Monsters under the bed

This story is written for #WriteTribeProBlogger challenge, inspired by the prompt, “Monsters”.

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Monsters under the bed

“Daddy, can you check for monsters under my bed?” asks 15-year old Tina.

This was a daily ritual now. Sanath would bend down, check the darkness beneath, and then smile at Tina to assure her that there wasn’t any monsters there. He’d then give her a hug, tuck her in, and give her a kiss on the forehead, before going to his room across the hall. Her door would be open, just a smidge.

“How much longer will this go on, Sanath?” asks Rashi, as he slides into bed.

“Till it has to,” he replies, knowing that’s his truth. Rashi becomes silent.

Two years had passed, but Rashi remembers the night all too well. It was the first and last time she had seen Sanath’s anger. Her uncle, who had been visiting them, had excused himself after dinner. They had thought he was asleep, but it was only when they heard Tina shouting that they realized the monster had been under her bed.


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(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
23rd October, 2017)

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  1. A very apt story for our times. After reading your post I realized that we both have written posts on similar lines. I guess these days monsters are less creatures of night and more humans with monsters in their soul. I hope you’ll like what I have written too 🙂
    (Prasanna Rao recently posted… Monster)My Profile

    • As much as I love my writing, Corinne, it wasn’t easy to write, because I know it is reality for many. Heart felt heavy as I wrote it, but it’s the first thing that came to mind with the prompt, “monster”.

    • Sigh. Yeah. People think family are okay, that we’re safe with them, but that’s not always so. 🙁 Sorry to hear about your experience, Shalini Baisiwala. Good that you’ve kept him at a distance since then.

  2. I’m not sure if my previous comment was lost in network restrictions at office. Leaving a comment again 🙂
    No one is safe and no relationship is sacred anymore. Sad reality of life. I have written on similar lines. Monsters are not creatures with ugly faces or deformed body. Rather they are as normal looking as you and me. The monster lies in their soul.
    (Prasanna recently posted… Monster)My Profile

  3. My heart ached as i read this…If it was in my power I would stop this from happening to any other person!
    If only all this monsters would become non existence from this world…It is sad that our govt still doesn’t take strict action against such heinous acts 🙁
    She was lucky enough her dad came to know about it and protected his daughter…many a times kids cannot even describe what happened to them and go silent about it as in a small age, many girls/boys do not even understand what happened to them! For them it is just a monster…a night mare!

    • If it was in my power, I’d stop it too, Keerthi. My heart felt heavy as I wrote it too, because I knew I’d be stepping into the shoes of many such Tinas. 🙁

      Yeah. Many monsters, but very few who rescue, or children who are even able to understand or talk about that. That becomes a nightmare for sure.

  4. My heart ached as i read this…If it was in my power I would stop this from happening to any other person!
    If only all this monsters would become non existent from this world…It is sad that our govt still doesn’t take strict action against such heinous acts 🙁
    She was lucky enough her dad came to know about it and protected his daughter…many a times kids cannot even describe what happened to them and go silent about it as in a small age, many girls/boys do not even understand what happened to them! For them it is just a monster…a night mare!

    • If it was in my power, I’d stop it too, Keerthi. My heart felt heavy as I wrote it too, because I knew I’d be stepping into the shoes of many such Tinas. 🙁

      Yeah. Many monsters, very few who rescue, or children who are even able to understand or talk about that. That becomes a nightmare for sure.

  5. Oh dear! Hope Tina did not have any scars of the night on her. Sometimes, it’s the person(s) we least expect who turn out to be complete monster(s). Lovely piece of writing, Vinay!

    • She might have scars, Sreedeep, because that night still haunts her after all that time, no? 🙁 But we can hope the support of her parents will help for the scars to fade sooner rather than later.

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