FORSAKEN AND BETAKEN
by Catherine C. Straub
Why do you keep on rebelling? Do
you want to be punished even more?
— Isaiah 1:5
As soon as we feel all troubles disappeared — new dark clouds
appear on the horizon.
Dearest Emmy… immobile, constantly experiencing tough luck with
Aunt Flo’s family. Joyce innocently intended, or slyly fell for Thomas.
Was she so guiltless trying her best to snag him from the shapely,
attractive, and becoming personality that composed Emmy, who interested
him? To Emmy (only interested in Eugene for their babies) Thomas could
help her hock her ring and dress. Joyce seemed so innocent, but her
dying interest was the worst? She finally fell back to sleep,
realizing what a wonderful man Mitchell was compared to his crass father.
Thomas was given the car to help her out, convincing the jewelers of a
Aunt Flo volunteered ‘to go’ in the middle of frying pancakes. Emmy
was the only one sleeping at the house, and she felt motherly as
“Then Thomas doesn’t require the car… Will you possibly go the
She sipped juice.
“I’ll make a point to pick you up, you need an adult? I’ll be there,
when do you finish lunch?” She went to call Marcy. Why not get the wedding
dress money back. Who was minus cash to bask in the sun and sleep
any old time they wanted.
“All set, we will take the ring in together? What about your gown?”
How to gain cash if they only could write a book? Yes that is a good idea
she dreamed for Marcy and her to make money.
“I think I’d wear a formal dress and not a fifteen hundred
costly gown. Gilda bought the best in the store.”
“Her only boy and she are not around here demanding the gown back,
so we will get you the money for that too? I hope you intend to save it.”
“Yes, she moaned, here I’m with a baby and school? ‘Boy oh boy’ — what
does an orphan girl do — all her life?”
Flo laughed at her expression! “Don’t worry love. Is Thomas, able to
marry you, he always seemed to like you?” Emmy decided to tell her.
“He volunteered to wed me. I’m waiting to give him an answer for a
February wedding? I must think of myself and not worry about Joyce.
Why she persisted when she knew, he liked me?” She did recall; she almost
wanted Joyce for him.
“I don’t identify if they were all evilly influenced by my ex
husband, but Thomas is the better one, and you are not really from
“How long will Joyce have to seek help for her obsession?” She would
have never expected that behavior from Joyce — a mainstay for so long.
“She needs it forever — because she gets violent if she knows he is
going to marry you? I am getting her put in a home for good until she is over
this thing. Let’s hope she meets someone else. She has to be educated
though. I’ll call them today to transfer her to a private home — meant for
those cases. We could exchange the gown for a simple dress? You better
ring Thomas? He does not need the car for this excursion?” “What ever
happened to Margie the dog, you said you saw?”
Emmy embraced her. “That’s a mystery the dog wasn’t seen there when
we were there….” “I should marry in October, but Marcy has to give
permission for him to marry?” As far as a father, Thomas is perfect for a
“Don’t worry it isn’t ‘that long’ until he is eighteen years
old? Did you cancel the October 15th wedding at the church?”
“No. I forgot or would they marry us if they knew him?”
“You have to cancel it, he was not actively involved there?”
“Call Thomas over here, Flo insisted; we have a few minutes. Then I
must pick up the jailbirds for school. They’ll have to change?”
“Will that police office keep its word? They are being investigated
and many will be discharged today? That is what Mitchell Senior
“I know, but us woman will just go along. The baby isn’t his child,
but he seems compatible? Do not worry you were going to marry. What
happened to having a family young like you wanted?” Her mind flitted to
Eugene as the dad.
“It was ‘all the rage’ his family endorse me and it all died
when he did? Last night, I dreamt, he was trying to tell me something….”
“You had a vision. Those up above; feel a child should have a mother
and father. I see Marcy peering out the window. Now she’s opening her
“You look so much like a little mother with a baby and young father…
I can just visualize you as a family?”
“That is what you want Aunt Flo, you darling, it does sound so
lovely with him.
When you were young how was it with that Job and how youthful were
“I was twenty and ‘feeling in love’ with the world. He never stepped
out on me then, I’m sure. I did wonder when the trouble started?”
“When I came, you never really knew the real him?”
“It happened before you came. After Joyce was born, he started
staying out for nights. He's only with me three or less days a week.” He
did step out on her before Emmy stayed the night, she mused. That tenure
turned in to years. He fell out of love with her and dragged Hattie
along with him…
“So? By the time… my parents dropped me here; he’d already obtained
other women interests if only he could have been kept out of here…”
“I see that now. At the time, I never knew he was not working more
because of a bigger family. I’m a deep sleeper?”
