Jedediah Smith joined Paul upon the former plantation’s veranda. He sipped his mint julep. “My wife hates that the slaves were freed,” he sighed.
“It’s an adjustment,” noted Paul.
“Honey!” screeched Brittany Smith from indoors. “The glasses are dusty!”
“Perhaps dust them?” called Jedediah. To Paul, “I understand you’re marrying that mulatto woman?”
“Yes, Jennifer. Concerns?”
“Ow! That’s sharp!” screeched Brittany.
“Careful with the knives, Sweetcakes!” called Jedediah. To Paul, he said, “At one time I imagined marrying a woman of color would be singularly challenging.”
“Jedediah!” whined Brittany. “Where’s the bandages?”
Jedediah winced, “I have since recanted my position.”
Mulatto is a person of mixed white and black ancestry. A term rarely used now, but still common after the Civil War: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulatto
Mint Julep: a southern-styled drink of mint and bourbon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mint_julep
Each week, the Friday Fictioneers meet to drink Mint Juleps in Virginia and imagine flash fiction from photos. Look here for more stories based upon the photo above: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/13-february-2015/