Lessons in Practicality
“Namaste. Fancy meeting you here!”
“Why? Do you think it is too fancy for us?”
“No! I just meant I didn’t expect…”
“We are shopping for our trip,” Mrs Sharma gave a dramatic pause, “to Europe.”
“Wow! Did you win the lottery?”
Mrs Sharma expanded with gratification while Mr Sharma seemed to shrink.
“Sort of. It is an all expense paid vacation sponsored by our beloved daughters.”
“Don’t you have two sons?”
“And two daughters-in-law.”
“That’s very generous of them!”
“We’ve done our bit. Now it’s their turn. It was such a surprise when on our 40th anniversary, they gifted us the tickets…”
“Nonsense!” Mr Sharma butted in. “You left them little choice but…”
“Didn’t you want to purchase a muffler? Go on I’m coming.” Mrs Sharma pushed him.
Mumbling, he pottered away.
“Poor thing, he doesn’t like international travel. And with my brother’s hospitalization, he is even more stressed and nervous.”
“He was involved in a car accident.”
“Oh no! I will pray for his speedy recovery.”
“That’s unlikely.” Mrs Sharma held up her crossed fingers. “So I am hoping that he manages to hang on for the next two weeks. I don’t want to cancel the trip.”
Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting the challenge and Sally Ann Hodgekiss for the beautiful photo. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.
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For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 141