An Apple A Day

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, someone said.

Rhia decided it really would this time. She’d had enough of doctors and nurses.

It was exhausting to have her home turned into a nursing home, with doctors and nurses buzzing in and out of the apartment. It wasn’t even the clinical smell of sanitizers and disinfectants, which was still tolerable, but the unpleasant smell of sickness and foul-smelling medicines.

An apple would be the best choice, she decided. It was the lull right after lunch and before evening tea – the perfect time to put her plan into action without the knowledge of her righteous husband.

But hadn’t the wicked queen used the apple to put Snow White to sleep? Was she the wicked queen? Who’d be Snow White, then?

‘Papa, some apple?’ She stirred the old man awake.

‘Hmm…?’ He flickered his eyes open.

‘Apple. See, I’ve softened it for you.’

She spooned the syrupy mash into his mouth, feeding him till he had finished it all, then helped him lay back down.

An apple today would keep the doctor away tomorrow.

  • msaraf
    Posted at 18:00h, 01 April Reply

    I love how dark your writing has gotten! It is delicious: literally and figuratively 🙂 And this short short is such a punch to the gut – the way it ends!

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 21:34h, 01 April Reply

      🙂 Thanks, Mira! You just put a huge, big smile on my face. 🙂

  • Nupur Maskara (@nuttynupur)
    Posted at 19:26h, 01 April Reply

    Nice take on an old saying. Love the notice above!

  • rashimital
    Posted at 21:14h, 01 April Reply

    I have started loving your work, Piyusha. This was a good read. Didn’t see the path the story took. Look forward to more.

    P.S.- This notice above comment box is hilarious. 😀 😀 😀

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 21:37h, 01 April Reply

      Thank you, Rashi! You’ve made me soo happy. So glad you liked it. Hahaha, glad you liked that too. 😀

  • Neha
    Posted at 23:03h, 01 April Reply

    I love the way you work a twist into the ending of your stories! Will be back for more as always 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 07:14h, 02 April Reply

      Yay! Thanks, Neha. Hope to live upto expectations. 😊

  • Pratip
    Posted at 23:34h, 01 April Reply

    Umm! Okay, I don’t know to use flattery words but the story and the twist at the end are just awesome. Looking forward to reading your posts regularly… 🙂

  • Nilanjana Bose
    Posted at 01:15h, 02 April Reply

    Nice, tight writing! Great start to the challenge.

  • Tina Sequeira
    Posted at 15:33h, 02 April Reply

    This was very cleverly written, Piyusha! Loved the twist you gave to a common idiom. Looking forward to more such great reads! You are off to a fab start already! 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 16:33h, 02 April Reply

      Thank you, Tina. 🙂 You always manage to put a smile on my face. 🙂

      • Tina Sequeira
        Posted at 16:39h, 02 April Reply

        Love your writing, Piyusha! Keep them coming, my dear 🙂

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  • Meha Sharma
    Posted at 18:19h, 02 April Reply

    Great story! What a twist. Loved it!! Will come back for more.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 19:54h, 02 April Reply

      Thanks so much, Meha. 🙂 Yay, I am glad you’ll be back. Look forward to seeing you around more often.

  • Medha Nagur
    Posted at 15:19h, 04 April Reply

    That was a great narration and what an unexpected turn of events. I so loved how you have put it all together. It was dark and intense.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 15:31h, 04 April Reply

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 😀

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