“Well, who knows then, so I see them walking across the road
“Hey there Flo, are we planning or taking up a marriage for those
that don’t know he died or what?” Shocked Thomas went to sit near Emmy,
this was coming off sooner not later, what ever, he thought elated. “It
might look like that and the fact is there, but Thomas wants to marry her
anyway, don’t you Thomas?”
“Sure. It’s the ‘result’ of my dreams! I never told Emmy that, he
gazed at her with love filled eyes. I’m young and not working — why are you
“Well now, how come I never noticed you two?” She gawked at them so
young, but her son was in love. How about Emmy, was she the same, it was
hard to tell.
“You weren’t looking for it Mom? She is still from another place; I
never looked at her as a neighbor? That weird neighborhood romances are
“That’s an ‘unanswered question?’ Are you going to call the church,
and tell them that ‘another man’ is marrying you Emmy — or Flo?”
Marriage excitement filled the air. Maybe Flo and Marcy
wished they had a
partner that would last for good “until death do you part.” It was a
good idea, but some dreams are not meant to last.
“If we all want this, we can return the wedding gown, get a formal
dress. We’d again think who would be the attendants?” Marcy nodded
“game for anything.” Emmy was pregnant, and hoped her son could have
“I have a refund for one dress and jewelry?” Emmy just sixteen
seemed happy; the child needed a father.
“I’ll call the church. Later pick you up to return the engagement
ring from Mitchell? We must visit that jail, finish your coffee Marcy?”
She hustled about grabbing a light coat with the cool weather.
Flo backed out of the garage and drove to the police station. She
parked on the side of the station, turned the car off, and pocketed the
“I guess we have to carry our purses in there.” They left the car
and hastened inside to get the stupid girls out. Pandemonium “filled the
air” inside of the station, men swore that were fired and arrested.
They over turned their desks, than more officers were brought in, and
hauled them to the jail ignoring their dirty base curses. Flo finally
found a good officer to help her release her girls for school only on the
condition they obey and stay out of bars and men that use them?
Down stairs, it was as noisy as upstairs. The officer fit his large
key in the cell lock. Eugene eyed them near by, his ma deserted him, but
not, Emmy, his pal.
“Come out for school, alone?” They pouted, but moved out of the
Upstairs men where fist fighting and other officers interfered as
the rotten core cursed them. They were dragged down stairs just as the
women made it outdoors
for safety. “Mother ‘you must” keep us out of here?”
“It is not in my hands. You do things against the law.”
She pulled in the driveway, “go inside and dress for
school? I will wait for you to get changed?” She winked at
Marcy. “Maybe seeing the rough and
ready officers taken down stairs might cure them.”
“Perhaps things will change? I sure hope so. We sure need some
“I can’t wait to see Doctor Chad.” She romantically held her hands
together like a church steeple, the jest with people coming inside. My
parents knew his family. We always met when we were young.”
“I think he likes you!” Marcy liked the idea she met a man
from her childhood interested in her. “Is he human some doctors don’t
remind me of it, dissecting animals and insects?” They arrived back
praying in the car.
“Chad worked it out to transfer Joyce to the special outpatient in
Creston Home, where she’ll receive therapy? She poured a coffee. I do not
need violence around with the other two getting married. Marcy stared at
her ready to open her mouth? Joyce said: he’s an enemy and she’s over
“What is the hurry, or did you call the church? There’s a whole
month, yet. I
still don’t know why you are so hurried to get them marry.”
“What kind of outfit is she going to wear in February like, she
“Okay then, why didn’t Thomas recently say anything.”
“Are you still thinking about that — her engagement to
another?” She parked the car and they took their purses inside.
“I have to call Mitchell about carrying around this information?”
“Put the coffee pot on, and ‘I’ll check’ the two phones for bugs? I
don’t like the idea; we were followed. Anyone could have come in here? She
unscrewed the receiver. This one looks okay. She went into the other room,
and found one when she undid that part off that phone? Stunned… she stared at the phone
“Ahem… Marcy, there’s ‘one’ in this phone. Did I leave the
door open, yesterday?” She looked up from the newspaper she’s reading.
“W Why would you do that? You lock it. ‘Let’s check’ the cellar?”
They carefully edged down the steps — expecting a crook to jump out at them.
They felt the wintry draft wafting from the wide open window. Flo called
“We are going to stay here awhile — anyway I might as well call
“Morrison residence,” Mitchell speaking, “What, One phone had
a bug? Did you get over to the station today?”
“Oh yes, and the crooks are putting up a fuss. Off color officers
knocked out different ones. What a mess, the majority are locked up, who
is the new Chief? What am I supposed to do with this information? Do you
have a place to hide it?”
“You should ‘keep it safe’ rather than come here. You were