Life After Grief – Chapter 1

Cyn’s Unhappy Retirement Cynthia had moved to the retirement resort soon after the death of her husband. They’d been married for fifty years, and that celebration had been graced by the attendance of family and friends they’d worked with and known for most of their married life. Knowing her husband Steve was soon to enter the final stages of cancer had cast a pall over … Continue reading Life After Grief – Chapter 1

Aadi – Chapter 5

Shadi at Last Chandra bade a tearful goodbye to the London branch of the Reddy family and returned to her father’s home in Chennai. A great celebration took place to welcome her home. Hameer had been in contact with Chandra’s father and all the formalities were complete between the two families. Chandra’s father consulted a priest to determine the most auspicious time for a wedding … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 5

Aadi – Chapter 4

Chandra Gains a New Family There seemed to be no softening of Hameer’s attitude, but Dakshana had learned through the London Reddy family Chandra had been a frequent guest in their home through her studies and realized there would be an eventual confrontation on that issue. Dakshana wanted to see her son Aadi happily married to a woman of his choice and she liked this … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 4

Aadi – Chapter 3

Chandra Meets the Extended Family The green VW flicked its lights as it approached and Aadi recognized that was the signal for her arrival. He quickly removed the orange traffic restraints and beckoned her to park. She backed in expertly and his heart swelled with pride at her skill. Chandra emerged flushed and clutching her purse. She stood briefly and looked at him. She was … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 3

Aadi – Chapter 2

The Reconnection Chandra had already been in UK staying with relatives for six months. Aadi had missed their clandestine meetings while he waited for formalities of UK visa and school acceptance and Dakshana had watched her son with sympathy as he shut himself away from usual pursuits. She guessed her son was missing this girl, Chandra. Dakshana had liked the girl and felt Chandra had … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 2

Aadi – Chapter 1

Forbidden Relationship Captain Hameer Reddy sat pondering the future of his children at his home office in Delhi. He was on leave from his battalion. Posting in the mountains for the duration of his last assignment had been cold and uncomfortable and he was happy to enjoy the comforts of home for a time with servants to answer his beck and call. He reflected in … Continue reading Aadi – Chapter 1

Conflict on the Mountain

Manu sat at home thinking over his options. He was reluctant to leave this house his ancestors had put together collecting stones lying about in abundance in the rain channel. Most times a gentle stream supplied them with their drinking water and washing and cooking needs but when seasonal deluges hit these hills it became a raging torrent of water that scoured banks revealing stones … Continue reading Conflict on the Mountain

The Large Huggy Worm

Tina glanced out the kitchen window as her custom was as a multi-tasking mother. So many things to juggle cleaning, cooking, washing, and keeping an eye out for her tiny one who enjoyed romping around the back yard and playing on the swing set her husband Doug had constructed over the weekend. She was happy Doug had spent weeks on side and rear fencing which … Continue reading The Large Huggy Worm

The Flood – Chapter 2

Marooned It was a beautiful afternoon as they made their way to town and Amy was glad to use a supermarket trolley to support her damaged back as Lucas sped around grabbing things off the shelf and coming back to where Amy was slowly progressing around the aisles. They ended up with much more in the trolley than Amy had listed but were happy with … Continue reading The Flood – Chapter 2

The Flood – Chapter 1

Amy Moves In Lucas remembered looking out the window a week previously and thought of the conversation with his sister Amy. He’d observed it was about time the drought broke. Lucas had never married as his total energies and attention had been given to developing his business in town. He and Amy had been close, as children growing up in the town of Springdale in … Continue reading The Flood – Chapter 1