Picture it & Write



“Have you brought it?” asked Sam

“Yes.” said Dilip, taking out a pack

Sam snatched it from him and opened it. It contained soft brown powder. He knew it would taste great.

Dilip and Sam, in their early teens, always met in the lighthouse, far from their village. They were already privy to robbery and smoking. The powder was a new attraction.

They heard a cough behind them. An old man huddled in a corner.

“What is that heavenly fragrance?” he asked in a shaky voice, coughing.

“This is nothing for you, grandpa.” said Sam, hiding the powder.

“Whom did you call, ‘grandpa?’”, asked the man, rising up. “Are you blind? I am just 29.” He fell down, shaking weakly and coughing again. His hands were shrunk and bruised.

The two boys stared at him.

“Give it to me. I have been using these for the past 15 years.”

The boys looked at each other and slowly edged away. The powder lay alone behind them. They would never touch it again.

This was written for Ermilia’s Picture it & Write.

20 thoughts on “Picture it & Write

    • It is definitely a timely intervention. But if they forget the man and succumb to their temptation, it’d be hard to stop them. Thank you for reading, Randy

  1. What a great lesson. It’s actually in their favour that they met that “old” man. Now, they can learn not to make the same mistakes! I also thought of cinnamon when you mentioned brown powder. Or maybe cocoa? That’s my drug! All the chocolate! 😛 Thanks for contributing this week at Picture it & write.

    – Ermisenda

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