Sixteen & Half: Stories inspired from life and inspiring life!
When the sun is about to sink, and I am about to give up, an idea of penning down a short collection based on a few dreams popped inside my mind.
A notebook, a pen, and a cup of coffee – a story is born. Many such positive attempts yielded a book, which is what you going to read now.
This collection of short stories is a portrayal of different emotions of life. Some of them will make you fall in love all over again and feel special, while some of them will make you understand the beauty of life and the value of someone special in your life, and the rest of them will make you bite your fingers, shed some tears, laugh out loud and redefine relationships. Get ready to experience some of the finest short stories from the Undisputed King Of Romance on Blog-O-Sphere, Sixteen & Half by Sarav.
“Why ‘Half’?” To know the answer, read till the end.
WRITER’S BLOCK. IT’S ALMOST A MONTH SINCE HE CONCEPTUALIZED THE IDEA OF AUTHORING A COLLECTION OF SEVENTEEN SHORT STORIES. HE WISHED TO START THE BOOK WITH A LOVE STORY; FIRST LOVE, TO BE SPECIFIC. HE THOUGHT OF MANY PLOTS THAT WOULD SUIT THE THEME, BUT NONE OF THEM WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO START THE BOOK. WORDS FAILED HIM. HE KEPT THE PEN DOWN, GOT UP FROM THE CHAIR AND WALKED TOWARDS THE BED.
She was sleeping peacefully veiling herself under the blanket; a habit since childhood. He lowered the blanket covered on her face. She looked beautiful even in the deepest possible sleep. Her closed eyes, sharp nose, dimpled cheeks, tiny ears, and the beautiful curve on her face, her everything made him forget the world around him.
He opened the bedroom door without making any noise, sneaked to the kitchen and prepared two cups of coffee. He tiptoed back to the bedroom, placed the cups on the table placed next to the bed and whispered “I Love You” in her ears, bit her sharp nose softly to wake her up.
“Sid…I’m going to kick you. Please let me sleep.” She said pulling her blanket up to cover the face. He slowly lowered the blanket and licked her dimpled cheeks. She got up, sat on the bed and stared angrily at him… “What?”
He showed the cups of coffee on the table. It excited her. She threw herself out of the bed, raced to the washroom and came back like a bullet out of the gun in a minute. He knew from day one of their relationship that she likes bed coffee and he would prepare that every day. Sipping the coffee she said, “I hate you…”
“For what?” He asked.
“Don’t you know?” She asked touching her nose.
Lifting her head up, he said, “No”.
“Done with your story?”
“I sat up all night scribbling stories, but I am not satisfied with any of the plots.”
“What are you going to do now? You’ve got less than a week’s time to submit.”
“I need your help.”
“Yes…” He paused for a few seconds, looked into her eyes for any reaction and then he asked, “Can you please tell your love story again? It’s been years since you told me. I’m unable to recollect, but I’m very much sure it will suit my theme.”
“No way! No…I’m not going to narrate my story to you. In fact, we promised that we’ll never speak about our past.”
“I understand dear…” emphasising the word ‘dear’ more he requested, “Please narrate it once again… please. I promise you, I’ll not ask again.”
“No way, I am not going to do it. It’s too painful to relive those memories again.”
Going down on one knee he asked, “Will you please narrate your love story once?”
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