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The Black Coat, Bare Hands and the Modern-day Gift of Magi

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A Five Sentence Fiction…


On that scorching hot May morning, he was sweating abruptly in his black lawyer’s coat, so she wiped his face softly with her red glass bangles laden hands and said— “why don’t you buy an air conditioner for your chamber?”

“No-no, I’ll rather buy gold bangles for you for which I’ve got Rs. 30,000/- as the fees for 3 criminal cases and I’ve to attend 3 back-to-back hearings in court today”, — he, though, smiled but was too stressed.

He was brought back home that evening surrounded by a mob, and those 30,000/- Rs. were stolen while he was taken to hospital after his cardiac arrest in the courtroom for he couldn’t meet his timings and manage his stress.

This time when she wiped his face, his forehead was icy cold and he was not sweating despite wearing his black heavy coat and her wrists weren’t laden with those red glass bangles.

The thief was right stealing the money as the money was not meant for their ‘Gift of Magi’ because neither he needed an A.C., as he was lying under the ice of death, nor she needed those gold bangles as the glass ones were no longer left in her hands.

Sangeeta Mishra

  • Avinash Mishra

    Heart full of pain after reading.

    This is the best one. Awesome..

    Loved it….

  • Sad story. Well expressed.
    Hope there are no thieves in this world.

  • Meera

    Sad but an awesome story.
    ​​​​​​A Rat’s​​ Nibble : Calvin And Me – I & II

  • So sad.

  • The story surely makes a lasting impression. What we need and hope for, and what happens in the end!

    • Thanks Teny. Glad that it’s able to make that impression. 🙂

  • Yes, indeed. This fiction is inspired by a true story and the emotions are truly priceless.

  • Thank you Archana. 🙂

  • My eyes ran over these 5 lines. Now my mind is running with some thoughts.
    very well done.!

    • Thank you so much. Glad that you got those thoughts. 🙂

  • richasingh

    I have gooseflesh. Very well done seriously..

    • Thank you so much Richa. Glad that you liked it and a very warm welcome to TSS. 🙂

  • Stumped! Well woven fiction.


    Really interesting. Loved it

    • Thank you so much Mr. Arvind. Glad that you liked it and a very warm welcome to TSS. 🙂

  • Oh! Sad one.

  • This made tears to roll in my eyes, felt like it’s the reality. Nice work Sangeetha ji.

    • Yes, you sensed it right. It’s inspired by a real story of one of my closest couples. This incident happened in front of me years back, and I’ve witnessed the love of that couple and the theft happened from the dead body.
      I’m amazed with your sensitivity. Thanks.

  • Purba Chakraborty

    So tragic! :
    A wonderful fiction, indeed this was. I was totally engrossed in the story while reading 🙂

    • Glad that you liked it Purba. This story is quite close to my heart and I really needed your opinion. Thank you so much dear. 🙂

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