The forced inhabitants of a hilly terrain

The girl looked out of the one-roomed house at the dark clouds. The breeze sweeping through the Kans grass smelt of Durga Puja. A year back, she had celebrated their biggest festival with her parents in Bengal. Now she didn’t even know which part of the country they had kept her hidden.

Shades of perception
Photo prompt – copyright@soniasmusings

She had been kidnapped on the way to school. The kidnapper had gagged, blindfolded and sexually abused her. He had sold her at a brothel in a faraway hill station. She had been shocked to see his familiar face by chance.

Night after night, she bared her body to strangers as they raided it to satisfy their lust. She cried for the first few weeks and then converted her soul to stone. Last night she had spotted her kidnapper. She had covered her face and lured him into the room for the final act.

She turned to look at the brothel women watching the TV. The inspector spoke, “The man, stabbed to death has been identified as the maternal uncle of the girl who had sold the teenager for money. She lost her life due to strangulation during the struggle.”

But she had succeeded in seeking her revenge.

(200 words)

This is the 4th post written as part of the #MyfriendAlexa campaign as per my theme ‘Shades of Perception’. You can read the first three here.

For this challenge, I am using four photos as prompts to weave two flash fiction stories and one real story behind the picture. This is my second picture prompt. Stay tuned to read the second flash fiction that I will write around the same picture in my next post. You could also consider subscribing to my blog if you like reading my stories.

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Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. I completed a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. in Dec 2020. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head, three-plus years of blogging, writing, and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes! Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my five-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter, and give words to emotions. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

161 thoughts on “The forced inhabitants of a hilly terrain”

  1. Such a heart-wrenching story…A haunting reminder of all such barbaric acts happening around us all the time. From a happy start to a tragic ending you weaved a story around a picture prompt so well.

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  2. I don’t have words to express my feelings. This is the hidden dark side of our so-called living world. No one is safe from the demons who are actually our own people. How could they be so heartless? The girl shouldn’t have died in the story, she killed the sinner now it was her turn to fly away & live the life she deserved.

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  3. These things happen in reality more often than we think. She had her revenge but did she deserve it? There was lot more she could’ve done with her life had the monster not polluted her. Sad story, but well expressed.

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  4. Completely agree with Neha.. the girl dying in the end leaves me heartbroken. I love the stories on real issues like yours but I like stories that end on an optimistic note (not necessarily happy). Excellent endeavour. I like your idea of flash stories.

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    1. I wish I could have given this a happy ending but the reality is that the society hardly gives the victim a second chance. I let her be in peace in her heavenly abode. If you like fiction, you will find a lot of stories under the writing challenges category in my blog that speak of hope and happiness. Thanks for reading.


  5. Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. I appreciate the way you have taken this subject in your fiction piece and gave the revenge climax. I love your stories.

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