Stories

THE END OF THE BARGAIN [Pt 2]

By Kemboi Victor I should tell my father to help me bring Tina back, I thought later and relaxed. My father had just retired from the army and he had…

BALD BEAUTY

You lived your life to the fullest, We had all the fun we could, We sang and danced, Drunk to short, but happy life.   You never left anything to…

A MOMENT IN TIME

I watched the beautiful orange glow Of the sunset like I’ve always done, It spoke to my soul like it always has But today… It wasn’t as warm Like it used…

THE WASTED BLAST

By Patrick Ngugi I am not sure what made me notice her. Was it her tall gawky appearance, or the totally black outfit she wore, the black jeans trouser and…

OUR VILLAGE GIRL’S TRIP TO ROME

BY Winfred Nyokabi So, somehow, no idea how, I found myself in Vatican. The ultimate dream for a recent Catholic convert! All those stories I heard and read about the…

THE RAINMAKER OF MODERN TIMES

BY: FAITH GIKUNDA, Meru Kenya There is a catastrophic crisis in the far, far away Gukena Village in the foot of Mount Kenya. There hasn’t been a single drop of…

THE MASKS OF LOVE

By Evelyn Ongogo They say Love is red That Love isn’t blue or Green, Or purple, or Indigo, Or yellow or Orange! But why Red? Isn’t Red, the colour of…

ZENTA’S TATTOO [Part 3]

By Patrick Ngugi He opened his eyes, and this time the lights scorched his eyes. He let out a sharp scream and shut them tightly. He tried to lift his…

TOO LATE TO COME BACK

By Anita W., Kiambu, Kenya It’s been five years, Five years since you walked out of my life, Five years of heartache, Five years since you crushed my heart into…

MELANIN

By Marxie Douglas Dark, sparkling and still dark.. Lovely with amazing tone.. Tickling the soul this shade.. Does it terrify?   It alludes to sexiness.. Envy among the colours.. It…

Different Shades of Red

By Anita Wairimu I stood before a mirror; I could hardly recognize the woman who was staring back at me. She was withdrawn, drained, and her eyes were hollow. She…

ULTIMATE TRUTH

BY Hussein Kassim “Son, tell me you like her!” These are words that do not seem to fade from my dad’s mouth. Not anytime soon. He keeps insisting that the…

LEND ME YOU

By Patrick Ngugi Is it you? Or my eyes? Bewitching me? Or Anxiety in my heart Spinning my dazed head Every time I see you In the eyes of mind…

GONE TO PIECES

By Evelyne Ongogo Okoth The world has gone to pieces Little remnants of glory trickle down our feet As we desperately watch a world That was once full of bliss…

SACRIFICE

By Anita W. She looked in the mirror, She could not recognize the woman looking back at her, So thin, emaciated, wrinkled and drained of life, The woman in the…

THE LOVE BABY [PART ONE]

By NIMO KURIA Triza Mpwe, a widow, milled behind the casket bearers with her head bowed low. Beside her on the left and the right were her twin sons. Though…

ANOTHER CHANCE

I did not know loving you so much could turn to this, I don’t know when this love turned to jealousy, I don’t know when I became this dangerous, That…

Seriously Guilty

By Kemboi Victor I came to know Juliet in my first month at Huduma Bora Microfinance Bank in Nairobi, where I had gotten job as a teller. She was a Clinician…

ZOE’S REVENGE Part Two

By Jediddah Ohanga An hour later, she saw him off to the gate and promised to meet him on Monday at his showroom to complete the paper work. She would…

Wine row and Abdulla’s Mazingaombwe

By Anthony Muiruri I never cease to amaze my friend Robert. We sometimes teasingly call him uncle Bob owing to his iron-fisted management of his household. To ensure everything runs…

CORRINE MY FRIEND [PART 4]

BETRAYAL By Jeddy Gibbs Ohanga Dinner was a mess, Corrine had set me up. Her man had come with a business associate. This guy was all over me like blue…

The Cherub of Juhudi School

By Yunita Cole Bali woke up, unable to sleep anymore. He then relieved himself and took a shower. He placed his uniform on his bed, ready to get dressed up.…

BEAUTIFUL CHARADES

By Beverly Masita Sitting in the corner and looking at people have a go at champagne and dance maybe wasn’t my kind of thing. Grabbing a glass and standing with…

WHY FATHER… WHY!!? [PART TWO]

By Rehema Malemba I haven’t talked of my grandmother’s previous life, or have I? We were living with her in the city and she was enjoying herself and I’m sure…

UNLIKELY XMAS REUNION

By Patrick Ngugi H.N. Anderson’s heart soared joyfully as the Cessna took off from Wilson Airport. Soon, she would be breathing the crispy fresh mountain air of Nanyuki, her hometown.…

FIX ME THE BROKEN FENCE

By Evelyn Ogongo “Eii.. .pinyni! – This world!” Sabina had exclaimed at moonlight “Awuoro! -I wonder!” Ogwanjo had been in “Narobi” for the last many days: Many days like three…

