MonstersI once sat in an orphanage, pouring make-believe tea. The little girl I was playing with told me to add milk and sugela. I suppose I should have corrected her; should have told her that I would stir in the sugar and ignored the isiZulu word. The orphanage teaches the children to speak English, because English speaking children have a much better chance of finding new parents. I suppose I should have done that, but I couldn't bring myself to take away one of the last few words of her mother tongue. I put usugela into the tea.Monsters6 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
I've visited homes that I wouldn't call houses. I stood outside an abandoned garage with a broken door. A young man only a teenager, really bent double to walk inside. Sewage-ridden water from the street seeped into the dank, dirty room. It was shelter of a kind; a place to keep things and a place to sleep. The boy cheerfully told us that the owner of the garage up the road allowed him to use the customers' bathroom. He explained how he
St RainI called him St Rain. He didn't go by any other name; he was as nameless as a baby in the Middle Ages and he didn't seem to care. He came to school in bare feet but wore his school uniform with pride. Even as the dust of the desert came sweeping over from the plains, dirtying the white of our school shirts, he would smile and simply turn to the clouds.St Rain5 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
That's when I thought he had something to do with the rain.
The drought had been going on for more than ten years now and the dam levels were reaching critical levels never seen before. Five years ago, we could still skip stones across the plummeting water but now they just go plop in the ooze, or sank into white crystals that were spilling from the earth as the waters fell. Someone pointed out it was free salt and we didn't have to go rummaging the city stores for our ever diminishing supplies but we all knew this was the type of sodium chloride we should avoid.
St Rain didn't care.
When the sun popped over the horizon and the kangaroos
Hungry Household ApplianceHungry Household Appliance5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It wasn't particularly noticeable at first. Just an inch here, an inch there. Maybe a streak left behind where the stubby rubber feet dragged across the floor. I certainly didn't think much of it. Washing machines have a way of getting jostled out of place.
Then, one night, while my wife and I lay barely conscious on either side of the bed, each tugging at the too-small stretch of sheet between us, there came a banging that woke us with a start. My wife tore the covers to her end and held them ready to pull over her head. "What is that?!"
I was trying to think. "It seems to be coming from the laundry room."
"I didn't put any clothes in, did you?"
A shiver ran down my back. The cold, must be. "That was over an hour ago, I don't remember." The back of my eyelids looked so comforting when I blinked. "I may have put a load in. Must be the spin cycle, knocked the thing against the wall, thing..." Too comforting. I slumped back into my pillow.
Thud! Thud! Thud! My wife had grab
Digitally Delicious: Day of the DeadDigitally Delicious: Day of the Dead3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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