EXCERPT

Annabelle sat on her porch, watching them as they shuffled past. The weeping willows and bluish brown waters were a soothing backdrop to their passage. Shacks lined the main road, clusters of the little
wooden houses scattered behind it. To the left sprawled William’s hundred acres
of farmland. To the right, for a half mile, his serfdom continued.  


                Sharecroppers, ages twelve to fifty, trundled along the dusty road. Jet black, ginger, caramel brown, tofu, and butter colored. The men wore patched shirts and threadbare trousers. The
women, calico dresses, their hair tied back with colorful scarves or threaded
with string. Fifty years ago, their mamas and daddies had belonged to old
Master, now long since in his grave.


                Today, the law said they belonged to themselves. But young Master William, with his frigid blue eyes and corn silk hair, owned them, like his father before him. Just not in name.


                Year after year they planted cane and cotton. They paid William rent to live in his shacks. They bought supplies in his grocery—shoes, bolts of cloth, tools. So by the end of the year, they
owed their wages to him and had to spend the next paying it off.


                They belonged to young Master still. Even if that proclamation did free the slaves.                                                                                                                


                The sharecroppers greeted her as they passed. “Evening, Miss Annabelle,” Lizzy, an ebony-skinned girl of twelve sang, as she walked alongside her tired
mother.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


                “Evening, Lizzy…Mabel.”


                “Evening, Miss Annabelle.”

Views: 5

Replies to This Discussion

If I may Brother Adminstrator -:):

Stealer of Souls (except):

Annabelle was dark brown and thin to the point of emaciation, with a wide nose and thick lips. Her bony skull peeked through sparse grey hair, pinned into a bun at the nape of her neck. Her brown eyes were rheumy, her face heavily lined. She looked to be a hundred.

In truth, she was much older.
That was quite a view of the evil times most of our ancestors endured. The second stage of serfdom.
This story reminded me of Octavia Butler's classic, "Kindred." But it has the original ingredients only Valjeanne's vision could have provided. It's a great introduction to the milieu of her "Immortal" series. I think Annabelle could have kicked Lestat's behind.
Oh... Valjeanne writes like she been here before. Her style is the mother of all genres... giving birth to what we do.
Thank you so much guys!! Thank you!!! I've said before, but I gotta say it again: I really love being in an anthology with you talented, talented folks (smile).
Man, only Sister Moon can turn you on WHILE your fearing for your life!!
Annabelle is frightning and compelling. The kind of character you want to learn about but would be afraid to have take notice of you!
I love this excerpt. It's full of dark foreboding in the "Immortal Universe"
Thank you Brother Night!! So glad you enjoyed it -:)


Night Manager said:
Man, only Sister Moon can turn you on WHILE your fearing for your life!!
Annabelle is frightning and compelling. The kind of character you want to learn about but would be afraid to have take notice of you!
I love this excerpt. It's full of dark foreboding in the "Immortal Universe"
Annabelle and Lestat -:)! I love this image Brother Charles -- yeah she could take him -:)


Charles R. Saunders said:
This story reminded me of Octavia Butler's classic, "Kindred." But it has the original ingredients only Valjeanne's vision could have provided. It's a great introduction to the milieu of her "Immortal" series. I think Annabelle could have kicked Lestat's behind.
dont think anyone has visualized southern african american life better since zora neal hurston. just reading this gave me the taste for a biscuit with molasis yams and glass of sweet tea. definately must read more.
Why thank you Brother William -:)!! What a wonderful compliment -:)!


william landis said:
dont think anyone has visualized southern african american life better since zora neal hurston. just reading this gave me the taste for a biscuit with molasis yams and glass of sweet tea. definately must read more.

RSS

Badge

Loading…

IMPORTANT ALERTS

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! 

IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE CHANGING YOUR PROFILE  PICTURE, SWITCH TO EITHER CHROME BROWSWER OR FIREFOX. THERE IS A KNOWN ISSUE WITH INTERNET EXPLORER THAT CAUSES TROUBLE CHANGING PICTURES.


