The Devil and the Rose

By Harpreet Bhagrath – 1 – ‘You need to dump him. Especially when you have Peter chasing after you,’ advocated Linda who rather enjoyed giving these advisements to Rose. ‘I wish I had a suitor like Peter. My heart bleeds when I see him…’ Rose heaved...

The Devil and the Rose – 2

– 2 – With memories of that night still fresh in her mind, it took quite an effort for Rose to come out of her reverie. The dusk had started to engulf the world, and Rose could see the red winter sun going down to the sea. She was sitting on the sill...

The Devil and the Rose – 3

– 3 – Peter was right. Nature had bestowed Rose with boundless beauty. Her full-bodied rosy lips concealed perfectly lined teeth that were a marvel to watch when she laughed. It was like only a flimsy pink layer was holding the gush of blood. If lips had a...

The Devil and the Rose – 4

– 4 – Peter was lying lifelessly down on his bed, staring at the ceiling. Then as if somebody put life into him suddenly, he got up, went in the living room, sat on a rocking chair, and started staring at nothing. Peter wasn’t always like that. Broody,...

The Devil and the Rose – 5

– 5 – Wisdom is associated with men. It’s a masculine thing. After all, men are required to be wise in order to run the world. Conversely, wisdom is not a required quality in a woman. She doesn’t need to be. All she needs to be is… pretty.  But Linda...

The Devil and the Rose – 6

– 6 – ‘I trust you, Linda. The instant I saw you with him, I thought Jack was up to it again.’ ‘This is what bugs me the most about you, Rose,’ Linda just snapped at that, ‘You know about his lecherous ways and still choose to stay with him.’ ‘But he loves...