“Nan, what’s that?”, asked Mikhail with curiosity.

Ludmilla was taken by surprise. She was so engrossed in the photo that she did not notice the footsteps approaching her room. Jostled by the query, she chinned up, her eyes welling.

Mikhail, was taken aback at that sight. Till date he had seen only the smiling, dimpled face of his favourite nanny, Ludmilla whom he called ‘Nan’ fondly.

All but seven, Mikhail was very mature of his age. “Missing someone? Can I see?”, holding his hand in-front, he supplicated.

Ludmilla involuntarily handed the photo to him.

“Blue sky with white clouds! Have you seen them?” he asked. “Is this how your houses are? Colourful?”, he quizzed. “Here we have black sky, no clouds and white dome shaped houses. Can we go and live there?”

Ludmilla’s heart melted at that. Tears rolled down her cheeks.

Mikhail stood clueless. For he didn’t know that Ludmilla, to support her family on Earth, was serving a long-term contract of baby sitting job at Human Colony on Moon.


Word Count: 171 words

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58 Comments

talesfromthemindofkristian · July 17, 2018 at 3:14 pm

That’s really different. I like that. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for visiting. Glad you liked it!

      talesfromthemindofkristian · July 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      You’re welcome. Yes I did, I liked how you took the picture and did something different with it. 🙂

        Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 8:02 pm

        Thank you!

Iain Kelly · July 17, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Great reveal at the end. For all his maturity he still has a lot to learn about this new life.

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks Ian

BellyBytes · July 17, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Wow! I really learnt something new today. Anagha you have a great knack for Sci-fi….love your vivid imagination and the stories you conjure up. Writing short stories is really an art which you seem to have.

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Awww… Owe you a treat for this Sunita! Thank you soooooo much!!!

syncwithdeep · July 17, 2018 at 4:49 pm

hahha. anagha is back with her witty tales. loved this creative version

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks Deepa!

magiceye · July 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Wow! But why the Russian names? Loved the tale though. Fluid narration.

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Hahaha…football world cup hangover may be!
    On a serious note, I found the alleys to be from foreign land. And then it occurred to me that the first person to go in space was Uri Gagrin, who was Russian. So the Russian connect!
    Appreciate your observation. Thanks for visit.

Ashvini Naik · July 17, 2018 at 5:16 pm

This is such a brilliantly thought Sci-Fi fiction, Anagha.

Your art of weaving such beautiful stories around a simple premise makes me marvel.

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you so much for the appreciation and kind words Ashvini.

Mansi · July 17, 2018 at 5:51 pm

And the end, stole the show..that was a great read

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks Mansi

Natasha · July 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm

Anagha, you are good at this, very, very good, is all I can say. :))

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Awww…me blushing!Thanks Natasha.

Hena Jose · July 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm

Superb….wonder how you come up with such short, yet clear stories

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks Hena for uplifting remarks.

Sachin Baikar · July 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm

OMG! the end was unbelievable ☺ Nice creative thinking 👍 Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you Sachin.

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) · July 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

nice to narrate your story

    Anagha Yatin · July 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks Pushpendra ji

Varsha Baikar · July 17, 2018 at 11:44 pm

Interesting one with nice ending

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Thanks Varsha.

Priceless Joy · July 18, 2018 at 3:21 am

Wonderful story! It really pulled me in and kept me captivated. Well done!

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Thank you PJ for this encouraging remark. Thanks for visiting

Abhisek Nayak · July 18, 2018 at 8:43 am

Great Thinking. Great Story.

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Thanks Abhishek

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · July 18, 2018 at 9:37 am

So, a science fiction story…very nice twist.

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Thanks Jyotirmoy

Akshata Ram · July 18, 2018 at 9:50 am

That was quite a refreshing tale Anagha

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Thanks Akshata

Ramya Abhinand · July 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

Great story telling Anagha!!! I loved the way it unfolded towards the end.

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Thanks Ramya

pratikshya2 · July 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Oh wow! the last line was !!!! I liked it.

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks Pratikshya.

Meha Sharma · July 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Your imagination is boundless Anagha ❤️

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Thats very kind of you Meha. Thanks dear.

Hassan Hero · July 18, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Nice post.. i loved it

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks.

Prerna Wahi · July 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Very interesting sci fi. Loved the twist at the end. Gripping and engaging

    Anagha Yatin · July 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks Prerna

Sonia Chatterjee · July 18, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Beautiful imagination. Love what you did with the picture.

    Anagha Yatin · July 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks Sonia

amrutasuresh · July 18, 2018 at 8:35 pm

Good imagination!

    Anagha Yatin · July 18, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks Amruta Suresh.

anuragbakhshi · July 19, 2018 at 9:43 am

Excellent ending to a moving story Anagha.

    Anagha Yatin · July 19, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for visit and encouraging feedback, Anurag.

Neeraj Kumar · July 19, 2018 at 9:35 pm

Just brilliant!

    Anagha Yatin · July 19, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you.

shanayatales · July 19, 2018 at 10:30 pm

I did not see that one coming. It was refreshingly different!

    Anagha Yatin · July 20, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Thanks Shanaya.

Amina · July 20, 2018 at 11:19 am

wow.. short, quick and sweet story.. enjoyed reading it, especially the end 🙂

Anshu Bhojnagarwala · July 20, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Wow… Not only it’s a good story but scary too. I can’t even imagine this happening to us, earthlings.

    Anagha Yatin · July 20, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks Anshu. Earthlings will be safe because we are the most selfish of all the species..

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