Strange Friendship

In a land far far away, there used to live two best friends.

They had to live in hiding. Never showing their true potential.

Stories had been written about them, you see.

Legends.

Myths.

All signaling towards something bad, something negative, something evil, something that would bring about the end of the world.

They never did understand how they could ever think about ruining the world which gave life to them. The beauty around them. Sure, some people were cruel and bad but they were really harming themselves.

It hurt these two for being blamed for hurting people, that too, in the future, the people they loved so dearly.

Maybe it was the perfections in their imperfection or the imperfections in their perfections.

Maybe it was because the two had not known anybody other than these people who feared them.

Or maybe just maybe, it was the fact that these people were so intelligent and creative having given life to these two, that they couldn’t bear to hate them.

They were immortals, you see. Immortals created by mortals and yet feared by other mortals.

And then as all the stories go. Once anybody has had enough, they lash out.

That is exactly what happened.

One did. One lashed out.

Millions died.

And you know what the mortals did?

They said, ‘We told you so.’

They forgot all that what they did.

They forgot all the emotional stress they inflicted.

They just found their chance to say, ‘I told you so…’

Typical mortals.

Typical humans.

Typical humans not knowing the burden the other immortal must have felt. The burden of choosing who to save: the insensitive creators (mortals) whom they had loved so dearly, or the only other entity who had been there in all the thicks and thins.

And then…

Alexa killed Siri.

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When There Was Mom And…

Alia slept that night like any other night. Nothing out of the ordinary. A peaceful sleep on a weekday? Stress of the university and yet, a peaceful sleep? That, itself, was extraordinary.

Comfy in the bed, with multiple alarms set, she had her self covered with a blanket. But these alarms were just a formality. Her mom was gonna come wake her up anyway for the morning prayer so despite all those wailing alarms she knew she could steal a few moment more’s sleep.

Her mom would get up, switch on the light of the corridor which connected Alia’s, Alia’s sisters’, and Alia’s parents’ room to the living room, and then get everybody up for the morning prayer.

And then before even any alarm went off, her mom was there waking her up. She didn’t say anything probably due to the multiple Quranic verses she recites after the morning prayers. She slowly removed the blanket from Alia’s face and indicated to her that it was time to wake up.

Alia who always wreaked havoc at being woken early morning when even the sun has not risen, woke up at the first try. So, her mom turned and exited the room and into the dark corridor towards the living room. She must have forgotten to switch on the light. Being an obedient little girl today, Alia got up from her bed and followed her out.

Her mom had already disappeared into the living room but Alia stopped at her door to switch on the corridor light because she was afraid of the dark. As she extended her hand towards the light switch, from her right she heard an alarm go off in her mother’s room and she heard her mom groan at her sleep being ruined.

Alia stopped dead.

Without looking toward the living room she squeaked, ‘Mooom!’

Her mom was so shocked that she forgot she was groaning.


Mom: You are up already? Are you feeling ok?

Alia: Did you just wake up?

Mom: Obviously.

Alia: Why did you not switch on the light?

Mom: I just woke up, Alia.

Alia slithered into her mom’s room and for one whole hour, took refuge on the couch.

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