This one is like an Appalachian ballad, full of loss and beauty, love and betrayal. Here, Billy has discovered his wife is pregnant by another man.
from Ron Rash's One Foot in Eden:
"What are you going to do, Billy?" she asked.
At that moment I truly did not know. I knew what many another man might do. He'd raise his hand and slap Amy stout enough to lay her flat on the floor. Some would do worse. Then they'd walk out the door and never come back.
"Do you love me?" I finally said, my eyes steady on hers. That was my last question, the one that most mattered.
Amy's blue eyes looked tired, the way they'd been a lot the last couple of months, but she looked pretty, prettier than she'd ever looked, her bosoms and hips fuller, her skin bright and glowing like she'd bathed in a tub of sunshine.
"Yes," she said.
"You swear you'll never be with him again," I said.
"I've done told you that," Amy said.
"Swear it then," I said.
"I swear it," Amy said.