Marcos Duendes was thirteen years old when he was raped by a trusted neighbor who was about twenty years older than the young teen and had known Duendes’ family all of Marcos’ life and before he was ever born. He had never told anyone about what happened to him until he told his pre-sentence report writer after he had been convicted of shooting Dr. Robert Uglisky, the man who had delivered Duendes’ beautiful baby girl two years before. Duendes told about what had happened to him at thirteen when he was asked for the first time in his life, “Have you ever been sexually molested?” and Duendes told the truth that he had been at age thirteen.
Although Duendes grew to become a tall, viral, and very handsome young man who courted his high school sweetheart and married her as soon as they were both graduated from high school, there was always a dark sadness in his personality that at first attracted and later terrified his young wife, Priscilla. Though she was an innocent virgin when the two wed, Priscilla instinctively knew that something was wrong with her new husband whom she had known all through high school. He was overly modest, even around her, and, especially, about her body.
Though she was a natural beauty like a teenaged Natalie Wood, Duendes was insanely jealous if any other man admired Priscilla to any degree. He would never let her wear a bathing suit around anyone other than family, not that there were too many occasions for that because no one in their two poor families owned a swimming pool, and Duendes would never permit his wife to be seen in public with her limbs bared for every man to stare at, or so he imagined them doing.
When Priscilla soon got pregnant and they had to move back into her parents’ home having just been out on their own for a little over a year with Duendes working in the local hardware store, Duendes joined the Army to try and make a better living for himself, his bride, and their soon to be born baby girl, who they would name Dolores after his mother.
When he had to be stationed away from Priscilla for the last six months of her pregnancy with Dolores, Duendes made his wife promise him that she would only receive her prenatal care from the midwives in Mexico and that no male doctor would ever see her pelvic area. Priscilla chafed at this because she had wanted modern prenatal care in the United States and not some medieval medical care that Duendes wanted her to get in Mexico. But fearing his insane jealousy, Priscilla promised her husband that she would only see the female midwives in Mexico and that no male doctor would ever see or physically examine her “down there.”
But Priscilla lied to her husband. As soon as Duendes was away out of state, she began seeing Dr. Uglisky, a kind and gentle and attentive American obstetrician who listened to her and made her feel beautiful and not used like Marcos did. And when he delivered Dolores and placed her beautiful baby in her arms to suckle her breast, Priscilla fell in love with him. Priscilla figured that what Marcos never knew would never hurt him. She justified her lying to Marcos as doing what was best for Dolores.
What Priscilla never knew was that Marcos had been raped as a teen and never trusted men after that. In addition, he had once seen a movie, “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle,” about a handsome obstetrician who kills himself after being accused of molesting his younger women patients and the vengeance the obstetrician’s widow seeks against his false accusers. Because he’d seen that movie in his teens, Duendes never wanted his young wife to ever expose herself to such a vulnerable danger.
After Duendes found Dolores’ medical records that showed she was delivered by Dr. Robert Uglisky, he confronted Priscilla who tearfully confessed her lie to him. Concluding that the only possible reason that Priscilla would have ever lied to him was because she was afraid that he would also learn that she had been molested by Dr. Uglisky, even though she never said anything like that but had rather only praised Dr. Uglisky’s care for her and expert delivery of Dolores into her waiting arms while her husband was stationed away from home.
“She must be hiding her molestation from me,” Marcos Duendes thought to himself over and over and over again until he resolved to confront the man who had raped his pregnant wife and had destroyed their lives with his sick lust and make him confess at gunpoint what he had done.
Two years after beautiful Dolores had been born, Marcos Duendes knocked on Dr. Uglisky’s front door.
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