The Sea of Criticism

via Daily Prompt: Rhyme

 

They followed her everywhere

The opinions

Other’s opinions, not hers

They criticised her every move

What she did and didn’t do

Condescending and judgemental

Sharing unwanted advice

Constantly watching from the sidelines

Scrutinising every action

Always disapproving

They couldn’t be pleased.

 

She used to care what they said

Their opinions, not hers

She used to strive to appease them

But their satisfaction was never earned

She grew tired of it all

All the comments, the remarks

They made her feel insignificant

She refused to feel insignificant.

 

She stands taller now

She can hear their voices

Like sirens, calling out to her

Whispering, singing in her ear

Threatening to pull her down

But this is her sea

She chose to break away from them

To make her own rhyme, her own rhythm

To march to the beat of her own drum

To strive to achieve more

To hold nothing back

She listened to the opinions

Her opinions, not theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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CHAPTER ONE – The Faeries

I faded in and out of consciousness. Occasionally, my mind would clear just enough to hear screams and gunshots, but before I could comprehend it properly, exhaustion would pull me under once again.

I could feel a constant throbbing in my left arm that wouldn’t go away. My memories of what happened were slightly fuzzy. Two faeries had attacked our hideout…and then what? Oh right. One of them stabbed me in the arm. So that’s why it hurt so much. I tried to move my arm to gauge the extent of the damage but I just succeeded in knocking myself out again.

This time when I surfaced again, I heard a voice. “MAEVE WOULD YOU WAKE UP, YOU CAN’T KEEP LAZING AROUND”. This was punctuated with someone slapping my face. I opened my eyes with a considerable effort to see Elana’s head an inch from mine. I jerked my head back, which did absolutely nothings since it was on a pillow. “Oh finally, we were beginning to get worried. You’ve been unconscious for an hour.” Elana moved her head back so I had room to breathe. “So you express concern by slapping people?” I sat upright, the action sending a shock of pain through my arm. “Why hasn’t my arm healed yet? It’s been long enough.” And then I looked at it.

“Why” I glared at Elana, “is there a pencil in my arm?”

Elana looked at it. “Oh, we forgot it was there.”

“You what?!”

“Maeve, we’ve been dealing with more important stuff.”

“Oh? Like what?”

“The faeries that attacked us, we have them tied up.”

I frowned. “Get Arym and Credence.”

She nodded and jogged into the next room.

I examined the pencil in my arm. It wasn’t plunged too deep, but unless it was removed my skin couldn’t start healing. I took a deep breath, then quickly grasped the end of the pencil and yanked it from my arm. I clenched my teeth together to bite back the scream, then chucked the pencil onto the floor.

The door to the room flew open and our band of supernaturals walked in.

I looked at them. “Did it occur to nobody that my arm couldn’t heal with a pencil still in it?”

Credence rolled his eyes. “You heal the fastest anyway.” It was true, the wound in my arm was already beginning to close. “And those faeries refused to be tied up.”

My brow creased, “How’d they knock me out?” It was unusual for any of us to be rendered unconscious. Especially me, since I was a shapeshifter.

Arym’s face brightened. “Oh it was quite awesome really, they hit your head with their wings. I’m pretty sure everything in the room flew back.”

I winced. Faerie wings were supposed to be one of the most powerful things in the supernatural world. Though you wouldn’t think so, looking at the delicacy and translucency of each wing.

“What do they want?”

Elana shrugged. “We haven’t asked yet, we figured you’d want to be there to hear it.”

 

“Okay, let’s go see what they want.” I got up and they followed me out of the room.

 

 

Faeries, are just as you would imagine them. Their features are perfectly flawless to the level of eerieness, their voices soft and angelic, and their wings are a blend of a million different colours.

But they can sure look militant when they want to.

The faeries that were tied up in front of us were wearing dark clothes, with their hair tied back so tight it made my head hurt looking at the hairdo. They had similar expressions of ‘If you come near us we’ll slit your throat.’

How pleasant.

One of the faeries – the one who, i’m assuming, stabbed me in the arm – looked at my almost healed bicep and blinked.

“Oh” I said, turning my arm in their direction. “This is where I recently found a pencil lodged in my arm. Now I wonder who put it there…”

The guilty faerie just looked at me.

“It was the faerie on the left.” Arym whispered.

Everyone in the room swiveled their heads to look at him.

“That was rhetorical.”

“I know” he said.

I blinked at him. Credence covered his face with his hand. Elana tried not to laugh.

“Okay…” I looked at the faeries and sighed. “Let’s cut to the chase, what do you guys want?”

The faeries looked at each other and exchanged a few words in a different tongue.

