The Luxury of Choice.

Daily Prompt: What a Twist!

Tell us a story — fiction or non-fiction — with a twist we can’t see coming.


Dressed in a red lehenga, Naina is  sitting in her room;  her heart pounding. and her mind lost in the mirage of her future prospects. With every passing second, her restlessness achieves a higher level. Beads of sweat roll on her forehead while she impatiently awaits for someone to acquaint her with the state of affairs outside her room  . She gazes at her reflection in the mirror, the crimson of her cheeks and the dark kohl laden eyes have given a heavenly radiance to her face. She scrutinizes the jewelry, playfully runs a finger along the vibrant bangles and finally smiles at the vivacity of her own appearance. Naina, the spitting image of an Indian bride. Now she wonders if she ever had the luxury of choice, because in the world that she inhabits, the precipice at which she stands is deemed to be the natural course of action. She knows that this point onward, her life will undergo a complete transformation.  Aware that this day unfolds a new chapter in her life, that soon her life as she knows it, will shrink itself to an element of retrospect.

She turns around at the sound of the opening door and in front of her eyes is a man occupied with assessing her from head to toe. This man will play an instrumental role in her life, because he is going to initiate her traverse into womanhood. The grin on his face is that of a victor, because he has outbid every man outside this room and quoted the highest sum on her virginity. That, even though she has donned the appearance of a bride, but her future does not spell the sanctitude of marriage but the abominable world of prostitution. As the man walks in her direction, a sense of eeriness pipes in and she again wonders about the luxury of choice. But then, when you are born in a brothel, then the word choice is non-existent in your life. The man pushes her onto the bed and an epiphany strikes that this moment is the point of inflection in her life, that henceforth she will be scarred for life.

