The Backdoor (#AtoZChallenge)

This is my 9th attempt at the month-long blogging challenge, Blogging from A to Z. I’ve completed it 5 times so far. My theme this year is 7 Sentence Fiction, and the word I’m using for B is Backdoor.

Backdoor AtoZ2018

The Backdoor

When Grandpa had run away the fourth time, that door had been locked. It wasn’t safe, they said, and Aneesh could understand why.

Ten months later, the illness finally got the better of him. No one else had noticed it, but Aneesh knew his grandfather had wilted during his last days.

“I’m sorry for your loss,” said a neighbor, coming to visit his family after a long time.

Aneesh heard his mother reply, but he couldn’t help but feel the man didn’t mean what he said.

“I understand you now, Grandpa,” he whispered to no one, looking longingly at the backdoor that was still locked.

Liked this? Maybe you can read some of my earlier posts: Stories | for A to Z 2018.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
2nd April, 2018)


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.

38 thoughts on “The Backdoor (#AtoZChallenge)”

  1. Could I be profound yet again??? AS they say, what pain one goes through, is felt only by him and the one who loves him dearly. Surely its Aneesh who is the only one who feels so much for grandpa. His loss would be felt by no one. Grandpa knew it, he may have wilted in his last few days, but the ways of the world had remained in his mind. That hadnt wilted away.
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    • Yes. Only those who feel so much will know the loss, I agree. And even old people would want an escape from other such fake people like the man. The ways of the world don’t wilt away that easily.

      PS: Ramya, if you want, you can be profound on all 26 days this month. I wouldn’t mind at all. 😀

    • It’s not an achievement as such, Balaka. 😉

      I love attempting it. So I usually try not to miss it. Hope the rest of the month goes without a hitch too! Thanks. 😀

  2. It’s a sad but strong tug of the bond to be able to convey so much. Well expressed, Leo! Nice work on the seven sentence! New styles of writing all around!


  3. I help to care for an elderly mother in law with beginning dementia. This story was so poignant. You did an excellent job of expressing so much in just seven sentences.

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