What ifs

What if I fall on the highway, crushed under a car superspeedrushed? What if, some random day I take a bus to nowhere , and run away? What if I apparate in Ithaca Lesbos, Houyhnhnms Hogsmeade Ozma’s Oz? What if horses were green, and elephants blue And all of...

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“Bubble Toes”

And sighed, until a sublime moan of painful pleasure escaped her; she opened her eyes, and gently slid her toe out from in between his lips; her right leg bent, her left leg straight and suspended a little above the bed, she flicked his lower lip with her round...

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A Decade Later #4

Priya was fully aware that the way Rahul was treating her wasn’t right. In fact she did text me a couple of times to share how helpless she felt about her situation. But the problem was that she never took me seriously. Often times she would agree with what...

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A Decade Later #3

Thanks to my father’s job I had the opportunity to travel to varied places. After every three years his company would transfer him to a new city, and the entire family had no option but to follow him.

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A Decade Later #2

We have hugged many times before, but something was definitely different about the way Priya hugged me today. It wasn’t a I’ve-missed-you-so-much hug, but a I-need-you-Shruti hug. So, after the obvious, hey! Ssup, how’s life, I couldn’t stop myself from asking what was really going on. And thus began...

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Glimmer of Hope

Snail of life pitched Through serpentine traffic. This day unobserved, its light and shade, The shape of pregnant dusty air We think the road ahead Could still be beautiful.

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A Decade Later #1

A decade has passed since my last meeting with Priya. While there is a lot of gossip to catch up on, there are a lot many things to share and discuss. All decked up for the long awaited reunion, I am waiting for Priya as my thoughts go back...

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When Reality Strikes #4

Annabel had a personality that drew people towards her. She was so confident and poised that Sarah, despite having a difference of opinion, was never able to voice her views. While Sarah thought she was being a good friend in supporting Annabel’s every decision, Annabel was having the time...

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When Reality Strikes #3

Sarah observed that Annabel was the chatty sorts, and more than that she loved talking about herself. Every time Annabel said something about her life and her choices, her head would automatically rise with pride and she would start playing with her hair. What is she so proud of?...

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When Reality Strikes #2

The art of making friends always came easy to Sarah. On her first day of new school in Chennai, she had made enough friends to survive a lifetime. In fact those friends were intact even today, six years later. Yes there was the distance but she knew she could...

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When Reality Strikes #1

Sarah could hear the beating of her own heart. There were butterflies in her stomach. She folded her hands only to feel the goose bumps on her arms. Dressed in a red kurta and black leggings, as instructed by the seniors, Sarah took her first step into her college.

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The Nosy Neighbor

The first rays of a bright Sunday sun sneaked in through her bedroom window waking Avery up. She wanted to sleep some more but she also knew the consequences of it. It was like a Sunday ritual at her place—her parents yelling at her to get out of bed....

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Vagaries Of A Timid Heart #2

As Priya picked up the call she heard an irritated yet concerned voice at the other end said, “Priya where have you been? I was so worried.” She knew that Gaurav wasn’t the clingy kind, who needed his girlfriend for every little thing, at all hours of the day....

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Vagaries Of A Timid Heart

Priya sat cross legged in her warm fleece pajamas, cupping her hands around an almost cold mug of coffee, not realizing the time that had elapsed since the coffee went from piping hot to lukewarm and finally to icy cold. She was staring blankly at her empty room, her...

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Fly To The Moon #3

There were days when she switched off her phone just to avoid reading those insensitive messages. But then he would try and contact her on alternate numbers, through her family and friends. How could someone say such hurtful things to someone they claimed to love? What was wrong with...

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Fly To The Moon #2

Friendships are meant forever. Friends are supposed to respect each other but what if there is no respect? What if there is only anger and regret? Angry with how things turned out to be. Regret for making things worse, knowingly or unknowingly.

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Fly To The Moon #1

Sandra was always a misfit, but in a good way. She was like no other girl he had met. She was all smiles all the time. Challenging her destiny, pouncing at the chances she had at hand—it was that and her helping and caring nature that made Rey fall...

