#flashfiction

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  • theo_a 2w

    I was very bad at remembering names. Trust me; I was the worst. If it were up to me, I wouldn't bother trying to change the situation. I know my mom's, my dad's, my siblings' names, so what was the big deal remembering all those random irrelevant people's names? The big deal was my mom; she was always giving a lecture on how important family is, and how it would be nice to know people by their names. So, I came up with a system, a rule sort of, to make life easy for myself: I decided to remember people by the colour of their outfit. I agree, that was a stupid idea, that's because I was just 4 years old.
    PS: I'm older now, and I'm still bad at remembering names.

    ©theo_a

  • theo_a 2w

    "Can you just stop shouting for a second and listen to me?"
    "..."
    "It's her...she's...gone."
    "What do you mean she's ... gone?"
    "..."
    "No, no...NO!!"
    "I'm so sorry...I tried."
    "She was all I had"
    "All you had? She was all we had."
    "Tell me the truth John, it's not going to be alright, is it?"
    "..."

    ©theo_a

  • theo_a 2w

    "Hey,
    It's been a while since you left, 2 months it is?
    I've taken up some new habits: I now listen to the radio almost everyday. Funny thing right? I've been trying some workouts with Kate. Oh, and I've been working on some songs, I'll send them once I convince myself they are nice. I hope you are fine though" PS:Victoria.


    Crumples the paper into an imperfect sphere and throws it into the waste bin, just like the others she had written over the past days.
    'Who cares anyway, he's probably forgotten about me.'

    ©theo_a

  • theo_a 2w

    "Sometimes I just like to stare at people and try to figure out what is going on in their mind. That was fun. What was more fun is that, sometimes I sat at a reasonably far distance from people at the park and mumble a few words to them, as if I was saying something they couldn't hear. A lot of these resulted in interesting conversations. Nowadays, I don't fancy the latter. Just imagine me mumbling something to someone in a mask and he keeps saying to himself 'Yes, he's definitely lost it now'"

    ©theo_a

  • theo_a 2w

    "Shame on you."
    "Shame on me? What did I do?"
    "..."
    "Hey. Why did you say that?"
    "..."
    Shoves him "Hey!"
    "Hey. Relax. What's it?"
    "You said shame on me."
    "I did?"
    "Yes!"
    "...oh yes I did. I'm just singing along with the song I'm listening to."
    "Oh...I thought...never mind."
    "Oookay? Sure."

    ©theo_a

  • theo_a 2w

    She walks reluctantly to answer the phone after it started ringing the fourth time.

    "Hello?"
    ....
    "Are you sure?"
    ....
    "That's not possible. He's in his room."
    ....
    "Mhmm. Okay, let me check..."
    ....
    "Oh wow. He's not here."
    ....
    "I'm so sorry about that."
    ....
    "Yes, I understand. I'll be there soon."
    Hangs up

    ©theo_a

  • theo_a 2w

    "Hey. What happened?"
    "Nothing"
    "But you're crying"
    "Oh, am I?"
    She tried to wipe her tears.
    "Wait, allow me....What is it?"
    "You're leaving"
    "Oh that?, but I'll be back."
    "That's what they all say in the movies"
    He stifled a laugh and held her in an embrace.
    "That's the movies, this is me. I promise I'll be back. Okay?....Okay?"
    But she said nothing, holding tightly onto him.

    ©theo_a

  • theo_a 2w

    "You look uncomfortable"
    "Oh no. I'm very much comfortable, please continue."
    "Okay.....so it was then that he realised the key wasn't with Abena, so guess what? He had to go all the way back to Mrs Afari's house!"
    Startled by Mr Appiah's change in tone.
    "Oh wow! That is ... that is something."
    "You are distracted."
    "Oh no, I am not."
    "No no no, you are. What is the problem?"
    "Actually, grandpa you've narrated this story several times."
    "Oh...is that so? Why didn't you tell me then?"

    ©theo_a

  • theo_a 2w

    He wore a blue T shirt, and a sunglass to match, even though the dress code did not require it. He might as well nail it, since it was his first party ever, was the reason for the sunglasses.
    He waited till it was 30 minutes past the start time before he went in, after all, how else would he draw attention to himself.
    He was welcomed by gazes that didn't look like gazes of awe.
    "Come with me.", Veronica said.
    "What is wrong with everyone?", he said.
    "...I'm so sorry", she replied, "I should have helped you with the outfit. I forgot you are colour-blind."

