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Now, for my final post on Charity's Cross! Check out this awesome trailer and enjoy a brief interview with the heroine!
Interview with the infamous murderer, Charity Westcott, Lady Villemont
By Franklin Morris of the Caribbean Chronicle
“Thank you for meeting with me today, Lady Villemont.” Mr. Morris takes a seat in the tiny cabin on board the Vintage.
Charity lifts her hands and jangles the irons binding her wrists together. “I don’t believe I had a choice, Sir.”
Franklin shifts uncomfortably in his chair and pulls out a pen, ink, and parchment. “Yes…well…Let me start with a simple question. You are…were married to Herbert Gregson, Lord Villemont?”
“I was, yes.”
“And his lordship was found shot to death in the parlor of his house nearly three months ago.”
Charity lowers her gaze and swallows a lump of emotion. “Is that a question or a statement?”
“A statement, I suppose.”
“’Tis why I am here as well you know, Sir.”
“Indeed.” He nods and jots down something on his paper. “Then do enlighten us, Lady Villemont. Why did you kill your husband?”
Charity gazes out the porthole of the tiny cabin. “Whether I killed him or not is for the court to decide. But his death was an accident, if you must know.”
Mr. Morris snorts. “I suppose a pistol simply appeared in your hand?”
She faces him, annoyed at his impertinence. “In truth, I grabbed it to protect myself.”
“From what, pray tell?”
“From my husband, Sir.”
Mr. Morris’s eyes light up as he dips his pen in ink and scribbles across his parchment. “Are you saying that Lord Villemont, the pillar of Portsmouth society, intended to harm his own wife?”
She raises her chin. “I am saying exactly that, Sir. He was a different man at home.”
“Hmm.” Mr. Morris gives a disbelieving smile. “Yet, I hear from his brother that you were not only a bad wife but unfaithful as well.”
Charity’s face heats as her breath comes hard and fast. “My husband was also a good liar.”
Mr. Morris studies her. “Yet you left your dead husband on the parlor floor and fled England to embark on some grand adventure in the Caribbean with your lover…what was his name?” He flips through his parchment. ”Ah, yes, Elias Dutton.” He chuckles. “Claims he’s a preacher!”
“He is a preacher and he is not my lover.” She places her hands in her lap, the clank of iron ringing through the room. ”In truth, Elias is the kindest most honorable man I know. He helped me to see that God is not to blame for my misfortune.”
“He did, did he? Was this while you shared a cabin together on more than one ship?” He gives a cynical chuckle.
The ship rolls over a wavelet as Charity narrows her eyes. “’Twas necessary for our survival. And he never touched me.”
Shaking his head, Mr. Morris writes furiously on his paper. “What exactly did you blame God for, Lady Villemont?”
“For my marriage, my husband’s abuse…” She presses a hand on her stomach. “Other misfortunes.”
Mr. Morris frowns. “Since God is supposedly all-powerful and all-knowing, why shouldn’t we blame Him when troubles arise?”
Charity eyes him, sensing a sorrow hovering about him. “Because ofttimes our struggles are merely a result of our own actions. God warned me not to marry Lord Villemont and then once I had, God gave me opportunities to leave. I did nothing.”
“Humph. I never caused the problems which came my way.” Mr. Morris’s tone bore anger.
A spark of excitement rises within Charity at the opportunity before her. “Even if we didn’t bring on our misfortune, there could be a thousand reasons for it. The actions of others, a test, a chastisement, a device through which God changes our course or brings us closer to Him. Or the devil himself.”
He stops writing and gazes up at her, searching her face.
She lays a hand on his arm. “One thing I have learned, Mr. Morris, is that God loves us, and if we allow Him, He will work everything out for our good, even those problems of our own making.”
His lips twist as doubt clouds his eyes. “And yet here you are in chains on a ship bound for trial in England.”
Charity sits back in her chair. “I am willing to face trial. Whatever comes of it, I have learned one thing. I will trust God.”
“Even if you hang?”
“Especially if I hang.”
Mr. Morris lays down his pen and gazes at Charity with a look quite different than the incriminating look of disgust he gave her upon entering the cabin. “I must admit, this interview didn’t go as I expected. You, milady, are not what I expected.”
Charity smiles as Mr. Morris stands and gathers his things. “You have given me much to think about, Lady Villemont. I wish you the best.”
“As I do you, Sir. God speed to you.”
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