PLEASE DO NOT SIGN IN WITH FACEBOOK IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT. YOU WILL CREATE A DUPLICATE THAT WILL NOT HAVE YOUR INFO CONNECTED. THANKS

NO SPAMMING

Please do not greet everyone on the site with large images and/or announcements of your book or business. Yes, you want to tell the world, but learn the fine art of subtlety. We have lost numerous members because of the amount of 'friend' mail they instantly receive. This Hurts Everyone.

Also, DO NOT post the same information multiple times throughout the site. It will be deleted without notice.

 

Spam is unsolicited advertising, whether it is posted as comments on other members' pages or is emailed for marketing purposes.

 

Please be considerate. Post your advertisement in the proper Articles/Forum or Group. There are inexpensive marketing channels that reach every member for just $25 on the Advertising tab. You can post your information on your profile and even update your blog as often as you like.

 

We are not into censorship, so please don't make us ask you to leave. Be kind and unselfish - don't spam.

 

Your Account Will Be Deleted Without Warning For Spam.

 

Blog Posts

Big to Small...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on July 20, 2017 at 9:37am 0 Comments

The cosmos can be considered as a collider for human to access the results of particle physics experiments at ultimate high energies. Credit: Department of Physics, HKUST
Topics: Cosmology, Particle Physics, Standard Model, Theoretical Physics

Our observable universe is the largest object that…
Continue

INFO...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on July 19, 2017 at 8:26am 0 Comments

This image shows the NIST logo made from glowing nanowire LEDs. While the color of the nanowires in the image looks blue, they are actually emitting in the ultraviolet with a wavelength of approximately 380 nm. The other two images, from a scanning electron microscope, show the overall structure of the nanowires.
Topics: Atomic Force Microscopy, LEDs, Nanotechnology, Optical Physics…

Continue

Colloidal Coulomb Transistor...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on July 18, 2017 at 8:00am 1 Comment

Thin films made of metal nanoparticles (grey spheres) are electrically contacted by gold electrodes. The current flowing through the films (in blue) is adjustable by the voltage of a local electrode located below the film. For the characterization, needle-shaped probes are applied to the electrodes, which provide the corresponding voltages and measure the current. Credit: Christian Klinke, University of Hamburg

Topics: Electrical…

Continue

The Priestess: Stones, Conflict and Legacy concludes....

Posted by H. Wolfgang Porter on July 18, 2017 at 1:51am 0 Comments

The Priestess: Stones, Conflict and Legacy concludes as the Princess Meru waits as final preparations to defend Sea City from an impending Tenaree attack. She won't 'wait' long for within the hour, Meru will be introduced to her betrothed, Prince Tinochika of the Island Nation! However, as hour grows short Meru is conflicted as to what her future entails. Against her better judgement, Meru summons the foreign Amoosu, Mjarga the Witch of Aesirfjord to divine her future. With war and marriage imminent, the Princess must know if there is hope for her love of the Valley Knight to bear fruit! It is a dangerous question and having seen the Amoosu's power, Meru may well not like what she sees if Mjarga is willing to help her at all! These questions as with others will be revealed in the conclusion of 'The Priestess: Stones, Conflict and Legacy' Part…

Continue

The Digital Brothers Multimedia

The Digital Brothers
Our goal is to provide cost effective technological solutions for home, small and big business. After over 20 years of service working in this field, we decided to utilize our talents to develop and cultivate our own vision to benefit the community.
2D & 3D Animation
Graphic & Web Design
Photo & Video
Multimedia Development
Online & Print Marketing

Contact Us Today To Assist In Your Business Success
Website: www.TheDigitalBrothers.com
Email: info@thedigitalbrothers.com

SKYCITY TALKRADIO

THE UNDERGROUND BY ROXANNE BLAND

Life as alpha of a werewolf pack is anything but predictable. But even Parker Berenson is surprised by the latest twist: he’s fallen in love with a space alien. Problem is, he suspects Melera, his sexy new flame, might be the serial killer terrorizing Seattle. Or maybe she isn’t. After all, just because she’s an interstellar assassin doesn’t mean she’s guilty.

http://blackrosepress.com/

© 2017   Created by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service