MY BROKEN HEART By Neel Anil Panicker No, the door  is not unhinged, I am. You damaged it, smashed it with your big strong boots; you despicable brute. You’re the reason why I’m closeted in my room, cowering inside my drawer, my heartbeats a turnstile, gasping for each single breath. I know what Aunt Mercy … Continue reading neelwrites/mybrokenheart/shortstory/flashfiction/16/01/2019


…LOOSE ENDS By Neel Anil Panicker Three years, three months, and thirteen days, and look where I am. Here, on the stairs, third from the landing, half naked, shivering like one he’ll of a frightened chicken. Chicken, yes, that’s what I am, that’s what my sorry, sordid life has been relegated to since… Since when? … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/shortstory/16/01/2019


HUNGRY BODIES, HUNGRIER SOULS By Neel Anil Panicker As the log burnt, embers  crackled and  lit the night sky. Amba cupped her warm fingers against her cheeks. Then drank the brew she’d made. Centurion Granny was  the sobriquet the street urchins had honoured her with. She didn’t mind. It was  a promotion from ‘street kid’. … Continue reading neelwrites/twitteringtales/embers/16/01/2018


THE BAIT By Neel Anil Panicker  At first they thought it was something magical. A moving glazed silhouette, a pearly white apparition on the horizon. Soon, they began to give it a name. Wheel, box,  frame…so it continued. “Why does it look like it were twilight”? shrieked Bunny. “It depends. Could be the afternoon sun’s … Continue reading neelwrites/thebait/FFfAW/shortstory/fiction/175words/15/01/2019