Posted: December 19, 2014 in Friday Fictioneers
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PHOTO PROMPT - Copyright = Douglas M. MacIlroy

I’s all dried up inside.

Massa took Baby Tom right out the shack this mornin’
and sold him. Funny thing is, half that child came from Massa.
Momma warned me – a woman can’t spect much truth from a man who owns her.
But Massa promised he’d let me keep Baby Tom. Promised!
Can’t imagine why I b’lieved him.
That fat ol’ liar sold Baby Samuel and I knows he killed Baby Lily –
just ’cause she was a girl child.
Don’t matter how much white-man’s blood runs through Massa’s dark children,
he don’t like lookin’ at ’em.

I’s all dried up.

This story has been rattling around in my head since Rochelle posted this crazy picture (thanks, Doug).  Perhaps posting two stories is cheating.  But I HAD to do it!

  1. wildbilbo says:

    Great stuff. A tragic situation That undoubted happened numerous times, told with empathy & respect to the subject matter.


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    • Thanks for reading “Liar”. After I posted my first story this one kept popping up while I was driving, or wrapping Christmas gifts, or making dinner. It wanted to get out. Thanks for giving it a look. Alicia

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  2. Amy Reese says:

    What a tragic story, Alicia. Really believable and well told, especially the “dried up.” Oh, that struck a cord with me.

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  3. Sandra says:

    Well done. I liked the perspective on this one.


  4. What a chilling story.. the concept of slavery makes me cold inside.. and the voice of this one is perfect.


  5. just ’cause she was a girl child,,,tragic!

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  6. Dear Alicia,

    You’re allowed two stories when they’re good. This one is. It made me feel sad and angry at once. Loved the POV.




  7. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Alicia, Wow, this is so powerful! I’m glad you wrote this 2nd story. I grew up in the South and am so ashamed of people who owned slaves. It was a horrible chapter in our country’s history – so depressing! I hope you have a wonderful. Excellent story! Nan 🙂


  8. For a moment, I was stumped this morning… could’ve sworn I’d read Alicia’s story this week, exotic African spider? And then I realized that you’d done another… A brilliant story that totally sweeps me away! This definitely reads like the start of another longer story. Sounds like you have some more writing to do! 😉 Really powerful narration and story telling here. Loved it!


  9. Margaret says:

    A tragic story. The voice and tone are just right, and her sense of hopelessness comes through strongly. Well told.


  10. That prompt certainly prompted you, Alicia. Disturbing story, well told.


  11. Alicia, Actually all slaves were valuable property so not too many owners probably killed the babies just because they were girls. That said, many girl bablies are being aborted before they’re even born because people in some cultures want boys. It’s beginning to affect the marriage market. Some men are having trouble finding wives. Good story with good voice. Well written. — Susan


  12. plaridel says:

    strange story. you’d think it doesn’t happen in real life, but it does.


  13. rgayer55 says:

    When the muse says write, you gotta write. Well written piece, Alicia. I’m glad you posted it.


  14. hafong says:

    What strange creatures we humans are. We can sell parts of ourselves off. Nice writing, Alicia.



  15. I’m glad this story found its way out. You told it very graciously. I agree with those who commented that even a girl would bring a price, but very well done, nonetheless.

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