The Leafy Man
Finally got around to ACTUALLY reading ‘A Killing in the Sun’ *Thank you Lillian* and I need someone to beat the shit out of me for having taken so long *any volunteers?* because I love love it already and I am not even half way.
A man called Japia, Abedo a village and Miss Doe, a genetically modified mosquito that is intended to curb malaria are the main points of the story. Abedo is volunteered for trials of Miss Doe and thank God that the trial is location limited. What was not foreseen about Miss Doe is the fact that it grows to maturity in one day so they could not be managed. Even though Miss Doe doesn’t cause malaria, it sucks blood and we are talking at a speed that would put vampires to shame.
Japia was not with his family when the attack happened so all he could do was hope that they were fine, he found a baby in a basket and gave him solace. For a while, they survived in an orange field because he had figured out that Miss Doe was repelled by orange leaves. Unfortunately, the food ran out so he had to go to the next village for some more but that would mean that he had to get out of the orange garden and put himself at risk.
He prepared himself all leafed allover hence the name, the leafy man and set out to the village for the food and while he was there, a rescue chopper arrived. Short story shorter, Japia ran away from the rescue team when he discovered that they were part of the team that made Miss Doe. Whether or not they were there to actually to help him I will never know *unless the story is continued later on* but that was not a risk he was willing to take.
How many times have we remained stuck in our ways because other things were not familiar? Would you risk your life for a baby you found at the road especially when your life was in danger? What was Japia’s motive for saving the baby? Is there a possibility that the CDC knew that Miss Doe would wipe out the entire village?
I think I admire Japia and might be even be inspired because even when all was not well, he remained optimistic.