Eric Blue is a modern era storyteller who sees things differently than most writers do. He spots the “story behind the story” and his mind works on the “what could have been” scenario. He focuses on the mirror image to give the readers an in-depth look at how life could have been.
I am fascinating with stories-how stories change lives, how stories influence histor(ies) and universe(s), how stories have been recorded and told.
His work may be fiction, but it also could have been today’s headline news. Eric’s writing is built on a passion to boldly go where other writers seldom thing about going.
Kindly note that some of Eric’s work is on a free-to-the-public basis. Being a full-time businessman and family man, Eric is open to receiving ideas from the public that can bring to life in the form of a book. With his novels and short stories that have being available free of charge to the public, remuneration will not be available for ideas provided. The pleasure will be in seeing your idea being brought to life!
He is always on the lookout for cartoonists too, as drawing is a big part of the Eric Blue storytelling plan.
With Lindiwe Jnr blown into the spirit at the gas explosion, Lindiwe Snr, wakes up in hospital and is totally out of touch with the New South Africa. The last thing she remembered was being pregnant with Lindiwe Jnr in 1991 and now she is in 2010. She does not know what MNET is, nor does she know what a mobile phone is. Of even greater importance, she does not know that Nelson Mandela had been released from prison. Her last memory was that F.W. de Klerk was President of the Apartheid regime controlling South Africa. She also knows little about Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa, after the ANC ruling party recalled Thabo Mbeki.
Meanwhile, Pieter had become hysterical now that he had lost Lindiwe Jnr, and earlier, Lindiwe Snr, who died giving birth to their daughter.
In 1987, the Vosloo Grill was the hangout for off duty policemen in Pretoria. Colonel Jaap Cornelius and his prestige Lieutenant Pieter Erasmus are discussing how the country is under siege from the ANC and its affiliates. The anger among the policemen is rife when they consider several of their colleagues who have been killed in the line of protecting the nation. The only way forward that they can see is for someone to execute Nelson Mandela in his prison cell. Maybe that will teach the ANC and all liberals a lesson! If the South African Police bosses dithered on their decision-making in protecting the white minority, then a bullet from the gun of one of their own, would be the answer to changing the political climate. Pieter saw himself as James Bond 007. The only difference was that he would be the bad guy.
Pieter believes that he could be the next to be eliminated.
During a briefing, he surveys the map of the area, and he remembers Vincent Khoza telling him that there are no people living near shafts 03 and 04. The question was, how truthful was Vincent being, or was he setting up Pieter to pay the price for a human rights disaster?
After most had left the meeting, Pieter found an ally in Chris Chuene, a security manager who had worked on the mine there for over fifteen years. Chris knew the area and the role-players and trusted the cops as little as Pieter the Lieutenant trusted his colleagues.
Chris reveals that he understands Ace Mabuza and the Police Commissioner Lawrence Mathibe to be half-brothers. However, there is no love lost between the two and Sithole had found some incriminating information on Mabuza, which could have led to the businessman’s assassination on route to Marikana.
The South African Police Services Special Investigative Unit in conjunction with a team under Pieter’s mentor, Colonel Jaap Cornelius, are on a mission to find the Lieutenant. Meanwhile, Pieter is back keeping a low profile in a coffeeshop in Pretoria. Again, he spots a person across the street who looks just like Lindiwe Jnr.
The girl was dressed in red, pretty like what he had seen in the dream. He chased after her. He noticed the girl talking to two other women, and waited for her to finish the chat, but as she did, she disappeared into a pavement full of people and Pieter could not find her. He returned to speak to the two women that the girl had spoken with, but they denied having seen her. Nothing was making sense to Pieter.
Pieter and Lindiwe left Albertina’s home and it was here that the Lieutenant provided an element of surprise, by driving towards Mbabane, Swaziland. His feelings for Lindiwe had grown and hers towards him were the same. With Swaziland not having Apartheid, he could freely spend a night with her in the city’s capital. Although he did have to change hotels when he saw the room price. He on a lowly Lieutenant’s salary. This led to Pieter becoming even more sure in his mind that he should not eliminate Mandela. However, if all that Lindiwe had seen was correct, someone else was on a mission to do the evil act and needed to be stopped. Pieter Erasmus was changing from potential villain to potential hero.