“Who can say where the road goes?
Where the day flows? Only time…”
Strolling along the beautiful tree-lined streets of Defence Colony, Kimmy Sahni was deep in thought. She paid no heed to the pleasant spring morning, or Irish singer Enya’s soulful beats playing on her phone. The reason for her dismal mood was the imminent departure of her boyfriend Aman Singh, whose year-long stint as the head of a WHO project on the Covid-19 virus in India, was coming to an end.
As she crossed the colony’s famous Sukun Park – relatively quiet now that the kids were finally back in school – she recalled their first meeting at this very spot, when he boldly tapped her on the shoulder and introduced himself, all dimples and charm. She hadn’t thought they would fall for each other so quick and so hard. In a matter of weeks, they were inseparable, going from friends to confidantes and eventually lovers. When she bickered with her parents or faced a professional setback, he comforted her; when he battled the emotional and physical turmoil of documenting India’s deadly second wave of Covid-19, her warmth provided succour.
Kimmy’s parents, Brigadier Baljit Singh Sahni and his wife Rosie, had been supportive of the relationship, hoping they would marry. At 35 and 40, the couple was certainly of the right age, but they weren’t ready to take this step yet. Aman had barely recovered from the scars inflicted by a painful divorce, and Kimmy was wary of leaving her ageing parents alone in Delhi. Attempting a long-distance relationship seemed the only possible outcome. But as a die-hard romantic, Kimmy secretly hoped for a miracle that would keep him with her.
Last night, things came to a head when an emotional Kimmy picked an unnecessary fight. As Aman was packing his life in boxes, she berated him for not having returned her call earlier that day, despite knowing he was in a day-long conference. She further needled him by saying he would probably drop her like a hot cake as soon as he left the country. Tired, sad and battling his own emotions, Aman had retaliated with a mean retort, which made the hot-headed Kimmy storm out.
“And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose? Only time…”
Kimmy had promised herself she wouldn’t cry, but one fat tear found its way down her cheek as she heard these lyrics. Aggressively wiping it away, she made her way to Aman’s flat, deciding to tackle the issue head on.
He opened the door on the first ring. “Kim, I have to tell you something!” he said with palpable excitement. But she cut him off with, “Please let me say something first. I love you, and that is enough for me, whether you’re physically in my presence or not. I’m sorry for what I said. Will you please forgive me?”
Enveloping her in a big hug, Aman smiled, “Kimmy Sahni, I love you with all my heart, and I’m not going anywhere! I’ve been looking for work opportunities in India for months, to stay close to you. But I just hadn’t found anything… Then this morning, I got a call from the UN headquarters – Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and India’s ‘independent position’ of not quite denouncing their action, has them quite worried. They’ve asked me to be part of their on-ground team in India and stay for the foreseeable future. You’re not getting rid of me yet Kim!”
Despite the volatile situation and its possible implications on the world, Kimmy had got her miracle.
Number of words: 600
The prompt for this story was ‘Volatile Life’, and it had to be written within the near-impossible word limit of 600 words. As always, I have attempted to weave a story around current events, using my favourite family of characters – the Sahnis.
As it is very difficult to develop backstories and characters in such limited words, I encourage you to read my previous stories where these characters have been fleshed out more:
This story is not meant to promote war or India’s political stance on Russia’s actions in any way. I am absolutely against political aggression of any kind, and will always stand for peace and universal brotherhood. If you liked this little story, do share it with others, who may enjoy it too.
This post is written for StorytellersBlogHop FEB 2021 by Ujjwal (https://mywordsmywisdom.com) & MeenalSonal (www.auraofthoughts.com).
This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla, in collaboration with RRE Studios.
*This is not a sponsored post.
**Copyright in pictures and content belongs to nooranandchawla.com and cannot be republished or repurposed without express permission of the author. As I am a copyright lawyer by profession, infringement of any kind will invite strict legal action.
Noor your work always amaze me. It is a wonderful story in just 600 words. Congratulations!! I am a fan of Sahni’s now.
Thank you 🙂
Sahni’s are back and with a bang. Good to know that Kimmy have found love in Aman. You have beautifully penned the story and taken it forward ver well.
Thank you! Yes they first made an appearance for Storytellers last year!
Love in the time of war is not volatile, hopefully 🙂
Hahaha definitely not…
I need to read about Kimmy more, she sounds like a fascinating character. Yes, sometimes volatility of life can bring detours that might not be totally unwelcome.
I remember your stories about the Sahnis from some previous blog hops. Liked how you weaved it around contemporary events.