    ©theo_a

  • roadside_writer 16w

    Gravity

    Ruby: Don't you feel my weight?

    Zayn : What do you mean?

    Ruby : the way you are carrying me in your arms I feel weightless. It seems gravity isn't acting on me.

    Zayn: hmm (he drops her on the floor) how about now?

    Zayn laughs out loud.

    Ruby: not funny, alright. Got my back hurt.

    Zayn : let me make you feel weightless again.

    Zayn carries Ruby back in his arms.
    ©roadside_writer

  • roadside_writer 17w

    I'll Make it upto you

    Zayn came late at night on his birthday. His surprise party was over without him. He was surprised to see the decoration and leftover cake and food. He recalled that Ruby had asked him to come home early today, she didn't mention why though, obviously because he wanted to surprise him. But unfortunately she got the surprise, he didn't show up. She has invited all his cousins and close relatives.
    Ruby had slept already, he knew because his mother opened the door when he came. Or may be she was just mad at him and didn't want to see him. He just hoped he could gather all the courage to face her in the morning.

    #Next morning#

    Ruby got out of the washroom. Zayn sat up in the bed.

    Zayn: I am sorry...

    Ruby : it's okay.

    Zayn: I was with my friends partying last night. We had a last minute plan and I forgot to call you.

    Ruby: hmm

    Ruby grabed her lip gloss, looked at the lips of her reflection in the mirror.

    Zayn : Are you mad at me?

    Ruby : no (She pressed the lip gloss against her lips and slid all over it. )

    Zayn: You are, aren't you?

    Ruby : No. You ditched me many times before so I am not surprised, hence not mad at you. (she closed the lid of lip gloss)

    Zayn: Ruby. I didn't mean to, I mean. I should have showed up but then I didn't know you are throwing a surprise party so how could I...

    (Zayn walked out of the bed)

    Ruby: Because It was supposed to be a surprise. but it turned out to be a surprise for everyone but you. See I wasn't expecting you to show up I was just hoping you do. (Ruby removed covers and sheets and dusted off pillows)

    Zayn: I can make it up-to you. It's never too late to celebrate birthday, you know. We can go out.

    Ruby: Stop bugging me Zayn. I already told you I am not mad.

    Zayn: Then why are you doing everything so quickly as if you wanna get out of this room as soon as possible?

    Ruby : I am doing everything quickly because I am in hurry.

    Zayn: Why? Are you going somewhere?

    Ruby: Yes

    Zayn : Where?

    Ruby : My parents' house.

    Zayn: Because you are mad at me?

    Ruby: No, because I want to see my parents.

    Zayn: Why today?

    Ruby: it's not a last minute plan. I had planned it on last weekend.

    Zayn : You didn't tell me.

    Ruby : I must have forgotten.

    Zayn : Why?

    Ruby : What's that question? I forgot to tell you, I am sorry, okay. Now, stop bugging me, it's annoying.

    Zayn: You seriously leaving?

    Ruby : Yeah, I have a train to catch in a couple of hours.

    #At the Railway Station. In the city where Ruby's parents live#

    Ruby gets out of the gate of the Railway Station. She saw a familiar face. She was confused but walked up-to her husband anyway. He was standing there with a bunch of red roses and few boxes of her favorite chocolates.

    Ruby : What are you doing here?

    Zayn : Waiting for my wife. She is mad at me I thought I'll make it up to her. Have you seen her?

    Ruby shoots an eyebrow up.

    Zayn: I have taken a few days off, I have decided to spend it with you and your parents.

    Ruby shakes her head in disbelief.

    Zayn: I know I have been a not so nice person to you but now I want to change that. I have decided to learn how to stop being a bad husband.

    Ruby's lips turned involuntarily into a half smile .
    She looked away.

    Zayn: I promise, I'll become a nice life partner but I guess before that I'll get baked by the sun. It's so hot here.

    Ruby giggled and hugged him.
    ©roadside_writer

  • roadside_writer 17w

    Love you

    Ruby: love you bye

    Zayn : who's it?

    Ruby : my best friend.

    Zayn : let me see

    Takes her phone. "Bella" he reads.

    Ruby: You should call and check. I can save a boy's number with a girl's name.

    Zayn stares at Ruby. Ruby takes the phone and hit the call button.

    Bella: Ruby

    Ruby: Hey Bella, sorry it was a mistake. Called accidently.

    Bella: oh okay. Bye love you.

