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The Story so far:

Grace Royce accompanies her best friend and colleague, Sharmila Gupta’s wedding in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh, India. When Sharmila shows her fiance’s photo, Grace is shocked because she has frequently seen him in her dreams forcing an innocent girl to suicide.

She saves Sharmila from marrying a criminal after nabbing him and his friends in a shameful act of trying to hang an innocent girl.

Grace has recurring dreams of Sharmila attempting suicide when the friends are holidaying in Dehradun. Her fear is about to materialize after their trip. Grace skilfully revisits the past and alters everybody’s memories to stop the wagging tongues of people from hurting Sharmila. She thwarts the attempt of a mad scientist X, in Australia, who is watching the proceedings, to kill Sharmila

He stages small accidents which Grace is unable to prevent. Finally, he is able to cause a hit and run accident leading to Sharmila’s death. Grace is mourning the loss of her good friend while blaming herself for failing to protect her. She has a strange dream at night, where she finds herself in her bedroom in Australia. Her dead parents appear before her and they take her into the alternative future time zone, had Sharmila lived. Whatever she witnesses is awfully shocking to her.

She sees the evil side of Sharmila abusing her friendship and taking advantage of her. She is horrified to see her best friend kidnapping and sacrificing her with the help of a mysterious stranger. She comes back to her room with her parents and Sharmila’s soul pays her a visit. She explains how she was cursed by her grandma after she accidentally killed her grandfather who was bedridden with cancer.

When she clarified that it was just an accident, her grandma realized her folly and offered a choice to die young before the curse could materialize or live a long cursed life. She had chosen the former. Sharmila warns her to be careful.

Grace decides to investigate Sharmila’s death and views the CCTV footage that shows the car which ran her over. She finds that it belonged to Vinod Mohan, Vivek’s ( Sharmila’s former fiance) younger brother. She approaches the police and hands them the evidence. Vinod claims of innocence and says that he had lent his vehicle to a friend who reported it missing. Grace is frustrated and prays to Sharmila for guidance.Grace sees identical bracelets on the wrists of Vivek and Sharmila in her dreams. She requests Sharmila’s mother for the bracelet and discovers the hidden microchip which alerts X in Australia because both the bracelets were connected to his destiny machine. He orders Vivek’s death which leaves Grace completely stumped.

X is surprised to find his mentor Edward Fox’s son Stewart on his doorstep. Stewart is shocked to hear about Sharmila’s death. He takes X to task for acting in a haste and tells him about Sharmila’s past. Both of them are planning to bring her back from the land of death to wreak havoc on earth which Grace sees in her dream.Grace questions Sharmila’s spirits and discovers the identity of her killer. Grace leaves to Australia with Sharmila’s parents. She requests Sharmila to infiltrate X’s gang to uncover clues and prevent him from carrying out the dangerous task of reviving her. She spots X and enters his body in the presence of Stewart.

X gets into trouble after misbehaving with a waiter and Stewart slaps him. He drags him out of the cafe as they go back to their hideout.Sharmila decides to have fun at X’s expense. She enters his body, snatches the phone from one of the guards and calls Grace with the update. X returns the phone with a thanks. His guard is pleasantly surprised. When X comes to his senses, his guard appreciates him for his good manners which X vehemently denies.

Sharmila re-enters his body and X turns into a pervert. Stewart kicks him while the guard chuckles and gets fired. Sharmila possesses him and manages to capture the incriminating photos of the hideout. The guard visits the lab and blackmails Stewart to reinstate his job Or face the police. He has already forwarded these pictures to other men as a precaution and potential blackmail. Stewart and X are ready to merge their sinister machines as Sharmila is shocked and contemplating how to stop these villains from carrying out their evil plan.She foils their attempt to revive her with their combo machine by entering X’ s body and making him enter wrong password that destroys their project. She leaves him and possesses Stewart who tries to seduce X. They fight with each other and while they are discussing the chain of events, they eventually find out about Grace and try to kill her by sending their assassin.

Grace has a nightmare and witnesses her own death. When she wakes up, she’s shocked to find a stranger holding a sharp knife in her room and she screams.She sees a stranger about to murder her but it turns out that Sharmila had entered his body and tells her about her involvement in the case being discovered. She requests her to fake her death so that X and his men will stop making attempts on her life. The man leaves with his partner who was about to set the house on fire. He convinces him not to clean up the act. They are being followed by their own gang members who end up being dead because of the assassin’s quick thinking. He sends the confidential info to the police and alerts X about the betrayal of his men whom he had to kill, thus, getting away from the crime itself. X and his men are hiding, watching the police raiding their den. The next day, Sharmila’s mother enters her room and screams. And now:

Chapter 12

The unpredictable.

Sharmila’s mom screamed, after seeing Grace lying on the bed, with a knife sticking from her abdomen and the blood ( Ketchup) smeared duvet. Grace immediately woke up after hearing the scream and this sight caused the poor old lady to faint. Grace revived her by sprinkling water on her face. She said, ” Don’t worry, Mrs. Gupta. I am still alive. I didn’t want you to worry, but now that you have already seen me in this condition, I have no other option but to tell you about the current situation. I want you to promise me that you will never share this information with Uncle at any cost. His heart is weak and he may not be able to bear the shock.”

