26 May 2013

Your Call

“It's hard being left behind. (...) It's hard to be the one who stays.” 
― Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler's Wife

These 100 hundred words describe the journey of a wait - a wait of years, a wait for one phone call!

‘It is time. She hasn’t shown up yet’ Esoof wondered.

Subtle wind, sweeping away dry leaves from the verandah of his store, made him visualize her feeble structure hunched on the support of that timeworn stick and those brown eyes that shone amidst a wrinkled face.

‘Her expecting eyes, my denial and her disappointment, it is difficult even after years of routine’, he thought.

Meanwhile he heard his public phone ring. Esoof swiftly ran towards her house jumping with joy.

‘Amma! Your call from Amreeka! It is your son!’

But, they were carrying her orphan body away, on four shoulders!