I hate working in the corn field. It is hot and my master is mean. He doesn't care if we are bleeding or have been doing this for hours and hours, he just keeps making us work. Sometimes we work without food. How can we work this hard without being feed properly? I hear the grown ups talking. There is talk of slaves that have escaped. They say that there are territories away from here that are free, where people of color have freedom. They don't have masters beating them, starving them and working them to death. I think the grown ups are planning to escape. I wonder how they will do it? From what I understand, there are all sort of secrets. They call it the Underground Railroad. I wonder if it really is a railroad? I don't think it is. I know that it is not really underground. My mom says, 'Harriet, stop asking so many questions and stop listening in on the grown ups!' My mom still thinks I am a child, but I am a teenager and lots of teenagers around here live in the house and start having jobs like grown ups, so why can't I? She doesn't know, maybe, I, Harriet Tubman will not always be a slave. I will be free!
Suddenly, I can tell someone isn't working. What's going on? I can tell trouble is brewing. While I am working, I glance over and I see Jimmy, he has put down his tools. He is angry. I hear him say under his breath he is going to run. I want to know where. I want to know what all these secrets are about. Jimmy says, this is my chance and he takes off at a run. Just like I thought, the master saw it, he saw Jimmy running and now he is running after Jimmy. I have to try and save Jimmy. I run behind them. The master is yelling. He is yelling at me? He wants me to help him catch Jimmy. Instead of closing the door he is shouting at me to close, I hold it open and Jimmy passes through The master is MAD! He picks up a heavy weight and throws it toward Jimmy. He misses Jimmy, but he hits me. My head hurts bad. It was worth it, Jimmy escaped.