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55 Fiction ~ Terminal #writebravely


He was amazed at the clarity of his thoughts while staring into the face of death.

He had erred, first in forming relationships and second, in maintaining them.

Did he deserve lying on his deathbed with no one by his side, then? He hoped not.

Holding the pen, he opined, “I must seek their forgiveness.”

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Prompt: Terminal


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  1. Why is it that we realise things at the very last minute? If only we could learn to live for the moment that we are in and enjoy it for ourselves and make it enjoyable for our loved ones too!!!

    1. May be we take too much for granted and forget to count our blessings. Too bad when any such thing happens. No one gains anything from it.

  2. Better late than never, I’d say! Great take on the prompt, Varsha!:)

    1. Thanks, Mayuri. It is indeed never too late to change for the better. 🙂

  3. It’s all fair to realize even at the end, lovely post Varsha. short but with deep meaning.

    1. I kept it short to leave something for the reader’s interpretation. Glad you liked it, darling. 🙂

  4. Touching and powerful. Death is the only ultimate truth and never too late to make amends, my friend.

    1. Thanks a lot, Vishal. Waiting can sometimes make us spoil something beyond repair. Time to act, whenever it hits us.

      1. True! We need to get up, nurse the wounds and heal.

  5. Fault always lies with self. Good that he realized it in the end at least. Realization will lead him on the path of salvation, may be in next birth!
    Engaging and pithy tale Varsha!
    -Anagha From Team MocktailMommies

    1. How true. May be in the next birth or if he is lucky he can make amends in this life itself. Hope God gives him the chance.
      Thanks for your kind words, Anagha. 🙂

  6. Finally realisation dawned on him – a bit too late I think but I do feel sorry for him. No one deserves to die alone.

  7. What a thoughtful prompt, suit this phrase – better late than never. So important to have good relations in life!

    1. Thank you so much, Jhilmil. Indeed, better late than never.

  8. Forgiveness and Forgot are very important virtues, all must perceive

    1. True, Roopali. That’s a good perception.

  9. snehalboricha says:

    Your posts really make me ponder! Keep up the good work! ????

    1. Thanks, Snehal. Glad my posts keep you engaged. 🙂

  10. Death will come its the phase like one phase has to end. But, we are unable to accept it at times ????

    1. Possibly we want to stall death till we correct what we have done wrong.

  11. Wow! love your blog 🙂 Well written

    1. Thank you, Tripti. 🙂

  12. Bedazzleu Esha Dogra says:

    It’s always better late than never. And maintaining a relationship is must.

    1. That’s true. Do what is in your hands. Try.

  13. Wonderful write up. Simple short but powerful. It’s better to late than never. Very well written

    1. Thank you so much, Minakshi. Glad you liked it. I like brevity. 🙂

  14. Papri Ganguly says:

    Really a thoughtful prompt. Wonderful write up.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Papri.

  15. So true…. It’s better to be late than never…

    1. Glad you agree, Jayshree.

  16. Wonderful and depth meaning post… Loved it…

    1. Thank you, Snigdha.

  17. Beautifully written.. so deep.. we should realise the value of loved ones.. or else we hurt them and in turn ourselves in the long run

    1. Thanks a lot, Mrinal. Loved ones and relations don’t come easy. We must value and cherish them.

  18. Forgiveness for oneself matters a lot than forgiveness from others . Deep thought

    1. Thank you, Bushra. Accepting one’s mistakes is the hardest thing. If one can do that, all else is easy.

  19. Beautifully written so deep and so true forgetting & for giving is so important

    1. Glad you agree. Thank you. 🙂

  20. written beautifully! the thoughts that go through your mind at such a moment have been captured really well by your writing!

    1. The last few days in a person’s life are most about retrospection. Very few have no regrets. I wanted to tap that. Happy that you liked it. 🙂

  21. It is usually at the deathbed that you realise the pain you received or gave to others. Varsh you have portrayed such deep emotions in so less.

    1. Coming from you, this is a huge compliment Geethica. You tap emotions so well. I wanted to keep it concise and let readers feel the emotion.

      1. Awww…. That’s so sweet of you Varsh. I think practise always comes with a new surprise.

  22. joshitajj says:

    Your posts are short yet deep. You are an immensely talented writer. Your posts touch my soul…

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Joshita. For a writer nothing is more precious than touching a chord with the reader. 🙂

  23. Short but touching and powerful post!!! Loved it

    1. Thank you so much. 🙂

  24. Shilpa Garg says:

    Oh yes, forgive we must. For forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and hatred. It also breaks the chains of bitterness and selfishness. Glad that he realized this!

    1. Exactly. Holding on to sadness and guilt will only worsen the situation and take you nowhere. Forgive and move on. Thanks for reading, Shilpa.

  25. Love your thoughts, keep sharing such words and keep leaving us amazed! ⚡️

    1. Glad you liked it, Prerna. Thank you. 🙂

  26. Trystwithvanillagirl says:

    “He had erred, first in forming relationships and second, in maintaining them.” This say it all !! Beautiful way of finding and saying truth of life. Conclude this piece if possible

    1. Life isn’t as complicated as we think. We make it so. Will try to conclude this. Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

  27. Very very touching.Beautifully written and so aptly

    1. Thanks a lot, Amrita. 🙂

  28. Beautifully written. Keep up the amazing work????

    1. Thank you for reading. 🙂

  29. Deep thought, short and crisp. Neatly penned story.

    1. Thank you so much, Payal. 🙂

  30. His loneliness opened his eyes….

    1. Yes, it did. Loneliness can teach a lot.

  31. oh! that’s a painful way to spend the last few days of his life.

    1. It is. Glad he realised he can fill his time and loneliness by seeking forgiveness. Hope it isn’t too late for him.

  32. Accepting mistakes needs a strong will and heart. Glad that he has the courage to do that.

  33. At the end its the forgiveness that can give a person peace. Well written Varsh!

    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

  34. Better later than not at all? Maybe he will have another chance, or maybe better usage of life the next time around.

    /thumbs up

  35. Deep!!!!

  36. Poignant short tale. Well penned.

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