you with all the nice things in life. Her mother cheered.
- Mom we don't fit together. cried.
- That's not true. You dad wouldn't have choose him if he you didn't.
- Of 'cause he would! sniggered while their mother acted like she didn't hear it.
As stood in the room she felt like a rag doll who was winded into a lot of white material while a woman stood putting needles into the material here and there.
- Who are you? finally asked the woman.
- I've been hired to do this by your future husband who should have been mine. The woman replied harshly.
- Well you can have him! replied firmly while the women sent her daggers with her eyes.
- No thank you, I only wanted him for his money anyway.
- But I thought you...
- No I'm not in love with him but I would do anything for his money and if you're wise you'll do the same.
- What do you mean? asked a bit confused.
- that's enough. You can't talk about your further husband like that. You should be happy to get a wealthy husband who can provide for you. Her mother interfered making look at her a bit stunned. She had never really thought about it but that was how it most have been for her mother too. Her mother was raised to be seen but not heard. That was why she didn't interfere; it wasn't because she was afraid but because a woman didn't have anything to say. It was not her place too. When the woman and 's two sisters had left tried to get her mother to speak.
- Mother why didn't you tell me Steven was dead?
- Your father didn't think it was wise to let you know as it would only put crazy ideas in your head.
- But !
- is far away.
- But!
- It can never be . Her mother sighed and sat down on the bed while could catch a glimpse of tears in her eyes.
- honey I know what you're going through but we don't always get what we wish for.
- What are you talking about? You have always been with dad like you wanted too.
- No honey I didn't. My parents and you fathers parents decided me and your father should marry.
- Are you telling me you loved someone else? asked stunned.
- Yes I did. She sighed
- What happened?
- You already know. She sighed while thought as bad as she could until she realized something.
- Steven, it was Steven! exclaimed.
- Yes but you can't tell your father. Her mother replied firmly.
- I promise but Steven said he didn't know what had happened to the woman! uttered and sat down beside her mother.
- He wouldn't tell the truth. He said it was up to me. He didn't want to give me trouble but he had to found out what had happened to me. I knew he would try to help you two but failed as you know.
- So dad didn't know who Steven was?
- No it would have been a disaster if he had. If I did he would forbid and to get married and they at least have the chance to be together.
- Where is ?
- In France.
- Jewel stores?
- Yes. Anyway you have had enough surprises for today and the sooner you accept you can't have the better. Her mother replied and walked out of the room.
Seeing her mother leave sat alone on the bed trying to gather it all in her head. A moment later her mother returned with the woman and they helped into the wedding dress to see if it fit. For a moment the woman left the room and her mother looked at .
- I know you are thinking about marring in this dress but forget about him. Her mother said
- Did you do that, just like that?
- No and that was my mistake. Most men want you to think about them and not someone else. If they don't get it the way they want things will turn badly for you. On the other hand if you do as told you will be fine. Her mother explained right before the dress woman appeared again.
- We better put the dress away so it is ready for tomorrow. The woman said.
Watching the dress being put away noticed it had gotten late and crawled into bed to sleep. That way she wouldn't think and she really didn't want to think.

Chapter 6.

awoke the next morning to a lot of noise in the house and that’s when her gaze landed on the wedding dress and she quickly took hide under her duvet. It didn’t last long as her mother after knocking on the door smiling happily entered her room.
- Wake up honey, the sun is shining and it’s your wedding day.
- How can you smile like that? grunted under her duvet.
- Oh that’s easy.
- Have you already forgotten yesterday? asked moving her duvet to look at her mother.
- No more talk about yesterday. It’s a new day now. Her mother smiled while ’s sisters appeared.
- Ohh it’s happening, our sister is getting married and not to . cheered.
- Stop it , you ain’t either. answered.
- Then who is? asked suddenly wide awake.
- Nobody, thanks to you! huffed.
- Get up and have your breakfast. After that we’re going to help you with your dress. Her mother said and pointed to a tray.
The time suddenly went fast while and everybody else got ready for the big day, and before knew it she stood beside her father in the garden looking at all the guests while her father started to walk with her up to the altar. While her father looked proud and her brothers the same walking behind her with their further wives, felt like screaming inside. This was not how she had imagined getting married when she was a little girl. She had dreamt about having her own wedding, not sharing it with her brothers and definitely not imagined marry someone she didn’t love. She watched her brothers getting married while she once in a while gazed over at her further husband. He actually looked normal. He was a bit taller than her, had black hair, no beard and was dressed in a black suit. It was now their turn and for a few seconds thought it was going to be alright, but that only lasted until the vicar said “you may kiss the bride”. She looked into a pair of eyes that with a dreaded look told her she was his and now he was in charge of her. When he kissed, she felt like pushing him off, it didn’t feel right like it did with .
A few hours later succeeded in sneaking a bit away from the party. She found a few chairs by some tress and sat down. Suddenly she felt someone come near her and nerves hit her stomach.
- Congratulation. A male voice sounded in her ear and she looked into his eyes.- ?!
- Yeah, your dad invited me. I thought about turning the invite down but then I wouldn’t meet .
- ! muttered not really hearing his reply.
- In France. I’ve actually just got back.
- Does he know?
- Yes he know you got married.
- Did he say anything? asked feeling her heart pound while watched her reaction.- Well what should he say? He told me to say hello and wish you congratulation.
- I wish it wasn’t like this. replied in a sad whisper right before Andrew appeared by her side.
- Hello sir, I don’t think we have met. Andrew said reaching his hand out to .
- Hello. I better go and see I can find , but congratulation. answered and with a nod to he walked off.
- I must say, you look stunning in your wedding dress. Andrew said looked her up and down, while looked at him incredulous “what did he want from her, use her as a porcelain figure?”.
- Let’s get back to our guests before we leave your old home to drive you off to your new home with your husband.
- New home. whispered.
- You mean our home my dear, with our further children. Andrew grinned while felt terrified. “Children, she hadn’t thought that far yet”.
After the word children felt the rest of the party go on in a daze and before she knew it, she heard her mother whisper to her “Remember Andrew is your husband. Do as you’re told and everything will be all right. Forget ”. In a blur she sat in the coach beside Andrew watching her childhood home disappear in the distance. When first having arrived to her new home Andrew had let her walk around in the house on her own, taking everything in of the house. Now she stood with only one room left to see and she felt her stomach crumble, this was probably the bedroom and he would be in there. She stood still and thought about running off but before she thought the sentence to an end the door went up and she came face to face with Andrew. He pulled her into the room and quickly she felt his hands all over her.
- Andrew I don’t think we should do this. whispered in a scared voice.
- Oh but I do. He answered and when she kept trying to push him off he forced himself on her. With his strength she couldn’t do anything. He complained saying it was his right, she belonged to him and nobody should deny him anything because then he would just take it with force if he had too. She hated every second and all she could think about was her mother’s words “do as he says and all will be all right, forget ……..”.

Chapter 7.

