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A Kind of Bravery
by Nkem Akin   (Author)
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“Zube, come on, it’s break time.”
“I don’t want to go.” Twelve years old Zube shrank in his seat and looked up through the corner of his eyes at the person standing above him and gesturing. Ike was turned sideways, one leg already turned to the direction of the door. Outside waited Paul, fourteen years old and the other members of their neighborhood gang of boys. It was exams next week and Zube wanted to study. He also did not want to hang out anymore with Ike and the other boys, especially Paul.
“You’re wasting time,” Ike said. He’d not heard Zube and was halfway across the classroom
“I don’t…” Zube dragged to his feet as he spoke and shuffled behind Ike as they walked into the bright sunshine.
“Come on,” Ike yelled, sprinting forward with a glance over his shoulder.
Zube shaded his eyes with his hand and saw Paul standing in the distance with about three other boys. Sweat break out on his upper lip and he wiped at it with a balled fist as he increased his pace. He had dreamed of the day he would join that close-knit group but now, he hated them. Paul had started the group in their secondary school as a study group, but since they all lived in the University campus where the school was located, the boys ended up meeting after school too.
Zube had asked his classmate Ike, who lived in the same building with Paul, to get him in. Last week, Paul invited him and gave him the rules. They were a gang of brothers who did everything together and never questioned orders. They studied together, helped each other in their house chores and came together if an older boy tried to harass any of them.
It had seemed easy till they invited him for an outing the next day, which involved going one of the boy’s house, whose mother was their English teacher. There, they had broken into her desk and took notes from the already prepared test papers.
After doing everything required of him, Zube had gone home and cried. He loved studying and felt deceived; this was not want he wanted.
He almost confessed to his father, a lecturer in the university but in the end, he could not go through with it. And now here was Paul again, standing with hands across his chest and glaring at him through the slit of his hooded eyes. Zube stopped walking.

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Product Details
Author: Nkem Akin
Publisher: NS Publishing
Publication date: 2012
Pages: 43
Product dimensions: 422 x 600
More About This eBook
Most of us have experienced tough times, maybe we fought back or maybe we were overwhelmed, but no matter how long it takes, we are champions if we are still standing by the end. In this book, the characters manage to overcome the challenges that love, family, friendship, and the pursuit of happiness throw their way either by keeping their head up, putting their head down, looking away, not seeing at all or offering a helping hand.
The stories in this collection will show you the latent courage we all have in us, and maybe by the end you’ll approach your own situations with a
fresh pair of eyes.

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About Author
Nkem was born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria, where she spent most of her time, studying, reading and daydreaming or climbing trees and playing with the boys. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health Research but has now returned to her childhood dream of spinning stories. She writes and blogs full-time, and believes in the use of the internet and social media to promote the book industry and literacy levels in the country. Nkem is also the founder and managing editor of www.NaijaStories.com, for those that read, write or publish Nigerian stories.

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