One Summer Day!

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08:00 AM

Anna smiled and waved goodbye before closing the door. She walked over to the glass window and watched him get into his car and drive away. She stood there staring out the window lost in thoughts. Was she ready to take such a big step? How was she going to execute this? What was she going to do? She had not planned anything! Anna pushed the thoughts away from her mind. These thoughts were scaring her and she was afraid she might rethink her decision at the last moment.

No! She should not, she had to go through with it and the time is NOW!

She walked into her bedroom and looked at her sleeping baby. His innocent face, sleeping oblivious to the world around him, oblivious to how his life was about to change in just a day! She gathered herself, she had to hurry! There was no time to stall. Dave never worked late; he would be back by 5PM as usual.

They had to leave the country before that!

Anna quickly walked over to the closet and pulled out the suitcase hidden at the back. She threw in some clothes and the documents that she thought was most important. She looked at her jewelry box and contemplated taking her jewelry; it would be useful someday but then decided against it. She did not want to take what was not hers in the true sense of the word! She packed her suitcase and changed into a pair of jeans and t-shirt, then filled the baby’s bag with a fresh pack of diapers, wipes, formula and hot water. She also took his favorite toys lest he miss them!

She looked at the clock, it was already past 10! They had to leave now before the maid came. If the maid saw her with the suitcase, it would be doom! She shuddered at the thought!

Anna rolled the suitcase to the front door, went back into the bedroom, she looked at her baby and said “I promise you, life will be good for you now!” she carried her baby and advanced to the front door. She looked at the clock again, it was almost 11. As she stepped out the door, she heard the telephone ring. It was the landline, she knew it was him! He called her only on the landline phone, never on her cell phone and she knew exactly why!

She considered ignoring the call and continuing out, but realized that it would be a mistake. She did not want to raise any suspicion. She ran to the phone and picked it up on its sixth ring.

Panting, she said “Helloo…?

Hi…it’s me!” he said “Why the delay in answering the phone? And why are you panting?

Uhhh….uhhh…I was…” she thought of something to say that wouldn’t arouse his suspicion “I was in the bathroom…I forgot you call around this time.

Hmmm….is everything all right?” he asked

 Did he suspect something was wrong? she thought, her panic rising

No no nothing…everything is fine!” she said too quickly! ‘Damn it….! That was too quick, I should slow down!’ she thought to herself.

You sound worried!” he said

Uhh…the baby has a cold, I am thinking of taking him to the pediatrician in sometime!” she said as calmly as she could

Oh ok, I can come in some time if you want me to!” he said

Don’t be quick to respond! She reminded herself! “Uhh….I guess it’s fine, the doctor is only 10 minutes away, I can manage!” she voiced calmly

OK, then call me when you get home!” he ordered

Yes!” she replied and breathed a sigh of relief when he hung up!

She looked around the house, one last time, looked at the clock, it was 11.20, she had to leave now otherwise she would miss the flight!

The FLIGHT….!! That’s when she remembered she had not taken their passports! Their passports that he had kept locked in the safe. How was she going to get that out now? She was already running late she had to leave the house in the next 15 minutes to reach the airport on time.

Her dread was not allowing her to think clearly, she had to calm down and think of a way to get their passports out from the digital safe, the pass code to which she did not know! She took the safe out from the closet and tried a couple of combinations she thought he might have used! None of them worked! She felt her frustration growing.

How could she not think about this before? She should have planned this out better! She scolded herself! What was she going to do now! Obviously they can’t leave without their passports!

Anna calmed herself and tried to remember the procedure the instructions manual stated in case they forgot the pass-code. She turned the safe around and saw the hole that lead to the reset button inside. She looked for a thin metallic piece to insert into the safe and found a broken piece of aerial from her baby’s toy car. She used the broken piece of aerial to reach the reset button inside. First try, didn’t work, second try again did not work….she had to stop shaking! She tried hard to concentrate and not shake! On her third attempt, she heard the beep and the safe opened!

She grabbed her passport along with her son’s, took a quick look to make sure she had the correct ones and ran out of the room. Her baby was still asleep, Thank Goodness, she thought! She picked up the baby from the crib and dashed to the front door.

12:00PM

The digital clock beeped 12:00PM as she got into the car! She knew they were late, but that was alright she could still make it in time for the flight. It was not peak season yet and she did not anticipate any delays at immigration. She drove as fast as she could, slightly above the speed limit. She reminds herself not to over speed! Getting held up by a cop is not something she could afford today! She kept looking at the rear view mirror to make sure no one was following them!

She reaches the airport as the clock beeps 1.15PM; their flight is at 3PM. She grabs her suitcase and the baby and rushes into check in. Thankfully, it is not crowded. She checks her suitcase in.

Only 1 suitcase, mam?” asks the lady behind the counter

Yea, just one bag!” she replies without looking up.

The lady hands her the boarding pass and the passports and points out the direction to the immigration counters.

