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.”

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  • Mick Canning
    Posted at 09:18h, 20 October Reply

    To be continued?

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 09:59h, 20 October Reply

      haha! No. 😀 To be taken in the direction of how you want it 😉 😀

  • NJ
    Posted at 10:30h, 20 October Reply

    Nice start 😉 I would love more twists and turns on this one 😀

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 10:37h, 20 October Reply

      Thank you Neerja! Glad you like it. Tried my hand at suspense for the first time. 😀

      • NJ
        Posted at 10:40h, 20 October Reply

        It was pleasure reading you dear 🙂 I am eager to read more of it 😉 so write soon 😀

        • Wandering Soul
          Posted at 10:46h, 20 October Reply

          🙂 I promise to give that a thought. As of now, had thought of leaving it open-ended. 😀

          • NJ
            Posted at 11:47h, 20 October

            Aha !! No worries ..I will wait till you change your mind 😉 and bring more on my plate 😀

  • Shilpi Dutta
    Posted at 06:53h, 21 October Reply

    nice one 🙂 Good attempt Adite. Is there suspense in the book as well?

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 10:13h, 21 October Reply

      Hi Shilpi,
      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 Bruce
    Posted at 01:56h, 23 October Reply

    Whoa! That really was something. Looking forward to more of what YOU write, Piyusha 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 11:25h, 23 October Reply

      Thank you, Nidhi! Appreciate and value your kind words.

  • Nilima Mohite
    Posted at 04:14h, 25 October Reply

    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 Soul
      Posted at 05:09h, 25 October Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting Nilima! 🙂 It makes me happy to know you liked it. Shall certainly give that a thought. 🙂

  • Deepika Kumaaraguru
    Posted at 07:20h, 25 October Reply

    This was a great start 🙂 Would love to read more, good job!

  • Asha
    Posted at 13:30h, 25 October Reply

    Loved the twist at the end. Enjoyed it, Piyusha!

  • Rashmi
    Posted at 06:48h, 01 May Reply

    Liked the twist at the end. Nice post.

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