Jadess Meets Simon Upon leaving the Mistress' Dungeon, it seemed ironic. Although Lady Jadess was gifted a slave from the mistress in which she had no heart felt intent to keep in the first place, she was actually the one who felt really free. With freedom though comes a sense of displacement at times. For Jadess life was a total blank, meaning she knew where she was leaving from, but really knew not where she would be led to go. Questions in her mind came quicker then answers. Outside of the reality created by Lady Jadess biological mother, The Mistress, Jadess only knew a few people in the outside world. Those people were characterized by the mass of society as the outcasts, the outlaws and sometimes even the lowest of the low, but these people, her "people" she felt most comfortable with. This day Jadess decided to join her people indefinately. She decided that the "hood" would be her home. "Hey Miss Lady", exclaimed D. D was Jadess favorite young man in the hood. D always called Jade his "little girlfriend". It seemed strange to Jade, or Miss Lady as they called her in the hood, that D never had any ugly intent for her in his heart, he just loved her. "Hey D", said Miss Lady as she blushed. You see Miss Lady had a crush on D. "How's life treating my little princess today", asked D out of sincere concern for her well being. "Ain't no thang butta chicken wing, D," was her reply. D smiled at her with a proud look. The slogan she threw back at him was none other then one D often used when shooting the shiss with his patnas. He reached in his pocket and gave Jade a couple of dollars as he often did. "Now, go and buy you and your little friends some ice cream, and I'll get at ya latah. Let me know if you need anything, Lil Lady. Be good oight," preached D in a soja like voice. "Yessir," she replied. Jadess ran along to go and find her usual playmates. She enjoyed being outside, because it offered her the contentment of just being a child, unlike the Mistress' quarters, which offered all the fruits of life, and often reminded Jadess of a speed race where the cars never crossed the finish line, because the speeds were always too intense, and most of the cars crashed. When Jadess found her "friends" they were playing. They were happy to see her, as they usually were. Jadess understood though that their liking her was pretty much fabricated. The truth, as Jadess from a very young age was inclined to see, was that they had no choice but to like her, as D's little girlfriend they feared the repercutions of D if they messed with her. Nonetheless, Jadess loved them. They were playing kickball, a neighborhood favorite. The game was going well, and Jadess just decided to watch. A little later, Tania came along. Tania was an everyday regular, but today she had a new guy with her. She introduced her new friend as Simon. Almost, instantaneously, Jadess didn't particularly like Simon. It wasn't really the fact that he was white, and didn't fit in, it was more or less that she didn't like the look in his eyes. She had seen that look oh so many times. Of course Tania and Simon quickly joined in the game. Jadess just decided to continue to spectate. After a while of playing kickball the troops seemed to get tired of the same game. For a while the youth argued as to which game they should play, cops and robbers, man hunt, hide and go seek to no avail. Simon, the new guy, suggested that they play Simon Says, and since his name was Simon, he should have the pleasure of being Simon. Since Simon was new, the youngsters decided to let Simon go ahead and run the show. The game started. Jadess noticed Simon's sense of satisfaction at being in charge. Simon says, "jump around. Simon says hop on one foot. Simon says cluck like a chicken." It all seemed so innocent, but finally Simon began to show his true colors, which in Jadess' mind wasn't really any color persay, but more his true nature. "Beastly, she thought to herself, beastly!" This conclusion came when Sonny, one of the wimpier children missed an order. Simon became angry. Simon quickly began to give new orders. "Simon says throw rocks at Sonny. Simon says kick Sonny. Simon says spit at Sonny," said Simon. Sonny began to run, and the children who played along didn't see how they were being played by this new guy. Sonny screamed, "Stop, stop." Simon quickly yelled in a gratifying tone, "Simon didn't say, Simon didn't say." Lady Jadess quickly ran along to try to help her friend out. "Why ya'll doing that to Sonny," she expressed in a monotone voice trying to keep her composure. "I'm Simon, and they suppose to do what I say. You weren't playing, so what's it to you anyway," asked Simon. Tania quickly interjected, "Simon's dad owns my building, and he owns the store at the corner now. He promised to give us all a treat later if we played nice with Simon." "Well, said Jadess, "I guess we all know what you want. Go with your new friend then. I ain't worried about his dad or no snack no way." "Come on guys, said Simon, Let's go get a treat." When the children left Jadess helped Sonny to his feet. She took him to the store at the other corner, and used the money that D had given her to buy herself and Sonny some Ice Cream. She helped him get cleaned up, and told him to head on home, and not to worry about Simon. She told him she would take care of it. Jadess returned to the usual play spot. She waited for the children to return. An hour had almost passed and finally she saw them coming back. She didn't mind waiting though. Waiting patiently had given her enough time to devise a plan of get back. Jadess quickly went over to Tania and Simon to spark up what appeared to be small talk. They chatted a bit, as Jadess waited for the perfect moment to apply herself to the situation. Finally, when no one was paying attention, and Jadess could talk to Simon privately she set her plan into motion. So Simon, "What other games do you know how to play," she asked? Simon named serveral, and Jadess shook her head almost as if she felt sorry for him. "What's wrong," asked Simon in a curious voice, "Don't you like any of those games?" "Oh no, it's not that," she answered, "but your in the hood now, and you should know how to play hood games. I mean don't you want everyone to know you and like you." "Sure," he answerd. "Ok then, she said in a satisfied tone. I'm gonna teach you how to play Your Momma Jokes." "Do you feel like you have it," asked Jadess of her new hood pupil? "I do, I do," exclaimed Jadess' deserving victim. "Then, go try it out on him," said Jade as she pointed over in the direction of D who was nearby as usual kicking it with his homeys at the area of the playground where only Miss Lady and her company were permitted to go. She smirked as she watched Simon walk over there with great confidence. "Where you going," yelled Tania to Simon as she watched him walk by. "To play your momma," he unknowingly replied. "Don't," pleaded Tania. Still Simon walked on. When he approached D, the only words he could get out of his mouth were the first two. He said to D, "your momma." Before he could even get to the punchline D smacked him. He began to cry. D just smacked him again. "What you was saying bout my momma white boy," D yelled in an aggravated tone. "Stop, stop," pleaded Simon in a scared voice, "Help me, Jadess." D looked over at Jadess. Miss Lady, "please don't tell me this clown is one of your friends." Jadess just shrugged her shoulders and rolled her eyes. D said, "Good then", and smacked him again. When D finally allowed Simon to get up he ran back to where the younger children played. Jadess, he exclaimed, "why, didn't you help me?" She cockily replied, "cause Simon didn't say." As a matter of fact, after meeting D, Simon didn't have to much more to say. That night Lady Jadess went on over to D's house. "Hey, Lil Miss Lady, what u need a place to crash," he asked as he was already use to looking out for her. "Yeah," she answered in an exhausted voice. "Well, go on and crash in my room, the streets is calling me and I won't be back until the early morning," as he moved away from the door to let her in. Jadess went to his room and turned the television on. She always was safe and content at D's. The only thing that she ever worried about there was if he would make it back. D was really the only person that ever cared about what happened to Jadess. She often wondered if he cared as much about himself.