Night Terror – Chapter 3

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Reality Check
Young Pastor Reg Small sat in his office with his study books spread out in front of him. He’d taken the trouble to counsel with the youth who’d come to him as a group having checked out on rumours they’d heard in town and found Wes had been in touch with the town kids confirming events of that fatal night with Luella and treating not only his part as a big joke, but joking about how he’d pulled the wool over the eyes of the old Reverend and his son in what he described as this backward looking rural community. Wes had been moving with the lowlifes of the town for a long time but had managed to fool everyone at church, and obviously his parents. The Pastor may be inexperienced in years on the job, but he was not foolish. Under the circumstances he could not agree with his father’s assessment or conclusions and was struggling with how to approach him. The advice was appalling! Regardless of the circumstances the marriage should not go ahead as far as he was concerned. Luella was at risk of even more heartbreak.
He picked up the phone and punched in his father’s number to find out if he was at home, and finding he was sped over to reason with him. The old man had put some heavy burdens on his simple faith parishioners and in this case it had been wrong advice. He still had influence over his former church members and needed to reverse his advice.
The old man was livid with his son for challenging his wisdom and forcefully defended his advice. Reg held on to his conviction. Luella would be much better off having no wedding with this untruthful and violent boy. He’d not marry them and even had the conviction the matter should have been reported to the police.
Reverend William Small was beside himself with anger. “Then I’ll marry them myself son. You’re too inexperienced to know what the best course of action in this case it seems. Perhaps I was too hasty in recommending you for this parish!”
Young Pastor Reg headed for Jay’s place to tell him what his decision was and what he’d come to learn from inquiries in town about his son. By this time Jay had learned the truth himself and could barely even talk to Wes. He was ashamed of his son and this attitude was shared by Wes brothers. The only one who Wes could talk with was his mother and even she felt distressed at his treatment of Luella.
In the meantime, Reverend William Small had made a trip to Sam’s ranch and met with Luella and her parents. He was there when Reg Small arrived to communicate his decision. Father and son had a heated argument until Sam appalled signalled for them both to be quiet. He asked Luella to consider and decide on their different points of view. However, the stern old minister prevailed over his son with his argument that a child needed to be bought up by a real father and real mother. He’d perform a quiet wedding to be attended only by immediate family at Luella’s home. Luella coldly informed of her conditions and the old man was firm that Wes would sharpen up once he had family responsibilities. He’d take a special interest to see that happened in that his son had abdicated his responsibility. From that point onward, there was a rift between father and son that could not be bridged. Wes said he understood Luella’s point of view and agreed with her terms.
As the families were consulting together to see how these young people who’d no finances of their own would fare as they commenced marriage Wes paid Sam a visit. He was very penitent and respectful but pointed out living with his folk as was being planned would not be in Luella’s or his best interests. Ronny obviously was in love with his bride to be so that would be an unhealthy arrangement, beside that his other brother and father were antagonistic, and he’d not be able to provide a happy home in that environment.
Then came the innocent suggestion. Why not gift a portion of the ranch to Luella and him? He could ranch to earn his keep and support his own family? Better that they be separated from both families as much as possible, so he could show his hard work capabilities to build a happy family.
Sam had another conference with Jay. Jay advised that under no circumstances should property be handed over to his son. He had no confidence in his honesty and Wes would have to spend a long time to get that back just as Luella had insisted. So, Sam fenced off a portion of his ranch retaining title but allowing them to occupy that area after marriage. Jai and Sam built them a modest home of their own on that land and Jay stocked that area and had Wes plough and crop to get them started. Sam opened a bank account in Luella’s name and Jay reluctantly gave his son money to tide them over until money could flow from the investment.
So, a quiet wedding happened performed by the elder Reverend Small with Wes swearing his undying love for Luella and loudly stating his intent to make this the happiest marriage. He was a changed man and referred to his delight in anticipating a child. Luella cried through the service as she thought of how she’d been cheated out of her dream of a wedding eventually to the man of her dreams attended by all her friends from the church family. She felt she was too young to take up responsibilities of marriage.
To be continued.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Baydreamer says:

    I feared the wedding would occur, but I don’t think Wes will change. Rehabilitation isn’t always possible. It depends on the person and the crime. 🙂 Poor Luella, but let’s see where you take us with this tale.

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    1. Yes you are right. The wedding should not have taken place, Wes should have been reported and sometimes so called wise men give bad counsel.

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      1. Baydreamer says:

        I agree that some wise men give bad counsel. 🙂

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  2. I know we knew they were wed, at the beginning of your story, but I still held hope that common sense would win before the ceremony. I can’t wait to see where you are taking this, Ian. What a read. Hugs Xx

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    1. Isn’t it sad that this story is repeated over and over in real life Jane. To add to the trauma is the fact that lies are told and people believe them preventing justice from happening and bad advice given to try and remedy the situation.

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      1. It’s all about saving face and my goodness, that’s messy and not authentic. Innocent people get hurt. I have a phrase I have been using a fair bit recently ‘Let’s keep it real. It can still be gracious and kind, but let’s keep it real.’ Hugs for you. X

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  3. Mags says:

    Oh, my!! Here I was all into this great read when all of a sudden…here comes “to be continued”. You are expert sweet Ian at leaving us hanging. Will be looking for more to come. Love this story. Hugs

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    1. Ah yes, I do choose the most inconvenient places to pause the series don’t I? 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying the story.

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      1. Mags says:

        That you do my friend, that you do. My list of “favorite” stories is growing. This one is right up at the top.

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  4. barbara shelley says:

    how cruel to’ cut me off at the pass’ Ian. You know how to keep a person hanging out for more. Well done! but I too fear that Wes has too much power. I wanted to jump into the story and stop the wedding!

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    1. Yes I was wanting to stop the wedding too Barb, unfortunately I read too much real news that says it happens with all the personalities described having a part of the horrible result. I grew up with a person who had the morals and manipulative talent that Wes has in this story. I detested him.

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  5. Eric Alagan says:

    I don’t like this at all. I fear Wes is taking everyone for a ride.

    Is he a Saul who will become Paul? Miracles are possible.

    Let’s hope so.
    – Eric

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    1. I very much disliked Wes as a character as I was putting the story together. I guess I’ve read too many real life news items and discovered there are people like this in the world. Occasionally they do break out of their evil ways as you’ve pointed out. But in the majority of cases the evil remains as a chosen lifestyle. They seem to know how to work the legal system too as well as manipulating others.

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