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Unhappy Birthday

An old scab was ripped from my heart when I read an email which began, “They say blood is thicker than water - but is it always?” I laid in bed that evening unable to sleep, recalling that disastrous time three years ago. It all began when Darla and I decided to drive from the east coast to Iowa to celebrate our granddaughter’s second birthday. It had been four months since the last time we visited, and we were...

The speech of the town and more

On the quiet streets of a small town, sometimes news did spread quickly and often others discussed things that they learned with a determined and memorable pace that it usually became part of history. This was fine to most of the people of this town but there was one man who never really wished to be part of a historical time line of events and would not wish to be the chosen orator of historical data whether that be on a small local town scale or a very wide global scale. Many of the residents would ask this...

Through my eyes.

Something in my heart tugged as I stared at them from their shadow. The better half of me felt happy for him as he stood there with her, a smile that reached their ears plastered on both of their faces, their arms wrapped around each other’s waist as they smiled down at the crowd they had gathered from defeating the kingdom’s enemy, the one who had made their everyday a living hell and had placed fear within them all. He...

Inland

Inland. Those were Mother’s last words to me. Move inland. You’ll be safe once you’re inland. Mother was a smart woman. The very last thing I would call her is stupid. Even if the school she got was limited. But moving inland wasn’t her smartest idea. There’s even less water. More people, less food, too. We’re all looking for the same thing: a place left of this world that’s unto...

Being ideal is not good; even a boyfriend

Ashutosh went Veronika’s home for the very first time. It was Veronika’s birthday and she wanted her parents to meet Ashutosh, as after one month, their graduation would be complete and she knew Ashutosh would never come to Delhi again.Their friendship seed was sown when they both were in first semester of same year batch in IIT Delhi, by the time they were in final year, that seed had converted into a fully blossomed tree.A tree which gives fruits to everyone but cannot eat the fruits itself. Everyone in the college conside...

Solo

I hate them all, phony wannabies with crocodile smiles and frappe lattes. Sure, they greet you fine, but it's all superficial. Doorman? He has a name, I think. A Dennis or Dave or Dereck. Greets you cordially when you get home. Sometimes even get a how-was-your-day-sir. Quickly learned he's not that interested. “Bit of a shitter,” I replied once when new and filled with misguided and swiftly failing optimism about my big...

The Sixth Angel

It had been a busy week for Isaac and he was ready for a break when Gabriel poked his head round the door. “Got a job for you Isaac,” said Gabriel, in a tone that meant it was probably a difficult one. Isaac sighed inwardly. As an angel he was not allowed to show intolerance, however small. “Gabriel, how can I be of help?” “Monica Price. It’s her time. Do you think you could deal with it?” Here’s the...

Have a Wonderful Day!

"Well that's certainly... different, Mr. Steinhommer."I sneer. "If I desired to hear that, Mr. Beans, I would've simply delved deep into the incomparably high intelligence that my brain provides." Is this rude? Yes. Is it necessary? Yes. Absolutely, stop asking such insolent questions."Intelligent or paranoid?" my ape of a therapist replies flatly. "I have found verifiable evidence that you have shown to have jumped the gun on certain matters such as this one." Jumped the gun? I think. How delightfully pe...

The Seamstress

My name is Joe. I’m not sure I still have an actual identity, so telling people my name achieves nothing but overwhelming sadness. No one has cared for years. Maybe I’ve simply had an unusually long streak of bad luck… or maybe to our vast universe, I’ve slipped through the cracks and have been forgotten. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly, no matter how much effort one puts into creating a comfortable life for themselves, it can slip away faster than holding water in your grasp. I’ve never known a time in my life where things...

Shadows on the wall

Odzi Country Lodge faces the beautiful Odzi River. Terry and Rose sit at the balcony of their room facing the open night. They quietly watch the beautiful moon shining on the river. A creepy sound of night creatures can be heard from their back ground; the two seem not bothered by the sounds anyway.Something draws the attention of the two and they turn to look at each other with questioning eyes. Two shadows pass by the building to their right. A loud noise comes from some buildings behind the lodge. It is a strange nois...

