Fiction Author: Roopa Swaminathan

Keeping Up With The Robertsons

He always said to her, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Wear makeup. Don’t wear makeup. I don’t care. You will always be beautiful to me.” So, she went barefaced since her mocha skin was fresh, dewy, and flawless. She was pleasantly plump. So what? There’s more of you to hold, he’d tell …

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Lily

The first time He saw Lily…she almost drowned. “Exaggeration, much?” Lily drawled. He saw Lily jump into the lake behind Her McMansion and just disappear. He jumped into the piercing icy-cold water with his thermals, jeans, thick socks, snow boots, flannel shirt, a hoodie sweat shirt, and a winter jacket. As He floundered trying to …

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A Day in the Life of a Chili

Oops, sorry. I’m still crying. I got left behind yesterday while my family – my mom, dad, bros, sis – all went away. But they did me proud. My mistress fussed over them, washed them, chopped them into tiny pieces and made them sizzle on some EVOO and dropped them into her minestrone soup. Mistress’s …

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Grief-stricken

  Lee waited amid the pandemonium of JFK airport as multitudes of humans rushed from one gate to another. She stood still in the chaos of babies crying, parents cajoling, fellow travellers on their phones begging their wives and bosses for…something. Legendary JFK staffers stood expressionless – tightlipped, blank indifferent stares and a shrug to …

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She and Him

She believed in miracles. She was raised by a father who filled her entire being with cliches. Don’t give up. It’s never over till it’s over. Fight for what you believe. For what’s right. You’ll get there. She believed in miracles. She had Him in her life. Him. Him, who loved her takedowns on social …

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