“Time to visit your favorite Kasbah’*, announced Amina as she secured ‘Shayla’** for Sarah with a broch.

Sarah clapped, with joy cascading from her bright eyes.

“Mashallah, you look so beautiful”, said old Amina in shaking voice, looking at Sarah.

“Umm”***, said Sarah hugging Amina.

“You will stay by my side”, warned Amina, with her widened eyes.

Once at Kasbah, Sarah spotted an electrically illuminated lotus at the center of a fountain. She ran towards it, leaving Amina behind, with a jerk.

“Careless”, “Unruly”, “Disgusting”, said some as Amina rushed to control her grown-up, autistic daughter from the fatal attraction.

Word count:100
*Kasbah – Refers to multiple buildings in a citadel or several structures behind a defensive wall.
*Shayla – headscarf used by some women who follow Islam in the presence of any men outside of their family.
***Umm – Arabic for mother
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msjadeli · June 3, 2020 at 6:02 am

Anagha, a great story. So happy to see you here at Friday Fictioneers. I’ve been missing your stories since April ended.

    Anagha Yatin · June 3, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you so much for these reassuring words! So glad to have you here.

      msjadeli · June 4, 2020 at 12:35 am

      You are very welcome.

Vaishali Khot · June 3, 2020 at 2:41 pm

You have the knack to bring a twist in the tale,like here by just saying Sarah is autistic

    Anagha Yatin · June 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks Vaishali, you always have kind words that lift my spirit!

Beena R · June 3, 2020 at 10:59 pm

Excellent, as usual Anagha. Your stories always have a lovely unanticipated end. Keeps one eagerly waiting to know the end…like I said, you are a born writer. Lovely!!

Balaka · June 4, 2020 at 6:07 pm

I really feel sad for parents who have to manage grown up special needs kids. May they stay strong. Lovely story once again.

the bespectacled mother · June 5, 2020 at 9:15 pm

I didn’t see the end coming in that way. I felt sad to hear those words at the end which people used to describe the act of Amina’s daughter.

Rajlakshmi · June 8, 2020 at 6:24 pm

I too didn’t see the end coming. Beautiful story telling.

Vinitha · June 9, 2020 at 7:21 am

I can’t imagine how Amina must be feeling! We are too quick to judge. This a beautifully written sad story, Anagha!

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