The Promise

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As children, they’d really been nothing more than playmates, passing long summer days playing hide and seek. But as Savannah had grown older, she’d grown crueler, taking her cues from her unyielding mother. Ella had suffered in silence because of the one thing Savannah had promised her – she would never be separated from her family.

Savannah would be moving to Ten Magnolias after her wedding, a plantation in Charleston that Ella had heard horrible stories about. Savannah told her mother days ago, “Of course, Ella will come with me! She is a handful but I don’t know what I’d do without her.” Ella didn’t know how far away Charleston was, but knew she would never see her family again. That’s why she was tiptoeing down the stairs in the dark. She ran to the line of trees where her family was waiting. They hid under the weeping willow and waited for the signal.

For Flash! Friday

UPDATE:  The prompt we got from Flash! Friday was the novel Gone With the Wind. So, Ella is a slave in the American Old South and Savannah is her “owner.”

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8 thoughts on “The Promise

    1. Hey, sorry it’s confusing. The prompt we got from Flash Friday was the novel Gone With the Wind. So Ella is a slave in the American Old South and Savannah is her “owner.” Since she is a slave she doesn’t have any rights, so she doesn’t have a say in whether or not she wants to move away from her family, and if she does, she won’t see them again. So she decides to escape, which was extremely dangerous in those days. It’s hard to convey that much detail in 160 words, tough prompt.

      1. Ah… That’s a good story.
        Gives a glimpse into the history of slavery. Good thing she escapes, but I can only hope she had an easy and peaceful life after that…

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