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The harsh rays of the sun beat down on her as she stood on the pavement, watching the steady stream of cars go by. Her worn hands gripped the bowl in one hand and a weak child in the other. The child’s eyes rolled back in its head.

Don’t get attached. Her employer’s voice echoed in her head. 
Just use the kid. Let’s make do with what we get.

Steeling her heart and thinking of her own survival, she trudged towards the cars at the intersection. All the while, her conditional love for the child weighed heavily on her mind.

Photo Copyright: Jorge Royan

Word count:100


This is a combined post written in response to two prompts:

Write Tribe’s Wednesday prompt 2014- 12

The prompts for this Wednesday and Saturday were

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” 

“conditional love”

For more short 100-word posts or to write one of your own , click on the links above!
100 Words on Saturday - Write Tribe

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April

Categories: Fiction

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Chai a Cup of Life · April 12, 2014 at 5:54 pm

A very sad situation. You have written this so well..

Shanmuga Priya Raj Kumar · April 12, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Yes.. a harsh reality, well narrated..

sulekkha · April 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

A very sensitive topic tackled beautifully.

KParthasarathi · April 13, 2014 at 2:17 am

Though short in 100 words,it was a heavy post and left me pondering at the cruelty of poverty.This story will come to my mind whenever I wait at the signal for it to turn green

shiva kapoor · April 13, 2014 at 3:29 am

lovely interpretation… sad but true also in many cases

Rajlakshmi · April 13, 2014 at 3:50 am

what poverty could do to one's mind!! Beautifully written

Swathi Shenoy · April 13, 2014 at 5:30 am

situation n hunger can turn people into anythn!! sad but true!

Dr. Gauri Kekre · April 13, 2014 at 5:47 am

What a take on the prompt Shailaja!!! amazingly penned 🙂

Shilpa Garg · April 13, 2014 at 5:57 am

A very sad tale from the beggar woman's perspective!! Very well written!

Anita · April 13, 2014 at 6:38 am

Very true. Grim reality…

Shalini · April 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

Beautiful take on the prompt! Harsh reality and you have interpreted amazingly well, Shailaja…

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Beloo Mehra · April 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

You have captured so well a reality that is so often simply ignored by us, the privileged ones. Thank you!
And nice how you combined the two prompts. Very well done!

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Wow!!! That is such a realistic take on the prompts!!!

Shailaja V · April 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Thank you. Yes, it is incredible how much suffering we see every day.

Cathy Graham · April 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

How very sad that poverty drives people to such desperation. Must be very hard to see that. I liked your short story. Very powerful.

debi o'neille · April 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Can feel the desperation in this story. Nice writing. Very moving.

Nabanita · April 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

so sad no? Looking at life this way our issues seem inconsequential…people are forced to do so many things…life is so tough..

cifar shayar · April 14, 2014 at 7:57 am

so many bad things happen in the world,thinking and highlighting them is first step towards the solution,well written

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tulika singh · April 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

God Shailaja that's such a harsh reality. Beautifully put.

rudraprayaga · April 16, 2014 at 7:39 am


Usha Menon · April 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

Very touching story! Well written.

sitara nair · May 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

that was wonderfrul shailaja

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