Surreal (Short story)

She lived in a surreal world. She hardly knew when she was dreaming and when she wasn’t. But about one thing she was sure. Her husband was trying to kill her.

It must be for that for pretty young thing he had got himself as a secretary. He wanted her out of the way. After all what had she managed to give him so far besides medical bills and headaches.

She wouldn’t let him do it; she would cling to life with every last ounce of strength she had left.

In the next room, her husband was talking to her doctor over the phone.

“I just cannot understand why she’s not getting any better. I’ve been giving her medicines regularly.” He sounded anxious.

Meanwhile she got out of bed, took the medicines he had neatly placed on her bedside table next to a glass of water and flushed them down the toilet.

Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone

  1. Karma For a Lapsed Veggie | AS I PLEASE
  2. Mad Hatter and I | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Ecclesiastical rocket | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Lime Plant in White | Exploratorius
  5. Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  6. Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone- The Psychological Fact of Living | Journeyman
  7. Coffee Neurotics Seem To Find Each Other and The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  8. The Twilight Zone | Hope* the happy hugger
  9. Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone | Under the Monkey Tree
  10. Wholesale Hot Dogs | the intrinsickness
  11. Surreal journey: Daily Prompt | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  12. Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone | The Wandering Poet
  13. Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  14. fandom | yi-ching lin photography
  15. DP Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone | Sabethville
  16. IN THE ZONE AND OUT AGAIN | SERENDIPITY
  17. in concert, there ought | y
  18. The Truth About Motherhood | theempathyqueen
  19. Pushing forty, going on sixteen… most of us anyway. | thoughtsofrkh
  20. Drunkenness Adventures | Knowledge Addiction
  21. You will meet a tall, dark, handsome stranger- again | Suddenly Single in Marin
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Journey of love

fort-point-archesShe was walking through the arches and in front of her was only darkness. She kept on walking even though she didn’t want to face the unknown. Not on her own at least.

Sarah woke up with a start. Why did she keep having this dream? She was drenched in sweat and her heart was racing. She looked over at her husband. Faisal was fast asleep, snoring lightly. He was not a bad looking man and he especially looked attractive when he smiled. She wished he would smile more often. Sarah lay down again to try to get some more sleep.

The next morning, Faisal got ready for office but instead of going there he stopped at the park around 15 minutes from his house. The park was more or less empty except for a few people on the jogging track. He sat down on a bench and waited. It was not long before he spotted Maria walking towards him. She wore a simple pink shirt with jeans and she looked as beautiful as ever.

Maria sat down next to Faisal without saying a word. After a moment’s silence she said,

“I only agreed to see you because I must tell you something. You’re married now and I’m not the sort of woman who will try to steal another’s happiness. We were not meant to be together otherwise it would have worked out. I want you to forget me and be happy with your wife”.

“But I don’t love her…”

“You will learn to love her as soon as you forget me. Please don’t try to contact me. I need to move on as well.”

“How can I possibly forget you?”

“You have to try. I have to go now. Goodbye.” Maria got up and walked off without looking back.

********************

When Faisal came home, Sarah had cooked dinner for him and was waiting for him.

“How was work?”

“Fine. I’m tired, I’m going to rest” he said without looking at the food lying on the table.

Sarah couldn’t understand why her husband acted so distant. Of course their wedding had been arranged but aren’t couples supposed to make an effort to know each other after they got married? No matter, she thought to herself, I’ll keep trying till I win him over.

A week later Faisal returned from work with a terrible headache and a bad throat. Over the next few days the fever kept him weak and on bed.

Sarah handed him a cup of herbal tea and asked him to sip it while it was hot. Faisal looked at his wife and for the first time noticed how beautiful her eyes were.

“I’ll prepare the water for inhalations. It will soothe your throat” she said to him.

After a few days when Faisal was feeling better he told his wife, “You haven’t been out at all these last few days, I’ll take you somewhere for dinner tonight.”

Over dinner they laughed and joked for the first time they had been together. Faisal noticed that his wife was very witty with a good sense of humor. And when she laughed you felt like laughing with her. Faisal noted in his mind that he should book tickets to Thailand soon. After all they had not even been on their honeymoon.

********************

Sarah was dreaming of the passageway with the arches again. She stood there facing the darkness. But suddenly she felt someone reaching out to her hand. She turned around and it was Faisal smiling at her. Yes, he did look handsome when he smiled. She walked ahead towards the unknown, but this time Sarah was not alone.

