Band of Girls III by José Enrique

Prompt: Cut The Strings Word Count: 1000 Genre: Drama

Radha stared blankly at the bright white of the screen from the borrowed laptop for few minutes, sitting in her dusky desk at the dark corner of the dimly lit room. The night was already creeping in and so were her thoughts regarding the new situation at hand. She was on the one hand proud to be leading the Band of Girls but on the other hand she didn’t had any clue about what to do next or where to start from or why Rita had chosen her or where had Rita lost into again and so on. After few more minutes of blank MS Word file, she closed the laptop defeated and unable to write her first blog post for Band of Girls.

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Band of Girls II by José Enrique

Prompt: Mastermind | Word Count: 998 exactly | Genre:Drama

Next morning, Radha finally persuaded her mother to be admitted in the hospital. She didn’t however show any glimpse of the excitement that was boiling inside her after reading Rita’s letter. She bade the mother good-bye and didn’t tell her where was she heading and why, as she herself was unsure what was awaiting her in the forest that evening.

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Band of Girls by José Enrique

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 words | Genre: Drama

There was a small town in the plains of far western region of Nepal where there were mostly women and their children. Except for the rich landlords, traders and teachers, almost all men immigrated to India, to do anything they find for themselves and their families. Radha, 15, lived her mother in the outskirts of the town in a makeshift hut on a barren field. Generations of her grandfather and great-grandfathers had all lived, worked and died in the fields that belonged to a landlord. Even her father used to work in the same fields in his teenage days. The weather has been drier and drier every passing year, continuously for a decade or so. The lush green paddy fields were all slowly and surely turning sandy grey and whatever fertile land was remaining, the big tractors were ploughing them. Like everyone else, her father too left the village for better future in India. It has been more than 5 years, no one has heard anything about him. Her mother has been struggling to meet the ends for Radha and herself, running relentlessly from one chore to other at different landlords and traders. It was only since last year when Radha started working in a nearby hotel, she had a little respite. There was, however, no any happiness as the mother was bed ridden, looked tired and coughed incessantly. She refused to go for a medical check-up and little could Radha do about it. Radha used to go to nearby secondary school but ever since her mother’s discovery of her illness, she quitted her school to support her mother. Despite all adversities, she was a good student and dreamt of becoming a doctor, but now her dream looked even more distant.

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Coming Undone by José Enrique

Prompt: Coming Undone | Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Fiction

04:52

He closed the door, with conscious effort of minimizing the creaking sound, which it had been making since a month or so. With a ten-hour shift job at a warehouse floor, he had not had enough time nor energy to fix the door, or buy the carpet which he noticed every day on his way to work, or finish his first novel which still was only few pages written. When he was just few stairs down, he turned back and stared hard at the closed door which he could see only partially as the stairs were awfully helical. For a split second, it seemed as if he would run back to the door but he noticed that he had only few minutes to the bus to work on his wrist watch, gifted from his work for his long service of 9 years in the company. While running on the street towards the bus-stop, he still managed to gaze quickly onto his bedroom’s window. He made it to the bus-stop just in time.

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