Throbbing in a Stone Cage

The calm morning light was seeping in through the sheer white curtains. She opened her eyes, slowly, hoping to see the familiar bookshelf, the computer table and the calendar and the clock on the wall.

None of the diffused familiarity met her myopic eye.Β The dominant colour in this room was white: the floor, the doors, the curtains, the bed-sheets. For a moment she thought she was inside a hospital. Then the train journey dawned on her mind – the endless green fields, the sparse, tall, grassy mountains, and the occasional railway station.

Her breathing stilled. Her body tensed. She felt as if her heart had been put inside a stone cage and it was throbbing for lack of space.

The tears threatened, but they’d have to wait. There were calls to make, assurances to give and way, way too many days to pass like this.

The count had only begun.

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About Arpita

Arpita Pramanick is a little, young woman with a bright face (who'd rather not look directly into a stranger's eye) you'll find walking on the corridors of Mu Sigma, Inc. She tells herself she wants to be a properly published writer (by which she means she wants to be published from the likes of Penguin), but isn't really so sincere about writing everyday. So if you see her, tell her to go write. She'll love you for doing that!
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15 Responses to Throbbing in a Stone Cage

  1. BERYL says:

    well-written! way 2 go girl

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  2. Mayur says:

    Hows your job first day.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Annie says:

    Change is always hard. She’s outside of her comfort zone – where growth is!

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  4. anankhan98 says:

    The first nights are passed in fitful sleep. Then, you get used to it. You grow into it, and then you grow out of it.
    Beautifully written, Arpi (if I may call you that)! πŸ™‚ Once you live through it all the journey home will mean that much more.

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  5. Pretty sublime thoughts. On a busy day, a quick sneek-peek. Didn’t understand a thing. May be on 2nd/3rd reads, got a bit of clue. Good choice of words and flow.

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