I used my eye to tell Ely what I wanted to tell him and of course he understood
“SHREYA right,what a coincidence”he said and hugged her tight.
“Where did you meet her?”my dad asked.
“Hahaha I once had a fight with her at a supermarket from there we become friends”he said.
My dad nodded.
My mom, cousin and grandmother dragged shreya away.
My brother dragged me into his room and locked the door.
” Sam what are you doing,you know she’s an escort and you want to marry her?”he said
“I love her but I … I just have one question. Uhmm shreya,did you sleep with her?”i asked
“I didn’t,i almost did. It was when Jennie cheated on me so I went out and bought her for the night.she was so much fun we spent time talking and talking we forgot to even have sex..she’s a great girl but Sam… this place is too spiritual. You don’t know how embarrassed shreya will be if the truth comes out.even the priestess who Is supposed to bless your marriage;what if she foresees it..are you really ready for this?”he asked.
” I didn’t meet shreya an escort I was the one who defiled her ely.I love her so much and I decided that I will marry her.. no matter what”I said and he hugged me.
I felt someone at the door and I hastily opened up it was my mother.no God why
“Mom” I said
She angrily walked out so I rushed her
“Mom please don’t tell anybody what you heard..I love shreya”I said
“Sam a prostitute is a prostitute..seems the english word ‘escort’ is confusing you..Why do you want to ruin our reputation?”she asked
“Mom no one knows,I know and I love her that way. if you love me mother please you need to accept shreya”I said
“My son will not end up with a useless woman..do you know how many men she has been with? Sam! are you even thinking? do you think you will be able to trust shreya?
what will your daughter grow to be? think Sam think”she shouted
“Mom please I beg you,if you fail me I will never forgive you.it’s my mistake I want to make it..don’t tell anyone about this ..just keep quiet,after the wedding ritual I will take her away.this is my cross to carry”I said.
She ran out
Thank God I didn’t sleep with Ely.Am so scared.
Now Sam already told his grandma about our wedding.
She already fixed the date.
I miss my nuni,but am scared to visit the temple.
Sam’s mother walked in
“Oh mom”I said.
“Dont call me that,shreya if you love samrhat you need to leave him”she said
“Dont call Me mum,its a curse If you call me mum.” She said.
My tears fell like water.
I felt a blow to my heart.
“If you love yourself you need to leave Sam.What do you want from my son?
Do you even have a womb after all those pills and nonsense?
Are you still good enough to give my son the satisfaction and pleasure he deserves which he should be getting from an undefiled traditional Indian maiden.
You lost your self respect
You are a taboo shreya
You broke the tradition twice.first you got defiled before your wedding night now u are an escort..I curse the day my son met you shreya.
What will you give birth to? Tell me”she shouted.
“Mother…its still Me,me shreya” I said.
“You are a prostitute,you failed as a woman shreya. from a worshipper to a prostitute you cursed yourself.you can never wear the red colour shreya and you won’t wear it in my house.
Only a blind priestess can bless your union to a man because I know the goddess has forsaken you.even the goddess can’t accept you” she said and walked out.she opened the door and I was shocked to see grandmother.
The old woman couldn’t even look at me.
she used her veil to cover her face and eye.
I started crying.
“I need to wash my face for I just met and unpleasant sight…cursed be the day I brought you into my home shreya”She said
She said and rushed out.
Sam I told you love is not enough
Why DiD you bring me here.
Am going..I am going out I can’t stay here.they all hate me.
I will visit my nuni at the temple and leave from there.
Am sorry Sam
I snuck out from the window
and returned to the temple.
.I waited outside for my nuni for hours but no sign of her
I tried walking in but all the temple lights and flames went off so I came back out and the lights came on.
even the goddess is rejecting me.
I sat outside crying,all I could remember was my good old days.
I sat facing the atonement stone in front of the temple I wrapped my hands around the rock in pain.
“I came back,why won’t you forgive me mom”I said in tears
Right from when I was 3 I was introduced to worshiping you..
