Flash wednesday

No Such Thing As Monsters

Word length: 600 – 700 “Mommy, there’s a monster in my room.” Jane’s mother sighed. “There’s no such thing as monsters, Jane. It’s just your imagination. Now close your eyes and go to sleep.” Jane clutched her teddy bear tightly to her chest, her knuckles turning white at the pressure she was exerting. She watched as her […]

Addicted

Addicted

“Fine boy!” the skinny half-naked ashewo called out to Abdul as he drove slowly past her, his window wound halfway down. Abdul cursed as he tried his dealer’s number once more; he had circled the crescent twice, trying to call Caesar the whole time but he’d been getting the busy tone. Mercifully, this time it […]

Yajide

Yajide

The first time I spoke to Yajide, I had just woken from a light sleep and he was standing there, staring at me, wearing a beautiful smile, and that singular outfit of dark blue jeans and a white t-shirt. I no longer ask if those are his only clothes; there is something comforting in knowing […]

Poets' Thursday

Poets’ Thursday: Strong

They put loads on you Each person, his own little parcel You’re strong, they said You’ll make it through…that’s what you’re made for The water was deep Cold and unloving It called out to you Promising peace Promising to unburden It called, you answered It seduced, you fell Cold hands pulled at you Burdens dragged […]

Flash wednesday

Not That It Matters Now

(Word length: 500-600 words) What I was calling to ask you was if you remember the civil engineer who lived behind your father’s compound, the one we ran away to go see every weekend? He had grey eyes and a deep voice. He taught us how to whistle without spewing spittle the summer we both […]

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I still remember

  Growing up in the barracks was the best childhood experience. The communal life was second to none. The sharing of both Christmas and Sallah rice was always something to look up to; it tasted different from the Sunday ritual rice. The constant brawls between wives was mischievously a delightful sight to behold so far […]

Flash wednesday

Not Yet Free

(Word length: 200-300 words) Every evening, her face clouded with despair as she sat in a battered rocking chair. The hot noon sun blazed on her; she should have trembled but she did not. She was waiting for him to return, her husband. To nuzzle, cuddle and peck her like the good old days. But […]

Flash wednesday

SILENT NIGHT

(200-300 words) “I am the monster that loves you!” A hot shiver crawled down her spine as she reached for the door knob. Turning it, the door gave way and history hit her in the face. Ten years suddenly seemed like yesterday. She peered, cautiously, before trudging her way inside the room. Nothing had changed. […]

Flash wednesday

Jos

Word length: 400-500 words   Jos, 24th Dec 2012. “Mama, I’ll be back by Sunday,” I shouted into the phone as the tricycle sped to the popular tomato market along Bauchi ring road. I noticed some young men loitering in a corner and my chest tightened a bit. I quickly chided myself for being paranoid. […]