The incessant sounds of hoof beats in the distance made Mary’s heart skip a bit,as she looked about her in dejection, the path was foreign to her, all she could see was grassland miles ahead, she dragged her delicate body along the path and into the open but the biting pain made her scream out forgetting her pursuers
The Carriage she had been on had been stopped by Armed thieves on the way, her maids had been taken away and the driver of the carriage, she had later discovered was one of the men, but it had been too late to do something about it. Since she was the only daughter of Nicholas Sanders, the owner of a couple of the town’s conglomerate, her father operated a monopoly of carriages, he imported carriages into the town and he owned several other businesses in the town, something that gave her a sense of pride and satisfaction but was about to be her doom.
Her father had warned her not to embark on her journey as his most trusted guard was out of town on a business for her father but she had refused to wait and had left for the birthday party of one of her many high social circle friends. She had her reasons, Mary Sanders not going to the big birthday party will be unheard of, she had her social image to keep up to.
The thieves had left as soon as they were done with their atrocities, leaving her in the wilderness to fend for herself. They had taken the carriage, her purse and her necklaces which was more than enough to feed them for a lifetime. she shuddered in fright, she had never been alone, she was used to being waited on hands and foot.
The hoof beats got closer to her
She whimpered in pain as she tried to raise herself up, she would be held for ransom if seen, which was better than her being left out in the jungle to die, she thought shamefully.
She waited patiently for them to reach her, she could not endure anymore pain, at the very least her life will be spared and the men would care for her
Three masked men on horse back came into view, at the sight of her, they slowed their horses into a trot, Mary swallowed heavily, from the on look of them, she could detect they were criminals. If they knew who she was, they would definitely take her for ransom and she was sure her father would pay whatever amount to get her out.
Odd thinking for Mary, Others would think death, but she was actually thinking of getting saved by criminals, the thinking of a spoilt brat
“She is beautiful” the shortest of them said staring lustfully, he had ink stained teeth, probably from the things they smoked, he had several piercings all over his face
Mary gasped and she had not thought the men would see her in a sexual way, she had put herself in more danger by staying in the open, the floral colour and flow of her neck dipped gown also gave her out the more, her dress was seductively and very fit to her body
Frightened, she opened her pale blue eyes wide, she clapsed her hands together
The men moved more closer while arguing
“She is a fine one I agree, we will fetch a good price on her head, when we take her to the market.” One of them said eyeing her lustfully, Mary tightened her hold on her gown the more, they were going to sell her. No this should not be happening she thought, she had to think of a way to save herself
She would have to do something, the men did not know who she was, they had only gone after her carriage because it was wealthy looking, perhaps if she told them her identity, they would think twice about selling her
“I ...i” she bites back on her words, as the men lighted from their horse, Mary shrank back at the enormosity of them, they were big men and looked rough, had weird long beards that needed shaving off and a good washing. she looked from one to the other, the first one who was obviously the leader of the group had three golden earrings on while the other two wore more than needed, giving them creepy appearances, they were all fierce looking nonetheless.
“Cat got your tongue lass” one of the men sneered, his gaze lingering on her exposed skin, she whimpered softly, wishing help would come, she had been stupid not to hide herself.
Staring wide eyed at the horse they each sat on, Mary knew her fate was sealed, she pushed herself gently into the shrubs, the fear evident in her eyes
The man snarled, licking his lips shrewdly “Boss, what are we going to do with the lass?” he asked impatiently as he jumped down from the horse and grabbed her roughly, he pulled her flush against his chest while the other two came closer each eyeing her lustfully
“hand her over Jack” their boss said huskily
Mary groaned in pain at the harsh way she was passed from hand to hand, the men were smelly and she was sure they hadn’t taken their bathe for ten days at most. She wrinkled her nose in disgust“Let me go” she whimpered weakly as the offensive smell got closer as the boss hurled her up to his body.
Since she was a good 5’5, the man easily towered over her.“Let me go” she commanded again, as his hands slip lower on her body, she gasped in horror, no man had ever touched her there and she would rather die than allow her first to be a group of bandits when her father could marry her to the king of England at her word
“No way lass, you are coming with us”
Mary struggled to no avail, she only succeeded in romping her clothes exposing more of her milk bathed creamy skin, one that she spent way too much products on, her body was enticing and she knew it, if her clothes exposed further, the men would ravish her and then she would be ruined
Clasping an upsetting hand over her mouth, the boss pushed her further into his body, she was beginning to feel parts of his body she dreaded, the man would rape her if she did not come up with a way to save herself
Jabbing her limp elbow in his stomach, she cried” I will give you money if you let me go” Mary sanders had never been once humiliated in her life, the man’s hand was now on her thighs sliding in further while his two goon cheered him on.
