Writer’s Corner: Night Notes – Swipe Right

I am so tired of being alone!

At this point, I’m destined to be alone forever.

I’m the one that is supposed to sit on the sidelines watching everyone else couple up, smile and suck it up knowing that it will never be me.

I’m supposed to go to all the weddings without a plus one, as I watch couple after couple exchange rings; knowing that I will never feel one on my own finger.

Never will I find the other half to my whole; the person who truly gets me and who I truly get too.

I’m destined to be alone forever.

Sometimes I think, maybe I should have just settled. Settled for the men who would call to me from across the street, as if I was a dog. Men that grabbed my arms and tried to pull me back, just to get my attention. Men that came at me armed with a phone trying to force my digits out of me. Maybe if I had said yes to them I wouldn’t be so lonely now.

Maybe I’m just too picky. If I wasn’t so picky I wouldn’t spend my nights up at 2 o’clock swiping through apps just to find someone who might find me the least bit attractive.
I’m tired of building myself up, trailing through hundreds and thousands of profile pictures, finally finding someone that I think will be my perfect soulmate, only to find that they swiped left on me and what easily could have been a perfect match will never be.

I’m tired of feeling ugly and not good enough. Why can’t I have someone to steal the last fries from, someone I can put my legs across whilst we marathon through Game of Thrones, someone who knows that I’m not ticklish but knows that my Achilles heel is on the back of my neck?

I have so much love to give but no one wants to receive it. 

I’m so tired of being lonely.

Will there ever be someone out there for me?

Writer’s Corner – Night Notes – Before You


I haven’t done this in a while but here’s a little short I wrote tonight…
Droplets fall from your eyes, and slide down your face like kisses from the angels above. 

You are perfection. 

Never before has beauty such as yours been seen on this world. You radiate the very essence of it.
So as I sit here, hands shaking, holding the knife that I will soon use to end your life; I think to myself why did I put up with this for so long? Why did I allow myself to be used by you, to become your victim?

Why did I allow your beauty to cloud my brain, make me forget who I really was?

Before you I was smart. Before you I could see clearly. I would never allow anyone to ever make me feel the way that you did.

How could I be blinded by such beauty that I forgot to be me.

You look at me, your eyes bore into me, begging me to stop.

I can’t. Not this time. I am done giving into you.

I raise the knife again and plunge it into you.

I have the power now.

The Rebirth of Kemi Afolabi: Chapter Three

Sorry it’s been a while, but here is chapter 3. Enjoy.

To read the previous chapter please click here.

Please be warned there are some expletives in this chapter.

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Kemi paused at the door, her hands waivered over the handle.

“You can do this,” she whispered quietly to herself, “You are the champion of your own destiny. Just go in there and tell them where to shove this soul sucking job!” 

Taking a few deep breaths she slowly turned the handle and pushed the door open.

The warm air was the first thing that hit her, and then the looks of sheer depression on her colleagues faces; emulating the same pain that she experienced on a daily basis.

Kemi’s eyes manoeuvred around the room as she desperately tried to find Katie, her line manager, who was as always, not at her desk.

Instead Katie was in her usual spot, hunched over the desk of Margaret, the supposed head of customer care and as usual they were deep in conversation about Margaret’s husbands’ latest wrongdoing. 

Yes, everyone in the office knew about Philip’s extra marital activities, whether they wanted to or not.

Still breathing slowly in and out, Kemi made a beeline over to Margaret’s desk. She cleared her throat and tapped Katie on the back.

“I was wondering if I could have a quick word with you,” she squeaked.

“One minute Kem,” said Katie without turning around, “Well you know where you can tell him to shove it don’t ya.”

“Sorry?” Kemi stuttered.

“I said one moment Kemi,” Katie replied, her bubbly voice dripping with hidden frostiness.

“Oh okay. I just…” stuttered Kemi.

“Kemi, please me and Margaret are in the middle of a really important meeting. If you could just note it down and maybe send me an email I can get to it at the end of the day.” 

“Sure.” Kemi replied deflated.

“Okay bye.” Katie turned around and continued on with her ‘advise’.

Fuck you! Fuck you! Kemi screamed in her head as she slowly slipped away and sat down. 

She couldn’t do it, she just couldn’t do it. She knew she wasn’t brave enough.

If she couldn’t even get 1 minute to speak to her line manager, how the hell was she going to pluck up the courage to tell them that she wanted to leave?

This was it! She was destined to stay here and rot forever.

She glanced back at Katie, who was still perched on the side of Margaret’s desk, head thrown back tears of laugher streaming down her face.

Oh how she, wished she could just grab her by the strands of her long brunette hair and bash it into Margaret’s computer monitor. 

Instead she turned back to her own monitor and opened her next complaint.

