Together: Alamgir

Chapter 1: Conqueror of the World

Amira hadn’t had the nightmare since she was twenty. It hadn’t even crossed her mind in the two years she was living in the city. Now that she was travelling each weekend back to Waldmeer, the nightmare was occasionally returning. It was strange because nothing could be more charming than Waldmeer; going to sleep and hearing the distant sea, waking to the forest birds, walking to the rhythm of the breaking waves. Once, she had come face to face with the nightmare malevolence when she went to see her teacher, Erdo, in the forest. That occasion, also, marked the first time Amira spoke to Maria. It was the beginning of many years of instruction. These days, Maria was back in the Homeland and Amira had sole charge of the body they had cohabited. Some years were lost in the transition and Amira was now in her late thirties. Like all the secret ones who claim their inheritance, she seemed somewhat ageless. Continue reading “Together: Alamgir”

Waldmeer: Maria of Waldmeer

Chapter 5: A Gift from God

Lenny was a fisherman from Waldmeer. Several generations of his family had lived in the little coastal village. One of his past relatives was a logger in the forest like many men at that time. He had emigrated from Germany. The logging settlement was the spectacular meeting point of forest and stunning coastline. It was he who first referred to the early town as Waldmeer. It means forest-sea in German. The name stuck and the locals called it that ever since. Continue reading “Waldmeer: Maria of Waldmeer”

There is a Greatness in You – short story

“I don’t understand,” said Vincent. “I know that you love me. Even if you don’t want to marry me, can’t we just stay together?” It was true that Victoria loved him and she did not doubt his love for her. Not so long ago, Vincent had taken her hand and said, “I can’t wait to be married to you for a decade to be able to tell you how much I still love you.” Victoria believed him. Continue reading “There is a Greatness in You – short story”

How Did He Ever Find You? – short story

The Manhattan hairdresser asked with genuine intrigue, “But, darling, how did your husband ever find you in Australia?” Amy could see that he was envisaging Arthur setting off from the United States on a quest to find his wife-to-be and, against all odds, finding her amongst the wild kangaroos of outback Australia. There was more than a little truth in it. Amy laughed. Continue reading “How Did He Ever Find You? – short story”

Another Chance – short story

It was Daniel and Bethany’s time. It was a gift from life or, perhaps, it was life’s little joke to itself. Dan and Beth were not laughing. It was too important and promising. It did not take long for Dan to turn to Beth one day and say, “If I asked you to marry me, would you say yes?” Beth was surprised; such a serious question. Daniel’s eyes would not let hers turn away. They were tunnelling with the demand, Answer me, now. Continue reading “Another Chance – short story”

The Sly Deceivers – short story

Ide watched Fabian walking unsteadily down his driveway towards the builders in the backyard. He hadn’t dressed properly. He had no underwear on and his track pants were ripped so that anyone who looked (perhaps, it was impossible not to look) could see his backside. Somehow, it was still a good looking backside for all that Fabian had put his body through in recent years. There was no point telling Fabian that he hadn’t dressed properly. He was too sick. Along the way, things like dignity get lost. Continue reading “The Sly Deceivers – short story”