All That Glistens

4 Nov

When Sujin called, Valli was already halfway through re-organizing the kitchen cabinets. Perspiration on her face and resentment in her heart, she silently cursed herself for taking on the mantle of the cleaner one. The maid had disappeared two weeks ago and with Diwali around the corner, chances of finding a substitute were slimmer than the size she aspired to be. So when he uttered something a shade thoughtless, she was ripe for the mother of all tantrums.

They fought for 47 minutes. 47:28, to be precise. And as they raged back and forth and spewed acrimony into the cellular heavens, tears poured down her cheeks unchecked. Grabbing the nearest available towel, she wiped her eyes and blew hard. Pale yellow mucus stared placidly back at her. She raged some more. She blew some more. Until the mustard-colored towel glistened evenly and she carefully arranged it on the back of his chair, right on top of the cleaner blue one, exactly as she had found it.

Two hours later, her run ended abruptly. The neighbor’s dog had mistaken her leg for a lamppost and she hurried home to shower.  Sujin was going to be late. So she put on La Boheme at glass-shattering decibels, poured herself some cranberry juice, stripped off her soiled track pants, grabbed the topmost towel off the chair and let the hot jets of water drain her cares away.

19 Responses to “All That Glistens”

  1. Suki November 4, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    Murphy, or karmic justice?

  2. Minal November 5, 2009 at 1:11 am #

    Love the short stories bloggers some up with! This one is super! Karma han? What goes around comes around!

  3. DewdropDream November 5, 2009 at 1:41 am #

    NOT FAIR!!!!!

    You cannot do the karma thing to a girl, no matter what!!!

  4. Priyanka November 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Lol.. That was a really good one!
    @Suki – Murphy’s law if it happens to me and karmic/poetic justice if it happens to others!

  5. Shivani November 5, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    I was going to say egggzactly what Priyanka said, but she beat me to it 😦

    Anyway, loved the story … & the title — ‘glistens’ *snicker*

  6. sukanya November 5, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    very nice….your story cleared up the fogginess I was struggling with this morning.

  7. Orange Jammies November 6, 2009 at 9:22 am #

    Suki: I’d call it writer’s manipulation. 🙂

    Minal: Snot an idea. 😛

    DewdropDream: Only to my character, hon. I was smarter than that.

    Priyanka: Hear, hear.

    Shivani: Thank you. 🙂

    sukanya: I lifted someone’s fog? That’s a first.

  8. dipali November 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Cool story!

  9. Meira November 9, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Yuck! How cool 😛

  10. Orange Jammies November 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    dipali @ Meira: Thank you, confused souls! 😛

  11. Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!? November 10, 2009 at 8:50 am #


    How can something so disgusting be so lovely-ly written?

  12. Orange Jammies November 11, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    M4: But…but…mommies write about poop and puke so matter-of-factly! Why am I not allowed? 😦

  13. Eveslungs November 12, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    Of course you are darling. Made for a great read 🙂

  14. Orange Jammies November 12, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    Eveslungs: Oh whew. Thanks. 😀

  15. Eveslungs November 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm #


  16. Anindita November 19, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Ooh wicked. 🙂

  17. Orange Jammies November 20, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    Eveslungs: My grandma, what a round tongue you have!

    Anindita: 🙂

  18. Phoenixritu December 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    Awesome! Going through your blog after a long time. Loved it

  19. Orange Jammies December 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    Phoenixritu: You’re welcome to visit yennytime. 😀

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