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The hostess handed me the menus

“Good evening. I have a reservation under the name Wilson.” The hostess placed the menus on the table. “Ah, yes, that is your name.” She looked up at me. “Yes, I had a reservation...

In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist M’Baye M’Baye tells the story of how she made it to the forest...

When I woke up everything was white. White like the night sky, blank white. I could smell the cold, crisp smell of snow and trees. I felt it through the floorboards and on the...

I woke up and looked at my watch

I was lying on my bed, looking at my watch. “You have to go to work now,” she said. “Get up and get to work.” I stood up and grabbed my backpack. “Do you...

The wedding party stood in the church foyer, waiting for the ceremony to begin

Marissa had been through so much so fast. It was amazing her only children lived. Her oldest son survived two years with a broken back when he was three. He’d died of shock and...

This is the story of my daughter, Evey

It took me a long time to get over my anger at the world. I felt better after finding this story. A couple years ago, my wife and I saw a program on TV...

She was not made of wood and stone

She was not made of wood and stone. She was made of love; and she loved well, with a love so deep that it felt like a pulse, beating the warm and fragrant air,...

One night the children went to play in the creek

They tried to play, but couldn’t get the hang of it. Some of them managed to go down to the creek to wash the clothes, their only form of communication with the world of...

Jasmine dreams that she is in the bed with Kenny

She had had the same dream the night before, and she had woken up to find out that it was Kenny who was there that morning. She had wanted to believe that it was...

I’m sitting on the beach with a bottle of Corona

My heart pounds on my chest and I’m in a constant state of shock. I’ve never been prouder of any child. I’ve never been this relieved to have a daughter. This motherfucker is on...

The first time I saw him in the restaurant, he just sat and stared at me

I watched for a minute, waiting for him to tell me what he wanted. Did he want to talk business or something? Did he want to talk about what I knew, what I had...

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Tommy’s mission was to escape from the waking world

He needed to figure out a way to get back to his own body, so that he could complete his mission without having to go through the motions of a waking life. There was...

Beth stood atop the headland, watching the waves crash gently onto the ocean, feeling suddenly as if she was being pulled away from herself,...

Yet as she gazed out into an ocean that seemed to beckon as an unknown singer sang a song of longing, Beth felt suddenly as if she had been the one to place the...

The green eyes looked at Danielle, and then at the knight

“Sorry,” Danielle said, as she saw the last of the needles float out of sight, and the wall in front of the knight collapsed. She looked back down at the green eyes. “Is it...