4 months pasted where just did as told because then everything would be all right, after all that’s what her mother had told her.
One morning when woke up all she thought about was to run out to the bathroom and throw up. It had started to be like ritual and Andrew would keep complaining about it. This morning it was different, it had gotten too much for him and he had called after a doctor. Andrew left her alone with the doctor so he could figure out what was wrong with her. The doctor told her she was five month pregnant before he walked out to talk to Andrew. It didn’t take long before an angry Andrew was storming into the room and starred her down.
- HOW WOULD THIS HAPPEN? WE HAVE ONLY BEEN TOGETHER FOR 4 MONTHS! WHO IS HE??? Andrew yelled at her while all could think about was that it had to be ’s and that it wasn’t good at all. The anger was painted all over Andrew’s face and scared to bits. He took a couple of fast steps and stood right in front of her and before she had time to react he slapped her in her face and stormed out of the room.
An hour passed until he returned a slight bit calmer.
- So this s what we are going to do: We tell everyone you are four months pregnant. Nobody is to know that it’s not my child, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?? Andrew hissed.
- Yes. replied in a frightened voice.
- Good. Now get ready for ’s wedding. We have to go no matter if we want to or not!!On the way to the wedding all could think about was the thought about seeing , and it made her heart beat madly. When they arrived to ’s childhood home her mother came to greet them and pull up to the house and into ’s room. When they got there watched her sister glow of happiness and couldn’t help but feeling jealous of that.
- Oh it’s so great to see you, but what’s that?? suddenly stopped and touched ’s stomach mean while walked in.
- She’s pregnant. Now she definitely won’t get . smiled malicious.
- !! Their mother hissed.
- Sorry. said looking down into the floor hiding her smile.
- Is it true? How far are you? asked and looked at her and for a moment she thought about telling her the truth just to annoy but she thought better of it.- Four months! replied quietly and soon everything was about again.
When they walked down the stairs told that she would have made her a bridesmaid if it hadn’t been for their father who still couldn’t get over the fact that had thought she could get when had been suppose to have him.
After the ceremony and the dinner found herself standing among her sisters and rich madam’s. It was then declared was pregnant and it made all the madam’s cheer delighted and even worse Andrew had heard and nodded it was true to the gentlemen he was standing with and not far away from her on her other side stood and had heard everything. He looked her directly into her eyes and looked like a wounded animal and it cut right through her heart.
All day tried to sneak off to the lake. She hadn’t been there since she had married Andrew and she needed to be alone. She didn’t get the chance until the evening arrived. When she finally set eyes upon her spot she relaxed but that was only ‘till suddenly stood there and her heart felt like bursting.
- It looks like you’re doing well. mumbled.
- Are you kidding me?! The words just flooded out of her mouth.
- You must be. You’re married and expecting a child.
- It doesn’t mean I’m happy. Why didn’t you come back?
- I couldn’t.
- Did you even come to Steven’s funeral?
- No I couldn’t? Don’t you listen?
- I am hearing fine. I just thought I meant something to you.
- You do but I had to…
- Had to what?
- To stay in France… with Jess.
- Jess???? replied feeling her heart pound.
- She’s and old childhood friend.
- She’s a what?
- She needed me to be there. She had had an accident
- And you had to comfort her and now you’re getting married. How could you, if you had come back, maybe we could have… but it obviously didn’t matter to you. hissed while tears fell from her eyes.
- You’re not listening to me. I’M NOT GETTING MARRIED!!! She is married!!! yelled frustrated and made stare at him shocked.
- Steven told me to stay and do what I had to and then he would take care of things here but a long time passed without nor me where told anything. When we finally were told you’re parents had taken care of his funeral and at the same time I was told you were getting married and Jess begged me to stay. I just didn’t know what to do. explained- You could have turned up with !
- Too you’re wedding?
- If you had told me, we could have figured something out.
- What? Would you turn your back on your family?
- Can’t you see? We’re doing the same thing as Mother and Steven, we gave up just like they did.
- You’re mother and Steven?
- What don’t I know?
- My mother was the one Steven couldn’t have. She told me they had to keep it a secret because of my father and now it happens to us. It’s like and ring and if we don’t stop it, it could happen to our child too?
- Our child and how should that happen? You’re married to someone else and expecting his child. hissed frustrated.
- Who says it’s someone else? whispered
- What did you say? asked raising his eyebrow while sighed.
- I have never said who’s child it was. Remember five months ago when we last saw each other?
- Are you saying it’s my child? asked shocked.
- Yes but Andrew forbid me to say he truth.
- I don’t know what to say. Forgive me? I do love you more than anything. uttered and pulled her close. The way she had thought about him doing the last five months.
- Oh oh oh so it’s here I have to find you dear. So and you’re dear father was right. You and thought you were made to be together. What a shame it’s not true! He grinned and pulled towards him and away from . was about to storm towards him but Andrew stopped him in time.
- I wouldn’t do anything if I were you . Think about the family’s reputation, think about how I would make your life a living hell and not at least ’s, now you wouldn’t want that would you?
- You’re right! God if you as much as hurt a hair on her…
- Didn’t you hear me? You can’t threaten me. Besides is my wife which you should remember. Andrew grinned and pulled away with him. Soon she stood among all the other guest again and tried to seem interested but all she could think about was the hurt look upon ’s face when Andrew pulled her away.

Chapter 8.

stood inside nursery and watched Charles laying in the cradle. He reminded her of and that fact always made her smile. The thought of gave her a lump in her throat; she hadn’t seen him for a little over four months. She had heard from that he had gone back to France. had started to talk more to and where going over there today. and had moved into Steven’s old house. It was strange how things could go as and weren’t that close any more. Just the thought made smile as was turning into the sister she always wished she had had.
- !!! Andrew shouted so it gasped inside her while she turned around and saw him now standing in the door.
- Yes dear. replied putting up a smile.
- Are you ready to go? Andrew asked and nodded picking up Charles and together they walked out to the carriage and drove over to and .
When they got there Andrew walked off talking to while walked up to .
- How are the twins? asked
- Their fine and kicking. grinned while felt ’s stomach.
- Hehe yeah I can feel that.
- And Charles doing well?
- Yeah he’s a charmer just like his father. He should see his father. said in a sad whisper now that and knew Charles where ’s.
- You mean you should! said seriously.
- Oh just one time.
- Don’t, you know what mother said.
- Oh how could I forget? Forget him , I’ve tried but it’s impossible.
- Don’t do this to yourself. Come with me inside. replied guiding inside the house.
The rest of their visit had been without talk about and now had just put Charles to sleep. When she walked down the stairs quietly she head a bottle being smashed. It had gotten worse with Andrew and his drinking. She moved slowly into the living room where he sat already drunk with a new bottle in his hand and she looked to the floor watching the smashed bottle.
- Ah there you are. When are you going to give me a real son? One that is MINE! He said scornful. ignored his comment and just picked up the smashed bottle and went to bed.
The following night it went wrong. Jenny had just put Charles to sleep when Andrew called for her inside their bedroom. froze for a moment because of the sound of his voice which were anything but friendly. Quietly she walked into the bedroom and found him standing with a bottle in one hand and a glass in the other.
- Do you want to taste? He asked
- No thank you!
- Hmm… Oh well then that wasn’t the way tricked you to bed either. He laughed and put the bottle and glass on her dressing table before he walked over and grabbed her.
- honey I want a son. One that is mine and not some bastard of yours and as your husband you have to give me one. He grinned while looked at him terrified and tried to get loose from his grasp.
- No honey not this time. I am sick of your bad excuses and all you rejections. Today I’m getting what I want!!!
- As you don’t get that all the time?! The words just flooded out of her mouth before she could stop them.
- Well if that’s how you see it, let’s not stop it! He replied harsh and threw he down on the bed and she tried to get away from him but he was to strong.
- STOP IT WOMAN! Do as I say! Andrew yelled and slapped her face so hard she cried. He ripped her clothes off and holds her so tight she couldn’t get away. When he finally was satisfied and rolled off her felt so scared she couldn’t move. She stayed like that until he fell asleep and with her body shaking she quietly got up and walked into the bathroom and closed the door. Leaning up against the door she slide sobbing down against the door towards the floor. She stayed like that for a while until she could pull herself together and slowly walked over to the sink and turned up the tap and let the water splash over her hands just to exclaim a sob. Around her wrists where marks which where turning yellow. She forced herself to look up into the mirror where she watched her right cheek look just as bad as her wrists. She turned around and squeezed around her hairbrush and hurled it into the wall while she cried “ where are you?”.

Chapter 9.

