Hi, everyone. This is a really tiny snippet from a first draft. “The River Man” is one of the stories in Bayou NonStandard Time.
Henri’s death still rankled. None of the Blacks on the Devereaux place were slaves anymore; Alcide had freed them himself. Henri and his valet, a free-born man named Guillaume, were shot out on the River Road by a gang of poor whites who wanted their mounts.
When Alcide’s famous black horses were recognized by the sheriff, he was more than happy to press charges. So, he stood quietly and watched his son’s murderers hanged for the lesser crime of horse theft and wondered at the strangeness of the world. He could never have foreseen people going to war over the right to own other human beings.