To whom this may concern,

I am deeply deeply upset.

I opened my package today to find that an extra shoe bag had not been included. As a long term customer of yours this is something I have come to expect and I find it deeply troubling that one was not included.

I would like some form of compensation to apologise for the pain that this has caused alongside the time I have spent contacting you.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Lucy Smith (Mrs)

Shoot me now was all that Kemi could think as she began to type out her response.

THE REBIRTH OF KEMI AFOLABI : CHAPTER TWO

To read chapter one please click here.

The sweetness of the chocolate fudge danced on Kemi’s tongue sending shock-waves through her body.

She needed this. A morning spent tackling annoying customers who felt that their problems were the biggest of them all, had seriously drained her. She didn’t know how much longer she could take it.

The ambition that she once had, had all but drifted away and she was now just going through the motions.

She wasn’t living, she was no longer human being; she was just a cog in the machine that was a crappy company who did nothing for her.

All of these thoughts were lost as soon as the Triple Chocolate Fudge cake touched her lips, as if a magic spell had been placed upon her.

This was utter bliss. Utter chocolate heaven.

Closing her eyes she allowed herself to be consumed by the sweet goodness.

Oh how she wished that she could stay here forever but she knew she couldn’t.

It may have been Grace’s last day, but Kemi still had to work at Smash Clothing and she wasn’t about to get fired over a slab of cake no matter how tasty it was.

She opened her eyes, allowing the spell to be broken and signalled the waiter over.

“Babe I’ve got to head back.” she said to Grace who was currently under the spell of two gigantic slabs of a Red Velvet Dream cake.

Slowly opening her eyes, Grace gave Kemi a cold stare.

“Why?” she whined.

“Girl I aint about to get fired. Can I get this boxed up please,” Kemi said to the waiter as he finally approached the table. He picked up her plate and headed back behind the counter.

“I get it,” replied Grace, “You don’t want to step on the toes of the dictatorship, me however I’m just gonna chill here, savour the calm before the storm”.

“I’m so jealous I wish I had your balls,” sighed Kemi.

“Listen,” said Grace going in to serious mode, “Look at my face and watch the words that I say.”

“I’m listening,” replied Kemi.

“Do…it!”

“I can’t!”

“Yes you can, just do it babe, trust me it will feel so freeing”.

“I can’t!” Kemi wailed.

“Why? What the hell is stopping you? You don’t have any loyalties to that place and they sure don’t have any loyalties to you. They would drop you in a hot minute without a thought to it.”

The waiter came back and handed Kemi her box of cake, she smiled at him.

“I know, I know,” Kemi sighed.

“So what is stopping you?” Grace urged.

“Bills, life…” Kemi listed.

“Bills and life, are you being for real Kem? You still live at home. This is the perfect opportunity for you to leave.”

Kemi closed her eyes and exhaled.

“You’re right,” Kemi replied, “I’ve given them nearly a year of my life. Put in my blood sweat and tears and I’ve been passed over for team leader not once not twice but three times. I can’t do it anymore. I can’t allow them to continue treating me like sh*t! You’re right, I have to leave. I’m gonna tell them soon as I get back.”

“See that’s what I’m talking about! Just make sure you go back with that same energy. Good luck babe, I know you can do it.”

Grace pulled Kemi into a massive hug, squeezing the life out of her. God she was gonna miss this. Who else would do this with her? Everyone else in the office was so preoccupied with their weight and the next faddy diet, that even the word cake would be a no no.

Walking out of the bakery, Kemi took one last look back at Grace, she looked so happy, so content. Kemi wanted that. To know and understanding just how she felt. She walked on and tried her hardest to fight back the urge to cry. But she failed. Damn she was gonna miss Grace.

But she couldn’t think about that now she had a mission. She was finally going to hand in her notice. The countdown had ended, now was the time.

Check back next week to see what happens next.

The Rebirth Of Kemi Afolabi : Chapter One

Kemi stared at her computer screen, the harsh brightness bit at her eyes forcing her to blink uncontrollably. The words began to blend into one and she felt the beginnings of a migraine forming. She sighed and continued on with her reply to her customer.

Dear Sandra,

Thank you so much for getting in touch.

First let me start off by saying how incredibly sorry I am to hear about the state of your vest top. Of course you should not be receiving your vest top in such condition, I understand how distressing this can be. 

I agree that there should not have been a lose thread and I will be passing your feedback onto the team so that they can look into this and ensure that this does not happen again.

To apologise for the inconvenience caused I have sent out a gift card to the value of £10.

Please let me know if I can help with anything else.

Have a great day.

Kemi

Sighing, she clicked on the send button and watched her email disappear. She clicked onto the next email and slowly felt her life drain a little bit more.

