“Why do you torture yourself, Paul.” Michael puts his hand on Paul’s arm.
That’s it. He can’t stand it. He wants Michael to take Miriam as his wife for recompense for what he did to Michael’s wife on the way to Pair-a-Dice. If he stays here that will never happen. He has to go to the mountain and pan for gold and forget all about Miriam. He will sell his land and go.
“Go ahead. Run away to your mountains and your gold panning.” Miriam stormed off.
How could he explain that this was for her own good. Michael will soon forget Angel and then turn to Miriam and they will be happy together.
“Paul, Mama! Not Michael.” Miriam said with alarm. Didn’t she know?
Everyone, even Angel, had thought Miriam was in love with Michael, not Paul. If Paul loved Miriam too, then why was this happening? Why would he leave?
“I think he might be going for the same reasons Amanda left Michael. They think I love Michael”
Miriam remembered how bold and strong Angel was so she followed her heart and went to Paul’s home and refused to leave. She was going to move in with him. She will lay at his feet like Ruth of the Bible to Boaz. He will come to know her intentions soon. ***
Angel is repulsed when she hears a young girl cry from the next room. Duke’s newest little Angel. Duke decides Angel will be the Madam of the house but not until she is taught a lesson by offering her up to the world on a stage in front of the whole bar room full of men hungry for pleasure.
Oh, God if you are there, kill me! Any way you want to do it. Only do it. Help me!
As terror rose in her throat, standing on that stage, Duke introducing her to those awful men she hear a voice:
Sarah, Beloved. Be Still, for I am here.
What do you want from me, Oh, God, tell me.
As she stood froze on that stage God told her to Sing. Sing, beloved.
She heard Michael’s voice now from the past.
“Louder, Tirzah. Sing as though you believe it.” But she was afraid.
Did she believe the words of that song from the well that day her, Michael and Miriam sang them?
All eyes were on her, “Oh, God, make me believe.” Someone began singing for her, picking up the words where she had left off. As suddenly the words forgotten appeared to her. The man helping her sing started towards the stage. Turning towards the men he asked them why weren’t they home with their family. He saw shame on their faces. Many knew him. He was the town banker.
Duke raged and started to slap Angel and the dark man came up behind him and said he would kill Duke if he touched her. Duke left the stage and was never seen again.
“Would you like to leave, miss?” Asked the man.
Jonathan Axle helped Angel, Cherry and the little girl next door out of that place forever and took them home to find new homes and a new life for them. He and his wife and daughter shared the love of Christ with Angel and the girls. Soon Angel was singing that same song in Church, Rock of Ages!
Angel realized that Duke had been afraid of God that night because God was ever present sending Jonathan Axle to rescue her and the two other girls. God was very real now to Angel.