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Quandary Resolution 8238
manumission, trounce, aphorism, pique, n.1

Then Flora said: "you know what my Grandmammy Selma told Dr King?" and Crystal said: "no Honey, I never knew you had a Grandmammy named Selma," at which Flora laughed: "that weren't her name, she was from Selma, like my other Grandmammy was from Savannah, so that's what we called her; anyway, Ol' Selma met Dr King on the street in town, an' she shook his hand, with her worn-out eyes tracin' every pore an' wrinkle of his face, like scannin' the Moon for a landin' place, and Dr King put his arm aroun' her, like as if he was enfoldin' her in a cloak an' shuttin' out and trouncin' all the clamour an' shoutin' an' flash-bulbs poppin', an' underneath that cloak was just him an' her, an' he said: 'you got somethin' to tell me Ma’am?' an' she stared deep into his eyes an' saw that there was no trace of pique, or hatred or enmity there, only love for humanity, an' she pulled him closer an' she told him what she needed to tell him, what she'd woken up with that mornin', an aphorism that was fully formed when she opened her eyes an' was the reason why she'd come Downtown, knowin' he would be there, an' in the still an' absolute silence an' protection of that cloak, she whispered, 'Man, you Mission is to Free Everyone from Slavery: Black, Brown, White, Yellow, Red, every color of the Rainbow, cause Slavery Enslaves Everyone!' an' Dr King kissed her dry old cheek, an' squeezed her achin' hand, achin' after a lifetime of scrubbin' floors an' cookin' an' raisin' seven kids an' even more gran'chillun, an' he said: 'just as Jesus Christ carried His Cross, Ma’am, an' you've carried yours, I promise that I will carry mine, which is yours, until we reach the Promised Land, where no-one will have a Cross to Bear,' an' Ol' Selma whispered 'Bless You, Dr King,' an' the cloak went, an' Dr King went, an' Selma watched the crowd make it's way, an' felt like God had just spoken to her, through Dr King; d'you believe in God, Crystal?" and Crystal blushed to her roots at the abruptness of the question and shrugged, saying: "I believe in Bagels and Lox, and I know for a fact that we have both, so, time for lunch, guys?" and it was.

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