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The first time I saw her was in the bathroom

I went to the bathroom to piss but before I turned on the tap, I saw her sitting in the corner, leaning towards me. Her eyes shone, like a flame. I didn’t know what...

I’m sitting in my room with my brother and sister-in-law when I hear one of my parents say something that makes me cry

I can’t remember which one it was. “I miss you.” I whisper to myself. My mom says I cry over nothing. It’s not true. I do cry over the things I miss. “The smell...

In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo reflects on Christmas with her family

It was Christmas morning. My parents drove up while I was still asleep. My mother is a total morning person and wanted to spend the morning watching television, while my father was determined to...

In our series of letters from African-American journalists, novelist and writer Dora narrates her story of growing up black in New York City

I think back to last winter, with my family in an old house on the shore of New York City’s Hudson River. The snow was piled around the deck and a little brown dog...

Lee Hudlocke was nothing special, and this he knew

Lee Hudlocke was nothing special. He worked as a writer in an old newspaper company from nine to five. He lived around the block in a broken down brick apartment and took the bus...

It was a Sunday morning, and I was sitting in the church

I didn’t know where to sit. How big was this church? The back corner of the back pew, in the third row, seemed a little crowded. I couldn’t see past the pavement. The man...

Jude and Nancy were walking home from school one day when Nancy asked him what he wanted for Christmas

“So what d’you want for Christmas then?” “A date for the movies. A special evening in the cinema. The theater is already closed, and I know a great place. I’m going to go there...

The waitress gave him a look that told him he should just shut up

“Well, you’ve been in here a half-hour.” His eyes narrowed but he nodded. “A half-hour.” She gave him a look that told him he should just shut up. “You’re sitting out in the dark...

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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...