The next morning woke without any piece of clothing. Andrew had picked her up and torn her clothe of and put her in bed. When she stood out of bed she felt dizzy and went slowly out into the bathroom to get washed. She looked into the mirror and noticed the bruises where still there. Feeling sad she walked downstairs where Charles had been taken care off. Andrew wouldn’t let her do everything because then why did they have a made? When she came downstairs she sat down beside Charles.
- There you are finally. Remember you’re going over to today and cover those bruises up it doesn’t look pretty. Andrew told her as he got up and left. sighed deeply as she had forgot she was going and what would when she saw her bruises?
A while later she was ready. She had chosen a dress which went down over her wrists and a scarf that cover her cheek.
- You’re taken Charles with you right? I think you should. Andrew said as he appeared.
- Yes I am. She replied as she lifted Charles up but as she did she felt the pain in her writs and was just about to put him down again but saw the irritated look in Andrew’s eyes so she tried to avoid the pain. As she got out she sat down in the carriage with Charles on her lap. When she arrived she and Charles were just about getting down from the carriage when came out to great her looking the sun itself. tried to smile back but apparently it didn’t work to well.
- Are you okay? asked concerned.
- Yeah I’m fine. replied as came out from the house and gave a hug and took Charles afterward so went over to hug . As she did that looked at and watched him raise an eyebrow at her and understanding why she backed off and hid her wrist again. As she followed them inside the house a shock when through her as she saw him. She turned around but and had gone and taken Charles with them so they could be alone. Nervously turned to look at again not believing he was actually standing there but at the same time she couldn’t hold back the tears, which made pull her closely into his arms.
- When did you start wearing a scarf? laughed and kissed her and she kissed him back right until he moved his hands up and removed her scarf which made her back off quickly and turn around hiding her face in her hands in shame. Slowly he turned her around and carefully moved her hands to look at her face as he noticed the bruises on her cheek he felt the anger raise inside him and pulled back.
- That bastard!!! exclaimed knowing who had done it without even asking.
- Did he do anything else to you? He asked in rage as despair filled and slowly lifted her hands and as he looked at them he softly stroke his fingers over her writs.
- I feel so sorry for you. He whispered as he pulled her closely towards his body and she started crying again. She would have dropped to the floor if he hadn’t hold her. Lovingly he got her placed down on a chair and bended down on his knees.
- Are there more? He felt afraid to ask but felt he had too. He had to know.
- He…. He started to drink and last night he…. Was he…. drunk. He wants me to give him a son but I can’t, he’s horrible. He’s not like you at all… he’s not good to me like you. She replied quietly and watched the anger in his eyes.
- I couldn’t push him away. I wasn’t strong enough. She sobbed but said nothing. He just hold her hands and gazed at her as he was almost sure what he was trying to tell him.
- He… he raped me. She said miserable and stood back up on his feet and walked around in the room.
- Are you leaving me again? She asked in a whisper making a cold run through his body as she said that. Stopping on his track he starred at her.
- You have to leave him and come with me! You can’t stay with him. I can’t stand he’s doing this to you.
- But how, I’m married to him. He would never let me divorce him because that would be a failure to him and he can’t stand those.
- You and Charles go to France with me. replied thoughtfully. It had been hard on him to understand he had a child especially since he had never seen him.
- Charles… I want him to meet his real father, even if he won’t understand yet.
- I will meet him soon but I just want you to go with me.
- But how, he will just find me? She replied unhappily.
- There has to be a way. He sighed as watched him think and she couldn’t help but smile.
- What are you smiling at? He asked confused.
- You look so cute when you’re thinking that hard. She laughed for the first time in a long while.
- That’s because I have to make you laugh somehow. Oh and get you away from this. He replied and pulled her close and kissed her.
- God I’ve missed you. He sighed
- Missed you too. She smiled as cough to make presence known as she stood in the doorway.
- There’s a little guy missing his mother. said as Charles stood next to her and looked scared towards .
- Come, he’s not scary. smiled and bended down. Charles stood for a moment gazing at them until he decided to walk over to his mother. Shyly he stood beside his mother and starred at the stranger. felt shy too and couldn’t really understand his own son where starring at him at this very moment. He bended down to talk to the boy but were missing words so instead he looked at for a moment.
- This is surreal.
- I know but look at him, he looks like you. smiled and looked towards the door to see had gone. When she looked back she noticed stare at her.
- You two have to come with me. My son has to know me.
- How Andrew will find us?
- Maybe not. It’s a chance
- A ricsky one. I know he’ll find us and then it will be maniac.
- How can you say that, you don’t know that?
- Yes I do, I know him better than you on that matter. She replied and shoke his head and gazed at Charles who looked more at ease and now looked at him curiously.
- Who are you? Charles suddenly asked and looked at worried.
- He’s one of your mother’s old friends. smiled
- Oh. Hey. Charles grinned and reached his hand towards who took his small hand in his and felt a lump in his throat.
- Hey said softly.
The time was slowly running away from them and where well aware of the fact.
- I’m sorry but I have to go now. She said
- Why you’re at and ’s. He doesn’t know I am here.
- No but he expect Charles and me to sit at the table with him for dinner.
- Expect? He expect too much.
- Please be nice. begged and he softened but still shoke his head.
- How long do you stay? asked
- I’m leaving tonight and don’t know when I’ll be back. He replied as heard a well known voice out in the kitchen.
- Andrew… He can’t see you!! She whispered.
- Damn! He won’t I’ll leave. He replied and without thinking any of it he kissed fast and clapped Charles on his head gently and disappeared. starred the way he had disappeared but suddenly heard Andrews voice coming from the door.
- Oh here you are. I was beginning to think you had disappeared. You were suppose to be home now. Come you’ll just drive with me. He replied and even though he sounded false just smiled at him. She knew by now how he always tried to make everyone else think their marriage where perfect and the worst thing were that people believed him.

Chapter 10.

was lying in bed and felt her time to give birth soon would be over her. Now it would be her time but not that long ago it was who had giving birth to two small girl which who adored. smiled by the thought of how cute ’s family were together but the smile soon faded as she then remember that revolting night nine months ago where her own husband had raped her. The scars and blue yellow bruises had long gone but inside in her very soul they were branded for life. She had often thought about the day after that night where she had met again and she wished he would have taken Charles and her with him to France which by this point all sounded like a dream an impossible dream. Suddenly a hurtful contraction started and she called for Andrew who soon came. He had even treated her fairly good the last while which she thought was cursed by the fact that she was now giving him genuine child that was his as Andrew called it. Andrew asked if it was time and as utter yes Andrew rushed out and later came back with her mother and a midwife to help through the birth. Mean while out in the hallway Andrew walked back and forth while being watched by ’s father.
- Don’t worry Andrew, it will be fine, is a strong woman. Her father spoke to ease his son-in-law.
- Right, I have just looked forward to becoming a father for so long. Andrew replied not thinking.
- You mean to be a father again? ’s father enquired with a raised eyebrow.
- Oh right you mean I have Charles…. Of cause..
- Hehe yeah well I do remember how I felt each time my wife giving birth it makes one so excited.
- Yes Sir. I just hope I get a son. I just really want son… besides Charles.
- I understand but when you have got one it means less if the second is a girl. ’s father said while they suddenly heard a loud cry inside from the room and soon after ’s mother came out with a child in her arms.
- You have just got yourself a son. She smiled up at Andrew.
- Oh thank God. Andrew erupted in relief.
- Do you have a name for him? ’s father asked.
- Yeah he’s going to be named Trawor after my Father. Andrew replied and gazed on his newborn son.
- He looks perfect, at least my dear wife knows how to deliver and next time she can give me a daughter. Well father-in-law let’s go and make a toast on my handsome son.
- Yeah that was a great idea. ’s father replied as ’s mother starred at them as they walked off. She shoke her heard in shame over her son-in-law noticing that he didn’t even ask how where. Quietly she walked back into the room where lay utterly worn out.
- Andrew was happy to see his son. She smiled at her daughter who smiled back but didn’t reply. The midwife made a sign telling she was about to leave but just before she did she told to rest. When her mother left the room to show the midwife out lay starring up in the ceiling and had trouble feeling joy by her newborn son. Trawor lay in the cradle beside the bed and felt pity for the little boy because of the father he had received.

Time passed and Trawor had now grown up to be two years old. He was the spitting image of his father and couldn’t do much to change the manners Trawor had learn from Andrew. Trawor was violent and uncontrollable which made him the completely opposite to Charles who now had reached tree years old.
found Andrew talking to some guy in the living room but as soon as Andrew saw her he pushed her out of the room.
- What now, can’t you see I’m in the middle of something? Andrew barked.
- I didn’t want to disturb you but just tell you that I’m leaving for ’s now.
- Just remember to take Charles and our son along with you.
- Charles is also our son.
- Whatever you say, just take them.
- But I thought you wanted Trawor here.
- Yes he should after all become a real man and not a softy like Charles but no I have some important meetings so take them along.
- Okay, I’ll bring them with me.
- Of cause you will and by the way Trawor is two now so don’t you think it’s time we get another son tonight? Andrew smirked but didn’t reply yet she felt a scared notion. She always tried to avoid Andrew and if she should say so herself she thought she had become pretty good at it. Then again it could also be the curse of the fact they had got Trawor and therefore she had got a bit of peace from Andrew. When Andrew had gone back to the living room felt like yelling after him that he could just a son with his mistress. She felt a bit worried by all the meetings Andrew suddenly held with all the North Americans that came in the house all the time as she had no clue about what was going on.
finally got Trawor to come along out into the carriage with Charles and her and she wondered why Trawor always had to curse so much trouble.
It didn’t take long before they arrived at and ’s place. came out and gave a warm hug while her two small girls came running along on their tiny feet’s. When they got inside the house felt a shiver run through her body as she watched stood talking with . smiled at who then kneeled down and smiled at Charles.
- Hey Charles, you’ve grown since the last time. Do you remember me? asked somewhat nervous.
- Yes, you’re moms’ friend. Charles replied thoughtfully
- I am and that must be Trawor. nodded towards Trawor who took a step back behind . and took that as a cue to take the children with them into the living room giving and a moment alone.
- So you’ve met Trawor, I just hope he won’t go home to his father and tell him he has met Mother’s friend.
- I’m sure he won’t. said softly taking a step closer towards her.
- You never know, his just like Andrew and not at all like Charles. responded almost in a whisper from being this close to again.
- I sure hope not because if that’s how Charles father is I should make a drastic change. grinned making laugh along with him.

Chapter 11.

When heard the knocking on the door she started walking towards it but at the same time Andrew came running towards her.
- go into the kitchen and fix some dinner and take the children with you!! Andrew persisted in a firm voice.
- But…. shrieked
- Just do as I said. Andrew fumed in a tone that automatically made her take a few steps away from him before she dragged the children out into the kitchen away from their hot-tempered father. Right before walked out of the hall she saw a horde of men in uniforms making her sigh to herself thinking “another meeting”. Reaching the kitchen started making dinner while Charles sat quietly by the kitchen table making a drawing mean while Trawor sat and sulked by not being at his father’s side. He started to push to Charles who in the beginning let it slide but the as the pushes got harder Charles lost his composure and hit Trawor who set of in a howl making turn around startled and had to use a great deal of strength to tear them apart.
- Trawor and Charles you know your father doesn’t want that roar….. started but got interrupted.
- But I’m bored. Trawor moped
- That’s not any excuse fighting!!
- It was Charles who hit!!!
- You could just stop pushing to me all the time. Charles cried out.
- Stop it!!! snapped and turned around glancing at the food on the stove. When she turned back around both children sat quietly and starred at her. She couldn’t help but wish Trawor had turned out more like Charles but Andrew had prevented her any form for influence on that matter. Trawor wasn’t going to be a softy like Charles had Andrew yelled. Her thoughts got interrupted as she heard voices out in the hall where the uniformed men greeted Andrew goodbye and as Trawor heard his father he hurried out into the hall with running after him but she was too late.
- Ah your lovely wife Andrew. One of the uniforms said while Andrew sent her an irritated stare.
- Good day Madam and goodbye, it was sort but pleasant. The uniform said before he left with the others.
- Is dinner done? Andrew turned to her and spoke.
- Yes, it just needs to be put on the table. responded not sure what mood he was in at this very moment which made her quickly turn around to get the table set. As they finally had sat down around the table the silence was dreading.
- What did you talk about? asked softly feeling the need to kill the silence.
- It’s none of your business!! Andrew growled annoyed by her question.
- I do have a right to know what’s going on! persisted
- Have you and where did you get that silly idea? I want silence while we eat!! Andrew demanded and looked stiffly at cursing her to look down on her plate meanwhile Trawor and Charles looked back and forth between them. Suddenly in the middle of it all a loud sound of yelling and banging on their front door was heard.
- Can’t you even get silence in your own house anymore?! Andrew grunted in a high pinched tone as he got up from his chair. He walked out into the hall with Trawor on his heels but as Andrew opened the door southern soldiers came storming into the house. who had kept seating by the table with Charles got a shock rushing through her entire body as she heard gunshots coming from the hall. She jumped up from the chair and went to the hall with Charles following her but as she got there she stood paralyzed by the sight she was met by. She grabbed a hold of Charles and covered his eyes with her hands as she starred at her son Trawor who she could glimpse laying beneath Andrew. She saw all the blood surrounding them and then slowly moved her gaze looking at one of the uniformed soldiers.
- Dead!! uttered in shock
- Yes. The soldier nodded while three more soldiers came running down the staircase.
- Have you searched through the entire house? One soldier asked
- Yes, there’s nothing!! Another soldier replied while gazed at the one she thought was the leader.
- Why? muttered
- Why, ain’t you the wife? Don’t tell me you don’t know anything, do you even know who we are? The leading soldier responded
- The war has started, you’re the southern soldiers, my husband made sure I didn’t know anything….he…he was a bad husband. mumbled with a hoarse voice.
- I did wonder how he had got a pretty wife like you but then we most rather have done you a favor. The soldier laugher scornful.
- Colonel what do we do with them? Asked another one.
- We’ll take them along but hurry!! The colonel answered.
They dragged and Charles along with them outside where they blindfolded them.
- CHARLES!!! cried as one of the men pulled up upon a horse.
- Shut up woman, his on one of the other horses. Get her to shut up!! The colonel barked. Filled with fright felt the ride like an endless never ending ride. Lot’s of terrifying thoughts and pictures was rushing through her mind. The mare sight of Trawor and Andrew shout dead had printed itself as and constant image in her memory and she couldn’t help but wonder what the soldiers had in store for Charles and her but most of all she prayed to God for him to spare her child. Suddenly they stopped and she felt how she got dragged down from the horse and was relieved when she two seconds later felt Charles by her side.
- General the mission is done and we found these two in the house but we don’t think they know anything. The colonel spoke.
- No wonder there. Throw the kid inside to the other and Madam I want a few words with you. The general said while still blindfolded felt scared as they once more took Charles away from her side.
- Don’t worry Madam his safe, you’ll see the kid soon. The general spoke sensing her fear. felt someone grab her and guide her somewhere until the blindfold was removed and as it was she looked around realizing she was inside a tent.
- What have you done to my son?? uttered terrified
- Like I said, you’ll see him soon. Now tell us about your husband. The general demanded
- What do you want to know? asked quietly not knowing what to say.
- I know you as his wife he probably wouldn’t have told a thing but since he was guilty in many southern soldiers dead I want to know what you do know.
- I don’t know anything. muttered
- You’re lying. What have you observed? The general barked knowing he had to push her.
- I only know he’d had a bunch of meetings but I don’t know with who nor why but if you know my husband that well you should know I don’t know anything. cried scared and frustrated but instead of seeing the general have a go at her she watched him sink down into his chair.
- Fine, I believe you. The general sighed.

Chapter 12.

stood a bit scared by the entrance to the cave some southerner soldiers had pushed her towards, it was apparently the place where she was going to be for a while. The two soldiers that stood guard by the cave pushed her the last few steps inside before they sat down by the entrance. gazed around and saw a small crowd of women and children and it sent a chill through her body by the thought of what might had happened to them since they were here. Suddenly set eyes on Charles, Brett and Sherly whom came running towards her and sat down on her knees and hugged them tightly.
- Charles honey, are you alright? asked her son concerned.
- Yeah, I’m fine. Charles answered
- And Brett and Sherly what are you doing here? spoke softly to the two little girls.
- We don’t know, there came lot’s of men and took us. Brett responded in a small voice.
- But where are your mother and father?
- Father gone!! Sherly replied sadly
- Mother over there. Brett pointed towards one of the walls in the cave where a woman sat rocking back and forth making a shock wave rush through . Slowly got up and walked over towards her while the three children sat down and played with some branches and leaves lying on the ground.
- ..!! uttered and saw look up at her with fearful eyes but smiled slightly when she realized who was. kneeled down and for a moment they just sat quietly and hugged each other until gently pulled away.
- Ohhh what happened, why are you here? asked feeling the need to know.
- It’s awful… pure massacre..!!
- What is a pure massacre?
- What happened in our house…
- please tell me….you are scaring me. pleaded with her sister while starred at her with eyes that told her more than words that what she had been through was dreadful.
- You see . Paul, Rebecca, John, Mary, , Mother and father came over to us for supper and sat at the dinner table when a whole mob of southerner soldiers came barging into our house. They surrounded us and wanted Paul, John and father to go with them so they followed them outside but then Rebecca and Mary who was all terrified and in panic ran after them. Mother, and I tried to stop them but we couldn’t so mother ran after them outside while stopped Brett, Sherly and I and told us to hide in the house but before we got a chance to react we heard gunshots. Some soldiers came in and pulled us outside too and that’s’ when….when….when we saw them dead on the ground….they were dead …. And they wanted with them instead and also grabbed me and the girls. explained while her body shook and tears steamed down her cheeks.
- But where is ? sniveled by the news.
- Gone, I don’t know what they’ve done to him, they won’t tell me. cried while got more and more frightened and tears kept running down her face while she hugged her sister.
- Do you know what happened to ? wept
- I don’t know, the last time I remember seeing her was when the soldiers had surrounded us in the living room. I can’t take it….I can’t take not knowing what happened to her…. And where is he. sobbed.
- I don’t know. whispered and for a little while they just sat still and looked at the others around them who had ended up there too but suddenly broke the silence…
- Where is Trawor and Andrew? blurted out and hesitated to tell the truth.
- Killed… southerner soldiers stormed our house. Andrew has apparently been a part of many southerners death. sighed deciding truth was the best policy.
- Hmm well then you got rid of him but Trawor… spoke coldly.
They both went silent for a long time, no one said anything inside the cave except the children who kept on playing together. It had gotten completely dark by now. and got their three little children over to them where they fell asleep.
When they awoke the silence was scary and made sit up straight and glance around at everybody else but nobody said anything to afraid to break the silence because if you said anything maybe something bad would happen. looked towards the entrance of the cave where a ray of sunlight came in and she noticed the guards were gone. Where were they? Would something happen if you walked out? gazed at who nodded and the two sisters got up and walked towards the entrance meanwhile the other women held their breath. When the sisters got out they saw no one, so they sneaked around a little to check if it could be true. When they realized it was true they exhaled in relief and smiled, they were free. They gave each other a hug and went back into the cave to deliver the news. It didn’t take long before everyone stood standing outside the cave feeling the sunlight upon them. After a moment of collecting themselves they had to knowledge that they may be free but they had no idea where they where except from the fact that they were standing somewhere in the woods. Some walked away as soon as they were free while others discussed in what direction they should go to get out of the woods. and also did the last standing with their children they gazed in all the directions.
- Which way should we go? wondered
- I’m not sure. replied.
- We could also stay until tomorrow, maybe somebody would come and rescue us.
- I think that is too much to hope for, no one knows we are here, we have to choose a path.
- But which one is the right one and where do we end up? We’re in the middle of the woods with no escape out and with trees everywhere.
- That’s not true, there is a way out, if we could get in here, we can get out too. How about we go north?
- I guess we could do that, it’s probably better than staying here but maybe it is better to stay here . Can’t you understand that maybe someone will rescue us and if we stay maybe we could find a way that is safer.
- No I want to leave now. I don’t want to stay here. I feel trapped here but how about me and Charles walk and if we find help we’ll send them after you? Or the other way around.
- it is silly if we part, I can’t stand to lose more people I love. cried and starred at with a scared look in her eyes making feel all bad but at the same time also thought it was for the best.
- I know and I feel bad but I have to try. I know it will be alright and we’ll meet again. spoke softly and they said their goodbyes. took Charles by the hand and they walked towards North.