DEPRESSION’S DOUBLE TROUBLE

By Mundia Ngumi “Kuja hapa, mkora hii”, [Come here you vagabond] a hoarse voice shouted from behind me. I could sense urgency and danger. My sixth sense alerted me to…

WE SHALL OVERCOME

By Faith Gikunda All will be over and pain in the cosmos will fade The wailing and crying will no longer be heard The world will find its remarkable balance…

FULLMOON BOULEVARD MOTEL

By Patrick Ngugi The dark grey clouds that had hung precariously over the sky most of the afternoon finally made way for a clear and somehow chilly twilight that was…

A HOLE IN MY HEART

By Lewis Wamwanda When I was growing up At every dawn I woke up There was this woman at our gate I used to throw stones at her   Papa…

CAN SOMEBODY HEAR ME?

By Nimmo Anita Last month I watched them kill my best friend Otii. Reason? They claimed that he was seen stealing a phone! Stealing? I can swear Otii has never…

BELLA’S SURPRISE

By Kemboi Victor I have been sitting at Barizi Gardens for over an hour waiting for my friend Sam to arrive from the other side of Eldoret town, where he had…

LET ME LOVE YOU

From the moment I laid my eyes on you, You have never left my mind, You made my mind and heart your home, You became my endless song, The rhythm…

I LEAVE YOU TO KARMA

I gave you my heart wholly, I didn’t think twice while giving it to you, I trusted you with it, Thought you deserved it.   I gave up my all,…

The Black Wine of Mama Pima

By Cecy Gaitho “Pewa kama mlivyo!” A clearly drunken voice shouted from the back of Mama Pima’s den. He spoke in a slurred manner, having spent the whole morning in…

THE GREAT ‘HOPPER

By Everlyn Ongogo; Kakamega, Kenya. The rock For three paird moons Rolled As we rolled on With our daily chores The seasons Fairly fair We ironically enjoyed The solitude When…

ETERNAL WAIT

Parched lips Thirsty throat Depleted cup Waiting for ever for A delightful refill That fails to pour   And lips that yearn For a touch of lips That vanished in…

MIDNIGHT WHISPERS

Whisper to me the stories of midnight When the moon is lonely and all alone at night Murmur to me the folk tales of the night When the sounds of…

DANCE ON HIS GRAVE

BY Anita Wairimu We laid him here three years ago. I come here fortnightly to make sure everything is in order. To ensure that the love of my life is…

Hangovers & Heartaches

Sunset… dusk Then our yearning eyes met And like infatuated teens We couldn’t leave each other’s sight   We gazed through soul’s windows And beheld glittering galaxies Of shining stars,…

STREET LIFE

By Muriki Meeme Life stuck on a edge Young at tender age Stranded on wrong path   Hatred he couldn’t understand Notwithstanding his stressed mind When dad declined the truth…

KIKOTO’S MOUTH

By Evelyn Ongogo Okoth Kikoto has a mouth His mouth is just like any other mouth But his mouth is dangerous! It is venomous! The village calls him the Mouthy…

DAVID AND DIANA

By Patrick Ngugi The church was filled to the brim. I could not believe that I was standing here helplessly, watching David marry Diana. The service was almost over and…

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

By Albina Hipp Why are many people around the world risking their all? In this corona pandemic, to stand in solidarity to state that Black Lives Matter? To stand in…

THE LAST RAIN DANCE

By Mwaniki wa Muriuki Dance with me, in the rains Our sweats swept in its dousing heats Dance with me, when the heavens torrents downpours Our slippery grips sliding and…

WHAT I SEE

  By Ridwan Bello, Kaduna [Nigeria] Lying alone under that sick Silent tree, awaiting his eve rose To who shall pass by him without Saying hello for old time’s sake.…

DESIRE

She kissed I hissed I kissed she blessed Prior we were stressed Now, freely we expressed Her body entangled into mine Mine into hers ebullient entwine Each secretly speaking Each…

THE ESCAPADES OF KIVAVA KIKONZE

By John Masunga The petrol station attendant showed him a corner near the drainage and generously dosed him with the water cannon. It was not a fire extinguishing drill. It…

Precious Sweet Memories

By Anita Wairimu As I stand here today, where you took me on our first date, so young, naive and shy and also so in love. You couldn’t look me…

THE CURSE OF RWARE VILLAGE

By Cecy Gaitho The land of Gikuyu and Mumbi is blessed with an abundance of food. Mwene Nyaga is said to have met His people at the great Mt. Kenya…

COLD BLOODED JUSTICE

By Patrick Ngugi I buried my face in my handcuffed palms, too ashamed to lookup and scan the courtroom, as I did not want my gaze to meet my family…

A GOD YOU WILL NEVER KNOW

Dogs howled in agony, Crickets sang dirges in ceremonial voices, Little Janie stood at the balcony, Amidst the pleading noises, Ready to call it quits, to life’s irony.   She…

TUNNELS

By Margueritte Pitjeng What is darkness you ask? Darkness is how you hold a pen Within the confines of your fingers Trying to scribble down your first alphabet. Its how…