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A Stiring Tale of Two Women: Mother and Daughter

An Air Warrior who has published over a100 short stories and 10 books on fiction including 6 novels, and 4 books on military history.

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The start

Two women sat in a small cottage in a small town about a hundred miles from the town of Jabalpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh. There was the 19-year-old Seema and her mother the 38-year-old Varsha. They sat across a small table facing each other. The mother, Varsha got up and said," Seema, my baby I will make you a cup of tea"

There were no further words spoken as Varsha went to the small kitchen while Seema kept sitting. She returned with a cup of tea and said," Seema, drink this."

Sema took the cup and said, "I don't wish to get married."

"Why?"

"I have something more important to do"

"What could be more important? you know there is the army captain whose parents have brought the proposal"

"Yes I know about it and I've sent him a video message that I don't wish to marry him."

"That is a foolish thing to do. Your father would not have been happy with this development if he was alive."

The husband of Varsha had passed away in an accident two years back. Both the women looked at the imposing photo of the man who was a sergeant in the police. They were subsisting on his pension. This was supplemented by Varsha who worked as a school teacher in the local government school.

Seema got up and went to the almirah and pulled out a bottle of whiskey.

"Mom," she said," you will have to share a peg with me."

"I don't care much for a drink now"

Seema said, "I don't think so, and I feel you need one. And don't think about father, whatever I will do, I will do to keep his memory alive."

Seema got up and got two glasses and poured two pegs in it and gave one to her mother and said, "drink, it will do you good because I can see you are in a lot of tension."

"How do you know?"

"I know because I have been observing you and you have been hiding certain things from me."

There was a moment's pause and Varsha picked up her glass and gulped it in one swig and said," what am I hiding from you?" but there was palpable tension in her voice.

Seema poured another peg into the glass and said," drink, it will do you good and help to exorcise your mind."

"Exorcise my mind?"

"Yes, so that you can divulge the secret in your heart."

Outside the cottage, it began to rain and thunder crashing again and again. Both women were facing each other as lightning crashed on the earth hitting a tree some distance from the house.

Varsha had finished her second drink and her daughter promptly poured another one.

She looked at her mother and said mom," don't hide anything from me."

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The secret

Both the woman faced each other and then the mobile of Seema rang.

She picked up the mobile and said with a strong voice, "I had already told you that I don't wish to get married at the moment."

She immediately cut the phone and switched it off and looked at her mother with a straight face and said, "It was a Ravi and had I told him that I will not marry him."

"Would you marry somebody else?"

"No"

"Then what is the problem?"

"There is no problem; what is happening between us is the law of karma, and Lord Krishna is testing us."

Her mother finished her drink and put her head back and said," I don't know what you're talking about."

"Mother, tell me, is that visiting American teacher in the exchange program Mr. Wilson went back?"

"Yes he has gone back, but why do you ask"

Sema was silent for a moment and then said," he was already married isn't it?"

"Yes"

The tension in the room was now intense and as thunder crashed outside. Seema looked to her mother has said," why don't you tell what is in your mind mother?"

Maybe the drinks had an effect, as the mother got down from her chair and sat in front of our daughter, and put her head in her lap.

"Oh, my darling how can I tell you; I am pregnant."

As she said these words, the heavens seemed to have broken and thunder boomed again and again and once again lightning hit the nearby temple.

Seema put her hand on her mother's head and said," you don't worry."

"Sema will you help me get an abortion?"

Seema was silent for a moment and said," no mother, I am not going to help you to get an abortion, in fact, we are not going to have an abortion at all and both of us will go away to the city of Jubblepore till the baby is born, and nobody will know."



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Lord Krishna's solution

Varsha now began to sob and said, "I have betrayed my husband."

"No, you have not; this was the will of the Lord."

"What are we going to do?"

"We are going to have the baby and that baby will be mine, and I will bring him or her as my own child. I will say I secretly married and this baby is mine."

"How can you do this and sacrifice so much for your mother?"

"You are my mother and I cannot let you go to seed. Now get up and sit on the chair and now that you have exorcised the thought from your mind, let us have another last peg."

She helped her mother sit on the chair opposite her. Seema poured two drinks and both the mother and daughter sat facing each other. Seema was smiling at her mother and said," don't worry this is the will of the Lord, and now that we have decided to have this baby, let us have one last drink to the health of the coming one who will be my baby and I will bring that baby up."

Both the woman sat facing each other and Varsha said, " what has made you do all this and how did you know my secret?"

"I had been observing you for the last two months and after seeing you once in the arms of Mr. Wilson and I knew that your biological cycle had changed..... I won't dwell on it now, because it is not worth it."

"Is that the reason you don't want to marry/"

"Yes, I want to bring up the baby, it does not mean that I will not marry because at some stage maybe somebody will accept me as I am."

As both women clinked glasses Seema said," mother if I ask you a question will you answer me truthfully."

"Yes"

"Did you find Mr. Wilson, a better lover than dad?"

Varsha sipped her drink and then looked at a daughter and said," yes."

This is the end of the tail folks but does not think it is something unreal, because what is unreal is really real as the Lord has said,' In this world, not a leaf moves without my will.'


Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 21, 2021:

Dreamer Meg, thanks for your comment and opinion.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on March 21, 2021:

A lovely story, though the mother should not be drinking alcohol when she is pregnant. Great to see the daughter supporting her mother at a time when usually the opposite happens.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 21, 2021:

Yes, Peggy, thanks for commenting, it's real but I have changed the scenario, names, etc.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2021:

The devotion of that daughter to her mother is admirable. If this was a real story, I can only hope that the little family grows in happiness.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 21, 2021:

Chitra, so sweet of you to comment. I believe that whatever happens in this world is the will of the Lord.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 21, 2021:

Nice and engaging story.

There is no end to possibilities in this World, especially if it something to do with women.

Lovely story, and I agree with your concluding thoughts.

Thank you for sharing.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 21, 2021:

Pamela, thank you for your comment.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2021:

This is a very good story with a happy ending, MG. I enjoyed reading it.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 20, 2021:

Jennifer, loved your comment, to a degree it's true.

Jennifer on March 20, 2021:

What a lovely tale. It's almost magical.

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