The one who stabbed me in the arm fixed me with a steady gaze. “We come in peace.”

“Yeah knocking someone out really just gets the message of peace across doesn’t it?”

The faerie looked mildly annoyed. “You attacked us first.”

Did I? Yeah okay…oops my bad.

“If you untie us we will talk. This is important.”

I looked at Elana. If they did try to attack us, we’d be able to take them. The only reason they weren’t killed before was because Elana, Arym and Credence were two floors down when they broke in. “Okay, we’ll untie you if you promise not to attack us.”

They nodded.

 

 

“My name is Faye.” Said the faerie who attacked me with stationery. “And this is Daphne.” She gestured at the other faerie.

“We know that faeries have never been on good terms with shapeshifters, vampires and werewolves, but the faerie queen has sent us. We need your help.”

Now here’s the thing. The hierarchy of the supernatural beings puts us at the very bottom. Elana and Credence – the werewolves, Arym – a vampire, and me – a shapeshifter. So that meant that until about a few years ago, there was a blatant hatred between the faeries, naiads, angels and the werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters and demons. Which is what led to most of the werewolves, vampires and shapeshifters being killed in a war that broke out.

Now that there were such few of us left and all in little groups like mine, the species got along in a peaceful co-existence, because if all of us were to be killed, it would mess up the entire circle of supernatural life.

So yeah. We’ve haven’t really been greeting faeries with open arms whenever we saw them.

Arym crossed his arms. “What do you need our help for?”

Faye turned towards Daphne, who took out a newspaper clipping and handed it to me.

“People are reporting that Zombies are breaking into houses and attacking people.”

“I’m sorry what?” Elana looked at Daphne like she was crazy. “Zombies…don’t exist!

Arym coughed. “Hypocritical much?”

“Well wouldn’t we have seen them, or known that they’re actually around?”

Daphne cut in. “We didn’t think zombies existed either.”

I looked at the clipping. It had multiple articles written by people whose homes were invaded by the ‘zombies’.

I shook my head. “So they exist?”

Faye shrugged. “We don’t know what to believe yet. We just have to stop whatever these creatures are, before they kill more people.”

“Hold up…they killed people?” Credence’s brow furrowed. “How many?”

Daphne took a deep breath. “78 deaths and 114 injured. Out of those most were supernaturals.”

“Why haven’t we heard about it yet?” Arym asked.

Faye pointed at the newspaper clipping. “That’s 8 cities away. News would’ve reached you, but the government has shut down all the ‘zombie talk’ so the citizens aren’t frightened.

Generally it wouldn’t be our concern to deal with this but we were alerted when people suggested zombies. Also it’s an alarming rate of supernaturals dying. Either they’re being attacked, or they’re dying trying to prevent another attack. Either way it has to end soon.”

I handed the newspaper clipping back. “Why do you need our help? The faerie folk are powerful enough to take care of this themselves.”

Faye and Daphne exchanged a look.

“The faerie folk have weaknesses. Like I’m sure you’ll do too. But the zombies seem to know ours. We sent a small group of faeries to handle the situation. The next day we found them dead just outside our city. All killed the same way. Through the weakness that is. We can’t risk sending more faeries. So we need your help.”

I looked at the other three, they nodded. “We will help you. On the condition that you promise not to kill us. We will be a team.”

The faeries nodded. “We understand. And yeah, we promise not kill the four of you. Now one important thing – we figured out a pattern.”

Elana frowned. “What pattern?”

Daphne looked grim. “The zombies are going to attack tomorrow.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 ANNOYING THINGS PEOPLE DO

Let’s begin.

*clears throat*

The world, you see, is quite an annoying place. It has annoying people with annoying habits doing annoying things and just being annoying and annoying you in general. (Annoying right?)

SO, here’s a list of 10 such annoying things.


 1. WHEN PEOPLE STATE THE OBVIOUS

Me: *exhausted and trying to sleep, with my eyes shut, glasses off, CLEARLY taking a nap*

Person: ‘Hey, are you sleeping?’

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Me: ‘No, of course not! I’m just showing you how you’ll look in a couple seconds when I KILL YOU.’

 

2. WHEN YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING A TV SHOW OR READING A BOOK AND…

Me: *still not finished entire season* ‘Oh My God, I LOVE Stranger Things SO much! I can’t wait for season 3!’

Person: ‘I know right! Have you reached the part where Bob dies?’

Me: *screams*

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3. WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE YOU ON READ

Me: *texts someone*

Me: *checks an hour later*

Text: Read 15 mins ago

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Me: Well I guess this friendship is ruined now.

