The Devil and the Rose

By Harpreet Bhagrath – 1 – ‘You need to dump him. Especially when you have Peter chasing after you,’ advocated Linda who rather enjoyed giving these advisements to Rose. ‘I wish I had a suitor like Peter. My heart bleeds when I see him…’ Rose heaved...

The Devil and the Rose – 2

– 2 – With memories of that night still fresh in her mind, it took quite an effort for Rose to come out of her reverie. The dusk had started to engulf the world, and Rose could see the red winter sun going down to the sea. She was sitting on the sill...

The Devil and the Rose – 3

– 3 – Peter was right. Nature had bestowed Rose with boundless beauty. Her full-bodied rosy lips concealed perfectly lined teeth that were a marvel to watch when she laughed. It was like only a flimsy pink layer was holding the gush of blood. If lips had a...

The Devil and the Rose – 4

– 4 – Peter was lying lifelessly down on his bed, staring at the ceiling. Then as if somebody put life into him suddenly, he got up, went in the living room, sat on a rocking chair, and started staring at nothing. Peter wasn’t always like that. Broody,...

The Devil and the Rose – 5

– 5 – Wisdom is associated with men. It’s a masculine thing. After all, men are required to be wise in order to run the world. Conversely, wisdom is not a required quality in a woman. She doesn’t need to be. All she needs to be is… pretty.  But Linda...

The Devil and the Rose – 6

– 6 – ‘I trust you, Linda. The instant I saw you with him, I thought Jack was up to it again.’ ‘This is what bugs me the most about you, Rose,’ Linda just snapped at that, ‘You know about his lecherous ways and still choose to stay with him.’ ‘But he loves...

The Devil and the Rose – 7

– 7 – The next morning Jack came and found Rose in the bedroom. ‘Here’s your car key, sweetie. How did you get here?’ ‘Peter drove me down.’ ‘Who? That wimp?’ Just the mention of Peter was enough for Jack to lose his temper. Lately, he had grown unusually...

The Devil and the Rose – 8

– 8 – Patience was not one of Jack’s virtues. He didn’t have many to begin with. And he just revolted when somebody tried to pin him down. Lately, he’d been a bit upset because they wanted him to shift base to another city. Cops were beginning to smell...

The Devil and the Rose – 9

– 9 – Nosy monk never probed into people’s lives, yet people gave him such undeserving name. Because he was helpless, because he didn’t hurt anybody. That’s probably why local people never wanted him put in some sort of asylum in the first place. Because...

The Devil and the Rose – 10

– 10 – The day following Rose’s birthday, sitting in his rocking chair and staring at the ceiling, Peter was still musing over Rose’s coldness the day before. ‘O Rose! Must you be so cruel to me? Do you not want to be happy, to be loved? The more I want...