Elevators by Peter Fiskerstrand from flickr

Kathryn skipped down the sidewalk. Her head was filled with the thoughts of her marriage ceremony last week. She had just married the love of her life, Jacob. In fact, she was on her way to see him right now. One of her clients at work had canceled, and Kathryn had found herself with a lot of extra time. She had decided to make a lunch for her and Jacob to enjoy on his lunch break. She arrived at the building and made for the elevator. After she had entered, a man quickly joined her as the doors were closing. “Sorry, sorry,” the man puffed. “I’m going up too.” Kathryn recognized the man. He was one of the people that worked under Jacob. He turned to her and extended a hand. “I’m not sure if you remember me; my name is Caleb. I work for your husband.”

“Yes, I remember you,” Kathryn smiled and shook his hand. She saw his face light up as she said it.

Caleb cleared his throat, and his expression became more serious. “Look, I know this is going to sound strange, especially since we barely know each other. I have to say it, though.” Caleb’s breath had finally caught up with him, and he spoke more smoothly as he continued. “I fell in love with you the first time I saw you. You’re just so beautiful, won’t you leave him for me? I may not have as much money, but I promise I could take just as good care of you as he can.”

Kathryn paled slightly. She had not been prepared for something like this. She had been having such a good day, but this man had just ruined it. She let the anger that had begun boiling in her lead her words as she spat, “Of course not! I swear, pigs would have to sprout wings and fly before I left him for you!”

The elevator dinged, and the doors slid open. Kathryn stomped off, leaving a bewildered Caleb behind. But Caleb had hope; all he had to do was make pigs fly, then she would be his.

Author’s Note:

This week I wrote an excerpt from the Canterbury Tales: The Promise of Dorigen I wanted to convey the creepiness of the squire in the story. He is just the worst and I don’t think the story treats him like a bad guy in the story even though he clearly is. In the end the story even asks who made the greater sacrifice, the guy that gave up his wife so that she wouldn’t be called a liar, or the man who decided not to take the woman he tricked into marrying him after he saw just how upset she was about having to leave her husband? Hmm, what a tough choice.

Mythology and Folklore UN-Textbook: Canterbury Tales: The Promise of Dorigen (mythfolklore.blogspot.com)

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