A beautiful Lie (2 min read)

I took a long drag and let the smoke out; as it twirled in the air before my eyes, I lifted the glass to my lips only to find that it was empty. I muttered curses and turned to leave the balcony, when I heard a slight creaking sound – that of a door opening. I turned around.

She came out on the balcony, opposite mine. Leaning over the railing, she looked up at the starry sky. A faint smile crossed her lips. She looked a little sheepish. Is she unaware of her immense beauty?Β I wondered. A woman so incredibly pretty would usually be all puffed up. A minute later, a tall and broad-shouldered man came out onto the balcony behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist. I felt a twinge inside – that of jealousy.

Taking a long puff, I watched them indulge in a passionate kiss. I’d been watching them for a couple of days now and my envy was slowly turning into rage. What wrong had I done to not deserve a life like that? Why had nobody ever loved me so passionately?

Memories of my three failed relationships came flooding back at that moment as the tears found their way out.

A lonely, envious, frustrated 35 year-old bitchΒ isn’t it what people call a woman like me?

Next day I woke up to the stink of alcohol and smoke, my head throbbing and eyes swollen. Lighting a cigar, I came out on the balcony. As I was about to go back inside, my eyes darted to the balcony facing mine. Much to my surprise, I found her already looking at me, her gaze cold and frightening. However, what truly gripped my attention was the dark patches around her eyes and the bruises on her cheeks. Her eyes, it seemed, were shouting to me. Just when the tears were about to cloud her eyes, she turned around and soon disappeared behind the red curtains.

I wish I had a life like yours – is this what her dead eyes told me that day?


Written by Chirasree Bose

Picture courtesy – Google Images

38 thoughts on “A beautiful Lie (2 min read)

  1. Very clever story. Appearances can deceive..
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you

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  2. Beautifully weaved piece Sree πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you πŸ˜€

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  3. What a fantastically written story. I was drug into it from the very first line. It really moved me to tears. Well done.

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

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  4. You wrote her jealousy well. I liked how the settings of the two women are symmetrical, as if they’re looking into a mirror.

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving your feedback πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡

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  5. Loved the story Sree. As the old saying goes -Grass is greener on the other balcony:)

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    1. 😊😊 thank you

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  6. The subject matter of this piece reminded me a lot of Girl on a Train. It’s so easy to look at a life through a filter and think, “I wish I had that,” but under the surface, there is a darker layer. You captured the jealousy well in this.

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    1. Thank you 😊😊

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  7. Well-crafted. We never know the full story of those “perfect” lives we envy.

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    1. Thank you 😊

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  8. πŸ‘ŒπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

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      1. πŸ˜‹πŸ«πŸ«πŸ«πŸ˜Š

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  9. Classic one… Should judge the book by coverπŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you 😊😊

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  10. Love ur work sree u r amazing

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    1. Thank you πŸ™

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    1. Thank you 😊

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  11. hey seriously well written..awsm..!! I love the way you make simple sentences into a perfectly written one. I think that is what called writer’s skill. I am talking about the first line.

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    1. Thank you so much 😊

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  12. You write amazingly well.

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  13. You really deserve an award for this beautiful story .

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  14. I have read your story very closely not only to feel and imagine but also to learn from it . Beautifully crafted and your writing has all that power to engage, captivate the readers. Loved it . Fine description which don’t need any further unnecessary details. Loved it πŸ‘Œ

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