100 pages • 3 hours readNnedi Okorafor
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The four friends approach Black Hat’s gas station, and Orlu feels bad juju nearby. He admits it scares him. If he uses his ability to undo it, they will reveal their presence, but they decide they must undo the bad juju for their own safety. They touch knives, and they feel like “one being made of four people” (315). They walk closer to the gas station, and Orlu grapples with the bad juju using his knife. When he finishes, an obi (building) appears with a man inside and two children lying on the floor. Bush souls that look like yellow-green birds attack the young people; Chichi and Sasha fight them with juju while Orlu and Sunny run inside the obi.
Inside, Orlu and Sunny meet Black Hat Otokoto, who laughs at them, and find two toddlers who appear dead. Otokoto continues to work on his juju. Sasha and Chichi run inside to join them. Sasha pulls out a conch shell he bought from the Junk Man, blowing into it and calling for every insect in the area to take Otokoto’s blood. Black Hat is suddenly swarmed with insects. While he’s distracted, Sunny and Orlu pick up the children’s bodies.
By Nnedi Okorafor