Segregated Like the Trees

Jameca stood at the bank of the pond shivering in the chilly, predawn air. Her fiancé of six years wrapped his arms around her waist.

“We look like an Oreo,” John said, staring down at their reflection in the water.

“Even the trees are segregated,” Jameca said.

“That’s because one side is regular and the other is evergreens.”

“Just like us.” Jameca broke their embrace. “You’re regular, and I’m black, and no matter what I do, I’ll never be able to shake my color, like the evergreens can never shake their leaves and look like the regular trees.”

“Babe, they’re just trees.”

“And we’re just people! Why do you think your mother hates me, John? Because I’m the same complexion as the man who knocked her up and abandoned her when she was sixteen? Or, maybe it’s because, although you look just like her, she knows her future grandchild won’t.”

John stared back at her.

“I’m glad you finally decided to stop lying to me,” Jameca said, and she jumped into the freezing, cold water.

word count: 175

—Nortina


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19 thoughts on “Segregated Like the Trees

  1. Evergreens are beautiful, but most people only focused on how they’re different from the other trees. This conversation has clearly been waiting to happen. Things finally blew up in this complex piece. My interpretation is that she’s trying to rid the baby of the burdensome life she thinks it will live. She’s given up and given in. 😦 Can John save his family in time…? Hmmmmm

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  2. Your story flows so smoothly, Nortina. I wish Jameca had given him a chance to reply before jumping 😦 Hopefully, the water’s not too deep and John can save her…I really like the name Jameca, it’s unusual.

    Ellespeth

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    1. Thanks. I just let this story come to me, didn’t try to control the outcome or anything, so I’m glad it flows so smoothly. I think John is torn, but there’s a reason he’s been with Jameca for 6 years. I think he’ll make the right decision 🙂

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    1. Actually I don’t know. The story kind of wrote itself this time. Maybe John jumped in after her . . . or maybe, jumping into the pond is a metaphor for her tears. I don’t know. This one is up for interpretation.

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