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Asante’s Gullah Journey by S. A. Gibson
Beneda’s most important goal is to defend the family farm. Her people held the land through the change that ended the use of technology in the world. Now her mother’s land is threatened. With the help of a Library swordsman and her bow she will do whatever is necessary to save the land.
This middle grade to young adult adventure novel will appeal to lovers of action, futuristic fiction, post-apocalyptic tales, and swords & soul.
African Asante and Gullah Beneda, sword and bow, join forces in this post-apocalyptic setting, for family, birthright, and oh so much more.
Want to read a snippet? Sure you do!
Old Lady walks ahead, not even noticing. She got some strong legs that one. Across the water, Jolan spies the boatman, dropping passengers on the far shore. Soon their group all waits on the shore
“Won’t be long now.” Beneda waves, and Caleb and Jolan follow her lead. She tall, might be the only hand the ferryman see from afar. “He be back to take us soon.”
“I’m scared o’ boats.” Caleb shakes like a wet dog, Jolan feels a bit sorry for him.
“Ah, honey. Ain’t nothing to fear.” Old Lady grabs at him, squashing the boy to her apron then swats his backside. “We all come here by boat.”
Pete, he shakes his head, groans, “Don’t tell about Igbo Landing, gra’ma!”
Lady scowls at her grandson. “Why not? All folks need t’ hear that one.” Jolan hopes that face she aims, that glower, stays on her grandson, not him. He like stories. But then she peer at Beneda. “Girl, you know de story?”
“Yes, Lady.” Beneda nods, a good girl, she gives the old one her smile. “I heard.”
Lady casts her eyes on the boys. “You young’ns hear the story?” Both Jolan and Caleb’s heads shake. “Well, now’s soon enough.”
She spies some shade under a big cypress. Shuffles over the meter or two, waving everyone to come join her. “Sit you down, Pete, get comfortable. I’ma tell them the story of Igbo Landing.”
Jolan settles in the shade, aside Caleb. Pete steps close to Beneda and Old Lady leans back against the tree.
Lady takes a deep breath, adjusting her shawl, in the distance a shout can be heard from the far bank. “In the last century of slavery in this land. Long ago, now, back so many generations you need more’n two hands to count.
“Black people from Igbo in Africa got seized and put on a ship to America, in chains.” She wipes her brow. Bringin’ out a water flask, she drinks deep.
“About three score folks, they say. All ages, down to lil’ ones.” Jolan has heard similar stories. The old days, when black folks labored on the farms. Slaves.
“Then the whole lot of these Igbo was sold to a master on St. Simon Island. They all delivered by small boat. From Savannah.” She stops, glancing to each of them. Then she stares across the rushing water. Is she looking at boats returning?
“Then they git unloaded from the boat ont’ the swampy land, in chains. The Igbo leader looks at his people. He looks at his new master. He spy the deep water, of the swamp. He gives a command. The people they all fin’ to sing a hymn of they land. And, they march together into the water. The master and he men try to stop it. Many Igbo get they freedom that day.”
“Bu-but, did they die?” Caleb wants to know. “The Igbo?”
Old Lady Harris frown, then smiles at Caleb. “Yes, many died, but they not slaves.”
Pete waves everyone up. “The boat! Ya’ll hurry, let’s cross.”
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Published author of academic book, chapters, articles, and post-apocalyptic “woodpunk” fiction, S.A. Gibson turns his passions for sciemce in written worlds of wonder and fascination. He lives with his wonderful wife and their beloved Dachshund-Chihuahua in Southern California,
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