NETHERWORLD    (words 169)


This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yarnspinner. Thank you Yarnspinner!

By Neel Anil Panicker

Some memories simply refuse to let go, clinging on, hopelessly, much like leeches slowly sucking away the blood off its victims, all this long after the denizens who gave birth to them have left the earthly firmament.

Like an albatross around one’s neck, they then proceed to knife through fragile guilt-ridden hearts, tearing and shredding to tiny bits life’s tender fabrics.

Reena too is battling one such memory. Her days and nights are subsumed by an avalanche of long orphaned emotions that threaten to tear asunder the very fabric of her existence.

Ever since Edwin’s suicide (though some would term that a murder!) not a single waking moment  has passed by without her being sucked into the dark abysses of hell, a bottomless pit where every breath is a curse, every moment of sanity just one more step towards an  inevitable end.

There is no escaping this madness, she knows…except.

As she ties the saree’s end to the ceiling fan above, redemption, for her, is but a foot away.

©neelanilpanicker2017 #fiction #shortstory #FFfAW

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21 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/FFfAW/169WORDS/05/04/2017

  1. you describe the painful memories so vividly, well done Neel!


  2. A lot said in so few words, very powerful, well done 👍🏼


  3. ‘A bottomless pit’ were the first words that came to mind, but I had used the title somewhere else. This is pensive, with strong imagery.


    1. Yes, a bottomless pit indeed. Thanks Reena.


  4. I like the way you’ve interpreted this prompt, treating it as the mood. Nice write but I feel sad for her.


    1. Yes, i too feel the same. Thanks for the appreciation

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Such a sad, dismal story that goes well with the photo prompt! Too bad that Reena felt she had no other choice but to end her life like Edwin. Great story, Neel!


    1. Yes, a bit bad though. Thanks PJ for your appreciation.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Powerful work Neel…you described a negative state of mind very well!


  7. A long drop and a sudden stop. I loved the phrase “long orphaned emotions.”


  8. michael1148humphris

    I hope the ceiling fan stalls

    Liked by 1 person

  9. You are a wonderfully descriptive writer. Loved your story.


    1. I am elated by your wonderfully energizing comments. Thank you so much, Rosemary.


    2. Thanks a lot. I will now go and check your writings. Hope to stay in touch, Rose.


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