THE TRADE

The rope from the gallows bit into the neck of the condemned, tearing through flesh and cutting cartilage. Full of the yeast of death, the face swelled up like blue dough with tongue protruding. Then the twitching stopped. Thrashing, sweating and choking, he woke to discover it had been a nightmare. He should have just […]

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THE BODYGUARDS

Lucio downed the brand in the snifter thirstily and hurled it into the roaring fireplace where it broke into pieces. Shaking with barely controlled fury, agitation unconcealed, he paced up and down the room. He was going to get even, hit the godfather where it mattered most. The godfather had built an empire and made […]

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THE APP

Okwukwe sat in the reception surrounded by the perpetual drone that is synonymous with very busy hospitals. Now and then, a baby’s indignant cry pierced through the incessant hum of frenetically paced activities.  Though bored out of his wits, he could still not bring himself to follow the Nollywood movie that was most of the […]

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EVERLASTING DOORS 1

The bus was an island surrounded by a sea of noise. Buses, tricycles, okadas, hawkers, and beggars were all part of the cacophony that jarred his nerves. To make matters worse, Wale was squashed amongst two women and a man, all with considerable weight. The discomfort was unimaginable; a seat that should take three was […]

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CUSTODIAN OF THE FUTURE

The elevator was redolent of the woman’s strong, provocative vanilla perfume. It also happened to be his best fragrance flavour. As it naturally occurred these days, they had met again coincidentally at 7:15am at the bank of elevators. She usually went all the way to the top floor, while he got off at the 3rd. […]

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THE FEAST

The red grapes hung heavy and juicy over the dining table. They were of the pithless variety which I loved and seemed like the very first bunch from Eden too good to be found even in Bacchus’ backyard. There were green ones too coupled with greenish, yellow bananas, ruby, red sliced water melons which were […]

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LIGHT BE

Errant electrons were out of orbit, atoms swam about in discordant whorls and molecules were a chaotic jumble, scattered ingredients of the inky, primordial soup that was earth. Desolation reigned and confusion ruled. There was no delineation to the puddle, no borders to the muddle. The cosmos was a canyon of nothingness and over it […]

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A BEAUTIFUL DESTINY

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the King’s horses and all the King’s men could not put Humpty Dumpty together again…. The night was cold and the silence deafening! Swirling mists billowed and all around as far as the eyes could see, tombstones flourished like stony mushrooms. Stars, […]

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