Friday, August 01, 2008

At home...

She sat by the closed window, reading. The rain drops were drumming on the glass, her ears comfortable with that sound now. She turned the pages quietly...slowly. She took her eyes off the words for a moment, looking out. There was something about reading a romance when it rained. She sighed and looked outside. Oh, how she loved this setting. This house, the rain, the books...

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The door opened and the lights came on in the room.

Nandini muttered something beneath her breath and walked to the window.

"Gosh, this window." She slapped her palm on her forehead. "Trust Rohit to fix the bolts."

She struggled with the bolts for a few seconds and closed the window. In the sudden silence, she felt a cold wave. She rubbed her palms before folding her arms. She was about to turn back, when she noticed the book on the ledge. That was funny. Only an hour back she'd cleaned the room and put everything back where it belonged.

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28 comments:

vim said...

That was neat.. Really good.. i know what to think next time i find my book near a window or out of place!!! :P

Priya Iyer said...

scary again!! i could make out 2 possible interpretations - multiple personality disorder or a ghost.. which one did you intend??

phatichar said...

vim :)

priya haha..which do you think I'd intend (knowing my stories by now?) ;-))

a million different people said...

Whoa. Yes, only the first para was normal. =)

Nice. I like these.

phatichar said...

mdp: That was brilliantly put!! :)

Trinaa said...

wht?????? wht happened? *confused** :o

phatichar said...

trinaa: read it again. c a r e f u l l y. :-)

Mampi said...

hmmm....

guess i m used to having more of it in your stories now.
Yeh dil maangey more.

Trinaa said...

errrrrrrrrr....waaaaaaaaaahhh :((

wht? split personality..? or bhoot-voot hai? or are we talking abt two different ppl??
kill d suspense...i want d answer!!

Galadriel said...

nicely done. the "other" perspective...

alice-in-wonder said...

I have been reading and reading and ....and decided to comment here at once rather than on all posts. :D

Some of your posts have been think-material, and yet others real good reads...

Yep, I am definitely coming back for more.. :)

Trinaa said...

*drumming my fingers*...still waiting!

phatichar said...

trinaa: bachchi, bachchi..aisi zid achchi nahin hoti sehat ke liye. Ok, I'll tell you - The 1st para is a ghost, the 2nd one is the owner of that house. Theek hai? Clear? Khush?

galadriel: thx...and welcome :)

alice: welcome aboard.. :-) and thanks for the kind words

Trinaa said...

ya ..ok

Priyanka said...

Really nice.. Short and chilling as usual :)

lemonytree said...

the pages still fluttering in the wind....wondeful. hey!!!did i write this...hello who is it...

phatichar said...

trinaa: good girl. :-)

priyanka: thanx..

lemony: hey..welcome!

purely-narcotic said...

Well written. It sent a chill down my spine.

phatichar said...

purely-narcotic: thanks :)

RustyNeurons said...

:) great one - your usual style. You always get better and better!

Pinku said...

ur short ones always thrill me...but why bring in books?...I have them all over the house and now will be scared shitless if I find one misplaced.

phatichar said...

rusty: merci :-)

pinku: well, don't really have an answer to that one :-)

Cynic in Wonderland said...

came here after a while. and the story telling is as good as ever!

Ashwini said...

I read few of your posts and absolutely enjoyed each one. I like the way you write the ending before the actual end. I'm definitely going to be a regular from now on.

phatichar said...

cynic: hey, hey, hey..looky who's back! Coming from a wonderful writer such as you, it sure is a huge compliment..thanks ma'am. :-)

Ashwini: Thanks a lot..please do come back.. :-)

aparnas said...

that was scary!!
you write really well..
sopokes me out a lot but love it all the same..
Keep them coming :)

phatichar said...

aparna: Thanks..do come back. :-)

Nirav said...

I came back to blog-reading after some time, and am glad you continue the good work, Sri.

Great post, keep writing.

Regards,
Nirav