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I am…

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I am a black woman.

Words that I never really thought about before.

I was always trying to distance myself from it. Market myself as just a woman.

Why should my race have anything to do with who I am? We are all equal right? Race is nothing other than a social construct?

Ha like fuck it is! Race is real people. I live, breathe, bleed race. I am a black woman.

Now more than ever I truly see the beauty of who I am. I am done living in shadows hiding myself. Self hating. Wishing I was something else. I am done hiding behind my hands and seeing the reality of what is happening in the world. Ignoring it. Pretending that it’s not true. That it’s too far away to affect me. That it’s not my problem.

Well it is! It is real and it is happening. For too long people who look like me, who are like me, have been robbed. Robbed of their opportunity to rise, to live, to exist.

Now more than ever I know who I am. Never again will I hide myself. Try and blend in. I want the world to see me. To see us. To see we.

I am a black woman.

I am black!

Writer’s Corner: Confession


I want you all to hear my confession.

My name is Zainab and I am a creative.

I was born to create. Art excites me. Music excites me. Words and stories get me high.

I don’t want to be ashamed of who I am anymore, I want the truth to be known. I want to be proud of who I am!

I don’t want to fit into a box. I don’t want to be part of the norm, a cog that keeps society running smoothly. That’s not me!

I want to be at one with my creativity!

I need to be me! I’m tired of pretending to be someone I’m not.

I want to sit in the dark listening to music with tears streaming down my face and not feel weird about doing it.

I want to lose myself in stories that are not my own.

I want to experience the euphoria that only comes from embracing the world that I belong in.

My name is Zainab and that was my confession, thank you for listening.

Writer’s Corner – Me Again


I’m suffocating, drowning in this non-existence.

I want to scream at the top of my lungs. I want to punch every wall, kick every door.

I want to have a purpose, have some form of validation.

I want to exist. I want a reason to live.

I don’t want to be this invisible loner, lying here decaying.

I want my energy back, my spark.

I want to smile again, laugh until it hurts but still can’t stop.

I don’t want to be trapped here anymore. Stuck with my own thoughts as company; my captive and torturer.

I want this dull pain to stop. I want to rip it out of me. I want to throw it around, beat on it the same way it beats on me. I want to show it that I’m the one in control now.

I want to be me again.

Writer’s Corner: Night Notes – Nose


Most say that it’s the eyes that they first fall in love with. But for me it was your nose, your beautiful strong nose.

I saw that nose and I knew. I knew that you were the one that I wanted to be with; that you were my forever person.

You were standing in a crowd of people and the only thing I could see was you. It was like you had this silver glow around you, a glow so strong that it filtered everyone else out. Blanked out their faces. All I could see was you and all I wanted was you.

I took a deep breathe and made a beeline towards you, making sure that I didn’t spill the drinks that were carefully balancing on my hand. Oh how I hated balancing shit on my hand. It was a massive pet peeve for me. Every move that I made had to be calculated, there was no excuse for error, not with me.

All I wanted to do was sashay up to you. Hypnotise you with my swaying hips, but this blasted drinks tray that was balancing on my hand was keeping me from doing this.

Instead I sheepishly sidled up to you. At first I didn’t say anything. I just sort of hovered there, half expecting you to turn around, knock the tray onto the floor, sweep me into your arms and take my breathe away with your kiss. That strong nose of yours battling with my own.

But you were so engrossed in your conversation with the lady with the synthetic wig, that you didn’t even notice that I was there.

Finally I built up my confidence and opened my mouth to offer you a drink. Without looking my way you waved me off. Deflated I headed back to my starting position. The blasted drinks tray feeling heavier than ever before.

I watched you all night. You never left your spot. I served countless blank underserving faces. But not you. Not once did you look my way.

After the final drink was drunk and the final canapé was eaten, with a heavy heart I left.

As I waited outside for my cab to arrive, thoughts of our future life, our house, our kids, little trips to the beach and picnics in the park plagued my head.

I checked my phone for the umpteenth time, for the status of this cab that was supposedly only 5 mins away; and then suddenly there you were.

Time stood still, the noises around me on pause.

You asked me for a light and as a non-smoker who keeps a lighter in her bag for such occasions I produced you with one.

You sparked up and I felt my heart flutter and beat back to life. Your voice melting my insides as you spoke of your distaste of evenings such as this.

You asked me my name and 10 minutes later we knew each other’s hopes and dreams.

A notification that my driver had cancelled on me propelled me back to the living and the fear of not being able to get home from the north of London to the south of London sent shockwaves through me.

As if sensing my fear you offered to share a cab with me, only because you were going in that direction anyway and how you could never leave a damsel in distress.

The cab pulled up and we both got in and thus began the greatest love story ever told.