4. WHEN SOMEONE REMINDS THE TEACHER ABOUT AN ASSIGNMENT

Random homework obsessed kid: ‘Um, ma’am what about that worksheet that was due today?’

Entire class: *death glares*

That same kid: ‘What?! How will we learn if we don’t do our work?’

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5. WHEN PEOPLE TALK WITH FOOD IN THEIR MOUTH

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Dear (insert person’s name), I do NOT want to see how your saliva breaks down the food in your mouth. *strained smile*

6. WHEN PEOPLE MIMIC YOU

Me: ‘Have you done the homework?’

Person: ‘Have you done the homework?’ (annoying squeaky voice)

Me: ‘Please don’t tell me you’re gonna repeat everything I say’

Person: ‘Please don’t tell me you’re gonna repeat everything I say’ (same annoying voice)

Me: ‘Would you STOP’

Person: ‘Would you STOP’ (sounds like a chipmunk at this point)

Me: ‘Okay then…I’m an idiot’

Person: ‘Okay then, you’re an idiot’

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7. WHEN PEOPLE TEXT ONE WORD AT A TIME

Friend: Hi                       (one notification beep, okay acceptable)

Are                     (two notification alerts, still okay)

You                     (wait is this supposed to be a sentence?)

Coming              (ARGH just type it all in one text!)

For the               (Well that’s some progress, two words at once)

Party                  (Nope, we’re back to one word)

On Friday          (Finally! Sentence over)

?                          (Okay seriously?)

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8. WHEN PEOPLE DON’T GET TO THE POINT

Me: ‘Remember when we went out for pizza that day? It was so much fun!’

Person: ‘Oh yeah, speaking of pizza, this really funny thing happened….

….and then the solar system…

….hey you know my sunsign is Aries! Oh my god I saw this….

….you know andromeda is the closest galaxy to the milky way…

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….oh yeah so my cousin was eating pizza and then his dog just leapt up and grabbed the slice and swallowed it in one bite! Isn’t that hilarious?!’

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Me: *startles awake* ‘Huh, yeah what?’

9. WHEN PEOPLE ARE TOO STUPID TO GET SARCASM OR A GOOD JOKE

Person: ‘Can you get 250 bars of chocolate for the event tomorrow?’

Me: ‘Yeah, because I just happen to have a candy store hiding in my back yard.’

Person 2: ‘Oh My God! I didn’t know you had a candy store!!’

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10. WHEN PEOPLE DON’T FINISH A SENTENCE

Person: ‘…yeah! And then he jumped off the table and the-‘

*gets distracted*

Me: ‘Uh huh, what happened after he jumped off the table?

Person: ‘What table?’

Me: ‘You were saying he jumped off a table’

Person: ‘Was I? I don’t remember what I was saying’

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Well I thoroughly enjoyed using all those gifs! Credits to giphy.com for having such an extensive gif library.

Anyway if you think of any more annoying things people do, let me know, maybe I can make another list 😀

Until next time.

Myra

 

Footprints In The Sand

Would you like to take a stroll,

One foot in the water, one on the shore,

The waves lapping at your feet,

The sense of such tranquility.

 

As you make your way across the beach,

With the scenic view of the horizon, far beyond reach,

And the sound of leaves rustling in the wind,

You can imagine what this place must have been.

 

For now, plastic wrappers can be seen among the waves,

And the sand is littered, in people’s haste,

Because finding a trash can is far too complex,

For the human species (we’re much too dense).

 

Footprints in the sand will always wash away,

But to leave a permanent mark, we found another way

We destroy nature without thinking twice

And once it’s too late, we open our eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liebster Award Nomination

Hello there! So 2018’s just began and I couldn’t be happier that I was nominated for the Liebster award:)

So, I discovered that I can choose to abide by different sets of rules or something of the sort but I’ll just stick to these ones.

  • Display the picture of the award
  • Thank the person who has nominated you
  • write 10 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the questions asked
  • Nominate blogs that you like 
  • Ask them random questions 
  • list the rules 

 

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Even if I didn’t have to do this, I would anyway, which is thanking the amazing blog that nominated me:)

I would love to thank Soren and Fox, and you must check out her blog, here’s a link:- https://lowonjuice.wordpress.com

Her blog has some wonderful content on there, so a visit can’t hurt!

