I took upon this mammoth task of reading all the blog posts that I found related to UBC July. If I am not wrong I read and commented on about 61 posts!!! Phew that’s really a task. But now after so many nice posts my mind was wandering on what to write, and here I am writing yet another Short Story and this time for ABC & UBC both!. 

For Y I am choosing Yellow. I love how the color brightens up every damn thing. So go ahead and read my short story.

You can read my earlier short fictions here.

Yellow Lilies

Before going off to sleep Diana was sulking.

When she woke up in the morning she was still in the same mood, as if the annoying feeling never left her.

She didn’t want to feel like that… not today.

She looked at the bed side table from where Brad gave his broad gummy smile.

She buried her face back in the pillow… Diana didn’t want him to smile from the photo frame like every other day. Today she wanted him here… by her side… under the blanket. Today she didn’t want to be alone, not alone again on their anniversary. She was sure Brad wouldn’t even remember the date, or would find time to call.

She tried going back to sleep again on this bright sunny day when the doorbell rang.

Diana wasn’t expecting anyone at this hour of the morning, but still she went down to check.

And there he was standing with a bunch of beautiful yellow lilies that brought an instant glow on her face.

“Who sent these?”

“Mam, A very happy anniversary, here’s a little note that the sender has sent”, said the delivery boy while handing over the card to Diana.

Before Diana could settle down on her couch with the note, the phone rang loudly.

How is it?” asked the thick voice across the line.

“Brad… you remembered?” she asked in a soft voice

“How can I not remember yellowis your favorite color and that you absolutely love yellow lilies?”

Ohh… Stop it Bradthey are lovely, but I am glad that you remember our anniversary. But how did you manage this from Iraq?”

“A husband can do many things, my love, it doesn’t matter if I’m in Iraq or Afghanistan… Love you my Sunshine.”

“Love you too Sergeant Major” announced Diana while placing a tiny kiss on the soft yellow petals.


Someone somewhere had said it justly, being a soldier’s wife is not easy.  

Source: Google Images

Did you like it? Leave a comment below on your thoughts.


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Linking this post as my entry to the ABC Wednesday. Y is for Yellow
Also linking this post as my Day 3 post for Ultimate Blog Challenge July 2014.
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Tina Basu

28 Comments on Short Story – Yellow Lilies

  1. Carver
    July 3, 2014 at 11:09 am (2 years ago)

    The yellow lilies are lovely. Carver, ABCW-T

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  2. Tina Basu
    July 3, 2014 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks Carver

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  3. Lisa
    July 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Stopping by from the UBC. I love yellow, it's such a peaceful color.

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  4. Trubes
    July 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

    what a lovely short story and the yellow flowers are gorgeous,

    best wishes,
    Di.

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  5. Sojourner Williams
    July 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Well done! Thanks for sharing your beautiful writing. I too am a short fiction writer. I love the genre and you do it well 🙂

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  6. Reema D'souza
    July 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    A lovely short story! Beautifully written 🙂

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  7. Sophie Bowns
    July 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    The image is gorgeous!
    I loved your short story/ extract. I'm not much good at writing short pieces myself, I write novels.
    🙂

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  8. Shilpa Garg
    July 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    That was a heartwarming story! Liked it 🙂

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  9. Tina Basu
    July 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for your kind words Sojourner Williams

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  10. Tina Basu
    July 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Reema for dropping by

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  11. Tina Basu
    July 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Sophie, writing short pieces are my new found love

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  12. Leo
    July 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Never easy indeed. It's as much a battle at home as the husband in the field. But good that you had a happy ending 🙂

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  13. Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla
    July 4, 2014 at 2:15 am (2 years ago)

    Love the story! I don't know how those soldiers's wives, or any person with their love one far away do it, is soo hard! And the picture is beautiful!

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  14. KParthasarathi
    July 4, 2014 at 2:15 am (2 years ago)

    That was really a heart warming story with a happy ending.Nicely written

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  15. Tina Basu
    July 4, 2014 at 5:33 am (2 years ago)

    yeah I like happy endings 🙂

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  16. Tina Basu
    July 4, 2014 at 5:34 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks, yes their lives are hard and difficult

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  17. Ghata
    July 4, 2014 at 6:22 am (2 years ago)

    aptly said. Its toughest being a soldier's wife. Apart from constantly having to live away from each other, there s always the fear of war and losing them 🙁

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  18. Tina Basu
    July 4, 2014 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

    thanks Ghata for dropping by. yes it is quite tough

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  19. Roger Owen Green
    July 5, 2014 at 3:26 am (2 years ago)

    What a sweet story. Distance defeated.
    ROG, ABCW

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  20. Rajlakshmi
    July 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm (2 years ago)

    awww this is even more beautiful. YOu spin such lovely stories 🙂

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  21. Tina Basu
    July 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Rajlakshmi

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  22. Tina Basu
    July 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Brendan

    Reply

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