Sunday Photo Fiction – May 5, 2019

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By Neel Anil Panicker

Rashid Khan was drunk, drunk to the gills.

Drunk enough not to realise that the day had long ago slipped into night and that he was the sole person in the bar that now resembled a bombed out war zone.
The corner table abutting the  window and the garden beyond was his fiefdom___there he lay, like a bloated pig, his bulbous head kissing the wooden top, arms, legs, torso all hanging around in different directions ala used pellets post a long battle.

And battle it was that he was waging.

A losing battle against the bottle.

Outside, oblivious to his plight, the tall pines poked at the clouds as angry gusts of wind lashed against rickety  roofs tops, columns of shingles shaking and flapping in fear, ever in danger of spiraling away like dead leaves.

Just as the trees trembled and the earth began to rumble, and the skies above roared in anger, inside the roadside inn, and deep inside Rashid’s sloshed brain, the demons began to take form.

Long snoots, long limbed, eyes, two massive and flickering football stadiums vapour lamps, a face that was a cross between a dinosaur and a Neanderthal man, thick bushy jet black hairs on loosened broken skin and eight monstrous legs____the horrific forms invaded his landscape and scooped out his brains, and then began to swallow in full the wasted remains of his body.
One more night, Rashid lay dead, counting his last gasping breaths, desperately hoping against hope for the day to rescue him from the clutches of the night, to force lift him from the dungeons of darkness, from the bottomless pit his wretched life had fallen into.
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9 thoughts on “neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/05/05/2019

  1. What a sorry state he found himself in and not for the first time I guess. Hopefully, something will happen to rid him of his demons.

    Keith’s Ramblings is but a click away!

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  2. Yes, hopefully he will be able to crawl out of his inner hell hole and see light and experience happiness. Thanks Keith.


  3. I hope he wins his battle against those inner demons. We all have them to one extent or the other. Well described, Neel.

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  4. Abhijit Ray

    Rashid Khan is drinking during day time. He certainly is in trouble. Alcohol Anonymous!

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    1. Sure enough, looks like pretty soon would be his most likely destination.


  5. JIngs, Neel, this a powerful and bleak piece indeed.

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