Tears stained her pillow as her hollow screams were silenced. She turned and looked around her room looking for something that would occupy her mind and stop her from crying. She lay down on her now moist pillow and clutched her bed sheet tight and gritted her teeth, willing herself to stop crying. Slowly, her body relaxed and she took a couple of deep breaths as she realised she’d stopped crying. A few gasps escaped her lips as she steadied her breathing and sat up at the edge of her bed. “Tasha!” called out her mother’s cheerful voice from downstairs, “Dinner’s ready.” She sighed, wondering how her mother was never aware of what she was feeling, “Coming!” cried out her hoarse voice in reply.
Alaya was walking back to her place after a tiresome day at work. As she turned onto a street, she heard a noise from behind but found no one thereupon turning around. Shrugging her shoulders and shaking her head, she believed it to be a figment of her imagination and continued on her way. As Alaya turned onto her street, a dimly lit one with just a few houses, she was startled hearing footsteps following her but no one was there. Not thinking much of it, she entered her house hurriedly and continued with her routine. Even when she was trying hard not to think much of the sound of the footsteps, her mind continually wandered off to that very thought. After tossing and turning well into the night, she fell into a deep slumber.
I was always perceived as the envoy of malice; ostracised by everyone and even berated by my own family because I was the child of a prophecy. Unlike everyone else, I was the only one that had to fear my ‘gift’. However, I never felt the true gravity of my situation, until their death. As I took the faces, the stature, the voice, and everything from the people, they slowly vanished from the face of the earth. And the worst part about this unusual murder spree was the fact that I couldn’t have stopped it right at the beginning.
(Trigger Warning: Suicide, Injurious Behaviour) This is what happened. Lilith arrived on the island at 3.47 pm and her watch stopped working. The little hand kept trying to move but it felt like something was holding it back, which made it return to that same exact time. It shouldn’t have been weird, but it was […]
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Cold. The cold reminded me of Georgetown, my previous home. Chilly, vindictive and unforgiving. It has been six years since the incident but my memory of it seems as fresh as if it had happened just yesterday. Moving past the heavily guarded mahogany doors, I entered the room. A grand crystal chandelier hung from the […]
“I have decided, I am gonna quit. I am done with this job. I am done for good”, said a completely exhausted and irritated Mia. It had been 2 years since Mia had started working as an editorial assistant at BookLords, one of the most sought after publishing houses in Luxembourg. “WHAT?” was the immediate […]
The caw of the crows rang in my ears as I sat on the rock, Physics book in my hand. I have always wondered what it would’ve been like if Thomas Edison was from my village. He definitely would’ve made sure one of his first made bulbs was installed in one of the houses here. […]
Ten-year-olds usually don’t know much about divorce. Parents tend to keep it hush hush, some try to avoid the topic while others make up some story about how Dad needs to go live on a farm for a bit. Regardless, the word is taboo and yet, the entirety of Bloomsdale Elementary School knew when the […]