The Unbreakable Bond

the following short story is by Azima Mohamed Patel, the winner of the 2019 SA Muslim Women’s Short Story Competition.   I looked on intently. Would this be the time? I had been hoping, praying, waiting… Hell, I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t want this so badly. My soul ached for it…

The Patriarchy Lives in my Home

By Zainub Hussain   It is 9:53 pm. My husband is vainly trying to coax out every last bit of energy from our twenty month old baby by reading him a bedtime story in a voice that oozes both exhaustion and just the barest hint of please-shut-the-hell-up-and-go-to-SLEEP. I feel a sadistic twist of happiness. My…