Cursed through the Generations – Excerpt 17

Cursed through the Generations – Excerpt 17

  I was much happier cavorting with my maids, both of whom would happily bend to my wishes and desires. They had learned to keep their mouths shut and graciously accept the little gifts given for services rendered.

But like all the good things in my life, it came to an abrupt end. Josie became pregnant and when interrogated by my wife and her Mother, named me as the Father, so much for loyalty. it might not have been so bad, but Adeline desperately wanted a child herself.

Adeline didn’t say anything immediately, she kept it bottled up and let it fester like a cancer in her womb. Then one fateful night, when there was a terrible storm raging outside. She came at me with her accusations, I was caught off guard. I was under the impression it had been dealt with quietly, I had no idea that she knew.

She screamed at me, punching and pummelling at my chest, calling me by words a lady should not know. The storm outside raged unabated, and Adeline stormed at me with similar ferocity, She was a woman misused, she had every right to scream at me, I had betrayed her….often!

She was just starting to calm a little, when there was a flash and an explosion. Lightning had struck the house, the roof was falling in. I grabbed Adeline and virtually pushed her down the stairs, the upper floor had caught fire and it was spreading rapidly. Adeline had slipped on the stairs and fallen. I ran to her and hoisted her up on to my shoulders, she was heavy, but I managed to get her down the stairs, through the hallway and clear of the building.

(C) Damian Grange 2018

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