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Fiona stood at the threshold till Stanley, her better half and Ethan, her son disappeared behind the elevator doors.  Turning around, she closed the door of her apartment. The parting smile of the day lingered on her face for a while.

The few steps towards the dining table, it vanished. Morning mess was waiting for her at the dining table, strewn here and there. The day’s newspaper, empty milk glasses, half eaten apple and what not were waiting for her to rescue them. The day had started off on a usual note of hurry-bury and she knew the rest will go ahead just as yesterday, day before and so on!

“Seasons change but not my routine”, thought she as her hands got busy in winding up. A gust of wind from the window brushed her curly locks back. It had the hint of the moistness. She looked up. A crowd of dark cloud extending beyond the frame of the window beckoned her. The dark bodies had the magnetic effect on her and thus was pulled towards the window. The cool breeze and the overcast skies triggered her time travel.

The drench and dripping souls, shivering and standing under the shed of an abandoned half-built hut on way to Lonavala stood in front of her eyes. It was their first date and the rain wished to be the witness of their blooming romance!

“Those were the days”, reflected Fiona. “I miss them so much” she continued to be lost in her thoughts while gazing out. It started drizzling soon. She was pleasantly woken up from the dreamy state by the splashing of the rain drops courtesy naughty winds! She smiled again and herd a chirp inside… “Why miss when we can recreate the magic again?” Sunny thoughts created a rainbow in her heart and she made up a plan.

Next day, though it was a week end, there was not a single thread of laziness in her actions. The overcast skies were in full steam and had not stopped sending the army of rain drops. Stanley and Ethan registered the change in Fiona’s disposition but couldn’t fathom the reason. They left it that and went ahead with their business as usual. Ethan left for the morning turf date with his football team mates.

Serving the sunny side up omelette to Stanley, Fiona joined him for the breakfast.

“You’d never believe me if I told you that I have a magical umbrella, but it’s true and I can prove it”, she said trying hard to rein in her excitement.

Stanley could not discern if it was some kind of joke or Fiona was really out of her mind. Ignoring his reaction, she continued.

“The day I step out with it, it never rains. The day I forget to take it along, rains show up. The end result is same, I curse rains in both cases”, she continued.

Stanley laughed at the thought of Fiona picking up bones with the rains! He grew curious not because of her fancy, puerile thought. It was Fiona’s innocent charm that attracted him this time.

“I can prove it. Join me today for my weekly vegetable market drive. I will carry my magical talisman, my umbrella. I bet it wont rain”, she invited Stanley with a hint of urge.

Pausing a moment before responding, Stanley nodded in affirmation. ‘I haven’t been to the market since ages and there isn’t much on the work front that needs my attention on priority’, he had mused before giving the consent.

Stanley’s affirmation gifted spring to Fiona’s feet. In no time they were spotted on way to vegetable market. The umbrella joined them to check out its magical strength!

The drizzle had stopped by then. Stanley was surprised. Holding his hands, Fiona was negotiating the puddles on the road. Warmth of her grip and cheer in her spirit rubbed on to him. He started humming his favourite song much to the delight of Fiona. Half way through, the rains defied the magic. It couldn’t hold on to the drops waiting impatiently to check out the warmth of love growing between the two.

Stanley ran for the covers. Fiona stood where she was not moving even a bit. Stanley waived at her and then called her out to catch her attention. Fiona had stretched her arms to welcome the droplets with her eyes closed. A few moments into her bliss, she felt the cover over her and a sinewy push. As she opened her eyes, she saw Stanley holding umbrella over head with one hand and clutching her near him with other. The pair of eyes met and the gaze was locked. The spark of the romance froze the moment for both of them.

And then? then what??? The umbrella was happy that its magical power was proved wrong. Stanley discovered that Fiona was still the same young girl he once dated. What about Fiona????… she was delighted at reviving the magic that seemed to have never lost between them!


This is my post to celebrate Write Tribe‘s annual Festival Of Words that encourages one and all to #WriteBravely
I have used the first Creative Writing Prompt… “You’d never believe me if I told you that I _____________, but it’s true and I can prove it.”
Picture courtesy Pixabay

41 Comments

Mayuri Nidigallu · June 24, 2018 at 12:20 pm

What a mushy tale! Loved the concept of the magic umbrella! Planning to try it with my husband:)))

    Anagha Yatin · June 24, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Hehehe…me also thinking on the same lines Mayuri!
    Thanks for visiting.

Meena · June 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Nice! I liked your take on the prompt. Waiting for tomorrow.

    Anagha Yatin · June 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Meena for visiting and appreciating!

Akshata Ram · June 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Oh what s refreshingly romantic tale Anagha

    Anagha Yatin · June 24, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks Akshata.

Balaka · June 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm

This is the best post that I read today. I loved how you created magic with your words.. Today most posts were quite depressing, including mine..but this is truly a rainbow on a cloudy sky..will wait for such magic during the festival.

