Sunday Snippet: Black Messiah by Maysam Yabandeh

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Black Messiah

Author: Maysam Yabandeh
Publisher: Maysam Yabandeh
Release Date: July 20, 2019
Genre: Romantic Thriller


Book Cover: Black Messiah by Maysam Yabandeh“How can I help you today?” Sally says reluctantly before looking up at the next customer.

“You can help me get my son back,” Maria tells Sally with tearful eyes.

“Oh, Ms. Freeman,” Sally is shocked at seeing her ex’s mother in her shop.


“I can’t,” Sally tells Maria before taking another drag on her cigarette. They are standing in front of the shop, over the partly-red painted platform. Sally tries not to look at Maria when turning her down. “It’s been too long. It’s over between us—”

“— Not for him. He’s not over it yet,” Maria says with high confidence.

“With all due respect, how would you know?”

“If a mother cannot read the eyes of her own son, then…” Maria takes a look at Sally’s cigarette. “Since when do you smoke, my dear?”

Sally takes a glance at Maria. It has been a long time since anybody worried about her. She likes the feeling. “It’s good for me,” she says and turns her look away again. “It calms me down—” Sally interrupts herself with multiple coughs. She continues smoking afterward.



“Look at me, my dear.”

Maria’s trembling voice attracts Sally’s attention. The cigarette in her hand, she turns her face completely towards Maria. Maria is looking at her with tearful eyes.

“This is a mother begging you.” Maria’s eyes can no longer contain her tears. A single tear escapes her eye. “Jesus was a good boy. He’s getting worse and worse ever since you left him.” Maria bursts out crying. “If only he can see you again, that’s all it takes.”

Maria’s sobbing has left quite an impression on Sally. She drops the cigarette, approaches Maria, and hugs her.

“He can heal,” Maria says in Sally’s arm. “I know it. Jesus can heal.”


Where is that pretty girl?

Sally thinks that when regretfully looking at herself in the mirror. She is in the tiny bathroom of her cheap studio apartment. She tries to stretch the wrinkled skin under her eyes to remind herself of the old days. The skin wrinkles again the moment she removes her finger. A deep sadness resurfaces on her eyes. Her vision gets blurry. Despite her resistance, tears are welling up in her eyes. Her sobs are about to follow when she rushes to the medicine cabinet behind the mirror. The cabinet is filled with medicine containers of different sizes and colors. The toothbrush and toothpaste seem irrelevant among those many drugs.

A couple of containers fall when her shaky hand touches them until she reaches the red one with the word ‘Caution’ printed on it with large black letters. She hurryingly takes one large capsule from the container and swallows while still sobbing. It hurts without water. She closes the mirror door of the medicine cabinet and leans forward to drink water from her bathroom sink.

She closes the tap. She has no rush to stand up and face herself in the mirror again. Who wants to see that miserable face anyway? she thinks. Jesus does, that is who. That is the response that gives her the strength to stand up again. In the mirror, she sees her face that is covered with tears.

She wipes the tears off her face. No, this is not the time to feel sorry for yourself, she thinks. This is the time to go out there and actually do something. Yes, you are the one. Jesus is sick, and you are the cure. Go, girl. You still got it.

Refilled with confidence, she takes the lipstick from her spacious makeup bag and applies it on her lips. It is as red as blood.

About the Book:

In the modern world filled with hatred and violence, a good-hearted black man rises to inspire people to peace and compassion. Word of mouth spreads, and soon our hero finds himself the spiritual leader of awakened people of all colors, races, and backgrounds. His popularity, however, makes him powerful enemies with the establishment, who crucify him for disturbing the balance of power. In a moment of despair, true love comes to the rescue.

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About the Author:

Dr. Maysam Yabandeh is a computer scientist graduated from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.