Posts Tagged: Relationships

Short Stories
Little Bird
May 24, 2018
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Previously in Taste of Mel… On Saturday afternoon I’m lounging in my house re-watching Bridget Jones Diary when my phone rings. “Melisandre,” Harry says. “How are you?” “I’m good, how are you?” “Great. Great. What are you wearing right now?” “Eer… my priestess costume.” “Would you say it is…bewitching?” I laugh aloud. “How long have […]
Short Stories
The Ledge
May 9, 2018
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I see his car before I see him. Only, I don’t know that it’s his because there are a lot of V8’s in this parking lot and I don’t look at the plates. My assistant and I are hauling our equipment to the van after a long night of shooting our third annual aviation industry […]
Short Stories
Stag Fight
April 19, 2018
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Previously in Njambi & Kagwe’s world… Saturday night I drain the last of my White Cap and duck into the night. As I back out of my parking spot, I hear a crunching sound at the back. The parking lot is tarmacked and there’s no reason for any crunching sound unless… I jump out and […]
Short Stories
On the Rocks
April 5, 2018
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Previously in Njambi & Kagwe’s World… Mother always told me it’s unmannerly to sit on the armrest of a chair, particularly as a guest in somebody’s home. Mel is padding around the kitchen pouring juice into glasses when this thought elbows its way to the fore of my mind. I push it back. I prefer […]
Short Stories
Dark Places
March 29, 2018
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Previously in Njambi & Kagwe’s world… The blue light of the TV flashes across the living room. Night has taken hold of the room. The silver of the moon is streaming in through a parting in the curtain. Crickets are chirping. The streetlights are casting faint, dancing shadows of the neighbor’s palm trees on our […]
Short Stories
Good Wives Club
March 15, 2018
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Previously in Njambi & Kagwe’s World… I clench my fists to quiet the trembling. I try to take a deep breath but my lungs refuse to fill up with air. My stomach feels like a gaping crater. I press my palms to my cheeks. I have to do this. I have to find out. I […]
Short Stories
Duty Calls
March 8, 2018
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Previously in Njambi & Kagwe’s world… As told by Njambi * The Friday before Ng’endo’s graduation, Margaret’s call comes in before my alarm. “Did I wake you?” she asks. For heaven’s sake Margaret, it’s only six freaking AM! “No Mother, I’m awake,” I lie. She says that Mugo is taking her to a goat market […]
Short Stories
Playing Circus
March 1, 2018
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Previously in Njambi & Kagwe’s World… The coughs of a lorry and a banging on my gate wake me up. The tent people have come to collect their tents and chairs. Njambi rolls over in her sleep. She must be dog-tired. I rouse myself and head downstairs feeling grateful for the noise. It has stirred […]
Short Stories
Playing Fast and Loose
February 22, 2018
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Jump to Start: Thirsty Thursday Previously in Njambi & Kagwe’s World… The shrieks of children stomping around the driveway pull me from sleep. My eyes are sore and I could swear someone has set up a blacksmith’s shop on my temples. Swallowing feels like trying to play Slip ‘N Slide on dry rubber. My tongue […]
Short Stories
The Night is Ours
February 15, 2018
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Previously in Njambi & Kagwe’s World… Three things could’ve clued me in on how my night turns out. The universe is always kind enough to send you a sign when you’re about to weave yourself into a scrape. Wise men get the hint right away. They fold up and go home. But the universe knows […]