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The secrets we keep – Part 3 November 2019: Crystal

The secrets we keep – Part 3 November 2019: Crystal

The secrets we keep – Part 3: Crystal Detective Bianca Abrahams needed time to find out what the secrets inside the ballet pump meant. If she told Sr Renee that Ms Anna had indeed died of natural causes, the sister would have closed Ms Anna’s file and begun the process of closing the mysterious woman’s estate…

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The secrets we keep – Part 2 October 2019: Tatianna 

The secrets we keep – Part 2 October 2019: Tatianna 

The secrets we keep – Part 2: Tatianna  Detective Bianca Abrahams slurped her hot brew. The three teaspoons of sugar making the black coffee sweet and syrupy. “Here’s your dead auntie’s se report” said the loud and offensive voice of Jacobs, the detective in the next office. “How long has that been on your desk?” demanded…

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The secrets we keep – Part 1 September 2019: Ms Anna

The secrets we keep – Part 1 September 2019: Ms Anna

The secrets we keep – Part 1: Ms Anna  She lay on her stiff bed, perfectly still. The light blue blanket underneath her tucked tightly under the mattress. She clearly hadn’t slept in the bed at all, yet this was where they had found her, lying on top of her bed. Her grey hair had untied…

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Doggone Train – Part 4 June 2019

Doggone Train – Part 4 June 2019

Doggone Train – Part 4 June 2019 As Travis descended beneath the Muizenberg railway bridge, to make his way into the village of Muizenberg, he and Sparky passed a huddle of homeless people who made the pavement under the bridge their home. Their piles of belongings hugged the concrete wall and Travis stepped around the…

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Doggone Train – Part 3 May 2019

Doggone Train – Part 3 May 2019

Doggone Train – Part 3 May 2019 Once off the train, Travis decided to find the bathroom and see if he could somehow wash the smell of dog urine off his trouser. The now painful scratchy tag at his lower back was combined with a wet slap of cloth against his leg every time he…

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Doggone Train – Part 2 April 2019

Doggone Train – Part 2 April 2019

Doggone Train – Part 2 April 2019 As the train pulled out of Fish Hoek station, Travis stepped his legs wide to stop from falling over. The 6am train wasn’t quite yet full, but he knew it was going to get fuller as they bumped, scraped and squeaked along the line to town. He bumbled…

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Doggone Train – Part 1 March 2019

Doggone Train – Part 1 March 2019

Doggone Train – Part 1 March 2019 The pants that Travis’s mother had organised for him to wear scratched his lower back lightly with each step. It had tickled initially, making him skip, but now it felt like sandpaper, and Travis had to reach into the back of his pants with great effort to try…

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For the love of art – Part 4 February 2019

For the love of art – Part 4 February 2019

For the love of art – Part 4 February 2019 Over the next four weeks, Ellen would visit no. 12 once a week. Each visit would enable her the opportunity to remove one of the famous paintings. She found a bag that fitted each painting and carefully removed every single one. Except for the Pierneef….

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For the love of art – Part 3 January 2019

For the love of art – Part 3 January 2019

For the love of art – Part 3 January 2019 Ellen sat staring at the Irma Stern painting on her calendar. Her thoughts miles away from her task of updating the houses on the website. She loved the emotion held in the Fisherman’s eyes. It was day four and she hadn’t heard a peep from…

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For the love of art – Part 2 December 2018

For the love of art – Part 2 December 2018

For the love of art – Part 2 December 2018 The envelope of cash arrived at the end of the week. A courier walked in with an A4-size brown envelope and handed it to Ellen. She felt it and knew instantly what it was. “Oh my” Ellen gasped, unable to contain her surprise. Who would send…

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