Some dreams end like a setting sun. Some crash and burn, leave you with whiplash when reality jerks you away. Once in awhile, they make you search every room of your house.
“It was you” Rachel’s breath is heavy, labored almost unsure it will be followed by another.
“Come out. We can never forget each other! You bastard. … you bought me for ten years…. not a lifetime… it’s been four lifetimes. I know you’re here!” In every room she screams this out. Banging her hands on walls, pots, boxes, any loud noise to announce she is here. Her presence couldn’t be larger as she storms about.
Her mind spins. A dream, no dreams fade away quickly. The gossamer stands break the illusion from your eyes. Dust in the wind falling faster and further the more you chase it. The ghost has vanished.
Her mind clicks back the years. Dr Van Strip, she knew the stench. The memories that haunt, energize, agitate, swirl everything in her. Her family feel away, he pushed them off. Twenty pounds of silver… Her family gave her away. She was ten of thirteen kids. At twelve, she was one less mouth to feed.
Rachel sinks to the floor. Her memories of ten years as a servant, the nasty old doctor used every bit of her. She lost innocence but that was the easy part. She watched the death follow the good doctor. People feel sick and there he was. It wasn’t tell the fever took her, the dark secret came.
Dr Van Stroop spent a full ten years taunting his little Rachel. He took every advantage of her. Her life was better then a poor girl between swill farms on the Peidmont of Carolina. The ten year servitude period was coming to an end. He legally should set her free. But his kind doesn’t follow every rule of man. With a bite, she would be infected. She would choose to life his way or pass.
Her mind falls back to the worst thing she ever said “Please take away my pain.”
October 17, 1779. The last day she would walk the earth as a woman. That was the good doctor’s plan. Two hundred forty plus years later. .. Her pain is back. Stem cells changed her life. But there’s a ghost chasing her.
“What happens if he catches me? Oh, God. Leave me alone! Leave me alone! Leave me alone. ..” He voice and her fall flat to the floor.
Rachel’s dark secrets. …