A Thorn in His Side

He had no doubt now that Sister Augustin was the one who told Father Schmidt about Monifa and him. Many times he could feel her eyes on him and when he turned to look at her, she quickly averted her gaze. And she avoided him. On one occasion during recess when he was talking to …

Trapped

We remain trapped when we allow fear to block our means of escape. She sat in bed in the Inky blackness and the faintest glow of light from around the door warned her that she wasn't alone anymore. He was there. She could hear him moving about now. What was she going to do when …

Lara and Mr. Hoffmann

"What's that number on your arm, Mr. Hoffmann?" Lara asked. It was a Saturday afternoon and she was at his flat. She liked visiting him. He was such a nice, kind person. He was different from everyone else. He was friendly to her even though she was colored. He had a foreign accent. He wasn't …

Zoey’s Story

"Zoey, what are you doing here?" "I needed to see you. Please, may I come in?" He sighed heavily. "All right, come in." She went inside and after he shut the door, he faced her. He leaned against it, arms folded, looking down at her. She looked so young and reminded him of a waif. …

Agnes Blackmails Margaret

"I saw you put it there." "What are you talking about?" "I saw you put it in her room." "Put what in whose room?" "I saw you go into Miss Taylor's room and put the bottle of Cyanide in her drawer." "Don't talk foolishness, Agnes. You couldn't have seen me do anything of the sort." …

Abeke’s Story

"I have something to tell you." "What is it? You know you can tell me anything. Nothing you say would change the way I feel about you." We sat facing each other and holding hands. Her fingers gripped mine tightly as she shared a chapter in her past with me. "You know that I was …

Clive Gets a Visitor

"What you doing here?" Clive asked Margaret. It unnerved him that she was right outside of the Four Seasons Hotel where he was staying. He had just returned from visiting his Aunt Caroline who was out on bail and staying with his older brother Robert and his wife while awaiting her trial. "I wanted to …

Stand Up

“I’m tired of hearing people say, all lives matter.” “Well, they do.” “I’m not saying that they don’t.  All I’m saying is that when people say that they are downplaying the Black Lives Matter Movement.” “Black Lives Matter Movement sounds militant.” “It isn’t.  It’s a cry for justice, a cry to end the systemic racism …

Triggered

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz Rolling over in bed, during a nap, the 68 year old ex-Marine accidentally triggered his LifeAid alert necklace.  He had a heart condition.   He was jolted awake by the sound of loud banging.  It was the police at his front door.  Despite telling them that he didn’t need any help, …

Gida’s Story

I'm a deaf 35 year old woman with two children.  I'm also HIV positive.  I was raped twice by the same man.  It happened when I was working as a carpenter's assistant. The men used to come up to me and ask for sexual favors.  I rejected them.  At the time, I couldn't communicate using …

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