”Do you remember when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?” Mark bopped his head slowly, in time with the strains of Against Me! floating into his ears. His brothers would judge him for listening to what they called poser music, but that had never bothered him. His life philosophy … Continue reading Simplicity and Chaos
He opened the door quietly, and shut it quickly behind him. He turned on the light in his living room, and walked across to the fridge. Damn it, just one beer. He’d need to go to the store at some point. But not right now. He had more important things to do. He walked over … Continue reading Work To Be Done
“Mama? Are you awake?” She stirred, and turned feebly towards him. There wasn’t much strength left in her, and she used whatever she had carefully and sparingly. Time, the greatest enemy of youth, had robbed her of everything but the sanity of her mind. Thank God she had her boy, though. Even though there was … Continue reading Touch The Horizon
I’m running, but getting nowhere. The rug turns into a slide, and I seem to be slipping backwards. Ever backwards. I never fall on my ass, and slide with glee. I fall on my front, and get inexorably sucked backwards. Like there’s a giant creature there, waiting for me. Like I’ve been running, as a fool does, on its tongue all along. And it’s leering at me from a hundred yards away. I’m in a cartoon horror movie, where I’m suspended in mid-air – only in trouble if I look down and realize that I’m not standing on anything. I turn around, and he smiles. His teeth are lamps, flickering yellow horrors. Just before he swallows me whole, I wake up. Breathe a sign of relief. As the final bit of air escapes my lungs, I realize with horror that I can breathe no more.
My mother lives far away, but I try to visit her as often as I can. She doesn’t speak much. Except for the muffled banging from far below. Continue reading Mommy Dearest
I’m trying something new. Something I’ve never done before – a multiple-part piece. All the pieces in this series will be categorized under the “The Devil” category. This, more than anything I’ve ever written, needs your feedback and criticism. Help, please. Cheers, Nikhil Continue reading The Devil
He hunched over in the alley, relishing his prize. It had been a long, hard hunt, but it was so worth it. Every single minute that he had spent planning it, playing out every possible scenario in his head, seemed like a breeze. It had taken him an entire week, but he had finally got … Continue reading The Migraine