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The escapist.

            Pia sat by the bonfire, hugging her knees tight against her pounding heart; the run on the beach had been invigorating indeed!

    The crackling of the fire and the chirping of the crickets were the only sounds she heard. She inhaled a lungful of the cool breeze  and looked up at the million twinkling stars that had come out of their blankets. Sleep had long since deserted her; but that was not her worry tonight. In fact, there were no worries tonight. 

       Tonight there was peace in Pia's 'world' - her secret haven away, far away from her madding crowd.

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  1. Now, I want to go to the beach. Good experience here in the feeling of the piece. Nice!

  2. Such a peaceful picture painted, far away from the madding crowd. Alone with her thoughts, she is at complete tranquility. Well done, Shilpa :)

    One tip. Can you lose the Captcha? It limits comments :)

    1. Thank you, Shailaja for your encouraging comments and also for the tip! :)

  3. I liked the scenario. How nice it would be to leave the crowd and sink into the solitude once every while! Nicely done, Shilpa!

    1. Indeed, Uma! We really need some getaway moments every once in a while to recharge our batteries!

  4. Dear Shilpa,

    You've done a good job of setting the scene. I felt the chill in the air, the warmth of the fire on my face and heard the ocean waves.



  5. Thank you, Rochelle! It is the place (in my mind) that I escape to whenever I feel the need to be by myself.

  6. I envy Pia - you paint a lovely picture of peace.

  7. Shilpa, Good story. There are fewer and fewer places where we can find that kind of peace and quiet in the world today. Well written. : ) ---Susan

  8. Very well written and well captured. Peaceful and tranquility painted :) With stars alone away from madding crowd :)


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