by Lurie Park
It is a short story based on a young boy Phatik.
|Phatik was always left alone at home while his parents would go to different places with his younger brother, Ravi.
Ravi was the one touched with pampering. Whenever he wanted something, he would immediately got that but that was not the case with Phatik.
It was a summer night.
"We will be coming back in few hours. Please make sure that all the dishes are clean by then", his parents said to Phatik.
Now he was alone in the house, locked from outside. He couldn't do anything else or rest in a room and watch television as all the other rooms were locked up too. There was only the kitchen, the dining room and the rooftop where he was allowed to go.
Alone in that big house, Phatik was washing the dishes in the kitchen thinking of unicorns and pegasus. He was making his own stories in his mind where he could be free and wander around anywhere with white bright wings.
After finishing some chores, he went to the terrace. There he sat in a corner with folded legs and his head raised up, gazing at the sky. He saw the white summer moon. How brilliantly it was shining! He could imagine in it's light, the flying pegasus with himself riding on his back.
He was in his own world. Stars and clouds filled the air. Angels above and mermaids in water were looking spectacular. Every other soul there was wearing something white with a tiara on their heads.
Suddenly he saw a dying dove beside the lake. His imaginary lake! The dove was deeply wounded and was about to leave the world. He was the only one who could save the bird. If he would save the bird, everyone would praise him and love him. No one will dare to leave him alone and made him do the household chores. These thoughts urged him to quickly find a way for becoming the dove's savior.
He searched for a leaf and washed dove's wounds. He lifted the bird in his hand and ran to take him to a safe place where he could find some help. He was running and running in his full speed when a loud noise came from a far distance saying -
"Come down below son. We are all so tired now. Could you please help me to cook the dinner for today. "
His beautiful dream had shattered. He returned back to his normal routine, wearing an apron, ready to cook the dinner. All what he had imagined, sitting under the white summer moon had now all vanished away.
Word Count: 429