UNEXPECTED

When Caro stepped on the Frenchman’s pipe, her ordinary camel life became extraordinary. First, he wasn’t really a Frenchman but a jinn imprisoned in human form. Second, the jinn rewarded Caro by granting her a wish. Third, Caro wished to visit a “movie theatre.” One of the merchants had spoken of nothing else – this magical,…

DESTINY

When she was eighty-seven years old, Beryl moved to Wilcherry to avoid the family curse. On her ninetieth birthday, the dingo showed up in Beryl’s living room. Putting her cup of tea on the kitchen counter to avoid throwing it at the dog, Beryl sat on the couch. “There aren’t any dingoes in this area.”…

MAGIC

Missy breathed into her hand, sniffed, winced, and opened the door anyway. The mailman handed her a box the size of basketball. Back inside, Missy saw the return address belonged to her ex, so she tossed the box into the kitchen trash. Then she had a drink. And another. And one more. And passed out…

PASTIME

Bram shuffled the dominoes, then sat back and let the hyacinth and tulip draw their tiles. The last summer storm beat against the inn, demanding to be remembered. Bram and the flowers sat at the kitchen table. A window shutter pulled loose from its latch and slammed against the wall like a drunk pounding the…

PROMISE

Mpho’s grey fur glowed in the sunrise. Bandile let his brother sleep as he adjusted the vent to lower their hot air balloon to the ground. Climbing out of the wicker basket, empty gourds tied to his tail, Bandile scanned the savanna for leopards and the sky for eagles. Vervet monkeys were known for their…