July 11, 2014 by Chris French
Welcome to Part 2 of No More by Kelly French. To read Part 1 click here.
“Out Carmi!” a deep voice boomed.. Someone threw a covering from the bed in my direction. A voice full of hate said, “Cover your nakedness you adulterous whore!”. Carmi was standing now, already half in his tunic, his eyes were bewildered and wild. The voice boomed again. “Did I not say leave? This no longer concerns you Carmi” I searched and found the source of the voice. I should have recognized it immediately. Haran, Carmi’s father commanded two of the men to grab me and shove me towards the door. “Ariela!”, Carmi cried, but he did not move. “Go home to Leah”, another voice reprimanded. But I was already out the door and I could not tell his answer. We were headed away from the houses before I noticed my still bare feet finding rocks in the sandy street. The group of men following Haran had grown. He stopped for a moment and picked something up from the side of the road, a rock, no smaller than two of my fists put together. The other men followed suite as we walked and I thought, Oh God! They mean to stone me! Panic rose in my throat and I froze, but rough hands grabbed my shoulders and forced me forward. We seemed to be heading towards a group of people already waiting in front of the Temple. We stopped finally and the men stepped back creating a ring around me. Now I felt even more exposed. I was cold, despite even the sun that had seemingly only appeared to gawk at me a dishonorable woman. I clutched my cover tighter and fell to the ground, suddenly having no control of my legs. Maybe it wouldn’t take them so long to kill me if they didn’t waste stones breaking my limbs first I thought. It was a bad decision. When I looked up, the group of men which had grown larger now, seemed to loom like giant menacing clouds. Ahinoam, the youngest in the group, stood in front. His rock was clenched so tightly his knuckles were white. His wicked grin and roving eyes made me feel completely naked again and I wrapped my arms around myself, trying to be small. Where was Carmi?! Surely he hadn’t abandoned me to this fate alone!