Jeremy was ripped without warning miles and miles away to where James was galloping through rough terrain while still leading the horse with Marion slung over it. She was busy regaining consciousness but could not move. At some point James had tied her hands and feet, then her body to the saddle and she hung limply head down with the animal bumping her up and down.
Coming to her full senses and comprehending what was happening she started screaming at the top of her voice.
James brought the horses to a halt when they reached the Letaba river. There was no bridge, only an animal footpath going steeply down the bank to the water’s edge.
In the moonlight Jeremy found himself standing among the trees on the top of the bank from where he could see and hear everything.
James alighted and walked around the horses, lifted the woman off and laid her down on the ground, not realizing he had but a minor headstart to Peter, the friend now turned enemy.
“Keep your mouth shut, will you!” he yelled. “If you carry on like this you’ll leave me no option but to keep you tied up and stick a gag in your mouth!”
“Why are you doing this, James?” she whimpered while he untied her. There was dried blood on the side of her face where he had hit her. “This is madness! Surely you know Peter will come after us..!”
“He won’t find us. You tell me why I am abducting you!” He was losing his cool all over again. “Everything was fine while you could still crawl into bed with him after our meetings, but now, NOW when it comes to choosing to leave with me, suddenly now nothing is good anymore! Lady, let me tell you something…” He was so angry he could have struck her again. “No woman must play with a man like you did! You were looking for this!”
“No! Please, James! Surely you are mature enough to know…”
“Be quiet!” he shouted as he mounted his beast. “Get onto the darn horse and let’s get going!”
She obeyed fearfully. “Where are we going?” Her voice was quivering.
“I have my plans. Come on! And don’t you dare try to escape – I’ll kill you!”
The shallow water was splashing as they rode the horses into the river, Marion meekly at his heels.
Far off, faintly, Jeremy could hear the beating of hooves coming closer and closer.
“More intervention from me to hold them back?” he pondered. “No, that will be too drastic. The captain is close enough to save his wife.”
To be continued.