Okello’s Honeymoon by Dilman Dila – Friday the 13th Story
Available online, only for today, is Dilman Dila’s short story, Okello’s Honeymoon. this story is featured in Dilman Dila’s debut short story collection A Killing in the Sun.
I proposed to Meg at the lakeside. We were sitting on a rock that jutted out onto the water, watching the sun drop behind a half-submerged canoe. The waves sang as they crashed onto the shore. Birds chirped as they hunted for fish. Mosquitoes and lake flies buzzed around us. It was just the two of us in the wilderness. I took out the ring and held it in front of her. It gleamed in the dying light of the day, like a true diamond, though it was a cheap aluminum piece of artwork that a friend had fashioned for me. She said yes.
It struck me as odd that I had proposed to a girl whose family I had never met. She said they lived in Merikit, a small town ten miles from my home, and that I would meet them during the kwanjula, the traditional marriage ceremony where I would pay her father a dowry. I brushed aside the alarm bells, and trusted everything she told me. I was madly in love… click here to read more.