Chapter 13.

At the same time as and Charles is walking around in the woods trying to find a way out are back in the North States. arrived to Proxy House where the house stood as it always had but this time it looked slightly creepy and empty like it had no life. He looked at the door which stood ajar and he knocked on it but since nothing happened he carefully walked inside and yelled hello but still got no response. He then went through every room and saw furnish thrown about, things racked apart yet no sign of life which started to worry him because he had heard about conditions in the North and South states, it was civil war. took some fast steps towards the front door to get outside. When he got outside he walked down into the big garden like he used to do. He held his breathe when he got near to the lake where he so often had met , hoping so deeply that she would be there but sighed heavily when he had to realize no one was there.
- Of cause she’s not here. sighed to himself as he sat down by the edge of the lake and starred down. As starred into the lake he saw her face, he could hear her voice, and he could even see a whole episode unfolding between the two of them in the now muddy lake. He smiled to himself as he saw her pull him close and kiss him….until Andrew’s face suddenly appeared tearing back to reality with the urge to smash Andrew.
- What are you doing, get a grip you fool and go find her!!! cursed himself and got up and started to take the walk over to and ’s home. When he got there Jason got the same feeling of emptiness but gasped as he saw blood on the ground and here it was the same, the front door stood ajar. Slowly stepped into the house with the sign of blood in the back of his mind and he felt his heart pound nervously. Once more he saw furniture thrown about and stuff brooked to pieces but yet no sign of life. He walked back outside and sat down upon the few stairs up to the house with his head bended down.
- Are you looking for the family? A voice suddenly came questioning him making Jason quickly look up.
- Who are you? blurted out.
- Just an old man who doesn’t live far from here. Do you know those who lived here?
- Yes but what do you mean lived?
- Oh they were such nice people, especially the madam of the house.
- But what do you mean lived? What has happened? asked in despair.
- Yeah well I’m not sure what happened but I probably know more than you. Who are you? The old man asked on guard.
- Just a friend.
- Now you don’t want to harm them? The old man asked with an raised eyebrow
- No I promise you that.
- Well good then. One night a whole army of southern soldiers came storming the house and there was a bunch of racket, yelling, screaming and shooting. The family had guests and I’m sorry to say but some were shut therefore the blood on the ground.
- Oh my God…Do you know who where shoot? cried.
- No but it wasn’t the little family as the soldiers took them with them and I don’t know who the guests where.
- But did you see them, would you be able to recognize them?
- Um I don’t know. The old man replied uncertain.
- Oh please tell me, did you see this woman? pleaded pulling out a photo of from his wallet.
- No Sir. as far as I know that woman wasn’t there. The old man replied after having looked closely at the photo.
- Oh thank you Sir. sighed with relief for a few seconds.
- Do you by chance know where the soldiers took them?
- No, I’m sorry….
- Right, okay but thank you for your help.
- No worries. What do you have in mind to be doing now? The old man questioned
- I really don’t know so far.
- Hm well if you need anything then I live down by the road in a small thatched house. The old man answer and replied with a thank you before the man turned around and walked off. felt a bit lost as he stood there and looked around while a millions thoughts was running around in his head. Not much time passed before once more saw a man walking towards the house but this man looked like a broken man who’s pride had been washed off. He took small steps while looking down into the ground and wore dirty ragged clothes. At first thought the man was a poor homeless guy but as he got closer started to wonder. The man walked slowly up to but still with his head turned towards the ground yet suddenly realized who he was.
- !! uttered in shock.
- . He spoke quietly and finally looked up and smiled slightly.
- Oh what happened to you? exclaimed after he had hugged his brother but the question made the smile fall from ’s face and quietly he walked over towards the stairs into the house and sat down.
- You returned, why? asked while sat down beside him.
- I couldn’t stand listening to all the horrid things happing over here so I had to get back home to you, my family.
- You would have been safer in France.
- I had to come back, I should never have gone to France. sighed.
- It was best then and would probably still be best. At least then you’ve escaped all the interrogation.
- Oh , tell me what happened. pleaded.
- The southerners stormed out house and wanted father-in-law, Paul and John to come with them but Rebecca and Mary ran after them and then mother-in-law, and I tried to stop them from doing so but that didn’t turn out well. They were shut, so were some southerner soldiers, the only one who survived was, , Brett, Sherly and I. Oh God I don’t know what they have done with my wife and daughters. cried looked over at with a lost expression.
- Ohh and was there too but she disappeared when the soldiers had been into the house and I have no idea what happened to her. continued.
- I think the world has turned mad. muttered not sure what to say.
- I’ll say and it turns out that my dear father-in-law, Paul, John and Andrew have been behind the death of southerner soldiers’ death. spoke shaking his head while stunned glanced at him.
- Do you know what happened to Andrew? questioned
- Yeah at the interrogation they asked me about anything and also about Andrew. I told them to ask him themselves but they said they had tried but that it was a bit difficult since he was dead.
- How about ? asked feeling his hands get clammy with nerves.
- Sorry I don’t know but I have to find my family and then you have to find yours.
- Yeah but I haven’t been here for some time so I don’t know everything about the state of things.
- Don’t worry you will know soon enough, just stay away from people in grey uniforms and if you can’t avoid them then hand them all the lies you have too for them to set you free, you got it? responded
- Yeah. replied quietly.
- Good, now we start today, I just have to get into the house and see if it’s possible to find some other clothes.
- But… muttered
- Don’t worry I know it doesn’t look to pretty inside, I was here remember?
- Sorry. whispered looking away from his brother.
- Sorry? You don’t have anything to be sorry about, but damn some barbarians, it looked like something you didn’t want to see that night. I have thought a lot about that night and about what would have happened if this hadn’t happen and they only had taken the three along with them as they had planned in the first place. sighed
- it’s done and it’s not your fault, what happened, happened and you can’t change that, all you can do is try to find your family.
- I know and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. answered determined. When came back outside the house where had waited he looked different after having got fresh clean clothes on, it almost seemed like he had got a bit of strength back.
- Well old brother are you ready to go find our families? asked and pattered his brother on the shoulder.
- That sounds like a plan but where do we start?
- We’ll start by going to visit a friend of mine. smiled and in silence they left the house and walked down a road. As they walked down the road started to wonder as they neared a little thatched house because it seemed like the place where the old man he met earlier said he lived. Walking up to the house they knocked upon the door and the old man came to the door and opened.
- Oh your safe, but what about and the little once? The old man questioned.
- I don’t know but I intend to find out.
- And you, you found your friend? The old smiled towards who nodded in reply.
- Oh so you two have met? asked
- Yes but I wasn’t sure how much I could tell him. The old man explained
- Well his one of the good guys, he is my brother and this is Richard. spoke
- Oh I see, in that case Hello . Richard said
- Good day Sir. It’s not to be rude but then you know more than what you told me? questioned
- Yes after I looked into the matter then yes but I couldn’t just tell everyone and I couldn’t know who you where, there’s so many people telling lies at the moment unless to those you know well, they usually get the truth. Besides an old man like me isn’t suspected that easily because many sees me as a crazy nut but then again their supposed too. Richard grinned slightly at .
- Do you know where they are? interfered impatient.
- They were taken out into the woods. Richard replied putting on his serious expression again.
- Right that helps but still, it’s a large forest. spoke.
- Yes but I believe you have to search deep into the middle of the woods where there is a little glade which is surrounded by trees, it’s really hidden but it’s there and I think you know where I mean . Richard explained.
- Yeah. Do you know if they are alright? added
- I believe so but I can’t promise anything and I can’t say if they are still there but I’ve heard all the soldiers have left the place which is why I don’t know if your family is still there.
- Thank you so much Richard, we’ll leave at once but first you wouldn’t by any chance have heard about a sudden woman by the name ? enquired.
- That wouldn’t be the lady has already asked me about? I‘m sorry but I don’t know, all I know is she came to visit and back in the time but I don’t know what have happened to her I’m afraid.
- Right, but thank you anyway. spoke.
- Your welcome and good day. Richard replied and watched the two brothers walk back onto the road.
- But how do we get to the woods, do you still have any horses? asked
- I really hope so. answered and soon enough they were back at ’s house and walked into the stables. Both sighed in relief as they spotted the horses and went about to saddle them. After a few hours they rode through the woods and after a bit of trouble finding the sudden spot in the woods they succeeded yet they didn’t see anyone at first. - Maybe they are hiding . said
- Yes if their still here that may be very likely. responded before they suddenly saw a little boy come running towards them and a woman on his tale to catch him. She looked scared as both and got down from their horses.
- Don’t worry Madame we will you no harm, we’re just trying to find my wife and two daughters and I’ve heard they might be here. explained and watched the woman utter a sigh of relief. Before got the chance to ask anything his two little girls came running towards their father and it only took a second to bend down and embrace them both. - Hey . ’s voice sounded making him look back up. released the hold of his daughters and pulled into a tight hug.
- I knew you would come. sniveled.
- Oh my dear, are you alright? breathed
- Yes we are fine but what about you, what have they done to you? cried
- Nothing I can’t handle. The most important thing is that you three are alright. responded as suddenly noticed .
- Oh she should have stayed. wept making stare at her directly
- Have been here? uttered
- Yes and Charles but she said she couldn’t cope with staying and do nothing, she just had to get out of this wood and it couldn’t go quick enough. She took Charles by the hand and left to find a way out. enlighten and saw how sighed and sunk down onto the ground looking defeated.
- You helped me find my family and now I’ll help you find yours.
- No we’ll all go and find them and I want no discussion. stated firmly making gaze at her lovingly leaving a kiss on her lips.

