The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was first held in 2010. The challenge is that we have to post every day of April, except on the four Sundays. April 1st is a theme with letter A, 2nd with letter B and so on till April 30th which will be Z themed. This year, I’m planning to do short pieces of fiction (not a series), or a poem based on a word with that letter.


“It’s your fault.”

“Quit doing that!” whispered Rajneesh, sipping coffee at the counter. The café around him was empty, quiet except for a few youngsters seated around the corner table.

“You should’ve protected him.”

“What could I have done?” he questioned back. His face fell. The voices were now bringing back the memories.

“You seated him in front of you. You! You! YOU!”

“QUIET!” yelled Rajneesh, throwing the Styrofoam cup to the floor and startling the youngsters.

Seeing them get up to leave, he muttered a quick “Sorry!” to them and to Anjali, the girl at the counter, before asking for another cup of coffee. He remembered everything. Picking up his neighbor’s son Jojo and helping him to sit in the front of his Activa, and taking him for a round around the block. He remembered a black Scorpio speeding away after hitting them from behind. He remembered waking up at the hospital to the news that Jojo hadn’t made it. By the time he got out of the hospital, his neighbors had moved. They didn’t want to live in that place. But in doing so, they had deprived Rajneesh of the inkling of a chance to make peace with the ghosts of that day.

“They will never forgive you!”

“QUIET!” yelled Rajneesh again, just as the youngsters opened the glass doors to leave.

“Survivor’s guilt,” whispered Anjali, apologizing as one of them came to pay their bill.

The youngsters nodded, and quieting their own inner voices, got into their black Scorpio and drove away.

Like last year, I’m taking the challenge along with my friend Bhavya. We’re writing on the same themes each day, and giving each other the themes on alternate days. Day 17, the word chosen by us was ~Quiet~.

(© 20th April 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

30 thoughts on “QUIET!”

  1. That is an eerie coincidence!! Sad story Leo. Can’t even call it a story… it might have happened to so many people…. survivor’s guilt is hard to live with 🙁
    (Bhavya recently posted… Shhh… Quiet)My Profile

  2. Nice twist in the end. The guilty conscience is never quiet. I was a little creeped out in the beginning though 🙂

  3. A queer coincidence.. hopefully the guilt extended to the Scorpio driving youngsters.. A really awesome climax to this scene.. Would call it perfection rather than climax!!!
    (Shrikant recently posted… Sunset)My Profile

    • Glad you liked the climax, Shrikant. Yes, perhaps there was a bit of guilt there, but they suppressed it and moved on. It’s only Rajneesh, who had lost someone, who faced the voices within.

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