    Anagha Yatin · June 24, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Awww….thats really sweet of you Balaka. Thanks for visiting.

mammaspeaks · June 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm

When I didn’t see your post in the morning, I thought you were not participating. Just as I was going to ping you, I saw this one. Have always loved your style of storytelling, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that I love this story! Glad Stanley and Fiona found the magic again. Well, it’s Sunday, time I found the magic too. It’s raining too. Perfect for me acting like Fiona too ! 😉

    Anagha Yatin · June 24, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Luv you Anshu…very sweet of you!
    Me wish too…but there are haddis in my kebab! So for some time now, I am enjoying “khayali pulav” 😉

      mammaspeaks · June 24, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Ha ha ha ha! Kabhi kabhi khayals are better than reality! 😉

Shilpa Garg · June 24, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Such a lovely heartwarming tale, Anagha. Glad that they found the old magic between them. We truly need to find and revive the magic in our relationships every now and then, like Fiona and Stan!

vartikasdiary · June 24, 2018 at 5:22 pm

the best read so far, just lovedddd it 🙂

the bespectacled mother · June 24, 2018 at 6:45 pm

I loved your storytelling. The story moved from the beginning till the end at a steady pace keeping me hooked. I could hardly imagine the story would end like the way it ended.The magic (of) umbrella worked all its charm for Fiona and Stanley. And also for me 🙂

sukrisblog · June 24, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Romance in the rains.. oooooh! Awesome story.

Ashvini kulkarni · June 24, 2018 at 7:47 pm

Cute story, nicely woven around the given sentence. Keep it up👍

Varad · June 24, 2018 at 8:09 pm

Nothing like a bit of fluff on a gloomy Sunday. Nicely done, Anagha

DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter · June 24, 2018 at 9:40 pm

Such a sweet story. I love the way you used a common place experience like ‘it never rains when we take an umbrella’ – twisted it into a beautiful romantic tale. Keep writing!
#WriteBravely:)

Mahati ramya adivishnu · June 24, 2018 at 9:47 pm

Wow.. beautiful and cinematic. Excellent take on the prompt. Lovely read 🙂

priyareflects · June 24, 2018 at 10:51 pm

Superbly narrated. Love the romance in the air.

    Anagha Yatin · June 25, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks Priya. The rain is a real magician!

Rajlakshmi · June 25, 2018 at 5:51 am

Rain and the magic of love 😍. Enjoyed reading about this beautiful rekindling of love. Wonderfully written.

Kishor Kr · June 25, 2018 at 10:53 am

Nice little tale of magic and love and Umbrella, of course. Truly refreshing and intriguing.

    Anagha Yatin · June 25, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Glad you liked it Kishor ji. Thanks for visiting and for kind words.

Bhavna Saurabh Sharma · June 25, 2018 at 11:50 am

The most beautiful part of my day today was reading this story with my husband and Anagha the magic you created casted it’s spell here too. <3 🙂
Lovely.

    Anagha Yatin · June 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Wow…Rains must be happy to witness blooming romance between two of you too Bhavna! Enjoy the season or should I say enjoy life come whatever may be the season or reason.
    Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Rashmi · June 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Awww! Lovely! Such a heart-warming tale! Loved it <3 Beautiful 🙂 And you have used rains as the backdrop! My ultimate favourite 😀 Super take on the prompt.

    Anagha Yatin · June 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Good to know that you love rains Rashmi. Rains give ample opportunity to enjoy life on a different note!
    Thanks for visiting and appreciating.

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) · June 25, 2018 at 1:36 pm

interesting story telling

    Anagha Yatin · June 25, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you!

Aesha · June 25, 2018 at 4:56 pm

I can see the romatic in you, Anagha!! What a wonderful tale.

shilpagarg85 · June 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Loving love story! 🙂

Anita · June 26, 2018 at 3:37 am

Great love story, Anagha 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · June 26, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Thanks Anita.

Sachin Baikar · June 26, 2018 at 9:31 am

Nice one, very well written 👍 Anagha
I liked the magic recreated by Fiona ☺

    Anagha Yatin · June 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    We all love magic whether in stories or in life, wont we! Thanks for appreciating Sachin.

Sachin Baikar · June 26, 2018 at 9:39 am

Nice one, very well written 👍 Anagha.
I like the magic recreated by Fiona ☺
Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · June 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Thanks for dropping by!

Gleefulblogger · June 27, 2018 at 1:21 pm

This is a brilliant and such a lovely story.

Varsh · June 27, 2018 at 4:26 pm

You gave me an idea to engage my personal Stanley, Anagha. 😉
This is so true and so sweet. Why miss something when we can recreate it or make new memories?

Corinne Rodrigues · July 4, 2018 at 6:16 pm

Love is its own kind of magic. Lovely story, Anagha.

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