20 Oct No Safe Zone!
The blue tag dangled invitingly from the shelf. ‘Hot Release’, it announced.
Aaliyah glanced at the book. ‘No Safe Zone’, it said on the spine. Aaliyah sighed. Yes, that much was true. She looked around furtively.
She had spotted him loitering around her house earlier. Had he followed her here too? Aaliyah fought to control her breath. Sure, this was a public place but since when were malls safe? She would report this to the police. She’d tell her father too. But right now, she’d stay put. She messaged Aman again. She’d wait until he arrived. It sure felt safe enough here.
Aaliyah glanced at the book. With a start she realized the author had the same initials as her. Was that a sign? Was there no safe place? She picked it up and looked at the cover. The girl in the image had hair just like her. Aaliyah imagined herself on the bike. Would she ever be as carefree? She enjoyed reading romance novels. She loved strong, spirited heroines. She longed to be like them. Aaliyah decided to purchase the book.
She browsed through the books for a while longer before proceeding to the cash counter. Having just completed the transaction she was wondering whether it was safe to step out when she saw a tall, lanky man stride in. She sighed in relief and called out to him.
Her brother rushed to her side. “Aman called me. He was worried he might not reach here in time. So I came instead. Are you all right?”
“I’m fine. I came in here as soon as I spotted him.”
“Good! Point him out to me if you see him again. Okay?”
She nodded. “I hope he’s gone, though.”
But he hadn’t. Aaliyah spotted him at a distance. She felt a movement beside her. She turned to see Shamim waving to him. She stared wide-eyed as she heard him call out, “Aah! Raunak bhai. Good to see you. This is my sister, Aaliyah.”
He rushed forward to greet the man. Aaliyah watched, frozen in horror as he spoke again. “We need your help. Someone’s following her.”
He turned to Aaliyah. “Raunak bhai moved into our neighborhood just last week. He works in the police.”
Mick CanningPosted at 09:18h, 20 October
To be continued?
Wandering SoulPosted at 09:59h, 20 October
haha! No. 😀 To be taken in the direction of how you want it 😉 😀
NJPosted at 10:30h, 20 October
Nice start 😉 I would love more twists and turns on this one 😀
Wandering SoulPosted at 10:37h, 20 October
Thank you Neerja! Glad you like it. Tried my hand at suspense for the first time. 😀
NJPosted at 10:40h, 20 October
It was pleasure reading you dear 🙂 I am eager to read more of it 😉 so write soon 😀
Wandering SoulPosted at 10:46h, 20 October
🙂 I promise to give that a thought. As of now, had thought of leaving it open-ended. 😀
NJPosted at 11:47h, 20 October
Aha !! No worries ..I will wait till you change your mind 😉 and bring more on my plate 😀
Shilpi DuttaPosted at 06:53h, 21 October
nice one 🙂 Good attempt Adite. Is there suspense in the book as well?
Wandering SoulPosted at 10:13h, 21 October
Did you mean to address Adite in the above comment? I wrote the above story taking the book and its title as a prompt. Thank you for reading. Regarding the book, I’ve read it and yes, there’s lots of suspense, if that helps.
Nidhi D BrucePosted at 01:56h, 23 October
Whoa! That really was something. Looking forward to more of what YOU write, Piyusha 🙂
Wandering SoulPosted at 11:25h, 23 October
Thank you, Nidhi! Appreciate and value your kind words.
Nilima MohitePosted at 04:14h, 25 October
Wohoa ! No I am super curious 😐 Please take it forward. Good attempt.
I am too thinking of this Prompt. All the best for your entry 🙂
Wandering SoulPosted at 05:09h, 25 October
Thank you for reading and commenting Nilima! 🙂 It makes me happy to know you liked it. Shall certainly give that a thought. 🙂
Deepika KumaaraguruPosted at 07:20h, 25 October
This was a great start 🙂 Would love to read more, good job!
Wandering SoulPosted at 13:25h, 28 October
Thank you Deepika 🙂
AshaPosted at 13:30h, 25 October
Loved the twist at the end. Enjoyed it, Piyusha!
Wandering SoulPosted at 16:16h, 25 October
Thank you so much, Asha! 🙂
RashmiPosted at 06:48h, 01 May
Liked the twist at the end. Nice post.
Wandering SoulPosted at 10:49h, 01 May