Category: Short Story

The Names

By Amran Gaye And lying there in the dark he understands. He sees his life, as he lived it before the Night. He sees all that is behind him, the corrupted path that brought him here: the death of his father, his discovery of alcohol, his falling-out with his mother. And he understands now how…

The Names

By Amran Gaye In a fit of anger one night Modou Boy murdered a man. He was drunk, it is true, but being drunk had never muddied his thoughts the way it did that night, that he could remember. It happened in a nightclub: he staggered about, a bottle in his hand, his thoughts heavy…

The ugly ones

By Amran Gaye There are the things we say without a second thought, lines in conversations we have and then forget, never pausing for a moment to think about their impact: Heyyy he posted a new picture trying to look cute di! Haha – you’ve got to go look – belie kii dina ma reye.…

The Gayna

By Amran Gaye In a corner of the kitchen the gayna sits. It came with the bride, a gift from an aunty. It is a small wooden gayna, its bark chipped and chiseled, and the woman set to using it at once, the day after the night of the jaybaleh. She uses the gayna everyday.…