Evelyn wandered around the castle, looking for something to occupy her time...
Evelyn gasped as she turned around to see an old love. "Juan," she said breathlessly.
Juan's gaze drifted down to her pregnant belly. "So, it's true. You are pregnant with his child," he said with little emotion. With a look of anguish on his face, he asked, "And you married him?"
Evelyn nodded. "I had little choice..."
...Before she'd ever met Angus.
Pulling back, she touched her fingers to her lips. "It's done Juan! I had no wish to marry... anyone.. but what's done is done!"
Turning, she fled inside.
And if he'd led her to believe that he had no wife, well... that wasn't hurting anyone... was it?
Orb's Year 930
"Oh," Evelyn said, disappointed. Her husband had begun to spend more and more nights with the boys, playing late into the night. She had her doubts, but would never say anything in front of her mother!
Putting on a smile, she told him to play well.
As he left, Cassidy harrumphed. "That man is not running off to play a game at this hour!" she said angrily with her fists propped on her hips.
"Oh Mother, do not make anything of it. Why would he lie?"
But now, her visit was spoiled and Evelyn was ready for her mother to return home. All she wanted to do was crawl into bed.
Slowly the sadness built into anger, well-fueled by all the lies Angus had been heaping on her! There's no room in this marriage for lies, she nastily mimicked her husband's earlier words to her. HA!
Orb's Year 931
He knew that she had longed for a sense of freedom!
Angus strove to keep his temper in check. "What? A man is not allowed to caress his wife in his own home?!"
Evelyn glared and poked him in the chest, "Not without a wife's permission."
"What is the matter with you?" Angus asked angrily, rubbing the spot on his chest she had poked. "Is it your womanly flow?"
Evelyn raised the dishrag and threw it at him. "You dolt! Get out of my kitchen!"
"Bloody crazy female!" Angus had said while retreating. It had to be her monthly flow, he thought sourly. That would mean she would not welcome his advances for quite a number of days...
Gwen Consul shook her head. "She always was a wild one. It comes from letting have her way too often as a child!"
Angus shook his head. "I wish someone would have told me that before I was forced to marry her!"
When he next glanced at Gwen, he noticed her head cocked to the side with a questioning gleam in her eye. Slowly, she slid closer to him on the pile of hay. "Perhaps you need a distraction?" she asked while lightly tracing circles on his shoulder.
Angus was instantly intrigued. He'd always known Gwen to be flirtatious, but had thought she was making empty promises. Slowly, he reached up to grab her hand.
At first Gwen thought he meant to remove his hand from her and her shoulders slumped in defeat. But, Angus simply pulled her closer to him. "Perhaps what I need is someone to make me feel better. Do you think you could do that for me, dear sister-in-law?"
Gwen's heart picked up speed. He wasn't saying no!
"Perhaps if your ears were pointed and you were more intelligent, then you would understand the blessing that this is," Evelyn quipped before turning her back to him.
Angus frowned, but let her walk off. He would discuss her attitude with her at a later time...
"So?" Evelyn asked, pretending indifference.
"So?" Angus repeated incredulously. "That's all you have to say to me... 'So?'!"
Angus slammed out the front door.
Orb's Year 932
Angus wondered why in the world he put up with her behavior...
"But, Angus, I have nowhere to go," Evelyn sobbed, "I'll make it up to you!" She should have known that Angus had too much pride to suffer an illegitimate child.
"Go to your lover's house! If he won't take you, then go to the Abbey! Hell, go knocking on every door to see who will take you and that half-class child in, for all I care! Just get...out.. NOW!"
"No," Angus said. "My heir will stay."
Evelyn turned and looked at him with horror in her eyes. "You can't mean it!" she cried. "What will you do with a child! Let me take him with me! I'm his mother!"
"Your lover will not welcome another man's heir in his home. I will give my son the quality of life he deserves."
Evelyn looked as though she would argue, but the truth was she did not even know if Juan would take her in. What if he turned his back on her as Angus had done?
Sadly, she touched Brock's cheek. "Mommy will be back for you," she promised before hurrying from the house with her brown-haired baby boy.
Angus sighed and shook his head sadly. "Truthfully, who am I to blame her. She probably wanted a better life for the little tyke."
Crystal wiped a tear from her eye, "But to have never told you that she was pregnant before leaving you for another man! How perfectly horrid!"
Crystal put her hand to Angus' cheek. "Of course I will!"