For a human character to fully disclose its truly exceptional qualities, one needs the good fortune to observe its actions through the span of long years.
“You’re here for the slippery elm, I expect,” the old woman said in a burst of cognition, not looking up from her tub because why should she look up from her tub and see only my wry, tentative face and not know, depraved of her tarns and vaunted in confusing patterns, a sleeper from a chokecherry moose?
Gladiola and Kerry were fighting again. They fought all the time lately. It started with words and escalated to shouts. Sometimes the daughter threw things at her motherglasses and plates, knick-knacks and cups and anything that wasn’t nailed down.
This work was produced by Positive Negatives and artist Rob Davis, with the support of the UN development programme. Positive Negatives produce literary comics about contemporary social and human rights issues by combining ethnographic research with illustration and photography.
T. Motley is the 2016 silver medalist in the Society of Illustrators' Short Form Comics competition, winning for a story he contributed to Cartozia Tales.