All Moms with Superpowers ❤️

Superman received powers from the sun, and Batman bought his powers with family money. I never would have expected to know these facts in my single days, but now I have two boys—one who is almost four and obsessed with anything “super.” It’s strange to think that to him I am hugely powerful. I ’m the person that solves mysteries, fights his battles and heals his wounds with a kiss. Insti...

Out of Order

‘How much money have you lost now?’ Alfred barked across the empty dinner table while they waited for supper to be served. If Mary had heard him probing into Tom’s affairs again, she would have kicked him under the table to stop the interrogation. ‘It’s coming back’ Tom muttered as he raised his glass of water for a nervous sip. ‘What’s mum cooking tonight? I can smell it alre-…’‘Don’t try to change the subject. This is serious. When I was y...

The Portal

"He was so desperate. he was weak, but he didn't retreat. he dug the mud hard and moved forward. He had started it hours before. But he was not ready to give up..." Father leaned a little back to the chair and began to resume the story. Me and my little sister gazed at our father eagerly. "At that moonlit midnight he found it at last." "What was that pappa?" I asked with those curious little eyes. He smiled and replied "A portal... A portal to a new world. A portal where he can get...

Trust in Me

This woman was definitely a stalker. The child widened his eyes in disbelief as his social worker led a tall woman into the living area, calling for his attention. His foster carer, Christine, had prepared him the night before. If things went smoothly, he’d have a forever home. A parent. A Mom. He chose his best outfit to wear for the occasion, wanting to make the best first impression for their introduct...

The Stranger Who Knew To Much

Once a long time ago, there was a family who lived well off in the year 1865. They lived in a modern victorian house of the day. There lived a young girl in her late teens. Her father was a lawyer. Her mother was a seamstress. Who made amazing ball gowns one of a kind. As families go there was a happy one She attended Miss Englands finishing school for young ladies. Her younger brother always seemed to be in some sort o...

The Loss of Inheritance

Everyone in the village was proud of Raibahadur Thakur, who was the first person from the village to achieve such a coveted position. He was a government lawyer of Patna high court and later rose to a judge in the same court.  Raibahadur was born in a hamlet, located on the bank of a small river, which was sixty kilometres away from the capital city. He was a socially well-rounded man. He used to help all...

Mask

TW: child death, murder The mask of human nature is deadly. You never know what lies behind. BOOM! Sofia woke up with a start. A puddle of sweat had creeped around her on the bed sheet. Moonlight filtered through the window, sparkling on the tears that streamed down her face. With a quivering hand, she raised the glass beside her to her lips and took a sip of water. Her eyes fell on the picture lying next to her. The picture of a young boy, ...

White Space

When that Seraph agreed to transport me to a “White Space”, I didn’t expect the name to be so appropriate. Here, a single, homogenous void stretches in all directions. Looking down, my gut drops. I wouldn’t have been able to tell I was standing on the ground without feeling it pushing back against my boots. The unsettling lack of a shadow doesn’t help to improve my disorientation either. This definitely tops the list of...

Finding Meaning

Ash swirled from her footprints, her head hung low, as shards of a past life, a story, came into view. Shreds of plastic bottles, toy trucks, and broken chairs. Her home was a void. She was the only person on Earth. Quick thinking, Carol began to make some plans and get to work. What else was she to do, but repair the Earth by herself? It is determined that as the last alive, she must live up to all humans would want of her as the last human to live. She sets up camp in the dusty remains of her city. She takes what...

I should've checked my phone... "Oh COME ON!"

It’s only 9:00 AM and I’m already holding a trash can so I can throw up whenever I have to. Why? Cause it’s *reech! SPLAT!* April’s Fools Da-a-… Ahhh!!! I can’t say it! It’s the 1st of Ravril. I can’t say the Apr- word. Why? Cause it gives me the worst feeling ever! I can’t stand this day! Everybody keeps trying to prank me! Why? First of all, I’m a principal. Second of all, kids don’t really like me that much because I guess you could say I lose my temper… But it’s only because some kids keep annoying me and well some kids kee...