Nearly half of her dressing up session was spent in front of the full-length, expensive mirror enframed in neat, hand-carved mahogany wood. Lizzy was busy checking out the best outfit for the evening as she rummaged through her wardrobe and ransacked her make-up kit. She had been at this for nearly an hour and had … Continue reading Love Again?
I ignored the 5am alarm on my phone because it was a Saturday morning. With a long yawn I cuddled under my sheets and my new bouncy mattress tended to my aching body. The lack of cross ventilation makes my room stuffy when there is a power cut, but I had grown accustomed to it, … Continue reading When Darkness Is Golden
There’s a tickling sensation on the back of my neck as I come to consciousness. It’s a floor ant, making its way up to my head. I sweep at it with the backside of my fingers and roll over. I linger a bit more on the weathered mattress on the tiled floor, staring at the … Continue reading Yesteryear
She didn’t want him seeing her like this- ashy skin and sunken cheeks and fast greying hair that refused to hold on to her scalp. She didn’t want to see herself even, if the shattered mirror months ago was any indication. She assumed it was months ago. She didn’t bother trying to keep track of … Continue reading Grays
Photo credits: www.123rf.com Passion. It was sorely lacking in Kiru’s life. Stuck with her near-predictable boyfriend and mundane job, she often wished that excitement would creep up and bite her in the ass, just this once. She decided to spend Independence Day on her own. She went to a corner of the Old Market that … Continue reading Red
A door sprang open, swung to the wall and began a slow return journey. Underneath the revealed curtain, two small feet searched for slippers. A little girl emerged and side stepped for the door to close. Dark, shiny, 3 maybe 4 years old, clad in over sized white cotton panties, she squinted at the sun … Continue reading Candid Shot
The raining season was in full swing now and the clouds were gathering once more for an encore for the third time today. I had already gotten drenched earlier on and was not in a hurry to get baptised once more so I hurried to the bus stop. As I got there my heart sank … Continue reading Always Know When To Cut Your Losses
I was a shy young leaf on a little tree. Our tree was little. Yes, we knew. We knew because the other trees never made us forget it. We heard it all the time. We were the smallest tree in the school. The wind blew. And always, always, it carried the chants of the leaves … Continue reading A Leaf Yearning.
7-06-07 Maiduguri The bar was crowded. She sat, perched on a tall stool, the slit on her long, black dress effectively exposing a slash of pale brown thigh. Her hair was packed up in a bun high on her head, baring her long neck. Long black earrings trailed down to creamy shoulders, untouched by the … Continue reading A Bar Encounter
It was the early hours of the day. Buyers were already in the farm to get eggs. But the eggs were not enough and some people had to go elsewhere. The farmer was sad. So he went under a shade to milk a cow. As he worked silently, an old friend walked in. Smiling faintly, … Continue reading Stranger in the Farm 2