Weekly Writing Challenge: 1000 words

  1. 7 things about dealing with death | Never Stationary
  2. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | The Iridescent Bubble
  3. Weekly Writing Challenge – 1000 words – Lady Towards….. |
  4. Emptiness. | dream07young’s blog
  5. That Evening (Emptiness) | The Girl Who Speaks (To Herself)
  6. Traditional Meditation Techniques Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  7. Dancing with Fireflies
  8. A Day At The Lake | Fish Of Gold
  9. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words– SOLITARY TRAVELER | soumyav
  10. Contemplation | Wendy Karasin – Musings of a Boomer
  11. 1,000 Empty Words | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  12. Contemplation – Seeing the Big Picture | Deliberating Dave
  13. CREATIVITY: a DPchallenge entry | SustainableMamma
  14. Weekly Writing Challenge: Just Keep Swimming | Life of A Fallen Angel
  15. Stuck | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  16. 1000 Words/Weekly Writing Challenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  17. Peace | Abstractions of Life
  18. The crush | Master Of Disaster
  19. What’s in the darkness?? | Who Ate My Breadcrumbs?
  20. Or something | Started in Svolvaer: stories
  21. Love, Breath, Red Wine, Skin on Skin. | wordsandotherthings
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | imagination
  23. A writing challenge | EnjoyLife
  24. Crossroads | “Crone-ing”
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | khozo89
  26. Contemplation | SoulQuest
  27. The End Of The Tunnel | Where is my mind?
  28. DP Challenge: Carlos Santos Cardona | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  29. 1000 Words | Pritha’s pomes
  30. A thousand words describing my time spent locked in a bathroom. | meg lago
  31. Just Float | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  32. Weekly Writing Challenge | The Joy of Health Nutrition and Beauty
  33. Relaxation | Just Kassy
  34. Creativity:: Scary but Rewardin | Kat
  35. Contemplado La Vida | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  36. Being an Introvert that is Never Alone | Moments for the journey
  37. A bit about Bobby | tracycanhazblog
  38. Make your own story. ||challenge | Olá, viesi!
  39. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words– Contemplation | Purpose
  40. Weekly Writing Challenge: Emptiness |
  41. 1000 Words/Weekly Challenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  42. Empty Handed : Weekly Writing Challenge: Feb 3. 2014 | forgottenmeadows
  43. 1,000 Words | Para crear un bosque
  44. Breathtaking | Paper Plane Pilots
  45. WRAPPED IN PAPER | Serendipity
  46. Of Memories and Photographs | The Savorist
  47. Save the Reef Contemplation and Challenge | everytimedayforever
  48. Just Write That He Loved Her | The Seeker’s Dungeon
  49. His Colors Were Real | Growing Pages
  50. Journey of love | A mom’s blog
  51. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | life n me!
  52. Relaxation | anonymouslyconsidered
  53. More than meets the eye | Jordan Allison
  54. Recursive Universe | Sunday Epidemic
  55. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words: Emptiness ~ SHE ~ | heysugarsugar
  56. Emptiness | Finale to an Entrance
  57. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1000 words | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  58. 1000 Words: Relaxation. | Babbleogue
  59. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | The Wandering Poet
  60. Four Things I Learned From My Dog « Transforming Mommy
  61. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1000 Words | History of a Woman
  62. Yesterday | the intrinsickness
  63. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | Of Glass & Paper
  64. no one has yet | y
  65. Swimming, Crawling, Walking, Talking | An Upturned Soul
  66. Emptiness | Creating a New Life
  67. Weekly Writing Challenge: My Boy | AdsInfluence

Missing Dad

I’ll be roughly following the Zero to Hero assignments. But since I’m not a new blogger (I’ve been blogging for 5 months now) I’ll be adapting some of the assignments to my own requirements. Today we have been asked to write the post that was on our mind when we started the blog. Well, I would like to share with you what has been on my mind recently and I’m taking this opportunity to write it down.

We have a Fri/Sat weekend here in Dubai and this time I took my son to the big park to play. The plan was that he would play a bit then we would have a picnic at his snack time.

I was watching him play in the playground and I noticed that he wasn’t very interested. He was just going past the various swings and slides and it looked like he was searching for something more interesting. He went into another play area and there he found what he was looking for.

A dad was playing with his two daughters. He was chasing them in and around the playground. Both the girls were squealing in delight and thoroughly enjoying themselves. When my son saw this he tried to join them. He wanted the dad to chase after him as well. He was also trying to talk to him. The dad did humor him but of course was giving his own children more attention.

