You have no right – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

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You have no right – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

Cyrus was walking back from the creek when he saw Ruth climb down from the wagon. By the time he reached the house Bethany and the boys were gone. “Where were you?” he asked.

“I went to see Bethany Jackson.”

“Bethany Jackson!” he repeated angrily. “Why?”

“I hoped she could talk Virgil into—”

“Dammit Ruth! You have no right—”

“I have every right,” she replied wearily. “You can’t make a living on a farm with no water.” She sat on the porch step, dropped her face into her hands and cried. “What kind of a life will it be…”

Cyrus sat next to her, bent forward with his hands hanging down between his boney knees. “You’ve gotta trust me,” he said. “I promised I’d provide for you and the baby and I will. I swear I will.”

She looked up, tears running down both cheeks, and gave a nod.

Cyrus gathered her into his arms. “Please Ruth,” he begged. “Just be patient for a while. I’ll work this out. I’ll find a way. I promise.”

Again she nodded, but said nothing.

For the rest of the afternoon, she sat on the front porch creaking back and forth in the rocker, singing a lullaby as she cradled her stomach in her arms. The baby, a boy she thought, had kicked at her ribs all afternoon, but now he’d become surprisingly still.

Perhaps like her, he’d simply grown weary.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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