The World Cruise
“Enough is enough! Leave him.” Suresh exhorted.
“I wish I could.” Naina choked on a sob.
“Why can’t you?”
“He is my responsibility.”
“You are too soft-hearted Naina.”
Naina shook her head. “Just human. He doesn’t keep good health these days. What if he falls ill? I would have to come back.”
“Even though he is an obnoxious ungrateful wretch who deserves to rot in hell?”
“What choice do I have? He cut off ties with his family. Yesterday he dismissed the servants.”
“He is taking advantage of your kind, considerate and giving nature.”
“I don’t know any other way to be.”
“What about me? Don’t I deserve any consideration?”
“Don’t make things more difficult for me.”
“I love you. Divorce him and marry me.”
A tear rolled down her cheek. “It is time for his medicine.”
“We’ll travel the world, like you dreamed.”
Naina heaved a sigh and shut the door.
Patience was crucial.
As was meticulous planning.
Today, she would double the dose.
In three months, she would be a bereaved widow.
In six months, she would accept Suresh’s proposal.
In a year, she would allow him to take her on the world cruise.
An announcement – It’s Story Club time and this month, Geetashree has kindly agreed to host it. She has chosen a short story penned by our very own Bond –
Ruskin Bond 😀 If you like, you may read it here and come back and join the discussion on Monday or perhaps even post a review on it – all are welcome! If you would like to read the previous Story Clubs, click here.
For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 101 and Calvin and Hobbes