Sunday, 29 April 2018

X-OTIC


"An EGG?", little Martin asked with a bemused look on his face.

His mother rightly sensed that it was more of an exasperated scowl than a look of awe and wonder. "What, you don't like eggs now?"

"But you told me there would be magic", the tone of disapoointment in his voice was hard to miss.

"But this IS magic."

"An EGG??", he repeated, wondering if his mother had missed the point.

He looked at the egg, holding back tears of disappointment. The egg, a faint pink, was placed in an egg cup, which sort of resembled a tripod. If anything, the tripod was the only thing that seemed interesting to Martin at this moment.

She smiled, hoping he'd come around quickly, "It's magic dear...and with magic, you need to be very patient sometimes."

Just then, the egg seemed to move a little.

"IT'S MOVING", he screamed, suddenly struggling to contain his excitement.

"Yes my child...but there's more..."

And at that very moment, a tiny crack appeared on the shell. A small amount of colourless liquid oozed out from the crack. Soon the crack grew bigger, then there was more oozing, and more pushing from within the egg. The child clapped and squealed in joy through the entire episode.

Finally, after much struggle - and with a little help from the child and his mother - a tiny pink, hairless mass with a prominent beak and shut eyes made its way out of the shell.

"It's SOOO CUTE Momma", the child squealed, his eyes gleaming with excitement. "Can I play with it? PLEASE??"

"Now, now Martin...", his mother's voice turned firm, "How many times have I told you? You should NEVER play with..."

"Steamed or deep-fried Ma'am?", the waiter asked, waiting in rapt atttention for a response.

"Deep-fried!", the child didn't wait for his mom to respond. It was his birthday after all.

"Right Sir!", the waiter said as he picked the chick up with a pair of tongs and walked towards the kitchen.


18 comments:

  1. Really! Is waiter going to deep-fry the newbie?
    A nice piece of write-up. :)

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by Shilpa :)

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  2. Omg.. I did not expect this.. Thought the mom and child to be kind.. Unexpected twist but kinda super cool.

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  3. Totally did not see that coming. Wow! Great twist at the end.

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  4. I don't particularly love eggs though I am a big chicken lover. This made me cringe. But I admire your writing skills. This was really well done

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    1. Thanks Akshata. Coming from you, that means a lot :)

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  5. Yikes ... the story turned dark in a flash. Unexpected ending. Really neat storytelling. Loved the smooth dialogues. Never felt stilted.

    X-tacy of travel: An Ode To Wanderlust

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    1. Thanks a ton Seema. Glad you liked it. I believe this is your first visit here. Hope you stick around :)

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  6. Didn't see it coming at all. great piece.
    priya from priyreflects

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  7. That was most unexpected cruel end Criss. Appreciate your craftsmanship here...but...no, no no please couldnt digest it.

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    1. Hehe. Sorry for freaking you out :)

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  8. That has made me utterly sad... gut wrenching how it ended!

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    1. That comment means I did my job quite well :)

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  9. Oh no, I'm sure this is reality at places! Great ending!

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  10. We trust parents so much to never go wrong .. n that’s the type of trust I had on the mother of this boy teaching him magic by making him see the egg hatch and life come out of it .. and thn 💔.. well , parents also can go wrong 🙈

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