100 pages • 3 hours readNnedi Okorafor
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The funky train drops Sasha, Orlu, and Sunny in front of Orlu’s house, but Chichi has to go on to Leopard Knocks with Anatov to receive her punishment for the masquerade. Sasha expresses frustration that people are punished for pushing boundaries, but Orlu says a person shouldn’t always be allowed to do things just because they can. Orlu kisses Sunny’s cheek before she walks home.
At home, Sunny’s mom is on the phone with her sister in the United States, and Sunny talks to her Auntie Chinwe, a freethinking dancer who married an American. When her mom is out of earshot, Sunny asks about her grandmother, and Auntie Chinwe says she had secrets. She tells Sunny to look in a box her mother keeps in her bedroom. Sunny also sees a spirit grasshopper on her father’s head, but must pretend not to in order to avoid alerting him to her new abilities.
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Sunny goes to her room and places a bean that the Junk Man gave her under her bed, as he instructed. In the Leopard Knocks newspaper, she reads that Black Hat stole a book from the Obi Library. In the meantime, the bean has cracked open, and a blue wasp appears.
By Nnedi Okorafor