Reversals

© Folakemi Emem-Akpan Against the noonday chill that only I seem to be feeling, I hunch my shoulders and pull my cardigan tighter. Inside of me, there are swivels and churns and pirouetting. And panic. For the past two hours, as I wandered around my neighbourhood, the world around me seemed surreal. I shouldn’t be... Continue Reading →

Scorned

When your water breaks, you feel a dull roar of panic. You are not afraid of the delivery or scared for the baby. You’ve put to bed five times, and this pregnancy never gave you problems. It is the scorn on their faces that you fear. It is the snorts and hmphs of ridicule. What... Continue Reading →

All over again – Short story

All over again © Folakemi Emem-Akpan Hope. Her name is both a reflection and a supplication. Hope because we waited eleven years to have her. And Hope because we anticipated that her arrival would bring more babies. We were mistaken. The adoption process was smooth. The surgery to remove my numerous fibroids was not. I... Continue Reading →

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