'Til Devil Do Us Part
by Jamie Gilman Kress
Read by Alethea Kontis
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Margery twisted the plain gold band around her finger, felt the catch of it against the
callus formed from almost three decades of wear. After years he'd abandoned her for some
elusive freedom lost in his youth. And he wanted to take everything they had with him. It wasn't
enough to leave her broken-hearted. Carl wanted her broke as well.
"It doesn't have to be this hard." The voice came from just behind her left shoulder, the
auditory equivalent of gulping olive oil. Everyone else pacing the courthouse lobby made noise,
but Simon just appeared in a cloud of ashy cologne and unctuous words. Margery wasn't even
sure anyone else saw him.
She didn't turn. Long years of teaching had taught her to keep a steady voice despite fear,
but looking at him would reveal her shaking hands. "I'm not signing that ridiculous postnuptial
"Yes, you've made that quite clear." He placed a hand on her shoulder, the heat of it
radiating like sunburn. "So, we've found an alternative solution."
"Ah." She stepped away from his touch. "Is there where you finally threaten to kill me?"
"Kill?" Simon's voice took on an indignant tone like sauce glugging from a bottle. "What
kind of uncivilized monster do you think I am?"