The wooden benches in her garden had remained vacant for too long. Sita missed her children and the extremely naughty, noisy bunch of grandchildren. The restrictions prevented her extended family from visiting and transforming her home into a hive of activity. This tiny tale was written in response to the June 23rd #1MinFiction Challenge hosted by … Continue reading The empty-nester – a tiny tale
Hey, you! That's right. You, HOOMAN, why are you staring at me like that? I am sitting here, basking in the sun and trying to enjoy a perfectly lazy day. Oh, and in case you were wondering, I had nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with that missing gold fish. Between you and me though, I … Continue reading Mr. Cat’s Adventures – a tiny tale
When she felt the stress of reality suffocate her, her small balcony garden provided her with much-needed peace and tranquility. (20 words)This post was written in response to the Twenty-Word Tuesday: Week 34 prompt. Thank you, Bulbul for hosting this challenge. The challenge is to weave a tale in exactly 20 words based on the given … Continue reading Balcony garden – a tiny tale
Taking a walk along the beach, with his faithful dog Bosco by his side had been one of his favourite pastimes. Together, they would watch as the rays of sunlight chased the darkness and spread throughout. Even after his master's untimely death, Bosco kept their tradition alive. This tiny tale was written in response to … Continue reading Chasing sunrises – a tiny tale
Mama Duck was not having a good day or even a good week for that matter. Only a week ago, she had been ecstatic because her eggs were finally hatching!While she attended to her hungry newborns, her attention was momentarily diverted when the last egg hatched. And the last duckling imprinted on Mama Hen instead … Continue reading The runaway duckling – a tiny tale
Grew up listening to grandma's stories. Little did she imagine that one day she would be a best-selling author herself. (20 words)This post was written in response to the Twenty-Word Tuesday: Week 33 prompt. Thank you, Bulbul for hosting this challenge. The challenge is to weave a tale in exactly 20 words based on the given … Continue reading Destiny – a tiny tale
She always turned to her storybooks to escape her own harsh reality. Life seemed much better in the fictional world. (20 words)This post was written in response to the Twenty-Word Tuesday: Week 33 prompt. Thank you, Bulbul for hosting this challenge. The challenge is to weave a tale in exactly 20 words based on the given … Continue reading Escape from reality – a tiny tale
"Oh no, the klutz is back and he is back with a bang", Michael told Sara as they went to inspect the source of the rather loud crash. The newly-landed object was nothing like anything they had ever seen before. It was definitely NOT food! Though the klutz did drop bits and crumbs of his … Continue reading tiny tale #82: A Needle In A Haystack
As the planets aligned in a syzygy above them, The star-crossed lovers parted ways Their careers and family pulled them apart Their love was too fragile to survive the attack. This post was written in response to the Weekend Writing Prompt. The Weekend Writing Prompt is hosted by Sammi on her blog - Sammi Cox. … Continue reading tiny tale #79: Star-crossed
The sky was overcast with dark clouds that threatened to drive the Sun away before his appointed hour of departure. Ananya was still a long way from home. A sudden fear dislodged her heart and took its place. Her heart was beating loudly in protest that she wondered if it was pounding against her ribs, … Continue reading tiny tale #75: Something Dark This Way Comes
Aditi and Arjun were more than a handful to manage. Ayesha loved her twin babies but sometimes they drove her crazy. Today, they wanted to try the huge slide that was a new addition to their neighbourhood park. As always, Ayesha fell for their puppy dog eyes and the three set off to the park. … Continue reading tiny tale #73: When push comes to shove
Ayesha stared at the faded recipe. Was it 1tbsp of salt or 1tsp? Cooking always confused her! (17 words) This tiny tale was written in response to the Sammi Cox's Weekend Prompt. The challenge is to write a poem or piece of prose using the word "Fade" (or any of its forms) in exactly 17 … Continue reading tiny tale #72: Confused
"Mike, the tile is leaking. Fix it.""You can fix it too, Donnie.""I'll fix it as soon as you fix the fence, Mike. It's the first thing that people notice about our house!""Didn't you get the memo, Donnie? People are staying in their homes! Nobody is going to come and look at our fence now.""Suppose somebody … Continue reading tiny tale #71: Locked horns
"Argh, this damn thing..", Nia could have swore but that would have earned her a reproachful look. "It's okay, Nia. You just have to focus. Let it be the only thing that's on your mind.", Grandma Agnes guided her grandchild. "I'm trying, granny. Can you please be quiet! I can't focus when I'm speaking to … Continue reading tiny tale #70: Operation focus
They were extremely proud of the new observatory. One-of-a-kind, unparalleled technology. They had every reason to be proud. But the shiny, silver dome proved to be their Achilles heel. What was meant to monitor their extra-terrestrial neighbours had ended up attracting them instead! (280 characters) This post was written in response to the Twittering Tale … Continue reading tiny tale #67: Pride goes before a fall 😦
I'd like to remind you that the following is a work of fiction. It's a conversation between a dad and his little girl.What's that creature, daddy?Oh, this one? That's a green sea turtle, Mia.A tuurrtlle?Turtle, darling. Sadly, we rarely get to see them anymore. Scientists even fear that they might be extinct.Extind? What's that, daddy?Remember … Continue reading tiny tale #66: What’s that creature, daddy?
