Aunt Savitri Calling it As She Sees It

"Would you like a cup of tea, Trishan?" Aunt Savitri asked me. "No, thanks." As usual, I was sitting at the table. The bowl of Indian rice pudding sat untouched in front of me. I stared out of the windows in front of me but I wasn't seeing what was there. My mind was elsewhere. …

Abuja, the Lake & the Girl

She stood by the tree, watching him as he walked along the wooden plank above the lake. He was half naked and bare feet, wearing only swimming trunks. He had a very nice physique. She had never seen him before and she had been coming to this lake for a while now. Was he a …

Neval Anthony Dormer

He was of mixed ethnicity. His father, Franklin Dormer was a wealthy Englishman and his mother, Sumitra was an Indian moor. They met when Sumitra and her widowed mother left their home in Mumbai to work on a tea plantation. The tea plantation was owned by Dormer. He lived there with his wife, Alexandra. They …

A Funeral, a Divorce & Cheating

I was sitting listlessly in my living-room. I had just come home from visiting Aunt Savitri after we went to church. The sermon, Compassion Like Christ was very interesting and it held my attention from beginning to end. After the service, we mingled with the minister and other church members before we left. As we …

Mrs. Lopez Learns the Truth

Mariana Lopez was on her way home after having dinner with her friend, Rena when she spotted her son-in-law, Paul. He didn't see her. He looked good. Married life must finally be agreeing with him. They hadn't seen him for ages. The family had been very disappointed when they didn't spend Christmas with them. Angie …

With Friends Like These…

It was in between classes and I was hanging around in front of the lockers. To pass the time before my next class, I decided to look at the photos I had taken of Dae. I didn't hear Veronica and Radika as they walked up behind me and peered over my shoulder so I was …

A Day in Ouidah

Ede was looking out the window when she saw Hank drive up. Immediately her heart began to beat faster. "Pastor Hank is here," she told her grandmother. "Good. I'm looking forward to meeting him." Ede went to answer the door. Hank's face broke into big smile when he saw her. "Good morning, Pastor Hank." "Good …

The Decision

He had been praying and fasting for weeks on end. He thought about what his friend, Bernard had said after he told him that he couldn't imagine leaving the church. “You don’t have to give up your Catholic faith if you don’t want to.” And to his objection that Clara and he would be unequally …

Celebration and Commitment

Boris was out taking a walk. It was early evening. He had stopped by Tulia's apartment to see if she wanted to join him but she wasn't there. Too bad. It would have been nice. He thoroughly enjoyed her company. They had been seeing each other regularly for several months now. As he walked in …

Tobias’ Dinner With Puah

"Where's the rest of the dress?" "What do you mean?" "Are you kidding? It's too short." "It's supposed to be short." "Well, you're not wearing it to the restaurant." "I'm not a child, Tobias." "I know that," he muttered under his breath. Seeing her in that dress stirred feelings in him, making it hard for …

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