The strange dream house!

“The A&B Building was made entirely from driftwood.” My grandmother informed me, pulling me closer. “And it would crop out of nowhere overnight at any secluded area and lure innocent victims inside,” she informed. She warned me never to venture inside such buildings as strange things happened there.

I believed her every word but forgot the warning. I earnestly wished to enter that driftwood house so that I could see those ‘strange things’.

One day, as I was playing along the beach near my home, I saw the driftwood building materialise near the shore. My parents were talking so I just slipped away. I entered the inviting house.  And was I delighted? It was every child’s dream house. I played on and on and ate and ate….

After a while, when I missed home.  I looked for an exit and walked out of the house. To my horror, the world had changed and I had grown very old!

This story is a part of the wonderful ‘Mondays Finish The Story Challenge’ by Barbara Beacham. She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence, and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our story. To take up the challenge click hereMFtS

The blessed soul of Lucy Gray

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“The cemetery spread along the area known as Devils Abode.” People believed that the entire stretch was haunted.

But actually, the Devil lived there!

Contrary to popular belief, the devil was a perfect gentleman. His task was to aid God in finding pure souls by luring away the sinners. It was his duty to be mean and conniving, so that only the best could reach God.

In the last few centuries, Hell had been a crowded place. And the good-bad balance was going haywire. And then along came Lucy Gray!

The child had died in a snowstorm while looking for her mother. The seven deadly sins had failed to lure her soul into hell for her faith was deep.

Now, it was His duty to tempt her.

But He felt He was fighting a lost battle for a change. To His relief, He was no match to the simple little girl’s pure soul. Lucy belonged to nature and God.

(This week’s response to Mondays Finish the Story is a tribute to one of my favourite poems Lucy Gray or Solitude by William Wordsworth. It is a great work in ballad form emanating purity and devotion. The poem is about Lucy Gray who got lost in snow storm while looking for her mother. My story is a fictionalised account of her life after death. You can read the poem here – Lucy Gray )

This story is a part of the wonderful ‘Mondays Finish The Story Challenge’ by Barbara Beacham. She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence, and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our story. To take up the challenge click here – MFtS

The eye that can see right through you!

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I see absolutely everything. Even you, dear reader, I see you as clearly as you see me. I am not just a usual picture prompt for a story idea. I am real!

Come, look deep into my eye, and you will know all about yourself. You will be able to see where and what went wrong or right in your life and more – the little secrets that you have been hiding deep within you.

You will see yourself in all your nakedness. Yes, it will take guts to see yourself in that ‘undiluted form of truth’…so different from what others or even you think of yourself!

For, I am the eye of conscience. Nothing can escape me! Not even a little detail.

To look or not to look, it’s always your choice. But believe me, your life will be much straighter if you dare to see!

This story is a part of the wonderful ‘Mondays Finish The Story Challenge’ by Barbara Beacham. She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence, and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our story. To take up the challenge click hereMFtS

Zeus and Indra

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“Zeus was not having a good day and he made sure everyone knew it”. He had just returned to Mt Olympus from the court of Indra, the Hindu God of thunder. Indra had incited his wrath.

Zeus had fallen in love with Maneka, one of the nymphs at Indra’s court and wanted to woo her. But Indra challenged him instead…to beat him at the show of lightning. This infuriated Zeus. He was mightier than Indra, had more Gwitter and Godbook following and was feared by all.

But He knew that Indra’s court was resplendent with riches and beauties. Also, Indra was a great strategist and knew the art of conniving.

However, Zeus was obsessed with the lovely Maneka. He sent a blinding lightning and thunder on Earth signalling the beginning of the show. Indra answered with a more powerful lightning that roused people from sleep. The clash of Gods had begun and the lesser mortals had a sleepless night ahead!

This story is a part of the wonderful ‘Mondays Finish The Story Challenge’ by Barbara Beacham. She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence, and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our story. To take up the challenge click here: Mondays Finish the Challenge

The Bard and the Lady

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 “What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive,” wrote Shakespeare by the River Thames, as he created the character of Lady Macbeth. The evil woman would instigate her husband to kill King Duncan and usurp the throne. But the tangled web of her conscience would never let her be in peace.

However, the line did not fit in the play properly. Shakespeare furrowed his brow and discarded the page.

What he did not know was a smitten Lady had been watching him everyday. Soon after the Bard left, she picked the torn page for keepsake. The precious quote filled her with admiration for him!

Years later, Sir Walter Scott held that same paper handed down to him through generations. He incorporated the precious quote in his work ‘Ivanhoe’.

(This is entirely a fictional account on the origin of this popular quote. The only truthful part in the story is the fact that the quote is indeed a part of ‘Ivanhoe’ by Sir Walter Scott.)

This story is a part of the wonderful ‘Mondays Finish The Story Challenge’ by Barbara Beacham. She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence, and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our story. To take up the challenge click here: Mondays Finish the Challenge