"Veiled" featured in the 2016 “Beneath This Skin” Edition of Aké Review (2016)(non-speculative fiction)
The Aké Festival is held annually in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
The 2016 theme's focus centered on issues around identity, race and individuality.
"Veiled" being my first non-speculative fiction published.
VEILED by Stephen Embleton
A gust of wind blasted Prunelle from the side as the bus came to a stop a few feet in
front of her. Panicked, she reflexively grabbed at the soft cloth covering the
lower half of her face. "All okay," she thought. She touched and tweaked its
position as she took the few steps forward and into the warmth of the waiting
vehicle. She tried to ignore the weary look from the driver and quickly
scanned her bus pass, heading as far into the back of the bus as she could go.
The seats ran parallel to the sides of the bus, but fear of eye contact forced
heads up at the advertisements or down at the grimy floor. Prunelle seated herself at the far…
While you are looking rosily at your past, complaining about your present, and spreading fear and despair for your future, there are kids trying to find their place in that noise, challenging the negativity and old ideas to find promise and hope for their lives ahead.