Through The Window – Sudden Fiction

Word Count = 500 words

Estimated Reading Time = 2 minutes

Inside were musty old rooms stripped of all but dusty old books, peeling paint, and treasures under stretching old iron roof sheets baking in the African sun. But it was home and it had been for ages. It kept me away from them, away from those that hung by the rafters, building their hollow nests to impregnate my kingdom with their venomous spawn.

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The Boy under the Bridge – Short Story

Word Count = 2,370 words

Estimated Reading Time = 12 minutes

Genre = Short Story

The scullery maid placed a tray on the table with a glass of milk and a plate of éclairs. They looked absolutely delicious; large as a rolled-up fist and almost spilling over with cream.

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Dawn of the Light Kin – Sudden Fiction

Word Count = 600 words

Estimated Reading Time = 3 minutes

Genre = Sudden Fiction

When she woke up, everything was black. The faint dripping sound from the corner of the room would have worried her had she not known better now. As long as there was no movement then there was naught to lose sleep over.

It was dead now, probably drooling into a pool of velvet smoky blood. Yet even with the creature slain, she could not waste time glorying in a victory fete. The worst was still yet to come.

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The City of Rats – Flash Fiction

Word Count = 1,030 words

Estimated Reading Time = 5 minutes 

Genre = Flash Fiction

“Today’s the day I change.” The grand wizened one quipped with a nauseating grin.

The gathering was confused. Was the grand well? Certainly, she had to be ill for never had the malevolent one dared make a jest, least of all on this their hallowed day. 

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The Boy Who Flew By The Sole Of His Father – Sudden Fiction

Word Count = 465 words

Estimated Reading Time = 2 minutes 20 seconds

Genre = Sudden Fiction

A train whistle screamed under the blanket of night as Mr. Munene dropped dead on his study floor. His soul was oblivious of the interruption as he stood up to investigate the disturbance. Beyond the window was a most astonishing sight. A black train crowned in a billowing white mane of smoke tore across a winding bridge. Although it was only minutes to the witching hour, the night sky was burnished with ghostly blue light.

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Ndindi and the Magic Window – Sudden Fiction

Word Count = 275 words

Estimated Reading Time = 1 minute 23 seconds

Ndindi was never one to be easily stirred from her sleep. However, the tapping on the attic window was unusually loud.

Rap-tap-tap-rap-a-tap-tap the sound went, over and over again.

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The Coat of Many Colors – Sudden Fiction

Word Count =560

Estimated Reading Time = 3 minutes

Once upon a time, when men conversed with animals, a rainbow appeared in the sky. God used it to descend to earth in the company of the lizard, his most trusted companion.

So pleased was God with the lizard that he made him a coat of many colors from the rainbow. The chameleon, who was watching in the distance however wasn’t. Which is why he asked God to consider another option.

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Beware the Chemosit – Flash Fiction

Word Count = 992

Estimated Reading Time = 5 minutes

Once upon a time, a hunter left his home to go and hunt bush rats in the night, for that is when they left their dens. As he was leaving, he instructed his youngest daughter Cheruiyot, who had a habit of sneaking away without telling anyone where she had gone, not to leave the house, especially at night.

“Beware the Chemosit,” the hunter said, “For it calls with its song and loves to eat children. Stay until I return and we shall have meat for supper. Leave and it shall be the very last thing you do.” The hunter warned Cheruiyot and taking his bow and arrow, left for the dark woods.

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Mueni and the Singing Pebble – Flash Fiction

Word Count = 1,015

Estimated Reading Time = 5 minutes

One evening as the weaver birds sang to send the sun to sleep, Mueni’s susu (grandmother) called her and her sisters to the kitchen.

“The firewood is almost done and the men are about to return the cows. Quick, go and fetch some firewood from the big rock before night falls. But remember; do not touch anything in or around the rock. Pick only the wood from the trees that grow at the mouth of the cave.”

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Patience is a Virtue – Short Story

Word Count = 1,952

Estimated Reading Time = 9 minutes 45 seconds

The twin ruby doors swung open as a heavy prism of rainbow colors flooded Patientia’s countenance. She had waited for this day all her life, but never anticipated it happening like this.

 The Hall of the Celestial gleamed in the manifold aura of the eightfold. There were familiar hues of red and orange, yellow and blue, indigo and violet against the magnificent gold.

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