Dear Laban

DSCN4572Dear Laban,

Why did you do it? How could you do it? They are your own daughters for goodness’ sake.

Do you know that some people are actually calling you a pimp? Yes, Laban, a pimp. I don’t blame them.

Selling out both your daughters to the same man? That’s a new low even for you.

Yes, Leah is your eldest daughter but does that really mean that she has to be married off first? Didn’t it ever occur to you that maybe the LORD God has his own plan and purpose for her?

But no, oh, no, you just had to take matters into your own hands, didn’t you. You knew very well that man, Jacob, did not love Leah. He did not care about her one bit. You knew that he loved Rachel.

You deceived Leah when you sneaked her into Jacob’s bed. What lies did you tell poor Leah? And your younger daughter, Rachel? What lies did you tell her?

I say shame on you, Laban. Shame on you. If you know what’s good for you, you’d get on your knees and beg forgiveness from the LORD and from your daughters if they still speak to you.


In response to Writing 101:Day Fourteen: To Whom It May Concern

Today’s Prompt: Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there.

Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter.

The nearest book to me was my pocket Bible. Page 29 yielded Genesis 29:17 to 30:15 and the word that jumped out at me was ‘deceived’.


Rushing to die

DSCN4586‘Stella Morris, is that you? Oh my gawd, how long has it been? Decades, my gawd you haven’t changed a bit.’ The voice shrilled out in the clear morning air.

Stella turned around and could barely hide her shock at the sight of the woman waddling toward her. ‘Josey, wow, Josey Grant. You….grew.’

‘Yeah, life is for living, that’s always been my motto’, Josey chuckled. ‘None of that silly dieting business for me. My gawd’

‘Hmm, I can see that.’ Stella laughed.

‘And I see you haven’t lost your sense of humour. So where you off to girlfriend?’ said Josey.

‘To Suva, for a job interview. I’m actually rushing right now to catch one of those minivans”

‘But surely you have some time for a coffee. My gawd, I haven’t seen you for eons. We have a lot to catch up on’

‘I don’t think so….I mean I don’t think I have the time right now.’

‘When is your job interview?’

‘It’s tomorrow, but you know how it is…’

‘Yeah, I know how it is. But gawd, listen whatever you do, don’t go in a minivan.’

‘I am going in a minivan. More time for shopping in Suva,’ trilled Stella.

‘Stella, my gawd, haven’t you heard the news lately? Haven’t you seen the reports on those recent accidents?

‘Josey, relax; just because a few minivans got into an accident doesn’t mean they’re all dangerous.’

‘But Stella….’

‘Sorry Josey, I really have to go. See you around, okay?’

‘Stella, gawd..’ But Stella was already gone.

A few days later.

‘Josey, my goodness, I’m so glad I caught you’, panted Susan Kant.

‘Hi Sue, my gawd, slow down and breathe girlfriend. What’s up?’

‘Do you remember Stella, Stella Morris from high school?’

‘My gawd, course I do. I just met her a few days ago in town.’

‘What? You met her? Oh my goodness.’

‘Sue, what is it, my gawd, you look like you’ve seen a ghost.’

‘Josey, she died. She was in an accident outside Suva’

‘Oh my gawd, I just met her on Thursday. She was rushing to catch a minivan to Suva’

‘Thursday? That’s when it happened. She died instantly’

‘Gawd, I told her. I told her not to go in a minivan.’

The end.  

In response to Writing 101: Day Twelve: Dark Clouds on the (Virtual) Horizon. Today’s Prompt: Write a post inspired by a real-world conversation.

Today’s twist: include an element of foreshadowing in the beginning of your post.


It’s tradition

DSCN4619‘Ana, please come here,’ Mother called. ‘I need you to prepare the cassava.’

‘Ma, I’m doing my homework,’ answered Ana. ‘Can’t Luke do it?’

‘Ana, come here. You can do your homework after dinner’

‘But Ma, it’s a lot. I won’t be able finish all of it after dinner’

‘Well, you will just have to. I need you right now.’

‘Ma, Luke is right outside just playing with his friends. He can easily help you.’

‘Luke is a male, preparing dinner is not his duty.’

‘Ma, can’t you just ask him to help just this once, you’re the mother’

‘No, Ana, I will not ask Luke, I’m asking you.’

‘Ma, why is it always me?’

‘I don’t know what you mean.’

‘I mean, Ma, it’s always me who has to help with the cooking, the cleaning, the washing…I even have to get firewood.’

‘Well, that’s your duty, my dear.’

‘My duty? Ma, I’m only thirteen.’

‘Ana, I’ve told you before, we’re the females, it’s our duty to take care of our family. It’s tradition.’

In response to Writing 101 Day Seven: Give and Take

Today’s Prompt: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else.

Today’s twist: write your post in the form of a dialogue. 

To Whom It May Concern



Sent: 10/04/2015

Subject: Guilty party

Dear Luc,

Here is the scanned copy of said letter and its content.

As you’ll see, it’s a signed confession in Gates’ own handwriting. Part of the entry reads: I did it! I injected the virus into those Apples! That Cook will never know what hit him. Ha!

The rest is equally incriminating.

The documents are safe. I’m a law man myself. Trust me when I say my terms are reasonable – considering the circumstances. Call me.


Mr Veritas


Another twist on the Writing 101 day 5 prompt:: Be Brief

Today’s Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

Today’s twist: Approach this post in as few words as possible.

I decided to go for a different format and for a total word count of less than 100 words.