… Parts 16 (Power), 15 (Knowledge), 14 (Words), 13 (Interruptions), 12 (Gifts), 11 (Punishment), 10 (Warmth), 9 (Found), 8 (Lost), 7 (Rock), 6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays…
Just as I cleared my throat of that last word, Mrs. H. tilted her head, as if waiting to speak. She’d not had a moment since entering the room to make known the reason for her presence. We had just dined, and she normally busied herself downstairs at this time. She wore an expression of worry upon her face that augured nothing good.
“That is an excellent reading, Willow, in so short a time of study.”
Her words were kind, but her voice was uncertain. She looked at Anna with expectancy.
Anna merely smiled, and nodded again toward Tilly. The child inched closer to me, looked up with a wicked grin, and proclaimed:
“I am to be your Body Servant, Miss Willow.”
Mrs. H. finally understood.
“It is the best, indeed the only, way for us to proceed, Mrs. H.” Anna lifted her head, her eyes level with those of the doctor’s wife.
My mouth must surely have fallen open, for never had I seen a Negro, slave or free, openly contradict a white person! As the two women looked sternly at one another, the doctor strode into the room.
“I fear Anna is correct. It must be so, for they must leave us. Tonight.”
This is the continuation scene in my historical fiction series Ann&Anna. I hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.
I look forward to your thoughts.
1.) Share your thoughts on how this story may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking. It is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.
2.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.