This broke my heart.

I realized that my son, even though he doesn’t say anything really misses his dad not being around. My husband works in another country and commutes on the weekend. Usually he is too tired or is still answering office calls and doesn’t get much time on the weekend to interact with our son. Normally it is left to me to entertain him.

I told my husband what I observed and he said he will make an extra effort to play with him. We are hoping that he changes his job or position soon so that we are together and see him during the week as well.

I don’t want my son having to chase after other kids’ dads.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of Years Past

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

27th Oct 2003: I open the curtains and the stunning view leaves me mesmerized. I stare out at the shimmering blue water against the backdrop of a green mountain. Could such beauty really exist? It’s my first trip to the Far East and I’m with my husband who I married a few days ago. It’s the first time we’re together but it doesn’t feel that way. The hesitation I felt in the beginning seems to have melted away.

Security Council, UN HQ, New York

Security Council, UN HQ, New York

10th May 2004: We are at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. We are standing outside wondering how to get in. My husband sends me forward as he thinks I look less of a Pakistani and therefore less suspicious. I get the details and we enter the building. A few hours and many photos later we stop by a McDonalds for lunch. We are touring the United States and have 3 weeks to see as much as we can. I have discovered that my husband loves seeing new places even though he is not too adventurous.

Langkawai Harbor

Langkawai Harbor

16th Nov 2005: We have rented a car to tour the small island of Langkawi in Malaysia. We have already been in the cable car and now we’ll see the rest of the sights by car. I ask my husband if I can drive the car too but he makes an excuse. I have learnt that he likes to be in charge and I don’t mind. I’ll just relax and enjoy the ride.

Isle de Brehat, Brittany, France

Isle de Brehat, Brittany, France

30th Sept 2006: I’m with my colleagues from Pakistan on training in France. We have a car to ourselves and each weekend we visit a new place. Brittany is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. But every night as I lie down to sleep, my heart aches. 5 weeks away from my husband is the longest separation I have had to bear. So this is what being in love feels like.

View from my hotel room, Cairo, Egypt

View from my hotel room, Cairo, Egypt

6th Nov 2007: I can see the Nile from the terrace of my hotel room. The night view is the most gorgeous I have seen. But my mind is thousands of miles away. I wait for my husband to call me. I want to tell him about the incredible room I’ve got. I know he’ll call exactly when he said he will. I know very well how punctual and organized he is. Having to travel without him is such a headache.

Nathiagali, Pakistan

Nathiagali, Pakistan

8th Mar 2009: We are holidaying in a mountain resort in Nathiagali in Pakistan. We have bought our first home together and cannot afford to make an international trip. It has been the biggest achievement of our lives. People take all their lives to build their own home. Although I also made a major contribution I have to say that my husband is the most hard-working man I have ever met.

Father and son fast asleep

Father and son fast asleep

19th Aug 2012: We are on a plane to Maldives for our first international trip with our son. He is old enough now for us to manage well. I have brought his jigsaw puzzles and his coloring pencils to keep him occupied.  But he soon grows bored and wants to go over to his dad. He snuggles up with him and they both fall asleep. I look at the two men in my life and I feel content.

23rd Dec 2013: There is only a day left for me to do our packing. Since we’re going by car I’m not too worried as there are no weight restrictions. But I should make a list of all of my son’s things as they will be the most in number. Toys, clothes, snacks, I really must make a list. I hope it’s not too cold and we can enjoy the beach. I’m sure we’ll have some good family time together. This time of the year is always exciting for me, the end of the year and the start of a new year. A time of hope, reflection and gratitude. It will be the last vacation of the year but God willing there are many more exciting times to come.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of Years Past