Chapter 14.

Finally sighed as she saw a light ahead of them as they walked to the edge of the woods.
- Look Charles there’s a house. smiled pointing towards the house for her little son.
- Not ours. Charles mumbled quietly
- No but maybe we can rest there for the night and search further tomorrow for our home. replied watching Charles nod slightly at her reply.
Outside the house looked like a ramshackle and left but as wondered if there might be anyone home she walked up to the door and knocked upon the old wooden door. She felt rather surprised when she heard someone nearing the door on the other side meanwhile she heard somebody whisper at the same time. When the door swung open felt a shock enter her soul when she realized who it was and she noticed the woman look just as surprised.
- What are you doing here? The woman asked
- I can ask the same it seems. uttered while holding onto Charles little hand.
- I live here, well kind a live here. What do you want, you’re far from home… Oh that’s right you got captured and ended up in the woods….hmm but I think they treated you right.
- You knew? shrieked
- I heard…later when the soldiers had set you free which I believe was very nice of them. - Well yes but they left us in the woods.
- Would you rather have gone with them and put into a cage?
- No of cause not. stated while Charles started to move.
- Aunt . Charles acknowledged making shake slightly meanwhile a man came to the door from inside the house.
- Aunt. Charles repeated making the man look down onto him.
- Yes this is Charles, my nephew and my sister . explained to the man.
- The ? He questioned to .
- Yes that . answered while the man looked up and down making feel horrifying.
- Ermmm maybe we should leave… uttered
- No why? Just tell us what you need? The man spoke
- No really, we better leave. muttered
- Yeah great idea sister, just leave.
- No no stop that nonsense. My name is Drue, come inside. He smiled and and Charles followed them inside, mostly because didn’t know what else to do. When they got inside noticed that the house looked nice and not at all like from the outside.
- So I guess since you didn’t know who lived here that you need a place to spend the night? questioned.
- Yes, please . almost begged not wanting Charles out in the dark night.
- Right, well there is a small room in the back of the house, you can both sleep there.
- Thank you. responded quietly. showed the both of them to the little room, it was small but big enough for the two of them. noticed the look on ’s face was a bit scornful and a slight anxiety.
- Why did you have to come here? exclaimed suddenly.
- It was the only house around and we have gone so far..
- Hmmm….
- Why are you here ? You were with that night they got captured.
- Yes I where.
- But what happened?
- think about it, it isn’t so hard… rolled her eyes.
- You’re not saying Drue is a southerner?
- Yes that is exactly what he is and you just keep your mouth shut about it, it’s enough you took . grunted in a hissed tone.
- Don’t worry I won’t say anything and I don’t even want that man in there, I just want a roof over the head through the night. replied.
- Fine then. stated before she walked back into the living room where Drue where.
- Hey why have you never said how lovely your sister is? I nearly thought she had to look like a monster the way you’ve described her.
- Why does that matter since you’re not going to have anything to do with her anyway?
- Oh really, you haven’t forgot who you’re talking to have you? Drue smiled wheedling at her while pulling her towards him.
- Hmmm I believe it’s time for you to please me. Drue breathed towards ’s neck before he pulled her with him into her bedroom.
Meanwhile sat inside the small room with Charles feeling exhausted as she tucked Charles into bed and it only took a few seconds before he was fast asleep. A few hours past when suddenly heard squeaking sounds just on the other side of the door which slowly went open and there was Drue sending an alarmed feeling through ’s entire being.
- What do you want? She asked quietly but without a word he walked in and grabbed her arm.
- Just follow me unless you want the kid to hear how much fun we’re going to have!! Drue smirked wickedly and reminded her of Andrew. She put up a fight trying to get free from his grip on her but he was to strong. He pulled her out of the room and into another which seemed to be a room that belonged to someone else.
- Yeah I know this room belongs to but since his not here we can easily borrow his bed. Drue laughed and threw onto the bed and ripped her clothes of. struggled but was almost out of force. Meanwhile lucked himself into the house and marveled as he heard a woman voice scream in a faint sound like she was trying not to disturb someone else in the house, it made laugh lightly to himself thinking it was Drue having fun with . But as he got nearer to his own room a frown appeared on his face as he realized the scream came from his room and thought that was to rude of Drue. Turning his gaze towards the little room down the hall he suddenly saw a little boy standing there crying and only a second later another door swung open and appeared looking angry and hurt.
- What’s going on? exclaimed towards .
- Drue is apparently doing my sister as she came by and needed a place to sleep and that there is her son Charles. huffed
- Good Lord….. what is this?! screeched and tore up the door to his room and got shocked by the sight that greeted him.
- What on earth are you doing Drue? Let the poor woman be. exhaled.
- If you don’t mind, we’re in the middle of something. Drue snorted
- You mean you are, and just for the record this is my room. started while strolled towards and grabbed her tucking the duvet around her and let her into her own room where Charles stood crying.
- I just have something to do, will you be alright? questioned and softly stroked Charles on the cheek.
- Yeah….I…I….thank you…. uttered and smiled at her as a reply before he walked out of the room and closed the door. He then walked into the living room where he found Drue and in a heated discussion.
- What on earth do you think you are doing Drue? asked
- What are you talking about? and I have a very open relationship, which means I’m allowed to be with other women. Drue growled
- But not with my sister, not !!! cried out.
- I have never wanted to interfere in your relationship or whatever you now call it but this is really sick Drue, don’t you ever do that again against a woman’s will and never step into my room again because it’s mine and I would value you stayed away from there in the future. insisted.
- Fine but get a grip you ain’t exactly an angel yourself. Drue spat back.
- I’ve never said I was but at least I don’t have such a mixed up head as you.
- Your so full of yourself. I’m going before I punch you!!! Drue barked
- Good idea!!! growled watching Drue leave with into her room where their discussion continued. did a shake with his head as he walked into his room to find a sweater. Afterwards he walked towards ’s and knocked softly upon it and after a moment he finally heard a quiet “enter”. Opening the door faced .
- Sorry but I just wanted to see if you were alright.
- I fine…thank you for the help. smiled weakly
- You are welcome… I was just about to ask what you were doing here but you are the that was married to an Andrew right?
- Yeah but how do you know? trailed off
- I was out in the camp that night in the woods.
- Oh!!! uttered feeling unsure
- I only saw them once though, I was only there with a message for the general. explained himself.
- I don’t remember you. said faintly while gazing over at Charles who she had got calmed down and back to sleep. sat down beside Charles with the duvet tucked around her and without noticing it kneeled down and admired her for a while sensing she was lost in thoughts for a moment. When she finally looked back upon him court his stare and noticed he had a pair of friendly eyes.
- Oh by the way I thought maybe you would like to have a sweater, instead of the one that…well you know… uttered handing it over to her.
- Thank you, it’s very nice of you.
- Ermm I was thinking you may want to get away from here as quickly as possible, it might be for the best, I know a place where you can be safe. I can take you and your son there if you like but it has to be at sunrise. spoke.
- That would be nice. replied great fully
- Don’t mention it, it’s my pleasure.
- Can I ask you something? wondered out loud.
- Yeah depending on the question.
- Well you’re a southern soldier right?
- Yes, does it matter?
- No but should you treat me this well then? asked quietly
- Maybe not but I can’t help it, that’s who I am, I help people in need if I can. Try to get a bit of sleep, we’ll leave in a few hours then. smiled and got up leaving the room.
A few hours later found herself outside with Charles and . Neither of them said anything as they left on two horses and rode of following small pathways. didn’t even have time to think as she was too busy trying to control the horse as she wasn’t used to ride a horse which meant she had to concentrate.