“And of what help would that be princess, because I think I like my present here? Your body is the sweetest” he slurred in a drunken voice over her ear, licking her neck with his squirmy tongue she squirmed in extreme discomfort
“I will tell my father to give you ten golden carriages from Egypt” she rushed waiting for her words to take effect
The man chuckled and smirked at her” Do you think we are stupid? Of course, we do know who you are Mary and we came to finish off the work your coach driver was kind enough to arrange with us, after we have paid him handsomely though. We planned it quite well, we made sure your bodyguard was nowhere in sight“He laughed wickedly, pinching her inner skin making Mary cry out
“I like it when you scream peacock Mary, the only lady that is too good for everyone, the only one that looks at men in the community like they were beneath her feet. The sound is refreshing to my ears, in minutes you will be crying louder than this when all three of us have the pleasure of your body and we will make it worth up your while, so you will never be able to raise your head again in the town” he said spitefully, dragging her by the hair to look up at his hate filled eyes
Dragging his teeth close to her ear, he bit her cruelly, “And we will leave you with a parting gift, do you guess what it is? We will make you pregnant with our child, so your father will not even be able to help you either. And no man not even the King of England will want to marry you and least of all General Michael who you have been following around like a love sick puppy”Mary shuddered in fear, gasping for breath, the ache was felt deep in her chest, her tears pouring in torrents now, she had never in her life dreamt of anything of such befalling her.
Her plan had been nipped in the bud, the men recognized her and she was beginning to think they had come for her especially. She prayed silently for help to come, though she had not attended church for decades nowIn all her life, she could count the number of times she stepped in a church, but now her faith was much needed
Laughing at her closed eyes” pray well Mary sanders cause no one will stop me from savoring myself in your warmth tonight, I wll then pass you to my men once I am done, then we will send you back to your father, he should learn to train you better, you have a sassy and unruly behaviour meant for the gutters”
“Like your body” Mary retorted back, then cursed herself for the momentarily slip, it would do her no good to shout at them
She did not wait for long for the consequence of her words, she was soon thrown to the ground with a forceful bang, as the men began divulging her of her clothings, they started with her ball gown tearing it into various pieces, Mary screamed in horror, they began looking her corset, each one of them toiling with her flesh, her hands were tied together and held apart while the men had a field day with her body The men removed all of her clothing leaving her bare to them, Mary shut her eyes in agony, she willed death would claim her,
Tears slipped rom her eye as she thought back on how she had often laughed at victims of rape in their community before“Calm down Princess, you will enjoy it, tis your first, so I shall make it the night you will ever rememeber” Standing before her, he shed his clothing in frenzied hurry, settling himself atop her, Mary cringed at the impact of his naked flesh on hers, she knew she would be scarred for life
“Cry no more, I will make it enjoyable for thee, my sister shall then be appeased’ he laughed wickedly, fondling with her body
“You bastard, my father will have your head for this,” she gritted through clenched teeth disgusted at the way she was held apart, her two legs were splayed open offering her to the men like an offering
He sneered and struck her across the face, she felt the blood gush to her mouth, she spitted it in his face, making him strike her more, he stopped on the fifth, her cheeks were red with blood
“bloody Wench “ but he gasped her arm tightly, holding her in place, he bent to lick her neck, Mary closed her eyes and willed for death but she felt the weight on her body suddenly lift off and cool air flush through her body,
She awakened in a start, opening her eyes, they set their orbs down on the hardest blue eyes she has ever seen, glaring down at her , the army uniform he wore was the last thing she saw before she lost consciousness, she studied his face as recognition dawned on her, she smiled weakly it
Commander Michael Stone she thought happily, a tint of smile on her face before darkness claimed her
Western Creek was a small town, where everyone knew each other, the town lay west of England. Western Creek had over the years been able to get itself a political standing in the King’s army, hence there were several military stations at Western Creek, the town had slowly gained recognition after that as the town was well protected and insured.Apart from Military power, it also had a great economic power presence as rich merchants and banks grew at western creek giving the town a wealthy boom. And as this took effect, the more the lawbreakers in the small town also grew.But there were core military men who would give their all towards the town, and a good example was the Stone Men, generation after generation of the family were soldiers in the King’s army. The grand patron of the house who had started the trend had also fought for and died in the King’s Army.The present generation of stone men were the identical twins of Richard and Catherin
