The House on the Hills

Dear Sister, I write this letter in haste, and I pray to Allah it reaches you on time. Amir’s situation is dire, just as before. But what is worse, his wife has left him, taking my precious granddaughter with her. The house seems empty now. Deserted. It is like Allah has smote my son with…

Raja & Mia

Raja pauses between his prowl and perks up his ears to listen to the faint grating sound from where the rhinos slumber in their muddy pool of water. Raja wonders if Mia decided to visit the rhinos before him. But then decides against it, when he hears Mia’s laughter coming from the other direction. He…

Wrath of Gods

Malla was fidgeting in front of Balek, as if she wanted to leave quickly. The evening was coming to an end, which was the reason for Malla’s anxiety. Even then, he didn’t stop and continued working with mud. He took another scoop from the messy pile beside him and plastered it on the structure in…

The Tree Whisperer

“Nice shoes, Mr.Pai. Haven’t seen you wear them before,” an eerie voice whispered. Tanmay quickly did a 360-degree spin, trying to locate the direction from which he heard the voice. The street was absolutely empty. Tanmay shoved two nervous fingers of both his hands into the waistband of trousers. He tucked in the hem of…

Limbo

I awoke to complete silence. An eerie one. It was unusual for my home to be silent. Mom would be cooking and screaming at little Amita, who in turn would be crying, not wanting to go to school. But today, there was silence and darkness. “Why today?” I thought, “Why on my 21st birthday?” I…

The Temptation of Demon Bael

The slime-green gas fumes crept in through the crack at the bottom of the bedroom door. In the soft glow of the night-light, the fumes gathered themselves into a towering column that stretched to the ceiling. The fumes condensed upon themselves and formed a figure that had the head of a black cat, two human…

The Curious Case of Laura

I light my third cigarette in the last fifteen minutes, when Roy exclaims, “Oh, come on Sunny. Look at Papa, it is not good for him. The fumes.” I turn towards the pale, frail man that lay on the bed to my left, barely breathing, connected by tubes to as many as eight different apparatus.…

The Endless Dream

When I woke up, I was in this white room. Extremely bright. Maybe it was because I had just woken up, so I sat on the side of the bed while my eyes adjusted. Looking around, I didn’t find anything similar to my room back at my parent’s house. So was I dreaming? I touched…

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