Her- A Short Story

I usually write blogging advice but as you probably know if you read yesterdays post I accidentally burnt my fingers and hand while cooking so I can’t type a lot right now and my blogging advice posts are quite detailed so they tend to be much longer. So, instead of writing a blogging advice post I decided to do something that I have wanted to do for a while now which is write a short story. I will save the blogging advice post for later on in the week when my hand/fingers are a bit more healed. I really hope you enjoy this post and if you do enjoy it please let me know in the comments below. It’s been a while since I’ve written a short story so I am very nervous about sharing this but I hope you enjoy it. I was inspired by Shweta Suresh who always writes really amazing short stories on her blog!

I quietly lie in the closet waiting for her to come home. I still remember the first time I saw her at the bookstore. She walked in with her friends, the biggest smile on her face. Her eyes eagerly moved from title to title as she looked at the books one after another. Her friends seemed bored but she just grew more excited with every summary she read. Her eyes were filled with longing as she assured her friends she would only be a few more minutes. She kept looking and I kept staring at her in awe of her beauty. She hadn’t noticed me yet- I mean why would she notice me? No one ever noticed little old me in the corner. But then something happened. Something that changed my life forever- she actually looked at me. “Well, hello there,” she whispered with a grin on her face.

Since that day I have been waiting in her closet. Waiting for her as she leaves and drinking in her beauty whenever she comes home. Sometimes she brings friends over which I always find annoying. They don’t know her like I do. They don’t love her like I do. Sometimes she brings new friends over which is even worse. They spend a couple of days together, sometimes a couple of weeks but it never lasts longer than that. They can never appreciate her like I do, they never seem to see her true value.

I can hear her opening the door, she’s talking to someone on the phone. No she’s yelling at someone on the phone… “I never want to see you again, it’s over between us, ” she yells into her phone. Goodbye Jonathan who likes sports, energy drinks and something called monster trucks. She sobs for a while on her bed and goes for a shower. She comes back in her towel and I can see her approaching the closet. She’s coming towards me, I can see her long hair dripping with water, I can smell the scent of her shampoo. I can’t take it anymore. I want her to find me, I want her to notice me, I want  to hold me instead of those worthless fools she calls boyfriends. The closer she gets the more frightened I get and yet I feel excited at the same time. She open the doors and looks directly at me.

“There you are,” she sighs looking down at me. “Time to finally read this book I guess,” she mutters to herself. And now I am content because everyone knows that people come and go but book? Books are forever.

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180 thoughts on “Her- A Short Story

  1. Oh man! At first I wondered if this was one of those (Netflix) “YOU” stalky situations! Then I thought maybe it was the beloved stuffed animal waiting for the owner🧸. Love the unexpected twist at the end.

  2. Are you kidding me? How could I not love this? The beginning made me think it is a romantic story between lovers, then in the middle with the ‘waiting in the closet’, I thought maybe it’s a psycho stalking her, then it hit me at the end…😂this was thrilling. Loved it

  3. This is such a cute story. Books have always been for me in all phases of my life. They give the unwavering support which everyone needs in their lives.

  4. What a clever story! Oh, to think that our books might be in love with us. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with us, Pooja. I hope your fingers heal very soon!

  5. I’m sorry to hear about your hand. I hope it heals soon. Your story is incredible. I was transfixed until the end. I hope there’s more in the future. Take care.

  6. The twist was woww.. Didn’t see it coming till it did. so many things in just a small piece. 👍👍
    Well you should continue with stories even after your fingers are healed. wishes for you and fingers 🙂

  7. OMG! I love this!!!! Keep sharing your short stories. I also have written about two short shorties but I haven’t shared them. Cannot wait to read more.

  8. Love this! The twist really got me! I thought it was an animal 😂 but a book? Oh my gosh! It made me smile because reading books is my favorite hobby. 😄 You should share more short stories, Pooja! I’d love to read more!
    I hope your fingers heal soon! 💖

    1. Thank you so much! I am really into writing from the POV of non-living things because it’s so amusing to me.
      Thanks- it’s a lot better today!

  9. Your shorts stories inspire me to write my own. I am not a strong writer but it feels like something I need to do. Hopefully you can check it out sometime. Thank you 😊

  10. Sneaky twist there, I like it! Only figured it out about halfway through. Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed the story. 😊

  11. I was sure there was a cat in the closet, but I guess that would be weird haha. Anyway, I love that she finally gives the book a shot.

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