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A Look Inside the Story
After the wedding ceremony, Quincy told Mina that she
was supposed to call him Daddy from then on.
“I am your Daddy from this day forward, and you are my daughter, my
child. You hear me!”
“Yes,” Mina had replied, but very uncomfortable with
“Yes, SIR,” replied Mina, as she attempted to hold
back her anger.
“Yes, Daddy… that’s how you address me. We are family
now, and if I give your mama another baby, I don’t want our child hearing you
calling me Quincy. You understand?”
“Yes… DADDY,” said Mina.
Even before the wedding, all pretenses by Daddy with
regards modesty ceased. He thought nothing about coming out of the bedroom naked
to grab a beer from the refrigerator while Mina sat at the kitchen table doing
After a while, Mina also dropped her own concerns of
propriety and thought nothing of walking around the house wearing nothing but
her baby-doll nightie. That of course, did elicit comments and warnings from her
mother but Quincy seemed not to mind.
The subject of Quincy’s nephew Bernard was brought up
so many times that Mina finally agreed to go out on a date with him, which
quickly made the rounds at school. As it turned out, Bernard was a nice kid and
Mina began to suspect that Quincy might be pushing him as well.
At dinner, the conversation often touched on Quincy’s
belief that many of the world’s problems would vanish if racial breeding were
more rampant. Ester seemed to agree with her husband on the subject, suggesting
that a child conceived between Mina and Bernard would have just the right
mixture of features. Mina told Sherrie that her mother had drank too much of the
Kool-Aide. “It’s like whatever comes
out of Mom’s mouth is controlled by him.”
One night, while Bernard was having dinner with
Mina’s family, Quincy commented on how Mina was the perfect breeding age.
Bernard, also embarrassed by his uncle’s remarks, apologized to Mina later that
“Bernard,” said Mina, “You know what’s really going
on don’t you. Your uncle wants me himself.”
That night, Mina crossed the color line herself with Bernard.
The next day, Sherrie asked, “But why?”
“I don’t really understand it myself Sherrie,” said
Mina, “Maybe I thought that if I gave into Quincy, and did a black guy, maybe
he’d stop thinking it was his job to do it. I don’t know, I just think that’s
what he really wants… to do me.”