FORSAKEN AND BETAKEN
by Catherine C. Straub
Wicked men are everywhere, and
everyone praises what is evil.
— Psalms 12:7 8
Prior to the cessation of Christmas vacation — Emmy and the
kids visited the prison. When he inquired (scanning her sad face) how she
was; she sobbed on his shoulder, about the rape, and he fumed. He might be
in Bible class, but they deserved an “eye for an eye,” including Stanley
and the whole lot? He had to protect the mother of Thomas, his son and
Mary, his daughter and a new one on the way. He smirked, idling, embracing
her, what the house thought of the secretive 1st child and 2nd
child, not spoken about, he assumed, or did they lately wonder who
The next day going from class to class, she espied her two
rapists, as she changed classes. They kept their eyes — on which they talked
to. How did they hear about her? Then she saw… Landry ambled up to them
familiar like? Emmy did not realize Stanley bragged to them, when Landry
brought them to his apartment. Emmy could not get over how Landry knew
them. He never had any secret trysts with her? Wait at his house…Stanley
pulled a fast one. Landry acted like he never knew about Stanley’s lewd
acts. Oh no, she’s raped by a jerk that savored matters in secret. He
never was bashful to her? Somehow, she never connected it until those boys
entered her room — illegally raping her.
She burned with anger that Stanley would get his dues molesting
her — making her out a woman — for all men… In her mind, she damned the
guy, but knew it was wrong to kill him. She was lying on the bed with her
little one when she heard relieving news…
The Associated Press reported. “Tonight a certain Landry Barns
returned home from tennis, and found his older brother, Stanley, dead,
shot three times in the back and head sitting in a chair his head lying on
the paper he read.” She turned it off nearly yelling he’s dead, instead
Thomas came inside….
“My doggie, how are you!”
“Woof woof,” he licked hands, and she giggled!
“Who were you ‘matching,’ tonight?”
“Blackstone and Landry, he said ‘his brother’ was staying for
“I met him when I went there a few times, and he reminded me he had
many enemies, he looked so sly?” Just then, the phone rang and Flo
“It’s for you Thomas?”
In minutes, he came back in the room. “It looks like his brother
will not be staying, he was found dead, shot three times. This Jordan
Banks and Marshall Shout were arrested seen yelling at him outside of
“Who called you?”
“One of the other men, I play with named, Black Jack, she laughed.
He eyed her awed — holding Mary? He had no clue the child was
Eugene’s — his appearance a mystery to his mother that deserted him.
The next day, Flo heard the radio story, as she fixed breakfast. She
only knew Landry’s older brother, and who were his enemies? Emmy sat down.
“Did you hear the news, did you know him?”
“He always had a devious look on his face, and you wondered what?”
“I hope we have no cops coming here… You went to his house, when you
dated him?” Emmy agreed with her, and she hated the idea of putting her
aunt through anything with that sneaky Stanley. She was surprised, she
figured out what he pulled by seeing the teens meet Landry.
“Crap can’t you escape crime?” Emmy felt she had to put on an act
Flo stared at her. “That’s ‘not the way of life’? You’d have to
say — you never knew him. You were there with Landry.”
Thomas came out. “I wonder if Landry will come to school today. He
sure is a polite kid.” He peered at Emmy and Aunt Flo while he sipped
coffee. He’d elapsed his jealousy when Emmy hung by Landry. Emmy gave him
a skeptical peer?
“I am astounded you’re meddling with her old boyfriend, said Flo.
Maybe he killed his kin?” He peered at her — considering, what or who was
“I believe it was someone, he screwed.” Emmy nodded to him.
“Eat up, time for school.” Emmy ready to take her mind off her
plight, the second time around. They left for the short walk to school.
“I will races you to the door?” She gave him a thumb up. She was
off; this time, he beat her by an inch….
Landry watched them approach… “Landry,” She hugged him. What in the
world happened?” Tears came into his eyes. “I found him that way.
I’ll never forget it? Those two — arrested didn’t kill him. It was
someone; he took for a ride.”
“Let’s go inside, can you concentrate?”
“I’ll help him, Thomas. You can go?” Thomas waved with a hand
behind his back leaving for class.
“You’re ‘a peach’ Emmy. Did he ever gives you a hard time?”
Emmy was on guard? “Of course not, I was with you.” What did he mean
inquiring of her (like she hated him), which she did?
“The bell is going to ring any minute. Are you ready for class?”
“Of course with your help,” what a pain he was — something did not
ring true — about Landry. Was he aware what went on at his house? He
acted like she brought it on? That liar Stanley — does just that, push the
fault of the matter on her. She escaped Landry for her classes. He’s like
a clinging vine.
Emmy made it to class after class without meeting up with Landry.
She noticed the other two abusing teens were released. She was leery being
around them. Did Stanley tell them what he did to her, if so, is that why
they approached her to rape? Did Landry know any thing, or his
brother — seeing as he took her to the Lion’s Den? What could she expect
around, so many plotters doing women in?
At home, John came running to her. She loved him and Mary so much.
Flo feeling her pregnancy — donned maternity tops like Marcy. In a few
more months around when the girls were due, they would all give birth. It
would be over then. They would be given a new child to breed. She’d love
to hear Joyce and Beth turned to Jesus with their hectic life. Was she
wishing on a star?
“Aunt Gen’s calm, and not made any more bad reports (from the time)
when Joyce was beat up on the face; the law sent this monster to an island
of reform. They’re evidently behaving like more gentle women?” They folded
their arms in prayer and thanksgiving.
“It’s time to ‘get ready’ to go?”
“You’re in fit shape Mrs. Badly, for near 20 weeks and your friend
is fine too. We can deliver you over at a North Side hospital in two
months. The weather should be better than now?” He professionally smiled
“Let’s go look for some fancier maternity clothes? Are you game,
…Emmy always kept her eyes open for the rapists, Jordan and
Marshall. Emmy’s two friends, Marion and Hester helped her with, who
they’re seen with…
“Are you fond of them,” they asked peering at Emmy.
“I’m keeping track for Thomas — given that he plays sports with
When they entered the school the next day, she found her prayers
were answered in a different way. Landry, the two rapists, and other drug
dealers were shot down at their meeting place. “I’m shocked Landry dealt
drugs?” Thomas nodded. Emmy agreed, even if Landry and the two teenagers