Snippet # 3 – Karma

There she was, Karma, one of the most fiendish looking creatures I had ever laid eyes on. Her long black locks had the allure to trap any man, and her dark magical eyes could hypnotize any soul. But I was neither a man, nor a soul.


She looked up with a raised eyebrow- a warning, a threat.

“Why do you like torturing people?” I sat down beside her. I knew she would hate my guts, but who cared. At least, I didn’t.

“Who said I liked torturing people? I only like teaching people a lesson. Nothing more, nothing less,” she almost sang. “Take you, for instance. You think you are worth more, and I’ll show you that you are worth naught.”

Her smile unnerved me. But I could not be moved, not an inch.

“Oh Karma, but I am kind to all that you refer to,” I said.

“Don’t worry my child,” she cooed. “All that you refer to shall be kind too.”

“What do you mean?” I was perplexed.

“Oh my sweet, you break hearts. Your heart shall also be broken. I agree that you are kind in your business of crushing dreams. Your dreams will also be crushed with kindness. But your kindness will not protect your dreams, just as those whose dreams you crushed with kindness remained unprotected.”

She thought she had gotten under my skin. She could not have been more wrong. I was not made of porous material. She should have known that nothing penetrates through to a soulless, heartless demon like me.

“Oh pretty Karma, you can crush my dreams all you want, but you can never break my heart.” Poor soul was bewildered at my obnoxious claims.

“We’ll see,” she said.

I gave her a toothy grin and whispered in her pointy ear. “How will you break a heart that doesn’t exist? How will you crush a soul that is no where to be found?”

I left Karma there perched on a log I didn’t see along a stream I cared not for. Her eyes were as big as saucers and her lips trembled in fear. She never crossed my path again. My dreams were crushed as she promised they would be, with kindness too. But, my nonexistent heart remained just as nonexistent, and my soulless body remained just as soulless as I had promised too.


  1. Abhilasha S. · May 6, 2014

    this is so beautifully written and a kind of melancholy sets in.

    • anumshafique · May 6, 2014

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a kind comment! 🙂

  2. Nirjhor Barua · May 6, 2014

    This is Awesome, I must say. Soothing and not in a stretchy kind of way, if you know what I mean.

    • anumshafique · May 7, 2014

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it! 🙂

  3. Neeka G. · May 7, 2014

    Powerful imagery! I could see her very clearly in my mind’s eye.

    • anumshafique · May 7, 2014

      You are too kind Neeka G.
      Thank you for your lovely comment! 🙂

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