  1. Weekly Writing Challenge Response (December 23rds) | starlightfire
  2. This time last year… | Home’s Cool!
  3. As you grow older, your Christmas list gets smaller; the things you really want for the holidays can’t be bought | Never Stationary
  4. A Year Ago Today | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  5. Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past | hippiebitch420
  6. A Theeivening to remember | booksdragonsanddietcoke
  7. Recruiting Minors Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  8. Christmas B & E | Fish Of Gold
  9. The Year I Turned 18 and Met the Messiah | jackiefoxdotnet
  10. Family Ghosts on Roots Day | humblegenealogy
  11. ‘tis three days before christmas | Musings of a Random Mind
  12. Ghosts of December 23rds Past | On Being a Homegirl
  13. Ghosts of December 23rds Past – The Poetic Take | writingequalspassion
  14. Emily’s December 23rd | emilykarn
  15. Ghosts Who Sing | My Play Nook
  16. Ghosts @ HX | HX Report
  17. Weekly Writing Challenge | December 23, 2003 | House of Farts
  18. Ghosts of December 23rds Past | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  19. Christmas in the Pacific Northwest – The Christmas Tree – 2012 | Chasing Rabbit Holes
  20. One Year From Today | lifewithgreeneyes
  21. Festive Reflection | Getting Nowhere Fast
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past | imagination
  23. The Day That Changed Her. | Babbleogue
  24. The December Twenty-thirds of My Dis-belief | A Wild One Within
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge: Twas the night before… | Life of a Fallen Angel
  26. Chapters of Christmas Past | Mary J Melange
  27. Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past, Or: The Christmas Cancellation | polymathically
  28. Galloping Through the Mists of Time | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  29. Stock taking on Dec. 23 | Minnesota Transplant
  30. A Good Date (Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past) | Mod with Love
  31. Ghosts of December 23rds Past (WW Challenge) | Ruminations & Observations
  32. Ghosts of December 23rds Past (Or, Boy Do I Love My Life) | Laughing Through Life
  33. December 23, 2005 | johnautry24
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Ghosts of December 23rds Past | Stories for the Heart
  35. ghosts of december | yi-ching lin photography
  36. there are decembers | y
  37. 23 Desember 2 atau 3 tahun lalu | semangat! (coba-coba)

When forgiving is the only option

Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them.

Imagine this scenario: Your wedding invitations have been sent, your clothes are ready and your salon appointments have been made. Your husband to be is to arrive the day before.

He doesn’t turn up. He doesn’t call. Instead his relatives call you to tell you that he won’t be coming. What do you do?

Somehow I found it in my heart to forgive him. The only regret I had at that time was that I never got the chance to give him hell. I really had some things I wanted to say to him.

The only reason I forgave him was that deep down inside I knew he was not the one for me. My brother and sister had kept trying to convince me of this but I wouldn’t listen. Sometimes it happens that you know you’re going the wrong path and you keep going and hoping that circumstances will pull you out.

I am not normally the type who forgives easily at least not without having my say. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” would aptly describe me. But in this case this guy had actually done me a favor by not showing up. What would have happened if the wedding had gone through? A lifelong of misery? Probably.

What also helped was that just a short while later I was introduced to my husband. He was the balm on my wounds. That was 10 years ago.

Do I still think about why that person did that to me? Yes sometimes I do wonder what prompted him to back out in the way he did. Some years after I was married, one of his cousins came to work in the same office as I was. I hated seeing her because it would remind me of him and his venomous family. But I always made it a point to be civil to her.

To forgive is the easy part, to forget, well that’s another story.

Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget

  1. Repentance: Daily Post | Destino
  2. Forgiveness And Redemption Are Instinctive | The Jittery Goat
  3. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | M.W. Alvarez
  4. Father Forgive Them | Finale to an Entrance
  5. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | waldina
  6. She Let Go | Misifusa’s Blog
  7. Forgive and forget : Never Guilty | Now Have At It!
  8. daily prompt: forgive and forget | aimans…..
  9. Wronged . . . But, It’s All Right | meanderedwanderings
  10. Alice called me a … | Jolie Michele
  11. Where were You – the Power of Forgiving | A Teacher’s Blog from Land’s End
  12. Forgive, Forget, Repent? | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  13. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget | James’s Journal
  14. Forgiveness | Kate Murray
  15. The Blank Wall | Flowers and Breezes
  16. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Melissa Holden
  17. S. Thomas Summers | The Wisdom of Trolls (Part IV)
  18. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget « Mama Bear Musings
  19. But I didn’t forget | Journey to Wholeness
  20. What to forgive exactly? | Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Reunion
  21. Forgive, Forget, Repent. | Hope* the happy hugger
  22. Forgive and forget never | crookedeyebrows
  23. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | kimmiecode 🙂
  24. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  25. See the Mirror | Dreams to Reality !
  26. Daily Prompt; Forgive and Forget? | sixty, single and surviving
  27. Daily Prompt: Forgive and forget? | divorced doodling
  28. Forgive and forget | Sue’s Trifles
  29. FORGIVE ME MARY | Ronnie’s Blog
  30. Daily Prompt: Still Trying to Forget | One Starving Activist
  31. Don’t be Trapped by Bitterness | A Change-N-Me
  32. Forgive… and forget? | The Birds Inside My Head…
  33. Forgiveness (and Peace) Begin With Me
  34. Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget? | Angry Fish Rants
  35. Forgive and Forget? | Geek Ergo Sum

Imperfections

Who is the person in your life who can do no wrong? Describe this person and tell us why you hold them in such high esteem.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PRECIOUS.

