Category: Short Stories

Short Stories, Tale Africa

Dead Call

By Chido Nyandoro, Zimbabwe   Bits of scraps and flesh littered the area where a military patrol vehicle once stood, like morsels of a meal eaten in a haste. I didn’t like that kind of dream. I didn’t like what I was thinking. When I awoke up, my first instinct was to call, to prove the dream wrong.The screen of […]

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The Epidemic (2)

By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho “Stop, don’t go through with this bro!” are the very first words that escape my lips the moment I pick up the microphone. The crowd falls silent. I mean, they were quiet before but this time it’s just awkward. I maintain my silence for a few seconds as well just to keep them on their toes. […]

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The Epidemic (1)

By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho I’ve seen it pretty much everywhere I go, and by that I mean literally everywhere. When I’m walking down the street, I see it. I see it depicted on the huge billboards scattered throughout the city and not to mention between the hordes of nauseating couples walking hand in hand in the streets like they own […]

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Smiling in the Drought

    By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho By all appearances, things were bleak in the savanna. The grass had become dry and brittle while the ground hardened to the point where it had begun to crack as it gave way to the smoldering heat of the overhead sun. It was only a matter of days before the rainy season got under […]

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Chick Flick (7)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Thanks to social media, Lethabo contacted me. She isn’t the Facebook, Twitter, instagram type but she created an account on Facebook and searched for me. That’s the platform where you are guaranteed to find me in. I got an inbox from a strange name. At first I ignored it, she then commented on a […]

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Chick Flick (6)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Soccer is one of my side pleasures. It is my way of getting out of the world, the world of writing. The soccer tournament in Dundee was a great distraction. I enjoyed every bit of it. I spent another month in Dundee doing news before I went back to Durban to finalise the editing […]

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Chick Flick (5)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa There is another person you need to meet in my life. That is Zethu, my little sister. She is such a happy teenager. At sixteen she has a free spirit only found in matured adults. I would like to take credit for teaching her well but I think the teachings just found a good […]

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Chick Flick (4)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa The following two weeks were bliss. We painted Durban red with our love and enjoyed every moment of it. It was merely a day after the chillas when Lethabo invited me to her flat for a sleepover. What better way to know that she enjoyed her first experience? I knew I had to up […]

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Chick Flick (3)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Realising that I am romantically interested in the same sex wasn’t an issue for me. But I’d say coming out was a bit of a challenge. Firstly; because I didn’t know that it was something I needed to declare to the world. And secondly; because I didn’t know I could be anything else other […]

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Chick Flick (2)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa The following weekend was presentation weekend. My team and I used the week to sharpen the story and we were happy with it. My fellow writer Thomas did the full script while I did the technical stuff – synopsis, treatment etc. Thomas took the responsibility of presenting to the whole group and as expected they […]

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