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The Lady In the Villa 

 “ The amount is not negotiable ,” the lady declared vehemently. “ Take it or leave it.”

     I stared at her with puckered brows.  There was something rather repulsive about her. Perhaps, it was the absence of eyebrows . And yes, those three missing front teeth.  The rest of her teeth were a brownish yellow. I cast a quick look around, at the room and agreed to her terms. Four hours later, I was the official occupant of the attic room of the Lourdes Villa. 

     “And remember , no parties at night,” she told me . “The lights should be out by 10.” 

      I nodded.  She had perched herself on the armchair in the corner , while I was unpacking my bag.  It was only after I had put away the last of my clothes in the cupboard , that she rose. 

       “No hanky panky, I warn you,” she said threateningly.

        I gave her a curt nod. 

        She paused at the door and turned to give me a rather peculiar stare.  As she closed the door behind her, I noticed her fingers. She had no nails. 

       I quickly lay down and closed my eyes. Outside,  a half moon was edging its way up . Gradually, a rather sullen silence  descended over the villa. I got up, put on a jacket and went down. The door leading to the library was slightly ajar. I peeped in. She was sitting cross legged on the floor, swaying to the sound of a musical chant. I paused for a minute.  A familiar sensation ran through me – the kind which is aroused each time I hear music. I slowly moved towards her , and dug my talons into the vein just above her collar bone.  


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Jayashree Pillai
Jayashree Pillai
Jayashree spends half her day tearing her hair in frustration, wondering why kids these days just don't get their tenses and prepositions right. Once she calms down and the horns disappear, she is genial, warm, friendly and smiling. She hates to sit idle and enjoys a whole lot of things which include cooking and gardening but her knowledge is pretty limited in those areas. So she is actually an amateur in the purest sense.
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