I'm still way impressed by that episode in your story - I mean, not that I'm not enjoying the rest, I am. But that particular bit - that was subtle - how things work, how Dylan could be brought up with slaves and become an abolitionist and believe that it's still right to own slaves.
I read the meta piece you posted on What We Keep, too - it's about the only left I really regret about being banned from livejournal, that there is no meta fan community on IJ to post/join discussions like these.
Because I think the right position to take, living in a country like that, would either be to avoid owning slaves - sure, you can't avoid being connected with slavery, but you can do your bit about not being in it - or to leave the country*. Not that I don't understand Jeff and Cate and Dylan, and appreciate that they're doing what they can within the system, but they are still part of the system, supporting it even while they try to change it.
*And I bet that it's difficult to leave the US as it now is, unless you're very wealthy...
By the way, you can help me on this - what is the name of the US in this universe? Is it still just "the United States" or something else?
I don't know any of the fandoms, but I'm still intrigued!
I suppose I should do a "meet the folks" post - I'm just not sure how...