She hugs her baby closely, looks behind to make sure no one is following her, and walks to the immigration counter. There was a line at immigration, but it was not too long. She knew she would make it on time to the gate. Her heart was racing, she knew once she crossed the immigration hurdle she could begin to relax! She kept turning back to see if there were any familiar faces watching her.

It was Anna’s turn at the immigration, she handed the officer their passports and the boarding passes. He looked at the passports and looked at her and the baby. She felt the heat radiating off of her, the color rising on her flushed face! She knew she had to stay calm; she could not afford to provoke any suspicions!

You traveling alone with baby?” the officer asked in his Middle Eastern accent

Yes” she replied

Going on vacation to home?” he continued in his broken English

Yes” she said and managed a smile

Have a good trip!” he said handing her the documents

Thank you!” She said and walked towards the Gate

2.50PM

Anna kept looking at her watch. Why were they not calling out for boarding yet? It was time! She knew she was safe now, but she felt she could not relax until the flight was on air! Her baby was playing with his toys. She looked at him and tousled his hair and he cooed at her in return. She smiled. She knew she was doing the right thing, the best thing she could do for her son!

Suddenly she heard the announcement chime, the voice that followed instructed them to start the boarding process! Finally, she almost said out aloud.

3.30PM

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The airplane started pulling away from the Gate. She felt her heartbeat racing! Her baby lay down on her chest, his seat belt wrapped around him and connected to hers entwined just like their lives! That was all going to change now, she thought to herself. As the plane picked up speed, she began to relax.

Finally they were airborne, the airplane taking them away from the horrors of her life, away from the baffling and dangerous relationship of love, lust, deceit and vengeance, away from him!

Fiction written in response to Day 14 Writing 101 Assignment: Recreate A Single Day

53 thoughts on “One Summer Day!

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  5. I am so late in reading this wonderful post from you 🙂 You have written it wonderfully …every second was important and tough ..when you expect a twist or turn at each second and you literally pray for the protagonist to sail through this smoothly 🙂

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  7. Thank you Shine. Yes, as a continuing tale you will be able to find out how she ended up in that situation, how her life was in that place, how she finally had the courage to escape and what way her life takes after she escapes. I’m not sure if I want to make this into a book, but never say never right?
    Thank you again for your sweet words Shine 🙂

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  8. Thank you so much for your kind words, Anand!
    I am thinking of making this a continuing tale on a fortnightly or monthly basis. Not going to give it a schedule as suggested by many. I will write it as and when inspiration strikes 🙂
    It is a little bit of fact mixed with fiction, you guessed that right!
    Thank you again for sharing, truly appreciate it! 🙂
    Hope you are having a good Sunday!

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  9. Dear Rashmi 🙂

    I have read all the beautiful comments and I feel they all say the same thing. Still, I will like to repeat. Why not say good things again and again?

    I feel this is a wonderful thriller. I have seen many thriller films and this is as tense as it gets. I was also constantly thinking about the day he left home, very tense.

    I feel you portray such vividly that your audience gets engaged deeply. I hope you will continue it monthly or fortnightly as I see a best-seller in the making. Though please don’t put pressure on your schedule and enjoy.

    Images are beautiful. I feel there it must be autobiographical? A bit of fact with fiction maybe!

    A brilliant read. Thanks for writing. I will share it on Twitter, FB and Google.

    I wish you a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead.

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

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  11. I look forward to that, I guess I want to know how she end up there in that situation and how her life will eventually be beautiful, hopeful and free as a strimong, single and independent woman – seems more like you. 🙂 You can really make it a book!!! Congratulations in advance! 🙂

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  12. I felt her heart pounding and racing, really exciting but at the same time scary for a woman in that situation. You captured the mixed emotions and feelings, makes me want to tell her –be calm, everythinh will be all right and go as you planned, God is with you. 🙂 Compelling story Rashmi, makes me want to read more! 🙂

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  13. Thank you so much Meg! That’s right, something I didn’t think of, once a week could get overwhelming, maybe fortnightly but without a fixed day or schedule.
    I am definitely going to check out Here Lies A Soldier! 🙂
    Thanks again appreciate the feedback!

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  14. Write on!!! This was great! I felt myself getting anxious on Anna’s behalf. You should definitely keep going with the story! Is once a week too much? Not for us! But is it too much for you, with a busy schedule? You might do a regular post biweekly or once a month, if that’s easier. My continuing story: Here Lies a Soldier has no time frame at all! 🙂

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  15. Omg! My heart was literally racing as I read this. Amazing post. Its so unfortunate, this is a real life experience for some women. Some I know personally.

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  16. I could feel the clock ticking, her anxiousness in getting their passports and avoiding the maid, and her relieve when the plane finally took off! Phew! Am so glad that she managed to escape without getting hurt. Great piece! (*clap *clap *clap) 🙂

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  17. She is from USA. If she is on Islamic land, their laws take precedence which is why she is fearful of the consequences of being caught! Also in Islamic countries it is the male who ‘sponsors’ the residency of the female and children, so if they wish, they can block their travel out of that country without the sponsor’s permission!

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