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It was humiliating. The stress of studying every night, way past midnight, had led to those awful cluster headaches. She blinked hard to keep the tears from hitting her books, as the memory of that day flashed in her mind.

She could sense the whispers:

” A year older but can’t pass a simple Maths test?”

“Maybe she failed last year.”

“Never talks to anyone. No wonder she can’t do well.”

Then, Ms. Bhat’s voice roused her from a deep reverie.

” Lalitha, congratulations. You’ve stood first in the mock exam.”

Beaming ,she realised that she had the last laugh after all!

This is written in response to the prompt
She had the last laugh
 for Write Tribe’s 100 Words on Saturday.

Categories: Fiction

Shailaja V

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Aparna · January 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Did I already mention that you are on a roll 😉 ?
Nice one again!

Shailaja V · January 25, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Awww, you're a peach 🙂 And this one's about 90% autobiographical.

Ashwin Kumar · January 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Very good piece of work 🙂


Shailaja V · January 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Thanks for stopping by and reading, Ashwin 🙂

dxbnidblog · January 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

very nice.i too was weak in maths and felt same when would score good.

Nabanita · January 26, 2014 at 5:23 am

Ohh this is so simple and nice 🙂 loved it !

sulekkha · January 26, 2014 at 6:52 am

Dream come true for Lalitha, love happy endings. Great post.

Aayesha Hakim · January 26, 2014 at 8:01 am

A sweet post! 🙂

Shailaja V · January 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Shailaja V · January 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

You'll notice that's a strong theme in most posts;) Just cannot write complex stuff. Thanks for popping by,Nabanita!

Usha Menon · January 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

A very cute take on the prompt.

Shailaja V · January 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Thanks Sulekka 🙂

Shailaja V · January 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Very sweet of you to say so, Ayesha.

Shailaja V · January 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Thank you for the kind words, Usha 🙂

tulika singh · January 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

That's sweet. Autobiographical you said? Well then congratulations are in order.. A little late maybe. ;-).

simple girl..... · January 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm

wow!!. simple but poignant ..

Shailaja V · January 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm

About 20 years late, but, hey I'm never going to say no to compliments 😉

Shailaja V · January 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Thank you 🙂

Kathy Combs · January 27, 2014 at 3:59 am

I guess she showed them! Great story! ♥

Shailaja V · January 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

Thank you Kathy 🙂

Vidya Sury · January 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

Gosh, a common situation! The exam fear equals none!

Nice 100 words, Shailaja! 🙂 Happy to connect with you!

Shailaja V · January 28, 2014 at 7:48 am

Very nice indeed to connect with you, Vidya 🙂 Thanks for the compliment!

Shilpa Garg · January 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

Wow!! Good for Lalitha and a proud moment indeed.
A wonderful story for the prompt 🙂

Shailaja V · January 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Thank you Shilpa 🙂

vishalbheeroo · January 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

This is so beautiful, Shailaja, and one shouldn't underestimate anyone. I love being the dark horse:)

Rajlakshmi · January 29, 2014 at 1:43 am

The pressure of peers sometimes is more daunting than studies. Lovely story

cifar shayar · January 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

beautiful post

Shailaja V · February 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

It does have its moments 🙂

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