Boko Haram’s Greatest Hits – a short story inspired by a conversation between two strangers that I overheard while having lunch and a drink at McMenemin’s Tavern on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia while being “trapped” at the nearby apartment of my then girlfriend (now wife) during an over-hyped snowstorm – was published this month by the new digital arts magazine, A Million and One Magazine.
Suffice it say, I’m kinda stoked.
Here’s an excerpt:
Jasmin entered the pub where only a few other weary souls were gathered. It was dark, sepia-lit, and humming with TV’s and congenial human murmuring. It smelled like a pub should: meat and potatoes, spilt beer, table top cleaner, and moldy wood. Snow tracked in on the floor quickly turned to water. She sat down at the corner stool where she leaned her violin case against the bar.
“Some storm,” she heard patrons at a table remark as they watched the updated weather forecast on the TV.
There was a picturesque dusting of frozen precipitation outside, but nothing more. It was certainly not the snowpocalypse they had predicted last night. It was enough of a panic, though, for many flights to have been delayed. So here she was, at mid-week, mid-afternoon, in some townie bar, just looking to kill time.
“What can I get you?” a bartender asked.
“A chardonnay,” she replied in a pleasant sigh.
Wes came out of the men’s room and stumbled back to his stool, one over from hers and against the wall. He conspicuously looked her up and down and noticed the violin case against the bar, travel-worn and adorned with stickers from all over the world. San Francisco. London. Paris. Cairo. Lagos. He was instantly drawn to her well-dressed African-ness. The academic braids. The glasses. The smart sweater. Her stylish boots and well-fitting dark jeans.
Jasmin was slightly put off by his hipster scruffiness. The shaggy hair. The beard. The flannel shirt. Had she realized someone was sitting so close she might have opted for another stool or even a table. She sensed him checking her out and it made her uncomfortable as she took a sip of wine.
Read the whole story @ A Million and One Magazine