Time for another entry in Friday Fictioneers challenge, courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. If you want to give it a try, check the info on her blog. 100 words more or less, inspired by a photo, here we go….

PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Potter

PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Potter

HELL AND BACK   (100 words)

By Neel Anil Panicker

“Rafiq Shah, age 35, resident of Baramulla, Kashmir, is found not guilty of laying bombs leading to the deaths of 62 innocents on October 29, 2005. He is to be set free”.

Hobbling on one foot, Rafiq peeps out through his window, gazing with half-sunken eyes at the snowy umbrella outside.

‘Will the honourable judge also return his youth, help erase twelve hellish years of belt beatings, rod insertions and urine drinking sessions? Will he restore him his paradise?’

Watching glistening snowflakes as they feather dropped on silent homes, the former student of Arabic literature broke into a half smile.

©neelanilpanciker2017 #fiction # shortstory #100words

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32 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/FF/100words/23/02/2017

  1. Dear Neel.

    Your story brought me to tears. Even after what he went through, the story ends on a note of hope. Beautifully written.



    PS One little nitpick…”Hobbling on one feet…” feet is plural. It should be ‘hobbling on one foot’ (Pesky English…my full admiration to anyone writing in a language that’s not their first.)

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    • Oops! I slight oversight. You can take it from that English is my first and in fact only language.
      I am glad my story moved you to tears. It was a tale waiting to be told and happy it struck the right emotional chord. Thanks, dear Rochelle, for your appreciation.


    • Yes, in fact that is the reality in several states in India and other Asian countries as well. Without fail, jail without bail. I would like to believe that Rafiq doesn’t turn bitter and turns over a new leaf and begins life anew minus all the bitterness and the pain. Thanks Dale for your wonderful appreciation. You keep the writer in me going.

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