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चाँद: मेरी निगाहों से

कितनी ना-इंसाफी होती है ना चाँद के साथ बेचारा कितनी सदियों से 'नाइट-शिफ्ट' कर रहा है 'वीकेन्ड' पे भी उसको फुरसत नहीं मिलती महीने में केवल एक छुट्टी उसी मे कपड़े भी धोता है

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उलझन

सीने में दबे हुए अरमान जो मौका खोज रहे है पर ज़िन्दगी के कुछ रास्तों में हर दिन मोड़ नए है समझ नहीं आता किस राह को चुनु हालत मुझे ऐसे दोराहे पर छोड़ गए है कुछ दूसरी आँखों में भी मुझसे उमीदें सजी हैं पर मेरे सपने उनकी...

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A Little Bit Stronger

If I am not wrong, I’ve never written poetry, But here’s my throng, And it surely isn’t my folly. It's about a girl, whose life was merry, Friends and parents who were amazing, They loved her very dearly. And then came a boy who was quite interesting.

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A Little Bit Stronger

To break the usual trend of my blog, today I have a story. It isn't a comedy, neither a thriller, and it's definitely not gory. But forgive me for I can't write poems, I hardly have the skill; This time I have something to share, so I definitely will.

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Three O’ Clock

I had been collecting daddy long legs on the wall in my memory. I could identify with them spending their time at the back of the cooker to emerge for their late night visits in the kitchen. My sister told me I should put them outside if I spotted...

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A Roomful of Tragedy

Did your eyes not stop blinking, when you heard, did they not widen in horror? Did your heart not start in alarm, did it not sink in despair? Did it not shake the very core of your being? Did you not feel hopeless, dejected, and utterly pitiful, for the...

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Angels Of The Lost World

She cast a dark look and words rolled off her tongue like careless fish splashing into oblivion I switched off the voice from the television and moved into the kitchen to make some tea. The world had messages written on the window above the kitchen sink. It sharpened its...

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Ryuichi’s Angel

Ryuichi pushed back the heavy thick curtains in the grey early hours of the morning. It was snowing and nothing stirred. He looked along the roof that ran parallel to his house next door and could see tiny bird tracks in the snow. The absolute screaming banal had become...

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A Bird Called Juniper

It was a different kind of brave, the kind of brave that would walk straight to its own execution. He stood steadfast as the gunman approached and clicked the cartridges into place. His breathing became rapid as his heart tried to outrun the anticipation of the bullet that would...

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Walter And The Trap

“Let’s get the hell out of here”, Walter said driving the car. “Is my map in the glove?” Cigarette smoke filled the air.Chikara reached for the map. Walter hated the dentist.“So what did you do last night?” Walter asked rolling down the window. “I was making tea and I...

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Nam June #2

He flicked through a magazine he found on the floor. A woman with blonde hair looked out at him. Her face cast a cold and viscous stare and her mouth was twisted with a kind of cruel bitterness. Spit fell from his mouth involuntarily and formed a pool on...

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Nam June #1

Nam June traced two figures along the flower lined wallpaper with his finger. They pulled him in till he could see them moving and something unfolding in the mind of a young girl called Garima.

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Wild Land

I listened to the interview carefully. The interviewer and the author both impressed their ideas into the atmosphere of sounds. I couldn’t see the author’s face but I could hear in her voice that she was trying to show it to the light. I did not know how but...

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Atlas

I don’t have any bones to pick with this world. I’ve been around a while and enough time has passed for me to get over the wounds that living on this planet provides. People hurt one another through ignorance if you look at any situation long enough. My mother...

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Girls Don’t Cry

Yoshimi left him at the station. Tears welled in his eyes and she stared at the emotion; frozen and unable to return it. She wished him well and turned to leave. She put her earphones into her ears and felt a sense of relief as the beats of ...

