AtoZ2020 – Day 1 – Annalisa

I’ve taken part in the Blogging from A to Z in April challenge every year since the first edition way back in 2010. This year, I’m planning to try and resuscitate my fiction. That’s a task, and it’s nice to have some company to make it slightly easier. Bhavya and I are both attempting stories this year, on the same emotion/feeling words as a theme. To find out what word it is, you’ll have to read the story, and the badge towards the end of the post. I’m trying not to use it in the story or the title itself, hence the choice to double theme and use the character name beginning with the day’s alphabet too. I hope you enjoy!


It was dark outside. Streetlights flickered. The roads had been silent for weeks now. It was like a ghost town, and yet, it was not.

Rain fell, heavy on cement roofs and tin roofs alike. The first summer rain usually brought children outside to play. Not today.

Annalisa appeared quite silently too, holding a pink umbrella over her head. She was drenched, and she could feel eyes watching her as she walked, but it wasn’t on her mind. Not just then.

What she sought was different. And to her right, she found it. A lone soul, lying shivering under the canopy of a large banyan.

Annalisa hurried towards him, and crouched down, covering him under her umbrella as well.

“How are you doing, ol’ friend?” she asked, her eyes smiling, as she opened a packet of biscuits and offered a few to the hungry stray dog.

The theme word for alphabet A is AFFECTION.

Liked this? Read some of my earlier Fiction posts!

Vinay Leo R.
01. 04. 2020

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.

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