I didn'tsee my Mistress until near lunch time when she sent for me. I had done all that she had asking had even laid a few of her pretty dress for her to wear this evening for dinner.
I follow the slave boy Jeremiah out to the rose garden where the Master and Mistress of the plantation like to receive guest on nice sunny days. As I walk toward it you could smell the scent of roses floating on the summer breeze brought inland by the water from the river.
When I arrived there already a right many people there being entertained by the Master and Mistress from the local plantation and countries house near by.
I walked over to my Mistress with my eyes casted down and stood next to her chair with my hand crossed in front of me waiting her to see me. She said not a word by handed me her fan which I opened and start to fan her with as I saw many of the other slaves were doing. She glanced at me and I saw a smile in her eyes that was on there for a moment. That was her only time she let me know she knew I was there, the rest of the time I disappeared into the back ground. They all sat there talking and laugh among themselves about things that I had no understanding of. At some point the ladies took leave of the gentlemen and came inside to go to their rooms either to refresh themselves or take care of nature callings. I follow behind my Mistress,occasionally stopping when she to adjust her dress. She went up to her room after tell the ladies that she would be with the again in time for dinner. I went a head to open the door and once she was in the room, Mistress shut the door with one hand and grabbed me with the other. She pulled me to her into her body and kissed me. She wrapped her arms around me as we both sunk to the floor. Then there was this loud banging on the door and we came apart with a start. I looked at my Mistress who was now getting off the floor and straightening her dress. She nodded to me to get the door, which I did and opened it to find the Master of Rose Plantation standing there.
"Well my dear don't you look lovely today," Master Roberts said as he leaned against the door frame neither in nor out of the room. I move myself way from the door and white folks conversation and set out to get Mistress bath together, but all the while keeping a ear that direction for sound of her distress.
"Well,Robert like I said this morning welcome and how long will you be staying this time". Mistress asked going all cold and distant to him.
Master Robert was a tall man of what exact height I cannot say but he was much taller then Mistress Annabelle who was taller then me. He was a good looking man in a way but some of his facial features were on the womanly side. No that not right, they just didn't look right in the face of a man. He had an red overly full bottom lip, a very sharp pointy nose and kept a blush on his face that in time I would learn that all of is unnatural coloring was maintain by make up. He had thick blond hair that he let have it way all over his head and he dress when compared to other gentlemen that I saw with fairly well. All in all he was ok looking for a white man but that is where it all stopped and the rest slide down into cruelness.
"I don't know dearest Anne why don't you tell me how long I can stay at my home!" Master Robert shouted at my Mistress loud enough for her to hear but not their guest. He startled me and I dropped Mistress brush on the floor .I quickly picked up and in doing so, Master Roberts noticed me
Well what do we have here he said as he look toward my direction. I quickly went back to acting like I was arrange Mistress things.
"Come here child",he said sweetly
I turned to face him and looking pleading at my Mistress for understanding Master Roberts would be up to this time the only white man that I have ever dealt with.
She nodded at me and smiled at me with her eyes,letting me know that it was ok.
I walked over to Master Roberts who just looked down at me for a moment. Then reached down and pulled me to him and into so he frighten me so bad that I screamed. As a child I had no understanding of things and most certainly not white folks and not Master Roberts!! I could smell something not nice on his breath, later I would learn that he was a heavy drinker and it was whiskey that I had smelled.
"My aren't you a pretty little thing," he said as he looked into my face and breath if sour breath on me. Then he start to fill my breast not like Mistress but like someone who was not nice. He hurt me and I guess I cried out, I don't know at what point, as I was scared and couldn't think.
Mistress said not a word as he pulled up and down my clothes to leave me naked with him in the door way of her bed room. All that the Mistress had done with kindness he did with cruelty. Finger my woman place and jabbing a finger into a hole down there and rubbing roughly at the nub there. He then squeezed my breasts and slapped hard at them. The pain !!!
"Enough,!!!Come to me child", Mistress said as she held her hand out to me. I picked up my clothes and ran toward her. Once here I looked up at her face and felt my blood turn cold in my body,I forgot my pain. I turned to looked at the Master and the looked of his face was fear. He stood there for a second looking at Mistress and whatever was said between them, it was done with out words. I looked back at Mistress who now was wiping my tears away, the ones that I was shedding that I didn't know I was.
"Go shut the door child," Mistress said still looking with cold green eyes that direction.
I turned and the Master wasn't there. I dropped by clothes and ran to shut the door . I even locked it. I turned by back to my Mistress who held her arms out to me and I went into them. She held me against her as I cried.
"Cher's he will never touch you again," My Mistress said as she kissed my face and then my lips. As I looked up at her, I knew that she was making more than a promise it was going to be true. She was right he never did touch me or anyone else for that matter. As Master Roberts was found hanging in the barn on a meat hook with his man parts removed and his throat cut five days after he returned home. It seems that he had made some mistakes with others money and they took vengeance against him. That is what was said by the white folks,but us slave knew a different story. Mistress Annabelle gain more respect among her people and now Master Roberts people,since she now own Rose Plantation and all that was on it and carried it name.
At night Mistress had taken to walking around the plantation in her white night gown with her red hair flowing loose behind her. Peoples were a afraid to run into her as they say she was about casting spell on the dead to keep them in their graves and the living to keep them doing her bidding. Yes they now say that my beautiful Mistress and the Mistress of Rose Plantation is a witch.