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Dear India #3

Ikue began to write past all the full stops that short circuited her brain. She watched the page and looked at all the stop and go signs changing. She watched India flit past the skirting boards along the hallway.

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Dear India #2

Ikue woke up and tried to lift herself out of sleep. After a night of sleep she always woke to the feeling of a kind of abandonment. It was as if everything had changed irrevocably. She reached over for her diary and scribbled “What do you want me to...

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Dear India #1

Ikue scrawled the words “Dear India” across the clean page of her new diary. She decided to address her life to her beloved cat India. She loved her cat, and so it made sense to her that they could at least converse on some level. She was always interested in...

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Love On The Sea

Ryuichi held out both his hands and the book began to float to meet them. He clasped the book and held it against his chest. He stood up and announced “May I never forget those tiny glimmers of light as they appear in the back of my mind. May...

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Angel

The story so far: A brother and sister find a book that needs to be returned to its owner. It has turned them into moon moths and taken them to strange places. They embark on a journey to Noctuidea with the help of an owl called Frost. They find...

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Eyes Wide Shut

Yellow walls, patches of white, marble floor, paint stain.Open window, red sky, tired birds, dusty lane.One football, big small boys, little small girl, figures of mud.Running shoes, strong push, tilting body, resonating thud.

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Okrovalenny

The tranquil atmosphere acted as a balm to my bruised mind, but it could heal only the dark shadows. The smallest of the tragedies might even fade away, leaving behind ugly scars of past memories. But the cuts and wounds; the gaping holes in my consciousness that had warped...

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In The Gold Room

The salt mines seemed to climb to the moon with their pyramid peaks. Cedes and Alistair felt like ants amongst giant grains lost in an industrial soundless landscape. As they walked, their steps made crunching noises under their feet. After a few minutes, Alistair began to call out, “Hello!”...

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Friends With Benefit

“Hey! I will be picking you up in an hour”.“Okay! I will be waiting for you” she said and hung up the phone.I never wanted this day to come. It would be the last time I would be seeing her. I love her and I shall do the same...

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Realisation Is Prettier Than Regret

"Emotions are beautiful, but sometimes, momentary excitement can ruin your future.”It all began on the first of April, six years ago …That afternoon, I was to become the first member of my family to join a residential school and it was hard for my family as they had never...

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The Agony Of A Mother

Having you with me was my dearest dream.I thought your favorite place on the earth was my lap.I gave my best to you and dreamt to see you at zenith.You trap someone and it pains me to see you doing it blithely!

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The Girl In The Black Dress #2

As the gentle winter breeze decided to roll by the crooked streets of the Ramfal Chownk, I decided to give her company. The lovely angel of the night was looking beautiful, dazzling in the glittering lights of the decorated market. Shimmering! It was her night today. She was all...

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Story Of My Life

Rainy days are the worst since I get completely soaked. Each morning, I’m filled with textbooks and notebooks and binders and who knows what else.The good part is that I get a ride to and from school on my owner’s back. Even though sometimes I think it would be...

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The Girl In The Black Dress

31 December, 2012. Half past 9 in the evening. Westwood Hotel.Somewhere in Mohali, India.She stood by a round table, wearing all black. I had never seen a girl as pretty as her; just one glare, and...boom!...you are on the ground, flat! She was the kind who could rule your...

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Lies And Truths

Beating,Pounding,Racing. It leaps out of your chest,Pulling you out of the blackness.It urges you on,It pulls you along. Dwelling on possibilities,On what-ifs and maybes.Throwing aside your pragmatism,Wrenching your feet off the ground.

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A Christmas Carol #5

Let us here take a moment to sympathize with Scrooge. He used to be a horrid old man, changed after his adventures with the Christmas Past and Christmas Present. He decides to start a new life and change his ways, but wants to know what the Christmas Future wants...

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A Christmas Carol #4

The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come I must say, the phantom really does remind me of a Dementor, for in the very air through which this Spirit moved seemed to scatter misery and gloom. Perhaps that is why chocolate is the best prevention against these creatures. But, I...

