She’d hummed it at home, at the park, and on date night, too.
As wide as on their wedding day, her husband’s grin dwarfed her frustration of being unable to place the song.
Realisation came on her way to work: her last victim’s ringtone, in the trunk of her car.
When someone asks Tony to stop whistling, he promptly begins humming instead.
Empty for eighty years, the mansion loomed over the village, and cautionary tales spread as wildfire.
She ventured in regardless, her explorer’s spirit unquenchable. To her parents’ chagrin, she returned late, yet regretted nothing.
In the mansion’s window a figure appeared, high above the village.
It watched, and it waited.
Tony is working on a research thesis. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music and writing short stories. Some of his writing can be seen at liretranger.wordpress.com
He adored the plains. They boasted a beauty, and a savagery, all their own, alive with raucous trumpeting and haunting laughter.
The roar was his favourite, bar none. Unmistakable and unique, its sound carried for miles. Its meaning was abundantly clear to all who heard it: hail to the king.
Tony Awori is studying in Kuala Lumpur, and plays with a band in his spare time (when he isn’t writing).
A dance of death performed a million times. His mind and body recall every pivot, every feint, like their first memory. The audience thunders loud enough to put Mother Nature to shame.
Wave, bow, catch the rose. Show off your uniform; flourish your cape; begin the dance.
“Toro… Toro… TORO!”
Tony is 22. He loves American cars, horror movies, playing the saxophone, and writing fiction.
The human mind displays its wonder and mystery. With two words, the doubts and suspicions first cast aside rise to a thundering crescendo. Anger, despair, betrayal, and love all battle for dominance and endeavour to exert their will on the next decision, only three words:
“Who is he?”
Tony is from Nairobi, Kenya, and is currently studying business in Malaysia. He has loved reading since he was a kid and feels that writing is a fun way to be creative. In his spare time he plays the the saxophone and loves watching thriller and horror movies.