I envied the Cross Riverian with the shiny trophy.
He wore a radiant smile
and a stylish pair of hiking boots.
How does one person wield this much influence?
‘I’m going to be like him someday,’
the boy with copper-coloured hair said.
As the night wore on, the crowd became smaller.
Music and laughter filled the air.
I watched in admiration as he walked outside
and stood by the railings, looking down from eight stories
above the streets of Calabar. So much unsaid words in his silence
as he gazed at the stars. Then at the statue of Mary Slessor
glittering with bright silver lights.
Imagine my shock when he jumped.
Jeffrey Ogochukwu, a mechanical engineering student, is an avid reader who is obsessed with dark and twisted stories, with a touch of romance added in. When he writes, he takes his readers on a dark journey of suspense and twist, making it difficult for one to stop reading once they’ve started. His literary journey has been one of passion and dedication. He placed second in the November edition of the D’Lit Review flash fiction contest. His writing has appeared in the 2022 Kepressing Anthology Prize and The Red Mud Review.