On May 6th, 1844 a baby girl was born to a slave woman named Juna in a slave shack with the doctor,the master Wilson Henry and a couple of other kitchen maids. She gave birth to a tiny baby. A girl. The doctor examined the girl. Wilson gave her an assuring look. Juna smiled. "She's healthy." The baby was wailing. "Let's check her eyes." The doctor used his man fingers to ply the little girls eye lids open. The baby blinked then her eyes shimmered green. The doctor widen his eyes. "She has green eyes." Juna looked at Mr.Henry. His eyes where green as well!
"Doctor please leave," Wilson said as he took the infant.The doctor looked at his eyes.
"Yours is green too. I knew you had-"
Mr.Henry told the kitchen slaves to take him out. He sighed and sat on the bed near Juna a twenty year old woman. He was only twenty-nine and Juna nineteen when they started the secret love affair behind the backs of others. Sneaking into caves,coming to shacks at midnight, and making stupid excuses just to be close to one another. But now the secret was out.The baby was born. A stressed thirty year old Wilson Henry touched the babies hand. It's little fingers clasped around his thumb and gummed on it.
"She so cute," Juna said lovingly to Wilson. He was looking sick. "What's wrong?"
"The doctor knows now." He choked a bit on his words. "You can be hurt. I can be hurt. She can be kil-"
"Shut up about that I want let her get hurt!" Juna practically screamed. "I'm going to name her Emi."
"I like Emile," Wilson said finally smiling.
"Okay Emi is short for Emile," Juna kissed her baby's hair. Emi slept in her mother and fathers arms.
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"Emile no!" Juna yelled at Emi as she ran towards the steps of the chicken coop catching some chicks and hanging them up side down rattling them. Just then it's mama came up and pecked her leg. Emi cried. She threw the chicks down and splat they dyed fast the mother cawed and tried to attack Emi but Juna kicked it sending it high up into the heaven. "Damn beast!" She scooped Emi up and carried her inside.
"Momma that thing bite me on my leg," Emi showed her tiny mark.
"You'll be okay," Juna informed her. Emi tried to take her cap off. "No!"
Emi had to cover her hair because of the incident two years age with the doctor. The caps ruffles shaded her eyes.
Emi pouted and stomped in. Rosie Beth stood in the door way. She pulled Emi's arm. "Shorty come 'ere," Rosie said in a small southern accent. Juna let her daughter run near Rosie. She looked so funny when she ran Juna had to laugh by all the times she trampled over and Rosie sighed and was forced to help her up. Rosie was a bit taller than her at five and Emi (Emile) at two. Emi at a young age could remeber every thing.
Juna stopped watching them and turned she bumped into Master Wilson Henry. he was looking up at them smiling. Juna turned her head slightly to see them disapear into Rosie Beth's little play room. "I want you to come with me," Wilson said whispering so close to her lips.
"Okay," Juna said. They walked to gether away into his office and bed room.
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Rosie Beth jumped up and down on her bed and Emi did too. "Higher Emi! You gotta jump higher!" Rosie Beth demanded. Emi pumped her legs up and then stopped to catch her breathe. She was panting fast. Rosie Beth pat her back. "Are you hurt?"
"No miss," Emi said calming her self.
"Don't call me miss." Rosie looked up. "Call me...hmmm....Rosie of the South." Rosie stood up with her hand on her hips and looked in the sky like an heroin and said her speech. "I. Rosie of the South will make all people have large slave land for all Negroes to work!"
Emi put her head down. Rosie looked at her. "I don't mean you," Rosie Beth said hugging her. "I think your pretty and your more than a nigga to me."
Emi hated those words but the Southern people mostly whites called the slaves nigga,blackie, and so much that hurt her.
"Why I have nick name like that but you don't?"Emi asked.
"I don't know. Hey you can call me Rosie B and I'll call ya Emile Lime!" Rosie said laughing. Emi did too. She looked at her eyes. Emi noticed and dunked her head down. "Why can't i see your eyes or hair?"
"Mama said no."
"Well I say yes!" Rosie reaches for her head but Emi runs to the toy box opening it.
"Oh I have to go get momma!" Emi ran out the room and walked down the hall. She opened Mr.Henry's office door. She walked in more and saw his desk was empty. No one. She opened the door leading to his room. She gasped at the scene. Juna and Mr,Henry where kissingon his bed. Mr.Henrywas gripping Juna's waist and Juna his neck. "Mama whatcha' doin'?" emi said pouncing on them.
Juna screamed. Mr.Henry looked shockingly at Emi who took her cap off. Her curly sweety hair feel down to her back and her green eyes sparkled. Mr.Henry smiled slightly but snapped back. "Emi what are you doing here?" he said in his Master tone. Juna looked cruely at him. "I-I want you to go back."
"But I wanna see mama!" Emi yelled. Juna hit her hand.
"Stop that yelling!" Juna said.
"Don't hurt her Juna," Wilson said.
"You did! If you hurt my child again-" Emi gasped. Juna hit him in the rib reminding him.
"You my daddy!" She pointed and jabbed the air. Juna began to cry. She grabbed Emi and ran out the office as Mr.Henry sat on his bed ashamed. Emi was going to die at two, he thought, all my fault.
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Juna sobbed in the shack and Emi petted her hair slowly. "Momma are you scared of the dark?"
"No baby." Juna said wiping her big eyes of tears. She held emi close. "I love you."
"I know mama. I love you too." Emi said.
That night Juna visited Wilson. "Can't we do something?" She asked.
Wilson sighed. "I can but you can't."
"What any thing. I just don't wanna bury my child or you."
"Okay please calm for me over this...."
"No!" Juna pulled on Wilson as he carried Emille out side of the shack and in front of the main house where a wagon for slaves waited. An fat man was waiting their with a boy pulling his horse. Emi screamed, "Mama help," as she cried. Juna reached for her tiny hands but Wilson pulled away quickly. Juna fell to the ground and sobbed faster and faster. A couple of slave women came to help her up but she shrugged them off. "No I want her! Wilson give her back!"
Wilson put his only daughter. Mixed and born in slavery on the wagon. He sniffled and held his self togtther. Emi yelled "Papa" to him but he turned with his head down. A shamed.
In his office he watched the wagon leave. Juna sat in his chair still looking like stone. Wilson closed the curtains and Rosie Beth ran in crying. "Oh uncle why? She was my friend!" Rosie sobbed. "I was her friend!" She ran out. Wilson got on his knees near Juna and cried. Juna snapped back and petted his head and held it in her lap.
"I had to do it," he said.
"I would've died with her," Juna said mourningful. Wilson jumped up.
"Don't ever say that!" He hugged her tightly and Juna poured out her tears.
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Emi arrived on the Thompson plantation. The slaves there weardark and sweety.She was introduced to Mrs.Thompson,Mr,Thompson, Adam Thompson and Bonie Thompson. "You're ugly!" Bonnie said laughing. Emi cried but Mrs. Thompson told her to shut up. Adam just smiled sweatly at her. She liked him best.