I moved towards her, wanting to reach out, wanting to support her, wanting to give him a piece of my mind. How could he? And, all that drama just because of the subjects she had chosen for her graduation? Unbelievable! Was it such a big deal getting into medicine or engineering? It was her choice, her life! What right did he have to ridicule her for her choices? He sniggered, wanting to activate a chain reaction from all those gathered around. As expected, a snicker escaped his son’s lips. I glowered at the rest of them, silencing them before they joined in.
I stood behind her, holding her by the shoulders, and bent down to whisper into her ears.
” Avni, you are going to ignore people’s jibes, because that is all they are capable of doing. You will do what you find fit, what you choose to do, and what interests you and you alone. And, the next time someone tries to put you down, you are going to use every iota of guts that you have and show them their place, whoever they may be. Do you hear me?”
I could feel every eye in the room, looking at the three of us, wondering what would happen next. I knew for sure, he would not retaliate. He could only roar at the meek ones. Like my sister, who, being the quiet one, seldom responded to the barbs aimed at her. He seemed to get a sadistic pleasure out of making a mockery of people, whom he found unconventional. Oh, it was useless trying to make him look at things from a different perspective!
My thoughts now turned towards this stick of a girl standing in front of me, her head still bowed. How I wanted to shake her out of the fear that seemed to have engulfed her! Why couldn’t she speak up? Why couldn’t she just care a damn about the world and follow her heart, confidently, fearlessly?! She needed an earful, too. Oh, yes, she did! She had to change. There was no way in hell she would survive in that big bad world if she would tremble like a leaf everytime she was hit by a typhoon.
My mind was made. The end of this summer vacation would see a changed Avni — bold, courageous, no more the rabbit she had always been, but a lioness who could not just roar, but also shred to bits anyone who dared get in her way. I grabbed her hand, pulled her out of the gathered crowd of kids and took her on a long walk.
The above post has been written for Wordy Wednesday.
This week’s prompt: Phrase prompt: Shadows of silence.
This week’s prompt comes from B-A-R member, writer and blogger, Rajlakshmi Boruah.