Tears of Joy


“HOOOOOOOONNNKKKHOOOOOOOONNNKKK!” the passenger ferry ship blared its horn as it approached the jetty.

Maya was standing on the top deck of the ship. Beautiful scenary of forest covered hills on her both sides evaded her. Maya strained her eyes to catch a glimpse of her daughter, Mamata among the crowd of people on the jetty.

Mamata fell in love and married Asif while both were university students. Interfaith marriage was not blessed by her father. Maya was caught in the tussle between father and daughter, as Mamata did not visit home in last five years.

Hey lady, why are you crying? Do you need help?” Maya was awakened from her reverie, by a co-passenger.

All she could say was, “thank you, I am fine.”

How could she explain, her tears of joy. Joy of meeting her estranged daughter. Joy of seeing her only grandchild for the first time.

Word Count: 150

This little piece of fiction was inspired by the weekly prompt challenge hosted by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks for reading!

Picture Credit: Ted Strutz

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