Welcome to Day 4 of the Third Annual A to Z Challenge!
My theme – my 26 fiction posts will revolve around something musical – it could be anything, as long as it's musically-related… maybe a song title, an artist/band, musical terminology, musical instruments, words relating to sound/rhythm/movement/dance etc.
MUSICAL ASSOCIATION/CONNECTION. DJEMBE DRUMS – are rope-tuned, skin-covered African drums played with bare hands.
They heard the distant drums… the rich, vibrant heartbeat of the village…
His mother shook him.
He sat upright, half-asleep.
The chilly night air crept through the broken pane.
“Did you hear that? Get up! Quickly!”
“Hear what?” He rubbed his eye, pulled the threadbare blanket over his bony ten-year-old frame.
“They’re coming! Did you hear the drums? There’s something going on outside!”
His mother unlocked the door, stepped outside.
It was dangerous but she was a courageous woman.
“Where is the candle?” his sister enquired.
“Don’t be stupid! Leave the candle! They will see that there are people inside and kill us all!”
His mother returned. “We have to leave! Now!”
“Look at this,” his sister wielded a long thin stick back and forth, “I will poke the first one who tries to attack me…”
As it turned out – the evening was uneventful…
The djembe drums… stirred something deep inside…
The djembe drums… they always elicited the questions – had there really been a threat of attack that night? Was it the local gangsters playing a prank on them?
The djembe drums… dredged up a memory… one of a panic-stricken ten-year-old-boy…
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