Author archive: Wanjiru Ndung'u

Short Stories
Gray Areas
August 16, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel… As told by Mel * When you put promises into words and utter them into existence, the universe gives you an opportunity to fulfil them. That’s the power of the spoken word. The universe always wants you to succeed, so it is generous and swift with these opportunities. They come […]
Short Stories
Pea in the Pod
August 9, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel… As told by Mel * Time dilates when you’re sitting on a toilet seat waiting for a blade of paper to tell you whether your life has changed irreversibly. Three blades of paper to be accurate. One line says, “Huh. His pullout game is as strong as he said.” Two […]
Short Stories
Renegades
August 2, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel … As told by Mel * On Sunday, I step out of the May, morning drizzle and wipe the dew and grass off my shoes on the door mat outside my house. Inside, I am greeted by the hum of my fridge, the foulness of a half cup of tea […]
Short Stories
Kindergarteners
July 26, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel… * As told by Mel * The week after Jonathan and I leave Naivasha, I find myself at a golf club on Monday evening. The clouds have taken on a blue hue that is absent of any warmth, keeping in tune with the day that has been. My shoes clack […]
Short Stories
Fire Whisperer
July 19, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel… As told by Jonathan * We’re still sitting on the terrace when a chill seeps back into the air. Mel is hugging herself out in the garden, talking to a woman (who together with her husband), Bram says owns the resort. We’re moving to a den inside where it’s warmer, […]
Short Stories
Soar
July 12, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel… As told by Jonathan * Tuesday morning I’m leaning against the warm hood of my car, one hand tucked inside the pouch of my hoodie. I’m talking to my buddy Bram about my flight on his family’s helicopter while Mel is up in her house packing for the trip. We […]
Short Stories
Grown Folk
July 5, 2018
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Previously on Taste of Mel … As told by Jonathan * Saturday night I’m pacing outside my bathroom chewing on a slice of pizza. It’s been over half an hour since Mel went to soak in the tub and she’s not responding to me. I’ve started to get anxious because she had a lot of […]
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Guest Post: Over the Edge
June 28, 2018
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Story by Habiba Billal *** “Damn it Gabby, what is wrong you?” Seth asked walking into the kitchen in a pair of briefs beneath a glaring beer gut and a chest that was precariously close to needing a bra. “I told you to fold my football Jerseys black on white. Not white on black!” “I’m […]
Short Stories
Tremors
June 22, 2018
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Previously on Taste of Mel … On the cab ride home, I keep checking my phone for a call or text – anything from Harry explaining why he left our date like a mother ostrich to its threatened egg. The cab driver keeps talking to me but I am too rattled for idle conversation. I […]
Short Stories
The Witch’s Lair
June 14, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel … The house is a duplex whose front door opens into a foyer. There’s a wooden coat hanger on one side that accosts you like a gnarly butler as soon as you open the door. I bend down to unclasp my wedges and notice two pairs of girls’ shoes – […]