Zora's Darkness–Part Two

Enjoy the second part of Mama, which releases December 2018. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to get the next preview.

Part Two

I knocked on the door a couple of times, and then I rang the bell. I heard someone come to the door, and I could feel them looking at me through the peephole. I started to turn around and walk back to my house when I paused. I knocked one more time, this time a bit louder. If I wanted to go with the goal of being inconspicuous, that was gone now. The whole neighborhood probably

heard me.

I yelled, “Ms. Ruthie, is that you? I just want to make sure you’re okay. I’m not mad at you. See, I brought you some dinner . . . just like Mama would have done. Please open the door.”

I backed up so that she could hopefully see the wrapped plates through the peephole. I heard the chain slide, and she cracked the door open just a little bit. I could just barely make out her face in the doorway.

“Ms. Ruthie, please let me in.”

I felt like I was begging her, but I didn’t care. It was important for me to talk to her, even though I didn’t fully understand why. I couldn’t leave without speaking to her first.