Extracts from Interview: Nalia

Interview with: Nalia

Age: 16 years old

Gender: Female

Location: B-9 Police Station

Interviewer: Rachel Smith (Lead Psychologist)

 


 

(Click, Click, Click)

Where am I? Who are you?

Nalia? It’s me …

Why do you keep looking at me like that……

(shuffles)

Wait, what is this?

Nalia i’m going…

Is this blood?

WHAT IS THIS?

Nalia, I’m going to need you to calm down.

 (Click, Click, Click)

 (shuffles)

Hey relax, look at me.

Its Doctor Rachel, remember? Am a friend of your dad’s and I’ve been helping him with the department?

(silence)

I’m sorry we had to keep you in this room but it’s all for your protection and everything will be made clear in a moment.

(Shuffles)

I know you are confused but I am here to help you.

You are in B-9 police station and you were found unconscious outside Great Fruits Supermarket a few miles from the Chief residences. Do you remember how you got there?

(Silence)

Liana…

Liana?

(shuffles)

Why am I here?

I’ll answer all your questions I promise….

What is all this…. blood?

 …….but first I need you to try and remember what happened before we found you outside the supermarket.

I…..

He…..

(Shuffles)

I can’t help you if you don’t tell me anything Nalia.

(Shuffles)

Listen, Liana ….

(whispers) what have you done?

….told me that Biko was trying to help. Do you know who Biko is Nalia?

I remember now …..where i was.

I was at home with him, the chief.

What were you doing at home?

I….(shuffles)….I was finishing my homework.

You remember don’t you? How the chief always said that school work was important, how he said it low and cold. You remember don’t you miss ‘it’s the gateway to the white lands’?

Said?

Says, said, your language is foreign to me.

Nalia, tell me what happened after you finished your homework?

I …..

He….(shuffles)….

I don’t want to be here anymore. Now either tell me why I am here or let me go this instant.

He….the Ch…Chiief won’t be very happy about this, white woman.

Listen there is no need to be rude and your father….

(Shuffles)

Father (snickers)

Na…

Curiosity killed the cat you know.

You shouldn’t stick your nose into other people’s business.

(Shuffles)

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Extracts From Interviews: Liana

Interview with: Liana

Age: 5 years old

Gender: Female

Location: B-9 Police Station

Interviewer: Rachel Smith (Lead Psychologist)


(click click)

Hello Liana. My name is Rachel, how are you?

(shuffles)

…..I’m scared.

I know you’re scared Liana and I’m so sorry about that but guess what…. I’m  here to protect you and I won’t let anything bad happen to you. Okay?

(silence)

Do you want to hear a secret?

(silence)

I’d rather be home too, the boys here all smell like dudu.

(giggles)

There we go, now I’m going to ask you a few questions and all you have to do is tell me anything you can remember.

(silence)

 Can you tell me how you got to the supermarket?

I’m not supposed to say….

They told me not to say.

Who’s they Liana?

(Silence)

Hey look, its okay, I promise no one is going to hurt you.

(Click)

Here have some Fanta, you told the officer you like Fanta, didn’t you?

Yes

Good.

Now Liana I need you to try and remember anything you can, okay?

Okay.

Who is they?

 (shuffles) Biko and…… Nalia.

What did Biko and Nalia tell you not to say?

(Silence)

It’s okay Liana, you can tell me anything, pinky promise.

We are friends, right?

Yeah I guess…

If you promise not to tell…

(shuffles)

 

Biko … He didn’t mean too. He was just trying to…..

(Silence)

Liana?

What was he trying to do……

Liana?

(Silence)

(Cuts Recording)

Loki {Part Three}

As his teeth sunk deeper into my flesh and his counterpart proceeded to release me from my skin, I saw her eyes shine golden as the sun. Her hair as wild as its rays. Her movement as swift as the evening winds that passed through our lands every day.

It was she, Loki, the ancestral spirit protector.

Very few had seen her, and even fewer had been in her presence. Loki, some would say, was a myth, while the older children believed it was a meager scare tactic used by the elders but not me.

I believed in her because I saw her once when I went to fetch water. I saw her once reflected behind me from the water which we drink and I knew from that day that she was more than a simple old wives tale.

She leapt and pounced on the Hyenas that threatened to devour me and my family to nothing.

She ripped them apart and her paws dug into their backs and as she finished off the last one I realized that Loki was I.