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Short Stories, Tale Africa

The Maiden and The Bear (12)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: My spring break was by far the most exhausting week this year. I missed school on the first day, was still surviving the drama we witnessed at Makhosi’s new home. Xoli left a day earlier than us because university was reopening. I felt sorry for her because for some reason Mzuvele distanced himself from her. […]

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The Maiden and The Bear (9)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: It is the day before the lobola negotiations, the calm before the storm. I’ve been sleeping at Ntombi’s since Wednesday, partly because I want to fully support my friend and also to run away from my family. We were woken up by Ntombi’s mother in the wee hours of the morning so that we could […]

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The Maiden and The Bear (8)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: The King’s delegation is coming this weekend. That’s only a few days away. Today is a Wednesday and Ntombi’s father arrived early this morning. We were all shocked. That man hadn’t been home in 8 years. I was accompanying Ntombi with water when we found him in the house. Some women from the village are […]

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The Maiden and The Bear (5)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: “Ah!” I cry out as the sangoma rubs muti inside my fresh wound. It feels like a knife cutting me once again, only this time inserting …. chemicals that are supposed to heal it. I don’t have time to nurse wounds really; there is nothing more irritating than being injured. I’m a bear roaring in […]

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The Maiden and The Bear (4)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Ntombikayise has never been brave enough. Marrying a guy like Mnqobi is not for the faint hearted. They should?ve given her another brother – Nsizwenye maybe. He is a decent young man just caught up living with hooligans. I, on the other hand, love the thrill. I am an adrenalin junkie and love danger. That […]

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