There are many people in my life that I hold in high esteem, but it’s not because they can do no wrong.

Someone who does no wrong is probably someone who does nothing!

My family and my husband’s family are all precious to me. They have been there for me for every up and down in my life, they have supported me and loved me. Sure they all have their faults, everyone does, but I cannot do without them.

They can be irritating, indifferent and biased at times but they give me security, make me feel wanted and alive.

Their imperfections perfectly fit into my life.

Daily Prompt: My Precious

  1. #52 | Behind The Forms
  2. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: My Precious – Vinay Sir
  3. Daily Prompt: My Precious | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. of power games « Anawnimiss
  5. Everything I Own Has Alittle Bit of Doghair On It | Katherine’s Daughter
  6. Precious | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  7. Precious | The Magic Black Book
  8. Daily Prompt: My Precious | Awl and Scribe
  9. Precious | for the joy of tiff
  10. Love’s Invitation | Musings from a practical mystic
  11. precious | yi-ching lin photography
  12. How Does Evolution Explain Trust And Spirituality? | The Jittery Goat
  13. i worry, and i don’t | y
  14. Mmm. Hobbit porn. (NO! Filthy self, shut up.) | thoughtsofrkh
  15. Precious imperfection | alienorajt
  16. My Precious | Geek Ergo Sum
  17. Winter Wonderland | Blue Loft
  18. To My Dear and Loving Husband | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  19. Three Categories | The Number FiftyTwo
  20. My Precious | Active Army Wife
  21. My Life Partner ! | Dreams to Reality !
  22. 232. The Precious One | Barely Right of Center
  23. Imagination or Utopia | crookedeyebrows
  24. A Letter: | ♥Barb’s Magical Land Of Oz♥
  25. In The Highest Esteem | Stuphblog
  26. Daily Prompt: My Precious – The One You Love | L5GN
  27. Structure | johnny ojanpera
  28. High Esteem – Not | Hope* the happy hugger
  29. The Lurker’s List | My Precious
  30. My Precious | ART BLOG
  31. Dolce Far Niente – Sweet Doing Nothing | An Upturned Soul
  32. One of My Babies Has Fur & Bad Breath | The Pinterested Parent
  33. Pedestals are for Works of Art
  34. Life Has Precious Moments Take, Enjoy When You Can | Kansa Muse
  35. Daily Prompt: My Precious « Mama Bear Musings
  36. THE ARCHANGEL OF LIFE | soumyav
  37. Daily Prompt: My Precious | Nicki
  38. Daily Prompt: My Precious | osvaldomontanares
  39. Closer to the Sun | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  40. My Mama… | Haiku By Ku
  41. Yellow Orchid | Exploring the world
  42. osvaldomontanares
  43. Bro’s before… | I am Lynn
  44. My Precious | lifewithgreeneyes
  45. DAILY POST: OUR MOST PRECIOUS FUR CHILD | SERENDIPITY
  46. Daily Prompt: My Precious | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  47. Together | The Mockingbird in Me
  48. Precious (or Mother) | Finale to an Entrance
  49. My Precious, My Bestfriend | The Story of a Guy
  50. Daily Prompt: My Precious | kimmiecode 🙂
  51. Imperfect | Life is great
  52. Nurturing Thursday: Blessings Abound! | Light Words
  53. Precious Tigeress | The Artistic Nobody
  54. Thursday Thought | Tommia’s Tablet
  55. Precious |
  56. She’s Precious. Enough Said. | Momma Roars
  57. Precious Children? Bah, Humbug | Parents Are People Too
  58. Daily Prompt: My Precious | And then you’re at Jax
  59. Precious: Daily Post | Destino

Friday Fictioneers: Remembrance

adamickes-childsboots

She remembered how she would watch her son play in the garden. He would jump in the puddles in his brown boots and dirty his trousers but she didn’t mind. The look on his face was worth it.

She had kept all his old things in a trunk; everything from those boots to his toy cars and every drawing he ever made.

Each year near the holidays he would promise her that he would visit but he never came. It was that time again. The phone rang; it was him telling her he couldn’t make it.

It was time to take out the trunk again.

This story has been written for Friday Fictioneers.