Junie and the Moonchild
60 minutes, Fantasy
By Cynthia Francillon
In a small community deep in Louisiana, an eight-year-old girl named Junie gets to witness the ascension of the Moonchild, a young Black girl groomed from birth until the age of ten to be sacrificed to the community’s God in order to maintain peace and stability. But when the young girl dies improperly from rejecting her role, Junie’s world is shattered and the ritual of the Moonchild is halted, destabilizing the peace.
Thirty years later, after moving to Texas and making a life for herself and her ten-year-old daughter Jamilah, Junie is asked to come back at the news of her gravely ill mother. But she arrives to witness the pulsing decay of the her Louisiana community as punishment from their God, and the desperation for a Moonchild is heavy. But the next Moonchild needs to be chosen by the last one sacrificed, whose spirit roams the crossroads. And when that spirit chooses Jamilah, Junie has to decide: Does she save her daughter or her people?
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