    Ruby : love you too.

    Bella hangs up.

    Ruby: You okay now?

    Zayn: Yeah (stares at Ruby in confusion)

    Ruby: Sorry but this isn't a great start of our marriage. You should have enquired about my character before marriage.

    Ruby leaves the room.

    #At night, on the terrace.#

    Ruby stares at the starry night sky. Zayn walks up to her and hugs her from behind. Ruby jerks and turns around.

    Zayn: What?

    Ruby : Why are you acting like nothing happened? Whole day you acted like nothing happened.

    Zayn : What do you want me to do?

    Ruby: apologize and change your behavior.

    Zayn: I thought you must have forgotten about it by now.

    Ruby: No. I know your aunts don't like me but it's insane to ruin your life by listening to others.

    Zayn: Ruby

    Ruby: I am a good girl. The problem is I know that I am a nice girl and I can't be with someone who can't put their trust in me. I know we haven't known each other before marriage but it's not fair to assume the worst about me.

    Zayn: Ruby

    Ruby: What?

    Zayn: I am sorry. I have realized my mistake. I won't let anyone spoil things between us. I just got driven away with my aunts' whispers but not anymore.

    Zayn hugs Ruby

    Zayn: I promise.

    Ruby hugs back.
    ©roadside_writer

  • roadside_writer 17w

    Surname?

    Receptionist : Name

    Zayn : Mr. Zayn Deewan and Mrs. Ruby Deewan.

    Ruby: it's Ruby Khan.

    Zayn: I get it, it's just second day of our marriage. You forgot you are married.(laughs)

    Ruby : No, I didn't forget I am married neither I forgot my surname.

    Zayn: What do you mean?

    Ruby: Changing anyone's surname after marriage is unislamic. So, I am still Ruby Khan.

  • roadside_writer 17w

    Ruby : No, I won't go with you guys.

    Shaan: Why? We won't mind.

    Ruby: Yeah, may be but I don't wanna bug Zayn.

    Shaan: you're gonna bug him?

    Ruby: No, but you know he is my husband. And even if I don't bug him he is gonna think I am. It happens, right? Like when I sit in my room painting or something, and if someone walks in, I won't be able to focus on painting. I'll feel their eyes are on me even if it isn't true. Besides, I know none of you. You are all his friends what will I do there?

    Shaan: Come on, Zayn. Tell her. We'll have fun.

    Zayn: Ruby, you won't bug me, I know. You can come with us I won't mind.

    Ruby: But, please I don't find it right.

    Zayn: I'll make sure she comes, you guys.

    Ruby : Zay.....un.

    Zayn: Ru-beee.

    #At the hotel. 11 pm#

    Zayn: here are the keys. You go, I'll come.

    Ruby: Where are you going?

    Zayn: To see my friends.

    Ruby : okay.

    #In the hotel room#

    Knock knock

    Ruby: Who's it?

    Kabir: It's me Kabir , Zayn's friend.

    (Ruby opens the door. )

    Ruby: Yes

    Kabir: Where is Zayn?

    Ruby: He has gone to see his friends.

    Kabir: Good thing (smirks)

    (Ruby rolls her eyes and tries to shut the door. Kabir puts his foot between the door and the wall)

    Ruby : Are you mad, what are you doing?

    Kabir: Zayn is not there so I thought I'll give you some company.

    Ruby: I don't need (emotionless Tone)

    Kabir: but I do

    (Kabir push opens the door and steps inside)

    Ruby(shouts) : Get the hell out of here.

    Kabir : Will you please calm down. I don't like drama, alright.

    ( Ruby grabs the tele phone to call room service. Kabir takes hold of it. Ruby slams his head with the vase on the table. Kabir's forehead starts to bleed. Zayn walks in. He is shocked to see Kabir. Zayn calls his other friends and they take Kabir to a hospital )

    #At the hospital #

    (Ruby sits on a wooden bench, with her face buried in her hands)

    Police officer: Are you Ruby?

    Ruby: Yes. Sir I....

    Police: You did a good job. Don't worry about him. He is out of danger now.

    Andy: Aren't you Ruby?

    Ruby: Yeah Andy.

    Andy: everything okay?

    Ruby : No. I broke a guy's forehead.

    Andy: You need some...

    Zayn (interrupts Andy) : Ruby, I am sorry...

    Ruby: Not now Zayn, just leave me alone and do hell with your friends.

