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“Honey, did you get Lisa ready. I am getting late for work”

“Riya, she is almost ready. I was supposed to leave five minutes ago. But I am still here. I know you need my help and our daughter is my responsibility as well. But you need to let me know in advance when you need my help”.

He is such a moron thought Riya. “Sam, we discussed last night that you were going to get her ready and I would drop her to daycare. I also have work you know. Your work doesn’t take precedence in this family. Why do you always think your work is more important than mine.”

Sam was tired of having this argument. The only memory he had of last night was of them bickering over their kitchen’s stuffed sink. “Ok, She is ready. I am leaving”. He placed his toddler in her crib and kissed her forehead before exiting the door. Fresh air filled his lungs and disipated his anger towards Riya. He had falled in love with her ever since he laid eyes on the brown beauty. He had never thought she would agree to go on a date with him but suprisingly she had. He was a little prejudiced against Asians and had thought of them as introverts. So, he had suppressed any hope of asking Riya out when their friends first introduced them in “The Posh” a pub near his apartment. When she started drinking and dancing, he could see her free spirit. Alcohol had made it easier to ask her out. Now they were parents to a beautiful, charismatic baby girl Lisa named after Sam’s grandmother. He was proud of Riya for braving her pregnancy and child birth. She had never tortured him like the stories he had heard from their friends. His love for wifey dear had grown the day he became a father. She had given him the best gift of his life. But just after a month home with the new baby, that love had started evaporating. Riya had totally changed. She felt like a different person. Always irritated, tired and frustrated. He tried to help her but she just pushed him away.
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Sam was at his desk in office when his colleague Ann stopped by his office. He liked Ann. She was nice and pretty. Lately, he had started wondering about how it would feel to kiss another woman. Most of his days were  either spent with Lisa or ended up in a fight with Riya. Ann had often hinted about going for a drink after work but he had always excused himself. Today, he was tempted to have a nice time with her. His phone chimed. “Buy diapers on your way home. Thanks!” he saw the text from Riya. Next minute she was calling him. He gave a meek smile to Ann gesturing he had to take the call. As soon as Ann left, he picked up the phone. “You forgot to renew our lease Sam” Riya said furiously. He tried controlling his temper knowing it was his mistake. “I will take care of it Riya. I have work to do. I am hanging up”.
Riya had pushed his buttons again. He hated it when she got mad at him. His ego spat up and he went to Ann’s desk thinking if he was sinking, he would dive instead. “Is everything okay. You look stressed” said Ann. “It’s nothing” he replied. “Are you free for drinks today?”

 Daily Prompt: Tempted : Although this story is more about frustration, it is frustration that makes Sam give into the temptation of starting another relationship. Hope it makes sense from the write up. If not, suggestions are welcome. I am trying to get better at writing fiction :-).

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An Evening Walk

This is another short scene that I have described here.

It was 5.40pm when her manager left the office. Shubha was done for the day at 5pm itself but she never left before her manager. After all, it had just been a few months since she joined this office. She liked working here, especially because work was close to home & that she was finally with her husband Amit. They had stayed apart for more than half a year after their marriage. Only two months after  their wedding, both of them working in an  International IT firm in India, had got an on site in two different countries. Torn between career, family & future, they painstakingly decided to grab the opportunity. They decided that Shubha would try to get a job in the city were Amit was posted. To their luck, Amit ran into an old friend who worked in Alpharetta just a few miles away from Atlanta & whose company had a job opening in IT. Shubha applied & got the job. She moved to Alpharetta from Ipswich, UK. Life seemed better already.

Usually, she used to take a bus home. However, today she decided to walk owning to the apple cobbler she had had for dessert in the afternoon. A harsh chilly wind was blowing, but her full sleeve pullover saved her. She passed the parking area & was walking towards the bus stop which was on the left. Thoughts of a warm home, clove & ginger tea and the leftover Dhoklas from yesterday started clogging her mind. She shook her head & reminded herself of the calories she had accumulated that afternoon. So, instead of turning left, she turned right & crossed the street, walking toward the opposite side of the bus stop. She kept on walking without looking backwards, afraid it might change her mind. To distract herself, she started looking at the ground. She was walking on the grass since there was no walkway for pedestrians half the way. Many  semi dried leaves were spread over the grass. She had never seen such beautiful shades of a leaf. She had  an urge to pick one up but felt silly of getting that thought. She was already a married women & it wouldn’t be appropriate to act like a kid. She walked on.

