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…

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…

Heartbroken

How do you mend a broken heart, she asked, the same question, everyday, since last week, the day she joined us. I looked at her, we all did, but no one could meet her in the eye. Those deep wounded green eyes, eyelashes moist, tears flowing down her snow white cheeks.  She was on the…

The List

I sat on the prayer mat for long hours, in the night mostly, when everyone was sleeping peacefully. Or so I thought. Peace seemed to have evaded all of us. I looked outside, the night was a pale black, the moonlight forcing itself on it. A cool breeze sent a little shiver down me but…

Catch Me If You Can

That initial murder is not forgotten, he screamed at his colleagues. I will not sit unless I have my hands on that troglodyte. How am I suppose to do that, when you guys have already given up on the case, his anger turning into frustration, he pushed his hands on the table, making the files,…

Damaged

The lamplight reminded her of the home she had grown up in and the night she left it for good. She wondered what would have happened if she hadn’t followed the voice in her head that kept urging her to leave, every single night of the twelve years she was living there. She was three…