When I was five I drowned while trying to worship you.
From 10 slept in the water with you
From 14 I worshiped you morning and night.
it is painful that you are watching my life get riuned.
Was I so wrong that you can’t help me.
I devoted my time and my all to you.
Every day I did every ritual to make you happy but you why are you so wicked?
I ran into the water.
“I agree that I was to be your bride water God but why didn’t you become a mortal and marry me.
How dare you punish me
I knelt down in the water.
When I asked for rain it rains
When i asked for storm it stormed.
But when I asked for you I see your shadows,are not human so how will shreya marry you water God.
I was not fully a worshipper yet when I let a man defile me.
I was still in training,i was not fully your wife.
If i ran away after my final ritual as a worshipper then you are right to forsake me but if I left as a trainee then you are fool for punishing me.
Judge me but judge me rightly.
Have mercy upon me ,All I want Is Sam.
I sat down in the water and cried my heart out.
I stayed there till morning came
I had to leave before people see me.
But where do I go to?
I feel so cold.
I walked down and soon I arrived at that spot where Sam defiled me.
I saw a poisonous leaf and plucked it.
I want to die now
Sam’s mother was right, i Am a curse.
I will only cause pain for Sam
I will only ruin his life.
He deserves better.
He deserves a clean traditional Indian girl.
I washed the death leaf in water and ate it
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I heard my name,it was Sam’s voice.I hastily removed the leaf from my mouth and threw it in the water.
“SHREYA? Is that you?”he said
“Yes its me sam”I said and turned he rushed and hugged me.
“Baby am sorry for all they said to you,it Wont stop me from loving you,our first ritual is tommorow shreya,you will wear red and you will be my wife.”he said
“I will wear red?”i asked
“Yes shreya,red sari,red vermilion,red colours.our wedding fell into the festivals of colour and I Sam I will celebrate you with the colour red.” He said and i hugged him.
“What if your mum doesn’t let me in?”she asked.
“Mother already chose to disown me and I agreed to leave so she and grandmother are like guests at our wedding not my family.our secret is safe they Wont say anything”he said
“Are u sure?”.
“Yes I threatened to kill myself if they do”..
“Sam what about the priestess..what if she exposes me in the crowd, I won’t be able to handle that”she said.
“The goddesss is on your side shreya ..the priestess might be your nuni”he said.
I nodded and secretly plucked another leaf. if the priestess tries to embarrass me I Will eat it and die..I promise.
We both headed home.
Early the next morning I walked shreya into our family and preparations started.
My mother didnt talk to me she really disowned me.
My grandmother used her veil to cover her face.
Our big hall was fully decorated
Today is the second day into the festival of colours so a lot if coloured sindoor filled the hall..mostly red to adorn the bride.
I saw the red sari which my dad bought for shreya..some girls came and dragged shreya away.
She was so happy when she saw her red cloth.
I walked in with my brother to dress up.
I walked into the hall and it was so full.
It was already filled up.
People adorned themselves with colours.
Married women applied a little red vermilion on their fore Head.
They where moving colors in barrows like sand.
There where a lot of colours..
Soon everything was set and I sat waiting for my shreya.
I couldn’t wait to see her in red.
Just then the bell rang to announce that the priestess who was coming.
She wore white and held a staff.her hair was white,i hope she is not a seer.
I pray she blesses this union
I got scared for shreya
I saw that leaf she plucked out.
” the goddess is here in fullness,bring out the bride”the woman said
I looked at the idol of the goddess, beautifully molded. all I could say was thank you.
SHREYA walked out wearing red.
She looked so beautiful so pretty I smiled.
People admired her loudly.
The woman looked at her for a while and suddenly looked up.
Her followers too looked up in silence
Before I could relate,two of her followers took shreya back inside.
Everyone was confused
I was confused
I looked At my mum and my grandmother.
In few minutes they brought her out and she was dressed in black.
She was crying.
I tried going to her but Ely held me tight.
“Sam you Wil kill yourself..don’t involve with them they are not mortals”he said.
