WPS: Hello Anyone There?

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Hello Anyone There?

Words 150


“Dad please!” They gheraoed him.


Why ever not?”

“Because it’s my house and I say so.”

“But Dad,” said the eldest with a quelling glance at his sibling, “think of the advantages.”

“Over my dead body.”

“Daddy,” his daughter too chipped in, “selling the house would sort all our financial troubles.” She sniffled. “Ma would have also liked you to…”

“If she were alive, I would’ve shifted.”

“But Daddy, the house is falling to bits and it’s old fashioned, inconvenient for you…”

“I don’t care. I’m not selling.” He was adamant.

“Don’t be such a stick in the mud Shankar!” Exhorted his friend. “Sell off this prime property and buy a sprawling bungalow with a marvelous view of the lake, sunset…”

“I don’t want a big house.”

“Why not? Isn’t it cramped and inconvenient here?”

“Perhaps.” Shankar said in low voice, “But at least I get to see them.”


Written for What Pegman Saw – a story in 150 words or less based on street view from Google Maps. Thanks to K Rawson for hosting the challenge. To read the other stories inspired by this week’s destination – Terni Italy the birthplace of St Valentine, click here.





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25 thoughts on “WPS: Hello Anyone There?”

    1. He doesnt want to sell because a bigger house means everyone will have a room of their own and he will be alone in his room. Now they are in cramped quarters and forced to be around him – that way he gets to see them all the time.

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  1. Wonderful insight, loved every word of it, though did feel sad yet loved the way he stuck to his decision, coz money, house cant ever buy the happiness of loved ones being around…you touch the strings so easily with your mesmerising words….

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  2. Such a poignant story. He wants to hold on to the crumbling house because it keeps his family around. The story of everyone/anyone.
    Good Morning Dahlia, I am back home and it is a lovely day.Have a busy day today. No time to recover from jetlagg.

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