Fiction Friday: Love Is In the Air

“It’s time for me to prove you wrong, sweetheart,” Aphrodite whispered in Maya’s ear. “Everyone is capable of falling in love. Even you.” She looked at the sleeping form of Maya and smiled with mischief. She rubbed her hand on Maya’s forehead, muttering something only she could understand. The curse was now in place. Maya was about to find out what it feels like to be in love.

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“What are your plans for Valentine’s day?” Sameer asked Maya as they both left the office building, walking towards the bus stop.

“The usual.” She walked faster to make it there on time.

“And what’s your usual?” he asked, trying to keep up with her ever-increasing pace, “Hey, slow down a bit, would you?”

“Sorry but I don’t want to miss the bus, the second one won’t arrive until 7 pm,” she said without slowing down. “To answer your question, my usual is, staying at home and enjoying a quiet night.”

“No plans with the boyfriend then?”

“I don’t have a boyfriend.”

“So you aren’t dating anyone right now?” he said as they both reached their stop and found a place to wait for their buses.

“I have never dated,” she said matter-of-factly.

“Never?” He raised his brows.

“Close your mouth,” she said without humor, “it’s not as unbelievable as people make it sound.”

“Actually, it is hard to believe.” He shrugged, “How old are you anyway? Thirty? Thirty-two? How have you never dated in all this time?”

“I don’t know, Sameer, I just haven’t.” As the bus pulled up, she said goodbye. Taking a seat at the end of the bus, Maya sighed in relief for escaping that line of questioning.

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“Hello,” Maya said into the phone, as she turned down TV’s volume. She had been lying on her couch, enjoying a movie when her mobile had started ringing. At first, she thought about ignoring it but then decided against it. It could be work-related.

“Hi, it’s me, Sameer.”

“I know. I saw your number before picking up.”

“Oh, right,” he said, and then he was quiet.

“So,” she asked, “Why did you call at this time?”

“Are you free?”

“Depends on why you’re asking.”

“Would you like to go out with me?” She didn’t reply at once, as she considered her response. “Hey, Maya, you still there?” Sameer asked as the silence stretched.

“Yes, I’m. You took me by surprise.”

“So?”

“So.” For the first time in her adult life, she wanted to say yes to that question. Her feelings baffled her. “I think I’d like that,” she said at last.

“You think?” he asked as if wanting to confirm one more time.

“Yes, I would like to go out with you. Very much so.” As she said it, she realized that she had meant it. Was the ice around her heart finally melting? Just then, she heard the ding of her doorbell. “Wait, someone is outside. Let me call you back.” She hung up and went to answer the door.

Sameer was standing there with flowers in one hand and a box of chocolate in the other. “Happy Valentine’s day,” he said, smiling warmly.

“To you too,” she said, feeling like a fish out of water, “come in.” She gestured for him to enter. “How did you know I’d say yes?” she asked him once they were both settled on the couch. She had placed the flowers and chocolate box on the table in front of them.

“Sameer, what’s happening?”

“What do you mean?”

“Why is my heart beating faster than it ever has?”

“Well,” he said, looking into her eyes, “as far as I know, it can only mean one of two things. Either you’re scared or you too, are in love with me, and I have a feeling that it might be the latter.”

“I think you might be right,” she said, unable to look away. “You have the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen.”

“Not more than yours.” He chuckled, lightly caressing her cheek with one hand while still holding her hand in his other.

“Do you want to stay for dinner?” she asked, suddenly feeling shy.

“I’d love to.”

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“Why are you smiling like that?” Hephaestus asked his wife. It had been years since he had seen that smile on Aphrodite’s face, the one of contentment and glee.

“Because a mortal dared to challenge me, and I’ve proven her wrong. Look at their faces,” she showed him the orb, “isn’t it fun to watch people falling in love.”

“But it never lasts,” he said as he limped towards the door.

“Leaving so soon?”

“I can see that you’re otherwise preoccupied.” He pointed to the orb in her hands, showing the smiling faces of both Maya and Sameer.

When she Understood the meaning behind his words, Aphrodite’s smile fell. “You know that’s your problem. You are much like these mortals, thinking that love must last forever. Has anything ever?” She turned her attention back to the orb and said, “today, I won’t let you ruin my mood. These two have started their journey, and I’m going to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.”

© 2020, Fizza Younis. All Rights Reserved.


P.S. Since today is Valentine’s day, I thought I’d try writing a romance story. I have never done it before with any kind of success. I hope you enjoyed this short story. Do let me know your thoughts on it? Can you feel the romance in this or am I way off as usual? Anyhow, thanks for reading. Enjoy your day.

Monday Musings: Life Through Different Eyes (A Poem)

Once upon a time,

I saw a dwarf drinking lime,

I asked him what he thinks life is?

He said it is short and tricky, indeed.

