For around 200 years there's been an old abandoned house way up north. Nowadays, rumors are spreading about the people that once lived there. Although rumors spread daily, none ever resemble the truth. Back in the mid-1700's, a man named Tom Crow owned the property, and he was a slave owner with over two dozen slaves. Additionally, he had a son named Jimmy, who was a young boy of age 11 with a sadistic sense of humor.
Jimmy loved to play, as he called them, tricks on the slaves and found amusement in their illiteracy. Either he was stealing their clothes, tripping them, spitting in their food, lying to them about the meaning of words, or dashing ice cold water on them to wake them out of their sleep. These tricks took place on a daily basis, and he sometimes created new tricks to catch them off guard.
Still, of all his tricks, the slaves despised the water the most. The ice-cold water would shock them out of their sleep and cause them to gasp for air. They would sit on their beds for several minutes, soaked from the water. With water dripping from their bodies, the veins in their forehead throbbing, and their teeth clenched, they scowled at the little boy as he exploded with laughter on his way out of their room.
Any person aware of Jimmy's behavior would assume that he hated the slaves; however, that wasn't the case whatsoever. In fact, he was never shy in his expression of love for them. Jimmy would run to his room with tears racing down his cheeks when his father would sell one, beat one to death, or if one died for some other reason. All night he would stay up sobbing and twisting around in what was a soft, cloud-like bed with several pillows that on any other night he fell asleep in seconds in. This one-sided bond formed primarily because Jimmy was an only child.
He yearned for friends because he lived in a quiet area with a few neighbors. None of which had children around Jimmy's age. Moreover, his father didn't help in relieving Jimmy of his feeling of isolation, he actually made it worse. Tom never expressed love or compassion for his son. The closest thing Jimmy ever got was the head nod, he received every morning. Tom's priority was increasing his wealth so spending time with his son never fit into his schedule. The weather was of no help either. Where they lived had brutally cold winters that kept him inside the house. Consequently, without the slaves, loneliness and depression would've filled his days.
In spite of what Jimmy thought were good intentions, the slaves saw Jimmy as an insane child. It never occurred to them that he was under the impression that they enjoyed his company as much as he did theirs. Surely that was the last idea anyone would have had while having to endure daily torture from a child. One slave, named Frederick, often found himself at the center of Jimmy's attention. He harassed Frederick first and last in both the morning and at night.
Frederick never grasped why Jimmy abused him the most. Nor did Jimmy consciously realize that he spent most of his time with Frederick. The reason for Jimmy's attraction to Frederick was because he was the only father among the slaves. Jimmy was envious of how much attention he gave to his son who was the same age as Jimmy. Frederick's son received all of his father's free time. Frederick was either playing with him, teaching him, or resting with him. Jimmy yearned for this kind of relationship with his father. However, he knew it was impossible. As a result, he sought to have Frederick to fill that void.
The slaves prayed for the day to come when they could escape that malevolent child. After several years crept by, the opportunity to escape came and they took it with haste. Despite the fact that they were limited to a week for the development of their plan, it was still one in which they could place their confidence in. As they escaped, per usual, Jimmy was heading to their room before he went to sleep. When he got there, he caught Frederick leaving.
The other slaves had left. He had come back because his son had forgotten the blanket his mother left for him at birth. Leaving it was unthinkable since she died during his birth. In the tone of a heart-broken child witnessing a betrayal being committed by a parent, Jimmy asked "Are you leaving? Why? Don't you love me?". Frederick, taken aback, stood frozen struggling to digest the obscenity of what the boy had just said. Slowly taking backward steps his throat became dry and it felt as though it was becoming tighter by the second. Unable to speak, he quickly turned and ran faster than he ever has in his life. As he ran, he thought, "this boy is the devil himself". Nonetheless, he continued to run while checking behind him, hoping that the boy would not give chase.
In spite of Jimmy seeing, Frederick was able to escape that day. However, he was never able to escape the memory of Jimmy's words. Those words sparked an ever-burning hate for white people in him. "How can one do so much evil and think he is doing good" continuously repeated in his head and haunted him for the rest of his life.