[Short Story] Return

He walked the old dusty road again after so many years. He remembered the place very well, so many memories etched into his mind.
The old forgotten dusty lane, which was never urbanized by any political agenda. The same old little house which stood the test of time for so many years. He remembered his last walk on this road. He was trying to prevent the flood flowing from his nose and running his sore bumps with his free hand.

He knew this return was uncalled for, unexpected but it was the one he had to make. He did not know how she would react, would she still be happy on seeing him or will she even recognize him? The crumbled paper clutched in his hand was his identity for so many years. It was a his ticket to existence, his own.

The bell was in his reach now, he was a few seconds away in uncovering the truth. If he wanted to turn back, this was the last threshold. Funny thing was, even after so many days, his hand shivered at this stage.

Would he face her? Face her like he dreamed about so many days? Would he stand up to her? Will she accept him back? Millions of thoughts flowed into his head, each more dangerous than another.

Finally... all was blank, his mind had made the resolve. There was no confusion, no doubt, all was crystal clear, this was it, he was going to do it. 

The bell rang. 

She opened the door and looked at him from her spectacles. She was bent with the burden of time, took sometime in recognizing him.

His fist folded into the tight clutch, the thing he was practicing for the last one year was here. This was it, now or never.

'Miss Mary,' he summoned all the strength he could and spoke the words, '27 years earlier you had given me an 'F' grade on my paper on geography for not mentioning Pluto as the planet, I was right, now give me that pass grade.'

P.s. Happy Teachers day

48 comments

  1. Greetings!=D I didn't really expect an ending like this, it is just wonderful and amusing to me somehow =P Sometimes I do too, but along the teachers I met, they are great and they are helping us as we goes step by step into the future, I am sure they are the people we will want to remember and cherish for life =P Good luck on BAT14^^~

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  2. I was sad at first, then I smiled when you asked Miss Mary to give you passing grade for not mentioning Pluto as a planet in your geography test?

    I can't recall any teacher failing me except in my physics subject! Thanks to my classmate who'd do all the problem solving in my test papers and I would pay her a bottle of soda and she will be fine!

    This is a very interesting take Siddhesh! Unique return thoughts...:)

    All the best!

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  3. He he nice one Sid - good story and smooth narration.

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  4. Sid... A good one.. I loved the narration and the ending was so smart and the result is pass..

    --Someone Is Special--

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  5. A very different kind of post for this topic. But yeah, your posts were always unique. Did you know that the person who created UPS was given a F for his business plan. Teachers always have no place for thinkers beyond their time.

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  6. ROFL! This is so cute. Yeah even I would like to tell my teachers a thing or two.

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  7. That was good! I really expected his lost love or mother or someone like that to open the door! Couldn't help but laugh at the last line :D .

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  8. Hahaha just as always you managed to dupe your readers by making it sound like a serious story and ending it with humor.
    Very nice one!

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  9. @riika
    Greetings!=D I didn't really expect an ending like this,
    Welcome to Sidoscope, where endings are always against normality.

    I am sure they are the people we will want to remember and cherish for life =P Good luck on BAT14^^~
    Agreed, my bumps still hurt when I remember my teachers, I received the maximum beating in class, you see..:P

    Good luck to you too...:D

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  10. @Amity
    I was sad at first, then I smiled when you asked Miss Mary to give you passing grade for not mentioning Pluto as a planet in your geography test?
    :P I did not had the guts for actually asking, but that was my intention when I went to alumni meet. :P
    I promise, I will never make anyone sad. ;)

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  11. @Gyanban
    Thanks man...:D


    @Someone Is Special
    If only my teacher gave me the pass...:P

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  12. @The Fool..
    But yeah, your posts were always unique.
    Thanks, I try hard to go against normality.

    Did you know that the person who created UPS was given a F for his business plan. Teachers always have no place for thinkers beyond their time.
    I certainly believe the gentlemen in the story definately did not discover pluto... just an opportunist...:P

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  13. @Phoenixritu
    :P Lets go together and confront them....:P

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  14. @Dreamer
    And yet again Sidoscope manages to confuse its readers yay....:P

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  15. @Sammy
    So next time, I should start funny and end serious no? Or not... wait and watch...;)

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  16. Unusual twist to the tale....didn't guess how it would end. Good work!! Unique take on the topic.
    All the Best for BAT - 14.

