Shavonne walked out the bathroom and sat on the bed next to Shakira. She caressed Shakira’s forehead and smoothed her hair back. “I can’t watch you do this to yourself, I know you’re stronger than this. I’m going to be honest with you, I just got off the phone with your therapist.” Shakira stared off into space; Shavonne gently held her by the face and turned it so that their eyes could lock. “She says you need closure, that it bothers you that your attacker is still out there. I know that’s not it, because I promised you we would handle that.” She looked deep into Shakira’s eyes. “Have I ever lied to you?” Shakira slightly shook her head no. “Come on Shakira, enough of this bullshit. You don’t have to worry about closure. We can’t fix the other problem, but I promise I will do everything in our power to help you get through this. Shakira, I need to know you trust me.”
Tears filled Shakira’s eyes. “You know I trust you.”
“If you trust me I need you to snap out of this nonsense and tell me what it is you need, and want me to do.”
Shakira’s eyes turned cold. “I want you to help me take his life like he took mine, and I wanna be there.”
The hate in Shakira’s tone caught Shavonee off guard. “Only if you promise to start eating and talking to me more.”
“I promise,” she said somberly, but there was hope in her eyes.
Passion. Writing. Editing. Consulting. Teaching. Motivating. Those are the words that come to mind when you think of Salih Israil. He wears
many hats-all of which are inspired by his love for literature.
He is a literacy advocate who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature and has worked as a teacher’s assistant for several college
literature courses and designed and facilitated several pre-college and adult education literacy/writing workshops. He is a spiritual motivator
who holds a Master of Professional Studies in Urban Ministry. He a content-editor who has edited over twelve novels-including works by
authors such as Cino Mike, Zach Tate, and Tha Twniz.
He is an author who has published five novels under three different pseudonyms: As D.L. Cox, he has published two Urban Fantasy novels:
Host Chronicles Volume 1: Devil’s Offspring and Host Chronicles Volume 2: Hope Rising. As Mon-D, he has published two Urban Street
Fiction novels: Boardwalk Kingpins and Sister’s Keeper. As D. Israil, he has published one Urban Street Fiction novel: The Legend of
He is currently working on starting a literature curriculum design firm, a firm that focuses on assisting educators with enhancing, developing
and designing Jr. High School, High School, and afterschoolliterature curriculum that introduces students to the trans formative power of
literature and encourages students to critically engage their social, economic, and cultural environments.
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