Once upon another time,

I saw a fairy flying across the sky,

I asked her about life, what she would say?

She said it is high, high, so very high.

Once upon a third time,

I saw a witch brewing sleep potion,

I asked if she has anything to say about life,

She said it is peaceful only when you close your eyes.

I thought about it for a while,

I asked myself if any of this is true,

My thoughts about life are the same as yours,

It’s tricky, it’s high, and it’s peaceful when you close your eyes,

But from the little, I know of life,

It’s different for everyone because each has a different sight.

© 2020, Fizza Younis.

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Flash Fiction Friday: Dark Night

As Sameer walked down the street, through the mist, his thoughts turned as dark as the night was. Life had never been good to him but he had tried his best to hang in there. He had believed that if he kept trying things would get better. Life kept throwing obstacles in his path.

He shivered, regretting not wearing clothes warm enough. It was colder than usual and he wasn’t sure about his destination. In any case, he hadn’t counted on meeting someone like him, someone who would leave the comfort of their warm beds, and go out on a night like this. The street was deserted and there were no street lamps, but that wasn’t anything strange in this part of the town. The street was lined with rundown houses and unkempt gardens.

Deep in his thoughts, he ran into someone, and as he looked up, he realized that life was about to get so much worse. Because it wasn’t a human face and the eyes looking down at him weren’t human either. He had just run into one of the monsters of the night. A creature that only lurked in the darkest corners. He realized then, he wouldn’t be seeing the next sunrise.

© 2020, Fizza Younis. All Rights Reserved.

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Monday Musings: Song of Joy (A Poem)

There is a light that I see in the dark,

And a smile that I’ve loved from the start,

The mystery that is hidden in your eyes,

And the feeling that comes when your very soul cries.

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How much we really know about our existence?

When you take a step back and look from a distance,

A few simple things can amount to everything,

The way someone’s laughter can make your heart sing.

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The love you have shown me over the years,

To the unknown paths, sometimes life steers,

It may look far away, but happiness is actually within our grasp,

If we are brave enough to fulfill life’s task.

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To me, it’s your smiling eyes that bring bliss,

When you’re sad, my heart also cries,

Making you happy is my only purpose,

Never assume that no one cares because someone does.

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I want to say this now, I love you!

Let it be a reminder that my feelings have always been true,

Your very essence is something that keeps me going,

My words resonate with the truth they’re portraying.

© 2020, Fizza Younis.

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I recently came across a quote by Martin Luther King Jr., “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” And I think it is a beautiful sentiment. Love is the only important emotion that we should pay attention to. It’s better to just forget hate and forget everything that you might hate. I truly believe that this should be our motto in life.

It won’t be easy, no point in pretending that it would be. But slowly we can do this only if we keep trying. Sometimes when I’m thinking about what to post next and I come up with a topic where I discuss my dislikes and hates, I pause. I think twice and then ask myself, ‘do I really want to talk about something I despise?’ and ‘should I?’ More often then not, my answer to both these questions is a NO.

My philosophy is; why talk about things that don’t bring us joy? It feels counterproductive. Don’t you think? Anyhow, I do love to talk about things I like and appreciate in life. Bringing positivity to the forefront is always a good idea.

So, on the positive note, I wish you all a fabulous February. I hope this year and all the coming years bring us joy & happiness!

January in Review: Likes & Dislikes

Finally, January is over! Was it just me or did January stretched to infinity? Seriously, for a moment there I thought it wouldn’t end.

For me, it wasn’t such a good month. I only read 12 books and most of them were difficult to finish. I’m in a reading slump! I haven’t picked up a book in days, in days! I wonder what’s happening here? Maybe it is time to switch genres?

Anyway, let’s not make this post about my rant of boredom, as I call it. Here’s my month in review: what I read, what I loved and what didn’t work for me.

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I read final versions of both my published works. I just wanted to get the full experience. And I must admit, it was fun to read my own words now that these stories are heavily edited and in good shape.

Soul Seeks the Truth (Short Story Collection) and The Life I’ve Lived (Short Story). Some of these stories are my absolute favorites. I’ve read them more times than I can count and I still enjoy reading them. I just hope that others feel the same way.

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I also enjoyed the historical romance books that I’ve read in January. Both, About an Earl by Diana Lloyd and The Sinful Scot by Maddison Michaels, were really good. In historical fiction, I’ve observed that the starting means everything to me. If I like how the two main characters come together then I will love the whole book but if the start is off then it won’t work for me. So, the first 10 to 15% of the book decides how much I’m going to enjoy it or not. Oddly, it’s only in the case of historical romance that the starting weigh 100% on my opinion.

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Read a mystery novel, Dangerous Desires by Dawn Altieri, and loved it. I think this year is going to be a ‘mystery’ kind of year for me. I’ve decided to read more mysteries and see how that goes.

