Short story

Envy

Sunlight evaded the curtain and burnt his hair gold. I took a step back and watched from the doorway. As always, the long eyelashes poked sharp fingers into my soul, made me aware of my deep, unquenched longing. I needed to get on with it. But, mindless of the risk, I gave it another minute. … Continue reading

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Try everything, once

“In life, you gotta try everything once!” My advice had come back to bite me you-know-where. The words had been my lifelong mantra, for all these 27 years. With these words and a cheery wave of the hand, I had sent my mother traipsing across Europe all by herself, had managed to get my then-fiancé … Continue reading

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Once in a lifetime

She’d made him print the extra invitations. Ask any young man of marriageable age – when you have a brand-new fiancée, you don’t refuse her anything that’s in your power to give. Okay, so they did cost him an extra thousand bucks. But if he overshot the budget, he could always take an advance on … Continue reading

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Old friends

The queue snaked forward. I looked up from my copy of ‘Papillon’ and immediately my gaze came to rest on him. Funny how you can always spot one familiar face in a sea of unknowns. I knew him from somewhere. I just didn’t know where. The bus arrived and stole my attention. A relief to … Continue reading