Unsure – A Story

 I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoy my story today. You can read the earlier parts of this story here.

 20140102_121650Unsure of Shiva’s relationship with that skimpily clad girl, Sia held on to the many promises Shiva had made to her while proposing. She called him up but his phone was switched off, meanwhile Dev had invited his friend, Arun, and his parents to arrange Sia’s marriage with him and also an impromptu engagement party.

By Sulekha Rawat

Sia and Tears – Two Stories

I have written two stories in this post, both S and T are covered here :) #AtoZChallenge

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SIA – A Story

Sia visits Shiva’s house to demand answers but the pretty girl who opens the door and invites her in, confounds her. Her skimpy attire and familiarity with Shiva’s home adds to her confusion. The words that filter through her brain, during their conversation are – Shiva- marriage-date-next month-love affair.

Sia stumbles out, dazed, hurt and devastated.

 

TEARS – A Story

Tears streaming down her face, Sia blindly runs onto the street, meanwhile Shiva comes home with Raj, his childhood friend. Rima lets them in with a puzzled look and narrates the strange girls visit and her dramatic exit.

“I hope she got the wrong idea about Rima and Me”, thought Shiva. “It’s better this way.”

 

By Sulekha Rawat

 

I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoyed my story today. You can read the earlier parts of this story here.

Remembrance – A Story

Today’s story in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge begins with R

 Remembrance - A Story  #AtoZchallenge  @sulekkhaRemembrance is a cruel companion; she doesn’t live with you but torments your heart with the thought of all those memories left behind. Sia hadn’t heard from Shiva ever since he had walked away after her brother had attacked him in college. Shiva had disappeared from her life without a trace. She missed him so much.

 By Sulekha Rawat

 

I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoyed my story today. You can read the earlier parts of this story here.

Quietly – A Story

My 55 fiction starting with Q in this blogging from A to Z challenge.

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 Quietly walking away, Shiva felt his heart crack. Sia was tying a handkerchief on Dev’s forehead while frantically trying to catch Shiva’s attention. Her helplessness undid his heartstrings, he had to help her. The siblings watched Shiva leave with mixed feelings; Dev with a triumphant smile while Sia’s bruised soul reflected in her stricken eyes.

By Sulekha Rawat

I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoyed my story today. You can read the earlier parts of this story here.

Pain – A Story

Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter of the day is P

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Putting her feelings first, Shiva decided to break all ties with Sia so that her family wouldn’t cause her more distress. It pained him to witness her anguish. Her loyalty towards her family and her love for Shiva were taking a toll on her conscience. He was willing to suffer for her peace of mind.

By Sulekha Rawat

I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoyed my story today. You can read the earlier parts of this story here.

The Story So Far – A to Z Challenge

Let us sail together to the end of April and ride the waves from A to Z along the journey.

This is a collection of stories I am writing for ‘Blogging From A to Z Challenge in April 2014.’ Each post is of 55 words and I have attempted to create a complete story by bringing together all the posts, from A to Z. The story so far…

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A memory from the past flashed briefly in the confines of Shiva’s heavy heart. The twinge of remorse he felt was cloaked with unconcealed longing. Sia had written to him and begged for his help, why had he walked away? The news in the papers next morning had confirmed his fears, she was no more.

Beside himself with grief, he had walked into the sea, uncaring of the rising water. The deserted beach had offered him the opportunity of unburdening his soul by plunging into the crashing waves. If only his sin was pardonable? The fishermen spotted him disappearing into the waters and rescued him. Was he saved or condemned?

Countless emotions clouded his heart and mind during that brief instant he was submerged in the waters. He heard her smile, saw her laughter, smelt her touch and touched her affectionate scent. She was with him in his watery grave while he had abandoned her on a bright and sunny day. She had loved him.

Death was a welcome relief to him after living a hollow and bereft life for these past many years. With the constant ticking of the watch reminding him of the endless lonely guilt-ridden days ahead of him, the unbearable emotions threatening to spill over at the slightest provocation. He had not given her a chance.

Eyes closed, Shiva drifted in and out of consciousness with Sia’s name on his lips like a chant. Just when she was within his arm’s reach, he was pulled back and his head was held out of the water by his rescuer. His lungs bursting with salt water and helplessness at his failure, he wept.

Frantic calls for help by the fisherman drew a huge crowd at the beach where Shiva was brought out of the sea. He was thankful for the water which camouflaged his tears; his anguish was mistaken for his reaction to the near-drowning. Maybe he was cursed to suffer throughout his life for abandoning his love.

Groaning with hurt and pain, he closed his eyes and reached his happy place where Sia was waiting for him. Shiva let the dreams take over from harsh reality and opened his arms wide, inviting her to run into them with abandon. Their embrace lasted an eternity; the kiss that followed drew his soul out.

Hand in hand they walked around on the small lawn on campus, bunking the boring economics lecture by Mr. Raman. Every time they reached the edge of the lawn, they retraced their steps but not before sneaking in a quick kiss. Shiva thanked the Universe for bringing him his Sia, his soul-mate and best friend.

