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The devil (inside Meenal’s body) switched off the phone. Meenal’s soul tried to focus on remaining calm. She could hear the howling of the wolves in the forest. Then, a bat swooped over her head, making her scream in fright. She decided to move ahead and find a way to escape from the horrid place. As she continued to walk through the dense forest, she heard a weeping sound. She retraced her steps towards the source of the sound. She kept on walking until she reached a clearing where a campfire was in progress. She was horrified to find a woman being burnt in a very big cauldron of hot oil.

She could only watch the proceedings in silence, until a hand touched her shoulder and she let out a huge shriek. She was shocked to find her sister’s soul grinning at her. ” I should say I am glad to meet you after a long time, but I am not, ” Vidya said, ” I am so sorry that you have to pay the price for my foolishness.” Meenal saw tears in her eyes. She wiped them and hugged her. ” What happened, didi? “she probed her. Vidya replied, ” Last year, when we went to Mysore, we had a great time visiting the palace and Chamundeshwari temple and other local tourist attractions. We had a campfire on a Friday night. One of my friends, Vishakha, had brought an ouija board. We committed a great mistake by trying to summon spirits from the other world to answer our questions. Initially, the Q & A session went very well but when we tried to wind up the session with the spirit , everything went haywire. The lights flickered and one of my colleagues, left us in a lurch by abandoning us midway. I and my friends started chanting prayers. Suddenly, all the chaos stopped. There was a pin drop silence. I thought everything was normal, until the evil spirit which I believe to be a devil, possessed Raghav’s body. His eyes glowed red which only I could see. He forced me to consume alcohol or threatened to behead me. I was scared. So, I had half a bottle of whiskey. He dragged me to the car and forced me to drive away from our guesthouse. I was barely conscious when I was driving and crashed my car into the tree. I can’t stop wondering how Raghav escaped unharmed with barely a scratch or two. It’s not like I want him dead or anything. He knew when to jump from the car to avoid the collision. After that I woke up in this jungle. Little did I realize that I was dead in the real world. How did you end up here? “

Meenal shared her dreadful experience while Vidya’s jaw dropped on hearing about the devil impersonating her. ” How do I get out of this mess, di?” wailed Meenal, ” I am glad to see you too but I want to go back. Di, do you think I belong to the world of spirits? Can’t I ever leave this place? ” Vidya was lost in thoughts. She said, ” There’s a way to find out whether you belong to the land of the dead or you have a long life ahead.” She held her hands and led her away from the outskirts of the hell. Meenal was amazed at Vidya’s navigation skills. The girls crossed a river and reached a place where there was sunshine. Meenal was caught off guard and shielded her eyes with her hands from the sudden exposure to the sunlight. She slowly opened her eyes and was pleasantly surprised to find an entirely different scenario. She cast a glance on the other side of the river. She was astonished to find a part of the forest plunged in darkness while the other side was as bright as a day. Vidya smiled at her sister’s response. She guided her towards a lush green meadow where there was a picnic table, consisting of delicious food. Meenal’s mouth watered at the sight of the food. She could hear her stomach rumbling. Vidya asked her to wait until she came back.

Shortly, Vidya came back with a nun who welcomed Meenal and asked her to join them for the morning meals. But a shock awaited her. The moment, she tried to pick up a fried cashew that was a part of the starter, she received a severe jolt and she dropped it on the plate. Vidya and the nun were alarmed. The nun offered her a glass of orange juice that immediately froze on Meenal’s touching the glass. The nun said, ” This girl can’t stay here. She’s meant to be alive and with her family. As she can’t eat the food meant for the dead, it means that her time hasn’t come yet. Please take her back, and leave her where you found her.”

Meenal pleaded with her, ” Please don’t send me to that dreadful place. I would rather wait and spend my time here than getting lost in the forest of darkness.” The nun looked at her apologetically and said, ” I am sorry, dear child. You can’t stay here any longer because you are a live mortal. If you don’t leave this place right now, all of us would be cursed to turn into a stone.” Meenal cried for mercy and pleaded with her to let her stay. Finally, she turned towards the sky and started praying, ” I am sorry, God! Please forgive me for my sins. I am seeking Your protection. Please don’t forsake me as I am Your child. I don’t want to go back to the forest of darkness and evil. I assure You that I will give up all my bad habits forever. I will remain Indebted to Your Grace and Kindness. If You too drive me away from Your Kingdom, whom shall I seek refuge from? ” The nun and her sister, Vidya, were moved to tears on seeing her earnest prayers.

Lo, behold! A miracle happened. A ray of light beamed upon Meenal, making her glow like an Angel. A Heavenly voice said, ” Don’t cry, My Child. I am here to protect you.” Meenal was both pleased and shocked at hearing the Voice of God.

In the meantime, it was Monday in the world of humans where Meenal ( the devil) got up early. She went for a morning walk. She came home and made coffee and breakfast for her parents who were pleasantly surprised with the positive change in her behavior. The original, Meenal, was too lazy to do her own bed. The poor, unsuspecting parents, didn’t realize the misfortune that was going to befall them. Meenal ( the devil) smiled innocently at them, before planning to unleash a reign of terror in the human world.

Watch out for Meenal the devil’s scheming reign of terror and the original Meenal trying desperately to get out of the trapped phone.

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4 thoughts on “SHORT STORIES FRIDAYs (40)

  1. 😲 Girl what an eerie part to begin your story with girlfriend:
    Lost in the forest of darkness? Meenal shared her dreadful experience while Vidya’s jaw dropped on hearing about the devil impersonating her.

    THEN, you moved into a place of comfort:
    “Lo, behold! A miracle happened. A ray of light beamed upon Meenal, making her glow like an Angel. A Heavenly voice said, ” Don’t cry, My Child. I am here to protect you.” Meenal was both pleased and shocked at hearing the Voice of God.”

    Talk about victory! Oh that dreadful Killer Devil Phone…it must be disconnected! β˜ŽπŸ“³πŸ“ž Great episode Aparna! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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  2. Thank you so much, dear Kym. 😊😊😊β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️🌹🌹🌹. Your sweet words of appreciation just made my day. πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•. It makes me smile. Lots of love, hugs, kisses, and wishing all the happiness.

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  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wonderful storie, is amazing when the heavenly voice sounds, love it!
    You are an awesome writer! Dear Aparna, congratulations! Thank’s!
    Have a lovely time full of love, hus, smiles, coffee,cakes, kindness, and hapiness!


  4. As always my sweet Aparna, you are most certainly welcome. Keep smiling and continue creating! πŸ˜ŠπŸŒŸπŸ€— Sending you honey bunches of love, hugs and smooches! πŸ₯°πŸ’–πŸ˜πŸ¦‹πŸ€©


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