I couldn’t stop my tears as I watched shreya cry.
” SHREYA can never wear colours.
She would never wear red on her forehead as a bride.
She would never wear red on her body as a bride.
She can’t be wedded on such a holy day.
She can’t ever be wedded on any other day.
She too knows this truth… she shouldn’t have come back here.”The woman said.
“According to the temple traditions, a worshipper above the age of 18 can only leave the temple as a bride or follow a family member.
Shreya here let a man defile her just few hours to her main ritual as a life worshipper. .without wedding vows.
According to the tradition, a girl who does that must pray in the river for 30 days and 40 nights..No food no water until she has been cleaned and forgiven.
But shreya didn’t beg for forgiveness for one day instead she travelled to Vietnam and lived a dirty life.
She lost her self respect every day.
She was caught up in a deep sin
Even the goddess finds her dirty she can never be adorned with colours.
Shreya’s tears dropped.
” since shreya was never married and never followed a family member she still belongs in the temple.She will fast for 50 days in the water and when she is clean she shall return to the temple not as a worshipper but as a worker and she shall die there.
The colour red shall never touch her
No colour shall touch her
She wore white before now she shall wear black.
She has been cursed.
Take her to the river”the woman shouted.
I watched shreya open her Palm and the leaf was there.
I rushed her but people held me.
Shreya deeped the leaf into her mouth and it started raining.
everybody in the hall started murmuring and making Noise
“Who are you to not forgive shreya when the goddess herself grants her mercy”an old woman shouted and shreya vomited the leaf.
SHREYA stood up and walked towards the idol of the Indian goddess…it was crying blood.
People where shocked..
Worshippers started praying.
Shreya fell to the floor in tears ….
“Mom!!!”shreya whispered in her tears.
Before she could complete her statement.
The red sindoor which was in a plate above shreya fell down and poured on her hair.
SHREYA laughed in tears.
Next my mom took a handful of red colour and poured on shreya.. She kissed her and hugged her.
SHREYA looked at me in tears.
My grandmother carried a full cup and poured on shreya,shreya started laughing.
“Bless you my child”she said and hugged shreya.
My father poured a hand full on shreya he hugged her.
Her nuni and my brother landed a basin of red colour on her. SHREYA laughed and I just watched her like a movie.
Someone poured red on her from behind,she turned and it was her nuni and one other woman.SHREYA looked in her face and shouted
“Mom!!!” She hugged her and the woman poured red on her.
My crazy friends poured red paint on her she laughed.
Soon her black gown was red.
Visitors started pouring red on her.
I walked towards her and took a handful of red vermilion.
I poured it on her fore head.
I didn’t remove my hand from her head rather I used that opportunity to tell her what I wanted.
” SHREYA..I will love you till I die,i will never leave you,i will take you as my God..I swear on you” I said.
Her maam priya poured red on her from behind.
“SHREYA…I finally believe in love because of you.” She said and hugged her.
SHREYA was taken away then she changed into a red sarri
The wedding ritual was completed.
I am so happy I couldn’t help but sing in my mind.
oh mother oh mother Aphrodite
oh mother oh mother Aphrodite
I was welcomed by Sam’s family..like a new bride.
I deeped my leg into the red paint and everybody clapped.
My face was fully covered
My hand was adorned.
My jeweleries where heavy.
I cant wait for Sam to remove all this.
I traced my leg into the house and the trAces of my feet was sparking red on the floor.
I walked into Sam’s room where I sat.
my future is dark make it bright
Shall i not wear red, but red is yours
Oh mother oh mother I came back
Will you really keep quiet oh Aphrodite
I couldn’t help but sing.
Sam walked in and opened my face
“Hey,we did it”he said
He removed all the heavy jeweleries and dropped them on bed.
“My goddess”he said to me as he finally removed by cloths one by one.
I smiled happily.
SHREYA do u remember the first few days when we met
He asked and we both laughed.
This was my first attempt to write short story.
How was it
What did u learn.
Did i try in India
No prologue attached
Thanks for reading.
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