I’m intrigued to know the back story. Hopping to your previous posts. But as a stand alone this story conveys a beautiful mesage. This inturn is your finesse
Thank you Rakhi 🙂
A very good take on the topic, enjoyed reading it.
Noor your short stories are always a treat. While reading your story, I was also expecting a miracle but didn’t know it would happen till end. I was eagerly waiting just like Kim. And when that happened, I was very happy to read the ending. Beautifully penned as usual.
Thank you dear Swarnali!
This is a lovely story and as they say, All’s well that ends well.
Such a beautiful story and loved the way you made it contemporary too! 🙂
Wow, what a story. It had everything literally from love to war. I loved the way the ongoing events were added to the story as it led it more credibility. Fabulous work!
I was like waiting to know what current scenario you are going to paint the colors of fiction on. Fan of your writing.
If we want something truly from our heart, the Universe conspires!
She got her miracle 🙂
Story with a happy end, and with realistic portrayal of current events- pandemic & Ukraine conflict.
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
A short and lovely story in exact 600 words. Need to learn a lot from these characters too
Thank you dear!
The Sahnis are out of hibernation! What a sublime story.You.weave so much into such a short story and I love happy endings. If only life was so perfect and surreal.
Haha – life is perfect in moments and imperfect in others – that’s why my stories are always about incidents. There is no end to them really 🙂
It’s always fun to read fiction around your favourite Sahni characters. Love finds its place in your heart provided you let go off your ego. Kimmy stepped out and moved a step towards Aman and situtations also fell on her side.
Thank you… Glad you liked it 🙂
I loved how the story is moving forward! The use of contemporary events made it all the more heartwarming. Loved it.
beautiful words and a beautiful story. I am a hopeless romantic so.love love stories. I must say it was a welcome break from your usual stuff that I have read in these 5 weeks. Hats off to you for coming up with such a lovely piece in 600 words.
Thanks Kaveri! I share the sponsored posts on Blogaberry Dazzle because they need higher engagement to appease the brands – however, my creative writing continues on the side – check in regularly to my blog – the sponsored posts are always interspersed with non-sponsored ones!
Lovely story. I didn’t know you wrote fiction as well. By the way, neither did I know that the park is called Sukun Park now. We always called it Gurudwara wala park 🙂
Gurudwara Wala Park is different… Sukun Park isn’t located near either of the Gurdwaras! Sukun Park is in the interiors of C-Block, and everyone knows it as Sukun Park 🙂
I didn’t know you write stories too. This was a wonderful read but yes I’ll check out your other stories on Sahni family too.
Wow, everything from Covid to the Russian invasion of Ukraine got weaved so beautifully in your story! Every event has more repercussions than we can imagine. Amazing storytelling as always.
Thank you Varsha!
You made it quite relatable and realistic by weaving the story around contemporary events. Would love to read your other stories to feel connected with the characters. Very well written.
Wah, What a miracle. I actually could imagine the whole story as I read it, Nice one, Enjoyable and emotional.
Love the story. Happy ending is always my thing. I am loving it
Haha happy endings are definitely my thing too! Thanks for reading 🙂
Being a die hard romantic I only saw the love blossom in this story. Covid and war are two very depressive events going on in the world and ta such times it is love that can help you stay sane.
True! Thank you for reading 🙂
Very well written Noor. Kimmy ‘s story has been an ever evolving story and it has always been a pleasure to read it.
Thank you 🙂
Good to see Sahnis making a comeback. And I always love how you make your stories topical with the ongoing. Will we see the full fledged fiction book this year from you? 🙂
Gosh! I hope so!! I have an idea germinating… Just need to sit down and write it!
Loved this short story and how you have included current events. Amazing write up.
Lovely ending to this part of the story. There is always light at the end of the tunnel – for them the war situation is a boon in disguise. I think I have read another one of this series. Very crisp and articulate.
Thanks Vasumathi! 🙂
Ending this weekend reading your Sahnis’ series, for sure. Every time I read something you’ve written, I become a bigger fan of your writing!
This is such a beutiful story, of course life is not predictable and You have portrayed this so well by this wonderful writeup.
I love that in a time of turmoil you gave us a happy ending- the world needs more of them these days!
This is your first short story I’ve come across and I’m all set to read through the previous ones now that I;ve been introduced to the Sahnis! I especially love how you’ve woven the story around current affairs that concern the world today.
Wow loved reading this noor, haven’t read your previous about sahnis. Maybe I think of should now.
Loved the story and you have portrayal the whole story wonderfully in just 600 words.
I loved the way you have portrayed “volatile life” each word depicts an emotion here and ultimately weaves a beautiful story.
Wow Noor, Such an amazing story in such limited words. Kudos to you
beautifully penned noor! loved it