Flash Fiction

Shortcuts are Dangerous
Credit: Judy Laryea

Auntie Efua alighted at her usual bus stop. She crossed the road to the other side and began to walk briskly. There was not a single soul outside and the entire neighbourhood was quiet, except for some barks from the night dogs in the area. After every two steps, she would turn around to watch if someone was following her closely. There was always no one but her shadow in the dark. She hated it when the entire neighbourhood was quiet, because it made her vulnerable and chances of attack from robbers and rapists were high. She had encountered a similar situation in the past where she was nearly robbed. One evening, almost towards dawn, after she had closed and was heading towards her abode on this same route, she had seen a figure emerge from one of the ghettos in the neighbourhood. At first, she had thought it was a figure of a woman; but drawing closer, she realized it was a man’s. He had dreads on; because he wore earrings too, it was easy to mistaken him for a woman. One weird thing about him that got Auntie Efua terrified was that he kept looking at her without changing his gaze. Also he had clenched his fist as though he was hiding a weapon. She had turned to look back in order to change her direction but she realized two men were following her closely. She became more terrified and began to utter words on her lips; words of prayer. Then suddenly, the mate woke her up from her slumber to signal her that she had reached her destination; she realized she had been dreaming all along. That day, she avoided that shortcut to her home. Have you ever had to use a shortcut to your residence?

31 Comments Add yours

  1. YAW OPOKU ANNOR says:

    Hahahaaa .Auntie Efua took the shortest cut to her abode in fairy world. Interesting! I’hv never had to use a shortcut to my residence.

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    1. Oh you should try a shortcut πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. Monalisa Odoi-Frimpong says:

    Lol… Interesting

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  3. Lyn says:

    Nice nice

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  4. Emmanuel says:

    haha…it ended too soon ..why? where’s the continuation Ruth?

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    1. …lol….it’s a flash fiction, that’s the end.

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  5. Lol this is more like a warning dream

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚….kinda…she must be glad it was a mere dream

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  6. Darryl Brightt says:

    Ooooh….nice very interesting

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  7. Ogbonnaya says:

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I was already scared for her sake
    I love shortcuts though. They’re just faster and I love fast

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    1. I understand, shortcuts are easier πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  8. Abis Psyche says:

    Lol Charley shortcuts home heeerrrhhhhhhhhhhhh,

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  9. adams2020 says:

    I was scared for her at some point until I realized it was all a dreamπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Interesting piece thoughπŸ’«πŸ’―

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Thanks dearie…. please don’t get too scared πŸ˜‚

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  10. Cameron says:

    🀣🀣all this only to realise it was a dream

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Yap oo

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  11. Prince Nyarko says:

    Very nice piece…..waiting for the continationπŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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    1. Thanks. But that’s the end

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  12. Blaise says:

    I’ve really enjoyed all you flash fictions girl! Great job

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    1. Thanks dearie 😍

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  13. Jonathan Adjetey says:

    Nice πŸ‘Œ

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    1. Thanks 😍😍

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  14. DrC says:

    Really enjoyed this. The voice over is awesome! Mooore of this. Cheers

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    1. Aww…. thank you. Cheers! 😍😍

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  15. Zindagi46 says:

    Dear Ms Gladstone, you were as brilliant as ever and the piece was greatly relatable. Good job!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Mikael. 😚 I’m glad you passed by.

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  16. Donkor Clement says:

    Sounds interesting. I really enjoyed it

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    1. Aww…. thanks so much
      Kindly share the link with your friends.❀️❀️

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