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A Christmas Carol #3

Once again, Scrooge woke up mid-slumber, groggy and disoriented. He felt that he woke up at just the right time, although while asleep, it was impossible for him to know that it was nearly one ‘o clock. With all that he’d been through, Scrooge was definitely prepared for anything and...

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A Christmas Carol #2

Scrooge woke up at midnight to complete blackness. He was disoriented at first; but a quick glance at the clock told him the time. Initially he thought his clock was malfunctioning. But when he checked his phone, it agreed with the clock. It wasn’t an eclipse, and Apophis hadn’t...

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A Christmas Carol #1

This character, mind you, is the main dude. Scrooge. The name’s Ebenezer Scrooge. If I had to come up with one word which meant selfish, cunning, sinning, miser, stone-hearted, solitary, self-contained, secret, detached, condescending and critical, it would be “Scrooge.” And indeed, the man’s name today is associated with...

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We Don’t Need No Education

This wasn’t how things were supposed to turn out.A teacher raped a student. Parents committed murder in the parking lot. Librarian openly burned down school block .Farhan and Tarun had no idea they’d be responsible for so much. They never intended for things to spiral so out of control.

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Soul Friend

Among the infinite souls in the world One comes across a familiar stranger, Carrying along a heart of gold Akin to a nut that holds a bolt together.The transcendental transcendentalist Inducing anger yet melting the same, Like salt necessary yet unseen Only to give and never to claim.

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A Pinch Of Salt

Alistair’s jaw dropped as a group of elephants casually strolled past the coffee shop window; real life elephants. They were part of some circus. The cups vibrated on the plinth where they sat. All Cedes could think about was the time her art lecturer had used the phrase “pregnant...

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All Grown Up #6

I was closing for the night when Cole and Flint asked me to meet them for beers. I decided to stay back for a while; there were a few coffee cups still to be washed anyway. Clint was exhausted; I took over and sent him home. The night was...

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Sands Of The Hourglass

As Cedes walked down the hallway, the meaning of magic became clear, through the plains of lonely space. She felt integrated and part of the objects that surrounded her, like her very presence gave them life. Perhaps she was not as dead and lifeless as she thought she was....

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All Grown Up #5

They thought I was his daughter, maybe a visiting niece. I was his girlfriend. Salt and pepper hair and an icy blue stare. Warm hands caressing my back. He bought me gold chains and silver rings. I gave him chocolate ice cream and strawberry kisses. We held hands and...

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All Grown Up #4

White shirt, navy blue sweater, jeans and suede shoes. What was so off? My messy brown hair and grey eyes stupidly looked back at me. I checked the time. Six minutes late. I don’t know why I was so nervous about this date. I had gone for the occasional...

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By Owl Light

Cedes carried a silver pen and notebook with her which she kept in the inside pocket of her coat. If she didn’t put thoughts on paper, they would just be space rock floating around the atmosphere. There would be no way to solve anything in her mind; no breath...

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All Grown Up #3

We’d been driving as the nights and days had blurred into an endless journey in the blue pickup truck. To save our sanity we pulled into a motel for the night. Floral printed wallpaper. Strange sickly potpourri. Rough coral carpet matching the itchy coral covers.Driving for so long, we...

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All Grown Up #2

She had a Russian name for the stage. The stage where she used to take off her clothes for men who pounded their beer on the table and threw dollar bills at her. She witnessed a terrible mob-related shootout at the club and ran for her life. They were...

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All Grown Up #1

I dreamt of monsters for as long as I could remember. And the nightmares grew worse every year. Dreamcatchers hung above my bed, down my shoulder, even on my journal; and whenever it was too much to bear, I wove one through my hair. At night when the flashes...

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The Longest Winter

It had been the longest winter; the kind that, when emerged from, deserves nothing less than an adventure. Cedes and Alistair stepped out onto the streets of New York with two steaming paper mugs of oriental spice tea that said “Merry Christmas”. New York was probably the loneliest place...