 

Okay now ten random facts…hmm let’s see

  1. I’m a dog person, I don’t quite like cats all that much. (Before you gasp, I have a valid reason.)
  2. I love reading, swimming, drawing and singing.
  3. I actually love school (surprisingly) but not because of the studies, because I get to meet all my amazing friends. Though I think going into the 9th this year might change that opinion.
  4. I started playing the guitar recently, and really enjoy it.
  5. I can raise both my eyebrows (individually, like one at a time)
  6. I can also move my ears (without touching them, duh) but I look pretty stupid when I do it.
  7. I’ve shifted around 14 houses since I was a baby. (And we may shift again!)
  8. I live in India, if you didn’t already know.
  9. I recently acquired loads of vintage comic books, and just really like comics in general. My favourites are: Archie, Calvin and Hobbes and Asterix and Obelix.
  10. My current favourite TV show is Stranger Things, but I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, American Ninja Warrior, Man With A Plan, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, How I Met Your Mother and lots more.

Now to answer Soren and Fox’s questions, which are:

What makes you write blogs? Why do you write?

I wrote a blog mainly because I used to write a lot of poems and stories, so my mum suggested creating a blog to document all of it. I also like the idea of sharing my thoughts, opinions and ideas with other people.

I write because stories and poems can sometimes describe what you’re feeling much better than words.

What kind of music do you like? Why?

I don’t have a specific genre that I stick to, I just like songs that are catchy and fun to listen to.

Current favourite song: Crossfire by Stephen.

 

Here are the blogs I nominate:

  1. TRÈS CHIC BY TRISH – It’s a fashion blog by a really good friend of mine you should really check it out, she’ll give you all the latest fashion tips! (https://treschicbytrish.wordpress.com)
  2. FICTIONATER – A blog by another friend of mine, go check it out! She has some really cool posts. (https://fictionator123.wordpress.com)
  3. KAAVYA INDRAYAN – She posts some really deep stuff, go give it a read! (https://kaavyaindrayan.wordpress.com)
  4. SUVITTI SIGHT – She hasn’t posted anything yet, but she writes well (I’ve read some of her stuff) and she’s going to post soon. (https://suvittisight.wordpress.com)

My questions for these blogs are:

  • If you had to pick a movie that represented your life, which movie would it be?
  • What do you picture yourself doing in 15 years?

The rules are at the top of the page, just follow along, if you’re wondering what exactly you have to do.

 

Anyway, I hope to post something soon, so till then sayonara!

 

 

 

 

 

A Novel To Keep You Company

It’s Christmas time!

Which for normal people translates to a big Christmas tree, stockings, hot chocolate with marshmallows (yum), giving presents, receiving presents, meeting family and…you know the drill.

But for me, Christmas means holidays. And holidays, for the most part, mean me getting extremely bored because I have no good book to read.

Well, I’ve got a list of my 10 favourite books/book series for the bookworms out there that’ll keep you thoroughly engrossed.

BONUS: It also helps to have a book when an annoying family member tries to have a boring conversation with you.

Let’s get to the list, shall we?


A LIST OF MUST – READS FROM A FELLOW BOOKWORM

  1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  2. The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater
  3. One Of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus
  4. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  5. The Lockwood Series – Jonathan Stroud
  6. The Girl In Blue – P. G. Wodehouse
  7. Maze Runner – James Dashner
  8. Legend – Marie Lu
  9. Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
  10. Fablehaven – Brandon Mull

 

Well, have fun being disconnected from the human world!

(PS: If you do read, or have read, any of these books, let me know if you like them)

MUSIC – NOT JUST EDM

Like pretty much every other teenager in the world, I love music.

And like pretty much every other teenager I also enjoy keeping up to date with all the current releases. I mean, I enjoy listening to the songs and all but when you’re a teenager, you’re meant to be well-versed in the current pop culture, otherwise other teenagers will collectively gasp at your lack of knowledge.

But like I said, I also enjoy it.

So I started playing the guitar this year, and upon a surge of inspiration, decided to start a band with a few of my friends. (The ironic part is, I’m not actually PLAYING the guitar in the band, I’m not that good yet, so i’m just doing vocals.)

Anyway, we haven’t done anything yet, but we hope to practice soon and after loads of not-quite-relevant band meetings, I decided to turn to the more emo side of YouTube and explore other bands.

I suppose I previously thought bands were overrated and hence chose not to listen to them, and I was right I WAS SO DAMN WRONG.

Bands, are GREAT. Now I know, some of them are pathetic (No, I’m not talking about mine, we’re getting there okay) but there are bands that’ll blow your MIND.

So i’m your typical EDM music obsessed teen, BUT NOW i’m obsessed with both EDM and not-EDM music.

So here is a list of songs you might never have come across but are really good.

(Warning: this is not your typical playlist with all the latest music by famous artists, this is a list of lesser known songs that you may just love as much as me.)


     

     1. HOUSE OF MEMORIES – Panic! At The Disco (band)

I recently started listening to them and they’re AMAZING. Although the band’s split up now so this song is only by the lead, but the next song on the list has all the P!ATD members.

