Little John

A crowd had gathered in the town center. A large area was cordoned off by barricades, restricting the passage of the crowd to a not-so-narrow pavement. Everyone was looking at the ancient clock tower and the crane that was in the center. They had already set the giant Christmas tree near it and now the…

She Did Not Want It Anyways!

”Why do you keep saying that.” ”She ruined our chances of happiness.” ”I don’t understand why you want to blame it on her.’’ ”It’s the truth. From the beginning she didn’t want to have it. Not yet, was the only reply I got whenever I brought up the subject. We have our careers to built….

Don’t Cut the Strings

Gibran paced the floors of the Big Mall, checking in and out of every shoe store. He couldn’t find it, nothing even similar to it. But he kept looking, determined not to give up. ”It’s okay if you don’t find it” his wife placed her hand on his shoulder ”we will get her another pair.”…

26 and Counting

“Stand up.” “Turn around your chair and walk straight. I can help you” he said in his strong husky voice.”I can help you die.” She stood up, hypnotized walking straight to the large window frame. The world seemed a child’s model of the world from the 70th floor of her office building. “Stop” he commanded…

The Club

”Irena, would you like to share something with us” I asked the girl who looked ten years older than her age. She hesitated, but with a little encouragement from others, she was ready to open up today. She shifted a little in her chair to finally speak after a week long of silent attendance.” “It…

Undone on Streets

He returned again, empty-handed, not as much as a cent in his hand. After an hour’s wait, he showed up nonchalantly. “I didn’t get anything….nobody gave me anything”, he stammered to her raging glare. “They all shoo me away, what can I do….” A tight slap across his cheek stopped him. Tears streamed their way on…

The Glass Jar

She looked back one last time, as her slender fingers clasped around the door knob. She retrieved her steps looking longingly at the picture on the coffee table. Her small world captured in a frame. No, I cannot do this. I have to go. If I stay any longer, I will never have the courage…

You Live Only Once

A strange heaviness seated itself on my chest. Like a mountain was resting on it and I could hardly breathe. I was struggling inwards, calling out to him. He didn’t answer me. Maybe he was not home. I called again out of sheer despair. The weight was pushing the last breath out of me. I…

Her New Life

”So, do you like it?” He asked, keenly observing her beautiful face. ”It took me hours to find you the perfect one.” She smiled coyly. She did not know how to put it together in a few words. Right words. The moonlight immersed her soul with both anxiety and happiness. Turning towards him, the anticipation in his…

A Long Way Gone

It was getting dark outside, though it was still mid morning. The blue spring sky was suddenly gripped by gargantuan blackness, and within a few minutes, heavy rains knocked insistently on the window panes in their living room. Ahmad looked up from his book, and listened to the song that the rain always played in his…

My Unrequited Love

How long has it been? She asked, palming the coffee cup with her beautiful slender fingers. Three years, I smiled. She sheepishly frowned. So long…hmm, time flies. She sips her coffee, looking outside the large window frame of the coffee house. Three years were long enough for me, I replied in a low voice that…