Her tiny hands were grimy with the mud castle that she built along the coast-side…she gazed at it for a while and then heard her mom calling,…”Kelly…lets get back home,..its about time and we must..” Kelly reluctantly rose and headed towards the direction her mom was standing still. They marched together casually stirring up a conversation. Kelly was a 6-year-old blonde, with very sharp features, and white complexion that tanned while playing in the sweltering heat. Dressed in a floral skirt and blouse, which became muddy all over… she looked very cute and innocent…

They reached home tired and thirsty…Stella quickly rushed to have a shower and called Kelly too for a change. Judy, the maid of the house served them a pitcher of chilled lemonade, which came as a refreshing end after they gathered in the porch. It was evening time and the neighbour’s kids were stomping around playfully…and Tom toppled over suddenly on the flower bed near the porch.. Tom and Kelly had 3 years age difference. Tom was younger to Kelly and both behaved like typical siblings quarrelling o’er petty things,.. fights,..hair pulling etc…Stella, noticed suddenly Tom’s knee was bruised and bleeding profusely,. She immediately rushed to get the first aid kit and called over Tom to get the wound cleaned…she made him sit on a chair and neatly wrapped a gauge after cleaning it and Tom began complaining all the while how Maria pushed him ahead when he snatched her ball…while Stella listening attentively. Maria lived next door, otherwise a calm child but got down to some notorious activities when in a group. Maria’s Dad was a supervisor in some factory and her mom, a school teacher in a nearby school. Eric Crawford, Kelly and Tom’s father worked as an Investment banker in England’s famous bank. Stella worked earlier, but chose to discontinue after she got pregnant and decided to attend to her growing kids that demanded more attention. Kelly and Tom went to a nearby school and they were having their summer vacation now. Usually the family plans a trip to some exotic place every summer however, this time due to Eric’s strict work schedule he could not take them out.

Kelly was a shy girl by nature, she lived indoor most of the time and hesitated to play outside with kids. Most of the time she played with Kitty, the brown fur pussy they owned or preferred going to the coast along with Stella. She never made friends even at school and it worried Stella a lot. Sunday evening even Tom agreed to come along with them to the coast so that they can picnic together. Stella insisted Eric to join them too, and all headed towards the coast. It was a pleasant evening & the gentle breeze washed away the shore. Stella carried some fresh lemonade, ham sandwiches, fruits, and a nice plum cake in a basket. The kids started playing along the beach and Stella and Eric were walking along the shores allowing the water touch their feet.. and enjoying the togetherness after a long time. Stella was a very understanding wife and she never complained or nagged with Eric’s busy schedule and Eric appreciated Stella and respected her all the more. Eric discussed work, and She discussed kids and domestic chores. “Dad…Mum…please come here,,,,” they suddenly got interrupted by the call. They turned back and noticed Tom and Kelly emerging into a fight…

Part 2 – Comin’ shortly…!

 Stella rushed towards the scene to help them come out of it, but by the time she reached they moved near the shore. Stella kept screaming ..but as it was destined Tom was washed away by the violent shores. Kelly stood there speechless not knowing what to do. Stella knelt down and cried out her heart…Eric was in a state of shock not knowing what to do…Stella and Kelly were uncontrollable. A matter of few minutes and all turned gloomy. Eric mustered up enough courage and hugged Stella and tried to compose her and Kelly. Somehow, they returned home and was still in a trauma phase when they discovered Kelly was not reacting to the whole incident…

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