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  17. Lovely narration! all the best for BAT

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  18. unusual tale and exceptionally written. Enjoyed reading it Sid. :D Best wishes to you . Made my day .. :)

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  19. Wow! what an unusual take on the prompt-simple yet touchy and that's the beauty of this post.
    Loved reading it!
    All the best!

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  20. a smart post i shall say...!!!

    different end...different read..!!!

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  21. Lol.. This was fun.. Enjoyed it.. ATB for the contest.. :)

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  22. "will she accept me" pointed directly at someone dear. At that point in time I was wondering if you were speaking of a lover why you would disclose that so early on in the narration but the twist comes in at a good time. I love meeting my teachers but there is always that hesitation because of the respect we have for them.
    There are only few who really teach the rest simply instruct.

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  23. Hmmmm.. I love the types of posts that are built in a way that a sad end is expected but they eventually turn out to be happy ones. Yours was the same.

    Very good read Sid. Thanks. Good luck for BAT.

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  24. @tikulicious
    Made my day .. :)
    And now, you made mine!!!!

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  25. @Jaspreet and Ms.Meduri and Bedlam
    Thanks guys!!!

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  26. @Sidra Sayeed
    "will she accept me" pointed directly at someone dear.
    That was exactly what my intention was on writing the line, to make sure people go offtrack and then the tension mounts up and get shock, good to see, I suceed.

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  27. Kya socha tha, kya nikla! :-S
    Mera toh popat ho gaya! :D
    Nicely written Raavan :)

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  28. A fantastic humorous twist in the end :)
    Brilliant take on the prompt Sid :D
    Keep 'em coming :D

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  29. @Kevin
    Thats what my intention was....:D glad I succeeded!!!

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  30. SiddheshRao Maza aaali. It was so wonderful. Instant smile. I was kind of expecting the unexpected & you did it. Pluto must be happy :-)

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  31. lol...mus say it was pretty sweet :)

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  32. Unexpected way to end the seriousness with which you began. I quite liked it, though!
    All the best for BAT.

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  33. Cheeky ending,to say the least !!
    Liked the way u led me off track in the beginning,creating the illusion of it being a visit to a former paramour-the contrast thereafter is what makes it really mirthful !!

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  34. didn't see that coming :-)
    But sure a nice way to let your teacher know !!
    And all the way I was expecting former girlfriend :-)
    A very different "return", for sure !!

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  35. lols ... did not expect that ...
    there were a lot of things i wanted to say to my teachers ... but now it hardly matters

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  36. Good one! I thought i was yet another guy in search of love run of the mill boring stuff. But the ending was a pleasant surprise more of my type :-)

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  37. It is my first time here.... I was expecting a serious story a tragic end but the end of story made me laugh :) best of luck for BAT

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  38. this is my first time here...I was expecting a tragic ending but the ending made me laugh :)
    Best of luck for BAT

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  39. @Pavil and D2
    Thanks you...:D

    @Sadiya
    Awww thanks...

    @Brijender Singh
    Hey thanks a lot...:D

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  40. @Dil se.
    didn't see that coming :-)
    That was my intention...:D
    But sure a nice way to let your teacher know !!
    And all the way I was expecting former girlfriend :-)
    A very different "return", for sure !!

    On teachers day ;)

    @Naveen
    But we have to say it once or other. :D

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  41. @vEnKy
    heh he hehe... expect the unexpected here man....:D

    @magiceye
    Yay... :D

    @Sweta
    welcome to Sidoscope, there are many more hilarious stories this way!!!! :D

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  42. some how pluto thing does not match with the story...may be a serious example could fit in story well...this is just my opinion

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  43. Wow! That's a good one!!
    All the best for BAT.
    Cheers :)

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  44. lovely..the ending was amazing! :-)

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