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Friday Fiction: What Child Is This?

Title: What Child Is this?

Conflict: Man v Man

Character: A child born with a pig’s tail

Theme: Fate

Setting: a village cut off from the outside world

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“What child is this!?” The nurse cried. The babe, soft and pink and wiggling a curled tail, cried at the noise.

“Mayhap Father Dawkins be right, the world comes to an end sister.” The older woman stared at the thin tail with abject horror. If such a thing has occurred, what other horrors await them. Father Dawkins may perhaps be right after all.

“Call the father immediately. Alert him that the time nears.”

“Ay sister.”

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Father Dawkins paced the water storage tank, a smiled etched across his old face. The nurse had called claiming a babe had been born with a tail. Only years of self-control and discipline kept him from leaping in glee. Patience had proved indeed to be a virtue though he knew there was no virtue within him.

“Henry!” he hollered at the dark haired man limping out of the shed by the tank

“Yes Father?” The man’s hands had been bleached white.

“We no longer need additives in the water, our faith proves fruitful!”

“Truly?”

“Truly! A babe with a pig’s tail is born!”

“Aye Father, our faith lives.” The other man smiled too. For him it was time a man of science proved fruitful. Him.

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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