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What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week Lillie Mcferrin posts a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. This week’s word: ENGULF.

The bright colors, the excited voices, the notes rising from nadaswaram, the dhum dhum of the thavil were all driving him crazy, but most of all the scent of jasmines that was everywhere, engulfing him in its cloying sweetness, making him want to gag

What was he thinking, acquiescing to his parents’ demand, that he marry the girl of their choice, when he knew marriage was not for him, not now, not ever?!

He knew it was the thought of the disappointment he would see in their eyes that stopped him from speaking up all these days, and now it was late, way too late.

Just then he heard a commotion and turned around to see a girl who appeared vaguely familiar (Good God, she was the one in the photo they sent him, the one he had seen for about five minutes last month!) walking quickly towards him, followed by an anxious-looking coterie trying their best to stop her.

“I am really sorry, we have to call this off” she said stopping in front of him, “I just can’t do this as I am not ready for marriage yet.”

Lillie McFerrin Writes

©Shail Mohan 2015