Before The Harvest

"Before the Harvest " I know you will enjoy this story of three generations of farmers During the outbreak of WW2. Janice Villeverde and her friend Miriam Nixon are sent to Wildacre Farm in the New York Estate. it is there that they are put to work along with many others to help the war effort. it is there that they meet up with young Thomas Hogg who introduces the girls to his friend George Barrett. After a brief courtship Janice finds herself in trouble and George Barrett sends her away when she tells him. Forced to bring up a child on her own Janice swears revenge on the man who wronged her. Before the Harvest gives you an insight of how a farm worked during the war years; a story of love hate and revenge.

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“He forced himself on me when I clearly asked him to stop. I was a virgin and he defiled me.’

“Three months later I discovered I was pregnant.’

The audience were shocked and the judge banged a gavel down and called for order.

“Objection M’lord there is no evidence that this child is indeed my clients.’

“Alright then Mr Barrett, said Mr Cherry, I have another two women waiting outside to give evidence against you. “They claim you raped them too. You also got them pregnant; do you deny that also?’

“May I have a moment with my client your honour?’

“Yes,’ but make this quick.’

“Mr Hughes leaned over to Mr Barrets ear and said drop this case now or you will be in trouble.’

Mr Hughes approached the bench and asked that the case be dismissed.

There was a nod of the head from the judge.

“Order, order called the judge as the crowd got even rowdier.’

 “Given that you have no case to answer Miss Villeverde you can keep your son. “ There will be no visitation rights Mr Barrett; you treat women as though they were cattle upon your farm. “You have used women and abused them.’

 “I hereby order your arrest where you will stand trial to answer three counts of rape.’

“I must warn you that rape is a serious offence and carries a penalty of five years.

This if proven will give you time to reflect upon the crimes you have committed.

Two burly looking police officers took hold of Barrett and led him to the cells.

 

Outside of the court Gerry Leteve came to pick her up.

“Are you alright Jan he asked?

“Yes,’ I am now Gerry come on let’s get out of here.’

Gerry drove back to the farm where they were all waiting for her. Jackie came running out towards them and hugged his mother.

Cora came out and asked them all to come inside for dinner.

“William please open a couple of bottles of that elder flower wine; I think we could all use a drink.’

They all sat around the table eating and chatting and Janice had never been so happy in a long time.

Gerry asked if he could drive Janice home and she agreed.

Driving back Gerry asked what she did of a weekend and would she mind if he could come and pick her and Jackie up and take them for a picnic in the countryside.

That would be nice Gerry thank you.’

“Then you will?’

“Yes, Gerry I will.’

 

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