The Leper Colony
the Colony's beginnings:
An excerpt fromThe Leper Colony:
...it was Yankee cavalry, out sweeping for stragglers.
The seven of them ran along the lane at first, but the horses were coming up fast. They cut through the eerily rail-less fence, into the muddy field and back toward the creek. They spread out as they ran, Andrew and the white men heading straight for the creek, but Willis and Bo angling north toward the ruined bridge. The two horsemen kept close to the road and out of the deep mud until they were opposite the black men, then both lunged into the field, more carefully, but still fast, and soon were abreast of the men. Bo tried to cut behind one of the riders, but the horse twisted around and Bo ran right into its flanks. He turned and started back up the field, but the rider had raised a sword and now brought it down, cutting into the man’s shoulder. Bo raised an arm against another attack, but when it came the sword struck him squarely in the side of the neck and Bo went down.
Willis was successfully evading the second rider by twists and turns, and had lured him into deep mud by side-stepping the charge. As the mare splashed into the mud hole she was having trouble keeping her balance; then her rider tried to prod her into too sharp a turn, and she went down, taking the soldier with her. Willis saw over the downed animal that the others had made it to the creek and had begun to cross. He started south again, around the mud hole, but had just got clear of it when the other horseman rode up on his left. Willis turned again toward the mud hole, but it was too late. The horseman stopped, steadied his horse, and shot Willis in the lower back.