A Rainy, Cold, Night.

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

This is a word picture of a rainy dark night with three characters, a woman, her husband, and their daughter.

 

Sumi tucked her 5-year-old daughter Shefali in the bed and she also lay down covering Shefali and herself with a quilt. Sumi's husband Rakesh had 4 pm to 12 am shift duty. It was the month of January and Delhi's weather was very cold. After having dinner, Sumi called Shefali and the two lay down on the bed and covered themselves with the quilt. For a while, Sumi kept talking to Shefali about her school. After sometime Sumi asked for something but Shefali did not respond. She looked at Shefali and found her sleeping. She too lay down with her eyes closed. and soon fell asleep.

Suddenly, she was awakened by the sound of a thud. There were strong rain and wind outside. The window door was shaking with the wind. That was making noise by hitting the wall. The rest of the bedroom windows were closed. It was a small window which was usually kept open for fresh air. She did not dare to get up and close the window. Meanwhile, a bolt of strong lightning flashed in the clouds. In its light, a momentary but terrible shadow emerged on the wall facing the window inside the room. The lightning flashed with the thunder of the clouds several times and each time the figure emerged on the wall.

She knew that there is no reason to be afraid but could not overcome the fear herself. Shefali was sleeping carefree in her mother's presence.

The rain had stopped, now the rhythmic sound of dripping water was coming from the window. In a pit filled with water, the droplets from the roof were falling with a certain frequency; Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap...

She fell asleep listening to the rhythmic sound of water drops falling in the pit.

It was around 12.30 am. The thunderous clouds were blasting and roaring angrily. It was raining torrentially. When the rain started, Rakesh was a few km away from his home. It was not a rainy season so he did not carry a raincoat. He stopped his scooter near the shop, which was closed and had a shade over its entrance. He parked his scooter near the shop and took shelter under the shade. The shade protected his half upper body. His pants had been drenched by the rain. He was not concerned about getting wet. he stopped as he found driving difficult under the heavy rain on the pot-holed roads of that area. He liked the vagary of nature until unless it was life-threatening. It rekindled the sleeping senses by its surprises and blows. Like, standing under the fiber shade he appreciated the different sounds created by the rain falling on different materials and surfaces. 

He was returning from 4 pm to 12 am shift duty. As soon as the heavy rain started the electricity was cut and the town immersed in the darkness.

When it became dark a window was opened in the house opposite him. A lamp was lighted in the room and Rakesh saw a silhouette of a young lady, who looked outside. Rakesh felt she was looking at him. Rakesh remembered Sumi and Shefali. He knew that Sumi would be afraid of the dark in this weather condition.

It was still raining but mildly. He started his scooter and moved towards his residence.

 


Submitted: May 10, 2020

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