Platform 36 reloaded

The train was late at Gare du Nord. My Lord Buddha was waiting on Platform 36. Patiently. The train led to nowhere, which was fine. Om mane padme… (Artist: WCA) “Unknown traveler” by BToy. (The titles were not given by the Authority. I’m just making them up.) 馃槈 “I‘ve been waiting for this train for…

The writer’s den

An old dilapidated 19th century house at the end of an unkempt garden. The door was open. To an uncanny display. I was expecting yet another series of altars to the dead such as the one above. Or an offering of corn, arranged on volcanic earth, framed by flowers. (Stage right) Or, stage left, a…

Crows reloaded

Previously on Crows: Pete, the narrator, is a young white journalist born and raised in Kenya. After covering tribal unrest in the North for a Kenyan newspaper he goes back to Nairobi. Needs a break. Maybe he will resign, maybe leave Africa. He goes to Lamu, a small island on the coast of Kenya, by…

The black Queen

Nguyen Van Ty was a peaceful man. He鈥檇 arrived at the small village in Tonkin many years ago. Apparently from nowhere. Some of the villagers said he had a Sa茂gon accent, others assured he came from the Imperial city of Hu茅. He was dressed as a peasant, but his manners, his education, his delicate hands…

“Doc”

  鈥淒oc! Doc鈥! 鈥淲hat鈥檚 the matter, Raphaela? We鈥檒l never finish on time if you keep interrupting!鈥 鈥淪orry Doc, we have an emergency. The Boss is coming down to the Lab. In five minutes.鈥 鈥淒amn! How do you know?鈥 鈥淕abby called me. And she says the Boss is in a bad mood. Very. So we鈥檇 better…

Crows

Originally posted on Equinoxio:
I needed to escape. The memories and the pressure were… too much. I鈥檇 come back to Nairobi from a tough assignment, covering civil unrest (PC for hidden-under-the-carpet civil war) in the north of Kenya, spending weeks in the bush. I鈥檇 been trying to get an interview with the rebel chief, whom,…