Chapter 15

They finally reached a little house hidden away between the tress so well that if you didn’t know it was there you wouldn’t have noticed. After they had got the horses of the way they went to the house where opened the door and showed and Charles inside. From what seemed to be an old kitchen an elderly woman came out towards them.
- Oh how nice to see you, I was so nervous that something might have happened to you. The woman cooed before gazing upon and Charles
- Hey Kate, no no I’m fine. This is and Charles, victims of the war and they need shelter for a while.
- Well hello hello there, I’m just an old woman who owns this little place which I’m very found off, you see nobody disturbs me here. Or no other than here that is but he’s more than welcome, and so will you be but what are ya doing so far from the south? Kate asked
- Um Kate they are here from the North. added.
- Oh… well don’t be sorry about that, I’m a North myself but why are you on the run? Kate continued
- Dear Madame because my husband has been terrible. simply replied
- Ah…oh well men like that are no worth to collect upon and by the way call me Kate. There’s a room in the far end of the house where you and Charles can sleep. Kate smiled at who immediately felt at ease in Kate’s company. The atmosphere was completely different compared to the one at and Drue’s. Slowly and Charles followed Kate as she showed them to the room in the far end of the house.
- Here it is but it’s not much. Kate spoke.
- It’s perfect, thank you. answered liking Kate already.
- You are very welcome.
- If it’s alright I would like to stay here alone with Charles for a moment. said as a sorrowful expression illustrated her face which at once made Kate feel sorry for her.
- Of cause you can my dear. If you need anything we’ll be right inside the living room.
- Thank you. expressed her gratitude and watched Kate leave.

- Poor girl. Kate muttered as she entered the living room finding there.
- I wouldn’t call her a girl. winked at her.
- You are not falling for her are you ? Kate asked raising her eyebrow.
- That is just something you would ask. He chuckled
- But I’m serious, I don’t think that would be such a great idea.
- I know…but her husband is dead… trailed off.
- Oh!!! Kate exclaimed
- But I have a feeling there is someone else. sighed.
- Isn’t there always? Kate rolled her eyes slightly
- Excuse me? wondered
- Oh nothing… Richard seemed to think it didn’t matter and besides we’re too old for all that.
- Do you get to old for that stuff? questioned
- Oh you tease. Kate giggled
- Well maybe he knows something about ..
- Hmmm maybe… he knows something about everyone but you’re not going out there its too dangerous. Kate said firmly
- Easy Kate I know what I’m doing.
- Are you sure about that?
- Of cause, always. flashed her a smile.
- Sure, whatever you say. Kate replied not believing him but laughed just the same as she walked into the kitchen.
The day went and they didn’t see much to nor Charles as had fallen asleep being all exhausted but eventually Charles woke up and tripped into the living room finding no one there so he continued into the kitchen.
- Hi. Charles beamed shyly.
- Hey my little dear. Kate smiled at him
- Are you making food?
- Yes, are you hungry dear? Kate asked and watched the little boy nod.
- We’re having dinner in a moment, are you mother asleep?
- Yes, mummy is tired. Charles replied before he spotted and starred at him funnily.
- Do you live two places? Charles asked with widen eyes staring at
- Hehe yeah I guess you could say that. laughed
- Oh right. I only have one house but the soldiers took it. Charles blabbered looking back and forth from and Kate.
- Ah my dear I bet they haven’t and it’s still your house. Can you go and wake your mother and tell her its dinner time? Kate answered
- Yeah. Charles sighed walking out to find his mother.
- What is up that , has he lost his home? Kate immediately asked him when Charles was out of sight.
- Like said her husband was terrible and he was one of the men we needed to catch so their house was stormed by soldiers but I wasn’t part of it if that is what you implying.
- Good grief!!! Kate exclaimed as it was the end of that conversation.

After a couple of days felt her strength was coming back and one night she stood inside the living room with and as he stepped up closer towards her she felt what she had already sensed, he had developed some kind of feelings for her. gazed into her eyes and softly stroked her cheek with his fingers, he knew he was falling however quick that was but he guessed under war times things just happened quickly. Before had the chance to react she felt his lips crash down onto hers and in the beginning she felt herself loosing herself in his attention but reality kicked in and she softly pushed him away.
- No , I can’t. almost whispered the words.
- There is someone else isn’t there?
- Yes, there always has been but we weren’t allowed to get married, it was demanded I married Andrew, so much went wrong. I really like you but I can’t… trailed off feeling tears fill her eyes.
- You can’t if his still alive… continued her sentence
- He is alive, his in France…
- France?? What on earth is he doing there…now wait it doesn’t matter.
- I should travel home, I need to find my home. finally said after a moment of silence.
- Your home? He questioned
- Yes mine and Charles.
- No you can’t go home, stay here for a few more days. I’m leaving in the morning, please be here when I get back.
- I don’t know, you’ve been so hospitable and I’ll be forever grateful but we should get going.
- Please. pleaded with her and she gazed at him hopelessly and nodded. She told him goodnight and went into her own room to get some sleep.

Early next morning when was about to leave Kate walked up to him…
- Please don’t do this. Kate pleaded with him trying to put some sense into him.
- I have too before I have to get back to the army. I have to do something for her.
- Please just let it go, you won’t get her to fall in love with you anyway. There is someone else you might as well accept that.
- I already have accepted that.
- Fine, you never were one to discuss with but be careful.
- I will. replied softly and kissed her cheek gently before he disappeared out of the house. With these words he disappeared and Kate went quietly back to bed.
Some hours later Kate, and Charles sat in the kitchen and got a bite to eat but the atmosphere were lightly depressed by ’s departure. had been the one to lighten the mood and the one to protect them if someone was to turn up. The thought of if someone did turn up made nervous and yet at the same time she felt safe inside the walls of the lovely old house and with Kate being this old nice lady who couldn’t hurt anyone. It did wonder that Kate dared to live there on her own with the exception of when came by but had a feeling he didn’t do that very often.
Charles started to telling Kate stories that sprang from his imagination and helped spreading a lighter atmosphere. As gazed at the two of them she couldn’t help but think about and wonder where he was.

