Aaj Rapatt Jaayein…(Or If Pride Comes Before the Fall, What Comes After It?)

The huge waterfall had looked inviting from far, but up close, it suddenly didn’t feel that enticing. I hadn’t yet got into it, but the stray drops of water that were falling on my skin were hurting me, bad. I tried to evade it by moving away from it, and that is when it happened….I slipped, and fell with a loud THUD right under the waterfall.

The waterfall hit me with its entire might, and I cried out in pain. I looked down at my body, and was horrified to see my skin melting away under the boiling hot water. I tried to get out of the water, but the surface beneath me was so slippery that I kept sliding back, right under that scalding water. My body mass had already reduced by half. I was a shell by now, a shadow of my old, glorious, glamorous self.

And then I saw him…the giant…standing right under the waterfall, his head almost reaching the source of the water. He seemed to be untroubled by the scalding water, in fact, he positively reveled in it. I was scared out of my wits. As if the corrosive waterfall was not enough, I now had to contend with a giant, that too in my current much-weakened state.

The giant now bent down, as if to take me into his custody. But even now, I wasn’t a rollover by any stretch of imagination. As soon as his hand reached near me, I used the slippery surface to my advantage, and slid away to his right, leaving him floundering.

He tried again, but this time, I slid to his left. Though he was not troubled by the heat of the water, his vision was obstructed by the heavy sheets of the falling water, which further added to the slight advantage that I had right now. “I will take all the lucky breaks I can get, thank you very much,” I thought to myself.

But then, the unthinkable happened.

In his desperation to grab hold of me, the giant stepped forward, missed seeing me as usual, but this time, stepped right on me, crushing my body badly, almost to a pulp. But my skin had melted so much, that the giant slipped on my body as he crushed it, and fell right on top of me, with a THUD much bigger and louder than the one I had fallen with!

And as I lay under the giant, who in turn, lay under the waterfall, I heard a shout, “What happened? Are you OK?”

The giant replied, “I slipped on the damn soap while trying to pick it up and fell in the shower Honey. Can you please help me get up, I think I might have twisted an ankle!”


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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