The Property of Lee Harrison Peeters
Chapter Twenty Four: Little Elizabeth
The stranger steps out of the barbershop. The barber steps out beside him.
Barber: “There’s a new whore in town. They say she’s quite a beauty.”
The stranger: “You don’t say.”
Barber: “If my Amy ever caught me fooling around with some whore, she cut my balls off and sell them as door knockers.”
Noise from down the street. A one legged man, with a peg leg, leads a crowd of people down the street.
Barber: “What’s all the commotion out there?”
One-legged man: “Its horrible.”
One-legged man: “Little Elizabeth.”
Barber: “She gone missing in the woods again?”
Tears ran down the face of the one-legged man.
The crowd of people have reached the barbershop. A preacher walks with his arm around a small black woman. She is holding a doll. No one is speaking unless they are weeping.
The barber grabs the one-legged man by the collar.
Barber: “Out with it, man.”
One legged man: “A bear got her. All they found was the doll.”