Trouble Sleeping

The distinct smell of bleach was felt in the house. One could hear scrubbing sounds from the bathroom. Ann was knee deep in scrubbing her bathtub, at one in the morning.She had her gloves on and she tied up her hair in a bun, with a scarf protecting her hairline. She was taking her cleaning…

Messy Breakups

Do you remember how your teeth feel when you chew on a wet sweater? Or how your hair raises when you realize you’re barefoot in a field full of ants? Do you remember the pain when you accidentally cut your finger while chopping meat?Do you smell the difference in your blood and that in the…

WorldStar

Tom could feel the blood on his teeth. It felt hot and his heart beat felt faster. He knew exactly what was happening, but still, he could not believe it was actually happening to him, and of all times, now. He could hear his best friend to his far right gasp in shock as he…

Fish Love

Nayla sat on the edge of her bed covered in her blanket as if saving every emission of heat from her body. Her eyes were swollen and her face itchy from the dried tears on her face. She rocked herself back and forth, as a parent would an infant. From a very tender age, she had been…

First Love.

She sat there in silence as he spoke. She had been through this before, or at least she thought. Men are cowards at times. Whenever they had bad news to give, or if they had messed up terribly, they always chose a public place to break the news. At least for her, or maybe it was…

Signs of Hope

They all sat on the ground, with a leso in place to avoid the dirt on their clothes. It was a Sunday, and with it, the best clothes came out for display. A woman with a crying baby sat next to Winfred. He had the flu and runny nose thus the crying. One particular housefly hovered…

Dance it Off

She stepped out the car and her four-inch heel touched the red soil. She immediately knew her white dress was a mistake for such an event. She smirked as she opened the door for her nephew; the rest of the ladies would have something to say about her outfit. After all, who comes to a…

Goodbye seems forever

She stood on the back of a pick up truck, hands raised to the sky. Her hair fluttered against her face as her skirt swished from side to side. She was singing along to Tracy Chapman’s Fast car. She looked alive, like she did when sixteen with no idea how harsh life could be. Sam…

What Came with the rain

She stood in the shower, water soothing her skin, but her mind was far. Last night was still very vivid in her mind. She had boarded a matatu on her way home. It was one of those rainy Nairobi evenings so they all scrabbled for the first matatu to arrive at the stage. This one…

Doors

She stood in the middle of two doors, two door wide open, with strong wind howling from both of them. She had to choose a door; the present or the past. To her right was a new door, shiny and glossy. It looked firm, stable and energetic. Inside the door was sunshine, a meadow and…

Street Fights

Jennifer flipped her weave back and let a huge breathe from her mouth. She looked around and for a minute, realized where she was and what she was doing. She read so many stories about crazy women doing crazy things in the name of love, but never had she thought she’s be the one flipping…