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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Panacea (Short Fiction)

  As he changed sides with much difficulty, it took me no time in sensing that his pain was acute and dissolved a part of him every moment. He opened his flaccid eyes and stared at me- a helpless being with disheveled hair, sitting near his bed. With bewildered expressions, I glanced at the window where grey-black clouds began teaming up, conspiring a storm. I shifted my glance at him and found him in a comatose sleep. After a few moments of peace, he got up with a jerk and blood drops fell from his swollen nose. He looked at me apologetically making tears gush out of my sleepless eyes. The decade long evening was stuck; it choked our breaths and suffocated us in an undesired moment. He closed his eyes and shivering like a helpless leaf in a wild storm, curled up some more.

  I went to the bathroom and stared at the red threads of my eyes that bound me with his suffering, providing a testimony to the turmoil rising slowly inside my blank mind. I sat on the wet floor and cried like a child abandoned in a swarm of cold and unknown faces and then, rushed straight towards the last drawer. Two drops sufficed in a cup of milk. Slowly, he drank a part and after some uneasy coughing and twisting, wagged his tail before closing his sunken old eyes. With a pounding heart, I heaped on him and clutched his limp body tightly. Despite noticing a certain comfort on his face after a long time, I could not help cursing myself.

  Some situations are crossroads where tough choices become inevitable; the grey gap between white and back merges and wrong becomes right and poison becomes the panacea... 


28 comments:

  1. At times like this we pray for better options :-( Sad and emotional piece :-(

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  2. A very sad story.it would have been extremely painful to put the dog to sleep.

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    1. Thanks a lot Nana. I am glad you liked it :)

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    1. Hi Rupasi

      Thanks a lot! I am glad you enjoyed reading it :)

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  4. Very touching. Very sad.

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    1. Hi SG

      Thanks a lot! I am glad it touched your heart :)

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  5. I dislike sad endings, but beautifully written!

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    1. Hi Anil

      Thanks a lot! I am happy you liked it :)

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  6. Heart-touching, Ankita.
    When we love someone too much, we can't see them suffer...

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    1. Hi Anita

      Thanks a lot! yes, very true :)

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  7. You captured the moment so well to image despite being a disturbing phase!
    Love has no differentiation

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    1. Hi Jeevan

      thanks a lot! I am glad you liked the post. yes, rightly said :)

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  8. It's quite powerful. As for wrong and right, we all have our own theories.

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    1. Hi Saru

      Thanks a lot! yes, I agree fully.

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  9. Nooooooooooooooooooooooo....:(
    This was heart wrenching.

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    1. Hi Red

      Thanks a lot! I am glad this touched your heart :)

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  10. What a story!
    Greatly woven thoughts.. sad.. yet well thought!

    Cheers

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    1. Hi Geetika

      Thanks a lot! I am glad you liked it :)

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  11. Felt tooo bad reading this. Such a debatable thing this panacea is !!
    U wrote it in such a profound way

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    1. Hi Afshan

      Thanks a ton! I am glad you enjoyed reading it :)

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  12. Very touching and saddening :(

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  13. Sad story, but very well written. Every sentence projects a picture in the reader's mind of what exactly happened - every single detail - body struggling, soul choking with pain and finally shown a path to attain peace.

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    1. Hi Charan

      Thanks a lot for liking the post! I am so glad you enjoyed the descriptions and the emotions :)

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