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No Price Too High

She slammed the lid shut and then twisted the lock.

“What you gon’ do now?” he asked her.

“Save it for my grandbaby.” She caressed the lid, but her eyes were hard, her smile grim. “He gon’ ask me one day, what dat freedom cost. He gonna ask, and when he do, I’ll show him.”

 

 

Elizabeth John.

  • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

    Oohh, but what’s under dat lid?

    • http://elizabethmichaudjohn.wordpress.com Elizabeth John

      Oh, but if I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret then, would it? hehehe…

      Actually, I really love this one. It feels both very dark and yet, very profound. When I wrote it, I imagined some old slaves, a run-down shack, and this conversation at a rickety table by the light of a lantern…

  • http://socialmediabar.com/design-a-life-with-ernie Ernie

    Sounds to me the message is that freedom is never free!

    • http://elizabethmichaudjohn.wordpress.com Elizabeth John

      Hello–

      Thank you for stopping by for the quick read! I agree with your comment. I don’t think freedom is ever free and there is frequently a cost. I also think that whatever the cost, people will pay to be free, come what may, price be damned.

      Elizabeth

  • http://socialmediabar.com/design-a-life-with-ernie Ernie

    Sounds to me the message is freedom is never free

  • http://www.vip-kids.com V35NA

    This reminds me of stories after civil wars in our country :(

    • http://elizabethmichaudjohn.wordpress.com Elizabeth John

      Hello–
      Thank you kindly for taking a moment to read and comment. I agree…I wanted to capture that sense of history in this little piece, I wanted it to feel like an “old” story being told…

  • Antonio Angelo

    This is a great story it really gets the imagination going. There are so many things it could be, a token of a long struggle, a possession that belonged to the former slave holder. the remnants of something completely used up. Great entry.

    • http://elizabethmichaudjohn.wordpress.com Elizabeth John

      Hello–
      Thank you for stopping by to read and review, your comments are really appreciated. I also agree with what you’ve said. I, too, am curious about what’s under the lid…’course, I have my own ideas, and they’re all dark and disturbing…hehehe…

  • http://danijcaile.blogspot.hu/ Dani J

    Fantastic! Luv it, dat story!