Forbidden Fruit: The Worthington Emerald

Updated on October 30, 2019
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Ms. Williamson has been captivating the hearts of readers for decades. Her heroes are strong and daring while the antagonists, diabolical!

Author's Note

I was inspired to write this particular series by my daughter Aimee Renee Jones. We were just talking one day on the phone and she happened to mention about us writing such a story. We bounced ideas back and forth and later forgot about it. I decided to look over our notes and as a result … went that extra mile to create another masterpiece. Thanks to my beautiful daughter!

A History Shrouded In Misfortunes ...

The Worthington Emerald—beautiful but deadly. This heart-shaped emerald is decorated with white diamonds and nestled in a band of pure titanium making it indestructible. The ring has been handed down from generation to generation since its conception in the late-1600s when commissioned by Hugo Manchester.

Legend has it that Everett Worthington coveted the ring so much—that he tried to bargain for it. When Hugo refused—Everett hired professional thieves to steal the jewel and to kill the entire Manchester Family. However, one small child did escape—hidden away by his nanny.

Everett, overjoyed to finally possess the magnificent ring, then gives it to his wife Lucy. Wearing it on a trip to Dover, Lucy dies when she strikes her head on a rock in a mysteriously tragic accident. No one knows what actually happened other than Lucy is clutching the ring when found.

Grieved beyond words, Everett still bestows the ring to his son Charles Worthington I, who later gives it to his wife Geneva. Geneva dies in childbirth, also clutching the ring in her hand. After that, it is pronounced by the servants to be cursed.

“No good can ever come to the bearer of the Manchester Emerald.” States Maggie Obrien.

“Are you daff girl, it’s the Worthington Emerald.” Another servant Charlotte Cunningham corrects.

“I’m perfectly sane—that ring was wrongfully taken from the Manchesters and their spirits won’t rest until its returned.” Maggie warns.

“Fiddlesticks—get on with your work now girl.” Charlotte admonishes.

Even aware of these tragic circumstances, Charles I still refuses to believe that something so beautiful could be cursed. When the time comes, he bequeaths it to his only son, Charles Worthington II (Chester.) Then Chester presents it to his wife Abigail in the early 1800s.

History almost repeated itself. However, instead of Abigail dying, she suffers a massive stroke, depriving her the use of her legs. Confined to a wheelchair, she cautions her husband against giving the ring to their oldest son.

“Chester, I implore you not to give that ring to our eldest son. It can only bring misfortune—even death to his fiancée Daphne!”

“Perhaps you are right—I will speak to my father.”

After a lot of consideration, Charles I reluctantly relays to his son Chester the previous mishaps in regards to the Worthington Emerald. Telling him how his grandmother died—he also advises his son not to give it to his future male heirs.

Chester, believing the curse, refuses to give it to his son Charles (Corky) III explaining the circumstances surrounding the Worthington Emerald. Corky, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, dismisses the legend as utter nonsense— marking it down as pure coincidence and superstition. An argument erupts.

“Father, you just don’t understand. You want me to be like you! I have plans, ambitions of my own.” Corky argues.

“Don’t be a fool, son. Forget about that cursed emerald!” Chester barks.

“It’s you that’s the fool if you think I’m giving up the most important possession of the Worthington family over a stupid superstition.” Corky hurdles at his father.

“You will never respond to me in that manner again. Do you hear me? Now get ready for the party and not another word!” Chester demands. Corky hurries from the room, slamming the double doors shut behind him.

“Ill show him!” Corky whispers to himself.

During the family’s annual cotillion, Abigail takes the ring off, putting it on the mantle for just a brief moment. Corky—seizing the opportunity, steals it. Abigail orders an extensive search. After every part of the castle has been thoroughly covered, it is concluded that the emerald will never be found.

“Good ridden, that’s what I say. Wherever that cursed ring is—may it never give the owner one bit of luck.” Pronounces a descendent of Maggie Obrien.

Corky always felt he would make it big in American. The Grand Worthington Hotel ... an architectural wonder!
Corky always felt he would make it big in American. The Grand Worthington Hotel ... an architectural wonder!

An American Tragedy ...

It takes a lot of convincing, but Chester finally consents to Corky’s request of leaving the English countryside to pursue his dream of being the owner of a grand hotel and theatre. Corky has always fantasized about having a combination of the two so that guests would not only benefit from being entertained but have a wonderful place to stay as well.

“Father, haven’t you ever had a dream that you felt strongly about?” Corky questions.

“Yes but you are needed here at the estate.” Chester counters.

“I’m not like you father—I want to make it in America. I have always envisioned myself owning a fashionable hotel and putting on grand theatrical productions.” Corky whines.

“But what about Worthington Manor. You are the eldest son and rightful inheritor.” Chester reminds him.

“But father, Matthew is here and he’s the perfect English gentlemen. Besides—he’s so much like you!” Corky speaks of his younger sibling—born six months before his mother’s crippling stroke.

“Very well son, you may go but if it doesn’t work out, please return home.” Chester pleads.

“But it will work out, you will see!” Corky insists.

So, with the money he gets from his father and additional promises of backing from some New York investors, Corky establishes The Grand Worthington Hotel and Theatre. He also possesses a beautiful home built for himself and his bride Daphne.

As time passes, it is proven that Corky is not as investment savvy as he thinks. Not only does he lose almost all his money but his beautiful home as well.

After writing to both his parents—his mother persuades Chester to aid their son. Corky’s father won’t save the house, but he buys both the Hotel and Theater and give them back to Corky. However, Chester keeps the deed in his own name. Only after the death of both parents will ownership revert back to Corky. And, if Corky has no offspring—the descents of Matthew inherit with the stipulation that neither the Grand Hotel nor Theatre can ever be sold.

“On your mother’s insistence I will give you the money, Corky. However, I will not relinquish the deeds to you. I will keep both the deeds to the hotel and theatre in my name. The house—you must forfeit.” Chester explains.

“Where will I live?” Corky asks.

“In that Grand Worthington Hotel, that’s where.” Chester states.

To Be Continued ...

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