The First Thing We Do…


Photo prompt courtesy Susan Spaulding

I’d found her sitting by the side of the road in the dark.

It was the heart-wrenching crying that drew my attention towards her, she sounded as if someone had reached inside her chest, and cruelly snatched out her heart. I’d imagined that having seen so much misery in my profession, my heart would’ve turned to stone by now.

I’d thought wrong.

I sat beside her, and she narrated the entire story to me, of cruelty, followed by an evening filled with love, and then, everything being lost to her because of a cruel twist of fate.

I gently took her hand, and bade her stand. “Come with me,” I told her, “it doesn’t have to end like this.”

Barely able to walk with only one shoe, she somehow stumbled alongside me, trusting me implicitly.

A trust which I lived up to more than adequately, even if I say so myself.

The poor girl who kept her stepmother’s house, forever covered in cinders, was the glamorous princess of the land today.

Her Prince Charming had agreed to marry her….as soon as I threatened him and his father with a Breach of Promise case.


194 words.

Written as a part ofย Sunday Photo Fiction โ€“ February 24, 2019, hosted by Susan Spaulding.


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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15 Responses to The First Thing We Do…

  1. Mukhamani says:

    Well written, I hope she will be happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Abhijit Ray says:

    You became her Knight in shining armour and gave her away. Nice job.

  3. …forever covered in cinders! A delightful retelling of the tale of Cinderella. Nice one.

    My SunPhoFic tale!

  4. Jules says:

    An enchanting twist. I think you would very much enjoy the play ‘Into the Woods’

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