Departure Lounge, a short story by Thandi Ngwira

 I am at the airport. The plane will leave in an hour.  I knit to pass time. A man with an ashy face enters the room. He is flail and sickly-looking. The baton on his hip encumbers him, you can tell from the way he walks. His uniform is neatly ironed and the straight lines on his trousers jut out like fish bones.  My eyes are drawn to his feet, the sturdiest part of his body that allows him to stand and address the passengers in a dignified way.     “Excuse…

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The Graduate

 The Graduate By Pius Nyondo 08:42am I have failed my sixty-seventh interview in three weeks. No one believes. No one listens. Everyone thinks my tale is fiction. Like you, they wonder why someone with my excellent qualifications can be jobless six years after university education. The considerate say I am just some unfortunate bastard, while the heartless call me a fool. A useless lizard! They do not know that I am a dying patient. A patient of this cancer called joblessness. They do not know that, while in this same…

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