A FRIEND IN NEED

A FRIEND IN NEED

A Story by DIVYA
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“It is in the dark times that the light of friendship shines brightest” - Richard Paul Evans, The Walk

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Malevolence reeked from every nook and cranny of the office room. “Don’t test my limits or I’ll ensure you never work here again!” He bellowed as an enraged bull at the object of his wrath, eyes bulging, veins popping in his thick, florid neck. His victim stood rooted to the spot, her pretty face contorted with fear. Another woman stood glowering at a distance. Waves of silent fury lashed in her, as she barely restrained herself.  

 

Later, an upset Ishita held her dear friend Sonia close, as she sobbed her heart out. “You mark my words Ishi,” wept Sonia, “My kids are going to starve to death. This is the price I’m paying for not giving in to that lecher. My life is a living hell. I doubt I can go on much longer.” Ishita was livid. She hated infraction and could do anything to make it better for her friend. “Hell! Nooo Sonia!” She cried, “We can fix the b*****d. There are so many avenues for women today. Why don’t you trust the system?” But Sonia just didn’t have the courage to go through the ordeal of a complaint and investigation. Afraid for her job, she hoped for a peaceful resolution. Ishita sighed, giving up, as she often had before. Close to the edge, she murmured to herself, “Not yet, not just yet.”  

 

It was Friday when a hollow eyed Sonia walked up to Ishita, just before lunch and whispered, “He hollered at me again today. I just had a crazy impulse to jump out of the washroom window.” Ishita froze, staring wildly at Sonia. They were on the 12th floor. Something snapped in her. She reached out to hug a distraught Sonia tightly, for what seemed like an eternity, before releasing her. Broken, she walked away from her troubled friend.  

 

Two hours later, pandemonium broke out in the office. Sonia had collapsed, unconscious on the floor. She was rushed to a nearby hospital by scores of frantic colleagues but was declared dead on arrival. The coroner’s report gave the cause of death as an accidental overdose of insulin, self-administered, probably in confusion, due to stress. The next day, the entire office treated the Boss like a leper. The Management got wind of the whole sordid affair and his services were terminated soon, to avoid any scandal. Sonia’s job was granted to her unemployed husband, on compassionate grounds.

 

Ishita was inconsolable for days. Deeply aggrieved by her friend’s demise she took leave of absence for a month. On return, she cleared her desk of all memories of Sonia. Reaching deep into her locker, she pulled out a small insulin vial, the one she had replaced with a fatal dose of 1000 IU, that Friday.

 

She looked at the vial lovingly, before flushing it down the drain. Then she wept in bitter silence...Sometimes, a rose must be plucked with the weeds, some wheat must burn with the chaff...


© 2019 DIVYA


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DIVYA
Thank you so much for reading 😼💕

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Oooooohhhhh! Such a malicious ending! Certainly caught me by surprise with that one!

This story reads with an element of realism; the brutality and cut throat world of the office and the tyrannical power that some bosses wield in such environments. I am sure there are many readers who will relate to the theme of this story. Somehow it justs seems to be a little more than just fictional in some aspects. And that ending? Very well conceived! Twisting the direction of the story in just the right way. Again, it is not inconceivable that such an incident like you have described could happen in the corporate world. Some people will do anything to get ahead!

Another very well written and constructed piece of flash fiction. You are getting into the groove of writing this form and it is pleasing to see. Keep them coming. A fine contribution to your growing fictional canon. Well done, petal.🌷🌹

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Ohhhh! (Waits, tail up and wagging)
😹
Doodley

6 Months Ago

Dogs wag tails! Not Kittykats!
DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Okay, my sweet DoodyDog 😻💕



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This got the shock value, I have lately known you for.You rock!!!!!!!!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

5 Months Ago

Ooooh! Thank you Abhishek! This cat is doing cartwheels 🤸‍♀️ now! I’m so happy you stoppe.. read more
Many supervisors, managers, bosses so called, push their authority far beyond the field of business employment, more often in the private sector were here, they have much less red taper and official protocols to worry about.

Intriguing prose, skilfully penned, was Sonia's friend really compassionate in her actions, or just someone playing a manipulative ruse to eliminate her and succeed in a now vacant position??

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much my dearest of friends! Away from the site but I do feel your encouraging and reass.. read more
A captivating tale..it held my attention from start to finish
I could picture the whole scene being played out just like a mystery who done it movie..love the twist at the end..and the eerie last lines sums it all up nicely..well done indeed

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much Fran! Trying to do different things with writing. I’m grateful for your encourag.. read more
Compassion and friendship come to the fore in this unbearable situation. We connect with the emotions of the characters and feel the need to help. Amazing twist in the end.
I look forward to reading You more.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much. The pleasure is mutual. The chain of inspiration is endless. I’m blessed to hav.. read more
I love this new short story style dear DIVYA! You have a real talent for it. You are much too young to remember the Alfred Hitchcock show on tv but your story reminds me of his episodes. He also made those famous horror movies like Psycho, The Birds, etc. His stories would start out with ordinary everyday situations, and then become dark with the scary, disturbing twist at the end! Your well-written and detailed story did exactly that! Totally unexpected and shocking ending. Your quote gives me the chills. You got me!!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Thank you very much dear Annette! For all of us who love to write and live to write, such feedback a.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

6 Months Ago

....🌺👍🏼❤️
oh my goodness ... how you fooled me completely .. well done Divya!!! the story telling, setting and scene ... the characters all pop for me ... i easily filled in details of the office with files, cubicles, a hub bub of activities ... their dress i could not quite add .. from the names i thought something "India" ... but i don't know if traditional garb is worn "at the office" ... I like the actual speaking of your characters .. i think you do a good job of "showing" me about them ... well done ma'am! easy read as you held me tight start to finish ... and again .. i have not been so suddenly surprised by and ending ...
E.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Ohhhh! Thank you thank you, dear E. This is a mighty profuse thank you for such delightful words of .. read more
Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

you have a gift ...i did not mention how compact this is ..and complete ..not easy to do ..
DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Thank you once again my dear friend! I’m thrilled to bits. This means so much 🌷
Well written and the ending certainly caught me by surprise!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Thank you sir. I’m delighted. 🌼
Hello DIVYA. Powerful writing, the ending quite sinister. With friends like that, who needs enemies. It was not the ending I expected at all.
"Sometimes a rose must be plucked with the weeds, some wheat must burn with the chaff". That quote sends a little shiver up my spine. The innocents shouldn't be sacrificed to make a point.
I am enjoying your short stories.

Chris

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much, dear Chris! Exactly my point! She was deadly! A psycho! Your words of encourageme.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

And you my friend too :)
DIVYA

6 Months Ago

🤗🤗🤗💕💕💕🌷🌷🌷
Oooooohhhhh! Such a malicious ending! Certainly caught me by surprise with that one!

This story reads with an element of realism; the brutality and cut throat world of the office and the tyrannical power that some bosses wield in such environments. I am sure there are many readers who will relate to the theme of this story. Somehow it justs seems to be a little more than just fictional in some aspects. And that ending? Very well conceived! Twisting the direction of the story in just the right way. Again, it is not inconceivable that such an incident like you have described could happen in the corporate world. Some people will do anything to get ahead!

Another very well written and constructed piece of flash fiction. You are getting into the groove of writing this form and it is pleasing to see. Keep them coming. A fine contribution to your growing fictional canon. Well done, petal.🌷🌹

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Ohhhh! (Waits, tail up and wagging)
😹
Doodley

6 Months Ago

Dogs wag tails! Not Kittykats!
DIVYA

6 Months Ago

Okay, my sweet DoodyDog 😻💕

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