Month: April 2020

Tales From The Word

#7: Delirant Reges

It was midnight. As you’d expect, many homes in Egypt were silent, as households had retired to bed for the night. Exhausted after a regular busy day. Ensuring those slaves did the work they were supposed to do. Just like any other day, the parents of each household made sure their young ones were tucked […]

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#6: S.M.H.

I found this new teacher to be… interesting. I mean, it’s not like I really admired him or anything, but there was something intriguing about him that I wanted to get a deeper insight into. From a personal perspective. So I sought him out, approached him and invited him to my home for dinner. I […]

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#5: What If Jonathan Was There?

IMAGINE IF JONATHAN HADN’T BEEN KILLED BEFORE DAVID WAS MADE KING, AND THE WHOLE BATHSHEBA ISSUE CAME UP? HERE’S WHAT I FATHOM WOULD HAVE ENSUED IF DAVID HAD TOLD HIS CLOSE FRIEND ABOUT WHAT HE SAW… David sat back in his chair, eyes glazed, mind still focused on what he had just seen on his […]

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#4: How Embarrassed He Was

As Haman walked back to his abode, head covered and red with humiliation, he kept wondering to himself: How the heck did this happen? How could I have been so embarrassed today? I should have been honoured in the most extravagant of ceremonies. How??? … It had all started when he found himself in the […]

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#3: It Is Too Late

Helez held on to the tree for dear life, shivering as he tried his utmost best to withstand the torrential downpour. He was already freezing as his body violently trembled. It had been raining heavily for the past four days, with no pause. And as he clutched tightly to the tree, thoughts spun through his […]

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#2: Love Over Laws

‘Oh, hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” the lady shouted, hopping about in extreme ecstasy. We were all witnesses of it, and although we weren’t jumping about like her, we were all just about as excited as she was, considering all she had been through since we had known her. At the time I was born, […]

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#1: Just Another Day

Perez stood outside his tent and breathed deeply. Ah, the great feel of a brand new morning! The morning breeze was so lovely, and it always made him feel good. He was busy observing the neighbouring tents around him when he heard a voice call him. He turned. It was Javan, one of closest pals, […]

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Love Is Such A Beautiful Thing

7 – Mad

It was 1:28 am. Basit sat up in his bed and sighed. Sleep was proving hard to come by, with all the thoughts in his mind. He looked at the person lying beside him. She looked rather comfortable in her slumber. He turned away and shook his head. For the past 2 weeks, he and […]

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6 – A Beautiful Picture

It was 1800 GMT, and the western horizon was a canvas of aesthetic perfection. A wonderful sight that would get the hairs on the back of the neck of any admirer of beauty on edge. Mr. Richie Acquah smiled at the glorious sunset as he parked his car next to the familiar Toyota Land Cruiser […]

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5 – Eternal Flame

“I really don’t understand why this guy is torturing himself like that,” Theo said to Shane. “It’s so obvious he’s suffering in his predicament, yet he won’t free himself.” “Hmm, I wonder myself,” Shane responded. “He’s in bondage. He can easily free himself – nobody will chew him up for it – but he’s keeping […]

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4 – Our First Phone Call

Philip dropped his bag as he entered his room, exhausted. “That N1 traffic is nothing short of demonic,” he groaned with relief as he stretched himself out on his bed, thinking back to the over ninety-minute period he had spent on the highway that evening. Having enjoyed the comfort of being sprawled out on his […]

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3 – You’re Appreciated

Comfort was feeling pretty exhausted. Another busy evening for her. Like every other day, she balanced her job as a school director with being a mother to her three-year-old daughter and a wife to her husband, Ebenezer. And it was not easy. This evening, little Sarai had been a little troublesome, and Comfort didn’t take […]

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2 – Chocolate Cake

“Good evening, sir. What can I offer you and your children?” the waitress asked Kevin. “Well, give me a meat pie. And two chocolate cake slices for my children,” he responded, much to the delight of the young ones. They were bouncing in their seats with excitement as he made the order. “Yaay! Our cake […]

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1 – A Sweet Lil Speech

Laughs and smiles all around the room as the birthday boy, five minutes into his entrance, was now starting to absorb the sweet reality of the pretty big surprise party that had been clandestinely arranged. His two colleagues from work, Edem and Sandy, were still shaking him playfully, teasing him about the way he gripped […]

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Gems Of Yesteryear

10. Proverbs 7 Lady

It’s basic, really. A re-enactment of the chapter in question. Definitely another personal favourite of mine… Joe took his phone and looked at the time. It was seven-thirty. It was time for him to go and see Cecilia. A mysterious young lady who he had taken notice of just a few weeks ago, she had […]

