Yemi Balsara is a drugs councilor in Nigeria. Her elder sister, Giselle was stolen as a nine year old child, causing Yemi’s mother to sink into severe depression. Yemi was born a year after Giselle disappeared, but the absence of her sister has deeply affected her family, even though Yemi does her best to relieve her mother’s pain, it is never enough. Bernadette leaves a candle burning in their window in the hope that one day Giselle will find her way home, but twenty years have passed and the old woman keeps waiting, leaving Yemi as her caretaker. CLICK HERE for next chronological story.
Cordelia is a media student at The University of KwaZulu, Natal, in South Africa. Her competitive nature has put her ahead of her peers, and she is in line for a scholarship to work as a junior reporter for a local news network. She is building her résumé in a rather dangerous way, and expects to knock her competition out of the game. Sometimes things aren’t always as easy as you’d like them to be, no matter how hard you work. This story is dedicated to all the people (writers, editors, readers, critics, friends and family) who have and continue to support me (and sometimes chuck bricks at me) on my own battle for publication. Thank you, you know who you are… (This story also features The Guild Master’s General) CLICK HERE for next chronological story.