 2. I WRITE SINS NOT TRAGEDIES – Panic! At The Disco                                                            (warning: the song has a bad word)

3. HOMEMADE DYNAMITE – Lorde

4. CHOKE – I don’t Know How But They Found Me (another band)

5. SLOW DOWN LOVE – Louis the Child feat. Chelsea Cutler

6. TALK IS OVERRATED – Jeremy Zucker (again bad words, but the tune’s oddly therapeutic to me)

7. GLAD YOU CAME – The Wanted (this one’s old, but give it a chance)

8. ROCKSTAR/ HOW YOU REMIND ME – Nickleback (again, the songs are ancient, but old is gold right? And yes, those are two separate songs, I just felt like they needed to take one spot. I DON’T KNOW OKAY. SUE ME)


 

Now you may have heard some of these, and that’s okay. I said you MIGHT not know them.

Well, that’s all I have for you now.

So until next time.

XOXO

Myra.

 

Why Smoke Cigarettes, When You Can Just Breathe Delhi Air?

I wish I could say that this city wasn’t growing more hazardous for its inhabitants every day. But every time the words form and I open my mouth to utter them, I see the thick layer of smoke and fog hanging above like a looming threat.

Sometimes I think, you know, this city isn’t that bad after all. I have all I ever need. I go to a good school, I have amazing friends, my family always wants the best for me.

Yeah, I’ve got it made.

Or do I?

Oxygen is a basic human necessity, along with water, food etc. You could survive a few days without food if it came to it. Maybe a few without water.

But oxygen? You only survive six minutes without oxygen after your heart stops. After that your brain shuts down.

Basically, you die.

So you can imagine how scary it is to have pollution levels sky-high and having to breathe in the smoke laden air every single minute of every single day, only to see it get worse.

Sure I can wear a pollution mask, I can buy an air purifier, I can hold my breath while walking to the car with its air purifier as well.

But I can’t be distracted from the fact that every time I don’t do one of those things, my lungs are having to suffer. That, not just me, every single person has difficulty breathing.

That people are dying because of this.

We took the air we breathe for granted.

And look where we are now.

 

If I Could Go Back In Time

In my school, there’s a yearly event called ‘Lit Fest’ where everyone dresses up as their favourite book/comic character and participates in various activities and competitions. One of the competitions (to my excitement) was writing, and the topic was ‘If I Could Go Back In Time’. 

Yesterday, the day of the literary festival, the winners were announced, and to my immense happiness, I won!! 

I wanted to share the story with all of you because I think everyone can relate to it on some level or the other…hope you like it!

IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME

 

I’ve watched enough time-travelling movies to know that altering the past too much can have serious consequences and could cause a considerable amount of damage. So if I could go back in time, what would I do?

 

2009

Bangalore, India

I wake to find my parents seated at the edge of my bed, their faces sad and sympathetic. I wonder what’s wrong. The rest of my family is in the living room, all wearing the same expressions of sadness and loss. My stomach clenches, knowing that something bad has happened before they can tell me what it was.

My face freezes in disbelief before the tears begin to fall, but soon numbness takes over and I get ready and get into the car.

The house is filled with people, I don’t recognize all of them. I still haven’t met all my relatives.

My cousin and I sit on the steps eating food, him oblivious to all the sorrow in the air around us, me wanting to forget it all. And for a moment, I think my 5 year old mind does.

 

My grandmother’s face is peaceful. It always was. But instead of making me feel peaceful it makes me sad. I wonder why dead people’s faces are so serene. I ask my mother if my grandmother is happy where she is. My mother says yes.

We eat food out of a banana leaf for lunch. Everyone is quiet, and when they speak, their murmurs are soft. I wonder if I can call my grandmother in heaven. I ask my mother and she gives me a sad smile.

I don’t remember the last conversation I had with her. I wish I did. All these people here in my grandparents’ house, I wonder if they already miss her as much as I do.

I wish I could have said good-bye. If only I could go back in time.

Travelling

via Daily Prompt: Priceless

 

The plane tickets are booked

And your bags are all packed

The plan’s been discussed

And your suitcases stacked

The cab will be here soon

And you hurry around the house

Fretting and panicking

Over what you might have forgotten

You step out, lock the door, and take a deep breath

Looking at your home before you leave for a while

Soon, you’re on the flight and you relax in your seat

And smile as you think

About the sights you’ll soon see

And all the priceless experiences there are going to be

And after a while the plane lands with a slight thud

And you pick up your luggage and step of the plane

And walk out the airport excited and thrilled

But you’ll still miss home, you know you will!

 

 

 

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