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“It’s going to be alright dear. Have a little faith.”

“Honey, it’s not the end of the world, you need to let go.”

“Just remember, we are all here for you if you need us.”

“Time heals all wounds, trust me on this.”


This and lot more. That’s all Alice has been hearing for the past month. It amazed her how people who were barely there during the happier times, suddenly pop out of nowhere during tough times. Strange that is how the society works. Yes, you can miss a party or two, heck you can even forget someone’s birthday. But the moment you hear some sad news, you drop everything and try to be there for the person. Yes, this is probably a good thing, being there during the hard times. But what people don’t get is that the person going through it wants is some quite time! She doesn’t want to hear how things are going to be alright, how time will heal; she just wants to absorb the shock in her own way.


As she sat there, in the midst of so many people, she couldn’t help but wonder what’s next. Today she is the center of attraction, people around her is either talking to her or talking about her. And she couldn’t care less. But she is also afraid to be alone. She doesn’t want to be in a room filled with people and she doesn’t want to be alone in her room either. She is scared how she might think of the stuff she shouldn’t be thinking of, if she is alone. She is afraid that her own thoughts might end up breaking her, once and for all. Hence, the question “what’s next” send a chill up her spine.


Eventually the people around her started to get hungry. They took turns in getting up and having their dinner, not wanting to leave Alice alone. But she had had enough sympathetic conversations for one night. She stood up, excused herself and went to her room with her dinner. She could sense all the eyes in the room were on her. She felt like a ticking bomb, everyone was waiting for her to go off. But surprisingly enough, she held her fort.


She went to her room, locked the door, and sat down in the corner without bothering to switch on the lights. Twirling the ring on her finger, she slowly closed her eyes and went back to the beginning.

Submitted: July 03, 2014

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