Short stories

The Mermaid and the Old Man

1. He was an old man in his seventies or maybe eighties. His health was on decline but he still walked without any support, could talk clearly and seemed to have full hold of his sanity – something I must emphasize given the nature of our story. As for the… Read More »The Mermaid and the Old Man

Liar

1. “I saw you for the first time when upon my stubborn insistence my mom lowered you, a baby wrapped in a pink blanket, on my arms which she had made me stretch on her lap, unwilling to entirely trust you in my four-year-old arms. You were only three days… Read More »Liar

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Ugliness

1. His clothes were as black as the background. The place was marked by a complete lack of landmarks – trees, walls, etc. Nothing but the darkness and, in it, that ugly man visible. but the darkness in the place wasn’t just a lack of light it seemed to have… Read More »Ugliness

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The Legends of Maltava

1. The superstitions and the legends that are connected with the tribe of the hidden valley of Maltava can all be traced to the fate of Mr. Robin Samuels. For the sake of science, one almost wishes that it was not so well known. Because ever since him, at least… Read More »The Legends of Maltava

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The Musical Mirage

1. No one has noticed it yet, that is except for Shradha herself but soon they all will. People will only notice it over time – as she will get more choosy with her dresses, want to see more movies, etc but those will only be more visible symptoms of… Read More »The Musical Mirage

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Looking for the sun

“They are just wasting their time” “How” “They are looking for the sun.” “That is not a waste of time. It is a sight worth seeking.” “Yeah, but they won’t find it.” “Why? Sun can be seen anywhere. They are bound to find it sooner or later.” “No. They won’t.”… Read More »Looking for the sun

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God’s Bread

“Only an animal worries all the time about the next meal.”  Naguib Mahfouz 1. How could he judge her? Who was he to judge her? Hadn’t she been patient enough? Mariah still remembered how she had lost her son, her only child, and even that only increased her faith –… Read More »God’s Bread

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Three cigarettes and a song

(A fan-fiction kind of short story for ‘A Tale of Two Cities‘ and the song ‘Cheers Darling‘.) As usual, she had her beautiful smile on when she opened the door and she greeted him with her daily question, addressing him, as she always did, with his last name “How you… Read More »Three cigarettes and a song

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The Worm

Woke up with the worm,couldn’t eat,Music won’t do,Books won’t either,Something cruel is in the sunlight today,And ignored dog looks sad too. Know that will be crying today.Woke up with the worm,Hope it will kill me today. Can’t get you out of my mind,don’t want to love you anymore,Don’t want to… Read More »The Worm

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Possession

“It started all of sudden one day. We – me, my brother and husband, suddenly heard her screaming one day. We ran to her room, the door was shut but not locked. She had developed a habit of more and more spending time alone in her room and often locking… Read More »Possession