The Veil 

word count: 100

By Neel Anil Panicker

Some people are a closed door__the one that comes securely fastened in adamantine steel chains.

Aunt Anjali was one such character.

Far from talking about her, it was taboo to even take her name.

I remember an incident from childhood when everyone including our extended clan swarmed around grandmother’s bed.

Someone had inserted cotton balls into her nose.

I nudged Mamma inquiring about the woman in white at the corner.

“Why don’t you ask Papa?”

I had never heard her speak in that tone.

That was the day a ten year old learned that certain questions come laden with answers.


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21 thoughts on “neelwrites/fridayfictioneers/theveil/23/11/2016

  1. A lesson learned. Nicely done.

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  2. Dear Neel,

    I’d be curious about Aunt Anjali, too. I have to wonder what answers were given the ten-year-old. Well done.



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    1. Thanks Rochelle. The fact about certain dirty family secrets that are kept under wraps. A scandal, perhaps.


    2. Thank you dear Rochelle. Maybe due to circumstances some ten year olds mature faster than others. After all man is but a product of his circumstances. As to what secrets did he lay upon it all just a matter of conjecture and therein lies the mystery of it all.


  3. michael1148humphris

    I did wondered if the lady in white was a ghost, and if so, was she carrying a adamantine chain.


    1. I deliberately kept it a white just to give a surreal feel to what is otherwise some really scandalous family secret.


  4. Dale

    Now we’re all curious about Aunt Anjali!


    1. Yes, even me too and I guess that is the purpose of a flash –to leave a slight element of mystery, isn’t it?

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  5. Ah you had me fooled. I thought it was a ghost, too. Good one.


  6. gahlearner

    Oh, this is very intriguing. Children can spin the most adventurous stories out of such family secrets. I’m a bit sorry for Aunt Anjali.

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    1. Oh, that’s true for they have the most vivid of imaginations and can quickly put two and two together. About Aunt Alkali, I will have to keep it at that_ a bit of a mystery does no harm anyways.

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    2. Yes, me too. Thanks for the appreciation. Some children learn and how.

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  7. This is intriguing. So much unanswered that we need to know!


  8. Love this, especially ‘questions laden with answers’


    1. Thanks Ceayr. I shall always look forward to your genuine comments as it would help me to hone my craft further. Much appreciated.


    1. yes, maybe, life’s like that.

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  9. or perhaps some questions are better left unanswered.

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  10. I wonder if there are any questions to fit the answers…


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