Mauzy raised her rotund body, clasped the small of her back and stretched licking salt from her upper lip. She eyed the pile of sheets yet to handle.
Lord, I be praisin' you for this day and the odor of them fresh clean sheets. But Lord, why is it my kind has it so hard?
Are ya listenin', Lord? Land, sometimes I feel like my prayers barely get over the top of my head little lone above the treetops or the clouds. I knows you got a world as big as from here to Africa to stand guard over. It's just fine if you don't feel like talkin'. You always been an awful fine listener.
"Mauzy, Are you about done hanging the wash? Bell's ready to roast down in the kitchen. Big crew to feed today, me and Sarah Beth plus the help and Mr Daily's slaves are here to help harvest our cotton
"Yes Missus Maribelle, I'll be done in the twitchin" of a lambs nose."
Mauzy shuffled her bare feet towards the house when she stepped in something. She raise her chocolate toe to discover something shiny. "A brass button, Hmm, now where did that come from?"
She dropped it in her apron pocket.
Look at my stitches, Mauzy. Just like you showed me. She held her embroidery up for Mauzy .
"Sarah Beth, it's real purty. Just look at your little french knot for his eye. And the wings filled in just so with the red. You are stitcin like a grown up lady."
" I am grown up,Mauzy.'
"Uh huh, twelve years ain't growed up."
She eyed the girls maturing body, and thought on how the neighbor boys looked at Sarah Beth these days. She wished it wasn't true,but Sarah had a striking beauty Inside and out.
Lord help me. I love that little girl like my very own.
Mauzy dried her hands and hung the dishtowel on the rack. Dust on the horizon caught her eye.
"Riders comin' Missus. They're wearing some blue."
"Missus, she eyed the coat of one of the men a blank spot where a button …
They done been spyin' on us Missus that one is missin' a shiny button. I found one in the yard by the window yesterday
Take the girl and hide in the cellar at the old mill. Mauzy heard it plain.
"Yes Lord, I'm going.
Missus! her stomach clinched. The Lord …."
"I heard him too, Mauzy, take Sarah Beth and run!"
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