You know what you must do. The longer you are gone the more mad Covey will be.
What should I do?
Brush the horses, will you?
“God what shall I do?” While I was alone in the woods, God answered me through my friend Sandy Jenkins, who was a fellow slave who I confided in.
Before Sandy sent me on my way, he gave me a gift. A “magic” root he said would protect me from all whips in the hands of those who want to harm me. While I was doubtful in the root’s effectiveness, to my surprise, upon my return to Covey’s plantation he kindly regarded me and bade me to feed the horses.
The Story of Covey and Frederick By:Matthew, Cullen, and Jabari
While I was feeling good about my encounter with Covey, it was premature. He was secretly waiting for me in the horse’s stables. He immediately lunged for me. I quickly evaded him and hit him in the nose. He recovered fast however, and tackled me to the ground, “You shall never be free” he rasped. “Maybe so, then I will die trying.” I replied. I delivered him the final blow to his head and he went out cold.
I had at last triumphed and defeated him. I felt like Abe standing tall over him. For the rest of the days working for him, he never lay a finger on me again, a little out of fear, and a lot out of respect.