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Startled by rasping knock at the door, he looked up from lap-top, but not before checking bottom right corner for time, which displayed 1am. Darting eyes in darkness that had blanketed every inch of room, with thoughts stuck deep in work, it took him several seconds to comprehend the situation.

The Knock

Knocking compounded with every passing second. A bolt of lightning made a brief appearance in the piece of sky that window could hold in its frame. It had been raining incessantly since afternoon.

Working from comforts of bedroom of villa, he hadn’t bothered about unremitting downpour. Suddenly now, he took cognizance of thumping sound of wind that was slapping window. Pitch darkness, courtesy snapped electric line and swooshing clangor added to eeriness.

Gathering courage that lay scattered in bits and pieces in every part of his body, he headed for hallway. Knocking now was outpaced by thumping heartbeats. Shaking his head to ward of spectral thoughts, he shouted, “Who’s it?” Freakish silence hung heavily, having no answer; but left his forehead with glistening sweat beads for company.

Taking a long, deep breath he opened door. A gush of cold wind lapped his face with splash of water droplets.

Here he stood facing a huge branch of tree, that had come undone from trunk, like a fallen soldier, after a tussle with gusty wind. Not happy with slaying the branch, the wind was still banging the branch on door, making it kick the conscious out of his spirit!


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Linking this post to #TellTaleThursday by Anshu & Priya
Word Count: 250

19 Comments

Abhijit Ray · January 12, 2019 at 9:09 am

Nice story. Nature can be unrelenting and wake person from his work.

Varsha Baikar · January 12, 2019 at 9:11 am

Short and scary post 👍 Anagha

shri.krishna.sharma · January 12, 2019 at 9:38 am

Very nice story.

Shilpa Nairy · January 12, 2019 at 11:47 am

Very creative ending Anagha.

Sajid Akhter · January 12, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Hi Anagha,

I must say your post is very creative and engaging. Thanks for sharing this post. Have a good day.

Sachin Baikar · January 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Your words made me visualise the knock. Good one 👍 Anagha.

Anita · January 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm

Phew! Great suspense till the end 🙂

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · January 12, 2019 at 6:41 pm

You created the situation through words as if i am watching any movie, loved the twist.
Heavily enjoyed it.

Deepshikha · January 12, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Dear Anagha in very few words you have created a magic …….really very nice…keep writing

matheikal · January 12, 2019 at 10:31 pm

You’ve created a scary mood.

Anshu Bhojnagarwala · January 14, 2019 at 1:41 pm

What a build up!! I really thought I would see something paranormal. Nature can be dark, scary and cruel. Good story, Anagha! And welcome to #TellTaleThursday family

    Anagha Yatin · January 14, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Nature, I suppose, holds best dramas with great twists in its folds.
    Thanks Anshu for visiting and appreciating

Abhisek Nayak · January 14, 2019 at 7:49 pm

Thank God, I didn’t read this post at 1am. Very well written.

Priya · January 14, 2019 at 9:56 pm

Loved the narration, Anagha. I could feel the protagonist palpitating. Superb.
Welcome to #TellTaleThursday. Good to see you hete. 😊

Amarjeet Sonia Madaan · January 15, 2019 at 7:43 pm

Nice story

geekanika · January 15, 2019 at 9:55 pm

what atmosphere (forgive the pun)! Great job!

mayuri6 · January 16, 2019 at 5:11 pm

Hahahahah and Phew! You got me there! Good twist!

    Anagha Yatin · January 16, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    😉
    Thanks M for stopping by.

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