A cackle of laughter from her boss’s cabin startled her. She waited patiently, for the conversation to end and the man to leave, after which she waltzed right in. Seeing her irate expression, her manager spoke up without preamble. ‘Look, Rhia, you can’t possibly object to someone smiling.’ ‘His hand brushed past my chest. And … Continue reading Devil and The Deep Sea
Rhia bolted the door and looked around the house. Or rather, her home. Was it a home? When did it come to this? When did she become the unpaid maid? There seemed to be no other purpose to her existence other than cooking and cleaning. What was her role in this house? Rhia shook her … Continue reading Charity Begins at Home
‘New Designs – Brie’s Bikinis . On Racks Now’ Rhia looked at the display board outside the swanky store and stopped short. Her arms were aching from the weight of the shopping bags she was already carrying. Would one more be too many? How would her thrifty husband react at the sight of the many … Continue reading Baby’s Day Out
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 … Continue reading An Apple A Day
Ten days to go for April 1. Ten days to go for Blogging A2Z Challenge to begin. Also, ten days to go for Camp NaNoWriMo, since I foolishly decided to participate in both. I'm already feeling the heat. The other participants have already begun to put up posts with the theme reveal, and here I … Continue reading April Double Attack – A2Z and Camp NaNoWriMo
I feel like I'll burst with happiness and excitement. Today was a big day for the writer in me. I just got promoted to being an author. My debut book - Just Another Day, a collection of 3 short stories, published by Readomania - was launched as an eBook on Kindle today. The book is … Continue reading Why I Feel My Heart Would Burst!
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 … Continue reading No Safe Zone!
Vicky stared at his reflection in the mirror. True to its character, it stared right back at him. His eyes wandered to the top of his head where the rays of the Sun streaming from the window kissed his hair, warming it in its faint glow. They lent a natural golden tinge to his luscious, … Continue reading Who Said Girls Only Have Long Hair?
Here I am sharing a short story I wrote long back, in response to a prompt given by Short Story Lovers' Facebook Page. I had even forgotten about it. Only now when it came up on my notifications recently, because someone clicked 'like' on it, did I remember that I had written it quite some … Continue reading A 100 Words Micro Fiction
Rajan stood with his ear to the door. Only when he was sure he heard a soft snore, indicating the occupants were fast asleep, did he straighten up. He rolled his shoulders back and took in a long deep breath. It was time to put his plan into action. This had needed some careful preparation … Continue reading The Case of the Broken Spectacles
Aarti stared at the bubbling water with vacant eyes. She could hear vague murmurs from the adjoining room. Listlessly, she added the tea leaves and the sugar. She had insisted on making them tea herself. He always loved the tea prepared by her. Soon the murmurs got louder and turned into chatter. An exuberant burst … Continue reading Gimme One Moment of Solitude
A buzzing sound emanated from somewhere. Consistent and continuous, it sometimes grew louder, sometimes faded away. Just like Rimi, who drifted in and out of consciousness. Even in those few moments when she came to, she could feel or see nothing. All that was visible was blackness. It was all around her - complete, all-encompassing … Continue reading A New Dawn
"No!" Aisha giggled. Mark checked his speed-o-meter again. "No? You sure?" He asked her, sticking his tongue out even more. "Daddy, noooo." Aisha giggled again. "Still no doggy," she said, flapping the large ragged doll in her hands for emphasis. "Okay, No." He laughed. "What about a horse?" Checking the rear-view mirror, he cautiously overtook … Continue reading Daddy’s Princess
I cannot express in words how much I enjoy reading your stories. And I do agree that it's time to go beyond the 1 or 2 line limitation. Please do read the challenge rules as they are a bit different now. From now onwards, please write a longer piece of flash fiction. Please feel free … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 9
A few months ago, a close friend had said this about me: “Give her any prompt and she dives right into it; writing in full flow.” At the time I had simply laughed and brushed it off. But her words came to mind yesterday after I completed the first assignment at the Interactive Flash Fiction … Continue reading Of Rains and Rainbows: Solicit your feedback
With Camp NaNoWriMo in full swing and my Sikkim travel tales, the Story Continuation Challenge got second rate treatment, unfortunately. But here it is , with another interesting prompt this week. But first, over to last week's stories. I loved the stories that came in last week. Let me repeat that. Absolutely, loved them! With such … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 7
Thank you for participating in last week's challenge. Here are the best stories for last week's prompt. Sandra's story had maximum likes. (No surprises there! 😀 ) As the sun set over the horizon, a deathly stillness descended with it. Her ashes drifting away, he clutched the sacred box, dreading his new life without her. … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 5
Once again, thank you to all of you for participating in the previous week's challenge. I loved reading your stories, and it amazes me each time to see such amazing story-telling in such few lines. Last week's prompt was as random as it could be and yet the responses were inspiring and creative. My personal … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 4
To all those who participated to the Story Continuation Challenge last week : Thank you for taking up the challenge. All the responses were amazing, and each one of you took us all on a beautiful journey through your short story. The creativity and story-telling is amazing. Congratulations to you all, for the amazing skills and … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge Prompt 3
I am considering hosting a 'story continuation' challenge. Each week, there would be a one line beginning provided with an open ending. The challenge would be to continue the story by writing the subsequent line, in the comments. The 2-line story may take whatever shape the participants (you!) choose to give it. The challenge would … Continue reading Story Continuation Challenge