A cup of tea – a set of 55-ers – fiction


KING This post is published as an entry for the KING AND QUEEN OF 55F CONTEST – The first ever unique, challenge for the coveted title in micro fiction category. To catch the crowning moments and also be part of future editions and other contests, visit and register at Cafe GingerChai

Rules of the contest:

  • You have to write a set of three 55F.
  • The first two sets should be a story on its own.
  • The  two stories should  climax / conclude / inter-twine in the third set of 55F.
  • The story could be of any genre i.e, love, crime, mystery or thriller etc.

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He lay sprawled in usual drunken stupor. She stared unseeingly at the tea boiling in the pan. Fifteen years of abuse flashed before her. Last night however, he had stooped too low.

‘Bloody pimp’, she swore, but smiled harshly.

She did not need him anymore! A cup of tea (and some poison, perhaps) would suffice.

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pic courtesy: evanatasha00 dot blogspot dot com

Sunlight momentarily blinded her. She picked up her torn dupatta, wound it tightly around her bruised shoulders, and entered Amma’s kitchen.

Their eyes met. Cold, vacant, almost chilling.

The young girl lowered her gaze. Ashamed.

‘Go now. Wash yourself. Come fresh and clean, for tea’

‘Clean? I’ll never be clean again…’ hot tears rolled, unrestrained.

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Laila scrubbed herself until her skin burned.

Beauty!’, father’s ‘friend’ had grunted as he ravaged her last night.

Amma had been livid. Until, she had seen the money.

Drink!!!

Trembling, Laila brought the scalding tea to her lips.

A bitter smile. A quick flick of the wrist.

Splash!’

The cup of tea had indeed sufficed!

Pic courtesy: Dailymail dot co dot uk

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29 thoughts on “A cup of tea – a set of 55-ers – fiction

  1. GOD… Pal thats so chilling and sad story .. I wish no one has to go through it ever EVER…

    All the best for the Contest

    thank you Bikki, but there are more girls (I guess boys too) who go through this, than we would like to guess or assume.

  2. OMG !!!! I was shocked Pal….such powerful story and told in such simple 3 55ers….My God, woman you are too good, I tell u. 🙂

    Fantastic…all the very best to you. 🙂 I sincerely wish and pray that this entry wins. 🙂

    Awww Uma, you are a gem!! Thank u. Your words are my pep pill 🙂

  3. I totally loved the 3 55-ers 🙂 Touching and poignant – all 3 of them. You have intertwined them really well 🙂 ATB!
    Thank u so much, Debs.

  4. Sad story of abuse, which is prevalent but unimaginably disgusting.
    You have done well here and was wondering about the nice oxymoron you used, “Smiled harshly”
    I wonder how that expression would look! 🙂
    Thank you Rumya. Yes, it is prevalent, and more common than we imagine it to be!!! As for the oxymoron, does it remind you of a villainous grin from a Kollywood flick?!!

    1. LOL! 😀 Now I can picture that (oxy)moron with a villainous ‘he!he!he!’ 🙂
      I’m not familiar with Kollywood but I think old Bollywood too had these kinds 😉 😀
      Ha ha ha!!!! Yeah I’m sure Bollywood has these too. Let me try to dig out a pic of one some olden days Villi (er, female villain) 😆

      1. In Bollywood, (according to my Mom) Lalita Pawar fits the bill (of course, she is waaay waaay before my time). 😉 😀
        Oh yes, she is the evil face of Bollywood!! I need someone different for this role though 😉 Someone who can smile bitterly, think of her own bondage (abusive relationship), and at the same time, see that her daughter is the key to freedom!! Very kaamplicated 🙂

  5. oh jeez! 😦
    thats just sad… poor kid

    beautifully written Pals… made me sniff!

    Thx Pix, I always make you cry, don’t I?? Bad bad me 😦

  6. Wow. Deep. Brilliant. I’m running out of superlatives. Excellent choice of words and a well constructed set of 3 55Fs. Loved it Pal. 🙂
    Oh , this coming from the King of fiction, really means a lot to me. Thank u Sudhakar!!

  7. When you write such stuffs, sometimes I can’t make myself believe that you actually wrote it 😐 I mean the kind of Pallu Kutty you are….sweet and all that :mrgreen:

    Brilliant is all I can say 🙂

    😆 Saks, there are several dark layers to my personality 😈 :mrgreen:

  8. Hmm interestingly thought…
    Thanks GB
    The blue fonts were by design or default?
    Oh if only WP were that intelligent 😉 😉 This was by design, GB!
    cheers GB

  9. Interesting 55ers… very diff ending than what i kinda expected…
    Thanks Aaroo!
    loved the pics 🙂 esp hot tea, now i wanna drink hot coffee..!!
    Ha ha, that reminds me I missed my evening coffee 😦

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