Still Reeling

Kalisa still couldn't believe it. She didn't want to believe it. Deandre had a girlfriend. She should have known that a handsome man like him wouldn't be single but she had hoped...What good had that hope done her? She had come to Jacksonville because of him. She had enrolled at the university where he taught …

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No Education Leads to Risk of Child Marriage

Photo by Monstera on Pexels.com On March 23, 2022, the first school year here in Afghanistan, I was excited about returning and eagerly looked forward to seeing my classmates and teachers again. I along with other students showed up bright and early only to find the doors closed and armed Taliban guards. My heart sank. …

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Sarifina and Maxime Reunite

Sarifina couldn't believe that she was in Maxime's London flat. It seemed like ages since that awful day last summer when they said goodbye at Kennedy Airport. It had been the worse day of her entire life, watching the man she loved walk away, not knowing when she would see him again. Weeks went by …

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Laird Recounts the Past

"So, you didn't stay to see your father?" Martina asked Laird. "No. I couldn't bear to listen to any more of her bloody drivel." "It sounds like she's still in love with you." "How ironic. Karson wanted her love but I, who never wanted it got it instead." "Love is a crazy thing. And some …

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Old Stomping Ground

It was a Sunday evening and Laird was visiting his childhood home in Oxfordshire. He was there to tell his father about his engagement to Martina. The old man would probably be shocked because he always held the view that his younger son wasn't the marrying kind and that it would take a really special …

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Jabulani’s Choice

He was on his way home when he got the call. He eagerly answered it, his heart racing. "Hello, Jabulani." "Hello, Doctor. I've decided to accept your offer to sponsor me." He didn't realize that he was tense until he felt himself relax as relief washed over him. "I'm so happy to hear that. When …

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Shiloh

Everyone came to him for advice and to vent about something. Perhaps it was because he was easy to talk to and most of the young people didn't feel comfortable talking to other adults, least of all their parents. Or perhaps, it was because he was the Guidance Counselor at Sunnyside High School. Most of …

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Drusilla’s Story

I was having lunch with my cousin, Tia. We hadn't seen each other for a while so there was a lot of catching up to do. She was working at an advertising company while I was in my third year at university. I was studying Sociology. She was engaged to a Nigerian man she met …

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Keziah’s Story

Jill was my best friend.  We grew up together.  We used to like the same books, movies and boys.  And when the boy we liked at a particular time liked one of us more, there were not hard feelings.  We were happy for each other.  So, when she met and fell in love with Greg, …

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Matt’s Story

A couple of years ago, my world as I knew it was turned upside down.  I was 17 and at my cousin, Rose's wedding.  At the reception, a relative who had way too much to drink, put his arm around me and said, "I don't know about the rest of the family but I'm sure …

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