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Mad Moon

“The moon is big, round and mad”, noticed Cedes. Alistair cast his eyes up. “I don’t think I’ve seen it fatter. Let me consult the book”. He laid his finger onto the print of a red butterfly on the book’s cover. The book flicked open. Cedes and Alistair looked...

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Back In Time

Let me take you all, Back in time, When there was Mother Nature, Full of glory and shine.She was proud of her beauty, Since she had it all, The beautiful trees and the animals at her call.

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Cedes

Cedes peered down at the upturned moth on the windowsill. She could feel the sense of desertion of this tiny lifeless creature in the universe. It was like the symbol of how every being on earth perished endlessly trying to articulate them selves. She couldn’t understand why people didn’t...

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Start Of A Journey

Life is not a bed of roses they say, but for sure I have to find my way. The path I have chosen is an endless race, and people are running at a faster pace.They say change your route here you won't succeed, you will fall, you will bleed.

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The Bookshop

Oscar sat opposite Hyun Su and sipped at the porridge. “Where are we going?” Oscar asked gently. There was fog on the window and Hyun Su traced with his finger the lines of an X. They sat in silence as they passed the giant tower blocks of a deserted...

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First Lesson

In the distance Oscar could hear a dog wincing in pain, and the echo of laughter. The laughter was clear but the sounds of the dog were muffled, yet he feared for the creature. Oscar had learned that when his mind was cold, naked and shivering with doubt, was...

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The Grey Monk

Oscar watched the page light up with these words. It was a frightening appearance but with Hyun- Su, Bran and the butterfly on his shoulder, his eyes glittered at the thought of the axe falling. It was the axe that had always meant terrible things and it felt like...

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Someday

One day, my love, we will go Hand in hand, away With dreams in our eyes And hope by our side We’ll go wherever we may.One day, my love, we’ll tread softly On a vast expanse of snow When I’ll fall down

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Brain Waves

Oscar looked down at the book and on the page he turned, he saw some new writing. “Don’t look for love. I am right beside you in your brain waves”. Oscar looked down at the butterfly on his shoulder and he loved it. He stopped reaching and his sadness...

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Coexist #4

A very drunk Epperly leaned heavily on Lexi as she walked back to the house. Paris hadn’t stayed for long, owing to the late afternoon tryst with alcohol. Bea had spent most of the time smoking weed with the rest of their brothers, who’d been off fishing during the...

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Origin

Yellow and emerald, Each leaf of yours was mine, my old banyan. When the sun hides behind colossal stones, My heart aches for your balmy porch, My old banyan. In dreams, in childhood, Alienated, Crowded, Your torso was my embrace, my old banyan. I flushed, giggled on thy long...

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Coexist #3

Lexi jerked her cousin awake.“Paris can’t stop throwing up, and I’m really sick too.” “Hmm…….. must be the shrimp..” “I think we should head back now.” Bea pushed herself upright. “The two of you just need to let it out, you’ll be fine.”Dublin absently wondered if Paris was

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Hausla

Hausla jo barse Umeed ke baadal se, Gustaakh hai jo yeh Iss dil paagal pe. Jo hua nahi hai Usse ghabra raha hai, Jo beet gaya hai Uspe pachhta raha hai.

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Tragic Love

Snared in so deceptive an emotion,Without a caveat she clung to her love,Every moment an unfettered bliss,She shadowed her brain to lighten her heart. An autumn night that brought the change, Of sacrifice gone in vain.

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Coexist #2

Dublin tested the water with her fingers and instantly went back to the shower in her apartment. “Come on in, the water’s perfect.” She hadn’t really slept with a woman before, but as far as first time experiences went it wasn’t so bad. Hell she’d even got a shower-time...

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Coexist #1

The bus went over one of the many bumps on the road, knocking Dublin awake as her head hit the window. She huffed her sleep away and her mouth still tasted of nicotine from the last cigarette at the station. And so began the whole routine of breath mints...

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The Wild Garden

Oscar had seen his soul with delight in the dark wood. It was other souls he feared, the ones that were dead and empty. He knew they had the potential to scare him right out of his wits. He had names for them and this was his only protection....

