Ego

I have lost connection with my true self the heart I made my ego so strong I lived from my mind so long when my heart speaks it feels like benediction because it is so rare

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Eight

 36 Jane could not believe her eyes. What is this Diamond is doing? Oh my God, she is really doing it. Jane had never seen Diamond Ciku in her element on this level before. Twerking videos, flirting with famous personalities, yes, but this? This she had not seen, should never see. But how could she …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Seven

31 Note to Self: learn how to use a gun. That could be me now. Look at her. She looks so badass. I could be one of the heroes. Now I am just a damsel. That's not me. I am not a damsel. My brothers, they know. Never been a damsel in distress. But this …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part 6

25 Later Jane would remember the taste of metal in her mouth. On hands and knees on the pavement. Fear tasting metallic. Heart thumping as if in her eardrums. Quietness. Sound of screeching tyres. Oncoming car smashing against another car. Shout from a man. Second gunshot.   26 Ciku felt so alive. Never been in …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part 5

23 Getting cold. Jane and the tough girl Ciku with arms around each other, facing Emily. Emily wanting in. She said, “So was I right, Jane? Your tears. A guy?” Jane shrugged. “Who knows? Emotions. There is a lot that isn’t right in my life.” Ciku said, “You don’t have to explain yourself to her, …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Four

19 “What a night.” “Tell me about it.” “You really pulled her weave? You are crazy. I would have paid good money to see that.” “What money?” Maybe it was the joint. She began to laugh. Ciku joined in. A good, long, hard one. The kind that could turn into tears any moment. “Men are …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part 3

11 Emily feeling bashful. His name was Lenku. Hard, strong voice. She could feel the firmness of his character vibrating off him. This was a man. A man like an oak. “What do you do, Lenku?” “I kill men.” Pause. Emily with the big eyes. Laughter from him. “I’m a soldier.” “Oh. So you do …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part Two

4 Rita had to get home early to put in some work on her Masters’ thesis. She told them she tried to get in at least five hundred words every day. She was halfway through with two months before the deadline. Fena was born again, didn’t drink, nursed a Fanta all through, was otherwise a …

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Six Strangers in a Forest: Part One

1 The house was out of town, near the forest, no other home for miles. Acres of private land and forest. Emily didn’t want to go, but felt she must. Staying at home every night was not doing any wonders for her social life. Thuge, one of the cabin crew, had asked her if she …

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What I Didn’t Know about Marriage Until I Got Married

  One of my friends got married last year. We have been close friends since we met when we were six years old. Even if we live in different towns we keep in touch. So I was talking to him on the phone the other day and asked him how married life is treating him. …

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Tortoise

For many years Tortoise had worked in government. He began when he was very young. Then Tortoise got married and started to sire offspring. He had to start thinking seriously about his life. It was around this time that he went into politics. During his time as Member of Parliament he grabbed as much land …

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Diane Pendo

The first thing Diane Pendo did when she awoke was check her Facebook and her Instagram. On Facebook she had received twenty likes for her latest post. She fared better on Instagram. For the next thirty minutes she lay in her bed scrolling and tapping and typing. It was already seven thirty before she worked …

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Simiyu’s Life and Times: Part Four (Final Chapter)

8 “Lily,” Simiyu said. “Don’t let the turgidity of my thing fool you. I am not into the whole two brothers one woman deal. Marcus is kind of a free spirit, but I am not. For the first time in my life I can say this with pride: I am not a free spirit like …

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Simiyu’s Life and Times: Part Three

6 What Simiyu didn’t tell Marcus, what he was afraid to acknowledge even to himself, was that deep in his gut he was sick with the fear that he would blink and the magic would poof into oblivion and he would go back to being a loser. What makes a loser, he wondered. All his …

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Simiyu’s Life and Times: Part Two

3 Simiyu had been sitting in the couch of Marcus’s living room for a few minutes, catching up on some of the messages he had received in regular text and in Whatsapp. The messages were unusually many, most being from his wife and two from Atieno. He smiled. Today was the beginning of a new …

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Simiyu’s Life and Times: Part One

1 For the first time in his life, Simiyu was awakening in a strange bed in a strange room with a naked stranger snuggled in the sheets next to him. For the first time in his life, Simiyu experienced the, for him, pleasurable experience of waking up to a woman he couldn’t, try as he …

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Bob Happy

Bob Happy was one of the saddest men this side of the Sahara. He made his bread and butter emceeing at corporate events, entertaining at standup nights in clubs, and with his afternoon show on a popular radio station where he played the comic relief guy to balance the serious professionalism of his female co-host. …

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Waitherero 2

For two months Mwangi did not go to the club. The memory of that morning was raw in his mind. That morning when two little girls had presented the tomb of the woman who had been his lover. They had made love every night he brought her home from the club. Those were three glorious …

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Waitherero

She had an unearthly beauty. She was tall. Her skin was smooth and dark. She wore a purple dress and seemed to glide. Mwangi waited until she had sat down and walked over to her table. A waitress was on the way there as well. The waitress was saying to the girl, “What are you …

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Mona 2

I met her at the Castle. She was fun. It was night and we went swimming in the river. And we had the craziest conversation. Afterwards I was unsure if I had hallucinated her. But I told all about that, didn’t I? She was no figment of my imagination, however. I saw her again. If …

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High School Reunion: Part 4 (Final Chapter)

PART FOUR 26 “The bumper is pretty beat up, but everything else seems to be alright,” said Nanok as he revved up the engine and put the gear in reverse to back the car away from the tree it had collided with like a drunk bee flying into a wall of transparent glass. Atieno and …

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High School Reunion: Part Three

PART THREE 19 How fast feelings can change, Nanok thought, keeping his eyes on the darkening road ahead. The car’s floodlights illuminated the way. A while ago, he thought, I wanted her. Now I can’t wait to drop her off wherever. What had he thought would happen today – that he would make this one …

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High School Reunion: Part Two

PART TWO 12 It was evening, and the cars were driving out of the school compound. It was like Music Festival day, and you were talking to a hot girl, and the school bus was revving up, preparing to depart, and you could not, no matter how much you tried, extricate yourself from the girl …

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The War of the Pen and the Sword

Once upon a time there was a king in a land far from here. This king had one begotten son whom he loved to distraction. The king had one possession of his which he had never let anyone see or know about, not even his own dear wife, the queen, and he was determined to …

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High School Reunion: Part One

PART ONE 1 Nanok was tall, broad-shouldered, with a rough look to him. His black leather jacket matched his shades and black Timberland boots. The face that sneered back at him from the mirror was clean-shaven and had a small scar under the left cheekbone like a dimple. He glanced at the big silver watch …

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