In Product of Love Part 5: Dereck’s Decision, Dereck learns an ugly truth about his uncle’s business. If you have missed any of the earlier installments of this story, you can find them here. 1. https://www.victoriamayburybooks.ca/2020/02/15/the-product-of-love-gills-backstory/ 2. https://www.victoriamayburybooks.ca/2020/02/23/product-of-love-part-2-adrianna-and-dereck/ 3. https://www.victoriamayburybooks.ca/2020/03/01/product-of-love-part-3-the-marketplace/ 4. https://www.victoriamayburybooks.ca/2020/03/22/product-of-love-part-4-the-choice-set-before-her/
Product of Love Part 5: Dereck’s Decision
“Well, that is the last of the produce I brought you, Uncle.” Dereck gestured at the three full baskets sitting in the shade. “Do you want me to have John bring more over for tomorrow?”
“No, the taxes would be too much for a simple stock run, I’ll just shut the stall down once we run out of this.”
“But Uncle, what about your shop? If you close, someone else will take this spot and you won’t be able to get this space back.” Dereck looked worriedly at his lone relative.
The old man sat down, groaning softly, “Dereck, you have always been like a son to me and you have a good head on your shoulders. You know that the taxes alone in this city cost about a third of all I make and once you add in the housing costs, stall fees and food. . . .” His uncle trailed off and just sat in silence for a few moments.
He then continued in a hushed, pained voice. “If I shut down the stall now, I can still keep the money I have saved up and leave this place without debt. You know, I could man a small stall by your farms to earn my keep, I wouldn’t have my great-nephew stooping to my every whim.” The old man smiled at the young man in front of him. “And I won’t take no for an answer.”
“You never have before.” Dereck sat beside the old man, the weight of his uncle’s words settling on his shoulders. “What do you want me to do first? Get your papers in order or let John know of the change in plans?”
“I’ll pray to the Creator about it, but first,” the man’s old eyes twinkled, “don’t you have somewhere to be?”
Dereck looked at the clock that hung from the northern side of the market and shook his head. “There are more important things to attend to than talking to that mage.”
His uncle waved him off. “Go to her, you haven’t done anything strictly for yourself since your mother passed. It warms me to see you happy again. Now, get out of here before I throw you out!”
Without hesitation, Dereck broke off running through the market to the arbor. His heart felt light at the prospect of seeing her again but also heavy with worry for his uncle.
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