A Package A Suicide

Ashok received the package with a thundering heart. He signed the form, thank the courier man and hurriedly went inside his home office.

He recognized the stamp coming from her country but the return address was not familiar to him. He placed the brown package on his desk and opened his laptop.

Until now he haven’t had the courage to open the e-mail she sent him. He had been postponing it for weeks afraid to find a summon from her. Afraid that if she ask him to come he would not be able to stop himself from running to her and throwing his mediocre life away to be with her forever. Not a day went by that he did not long for her. Long to be with her.

With trembling hands he clicked the e-mail she sent him. He read it slowly not comprehending for a brief moment. Then when the meaning of the message finally dawned on him the shock that went through his being almost stopped his heart from beating.

She’s dead. We found her lifeless in her apartment. She killed herself. In the letter she left for me she asked that I send her diary to you. I am her sister and I so loathe you. I hope you suffer as much as she did.

Ashok stared at the package lying on the desk, unable to move.

” What did you get? I saw the courier guy leaving. ” His wife Ayesha came into the room wiping her hands with a towel. Her gaze fell upon the package.

” Oh, who is it from? ” Ayesha reached out to touch the package but Ashok snatched it away before she could. Without answering her he opened his small metallic safe and locked away the package there.

Ashok took his car keys from the desk. ” I’m going out. Don’t wait for me.” He tried to control his voice from breaking walking fast almost half ran towards the garage.

Ayesha followed him until the gate, frowning.

A Parallel Life

© JMKhapra

5 thoughts on “A Package A Suicide

  1. I love the theme having suicide. hehe. People treat it with remorse here in the Philippines coz it’s still a taboo. But I guess there’s more to suicide that just taking one’s life… just like what ‘A Parallel Life’ portrays.

    1. You would be surprised how common suicides are in India. I was quite disturbed after reading about so many cases of it here . I think it must be because they believe in reincarnation and ending their lives would mean starting a new one. A much better one at that. I have not researched it yet it is only own conclusion.

      1. Yes, maybe it is because of reincarnation. However, aside from suicide, I also like that there is an intriguing love story in your stories. Maybe one day your works can be compiled to a book.:)

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