”Papa, it was so scary, Have you seen Abigail? She left with me but that stagecoach driver took her Papa. I thought I would die, the grass they dumped me was so itchy” Mary whined as she sat in her mother’s lap, her father sat across her, petting her hair“Sorry, my darling. Do not worry about Abigail, she was in cohort with the driver, they have both been caught and are in the town Jail. You lie down here and worry about nothing, I will have the doctor bring the cream I imported from Italy last fall, it would soothe your skin” he turned to a maid, standing nearby”Are you deaf? did you not hear my command, do you want me to say it one more time?” Nicholas Sanders thundered angrily. The maid scurried away in fear“Papa, keep your voice low, my head hurts” Mary croaked Mrs. Sanders cast a hot glance at her husband, for which he waved apologetically, saying in a soft voice”Sorry
Commander Mike was sitted in the Stone Mansion living room when he relayed the news of him marrying Mary to his mother, who expressed her fear“What nonsense? it is beyond my understanding how Nicholas Sanders would think I would marry his daughter. He is calling me out because I found her naked in the jungle, so I ought to be held responsible for having seen his daughter’s nakedness, he is using the military reputation to threaten me” Commander Mike smirked “ He wants to report me to the Generals for seeing his daughter’s nakedness. Mary Sanders is not even the sort I would marry, I do not like her at all, she is rarely out of her mother’s pouch, she is a good for nothing sissy that can hardly pick a needle by herself, she is useless. And I will never betray Evangeline, I love her too much for all this, how does he expect a soldier to marry that ninny he called a daughter” He snickered, as he faced his mother
The alluring lacy material flowed tenderly across the marbled floor, the dress had been specially sewn for her from another country, though it had only been a short time, it seems her mother knew how to use their wealth to pull strings.The dress was a wonder, it was a low cut dress, which accentuated Mary’s full breast and made them threatened to spill out, she had pouted at this, but her mother had said it would be perfect to make Commander Mike fall for her, no man ever resisted a well endowed woman like Mary, especially if it was laid out in front of themThe dress hugged her slim waist tightly, Her mother had often said her hips are a man’s undoing, the dress was made to seduce.She smiled as she thought of Commander Mike’s hands removing the gown from her body, she smiled at the blushed at the sexual thought.She was currently draped with a dull overhull with which, the maids were powdering her face, so as not to stain the material,
Smiling and waving at guests as he walked by, Nicholas Sanders kept up his fake modesty to the very hilt. He was raging within, his hope of making the Sanders family be intimate with the Stone family was his lifelong aim and he was not about to see it dashed away, he would achieve it by crook or nook.“Why isn’t he here yet?” Nicholas Sanders thundered at his fellow conspirator in the hall, he turned to face them“ You promised me, he would come, I paid you handsomely for this” he banged the wooden table in anger, the pain he got in return made him shout with rageCommander Cole barked back at him equally” Calm down, Nicholas, this is a soldier’s superior order we are talking about, he has to come or else he shall be stripped of his title and punished and it will involve his family, he knows that very well”“I do not care about that at all, all I know is that he ought to be here by now marryi
Jared rode madly in pursuit of his brother, judging by the unconscious words of Alan, he knew his brother’s next line of action. He wondered what had gone wrong with the Commanders after he left, for a measly man such as Nicholas Sanders to think he can control them, Jared sneered, he would make it his last attemptFollowing his mother’s horse footprints she had gone the midwife way but a dark thought made him stop the horse suddenly, breaking its runFollowing the way of Corrupt Commander’s, they knew Mike all too well, then it clicked Evangeline would not be at the midwife, if she had been gone since morning, the Commander’s would have her, and it would be the worst mistake of their life.Jared began riding hard this time, in the direction of Nicholas grand hall, he hoped he would be in time to get Mike before his brother burnt down the place in order to rescue his wife. Evangeline was not one who could endure such harsh conditions for
“Do you Mary Sanders, take Michael Stone, as your lawfully wedded husband, to love and to honour, to cherish and to hold, for the rest of your life?” the vicar pronounced“Yes, I do” came the blushing reply, from a love-filled eyed Mary, as she stood at the Alter holding Jared’s hands it was surreal, she glared at Commander Mike under her veil, it was those same blue eyes, they were staring at her again, they held her captive, she had been so happy when she had been informed he had arrived. This was the happiest day of her life, she blushed at the thought of them spending a night together as man and wife.The Vicar turned to Jared “Do you Michael Stone, take Mary Sanders, as your lawfully wedded wife, to love and to protect, to cherish and to hold, for the rest of your life?”Jared stared with glistening annoyance at Mary in front of him; he really hoped for her sake that Evangeline was unharmed.Jared could feel
Twirling about in her wedding dress, Mary was beyond happy, she blushed harder at the thought of Jared’s hands on her, she had been brought home from the hall by her mother. She was currently in her room which had been extensively decorated for her wedding night.The door to her room opened “Mother, mother” she jumped at the sight of her mother, she flew into her arms in joy“Thank you mother, it's a dream come through, I am a happy bride” she beamed, the light shining in her eyes,“Yes, my dear, My princess deserves the best, “ Her mother said looking into her Mary’s happy eyes“Mother, his touch felt like a caress, it was so feeling, I shivered all over my body, it was delicious. I could go on touching him forever” she gushed out in a rushHer mother smiled” I am glad you like it my dear. A wedding should be filled with happiness. Your wedding shall be the talk of the town for years