The noise had scared Nia. Armed with her flashlight and pepper spray, she set off to probe. She had turned off the kitchen light! Now it was on! She saw the thief with her cake and screamed. The thief just laughed. It was her absentee flatmate who had returned for a midnight dessert! (280 characters) … Continue reading tiny tale #63: Is there a thief in the house?
Amy's mama had always told her to stay away from the "thing". It was her father's last invention... before he disappeared. That fateful day, she disobeyed her mama and twiddled with the "thing". All of a sudden, the "thing" sprung to life. Amy was stunned to see her long-lost father! (280 characters) So what so … Continue reading tiny tale #60: Amy’s mischief!
He struggled to drag himself behind the thick bush. He had to remain hidden at any cost. The flaming arrow didn't kill him. Yet, it ensured that he won't fly for a while. He couldn't die at the hands of a human, like the others. He was the last of his kind - the sole … Continue reading tiny tale #56: Hide and seek!
Although the flight was turbulent, the landing wasn't. Clutching their oxygen tanks, the passengers set out to explore their new abode. The round, white spacecraft stood out in sharp relief against the barren, rocky terrain. Earth was too far gone to be saved. Now, it was Mars' turn. (280 characters) This post was written in … Continue reading tiny tale #54: New beginnings!
Google Maps casually alerted her that the usual 15 min ride to work would now be much longer, all thanks to the damn traffic. She took a look at the gridlock that showed no sign of resolving any time soon. Good thing she rode a bicycle to work. The cycle lane wasn't so congested! (280 … Continue reading tiny tale #53: Bumper to bumper!
Below them, the rushing floodwaters raged and roared, leaving a muddy, crumbling mess in its wake. Stunned into silence, they watched helplessly as the water level continued to rise. They were trapped. "Look, look! It's a chopper!" The tired, trembling crowd heaved a collective sigh. (280 characters) Author's Note: On a personal note, this story … Continue reading tiny tale #51: The light at the end of the tunnel
He had always had a thing for film cameras. He was immune to all the charms of the digital age. He bought film rolls by the dozen. He claimed that his Kodak camera rarely (read: never) let him down. His love of photography was the only thing that was untouched by his Alzheimer's. (280 characters) … Continue reading tiny tale #50: A stroll down memory lane…
Sarah ignored her arthritis and soldiered on. It was her granddaughter Mia's birthday. Mia loved the cookies. Sarah couldn't wait to surprise Mia! Unknown to Sarah, Mia's heartbeat grew steady again. The doctors heaved a sigh of relief. Mia's heart had finally settled in its new body. (279 characters) This post was written in response … Continue reading tiny tale #49: Hearts and Stars…
Earthlings used to worship me. Over the years, worship morphed into exploitation and contamination. I used to flow about in abundance, clear as the blue sky. Now I'm reduced to hiding in the deepest, darkest pits to save myself. I used to be called water, Now they call me liquid gold. (280 characters) This post … Continue reading tiny tale #48: Holed up