What You Reap Is…

Over the days they saw him work on his patch without any let-up, digging it up, turning the soil over and planting new saplings. It meant they would soon see large deeply colored wonderful roses, their fragrance inviting the bees from miles around. It was all Ironic – he suffered from a birth defect of not being able to smell.

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May be he wanted to lose himself in his work and he probably had a reason.

His  young and  pretty wife was not seen about for a week or so. Not a whiff of the strong artificial lavender fragrance that always announced her presence from far.

It was with him always a transaction – roses for a price, not given to small talk. It wasn’t easy for anyone to inquire about her. It would come as no surprise to them if she had eloped with some boy from the town – she was more than a handful for him, they thought. There were days when passers-by had heard animated conversations carried from their house long into the night. Well, may be he was better off this way – he could marry a nice girl this time and live happily.

They decided as one they would not haggle with him this season on the price. Clearly a commiserating gesture was in order.

Days and weeks rolled by, the roses were in full bloom now, drawing the early buyers.

It was a couple of days before one of them ventured to open out: ‘Hey, mine weren’t right, did yours too smell of lavender?’





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11 Responses to What You Reap Is…

  1. Vidya says:

    A suspense thriller KR!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nithya says:

    Good suspense

    Liked by 1 person

  3. theotheri says:

    Err – uh – gulp… Not exactly what they mean by happily ever after then?


    • tskraghu says:

      There must be a simple explanation for her to walk away from his life.Nothing sinister was suspected at that point. And clearly their sympathies were for him.

      If this does not come out, the story may need a bit of rewrite.


  4. Chitra says:

    Cryptic !
    Had to re read it again !
    Interesting twist
    When you mention animated conversations I suppose you meant not pleasant?
    Good one

    Liked by 2 people

  5. EagleAye says:

    Awesome. This is a brilliant story. She did in indeed reap what she sowed, and thus she was sowed. Great story!

    Liked by 1 person

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