VISAGE

VISAGE. The night was dark and eerily silent. I walked in and glanced at the wall, my eyes gaping at the shape cast by the lamplight. The visage was scary: a man clutching a dripping knife. My heart ceased beating. I realised then, that my father had just murdered his wife. ……….. “Father?” He glanced …

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TURMOIL-CHAPTER 30

CHAPTER 30 A’ISHA VI It was right after Subh. I sat in the kitchen a mug of tea in my hands, awaiting Papa Baasit’s scolding. When I’d arrived earlier,  distraught, in tears, and barely coherent, he’d let me in without a word and then showed me into the guest room. Now after a fitful two-hour …

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TURMOIL- CHAPTER 27

TURMOIL- CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN TURMOIL- Chapter 27 AISHA V My mother-in-law stepped inside our room. Her eyes never left mine. The expression on her face was triumphant. ‘I have you exactly where I want you’, it said. Without a doubt, I knew she’d heard the conversation with Gaffar. Only God could save me now. “Mama”. I …

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TURMOIL- CHAPTER 26

TURMOIL- CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX GAFFAR IV “Dinner is ready!” A’isha’s call from the kitchen broke the deafening, awkward and unnecessary silence in the house. Grateful for the chance to do something else, I jumped up a little too quickly from my seat and almost spilt the contents of the glass in my hand. “Careful,” My mum …

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TURMOIL- CHAPTER 25

Chapter Twenty-Five JEMIMA XI The doctor’s solemn expression already told me he bore bad news. Muslimah and Hadiza squeezed my shoulders from either side of me. I steeled myself. “Madam, I’m sorry. Your husband is in a coma… medically induced. It had to be done. He went into cardiac arrest while we were operating on …

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TURMOIL-CHAPTER 23

Turmoil- TWENTY.THREE MUSLIMAH V God works in mysterious ways. Yeah right. I rolled my eyes, before glancing at Jemima from my station beside her bed. There was nothing mysterious about her circumstances. It all seemed pretty straight forward to me. She had risked her life to save another’s and here she was now- lying semi-comatose in a …

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