Thursday, July 3, 2014

FRIDAY FREEBITS - MARGARET TANNER - FALSELY ACCUSED

FALSELY ACCUSED - MY LATEST RELEASE FROM BOOKS WE LOVE



Maryanne’s fingernails gouged into her palms as she sat on the hard wooden pew with her teeth clenched so tightly together her jaw ached. Even a dog should not have been left alone in such a distraught state, yet Silas Watson claimed to be a man of God.

At least once a week, their father found reason to beat them on their bare buttocks. His clawed, birdlike hands were as strong as those of a blacksmith as he ferociously wielded his cane.  Sarah stood there, watching it all, with that pious expression Maryanne loathed.

They must get away, but how? Could she perhaps get a position as a domestic? Slaving away in a London factory, living in some slum or even the workhouse had to be better than living in a quaint little village that nurtured such evil. As soon as Fiona recovered sufficiently, they would leave. I’ll do anything to get us away from here.

Maryanne, like a dutiful daughter, stood next to her father and Sarah while the congregation filed out of the church. Her heart felt so full of hatred and loathing, she wondered why it did not explode.




 


3 comments:

Ginger Jones Simpson said...

Wow....what a wonderful excerpt. I have nail marks in my own hands from reading it. :) Great share, my friend.

Rhobin Lee Courtright said...

Sounds like a great read from these few paragraphs!

Margaret Tanner said...

Thanks Rhobin and Ginger.