(Write a 50-word story set in the year you were born. You don’t have to declare what year that was.)
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Written for the challenge-99 words
I’m sitting on a rock on the sea beach watching immersion of Idols of Lord Ganesha, Just four days ago we were worshiping him with full fun and frolics, with flowers and sweets. Now it is time for him to go back to his heavenly abode, hence the immersion in the sea. Waves reverently envelop him slowly and take him down under the sea. I feel sad.
After one week I’m sitting at the same place. I observed remnants of those beautiful idols washed ashore by the waves. Sea never keeps anything. It returns whatever is offered to it.
‘I hope this will teach you a lifetime lesson’, she thundered.
Her unexpected courage and strength made him unsure of himself and vulnerable. With fear in his eyes he retreated.
In response to The Daily Post- Sudden turn of events
( It was lying in the draft section. Some truth some fiction)
I was sitting on my veranda making some patterns on the floor with the chalk; I was totally engrossed in it when I heard some commotion across the street.
O my God! What police were doing in front of Mrs. Bajpai’s house?
Now Mr. and Mrs. were the nicest neighbors one could have.
Our house was just opposite to their house. We were new to the locality. My father, with four children and wife has shifted to this house just six months back.
We became friendly instantly with everyone as they all were very friendly, accommodating and compatible lot.
There were people from all cast and community living in peace and harmony in our locality.
We celebrated each and every festival with same zeal and fervor.
Slowly we came to about the background of every family.
We became very friendly with Mr. and Mrs. Bajpai.
They had six boys, all grown up and had moved away leaving their parents to look after each other. They occasionally came to visit their parents initially but that practice was stopped as they became busier with their work.
Mr. and Mrs. Bajpai never complained.
Most of the people in the locality lived in rented house. Very few had their own house.
Though our owner never bothered us but he was very particular about rent. You give him rent in time and he will keep quite.
Mr. Bajpai was doing some small business and the income was barely sufficient for both of them to live peacefully though savings were a distant dream. Raising six boys was not an easy job. Mr. ’s earning was spent in providing them good education. They could not save any money for their old age.
Real problem started when Mr. Bajpai died suddenly leaving his wife in a helpless. She had no income and was unable to run her husband’s business, she could not manage rents.
Now accomplished by the police the landlord had himself come there to evict her from the house.
The neighbors tried to intervened and offered some donation but she declined saying it was not a practical solution. How long could they manage and they have their family to look after too.
Mother asked her to move in with us but she declined that too knowing well how small our house was.
We were all crying for failing to do something for our beloved Mrs. Bajpai. We were feeling very miserable. We prayed to god to send some solution.
Solution came but it was not so good as we found later.
Mr Bajpai’s younger brother who had a fight with his brother and lived separately came and took her with him.
We heaved a sigh of relief and thanked God that still some humanity was left in him. Though he could have helped them when his brother was still alive.
Everybody got busy in their daily routine.
After say 15 days my mother asked me to go and see how Mrs Bajpai was doing. I went there ans saw she was not very happy. She tried to hide her discomfort but i could smell it as I was close to her. Her sister in law was not treating her well.
Mrs Bajpai took her permission to visit our house which she readily granted thinking that at least one time meal is saved.
Mrs Bajpai asked me to write a letter to her distant cousin who live quite a distance from our city and whom she had not seen for a long time.
Thankfully he came after sometime and took her with her.
That was the last, no, after one month we got a letter from her siting she is happy.
Then we never heard from her. Our letters came back undelivered.
God knows what happened to so affectionate, always ready to help others Mrs bajpai.
Ruby has to cross the lonely footbridge daily on her way to school. She goes and returns with friends, and still mother never forgets to remind her strictly to never pass the bridge alone. Though their colony is very safe, security guards are posted everywhere.
Ruby wonders why mother is so scared. She asks mother.
Mother looks in her eyes. She is so young and innocent; she will not understand it now.
Once mother made a mistake of crossing a footbridge all alone when she was young.
Mother still shivers.
Time heals all wounds but some scars never fade away.
Day 28 – Pick the title of a favourite song. That’s your inspiration. Now write a story inspired by it in 30 words.
( Inspiration for this story is my favorite song’ Jo Hai Sama, Kal Ho Na Ho
This very moment ,may not be there tomorrow)
Can we meet today?
Please, it’s important.
Sorry! I have some important assignment to complete.
Next day she met with an accident and was gone to leave me regretting forever.
happiness is looking into the innocent, cheerful, smiling eyes.
Sitting under a tree at, its trunk keeping my back straight. Weather is very pleasant, cloudy , cool breeze, giving a hint of rain. I’m all alone , enjoying the surrounding, full of trees.
There comes a dog . Looks at my face. Perhaps for any sign of like or dislike. Founds agreeable. Come close hesitantly. Sniffs my feet,then hurriedly licks my feet and runs away. Comes back again. This time more confident. Wags its tail, again licks my feet and goes away.
Suddenly comes a squirrel, stripped, cute, just 4 inches away from me. Looks at my eyes. I’m sitting very still. Not to frighten it away. We are both looking at each other. It takes me as a statue, perhaps. I can’t keep long without blinking. I blink. The spell is broken. It runs away.
This is the first time a squirrel has come so close. I feel sorry. I could not take its photograph but I’m happy,very happy.
It takes so little to be happy.
Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple.
I can tell a murderer when I see one and have never been proved wrong in my long police job.
This woman with such a pious and innocent face, sitting near a brutally murdered body, confused me. She just didn’t fit the scene.
She can’t be a murderer.
Her friends and relatives confirmed my views.
She couldn’t kill a mosquito; she was in fact, a chicken heart. They vouched. I slapped her to bring her out of the trance. For a second her expression changed. There was wrath and hatred in her eyes. She hissed, ‘He dared to molest my daughter.’
Writing 101, day 10-
Let the scene write itself
I’m sitting on a rock on the sea beach watching immersion of Idols of Goddes Durga. Just four days ( some celebrate for 9 days as Navaratri) ago we were worshiping her with full fun and frolics, with flowers and sweets. Now it is time for her to go back to her abode hence the immersion in the sea.
Scene 2 –
After one week I’m sitting at the same place. I observed remnants of the those beautiful idols washed ashore by the waves. Sea never keeps anything. It returns whatever is offered to it.
It makes me think
Why we are arrogant, stubborn and hyper
Why we fight for class, color, cast or creed
Why we have become so intolerant
Why we are not compassionate, compatible and friendly
There are so many whys…
Why for petty things we pull out dagger
When the end is same for the king or beggar
A forlorn boat,
Recalling its journey of sailing stealthily one night,
Overloaded with men and women
Huddled like cattle
Collected from some poor country
Lured with promises of food, security and job
To unknown destination to them
Where slavery and ill fate
Suddenly human trafficker gets a signal
‘Coast guards are on the way to catch him’
In his haste to escape
Forces them to jump in the sea
Leaves them to be buried alive
And sails away with his boat
No one searches for them
No one missed them
Sea hides all signs of crime.