I Love You, three words that encompass the world for those in love and Shiva and Sia were no exceptions. Contemplating their future together was a pleasurable but fraught with obstacles and danger. Didn’t her brother warn Shiva of the consequences if he ever dared to date her? But true  love is gullible and guileless.

Just before they said goodbye, Sia felt a shiver run down her spine on seeing her brother Dev standing near the college gate. She pulled Shiva back into the main building and begged him to hide from Dev. Shiva assured her he would handle the situation and walked out of her sight and her life.

Knowingly walking into the trap set by Sia’s brother, Dev, Shiva felt a little apprehensive but angry too. Why did Dev object to Sia going out with Shiva? They were in love and wanted to get married very soon. Dev glared at Shiva and put his hand into his pocket, he pulled out a knife.

Lunging towards him with the knife glinting in the sun, Sia’s brother aimed for Shiva’s heart. Shiva stepped aside and grabbed his hand, forcing him to drop the knife. Sia stood frozen with fear watching them fight; praying for both of them, her dilemma was heartbreaking. She stood to lose, irrespective of who eventually won.

Masking her fear, Sia ran towards the two important men in her life who were dueling for her honor. Her brother Dev, had a crazed look in his eyes, while her beloved Shiva’s gaze was warm and gentle like a winter’s midday sun. She was torn between sibling affection and unconditional love for her soulmate.

Never had Sia felt so torn in her affections – Shiva was her love and Dev her brother, it wasn’t easy to take sides. Hands folded she implored them to bury the hatchet and become friends, after all they were going to be related in a few months.  Dev rejected her entreaty, Shiva watched helplessly.

Overcome with guilt at having caused this rift between Dev and Shiva, a distraught Sia decides to slow things down with her and Shiva. Her brother hated Shiva and a truce between them wasn’t a possibility. Shiva observed her dilemma and his heart ached, he knew what he had to do to ease her suffering.

Putting her feelings first, Shiva decided to break all ties with Sia so that her family wouldn’t cause her more distress. It pained him to witness her anguish. Her loyalty towards her family and her love for Shiva were taking a toll on her conscience. He was willing to suffer for her peace of mind.

Quietly walking away, Shiva felt his heart crack. Sia was tying a handkerchief on Dev’s forehead while frantically trying to catch Shiva’s attention. Her helplessness undid his heartstrings, he had to help her. The siblings watched Shiva leave with mixed feelings; Dev with a triumphant smile while Sia’s bruised soul reflected in her stricken eyes.

Remembrance is a cruel companion; she doesn’t live with you but torments your heart with the thought of all those memories left behind. Sia hadn’t heard from Shiva ever since he had walked away after her brother had attacked him in college. Shiva had disappeared from her life without a trace. She missed him so much.

Sia visits Shiva’s house to demand answers but the pretty girl who opens the door and invites her in, confounds her. Her skimpy attire and familiarity with Shiva’s home adds to her confusion. The words that filter through her brain, during their conversation are – Shiva- marriage-date-next month-love affair.

Sia stumbles out, dazed, hurt and devastated.

Tears streaming down her face, Sia blindly runs onto the street, meanwhile Shiva comes home with Raj, his childhood friend. Rima lets them in with a puzzled look and narrates the strange girls visit and her dramatic exit.

“I hope she got the wrong idea about Rima and Me”, thought Shiva. “It’s better this way.”

To be Continued-

Overcome – A Story

Today’s letter is O and my story for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge begins with an O.

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Overcome with guilt at having caused this rift between Dev and Shiva, a distraught Sia decides to slow things down with her and Shiva. Her brother hated Shiva and a truce between them wasn’t a possibility. Shiva observed her dilemma and his heart ached, he knew what he had to do to ease her suffering.

 

By Sulekha Rawat

I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoyed my story today.You can read the previous parts of this story here.

Never – A Story

Today’s letter is N in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge in April.

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Never had Sia felt so torn in her affections – Shiva was her love and Dev her brother, it wasn’t easy to take sides. Hands folded she implored them to bury the hatchet and become friends, after all they were going to be related in a few months.  Dev rejected her entreaty, Shiva watched helplessly.

By Sulekha Rawat

 

I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoyed my story today.

Masking – A Story

This post is written for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge in April.

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The letter of the day is M.

Masking her fear, Sia ran towards the two important men in her life who were dueling for her honor. Her brother Dev, had a crazed look in his eyes, while her beloved Shiva’s gaze was warm and gentle like a winter’s midday sun. She was torn between sibling affection and unconditional love for her soul mate.

By Sulekha Rawat

I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoyed my story today.

Lunging – A Story

Blogging from A to Z Challenge this April.

Today we begin our posts with the letter L

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Lunging towards him with the knife glinting in the sun, Sia’s brother aimed for Shiva’s heart. Shiva stepped aside and grabbed his hand, forcing him to drop the knife. Sia stood frozen with fear watching them fight; praying for both of them, her dilemma was heartbreaking. She stood to lose, irrespective of who eventually won.

By Sulekha Rawat

I am participating in the blogging from A to Z Challenge from 1-30 April, 2014 and this post is written as a part of that challenge. Check out some amazing participating blogs hereMy theme for the challenge is 55 Fiction, stories in 55 words. I hope you enjoyed my story today.