The Gypsy Oracle

Margaret Kruger
4 min readFeb 2, 2021

A Novel In Installments

Chapter 9

Chati and her daughter stared at the man menacing them at the end of the houseboat. “What do you mean my bride price tripled? We have already paid you twice the going rate and I am unable to reach my husband right now,” Chati was trembling as the man leered at her daughter.

“Leave us alone.”

“You have produced a beautiful child, Chati. She is worth far more than you will ever be worth. We want to be paid her value, as you were with child when Gabriel purchased you and we were cheated the price she would bring,” the slight man slouched against the aft rail.

“This is a family business, Chati. The daughter of our boss lady works alongside us here in Bangkok and when she learned you had a child that descended from the witch her mother uses in Florida she knew the child was a gold mine. Imagine if she has the ability to see the future like her grandmother?”

Chati was shaking as she shrieked at the man from inside the house boat, “We have paid you $25,000 US Dollars. It is a ridiculous amount and you know it. Leave us alone,” Chati’s daughter Kulap peered around Chati’s legs at the man picking his teeth with his long fingernail.

“Look at her Chati. You can produce another easily. This one belongs to us or pay us $60,000 US Dollars…



Margaret Kruger

Adventurer, Pilot, Diver, World Traveler. Lives in Sarasota, Florida and writes about her experiences rummaging around the globe.