Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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"Sasha!" their mother called out. 

"Yes, Mom?" one of the twins went and stood in front of her with a straight face.

As always, it was not easy to tell them apart, even for their parents. Sasha was a spitting image of Shayna and vice versa; one a xerox of the other. Two peas in a pod. 

Like most twins, growing up, they were always dressed identically by their Mom. They got into all sorts of mischief together and had each others' backs all the time. However upon reaching college, the twins were forced to go their separate ways. Sasha wanted to study the arts. She wanted to follow her passion to be a painter and artist. Shayna, on the other hand, was interested in the cut throat world of politics. 

Though they spoke to each other regularly, the physical distance soon turned into an emotional one. No matter how hard they tried to bridge the gap, it was always there, making its silent presence felt each time they came together at home for their vacations. 

Sixty years later, when the call came at midnight, it was certainly not what Sasha had expected. She knew that the choices she had made at a young age were not ones to be proud of. 

Hanging up the phone, Sasha wept for the sister she had and lost, for her other half, for the lost time that had flowed through her fingers like running water, for keeping things until it was too late to change any of it. 

As for Shayna, she had said goodbye to the world surrounded by her children and grandchildren. In those last moments, as she looked around at the familiar faces around her she realized that the one that she had wanted to see the most was missing in the crowd. 

As Shayna turned her head and looked into the mirror that someone had placed on her side table, she smiled seeing the wrinkled face looking back at her and closed her eyes for the last time. 


Linking this post to the A to Z Challenge




16 comments:

  1. Emotional distance is difficult to catch with. Loved the way you ended the story., Aathira.

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  2. Oh so emotional! The mirror line floored me. Too good!!

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    1. Thanks Ruchi! The last line was an afterthought :)

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  3. Very well written. The last line was fantastic. Its a shame that we grow apart from people we love the most after growing up.

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    1. Thank you, Harini! I'm so glad that you liked that line which was added as an afterthought :)

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  4. Heart warming and touched the heart. Guess, that the reality of life.

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    1. Thanks Ranveer. Yes, such is life!

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  5. Reality bites. No matter how close together they were in the womb, they were pulled apart. Different personalities, interest, places....so many reasons. It is during sunset years that one reflects on one's actions. Very nice post! The "mirror" mirrors the genius in you :) :)

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    1. Exactly. You have said it better than me :) So glad that so many of you liked the "mirror" part :)

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  6. awwwwww.... that was so sad. Beautiful writing Aathira :)
    My A-Z posts here: http://sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.in/

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  7. That line with the mirror...it was too good!

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    1. So glad I nudged in that line that I was skeptical about initially. Thanks Anita :)

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