Growingseed in California
EmmaAnyanwu hastily paces towards the wood-curved window that overlookedthe street. Some weird looks covered her face. She has an expressionof worries mixed with smiles. Her young son Turi follows her as closeas possible to the window where she stands following a blue streetbus along the busy street. She watches as the bus stops at the stagebesides a quarter. Young children the age of her own son climb downout of the bus and hurriedly and cheerfully ran towards their parentsand guardians that are waiting for them. Emma gets lost in herthought that she does not hear her son yelling. Turi had called herseveral times before he becomes grieved and uncontrollably yells. Shethen wakes from her trance.
Shesoothes her son, Turi. Turi, who is around seven years old, thenshows her a little fresh wound that he had got from hitting himselfwhile at school. She picks him up and after soothing him, she placeshim down and takes some ointments from a shelf of which she applieson the wound after washing it gently. She then gives her son somesnacks. Turi makes himself busy himself with the toys. Anyanwuimmediately returns to the former position at the window and sheimmediately returns to her disturbing meditations.
Allthese activities she does as her mind is partially away. It becomesclear that she had not stopped worrying of the safety of her kinsmen.She still has some remnant of fear that Doro can still be of harm tothem. Her family had shifted completely to California and is now atpeace. Doro himself is seemingly quiet. As a matter of fact, he hadconsiderably changed long after he encountered with Anyanwu’s deathattempt. He had thought deeply of their serious dialogue. "Anyanwu,you must not leave me!"[CITATION OCT80 p 187 l 1033 ]He could not haveimagined life without Anyanwu. That would mean a halt in thecontinuation of the line of the generation of their kind: immortals.
Returningto her initial position at the window, she gazes at the street. It isnightfall and the bus had long gone. No children are there. But shevirtually sees them running towards their parents in her disturbedthought. She is in particular moved by the happiness in the reunion.She is disturbed by the fact that Turi is different. She actually hadnever rejoiced in reuniting with her son after school. She has beenhiding her long-lived disturbance once she is with Turi. It is clearthat she loves him so much.
Sheis disturbed that Turi has the unique nature of the immortals. Forher she had longed for the common man’s blood and nature. Herdesire was to raise a child of the normal human nature. With Isaacdead, how will she now bore a human? However much Turi is jovial andjust conducting himself innocently like the other children, she isnever contented.
Shegrieves of the fact that her son would acquire the same qualities ofinhumanness just as Doro. She remembers how Doro at first encounterwas human and how he gradually started changing into his presentnature owing to his immortality. “She bitterly recalled. You arestill the leopard," she said. "And we are still prey. Whyshould we tempt you?" she remembers[CITATION OCT80 p 189 l 1033 ].She is disturbed by what Isaac had spoken of Doro and worries thather son would acquire the same qualities.
Hermeditation is interrupted by the entrance of Doro. She quickly andcunningly disguises her worries.
BUTLER, OCTAVIA E. Wild Seed. New York: DOUBLEDAY & COMPANY, INC., 1980.