Riddles in the Dunes (Third Place Pakistani Readers Fantasy Short Story Competition 2016)

“Listen closely child to the tale of Mikamah, the goddess of wisdom. For her self-serving ways, she now suffers a fate worse than death they say. Perhaps she was not that bright after all. At a time when gods walked amongst humans and shifters in the desert realm of Yaransa, Mikamah was a celebrated deity. Combining the body of a lion, wings of an eagle … Continue reading Riddles in the Dunes (Third Place Pakistani Readers Fantasy Short Story Competition 2016)

Give Her a Break (Part One)

Sophie was enjoying herself. It was the first day of twelfth grade and everything was just as she had always imagined it would be. She could almost feel the excitement buzz against her skin as the returning second years swarmed through the college gates. She scanned the crowd for her best friends while expertly dodging the shoves generated by overly enthusiastic hugs accompanied by high … Continue reading Give Her a Break (Part One)

Cookies and Constellations (A short story inspired by true events)

It was hot. Too hot. Zoya’s dupatta seemed to tighten like a noose around her neck as sweat tricked down her spine. Surely she should not be feeling claustrophobic in this large room with the air conditioner on full blast. Then why did her heart hammer as if she had just run a marathon? She would have screamed but suddenly it felt like all the … Continue reading Cookies and Constellations (A short story inspired by true events)