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King of Kings (Kings MC #3) by Betty Shreffler and Ionic Attraction by D.R. Rosensteel and among the good reads. One is an MC romance and the other is a sci-fi Young Adult novel.

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Dislikes

So, I read two paranormal novels in January and they were both just ok reads for me. Demon Bound (Crossroads Chronicles #1) by Chris Cannon and Purrfectly Kissed: Paranormal Dating Agency (Maverick Pride #2) by C.D. Gorri. I am losing interest in paranormal fiction. I think that I will take a break from vampires, werewolves, and demons for a while. I didn’t rate these books poorly because objectively, I can see that they are good books and well-written works but they just didn’t work for me.

The same is true for the two contemporary romances that I read in January. The Best Man Problem by Mariah Ankenman and Mismatched in Mayhem (Whiskey Sisters, #4) by L.E. Rico. This is the first time that I haven’t liked romantic comedy well enough to give it a five stars rating. I am a huge fan of this genre. This year is just not a rom-com kind of year for me.

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I also read my second webtoon and didn’t like it much, Pharaoh’s Concubine. It wasn’t all bad. I enjoyed that it was set in ancient Egypt. And there was time travel involved but I feel that none of the characters really got the chance of being fully developed. They stayed the same throughout the story and that was kind of disappointing.


So, that is what I have been reading. How about you? What have you been reading since 2020 started? Anything new or exciting? Do share because I love to hear from you. Thank you!

Nominated for ‘Real Neat Blog Award’

I’m so excited to be nominated for this award by THE CAVALIER NERD. Thank you for the nomination! I’m a fairly new comic book reader. So, I think this is super cool that I was nominated for this award. It is a great opportunity for me to explore the comic world further and continue my journey as a comic lover.

Here are the rules:

  1. Display the Real Neat Blog Award badge.
  2. Thank the blogger for the award.
  3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them 7 questions.

Questions:

What’s your favorite?

  1. A comic book of all time (single issue or graphic novel)? I’ve read a few webtoons but so far I’ve only read one comic book and I’ve loved it. It’s The Dark Knight Returns.
  2. Comic book character? I have to say that I adore Harley Quinn because who doesn’t like a good anti-hero.
  3. Comic book movie? So, I may be a new comic book reader but I have loved movies/TV shows based on comic books for a long, long time. I have many favorites but I’m an absolute fan of Suicide Squad (2016)
  4. Comic book TV show? Arrow
  5. Book? Oh wow, this isn’t an easy question for me to answer because I simply can’t pick just one favorite book. Okay, so I’ll cheat and I’ll pick a favorite from the last year (2019). So, that would be The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie
  6. Video game? Skip because I have never played a video game in my entire life.
  7. Marvel or DC? Both! Seriously, there is no way I can choose one. I’m a huge fan of both Marvel and DC.


My nominees:

  1. Musings of a (Book) Girl
  2. Mybookworld24
  3. Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  4. Pages Unbound Reviews
  5. The Chocolate lady’s Book Review Blog
  6. Life With No Plot
  7. Alison in Bookland

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite genre to read?
  2. What’s one thing about reading that you love the most?
  3. If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
  4. What is something (genre/trope) you have never read but really want to?
  5. Which is your favorite comic book/series?
  6. What is the one thing you think makes comics/graphic novels better than simple books? (If you’re not a comic read then share your most recent favorite book with us)
  7. What is your favorite inspirational quote from a comic (or any book)?

Monday Musings: Fly Away (A Poem)

There is a bird who wants to fly away,

But her little heart is scared, full of doubt,

She is too afraid to spread her wings,

So, ignoring her desires she decides to stay.

She lives in a tree beside my window,

I’ve seen her looking at the sky,

Longingly, trying to muster up her courage,

But how can she when she fears her own shadow?

I see other birds as they come and go,

They’re free of all the shackles,

They don’t have anything holding them back,

While our little bird watches them flying to-and-fro.

I hope she will take flight someday,

I wonder how long will it be,

She shouldn’t let fear control her wishes,

When her soul wants badly to fly away.

Maybe, I can help, perhaps she needs a little nudge,

In the right direction, by someone she trusts,

But am I that person or will I do more harm?

Thoughts like that stop me and I won’t budge.

In a way, I’m just like the little birdie in her nest,

She is afraid to fly away and I am afraid to help,

Thinking I could be wrong and fearing the worst,

Perhaps, this is what we both need, it’s for the best.

Her day will come soon enough and she will leave,

My day will come and I will follow her too,

There is a little bird outside my window,

When I look at her, once again I want to believe.

We’re both scared of the unknown,

Too afraid to take a leap of faith,

Caught up in our own dark thoughts,

Unable to see the truth that life has shown.

But one day we will both be free,

We live in hope, preparing for our first flight,

Freedom will be ours, we will do what’s right,

And then, nothing would be impossible, you’ll see.

© 2019, Fizza Younis.

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