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9. Hell Hath No Fury

I think this was a challenge to write a story based on the saying ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’. Which is why it pretty much ends with that proverb… Derrick laughed as he thought of Vanessa. To think she had really believed all his lies and thought he really did love her? […]

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8. Putting Her In Her Place

Another one of my very first works that I believe should have a place on this anthology. Jay was loving the look on her face. She looked like she had been told she had contracted the HIV virus. Despondency was written all over her face as she faced him. And his fiancée. To think he’d […]

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7. Victim Of An Abusive Love

This was one of my earliest works when the whole ‘writer’ instinct kicked in around 2010… Akwesi looked Araba in the eye, pleading for her to let the policemen have mercy on him. As one of the cops slapped the cuffs on him, chanting the usual ‘anything you say…” stuff, he looked at her, not […]

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6. It Stops Now

I remember this one being inspired by a similar story, with the famous Anas Aremeyaw Anas being behind the investigation… He picked up the phone, and calmly scrolled through the call log. Finding the number he was looking for, he pressed the call button and held the phone to his ear. The dial tone sounded […]

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5. In The Car

Another sweetly written one by yours truly. I think an experience of similar proportions is what inspired this one… “Where are you?…. I said where are you? Stop telling me you’re coming, I want to know exactly where you are. Where are you?” As Abrefa watched the obviously annoyed man through the rearview mirror, he […]

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4. Saving My Life, Yet Losing It

This is based on a true story, which took place in 1977. I chose to make a cover of it because of how it embodies what Jesus said in Matthew 16:25. I changed the names and all, but it’s a real-life incident that took place in China… It was morning. Bernard opened his eyes and […]

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3. Taken For Granted

I think some old song by Cherish, ‘Unappreciated’, was the inspiration for this one… I’d been the serious type all my life. I was never one who took my studies and work lightly if something needed to be done, I’d ensure I did it, and did it well. And I was a serious introvert. Not […]

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2. No More

Another tragic story here! And I like it just as much as the Archibald one… Selorm wiped her eyes one more time as she sniffed, somehow surprised that her tear glands could still work. These past two months had seen her shed tears on the daily, as she struggled to get over what had happened. […]

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1. The Tragedy of Archibald Firtizwald

This is definitely one of my personal favourites. Probably because I was so wicked here. But yeah, this is a tragic story from beginning to end. Seventeen years old. That’s how old Archibald Firtizwald (actually known as Benjamin McCann) was. A young, turbulent, trouble-filled and ultimately sad life ended so suddenly. It all started at […]

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Options n Upshots

Options’ n Upshots – OE #10

It was 11:45 pm on Sunday. Glori was seated in the car, busily noting down the intimate details of what Thomas had done to her earlier that evening.  It had not been as active a day as the previous. Thomas had suggested they take the ‘Netflix and chill’ option for the day, so from 9 […]

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Options n’ Upshots – OE #9

Before Dr. Kevin Bulber of the Luther Memorial Hospital in Sunyani, sat a relieved but shaken Leticia and Kwesi. It was 11:30 am, and after checking up on Barnabas, the two immediately went to meet with him in his office, where he had given them an update on the patient. The good news was that […]

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Options n’ Upshots – OE #8

“Okay, Sammy, Denny, are you ready now? Daddy is waiting for you outisde,” Glori called as she entered the kids bedroom. They both had their bags ready, with Denise holding her dear bear. “Yes, Sister Glori, we are coming,” she responded in her cute little voice. Glori smiled and rubbed her on the head as […]

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Options n’ Upshots – OE #7

Glori groaned inwardly at the unexpected onslaught. Rawda had found out about her and Thomas! Dammit, Boahemaa! She wasn’t supposed to know about this! “Uhh, uh, what are you talking about, Rawzy?” she lied. “Don’t play dumb with me, Glori! I heard you and Boahemaa. Talking about how your madam’s husband has been chasing you, […]

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Options n’ Upshots – OE #6

It was 7:10 am, and the activity in the Dawson household was slightly different from what was the usual norm. In the light of Leticia’s urgent need to go and attend to her brother, rather than Thomas move with just the kids, it was the entire Dawson family in the car. No work for Leticia […]

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Options n’ Upshots – OE #5

“Sammy! Denise! Can we get moving now?” Thomas called as he grabbed his laptop bag, waiting for his little ones to get their bags and follow him. They had quite a penchant for delaying him sometimes, and today seemed to be one of those days. As to whether it was their breakfast, or forgetting to pack […]

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