My children have come home for their vacation. This is the one month , I really look forward to , the month when the house becomes a home .

It feels nice, when the children remain adorably recognizable through life’s metamorphosis. While they can’t visit every now and then , due to geographical barriers and myriad demands of life, they call everyday. Unfailingly .

Sudha , my wife, is inexplicably happy too . Only she cant express it . Last year, the doctors had diagnosed her unbearable coat of “permanent frost “ as locked-in syndrome – a steadfastly stagnant malady. Sudha was an amazing singer. Sometimes, I long for her to call my name or to sing that favourite song of ours in her uniquely melodious voice.

Rohit ,our younger son , embraces his mother seated in her wheelchair . I read Sudha’s silent happiness in her blinking eyes .

This short story was written based on this week’s photo prompt at Flash fiction for aspiring writers . Thanks to Priceless joy for hosting the challenge.

Image courtesy : loniangraphics. 


27 thoughts on “Nemesis

  1. A lovely and very touching story! I like how you describe the “locked in” syndrome as permanent frost! So sad that this has happened to her but at least she can reflect joy through her eyes. Wonderful!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and reading the story , James. Sorry to hear about your friend ,neuro-degenerative diseases are so unfortunate .


    • Thanks so much for stopping by and reading the story ,Russell. l appreciate your comment.It is sad when we are helpless victims and a disease befalls us like a never-ending calamity . His unconditional love for his wife is inspirational .

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by and reading the story. I appreciate your comment. It is most torturous for the one afflicted and terribly painful for the close ones around them .

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