CHAPTER 4.1 – MABEL AND THE BEAR

Thanks to a mascara-tear mashup, Mabel’s eyelashes were clinging together and sticking out in clumps from puffy eyes. The Black Wolf visited again, forcing her off the busiest highway in Jozi and into a grief-drenched disintegration. They come often, these…shall we call them ‘sessions’. A doctor prescribed anti-depressants once… But all that did was give […]

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CHAPTER 4 – MABEL AND THE WOLF

When Mabel’s testimony was over and it seemed to her that it was not nearly the catastrophic catharsis her previous attempt had been, she floated down the steps of the court building to where her little hatchback Toyota was waiting like Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. With her big, bouncy curls framing her round freckled face, she […]

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Chapter 2 – MABEL’S CALLING

When Mabel’s old hatchback Toyota stopped in front of the Pretoria State Morgue, she felt light and content, and it was all Annie Botha’s fault. Annie Botha Street runs into the road that ultimately leads you to the Morgue and it’s lined on both sides with giant old Jakaranda trees that bow gracefully over the […]

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Chapter 1.4 – MABEL IS HUMILIATED

Mabel was standing in the door of Professor Mokoena’s office, breathing deeply and tracing the numbness as it spread from her stomach down to her legs. ‘Come in, Ms Ackerman.’ He still called her ‘Miss’. But she would address that another day. Right now she was more concerned about the presence of an unknown man […]

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