The Leafdropper  

free2chose2 67F
868 posts
8/27/2006 11:14 am

Last Read:
8/31/2006 5:13 pm

The Leafdropper

It was centuries ago, when African nations knew little of Europe and the quest for their "clear stones".

There was this village deep in central Africa that upon a birthing the midwife or her/sometimes his assistant would slit a particular leaf and drip this milky fluid into the newborn's mouth.

These children grew into hearty adults without any illnesses befalling them.

After the european infiltration and the "discovery" of diamonds, this village continued with their daily routine without knowledge of what was amidst.

Apprentices of the leafdropper's assistants were sent out occasionally to search for the precious plant which grew sporadically elsewhere thru normal pollenation means that we are aware of-birds droppings,the wind, etc;.

As the story goes, one day an apprentice had collected some roots from the plant and was returning to his village.

There was a "search party" just in off the coast.
It was in the late 1500's. Slaves were a good commodity. Once captured and shipped the profit almost immeasureable.

The apprentice was captured. He was in extremely good health, not a flaw evident.

He seemed to covet his roots and had some fresh leaves in his possesion. They seemed harmless so he was allowed to keep them in his pouch.

There was a large keg placed for the captives for their drinking water. He cracked his leaves and the milky liquid settled in the keg.

None of the captives died or became ill on this voyage. Quite novel, they always allowed for some loss thru death or the seriously ill they might have to put overboard.

Once they landed in Virgina the captive was selectively purchased by a breeder.

This was not your typical horse breeder but a breeder of human stock. He purchased this young man as a stud for his "farm".

There was an elderly slave who knew most of the african dialects. he had been originally purchased by this man's father.

He explained to the new slave what was expected of him.
The leafdropper's assistant's apprentice told the old slave he would obliged if two stipulations were met 1) he plant his roots 2) if all infants whether he sired them or not would taste the leaf first. He said good health for all infants would result and if he placed the liquid in the drinking water those drinking it could stave off illness.

It would be temporary for anyone drinking it lasting at least six months. The newborns would be immunized from illnesses for life.

The slaveowner thought to humor his new possesion, he was such a fine specimen and very mild mannered, so he allowed the roots to be planted and the leaf dropping to be placed in the drinking water.

The first year, none of the slaves had any illnesses. There were 40 slave women who became pregnant. 30 by the apprentice. All newborns had the leaf dropping as their first fluid.Including multiple birth he sired 40 that year.

Now usually in the first year of life you could expect 15 out of this 50 not to survive.
All 50 survived healthy and strong, the 40 sired by the apprentice seemed a bit more alert and had milestones earlier.

In the slave quarters not one person became ill.
Two months after the apprentice arrived, the Mistress of the plantation was about to give birth. The apprentice had told the old slave that the Master's baby should receive "the Leaf" upon birth. The Master said he allowed it to amuse the apprentice but his baby would not require it.

The Master's baby developed some illness at 3 months of age and in less than 48 hours had died.

It had been a year since the Master's baby's death and his wife was pregant again.
When she went into labor, the apprentice was already in the mainhouse awaiting the birth at the master's order.
The mistress did not protest. She had watched all the slave babies thrive, while she visited the gravesite of her baby.

The baby lips pursed as the leaf was slit and the milky liquid trickled down and he swallowed it.
This baby grew strong and was never ill.
The farm became well known for the healthiest slaves in the south.
A group of slaveowners commissioned a ship.
The apprentice assistant was to return and obtain more roots and leaves. It took too long to cultivate more, there was such a demand for them.
The apprentice was allowed to take his favorite woman and their two year old son.
The slaveowner felt this slave was so loyal to him he would never leave his side.

The night before he left he visited with his 39 other offspring and conveyed his departure as best he could. He made a special dye with the leaf and placed it on each child's inner thigh.

When they arrived on the shores of Africa, there were near the interior members of his village who for the last three years use to search for him.

He had collected some roots and leaves the day before and was making a second trip when he heard familiar whistling, He,his woman and son turned to the thick brush and disappeared.
The ship's Captain,his men. and the slaveowner
searched for nearly a week before finally boarding the ship to return without him.

The offspring left behind would place the symbol of the leaf on their babies inner thigh after giving them their first drink of the leaf.

So much for Sunday afternoon daydreaming
Did you like my story so far?????

Don't worry, be Happy

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
8/27/2006 1:11 pm

I am completely entralled and intranced. I can't wait to hear more. And I'm hoping that the leaf and the milky substance is really for real. I've completely bought into this story......and I need to hear more! Please?

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
8/27/2006 1:13 pm

Don't stop! Please? I'm completely and totally into this story. I find myself waiting for you to tell me what the leaf is so I can get some. Keep going.....pretty please?????

free2chose2 replies on 8/29/2006 4:52 am:
stay tuned...

rm_sexxikritter 53F
2715 posts
8/27/2006 5:23 pm

Wow Free, I am into this story. Is this based on your own family's lore? I love hearing such things about families and history. Please write on!


free2chose2 replies on 8/29/2006 4:52 am:
Just my imagination on a rainy day


8/27/2006 9:45 pm

wonderful.. you have me hooked

under the stars
We choose to write
you choose what you comprehend.
read twice and be nice
every key stroke... has a heart beat

free2chose2 replies on 8/29/2006 4:55 am:
I'll continue then

shylena256 43F
1967 posts
8/28/2006 2:38 am

I like it. Go on please.

free2chose2 replies on 8/28/2006 8:47 pm:
I will, I have some ideas rolling around

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