Payal Dutta


Midnight absorbed the hour. I watched David as he lit the candle. Placing me on the table top, he laid me down, still and flat. Silent I remained. I still cannot forget the night. Every word remains absorbed in me.

The silence broke as the two visitors came. Removing their caps, they sat beside me. Close enough to touch my sides. I never felt so nervous before. I don’t remember their names anymore. All I can recall is that one was dressed in red and the other was in black.

As the wind blew, I tried to move away from them. But, like water absorbed by a sponge, the visitors rolled towards me.

David remained unmoved. Everything seemed normal to him. Finally he sat down and I was left alone with three.

All of a sudden, I felt something heavy on me. David, it was. Welcoming…

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