When I was about 6 or 7 and still living in Zanzibar, Tanzania, my sister (who is 3 years older than me) and I would spend a lot of time just hanging out after school and exploring the island. It’s not very big and since we lived at the main city if stone town, didn’t wander too far out.
On this particular day we ran along familiar alleys until my sister decided to take a sharp turn and we ended up in what looked like an abandoned construction site. It was an apartment building being built but it still had no walls. So all you could see were the floors and the stairs and support beams. It was maybe like 5 or 6 floors high. Surrounding it were the backs of all these other buildings that we knew.
So we knew where we were, we just didn’t know that there was a field behind all these houses that we walked by so often. So naturally, being curious children we wanted to climb the building. We raced each other to the fifth floor and my sister beat me there. She was already at the top when I was still on the fourth set of stairs. That’s when I got an uneasy feeling and felt like I was being watched. Then something - I don’t know what, maybe my head - whispered in my ear “toka” which translated from Swahili is “leave/get out”.
I yelled up to my sister and told her that I was feeling weird and that we should leave. She’s started teasing me and saying that I was a baby. Nonetheless I began my descent to the ground. Once I reached the ground I ran to the front of the building and looked up to see my sister standing on the second floor. She started laughing and exclaiming that she was king of the world.
That’s when I swear I saw a black shadow just swish by her and she came hurtling towards the floor. She hit the ground pretty hard on her feet, and ended up spraining her ankle. I rushed to her and I asked what was wrong she said someone pushed her. I helped her get up and we quickly got the hell out of there.
We explained to our parents where this happened and they told us that there was no field or building or any space between the other buildings that we mentioned. When we later tried to find the building, we never did.
I still wonder what the hell happened that day.
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