Air.

Stone pines. Tall, rich stone pines. Why now? Because they were passing by; no, actually she was passing by. Stone pines. On both sides of the road. What lay behind those? Grass and other trees of course but who cares? She could only see stone pines. They’re the only ones she could name. The rest…

“broken”fast.

"Too much water." I thought and ran back inside, emptied half of the bowl and walked outside. "The flame should be thin." Had to rush inside again. It took ten minutes to figure out how thin it must be. "Make sure to use some oil so that they don't stick." Mom yelled from the other…

Balance.

The road was wide open; nobody except me and my dad on his old scooter which I hated. He was going slow, which I hated more. "C'mon! There's nobody else on the road, what's the worse that could happen? Go faster!" I groaned. A few moments later, I could see other vehicles crossing us, passing…

Changes.

"You know the scariest part of us being together?" He said, looking at her as she looked away "I miss you even when you're right beside me. Where have you gone?" "You changed", retorted the girl with a melancholic frown. "If I did, you wouldn't even notice it." Was his reply as he slowly walked…

Acceptance

Two wrinkled figures face each other in a coffee shop right beside the sidewalk. A mini chessboard with tiny pawns scattered on either sides lay on the table. "My father amassed a fortune when he returned from the war. While it had its own traumatic effects, war made him realise how important family is to…

Impulse

There he sat on the river bank looking at trees and mountains that the water reflected. Boring job requires more energy than a tiresome one. He had nothing to do. Neither his superior nor his peers told him anything. The trees were dancing in the wind, the water flowed elegantly giving out blissful reflections. The…

Son.

Up and down his wrinkles, blood ran down his wrists. A stream dripped from finger nails as he clutched onto his walking stick harder, trying to take another step to the wash basin. Another step forward and he was on the floor, in a puddle that he coughed up. The skinny feet were now numb.…

Gifts.

Never have I expected that we wouldn't meet on my birthday. My schedule was tight; college in the morning, dinner with family in the evening and a lunch with my classmates in between. Making time out for her was a responsibility I chose to ignore, knowing she'd understand. The day had passed and another. She…

Thursday.

The papers floating in the air slowly dropped to the ground where the half opened notebooks lay. There were rough pen sketches on them, now almost torn apart. The kid could imagine those sketches come to life and leaving him once and for all for being a disappointment that he is. The notebooks can't fight…

The Routine

Winters are ruthless. They get even worse when you're hurt. The mirror showed her blood oozing out of her upper lip. She sat on the chair with a depressing slouch and ran her finger over the blood, wiping it off in one go. She rubbed the blood on her thumb, spreading it on her index…

Parting

Darkness loomed all over, nothing was visible. The window has no doors and leaves from the nearby trees flew in occasionally, falling on her face and arms. Being a light sleeper, a slight sound and a little light was enough to wake her up. It was neither hot nor cold that night. Power outage all…

Some kind of love.

It's been weeks since he spoke to her and when he received her message, his happiness knew no bounds. She has been trying to contact him for days but he kept her away. He cursed her. All because he couldn't see her be with someone else. But what's the meaning of love if you keep…

Lost.

"Please let me out! I've done nothing wrong. I got wife and kids!" He cried while they dragged him inside his cell. He kept screaming until he was tied to his bed. They locked him up and left. He looked at the stars through the ventilator. His wife waved at him while he walked to…

Maggie

She was tall, dark and intimidating. Like nothing could take her down. she visited Maggie every night, sat down on the bed beside her feet. Maggie was scared when she first met her. The dark woman seldom talked. All she did was sit there, with her mouth shut at stare at Maggie all night. Sometimes,…

One day at a time.

"I need this break up." She said, with tears rolling down her cheeks. She wiped them hastily forcing a smile on her lips. "I really need this." "Then why don't you just stop talking to me? It'll be a lot easier for you. Just get this over with." He yelled. "I need this break up…