Soon, she came on a bridge that overlooked a freeway. When Amit had told her about the freeways, she  had wondered why did they not call it the highway like they call it in India. She still referred to them as highways in front of Amit. She looked down at the freeway, at all the cars traveling at a speed of 80-100 miles per hour. It reminded her of the computer game she used to play with her brother. For a moment, the world she was standing in looked like a computer/video game. A lot of fast cars on neat roads surrounded by greenery & no human around. She smiled at the thought & kept on walking. Often when she was deep in thought, she had a feeling that she was looking at the world from the glass window of the television. That was when she found herself laughing at her own self.

She reached a point on the road where the walkway started. She was happy to finally walk on a neat ground. Also, she could see the community before her apartments. Even though there was a lot of distance from the actual houses, she tried to look inside. She was at a higher level & if tried hard, could see the balconies of the residents. One of the balconies had patio chairs with cushions, another had plants all over. And then her vision was blinded by the shining Sun. She couldn’t  see on her left where the houses were. So she kept looking at  the line of cars on the right. After a while, she took a left turn, walked for few mins, passed the main door & reached her building. She climbed upstairs and unlocked the door, thinking about the hot tea & that Amit would be home soon.

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Laundry Day

Since this is my first attempt at writing, I have started with explaining a mundane task of doing laundry.

She opened her eyes unable to sleep more due to the gloomy brightness in her room. She looked at the clock & it was already noon. She tried to fall asleep by covering her eyes with her soft shawl but couldn’t sleep anymore. Finally, she woke up, prayed to god & got out of bed. After freshening up, she returned to her bedroom to switch on her laptop. Yes, being connected is the most important thing for IT people. She suddenly realized that her room was not as bright as it is on a normal day. Usually, sunlight penetrates her room at 7am in the morning, making it difficult for her to sleep past 8am. She lifted up a blind & took notice of the pouring rain. She almost screamed “Gosh! its raining…and I have to do laundry, I need to do laundry”. As all IT people do, she returned to her laptop for help. She opened her favorite web browser & went to the weather website. She looked at the hourly weather report which told her that it would just be drizzling from 2.00pm to 3.00pm & would stop raining from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. She decided that this was the time she would go and put clothes for laundry. Being relieved by this decision, she went into the kitchen to make tea & a sandwich for breakfast. Once ready, she returned to her laptop with tea cup in on hand & plate of sandwich in another & put on the “Notting Hill” dvd that she had ordered from netflix. Julia Roberts was her favorite Hollywood actress. It was difficult to stay in the real word when movie world seemed so fantastic. It was at 2.15pm when her eyes looked at the clock & she ran to her closet to gather the clothes for laundry. Once the bag was full, she got out of her room, collected the detergent from the bathroom, grabbed her home keys & rushed outside. It was drizzling, so she tried to walk as fast as she could. Laundry bag was a bit heavy & longer than her height. She tried to concentrate on her surroundings instead of the heaviness of the bag. She breathed in the freshness of the air & felt the water droplets on her face. It made her happy to be in rain after a long time. The water droplets on the car, the trees, the puddles on the road all reminded her of her home country. The weather was perfect & same as it was back home in the rainy season. She took the second left from her apartment & tried avoid the water puddles on the ground. The funny thing was, it seemed like a river rather than a puddle. How can you avoid that? Yes, it was a vain attempt & she did end up wetting her sneakers. She passed through the passageway of another building to get to the laundry room which was in the clubhouse of her apartments. It also contained a Gym, a pool table, a computer room & a tv room for kids. The outside of the clubhouse was lined up with flowers & shrubs. There were pink, white & yellow flowers. The pink color of the flowers looked more radiant because of the rain droplets on them. She passed the small waterfall outside the clubhouse & finally tapped her card to get in. When she got into the laundry room, all the washing machines were empty. It seemed nobody wanted to come out in the rain.

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