In the Georgia Landscape, June 15, 1970, there is a place call Igbo Landing, a place where local legend state is home to African Slaves who made their last stand against ruthless slave owners & were said to possess the power to walk on water & to fly at will, it is also said that the land is haunted by the spirits of the very tribes people who are said to have remained tied to the land itself, over time, however, the land would also become the home of many other beings, spirits who are as old as time itself, some that are helpful & some that are quite harmful, or people who have left their humanity behind thus becoming shadows of their former selves, but the most famous are the animal spirits, know for acting more like humans then beasts, wonderous & immortal, these beings are a part of the local folklore of the Gullah People (African Americans who held on to their traditions), but none capture the imagination more than Brer Rabbit. Call by many names from Compere Lapin to simple Brother Rabbit, this pint size trickster just loves to cause mischief for the hell of it & loves to bedevilled his long time foe Brer Fox, or spend hours harassing & playing tricks on Brer Lion or causing trouble in town among people young & old alike, it seems that there was no one that can equel Brer Rabbit at all, no one, until one day he was hopping through town on his way to see Sister Cow who lived close to the sea, along the way he spotted a strange bottle painted black with a red X on it, the bottle began, to move & a voice was coming from it saying let me out. So he pull the top off the bottle & out came this dust devil with golden sand & flames twisting about, then came at a complete stop to reveal a 14-year-old looking african boy with a red cap, red pants & one single leg & has holes in the palms of his hands with a black tobacco pipe in tow, then with a big boisterous laugh he said "finally I am free after 100 years of being in that bottle adrift at sea," wow, said Brer Rabbit, "just what in the high hills are you said," Brer Rabbit. "I am Saci Perere the wildest prankster of Brazil, at least I was before I got trap in that cursed bottle." "How did you get trap in that bottle?" ask Brer Rabbit, "well it happen 100 years ago, all because I kept playing wild funny pranks on this farmer name Pedro Sombra Rocha, said to be the greatest farmer in all of Brazil, but he was a humorless man who seems to take joy from only working on his farm, day & night never smiling or even laugh. So I decided to try to liven up things but to no avail, so I took a big bag of salt & pour it on his crops then I took some vinegar & pour it in his milk cans, after that I open the gate let out his prized herd of cattle, after pulling all of these pranks I stop to see my handy work & laugh at my hearts content, but old pedro seem to have the last laugh, he set a trap for me using tobacco as bait & I fell for it, not realizing that he was behind me, he grabs me put me in this bottle enchanted with charms from a Pai-de-santo(Candomble Priest), then he throws me down the river & I drift out to the sea, even though the bottle zap most of my magical strength, I was still able to sail it as a ship for some time using the smoke from my pipe to puff across the vast ocean, however, it would still be a 100 years before I reach dry land, so here I am to today." Amazing said Brer Rabbit, "so you travel far in this little old bottle here you must be really lonely or at the very least very bored in there," he said, "indeed I was," reply Saci Perere, "so were am I," he said, "you are in Igbo Landing, in the proud state of Georgia in the United States of America," bellow Brer Rabbit. Saci Perere look amazed & at the same time surprise, "oh hold on, your saying I have made it all the way to the famous Igbo Landing were spirits come to dwell," yes said the rabbit, "the one & only, there is no other place like it in all the world, in fact I am the world's best trickster & also the best conjurer in these parts, why there is no charm or hex that I myself have never try." Amazing just unbelievable said Saci, "to hear of one such as yourself claming to be the best, yet I feel I can top you with no problem, said with a smug grin," than brer rabbit said "oh really so you think you can bested me," said with a smile by the rabbit, because from what you just told me in that story of yours was that you were caught by a salty old mortal when your back was turned for some tobacco like a jackass so I wouldn't be bragging kid, but you want to prove that your the best, well then lets have a challenge, three to be exact ,the First challenge will be to steal a mirror from Lulu the Boohag, she is very vain but also very deadly, she stays in the middle of town, the Second challenge is to pull a trick on Brer Lion & make him look silly but beware he can have a bit of a temper, & last but not least, the Third challenge, putting a hex on the meanest people you can find to give them what they deserve," do you accept or is this too much for a kid like you," said Brer Rabbit, "ha I can do this no sweat that is if your chicken eh rabbit," said Saci triumphantly, "I can beat all your challenges & then some." So with that the challenges begin, who would triumph & who would walk in shame.
To be Continued.