Day 31: Risk

“What’s the worst that can happen?”, she said, and proceeded to answer her own question. It brought her pounding heart to calm, cold fingertips to feel the warm air, and her anxious tummy to settle. She went on to hold a chunk of hair, held the pair of scissors more firmly. After a swift, irreversible…

Day 30: Slither

One had slipped through. It was only for a second she had let her guard down. But that one slithering, negative thought could do the job. Multiplying like a virus, sending her down that horrible spiral, and feeling like the largest tidal wave – it took over her mind, like it always does. She stopped,…

Day 29: Patch

It was a warm winter day. He had seen to all his barking duties that morning, and it was now time for his sun bath. Except, there was a guest – his favorite one, and he would rather skip his routine to be with her. But she was always walking around this time, barely sitting…

Day 28: Crispy

Once upon a time, air journeys meant tough decisions – what to watch and how much to look outside the window. It meant complaining about aeroplane food and how little it is. Now, she sat, feeling like the universe had come together for her. She could eat her plane lunch – not the best, but…

Day 27: Spark

I waited till the sun was awake so I could get out of bed without being sent back. It was finally here – my fourth birthday party! I grabbed Mimi, climbed down at the crack of dawn. As I walked through the corridor, the living room looked different. It looked cluttered. As I inched my…

Day 26: Connect

It had all happened decades ago. Things that seemed locked away in different rooms in her mind. So why were they resurfacing now? She sat there, narrating, remembering the gruesome details of each boy and man who had mishandled her. With each door she unlocked, her anger and sadness deepened. The shock at what lay…

Day 25: Splat

He scrolled through the many posts on his newsfeed. Splattered across multiple apps were weddings, dinners, vacations, families, and friends. Of travels and togetherness. Whether truly happy or not, who could have said. But reunited nonetheless. He thought of the week to follow: his own reunion. One app down. Another app now – scrolling through….

Day 24: Extinct

She looked into the rear-view mirror as she applied the Kajal. She felt a lot of things – flabbergasted, incredibly proud, and so grateful. The future her was a wife, mother, and professional. She had done it – and was doing it. She had gotten away, and had found purpose – after years of searching,…

Day 23: Leak

She agreed with the greatest trepidation. All the way to the train station, she was restless and felt light – as if something was missing. Nothing to push, nothing to stroke in front of her. The medical mask didn’t hide the anxiety from her friend. But as the evening progressed, the stress diminished. She had…