Sharmila’s mother nodded and sat on the chair besides her bed. Grace told her the entire story, right from her being a witch, to Sharmila’s soul saving her life by entering the body of the assassin. Her mother had tears in her eyes as she said, ” Can I speak to my Sharmi? I promise you I won’t tell a word about this to your uncle. Is it possible for you to act as a medium so that I could talk to her just once? I won’t pester you to keep calling her.” Grace closed the bedroom door and thought of Sharmila. Her friend’s soul left the body of the assassin and appeared before her. Grace told her about sharing their secret with her mom and that she wanted to have a mother-daughter conversation with her. Sharmila entered Grace’s body and hugged her mother. Mrs. Gupta said, ” Why did you not listen to Grace and stay at home? Your death could have been avoided.”

Grace ( Sharmila) answered, ” Did you forget about Granny’s curse? Had I been alive, no doubt, I would have turned into a monster! My death saved a major disaster. I wanted to get rid of this curse. I am sorry, Mom and dad. I love you both. I won’t be able to contact you for a while because Grace’s life is in great danger. Somehow, I managed to avert her death. Please tell Grace to move on to another place until everything cools down here. She can’t afford to use her witch powers at present because my killer will find her out. Stay with her and don’t talk about me in front of dad. Miss you both. Don’t worry, I will be keeping tabs on all of you.” They chatted for sometime before she exited Grace’s body and said, ” Please move on to another location as soon as possible. The assassin might make another attempt on your life since he forgot what he did. I am going to haunt someone else in the team of the villains. I will contact you when the time permits.” She vanished into a thin smoke.

Meanwhile, the assassin in Sydney turned to face his partner in crime and asked, ” What are we doing here, buddy? Aren’t we supposed to kill Grace and dispose off her body? ” His partner stared at him and said, “Have you lost your mind? You have already murdered her and we are supposed to stay hidden until our boss contacts us.” The assassin continued, ” But I don’t remember killing her. You do know how much I enjoy getting my hands covered in blood.” His partner showed him the blood smeared dead body of Grace. The assassin was puzzled but didn’t pursue the matter.

Stewart said, ” We have to start everything from the scratch. Let’s go to my hideout where I have a special lab to conduct the experiment. I hope you remember the technical specifications of your machine so that we could reconstruct them.” X nodded. He and his gang members followed Stewart in his black SUV. They reached their new den after traveling for an hour.


Stewart showed X around the place. He had a beautiful marble fountain installed in the front lawn, with a gravel drive leading to a huge Victorian Mansion. X was awestruck by the beauty of the place. Stewart chuckled at the look of amazement in everyone’s face. He took out a remote control from his pant pocket and pressed a button. The gigantic door opened to reveal an equally gorgeous foyer leading to a magnificent hall adorned with chandeliers and the most gorgeous sofa set that X and his men had ever seen.

A humanoid ( girl) dressed in a black miniskirt and a white silk blouse welcomed them. A couple of other robots welcomed them with the chutes of whisky. X and his men were shocked to find that the sofa could be extended and could accommodate all of them.

While they were enjoying their newfound luxury, Grace had a tough task at hand. True to her words, Sharmila’s mom behaved as if nothing had happened. Mr.and Mrs. Gupta went for sightseeing but Grace refused to go with them by saying that she had work to do. No sooner did they leave, than Grace had a shock of her life. She saw a queer woman wearing a witch’s attire grinning at her. ” Who are you? ” she asked, ” How did you come here? ” The woman replied, ” Don’t you recognize your maternal aunt, Ruby? ” Grace was taken aback. She said, ” My mom never mentioned having a sister. By the way, you didn’t answer my question. How did you suddenly appear ? I almost had a heart attack. ” Aunt Ruby said, ” It’s a pity that my sister, Marge, didn’t tell you anything about our family. We are from the family of witches. I am a witch and so are you. Your parents were witches too.” Grace was too confused to reply. She kept staring at her newfound relative who decided to make her appearance at a perfect time. Ruby waved her hand and a comfortable couch appeared in front of her. She magicked another chair for Grace who was astounded and continued to watch her aunt, wondering what kind of magic was she going to do next.

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5 thoughts on “SHORT STORIES FRIDAYS (21)

  1. Wow! I love your story! I can imagine, the places, the beautiful wedding, feels some magical.
    You are amazing dear Aparna. Thank’s for share your art, my friend.
    Well done! Have a nice weekend!

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  2. Thank you so much, dear Elvira. 😊😊♥️♥️♥️♥️😘😘🌹🌹🌹. Your liking and appreciation means so much to me. Enjoy your weekend dear. Lots of love and hugs.

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  3. You are welcome, dear Aparna. Aww! That makes me happy. Enjoy your weekend too! Lots of love and hugs! 🙏🏻🤗😊😘💖❤️💖❤️😘😊😘🌷🌷🌷

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