    (Ruby gets up and go. She reaches the beach. It's almost midnight. Ruby roams to and fro like an angry lion. She find Andy sitting on a bench on the beach)

    Ruby : What are you doing here? When did you come?

    Andy: I am sitting. I came just after you did.

    Ruby: I asked to be left alone. What the heck are you doing here?

    Andy: See, it's been years that we haven't spoken for some reason that you kept to yourself. But I still care and I can't leave you alone this time of the night here. We are no more friends but I can't help convince my heart to stop caring for you. You get that? Even if you don't, I am not going anywhere.

    (Ruby stands still with teary eyes)
    ©roadside_writer

  • roadside_writer 17w

    Working for an unpaid job sucks. No money comes in, only frustration.
    But you can't leave it because you don't wanna go back to that pit of depression to escape which you joined the job.
    You keep asking for the money like a begger but they act like they owe you anything. Does it even end?
    Huh! What sort of a life is this?
    I wanted to travel and eat but before that I had to fix my mental health.
    Am I doing it? Yes, but I don't think I can hold on for long.
    I wonder what should I do now!


    ©roadside_writer

  • sarahrachelea 21w

    He is a happy personality
    In a sad soul
    And so is she

    ~ rectoverso ~
    ©sarahrachelea

  • sarahrachelea 21w

    His smile is warm like a sunshine in her sky


    ©sarahrachelea

  • poetrymaterial 30w

    The Siren and the Space Sailor

    You are the astronaut who is forever sailing the universe. I am the mermaid who gazes at your reflection in the depth of my ocean. I hope that someday our paths cross in the place we never expected. My life span is too short. Are you running for me? I’ll fly for you. Will you dive for me?


    ©poetrymaterial

  • theo_a 2w

    As Long As The Tides Break

    Jane walked through the gallery smelling like a leftover tragedy and went straight to her grandmother's room. She knelt on the floor and lifted the lid of a glass jar kept in the corner. Letters tied with jute threads, dried roses and old photographs. She hesitated at first, but then reached out and untied one of the letters. "Hey, Jane...", she started to read, and with that, a drop of tear threatened to leave her eyes. She closed the letter and struggled to fight the rivulet of tears that had begun to weigh her eye down. She knew it was a futile effort from the beginning, but she wasn't raised to be a quitter. Quitter or no quitter, what could she do when those she so fondly called family decided to disappear into thin air overnight? What else could she do than kneel in defeat and let her tears win the battle for just this one time, or maybe many more times to come?

    "...by the time you get to read this, things would have really gone out of hand. I'm sorry we didn't have time to explain much to you. There was just so little time to explain so much. Sending you away to the facility was all part of the plan to keep you safe, far away from home. You mother and I saw this coming, but we couldn't disclose it to you earlier; you wouldn't have agreed to leave us. We want you to know that we love you so much, that was the very reason we did all this for you in the first place. It just saddens me that you had to learn the bitter truth the hard way; don't trust anyone, not even those you call friends."

    With sobs, she read through the letter. Sobs turned into cries, cries which could no longer be held back and could only now be heard as wails.

    "It's a cruel world out there. It doesn't matter whether you are feeble or strong, young or old. Jane dear, don't worry too much about us now; we are in better place. Just promise me you will take care of yourself. Protect yourself at all cost; don't let anyone take advantage of you. Promise me that as long at the tides break, you will remember this day, and that you will avenge our death and make our sacrifices count.

    Yours lovely, Granny and Mom."

    ©theo_a

  • reyjay 115w

    Forever young

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    Suatu hari.
    Menantikan pertemuan.

    Aku ingin tahu apakah dirinya
    Ingin kembali untuk bersama?

    Namun tidak lagi mengenalku,
    Sejak kulitku terbebas dari kerutan.

    Kapanpun ia memandang
    Wajah lamaku,

    Sudah jauh berbeda
    Serupa artis idolanya.

    Berpose dekat poster idolamu
    Kini terlihat semakin mirip dengannya

    Kapanpun seseorang memandang
    Wajah baruku,

    Aku akan tersenyum dan
    Selalu memberikan senyuman yang segar
    Seperti air yang tetap segar di lautan.

    Pelangi yang tetap indah berwarna-warni.
    Mentari yang tetap cerah bersinar.

    Mawar yang tetap cantik berbunga.
    Segarnya pucuk muda, nikmatnya kelapa muda,
    Aku ingin tetap selamanya muda.

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    ©reyjay

    '-'_@_