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Chapter 3: Granny time travels to slavery
Granny breathed in the warm and humid Louisiana air. It smelled clean and full of life. The air anywhere in the rural United States in 1858 was clean, free of the toxic pollutants that would build up over the course of the next century and a half. She knew some of the major industrial cities, filled with coal-powered machinery, would be different.
But for now, she was just walking the Louisiana road, and her sense of purpose made her walk tall and look straight ahead. The road itself was dirt of course, a bit moist, but not muddy today. It wasn’t hurricane season just yet. Granny’s boot-clad feet made soft indents into the rich soil. Tall, thick, and willowy trees grew up from the rich soil on either side of the road, forming a curtain around the elderly black woman’s path. Birds chirped and cawed from all-around. Bullfrogs and crickets started up their chorus as late afternoon began to turn to early evening. It wasn’t much farther, Granny knew, she would be to her destination before dark.
The trees thinned and then faded away as she reached the large clearing of property that formed the plantation where Granny’s slave family worked for the profit of their white owners. Granny could see the lights from the windows of the great and luxurious plantation house, with its white columns. Rice, cotton, and tobacco fields stretched far around the area. Granny looked around cautiously: she needed desperately to avoid detection by any overseers, guards, or even just wandering normal white folk. Southern American society at this time embraced racial slavery as the absolute law of the land, almost like a religion. Even if most white Southerners didn’t own slaves, they sure as hell didn’t want blacks living free, upsetting the “natural” order of things. But it seemed quiet on the plantation tonight. No sound but the crickets, and the bullfrogs back behind her.
The tall wet grass, and the slave cabins that Granny approached from the dirt plantation path, looked grayish-blue through the advancing twilight. Granny’s mobile phone had a flashlight app, but she wanted to avoid using such modern technology as much as possible, even if she thought no one would be around to see it. You could never be too careful with time travel. Well, Granny was messing with the time stream, she thought, but it was for a damn good reason! Slavery, and the Civil War fought over it, had had horrible consequences for all Americans. It had been particularly cruel to Granny’s family. And besides, she wouldn’t have to worry too much about messing up the past, because she would be good at blending in anyway. She’d studied from the encyclopedia on her phone how to dress like a slave from this era, and how to talk like one. Besides, she was from the Deep South herself, and African-American dialects from that region had in many ways not changed too much!
THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS COMING!
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