In an Instant (#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 I is Instant.

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In an Instant

Sharmila looked at her reflection in the window pane as the school bus made its way home.

She was happy today, and the smile had been on her face since the first class of the day.

She couldn’t wait to tell her mother the good news.

“Mummy, I got full marks in English, and the teacher absolutely loved my poem!” she shouted, running in through the open front door.

Her mother delightedly looked at the marks card, but Sharmila didn’t know why her mother’s face suddenly fell.

“But third rank overall, Sharu, oh I’ll never hear the end of this from Ragini aunty,” her mother sighed.

And in an instant, a poem was lost.

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

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
10th 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.

8 thoughts on “In an Instant (#AtoZChallenge)”

    • There’s some expectations on them placed by society, I suppose, Shilpa Gupte. They mean well, but that additional pressure can break the child at times. Maybe appreciating the achievements, and then pushing to excel elsewhere too is a good thing. 🙂 Comparison to others isn’t good.

  1. I’m disappointed for sharmila. actually I was expecting something even more of a tragic end for some odd reason but it’s a pretty tragic to have someone say such things to you.

    have a lovely day.

    • Yes, Sreedeep. But some parents just have a notion that the best for their kid is the top spot on the ranking list, a literal “proof” that they were the “best” in the class. 🙁

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