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The Morning

Oscar had cut ties with dull forever. He breathed in the delicious air that graced his lungs. One day, he would have to let go of the breath he had held onto all of his life. It seemed like he spent his whole existence trying to understand about when...

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The Only Thing

I go out, take in- a deep, long breath Fresh, so pure, almost dizzying Tangy, wet, oh the typical rain scent Let it rain, I say. Let it rain. You know why? ‘Cuz this scent’s the only thing, we both can smell. I look around, move-the wind passes by...

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Asia On My Side

Oscar looked at the leaves blinking in the wind and the spiders clinging to their webs outside the window. Little highlights punctuated his day. The neighbour’s dog was at the gate today. Yesterday, he was facing the house. Oscar liked to think he was waiting for him. These observations...

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Gulkand Extra

Binod woke up to the gentle rain during the dark hours of a heavily clouded night in January. Already freezing from the winter, the rain was unbearable beyond measure. The tent above him collapsed after half an hour, resulting in more woeful complaints from the young adult. A mild...

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Home

I came in through the back, The dahlias had overgrown! Was the doormat always this black? Time's habit, that swift flow. Straight to my room, My bed where we made out. Sunday, sunny afternoon, Its sad, I still remember you.

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Click. Drip. Fizz.

The click click click of Seven’s useless lighter had begun to irritate the very core of her existence. She’d been smoking every day since the time she turned sixteen and her lighters never lasted more than two or three days. Her house always had this faint whiff of cigarettes,...

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The Crooked Rain

“The rain is crooked”, said Oscar and followed his fingers down the lines they made on the glass window. “It never falls straight, just winds its way out of existence.” Oscar sat at the window, talking to himself. The church steeple looked like some innocent pinprick against the sky...

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Blind

“So let me get this straight… you’ve been working two jobs just to get you through the week?” She said with an almost condescending twist of her brow. Theron brushed her forehead clean of the icy strands that fell almost to her chocolate tinted eyes. “Yeah well, this isn’t a...

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Oscar

Oscar looked up at the church steeple. It seemed to be trying to cut the sky but he knew it would never reach it. He turned into the bookshop. “There’s a confidence in your step today”, noticed Greg. “It’s my call” said Oscar cryptically. He fumbled through the titles...

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Carmen

She slides a smoothly manicured fingernail under the ring of her keys, picking them off her table as she makes her way out the door. The loose threads that have escaped her bun find the wind, tantalizing the nape of her neck as she shivers infinitesimally against the suddenly...

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Bazaar

I’d been walking down the street, hunting for the nearest Starbucks and hoping against hope that I wasn’t too far from my hotel, when I first saw Natalia.She stood out because even though her Thai features were perfectly native in their subtlety, her skin was almost papery white. Her...

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Mr. Minister, Country Matters!

Poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and there “he” is, taking a long peaceful nap on his comfy million dollar couch; unfazed.Riots, violence, terrorism, and there “he” is, eating voluptuously; relishing the freshly prepared salmon served by his lavishly paid chefs; unperturbed.

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George in the Garden

“The sky is still a place to consider” George remembered. “Please help me”, she whispered to herself over and over again. She had absorbed the atmosphere into her skin and felt the tears fall onto her cheeks. She turned to face herself in the mirror and rubbed the water...

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The Forest Floor

My sister and I fell asleep in the sun. Our bodies stretched out in the shelter of the grassy field. Voices made constant circles in my mind. I lay on them like the forest floor, wondering which I was following. Today, I was not making any decisions. I let...

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Life is Sweet

The old man looked to the sun. “It has granted me another season and don’t you know, the seasons of heaven and hell are hard to tell apart”, he wrote in his diary.

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The Girl with the Red Hair

The door of the post office burst open. Elle looked up from browsing through envelopes. A girl stared at her like she was going to eat her up. She had flaming red hair. She walked to the counter and bought a stamp and turned to stare at Elle as...

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