[Sorry I left you waiting, life has been incredibly busy, work and germs had me totally knocked out! Now, let's see what is happening next...]
The first few weeks of the wedding went by without much adventure, much to the dismay of everybody who had money in this business. There was no honey moon vacation, and the Jaguar the bride had ordered as a surprise wedding gift for her husband stood in the garage, already being covered under a fine coat of yellow summer dust. It soon became clear that no one of them was taking any chances.
"Why doesn't he make a move?" Bill complained at the drug store.
The girl behind the counter put his vitamins in a tiny plastic bag and shook her head. "If anything, it will be the girl who comes out. We should be very, very nice to our new mistress."
No one out on the streets realized how much hard work went into surviving.
Sarah, the bride, had not only bought her husband Phil a Jaguar. She had also replaced the cook and stubbornly refused to go for a ride in the countryside, despite her love for horses and the beautiful weather. And Phil continued to use his trusted station wagon and never ate a thing before Sarah had put the first bite in her mouth. Some evenings the soup would grow cold between them, and they would both smile and go to bed hungry, pretending that everything was all right.
It was weird.
Phil found himself strangely attached to the future late Mrs. Van Hagen. She was clever, and funny, and a great lover. Thinking of her sunkissed body in the moonlight, a wordless invitation to join her on the white linnen sheets, could disrupt his actions any time of day. Soon there was not a single room they had not loved each other in, often with great haste to avoid being detected by the servants. And when Phil realized he would not tire of this any time soon, he knew what he had to do.
They divorced. A lawyer drew a contract stating that they would both be provided for, as would their unborn child - because at that time Sarah was pregnant and glowing with joy - and whoever outlived the other would inherit everything. Phil kept the house and the Jaguar (which Sarah advised him to have checked, thoroughly). Tight rules were laid down concerning their respective future marriages.
The townspeople were fairly disappointed. All the money they had bet sat there for months, before Ava came up with the idea to give it to the library, since no one had won and it did not seem right to just hand everything back. The library got a new roof and several shelves filled with new books, and soon everything was back to normal, and Phil Van Hagen was engaged again.