The Bitter Truth of My Life

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: May 10, 2016

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The Bitter Truth of My Life

The clock was about to tick 5pm and I was done with my work, ready to go home. Sat on my bike, rode it to the way to my home. My child, who was 12 years old now, came running as soon as she saw me get inside the gate. “Papa, how come you are early today” she said. (I usually come home by 8pm) “Papa wanted to see you soon. So made an excuse and came” I said holding her in my arms. So cute she was that I didn’t feel like taking my eyes off her even though she slipped from my hands and ran. And there came my amazing wife with her beautiful smile. I loved my family so much more than I loved myself. That evening I got a call from a company named “Beigo” in Dubai. It was for a post I have always dreamt of. And it’s one among top 10MNC company all over the world. Thinking of my family and how much I would miss them, I rejected the offer. The company people kept calling even thou I kept rejecting. They even started hiking the salary every time I rejected. One night my wife suggested me to go ahead and accept. Her response to my confused face was “Look honey, you have always wanted to work in this field and such opportunity don't pour everyday. Don’t let it go in vain. Who knows when you’ll get another such chance. Upon that its good money, we need a lot savings for our daughter too.” “What you are saying is so right, but I don’t want to leave you both alone here. I want to stay with you. What I’ll do over there when you guys have some problem? The place is so far from our home.” “I have a solution. What if we ask my parents or yours to move in with us? And if you want you can work for like 3years or so and with that experience you can find a job in hometown.” “Good idea but I don’t think my mom could shift here. Remember she has got her spinal cord problem? She can’t travel.” “That’s right. Let me ask my parents tomorrow and then decide Good night honey. I love you” “Love you more. Goodnight.” As usual I went to work the next day. I had taken a day time to respond to Beigo. “I have good news for you” said my wife running from kitchen as soon as I arrived home. She hugged me and said “My parents are ready to come and stay here. You can now accept the offer without any concern.” I smiled and said “Okay. I gave it a lot of thought today and now I think taking job would be perfect.” **Couple of Days Later** I had joined the office in Dubai and was doing great. Work was comparatively more than my previous job but it wasn’t much of a problem since I was alone. I couldn’t come home as much as I wanted though. The leave I could get was less and travelling time was more. Thus went home once in 6 months. **Couple of Months Later** It had been 2years now that I was working in Dubai and was adjusted to the atmosphere. As usual, went to the work at 8:30AM. Had a cup of coffee and started working. It was around 11AM, all of a sudden I feel this pain I never had and everything went blank. I opened my eyes to see myself in hospital. I wanted to speak, but words weren’t coming out. Doctors came, did a few check-up and went. I was still confused. Why am I in hospital? What had happened to me? Why can’t I speak? Why can’t I move my hands and legs? It was then that a man appeared in front of me. I didn’t know who he was; actually I never remember seeing him. It was he who explained me everything. I was actually hit by a stroke on my left and thus my right side isn’t working. And it has been a week that I am lying down now. I was in coma until today but thank goodness my memory wasn't erased. Everything he told came as a shock to me. I was so perfect that morning and all of a sudden this happened. His cell rang and excused himself and went out speaking. He was back after a few minutes. It was my family who had called him. They call him 5times every day just to find out about me. I so badly wanted to speak to my wife, my child, but there was no way I could. Days passed. I was still lying on my bed in hospital, even though all I could do is get up and sit on bed. It was quite a good improvement as doctors said. I got a trainer for pronunciation skills. Week by week things kept going better. It’s been a month now, I can speak little taking lots of time. I can go on my own in a wheelchair. My family didn’t show any sadness over the phone. All my wife did was encourage me to get well and go back home. But I could feel their sorrow even thou we were miles apart. And it hurt me more. It took another 15days for me to walk alone without any help. All thanks to those inspiring talks of my wife. They worked more than my medicines and workouts. Office had given me a long leave for 4months to get well. I was back to hometown the next day. My daughter came running to me, hugged me tight and cried saying “I missed you dad. Why didn’t you come early?” All I could do was smile and kiss on her forehead. There was my wife smiling, as thou nothing has happened. I took treatment for another month here. I still couldn’t speak fast or couldn’t type on my computer (which was major part of my work). But I thought I would be fine once I start working. My plan was to work in Dubai for another 6 months and resign. When I contacted the company head, they told me to take rest for may be another 2months and then re-join. My hopes were down. I then started applying to companies in my home country. But none were ready to accept a guy who had stroke recently. I was getting aged and was the source of food at home who is now sitting idle. After 2months I called up Beigo, as they said I mailed them hospital details. "You take rest for another 6months, we will see then" is all they said. I couldn’t argue more as they were very firm. It’s been over a year; I have been living off my savings. It’s funny how time changes, I was once the guy whom Beigo wanted so bad, and now I am the one none want! Now I work in a company with a post I am least interested and salary not even 15% of what I used to obtain before. Hoping for a good day to come ahead?


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