FEAR

She watched the looming shape in front of them. They had been following it for a few minutes and every time they tried to pass, it belched smoke and caused them to retreat.

She saw herself fall.

She saw her head go under the tires and her brains splat all over the road. She saw her heart leap from its confines and land amidst the rubbish by the roadside. She saw her blood mingle with the dust and her innards spread out like a biology lesson.

She could barely feel her heart. She could only feel the wetness in her palm where she had drawn blood.

Nnamdi throttled his motorcycle in defiance of the trailer in front of him. Which kain bad belle be this? He had just come out of the mechanic’s and this was his first fare. Get off the road, wahala. Allow people pass, wahala. He was not going to spend all day behind this idiot driver.

She watched in slow motion as they moved forward to pass. Her eyes widened in horror as the big bulk did a sideway dance.

Nnamdi sighed with relief. That was a lucky escape. He looked back at his passenger with a reassuring smile. She wasn’t there.

Enajite Efemuaye©2013

Enajite expresses her thoughts on love and friendship, pictures and the things that matter to her through (very) short stories. She’s the brain behind One Word More

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EVERY PERSON

There is a story in every person…
 
That little boy hawking cashew nuts
That woman selling sweets by the roadside
The magnate driving in the Hummer Jeep
 
It’s a potential bestselling autobiography
if written by Chinua Achebe
A probable chart-topping biopic
if directed by Tunde Kelani
 
That secondary school teacher who taught you years ago
The beggar who tugged desperately at your shirt last week
The bus conductor that refused to accept your mutilated note yesterday
The pretty lady with whom you exchanged the briefest of glances as you walked by the market this morning…
and who you were sure you would never see again.
 
There is a tale in every human being
It could keep you captivated for hours, ruminating for days
Just look into the eyes… and sense the saga borne by that life
A story of pain, joy, discomfort, salvation, suffering, victory… an endless list
 
Appreciate the story in every one.

Emeka Okoro©2010

Today, July 20, is specially reserved to celebrate a remarkable young man, Chukwuemeka Okoro.
Happy birthday, brother.