If Not for Kalpana….by Anusuya

Prompt: Conversation with my spouse | Word Count: 1200 words | Genre: Psychological fiction

I hurry out to the porch and settle down into my chair for our evening ritual. Rohit looks up at me and smiles. It is a beautiful evening.

We are sitting outside, watching the sun set with a soft, orange glow. There is something about the stillness that sets in with dusk as all of creation prepares to rest for the day. In the small town to which we have recently moved, there isn’t much to do after sundown and we’re not given to socializing either. So we sit watching the sunset in a silence that is only broken by the chirping of the crickets. How loud the silence seems! And to me, that makes everything seem even more intense.

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Cheats Don’t Win by Anusuya

Prompt: New Life | Word Count: 1000 | Genre: Mystery

“Group hug,” shouted Dev, grabbing Atul and Jai before walking into the examination hall.

Just two more papers to answer, and then, a new life, thought Atul. Already selected by a top firm during the campus recruitment drive, he didn’t need to worry about looking for a job. He had beaten Dev to it, but his best friend hadn’t seemed to mind because he’d also been placed with another good company, albeit with a smaller pay package.

Two hours after the question papers were distributed, Atul’s pen continued to move furiously, filling up the pages of the answer booklet.

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The Journey by Anusuya

Prompt: The List | Word Count: 1500 words | Genre: Realistic fiction

She scanned the list of applicants who had sent in requests to come to meet Her. Reading through the letters, She reviewed each one’s story and assessed the journey they were on, to make a decision of whether to grant them an audience. There were two letters She found intriguing – from a man and a woman. She paused, pondering over the decision of whether to put their names onto the final list of those She would meet and bless. From the lofty heights of Her shrine located in the majestic Himalayan mountains, Mata Vaishno Devi watched the two subjects who were the object of her curiosity.

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A Wrong Gone Right by Anusuya

Prompt: A White Lie | Word Count: 2500 words | Genre: Slice-of-life

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I jump onto the bike, yelling, “Come on, let’s get away before she reaches the door.” Even as we zoom away, I can hear her calling out to us, reminding us that we aren’t wearing the helmets as mandated by the city’s laws.
I cannot help but wonder at my mother’s tenacity. I mean, doesn’t she tire of pointing out the same thing day in and out to a husband and son who seem to never listen to her warnings of danger lurking around the corner? After all, she is the one who always says philosophically, “Everything happens as per God’s will.” Well, if God had to will a head injury or a traffic fine on me or Dad, I’m pretty sure no helmet would stand in the way of His wish! But somehow, I cannot get myself to say this outright to Mom when I see that anxious look on her face. But then, it’s quite irritating to have her always whining about how I’m courting death by driving without a helmet. Which is why I try to escape before she realizes I’m gone.

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