The Strays

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After the initial jitters, I found it exceedingly easy to tell what kind of person Nazir was. Whilst living out in the wilderness, he had somehow attracted a stray cat, a bipolar wanderer and a straying wife. Once I saw my place in that cast of characters, I knew exactly who he was and more alarmingly, who I had become. He…

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The Ones Who Don’t Look Away

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I stood outside the trailer with my eyes closed, the sun warming my forehead delightfully. There was no hint of smoke, fumes or odours in the air; it smelled of dried leaves, soil, and wet bark. It smelled like nature thriving. I listened to the birds calling in the trees and tried to identify them in my mind. It was…

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The Day I Went to His Place

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Dried leaves crumbled under my feet as I paced back and forth in the parking lot. Nazir was some distance away conversing at length with the mechanic, leaving me with nothing to do besides watching slats of sunlight pour through a yellow fever tree. It had taken them twenty minutes to work out that the crankshaft sensor was faulty. Once…

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The Day the Cruiser Broke Down

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It was late September when Nazir and I met. I was touring with an American group from Idaho when my cruiser lurched and stalled. We were on the tail end of a tour to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, or what we fondly call the Kifaru leg, because the last northern white rhinos in the world are the main attractions in that…

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The Day of the Storm

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The air had been thick with heat that morning. It was the week after Easter Sunday and I had just returned from a trip to Tsavo. I had just three days to rest before heading out on the next safari. That weekend, I would be guiding a Canadian tour group around Mt. Longonot and Lake Naivasha. The roads had been…

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The Crown Prince’s Bath: Part VII

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A Wedding in Wartime In the royal chambers, Hyun Joon sat at the head of the table while the Royal Council gave him their update. As the Crown Prince and the Commander of Archers, he had sat at the same table countless times. His father sat at the head, Lim Min-su sat to his right, while Hyun Joon sat to…

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The Crown Prince’s Bath: Part VI

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A Queen Without a Kingdom When the young king had calmed himself, Ahn Yeo-bin drew him a hot bath and brought him honeyed chamomile tea. It was long past his bath time, and Im Ha-na was already serving his dinner in the resting chamber. He did not have the chance to finish his tea before his manservant darted in with…

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The Crown Prince’s Bath: Part V

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The Court Lady Superior Ahn Yeo-bin gathered her skirts and made haste toward the central court. She knew that His Majesty would be there, but she did not have a plan for how to gain an audience with him. Even as a crown prince, a court lady could not simply approach him. She had to go through the senior lady,…

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The Crown Prince’s Bath: Part IV

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The Stag That Killed The King It was late summer when news arrived that the King had been fatally wounded. He had been impaled, ironically, not by the enemy's sword but by a frightened stag that crashed into his tent while running away from a forest fire. The rider arrived in the night, bearing his ashes in a clay jar…

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