An intriguing short tale about teenage angst, conflict, suspense and self-discovery that will grip you till the twist ending. How soon can you figure out the ending using the clues along the way?
Upir, a teenage schoolgirl, can’t relate to her peculiar parents. Do they have a drinking problem? She uncovers a power she never knew she had. And a seemingly insignificant incident at her friend Sandy’s house turns her life upside down.
What do you think she will discover about herself in the end?
Targeted Age Group:: General
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This story is about a teenage girl. I found it fascinating how entering into teens changed our personalities. It makes us question the world around us – even question the people we love and trust the most in our childhood – our parents.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character is a teenage school girl. She is a seemingly normal girl going through growing pains and rebellion that is customary in the teens. But slowly she discovers unique things about herself until the twist ending.
THUD! THUD!! THUD!! Upir raced up the steps to her house and opened the backdoor to the kitchen. She ran to the refrigerator, opened it with a flick, and lifted the water bottle to her mouth. The entire contents of the bottle were guzzled in a single gulp before being lowered from her lips. “Aaah!” she sighed in relief. But as it often happened these days, her throat was still dry – arid as the desert. She walked over to the tap to refill the bottle, while her mother entered the kitchen.
“How was school?” she asked with a smile.
“Like always,” replied Upir using a special mix of indifference, defiance, and rebellion that teenagers save exclusively for their parents.
“I’m sure you did something interesting with Sandy,” she coaxed, while taking a bottle of wine from the refrigerator. On receiving stubborn silence, her mother continued, “Do you have any homework?” She poured the dark red liquid from the bottle into a wide clear glass.
“Don’t we always have homework!” came Upir’s harsh reply, watching her mother replace the bottle in the refrigerator, beside 20 other similar bottles.
“What do you want for dinner?” her mother asked to change the topic. This brightened Upir’s face a little since hunger is a chronic condition for any sixteen-year-old.
“How about steak, rare?” Upir blurted. Her mother smiled and took a sip. At that moment, Upir’s phone buzzed, which usually meant a text from Sandy. “Can I go over to Sandy’s?”
“Yes, after you finish your homework. But make sure you come back early. I need your help with dinner.” Upir was racing up the stairs, two steps at a time before her mother had even finished talking. Sandy had received a birthday present from her Uncle and wanted Upir to be there when she opened it.
Upir tried to complete her homework as quickly as possible. The science book lay open on her desk as she took notes. It was well worn, with several pages dog-eared, and with a lot of neon green highlights and underlining. Reading about biology delighted Upir. The book’s most worn-out section was the one describing the human anatomy: teeth, bones, organs, brain, muscles, heart, and blood. She re-read those sections till the pages were in tatters.
“I’m off to Sandy’s” she shouted, closing the door behind her.
“Do NOT leave the house without your sunhat and scarf,” her mother shouted. ‘Every time!’ thought Upir – this occurred every time she left the house. Upir grimaced, irritated on receiving such instructions. I am not a baby! I am sixteen! I know when to wear a hat!
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