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Short Story – Epiphany

The man sat in a corner, head in his hands and eyes closed. After all he had been through, his master had added yet another task to his plate. He already had more than enough to occupy his whole day – in fact, even if he quit sleeping and eating, he wouldn’t be able to complete everything his master asked of him.

For all these months, he had been struggling – shifting priorities and shuffling between tasks – and to some extent had succeeded, indeed. There had never been even a single catastrophic day so far. Oh yes, there had been times when he had given up hope, but trudged along anyways. Waiting for the sky to fall, he had instead been surprised when things righted themselves. Miracles, he assured himself.

No, it’s your overflowing bowl of kindness and good karma, his near & dear ones had said.

He turned around and looked at them. They were so happy and carefree, playing in the garden. He liked to see them that way – innocent and unaware of what he was going through.

A hulking figure stepped in front him, and he was broken out of his reverie. He looked up – it was his master. His master, who piled task upon task on him, seemingly carving enjoyment out of the misery that was doled out.

But today, his master was not gloating – the look on his face was – he was content. The master turned his head to look into the garden. Then, he turned back to face the man, gave a fleeting smile, and walked away.

The man was puzzled. What could that smile mean? Was he out to dole misery to his entire family now?

And then he remembered that day, years ago, when he had realized for the first time that there was no escaping the fate in store for him and his family.

That day, he had walked up to his master, and made a deal – that he alone would bear all the misery in store for his family. In return, his family would live a happy and contented life, unaware of what was happening to him.

He smiled, stood up, and went back to his work.

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    • May 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Thanks for the kind words.. I am glad that you liked my posts – do keep visiting!

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    • July 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Thanks for visiting and I’m glad to know that you enjoyed the post.. Do keep visiting!

      On a side note – if you feel like you don’t quite understand what I meant in any post – take a look at the tags. More often than not, one of the tags will be “Cryptic” – these posts serve more as reminders of significant events in my life. I don’t expect that anyone else (other than my better half) will understand them.

      Good luck with your studies!

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