The Bullet Pen

Home » Short Story » Short Story

Short Story

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 14 other followers

Top Rated

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events

Social Media

(function() {function async_load(){var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true;s.src = 'http://www.coolsocial.net/get_snippet.aspx?url=thepenbullet.com';var x = document.getElementById('coolsocials'); x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); }document.getElementById('coolsociald').innerHTML = '';if (window.attachEvent) window.attachEvent('onload', async_load); else window.addEventListener('load', async_load, false);})();

Archives

In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata

Lauri Kubuitsile

This tale begins at the end; McPhineas Lata, the perennial bachelor who made a vocation of troubling married women, is dead. Th e air above Nokanyana village quivers with grief and rage, and not a small amount of joy because the troubling of married women, by its very definition, involved a lot of trouble. But, maybe because of his slippery personality, or an inordinate amount of blind luck, McPhineas Lata seemed to dodge the bulk of the trouble created by his behaviour, and left it for others to carry on, on his behalf. He had after all, admitted to Bongo and Cliff, his left and right side kicks, that troubling married women was a perfect past-time which was ‘all sweet and no sweat’. 

Women in the village of Nokanyana, named after a small river that no one had yet been able to discover, were notoriously greedy, and, without exception, surly. Husbands in the village were all small and thin with tight muscles worked into knots because they spent all of their lives either working to please their wives or withstanding barrages of insults and criticisms for failing to do it up to the very high expectation of Nokanyana women. For Nokanyana men, it was a lose-lose situation and, as a result, each and every one of them despised McPhineas Lata merely for remaining single – he had made the right decision and they had not. 

McPhineas Lata, though thus despised by most husbands, was adored by most wives. His funeral was full of dramatic fainting and howls of grief echoing as far as the Ditlhako Hills. Tears fell by the bucketful and nearly succeeded in creating the village’s missing namesake. The husbands stood at the back of the gathering wearing variations on the theme ‘stern face’ while… read more.

Advertisements

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: