James will you still love me in another 200 years?

Melanie reflected on what Marie had said. She was born into slavery of a life with no choice to choose her future. Her life was destined to be one which was chosen by others.

Do any of us have a choice to choose? she thought.


"“Hi Mel how was your day?” James asked as he walked through the door at 5pm.

“Marie was with me all day. She made me cry.”

“Why what did she say?”

“Marie was a slave to everything we know that shouldn’t be! She had no choice about who she was, no choice about who she could be. Marie even had no choice about who she could love.

James, Marie was a slave to people who said who she would be. To everything in her life!

We can choose. We are free.

Will you still love me in 200 years?”

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