Pearl stopped and stared at Edward. She was so angry that she could explode.
"I don't need your stinking money!" she spat that out word by word through her teeth, and walked out without turning back.
The journey home for the father and daughter was filled with silence except for the sighs of the father and his mumbling "my daughter, pregnant...it'll be all over town."
When they arrived home, Pearl went straight to bed without speaking a word. Her tears soaked her pillow but she did not let herself make any sound. She did not want to cry as if not crying would deprive Edward of his satisfaction. She lay in bed awake most of the night.
"Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!" she thought to herself. "How could you be so stupid. He's from a rich family. Why would he love you? You're just a poor, ignorant, and worthless village girl. He just wanted to use your body - use it like a mop, like a rag. Use it and then throw it away."
Hatred filled her heart.
When morning came, Pearl was the first one to get up. She was ready to carry out her decision. "I won't be a disgrace to my family," she told herself, and quietly left the house before her parents were up. Through friends she had heard about this place where things could be taken care of quietly. It was in a town nearby. She was glad that it was a little distance away.
As she sat at the bus-stop waiting for the bus, she thought about the whole thing again and how Edward had used her. Anger rose inside.
"Hi, Pearl!" It was a young man's cheerful voice.
"What?" Pearl barked.
Startled, the man looked at Pearl. After a moment, he asked, "Are you okay?"
下期续 to be continued.
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