Something special from The Caged. This is one of my most favorite scenes.
The restrained man broke the silence. “Nonna, I had thought you were dead at the hands of that bastard Franks.”
Anger rose in her suddenly and in her mind she yelled, “Liar!” But she couldn’t make the L sound anymore. It came out instead, “I er!” Her frustration with her inability to speak properly spurred her anger even more. She hissed at him, “Ou ef may oo rop am ie, ou bafarb.”
Polonius’ expression was one of no understanding. Nonna heard Adrian behind her. “Let me translate for you Mr. Polonius. She said, ‘You left me to rot and die, you bastard.’” Nonna nodded her agreement.
She continued, “Ou moo I wuf fill a ive”
Adrian translated, “You knew I was still alive.”
“Ou abambom me. Ou brobe my harp.”
The medical sapesyn clarified, “You abandoned me. You broke my heart.”
Nonna thrust her thumb to her chest and said, “I am mop bamamim oobs”
Adrian's hand squeezed her shoulder as he translated for her. “I am not damaged goods.”
Polonius shifted his eyes from the little girl before him, but she simply moved to where he looked.
She spoke again, “I am ohed ap ou are a ree ei bap mam. Rue?”
Adrian supplied, “I am told that you are a really bad man. True?”
Polonius’ eyes took on a defiance in them. He asked, “Why have you come to see me?”
Surprise colored Nonna’s face. She answered, “Ba auf, I wuf ou. I air abouf wuf happem poo ou.”
From behind her, “Because, I love you. I care about what happens to you.”
This time, surprise colored Polonius’ face, but it didn’t stay. He looked at her and said, “I don’t love you. You were just another slave to me. A toy to use till I grew tired of you.”
Tears welled up in Nonna’s eyes and she said, “Ou are a I er!” She choked on a sob, and she felt Adrian’s hand on her shoulder.
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