Chapter 16

, , Brett, Sherly and were back in and ’s home and had got the house to look somewhat decent once more. Richard had also been stepping by to help a little and to see the little family together again. One day sat just outside on the stairs into the house and just starred ahead. They hadn’t been able to find , it had devastated and it had him thinking all sorts of things that could have happened to her. To their surprise they had instead found living together with a southerner named Drue which had got them all astounded which then had lead to feeling insulted because she had first thought it was because they had seen her with a man. In reality it was because they had met her in the outskirts of everything living with a South American man, of whom she had even chosen herself. That was two things that lay far from the old they knew who had wanted a wealthy North American husband and live in a beautiful castle and go to ball dances. They had asked if she didn’t want to go with them but had thought about it and said no, because only thought about anyway but Drue on the other hand did want her. They had doubted Drue but they just knew all too well that nothing could change ’s mind when it was first set. had although admitted to the fact that had been there after Drue had gone on about it but they didn’t know where and Charles were, one morning they had just been gone. had then wanted to stay and look for but had told him that if was still alive which of cause she would be then she would find her way back home. While sat there in his own thoughts and didn’t notice the world around him, came riding on his horse in between the trees to not get so easily recognized. ended up down by the little thatched house where he tied his horse to a tree so it wouldn’t run off before headed over to the little house and knocked upon the door.
- Ahhh but isn’t that … hurry inside in safety my friend.
- Hello Richard and thank you. replied as he hurried inside into the safety of the house.
- Has something happened to Kate since you’re here? Don’t you know how foolish it is for a South man to be in the North? Richard cried out worried.
- No to the first and yes to the other question.
- But then what, what has happened? Richard asked feeling ever so worried.
- I have met a woman and her child. muttered
- Well congratulation…
- No, no, no it is and Charles…
- and Charles? Richard frowned
- Do you know them? asked
- Not as well as I would wish but maybe you could tell me some more.
- Well her husband was named Andrew, the one who was to blame for a lot of South soldiers death, he found out where they were and told others to rip them for information and then afterwards kill them, that jerk!!! He was the awful man that was married to and Charles is their son…their house was attacked… hissed.
- Oh her that was married to Andrew, yeah I’ve heard about her. Her sister and the sister’s husband and children just escaped out of your claws not long ago and have returned to their home and brought along a guy who was looking for .
- Would that be the man was held from marrying? enquired
- I believe so. Listen why this sudden interest, didn’t she want you?
- I’ve never said anything like that…
- No but I’m an old man and can tell people’s body langue, I wasn’t born yesterday. Richard replied raising an eyebrow.
- I never said you were. defended himself.
- Right…anyway then what?
- You were right, she didn’t want me, she want that other fella.
- and then? Richard asked.
- And then I wanted to get her into safety before she headed off again, I had to know if there were anything for her to get back to.
- Oh a real hero. Richard grinned
- Yeah you just laugh. You should rather move out to Kate and look after her. grumbled
- Yeah yeah nice comeback but why do you think that? She and I are fine the way things are.
- Yeah right even though everything seems to the contradictory, you are just too scared to admit it.
- Rubbish!!! Richard stated crossing his arms in front of his chest.
- Well then give me a good reason… pressed on
- That is because…because… well you know why..
- No I don’t. persisted.
- Oh you’re as stubborn as a mule. Richard sighed heavily and sat down to think. sat down a bit further away from him knowing Richard needed to peace to think. sat and thought himself as Richard suddenly got up and tiptoed around the house collecting things and throwing them into a bag.
- Now we’re going to get things fixed. Richard stated out of the blue.
- But what do you want? We can’t just bring others to Kate’s hiding place where she can be in somewhat peace from the war.
- Hmmm good point but then we just bring along and make him wait inside the woods for and Charles, alright?
- Yeah alright. sighed not sure if it was a great idea.
- Yeah, yeah? Don’t forget you started this…
- I haven’t. rolled his eyes knowing all too well it was him coming to Richard just now.
- Good. Richard answered as they left the house and made their way up to and ’s house. They walked over the farmyard but couldn’t see anyone until they reached the door where appeared.
- Hello Richard, who is your friend? greeted
- That’s . Richard spoke, greeting each other they stepped into the house where and sat talking.
- Oh my, I believe this is the first time we meet one of your friends Richard, why this sudden impulse? It makes you less mysterious. smiled.
- Ohh I’m sorry, nothing beats being mysterious but no it’s because here knows where is. Richard replied as the room came completely silent by his words.
- That is if you’ll want her back. said quietly cursing to get up from his seat quickly
- Where is she? Is she alright? exclaimed
- Yes after the circumstances she’s alright. answered
- Circumstances? wondered
- Well yeah, we’re at war you know, her house was stormed, Andrew and Trawor killed and she and Charles left in the woods.
- Yeah, but you found her… where is she? added
- In safety. Richard and I will take you there.
- But you won’t tell me where? pushed on
- I can’t, I have to considerate others safety as well, but I can take you there. tried to explain
- Well then, let’s get going. spoke out already geared up to leave.
- We have to wait until it darkness outside for safety reasons. Richard impeded
- Alright of cause, but who are you anyway? said looking at .
- Ah easy now , remember there’s a war going on and in war you can’t be told everything. We don’t know you that well and can therefore not tell you much, you have to understand that…it doesn’t matter who is. Richard answered in a firm tone.
- No of cause not…It’s just that I haven’t been here from the beginning of the war but I understand… have let me in on what’s going on and such…it’s just that… trailed off as interrupted him.
- We all understand all the secrecy, it’s just that when it has something to do with someone you love you want to know everything. tried to explain on his brothers behalf.
- But my sister is alright? asked changing the subject slightly.
- Yeah she is fine. smiled
- Right but then let’s wait for the dark night to arrive. sighed hoping it all would turn out alright.
With these last words to the subject they sat gathered around the living room and talked things that had happened, about and Charles even though wouldn’t say much, he kept most to himself. on the other hand tried a few times to press more information out of but he didn’t succeed.
When the darkness fell upon them, Richard, and rode off into the night on the horses. The journey was made in silence as they rode between trees in the outskirts of main roads and throw the woods all the while being very careful not to be seen. After a few hours they got near their destination and therefore made a stop all to ’s surprise as he couldn’t see any sign on life anywhere.
- Why are we stopping here? wondered
- Because and I will ride the last mile on our own and you will wait here for and Charles. Richard explained
- Here?! How about I just join you two? suggested to ’s annoyance.
- You know…for the safety of everyone…you just wait here and they will be brought to you, make sure you are kept hidden. Richard replied.
- Yes, right, of cause. uttered while Richard just nodded in response before riding of with .

Meanwhile in the little house Charles kept and Kate entertained with his little made up stories, therefore it shook them all when they heard a knock on the door. As the door swung open stepped into view and chuckled lightly seeing the distressed expression having washed over their faces.
- Oh it’s not funny at all. Kate exclaimed.
- Hehe no you are right. Anyway I have a bit of surprise with me. smiled.
- Something good? Kate asked suspicious.
- Yeah I would think so. grinned.
- Of cause it is you bad-mannered kid. Richard blurted out as he entered the house and pushed to the side.
- !! Kate erupted seeing Richard standing there.
- Yeah yeah easy now Kate, I know you told me to be careful and I have, look nothing has happened and really I had to fix things. relied gazing at Kate with a boyish expression, making Kate sigh at him.
- What are you doing here? Kate asked turning her attention at Richard.
- I’m moving in. Richard grinned
- MOVING IN!!! Kate exclaimed in shock.
- Yes moving in. Richard confirmed once more.
- What?! Kate shrieked in shock
- You heard me. Richard laughed warmly
- But I didn’t think….you said we were too old for all that. Kate stammered
- Yeah well but you should have someone to protect you out here. Richard answered firmly while stood behind them and started laughing making the others turn to look at her.
- What’s the matter with you? Kate enquired not seeing the fun in it.
- Oh but it’s wonderful Kate, you should have someone to keep you company. smiled
- Hmm…Kate mumbled unsure
- Oh but you should, you deserve it. persisted.
- Hmm..Kate continued
- Oh be a sweetheart and say something. pleaded slightly to Kate as stopped laughing and instead got slightly nervous for the old lady but Kate just looked helplessly at for a second before turning her gaze at .
- What are we to do with her? Kate wondered referring to
- Ohhh thank you, you said something. cheered and hugged Kate.
- As I said what are we to do with her? Kate repeated with a tease in her voice.
- We should send her home. Richard interfered.
- Yes I should go home. replied in a more serious tone and glanced at who nodded back at her before Charles suddenly interrupted.
- Home. Charles beamed joyful making everyone smile at the little boy.
- Yeah we’re going home. smiled at Charles picking him up into her arms.

All was made clear for and Charles to leave but just a little part of was sad to leave Kate but it helped somewhat knowing she wouldn’t be alone in the house.
- Oh Kate…I shall miss you…Thank you for everything you’ve done for Charles and I. spoke sincerely
- You’re welcome my dear, now take good care of yourself and the little one. Kate said as she gave and Charles a warm hug. The last goodbyes were said and off and Charles rode with at their side but they didn’t ride far until stalled his horse. - Why are you stopping? enquired
- We have to say goodbye here, is waiting for you…. trailed off looking ahead with a sad expression. automatically glanced in the same direction and when she spotted her heart skipped a bit and started pounding like mad. could hardly believe her own eyes as her gaze shifted to Charles noticing the little boy had seen him and in a squeal Charles set off running into ’s awaiting open arms. felt her heart melt like butter watching the man and little boy whom she loved the most in the entire world. She wanted to run to at once but felt the need to thank first. Turning her attention back on she knew this was hard on him.
- I will forever be grateful for everything you’ve done for me. You deserve the world of happiness. spoke but kept silent for a moment seeing the sadness in his eyes.
- You will find someone that is so much better suited for you than me and someone who doesn’t already have a son with someone else. said letting her hand softly carries his cheek.
- But then how about doesn’t he deserve someone without a child? wondered
- Charles is ’s son. responded quietly
- Oh I see… muttered
- You took off to my home to see if you could help me didn’t you? asked changing the subject.
- Yes I did, I had to make sure you would be alright and be protected. said quietly cursing to lean in giving him a tight hug whispering “thank you” to his ear.
Pulling away from she gazed at him one last time before she turned around and ran up to into his warm embrace.
- God I missed you. breathed out reveling in the feeling of having back in his arms.
- And I missed you. cooed while Charles ran back to to say goodbye to the man who had giving him safety. Giving the boy a tight hug looked over the boy’s shoulder seeing in ’s embrace and he had to admit, they seemed perfect for each other but it sting in his heart as he saw them kiss and had to look away.
- Take care my little one…now run back to your mom and dad…I have to go… softly spoke.
- Okay… say hello to Kate. Charles grinned before running back to his parents. cast a last glance on the little family and with a nip in his heart he rode off on his horse.

The fire crackled inside the mantelpiece when came back to her reality from her reverie of the old days. Her thoughts drifted to as she thought about what might had happened to him afterwards. had never met him again but she hoped he had received everything he deserved. She sighed at the thought about where the time had gone and yet smiled as she imagined her children before her eyes. Charles had done well despite what he had been put through during the war and so had his two brothers and one sister he later had received. smiled feeling happy, she certainly couldn’t complain.
- Hey darling. A voice suddenly sounded by her ear making her jump slightly as she was pulled from her thoughts. She was so happy she had got as her husband after all but her smile drifted as she remembered her mother and Steven.
- What’s wrong honey? whispered
- I was just thinking about what we’re gone through to end up with each other and how Steven and mother never did.
- No they didn’t baby but they wished we did and so in some way they got their wish.
- You always find the good in things. smiled up at her husband
- Well I do try. grinned before leaning in and capturing ’s lips in a sweet loving kiss.





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