NOT YET OUT
By Neel Anil Panicker
“An array of court cases, long standing acrimony, massive hush hush private settlements and what have you___you seem to have gotten things all wrong in your chequered existence on Planet Earth”, chuckled old man Stephen as he looked at his childhood buddy Tom.
The two nonagenarians were seated on a rickety wooden bench in a secluded corner that encircled their abode “Home of the Elderly & Destitute”.
Tom’s eyes wrinkled as he turned towards his shallow heavily crisscrossed face towards his friend, offering no more than a benign smile in return.
The two stood there, staring into the others’ eyes, their silences speaking louder than any number of words would ever be able to do.
Above them, the faint drone of a aircraft whizzing slipped through the wedges of the gulmohar trees’ leaves even as the distant cacophony of kids playing and screaming their lungs out and the hullabaloo of everyday rush hour traffic made for an eclectic acoustic melange, all vying for for the duo’s aural attentions.
Unfazed, the two sat there, absolutely immobile and oblivious to the world they had lived and left behind ala two teddy bears
____bedraggled and beyond any value, but still, delectably cuddly.
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