Imprisonment - A Short Story

Shaunak By Shaunak, 26th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/19lcydf1/
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A short story about a Prisoner who is imprisoned without any food or water for days. A Story of a mother who went to search food for her children but got imprisoned.

The Imprisonment

It has been a long time since I have been here. I have lost count of days. It seems the time has stopped since I've been here. I had tried, initially, to escape but to no avail. I did managed to escape once but they put me back in. Then the Punishment Started. To punish me, they starved me for days. I didn't Know how can someone stand without having food for so many days but finally it happened. I could not stand, for hunger had weakened my legs. I thought now they'll show some mercy and i might get something to eat. But Instead they let HIM into the room.

HIM - The Whipper

He whipped me. Yes he whipped me unlike anything. He whipped me till I was hoarse from crying. Then He left. I cowered in a corner for fear of Him coming back with the whip. They fed me the day after. It was a frugal meal that hardly appeased my stomach. But I gnawed at it as if it were a banquet. They starved me again after that. I learnt soon enough that it would become a ritual to feed me and starve me alternately. I knew they would not be able to keep me imprisoned if I was strong. This damned hunger had caused me to lose everything in life.

I went for my Children

My memory is sharp. I remember everything. I remember how they caught me, as clear as daylight, although it was a dark and moonless night when it happened. It was hunger that drove me to steal. We did not go into the village usually. It was an unspoken rule among our kind. The villagers were the enemy. Together, they were stronger and more cunning than we could ever be. But my children had starved for a week. It was the villagers’ fault that had happened. They were taking over our territory. I remember how I crept around the cottage, a black night hiding me from sight. But I was wrong. They had kept watch. They were upon me like a wave breaks upon a boulder. I had nowhere to run. The villagers surrounded me, taunting me with their flaming torches. I shrank back. Hunger had left me weak.

I got Caught

“Witch!” she called me, a woman in the background, “these Godforsaken creatures have wreaked havoc on us!” was what she exclaimed, to no one in particular. I could see her, framed in a doorway. Maybe she had children too. Why did she not understand my plight? My babies, starving, left alone. I had to get back to them. I tried to run and get back to my children. But the villagers would not let me. They surrounded me from all sides. I was scared but not for myself. I was scared what will happen to my babies. It was at that moment when someone fired at me.

The End

I woke up in this room. Tired, hungry, scared. I ached for my babies. There is a window in this room. I spent days crying through it, for my children. Hoping they would hear. I gave up after a while. They were better off wherever they were, away from this hellhole.

The man with the whip comes to my room every night. I am scared of him. I do as I am told, or else He whips me. He is here now. He cracks the whip. I stand quickly and walk out the door. I walk onto the stage to jump on stools and wave at cheering crowds. It is another regular night for me, performing for the ‘Incredible Tiger’ at the Vegas Circus.


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Hunger, Hunger And Satisfaction, Hunger Deaths, Imprisoned, Imprisonment, Sad Stories, Shaunak, Shaunaks Story, Short Fiction, Short Stories, Short Story, Stories Of Live

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author avatar Shaunak
Hi, i am Shaunak. I am a Technology freak who loves writing Poetry and Short stories. I also write about movies, music, business and anything that i find interesting.

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author avatar ShaneCold
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Nice Story, I love how you build the story and kept the reader guessing what exactly is happening. i like the emotional content too. A
good read

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author avatar Samridhi55
26th Aug 2012 (#)

wonderful story a bit on d darker side but with a softness in it. thks for sharing

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Its a hard life when you are a tigress trying to feed the cubs and the whips do make you do a lot of things just for food.
A mother provides for kids and when imprisoned will play along till it wins trust enough to gain freedom to leave in peace with the food.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
27th Aug 2012 (#)

This is such a sad story. I know there are still some circuses but they will eventually all be outlawed. Thank you, Shaunak, for bringing to light a dark secret about the cruelty to caged animals.

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author avatar Ptrikha
5th Sep 2012 (#)

Well told story! Its only in the end, that I realize that it is a tiger, and not a human!

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