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She had lost connect with the surrounding. She was staring at the embers for close to ten minutes. Exuding, dancing flames held her captive.

A great turmoil erupted in her mind. Should she or should she not? She kept oscillating between the two opposing thoughts, tormented.

“End up as the laughing stock. You will be called names… Scaredy -cat, chicken heart, poltroon. Hahaha…pick your choice! Save your face and earn a grace. Do it lily livered” murmured the devil in her left ear.

“What do you want to prove? That you are brave? And to whom? Picking embers doesn’t make one brave. Don’t hurt yourself”, persuaded the angel, settled on her right shoulder.

She hesitated once again and pulled her hand back.

“You are a looser…loser, loser, loser”, laughed the devil from the left side.

With a jerk, she reached out for an ember and pulled it and placed it on her palm. An ear-splitting wail was heard for long.

She paid the heavy price of playing the dreaded on-line game.

Word Count: 171 words

Few months back, the news papers were flooded with the horrific stories of teenage children falling prey to on-line game named, “Blue whale”. The game dictated the player to inflict injuries to self and post pictures to clear the level. The last task or the last level was to hang self without leaving any note. Awareness was created amongst the boys and girls of that age through schools about the dreaded game. Parents and friends were advised to check the behaviour of their wards and buddies respectively. Later, many cases were reported in news paper about  children being rescued from inflicting irrevocable damage.

Easy access to internet, lack of human touch, bullying, misplaced ideas of heroism all have contributed to rise of such demons. As a mother of growing children, my heart trembles at the thought of safe-guarding my children enough, from the ominous menace.

Linking this post to 158th Challenge of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFFfAW) by Priceless Joy.

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Enisa. Thank you Enisa!


Priceless Joy · March 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm

Oh my gosh, I heard about that too, what a horrible horrible game! Thank goodness my children are grown but my grandchildren are not so that sets fear in my heart. Excellent story!!

    Anagha Yatin · March 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Wish the world remains safe for the future generations, PJ. Thanks for visiting. Happy that the story resonated well with you.

Shalzmojo · March 15, 2018 at 8:41 am

Superb story to talk about the menace of the Blue Whale game – that was so insane! I wonder at the Karma of the ones who invented that game to lure innocent people into killing themselves and all for what? What motivated them to make this game? Depravity is whats setting in our world by large measures – this is the price of advancement we seem to be paying now!

    Anagha Yatin · March 15, 2018 at 9:05 am

    You nailed it Shalini. The heavy price that we are paying for the non holistic progress! Thanks for visiting and adding to the discussion on the topic.

Bellybytes · March 15, 2018 at 5:23 pm

This is a dangerous and scary trend . Thanks for highlighting it in this way. Loved your story though looser should be spelt loser.

    Anagha Yatin · March 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Oops…Thank you Sunita for pointing out the flaw.

yarnspinnerr · March 15, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Topical. It is truly a dreadful game that is responsible for many young deaths.

    Anagha Yatin · March 16, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    True that. Thanks for visiting and adding to the discussion on the topic.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · March 15, 2018 at 7:54 pm

Very nicely written,the coining of words are simply awesome.

    Anagha Yatin · March 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for dropping by and for kind words.

Varsha Kalelkar · March 15, 2018 at 10:57 pm

Well I am shivering and unable to say good words. It’s a scary game I was in denial for long time.
Hope no one falls prey to this again.

    Anagha Yatin · March 16, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    I too hope the same Varsha. No childhood be wiped out from the world at the hands of this menace. Thanks for visiting dear!

Vinitha · March 16, 2018 at 12:37 am

This is so scary. Kids can be easily manipulated and if you add the word ‘dare’, they just jump in with no reasoning. Your story unfolded the dilemma of one such kid effortlessly, Anagha.

    Anagha Yatin · March 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    You got it so right Vinitha. Without giving any consideration to consequences, the children engage in bravado.
    Thanks for visiting and appreciating my efforts.

Buy contact lenses · March 17, 2018 at 3:43 pm

I am extremely impressed along with your writing abilities, Thanks for this great share.

Parul Thakur · March 17, 2018 at 8:21 pm

I like how you penned this story and then shared a message. Thanks for the post. The more youngsters read this, maybe the awareness goes up.

    Anagha Yatin · March 18, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Thanks Parul for kind words. How I wish, such games are never designed, in the first place.

goroyboy · March 19, 2018 at 9:25 am

Sad but growing up it was Russian Roulette.. thanks for the reminder and awareness

jacquelineobyikocha · March 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Oh gosh! This is just so scary. Children are far too gullible and that fear of being called a loser, a wimp and being bullied gets the better of a lot of them. Really a worrying trend. I think the people who come up with these games are sad, miserable and evil lots.

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