But kamala , you have to do something about this .  He has actually crossed the line this time.

She stopped chopping the vegetables &  looked anxiously at Kamala’s bandaged head almost choking with grief for the poor lady.

It had been only two days but it felt like ages ago .

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She had just settled down with a book to read with a warm cup of tea. Her husand busy channel surfing , now on his second drink for the evening .His snacks were served which meant another 30 mins to herself. Her much cherished me time.

The brand new romance novel was sneaked out of the monthly grocery budget & she had been saving it up for the weekend. But barely a page was turned or a sip of her tea taken and there it was , the loud banging at the main door .

It was Lali , Kamala’s 7 year old daughter weeping inconsolably.

What happened , has your father hit your mother again?

Kamla, their maid lived right behind their home along with three little children and a good for nothing husband.  Getting their quarrels sorted out was an almost weekly affair. She got a lot of flak for it from her husband and she was quite sure one of these days , he’ll lose his temper over this as well and get rid of them. Peace of mind of two families was at stake here. She had to manage the situation .

Lali ? Beta , tell me what happened?

There is blood every where , ma is hurt.  she rushed inside the second she heard that and found her husband watching Bollywood videos quite unperturbed by the whole scene .

Listen , we have to rush. something terrible has happened to Kamla. 

Why are you bothered. Let them be. I don’t understand why you have to meddle in their affairs . Get me some food , I am famished.

She wasn’t surprised by his lack of interest. That wasn’t new . But what definitely new was her walking out of the main door , grabbing the car keys without paying heed to his orders.

A couple of hours and furious calls later she finally came back , satisfied. Kamla was at the hospital , her stiches would take 2-3 days to heal but she was saved just in time.

It was worthwhile. She thought to herself before drifting off to sleep , teary eyed & aching.

Didi , I can’t leave him. He hits me , but that’s my fate. I am married to him , I cant leave everything and go. You are modern and educated still you don’t , so  what do you expect me  to do ?

Kamla’s sadness ridden voice brought her back to the present.

What do you mean? She asked not quite sure if she had understood her clearly.

Didi not all wounds are visible. When expectations shatter they hurt the most.

She tried to hide her bruised hand , her mind split between wanting to reprimand her for this uncalled behavior & wanting to embrace this woman she felt a strange empathy for.

She did nothing of those two. Instead she went inside her bedroom to finally take out that handbag from inside and started packing her things.Even her maid expected her to lead the way , she couldn’t take the path of least resistance now.

She smiled as she walked out of the door , finally able to meet her own expectations of a life of dignity.

Everyday Women

This 26 part fiction short story series is inspired by women who are like you and me . Not superheroes , but Everyday Women.  They have a voice , a dream , a vision , an intent or even a point of view. These slice of life tales are work in progress – if you can share a personal story in the comments it may help me conjure up a story .Would truly appreciate!

You can read about #AtoZChallenge here & read my Theme Reveal Post here.

If you wish to read the #EveryDayWomen stories thus far , you can find them on AtoZChallenge Page .

Happy Reading !

Great Expectations #AtoZChallenge Day 7
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17 thoughts on “Great Expectations #AtoZChallenge Day 7

  • April 9, 2016 at 7:05 am
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    I love the way you portray everyday women in your story. Every story is unique yet the character feel more powerful than the previous one. Keep up the good work. Waiting for next!

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  • April 9, 2016 at 11:30 am
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    Violence on woman and kids becoming the victim …
    Sad to read it, that his husband looked for food instead of helping her maid.

    Society is becoming slave of cruelty.

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  • April 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm
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    Wow! Loved how to got the two stories together. And so important some times to give up on a relationship that’s no point saving. Well done!

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  • April 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm
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    *oops – some typo there. I wanted to say loved how the two stories shaped together 🙂

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  • April 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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    Good and inspiring story

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    • April 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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      Thanks Lata.. trying my hand at fiction.. though now completely stuck! 🙁

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  • April 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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    The normal lives of women is such an inspiring theme. Physical violence is not the only kind of abuse, i love how subtely yet powerfully you’ve brought it out. the lack of empathy by the husband is painful. Even though this is fiction, the story had me pissed at both the husbands.

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    • April 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm
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      Maggie , the maid incident is inspired by real life. We actually rushed to save a live in maid who’se husband literally bust open her head during a fight and then went missing. what shocked me was she didn’t file a complaint and went on with her life when he returned..

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  • April 9, 2016 at 11:06 pm
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    The maid’s words jolted me too. The people whom we think don’t observe us, observe us the most. And this story portrays such a horrible truth of life.
    Sharing this post. Everyone needs to gather the guts to walk away from an abusive relationship.

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  • April 10, 2016 at 4:30 am
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    It takes so much courage to do the right thing. Due to societal pressures, women, especially Indian women tries to stick to their failing marriage. I mean why? Damn the divorce stats! If you are not happy in a marriage, walk out! Live a life you love to have and with dignity! Brilliant post again! Whoa!

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  • April 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm
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    Powerful story. Loved the way the protagonist was forced to assess her own life.
    Great post. 🙂

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  • April 11, 2016 at 1:13 am
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    Hey .. was’nt it the movie Arth. This post reminded me of the two characters there …
    Shabana Azmi and Rohini Hattangadi … it has been more than 20 years since then … perhaps nothing has changed…

    Very well written…

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  • April 11, 2016 at 11:56 am
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    Excellent theme and realistic too. It’s so very easy to give advice but when it comes to doing, women back out of taking a stand.

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