NYU Black Renaissance Noire Volume 18 Issue 1 - Winter 2018 - Page 100

But Uncle James was dead, and it had been a sad day. There would be no more dancing and kisses on the forehead. But maybe, just maybe, somebody had made a mistake and thought he was dead, but he really wasn’t. Because I’m telling you, when that lightning lit up the room, I saw him sitting over there in that rocking chair, just as sure as I was lying there between Mama and Daddy. But still, I knew what I had seen. There was no denying that when that lightning struck, it lit up the room, and I could see a man sitting in the rocking chair. It was his ghost, Uncle James’s ghost. Why did he come to our house after his funeral? Was he going to haunt us? Was he dead or alive? 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