The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty Seven: White

30 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty Seven: White

Josh sits on the shore of the island, the dog in his lap. The sun begins to rise. A small boat comes around the corner. Josh cries out. It is British, commanded by Kelly. The boat comes to the shore and the men take Josh and the dog aboard. They head for the Canadian side.  A flurry of snow rises. And all turns white.

THE END





The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty Eight: Over the Falls

28 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty Eight: Over the Falls

Josh turns back to the Caroline. It is some distance away now. The glow of its death fills the horizon. The fog has risen. Josh cannot see the stranger aboard. And then suddenly the glow has gone as the Caroline has slipped over the falls.





The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty Seven: Salvation

25 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty Seven: Salvation

Fog. Josh battles his way through the water. Suddenly his hand falls on a rock. He grabs it. And pulls himself out of the fog. He has found an island. Looking back through the fog he spots the stranger, still on the boat. The boat is all a fire.

The stranger bends over his dog. Whispers in his ear. A moment later the dog jumps into the river. The current is so strong that it takes all the dog’s energy to swim. Josh can see that the dog won’t make the island so he jumps into the water and grabs the animal, pulling him ashore. The dog lies on the beach, gasping for breath.





The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty Six: Flight

22 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty Six: Flight

The stranger moves around the burning ship looking for Josh. He hears barking. General comes running up to him. The stranger rubs his collar.

The stranger: “Find our property, boy.”

The dog takes off.  the boat has begun to drift into a thick fog. The stranger hears a man screaming. He runs up the deck of the boat and finds the General all over a fallen Josh.

Josh: “Get the dog off me!”

The stranger: “Down boy!”

The dog gets off Josh who climbs to his feet.

Josh: “I will not go with you. I’d rather die.”

The stranger: “I hope that won’t be necessary.”

Josh: “Can’t  you hear the falls? This boat is a death trap.”

The stranger looks around. There is only the mist, a fog with a roar. All about him the boat burns. Suddenly he realizes that there may be no escape from death. As he turns back to Josh, the runaway slave leaps off the boat into the mist.





The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty Five: The Caroline

20 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty Five: The Caroline

A group of rebels takes a stand on the ship Caroline. The stranger has been dragged there by some of the rebels.

The stranger turns to one of the rebels, McGregor.

The stranger: “I’m a good shot.”

McGregor thinks for a minute then cuts him loose. He hands the stranger a gun and then turns back to firing on the British. The stranger returns fire as well. As he loads he looks around for any sign of Josh and his dog. He spots Josh further down on the boat firing at the British. The British throw torches onto the Caroline. The ship begins to burn. The stranger sneaks off and cuts the rope the have tied the ship to the dock. It begins to slip away from the dock and drift down the river. Some of the rebels who notice the boats departure, jump from it and swim to shore where they are picked up by the British.       McGregor steps up to the stranger.

McGregor: “Do you know how to get the engines going on this boat?”

The stranger turns his gun on McGregor and fires. McGregor crumbles to the ground.

The stranger: “No, I don’t.”





The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty Four: Escape

17 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty Four:  Escape

Out of the fog, small boats filled with British troops appear. Before the rebels know it the British that  have landed are attacking them. The rebels set up a stubborn defense. But they are facing increasingly dangerous odds. Many are killed or wounded in the initial attack by the British led by Captain Kelly. And the rebels are outflanked. Some of them take off in the small boats near the dock. Others run off into the nearby woods of the island.





The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty Three: Attack on the Mill

13 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty Three: Attack on the Mill

The first British attack begins near a mill. From the far end of the island. The crack of guns doesn’t worry the men in the camp where Joshua and the stranger are settled. The rebels have anticipated this attack and make a stand. The stranger looks around. He knows a second attack will begin soon.





The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty Two: Captive

7 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty Two: Captive

The sky begins to lighten. A fog is moving along the river. The rebels have prepared themselves for the inevitable attack. The stranger sits by a fire, its flames now shrinking. His hands are tied in front so he can drink a cup of coffee. His dog is laying at his feet. Joshua steps up behind him. He has a knife in his hand.

The stranger: “Have a seat.”

Josh puts away his knife and sits down opposite the stranger. The dog raises his head. Josh puts his hand over the dogs back. The dog lays his head down again.

The stranger: “General likes you. He doesn’t like too many folks.”

Josh: “Animals see into your heart.”

The stranger: “You know why I am here.”

Josh: “Yes.”

The stranger: “You’re fortunate that it was me that found you.”

Josh grins sarcastically: “How is that?”

The stranger: “There are others who would have taken you back in pieces.”

Josh: “Why must you take me back at all?”

The stranger: “It’s a job. Nothing personal.”

Josh: “It’s personal to me.”

The stranger: “Yes. I suppose it is.”





The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters Chapter Thirty One: Navy Island

3 04 2010

The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters

Chapter Thirty One: Navy Island

The rebels have set up camp on an island called Navy Island in the middle of the Niagara River. A boat called the “Caroline” lies tied up to the dock. Men are unloading provisions from it. Tents have been set up. Some trenches have been set up where men are stationed as look-outs. Mackenzie along with the General sits in front of one tent with several other men. They are looking at a map stretched out on a table. A small boat comes into the dock. There are several men on the boat including the stranger and Josh. The stranger has his hands tied behind his back. His dog, the General, has been muzzled and a short leash put on him. The men on the boat drag the stranger out of the boat and towards Mackenzie’s tent.

Mackenzie: “What have we here?”

McGregor, one of the men on the boat who has a hold of the stranger speaks.

McGregor: “We discovered this man trying to smuggle this coloured fellow back to the states.”
Mackenzie: “A repo man.”

The stranger: “That’s a word I haven’t heard before.”

Josh: “He kidnapped me.”

McGregor: “We should hang him, sir.”

Mackenzie: “What say you, Josh?”

Josh: “He took me by force.”

The stranger: “I was protecting my employer’s property.”

Mackenzie: “We haven’t the time to deal with this now. Feed the two of them and then tie up the stranger.”

Murphy, the man holding the dog.

Murphy: “What about the dog?”

Mackenzie looks at the stranger.

Mackenzie: “Feed the dog as well.”