The Lives of Witches and Bitches

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Photograph by Barbara W. Beacham

The Lives of Witches and Bitches

From her small balcony, the witch watches her world go by.  
Although no one has seen her closely, hers is a youth scarred by years of neglect and ill-health. Frail body, matted hair and dull skin make her look older. Some mornings, one can hear her howling as she sits in her balcony, staring into the vacuum.

Recently, community youngsters reported that she’s now a regular at the local pub. Some nights she gets so tipsy that she laughs boisterously while picking ruckus with all the ‘gentlemen’ there.

What amazes our community is that her pub persona is so unlike her usual weeping self within her quiet house. The new joke around town is: ‘Witch by the day, bitch by the night’.

Little do they know that the duo are identical twins. One, a house-bound agarophobic who cries a lot, and the other a sociopath who laughs unbound.  Two daughters deserted by a mother who was deserted by a gentleman.
(149 words)

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This is my take on flash fiction challenge Mondays Finish The StoryWe are provided with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of the story. 

Copyright ©2015 Written by Alka Girdhar

17 thoughts on “The Lives of Witches and Bitches

  1. Very cleverly written, Alka. Very nice fiction and I like the vivid descriptions. We all have split personalities, don’t we? When we’re happy, the good side of ourselves might come out and when we’re down, another side of us comes out. Or at the very least we have different ways of expressing ourselves and our emotions 🙂

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    • Thanks Mabel! It seems like fiction is working for me. You are very right. Every single person has good and bad sides, or else, like you said…people chose to portray themselves differently at different times. Here, she hasn’t got a split personality but there are two different women, two sisters who look alike but have different personalities 🙂

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    • Basically, two sisters who faced similar adverse circumstances, but each took a different path. Sometimes people like their mother land into unwanted parenthood, but cannot cope with their new role. Their weakness then passes one and becomes an essential in-born character of their off-springs.

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  2. Pingback: For the Cute & Homely Witches | Magnanimous Word

    • Thank you so much! I wanted to show how two people growing up in same negative environment are effected differently, albeit both of them negatively still.
      It’s a pleasure to participate in such an inspiring challenge! Good wishes.

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