Here are the other and hopefully lighter takes of the Prompt Challenge

  1. A twist. | Crossroads
  2. DP : What A Twist | Experimental Fiction
  3. Phoneography Weekly: Drift and Fall | We Live In A Flat
  4. Spill the (Coffee) Beans | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  5. You’d never have guessed it but… | Life & Times
  6. Surprise stretch | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  7. What a Twist! – The Angry Dwarf | Geek Ergo Sum
  8. The caveman’s bedtime story | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  9. a surprising twist | wannabepoet
  10. It does | contrailsonmyheart
  11. Daily Prompt: What a Twist! | Under the Monkey Tree
  12. Darth Vader | Bright Moments Catcher
  13. Daily Prompt: An excerpt with a twist | M. L. Trefry
  14. Andy Devlin and the ramp. | thoughtsofrkh
  15. Daily post: A twist | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  16. Daily Prompt – A Twist from a 10 Year Old | The Mercenary Researcher
  17. A shot at the ranch | MC’s Whispers
  18. Spoiler Alert! | Conversations
  19. Daily Prompt: What a Twist! The Boston Nanny Trial – True Story | SERENDIPITY
  20. The Defeat Of Eddie Fishbones (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  21. An Unexpected Reunion | The Silver Leaf Journal
  22. Daily Prompt: What a Twist! | Stevie’s Words
  23. Lurking | The Ambitious Drifter
  24. alisha’s call | just another outlet
  25. Daily Prompt..What do you do? | heysugarsugar
  26. London surprises Paris | Mareship
  27. Stolen Bread | Mind of a Mouse
  28. Horror in the alleyway | Blog of the imaginator
  29. Idiots twist | Hope* the happy hugger
  30. A Piece – Court Case – Part 1 | In Harmony
  31. We’d never have guessed! | Sue’s Trifles
  32. Bioshock Infinite- I know you’ve already Heard it’s good, but… | Lord Aoshi’s Latest Finds
  33. Surprise! | Haiku By Ku
  34. Daily Prompt: What a Twist! >>> The Check List | From Ground to Home
  35. Surprise | Flowers and Breezes
  36. A Tale of a Portrait | Inception
  37. So I hit the brakes, but the car didn’t stop. | SueAnn Porter
  38. Daily Prompt: What a Twist! | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  39. Good-bye | Raivenne-lations
  40. World Domination at the Pinewood Derby | A Stone’s Throw
  41. Daily Prompt: With a Twist! | My Atheist Blog
  42. The Blue Heron | Kate Murray
  43. Daily Prompt: What a Twist? « Mama Bear Musings
  44. Getting It Right | My Experiments with Words
  45. Daily Prompt – twist – Suspicious minds | storyofmylife1993
  46. Handful of Stars #poetry #photography | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  47. Sprint for the Stars | Brianne Writes
  48. The campaign chief | Life is great
  49. Daily Prompt: What a Twist! | unknowinglee
  50. Proof That Sass is Directly Proportional to Age | NobsLyfe
  51. ESCAPE | hastywords
  52. The Twist | The Nameless One
  53. Once upon a time « RPMAS
  54. My Dead Wife | Just Visiting This Planet
  55. A Brush with Interpol | What a Twist! | The Journey of My Feet
  56. Didn’t see that coming … | Girlie Groove
  57. A Noir/Horror Short Story in screenplay form. | ExLibrisMachina
  58. Subject 6 – The Awakening – By: NCBEK | Incessant Ramblings
  59. Daily Prompt: What A Twist – The Ritual | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  60. Poem I wrote during my teenage years | Senayda’s Spot
  61. A Piece – Conversation – Part 2 | In Harmony
  62. The Summer Rain | Curiosity
  63. WP20 : What a Twist | My Amphitheater
  64. Daily Prompt – It was me or him. Someone had to go. | Reinvention of Mama
  65. A Piece – Confrontation – Part 3 | In Harmony
  66. Daily Prompt: What a Twist (Love Bound) | Winding Road
  67. Hide and Seek – Daily Prompt: What a Twist and Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual POV | Babsje Heron
  68. Always and Forever, He Said Before He Disappeared | Molly Greye
  69. Life’s Tragedy | A mom’s blog
  71. Daily Prompt: Around the Bend | One Starving Activist
  72. Daily Prompt: What A Twist! | Saying Everything
  73. Quick Fiction: “So, you’re telling me you’re not having an affair with another man?” | Write Now!
  74. Later, Dear | Eikons
  75. green pea surprise! | Her Broken Nibs
  76. A Beautiful, Intimidating Twist | Sogna Grandezza
  77. Love Birds | Eikons
  78. Via Lactea | vicbriggs’s Blog
  79. ☑ second chances ☒ | The RunningFather Blog
  80. A Piece – Cover of a Magazine – Part 4 | In Harmony
  81. Daily Prompt: What a Twist! | To Breathe is to Write
  82. Serial Story: Going Fishing | Lady J’s Library – The Desk of Julia Dina Blackowicz
  83. Suicide no. 9: The Lottery | derekalanwilkinson
  84. A Short Story & Friend-Makin’ Monday | Aislynn’s World
  85. The Intruder: A Twisted Short Story | Chronic Nonsense
  86. Something’s Missing | The Good Life
  87. On Neighborly Physics | Wiley’s Wisdom
  88. A Little Twist | One Dream Too Many
  89. what the– | the book of alice
  90. Daily Prompt: What A Twist! | Random Thoughts Of A Mad Music Fan
  91. What if the end was near? | Okay, what if ?
  92. between layers of | y
  93. We are Eighty | I AM STILL LOOKING UP
  94. Pretender una sociedad sana con una base corrompida | El Panfleto
  95. Footsteps In The Dark | Along Life’s Road
  96. Child of the Shadows | Legends of Lorata
  97. You’ve Just Crossed Over… | Your Smile is Priceless
  98. Backward Twisting Kahani | મન ની વાત
  99. A twisted sense of humour? | The Rider
  100. Daily Prompt – What a Twist | Jessica Brown NZ

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