Wame Molefhe is a writer from Botswana whose second anthology of short stories, Go Tell the Sun, was published last year by Modjaji Books. An original short story by Molefhe, “One Night”, has been published by the FunDza Literacy Trust, aimed at young readers on mobile network Mxit. Read Molefhe’s story in seven parts:
“Switch it off, please. Too loud!”
Peter wanted to say these words, but his tongue filled his mouth and refused to move. His favourite song was playing: “Her status says she’s playing my song…” Usually the beat made him want to move his arms and legs, but he felt like he was nailed to the ground. His head felt like it was on fire. All he wanted was silence. At last the song stopped playing and Peter felt himself sinking back into that safe place where good dreams are born. But just when he thought he could sleep it started again. “Playing my song, playing my song, her status says, she’s playing my song…”. It got louder and louder.
“Shhhhhhhh….” Peter covered his ears with his hands. When he shifted he realised he was lying on a cold floor. He forced his eyes open, but the sunlight shining through his curtains closed them again, and he had to squint to see anything. His surroundings gradually came into focus. He recognised his posters of T.I. and Lil Wayne, achievement certificates, and his final exam timetable that were pasted on the blue walls. He saw his trophies and pictures displayed on his bookshelf. He was in his bedroom, but the song that was playing confused him. There it was again. It was coming from the jeans he was wearing. He slid his hand into the pocket and pulled out his phone. He didn’t remember changing the ring tone.
- Go Tell the Sun by Wame Molefhe
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