Sade and Femi's father writes them a letter with the story of Tortoise—a story that he and the children's mother used to tell Sade and Femi when they were very little. The story involves a hungry leopard who was hunting for something to eat. At nightfall, Leopard found a tortoise and pinned him down with his paw. Though Tortoise knew the end was near for him, he begged Leopard for five more minutes before he was killed, and Leopard granted him this wish. During this short time, Tortoise scratched furiously at the ground, using up every second of what little time remained to him. When Leopard asked Tortoise whey he had done that, Tortoise responded that when other creatures passed by that spot, he wanted them to see how one small creature had mounted a desperate struggle for his own life. In other words, like Papa, the Tortoise wanted to remembered not for his end but for the way he had struggled for freedom.