Scorpio Bite ( flash fiction )
Evening was about to transpire in the full gloom, slightly dim, made surrounding an illusionary one. Waft of air, movement of palmyra trees and overhanging clouds brought scorpions out .
Days have gone far behind as I was playing hide and seek game. Game would be interesting in dusk as electricity was an infrequent visitor, those were rustic days as life was not so fast like nowadays.
Running was in the air,I was acting a thief in the play and motion was naughty, a frisky one I had to hide . As I was crossing the outdoors, it seemed a bulk of flesh had chopped out .Severe stinging pain in the right foot felt like an ascending tail to head.
I was in the bed, lying in wriggling pain. Soon I began to sink down and down as the bed went up in the air, a contrast phenomenon , I was transpired out of a wooden plank of bed. One scorpion waved it’s stinger out of my nasal hole . I have heard that they never exist , as they are fictional insects .Second one , then third began to trail in long procession, soon I was burdened beneath them . But the burning sensation seemed going up and up as so much hurly burly in the surrounding was . A massive search was made there, lamps , earthen cups with cotton wicks , torch , in many hands . At last that was caught in the corner of the front door . Some one, perhaps my uncle, caught it and crushed it under the shoe .
The Topsy turvey environment ascended to crescendo “ lo it has found “ Everybody got excited and began to scan the insect. Creature was eight legged ,with a segmented tail and stinger .
“ Go and bring a match stick ,it’s ash would mellow down her pain, and also a piece of paper, My mother yelled in a weary voice, tears were in her eyes .
My younger brother was fanning with a hand fan to give me fresh air . Surrounded by sympathetic eyes I felt a bit lightened but pain was not going to mellow.
Tepid creature was put in piece of paper and wrapped by mother .Matchstick stroked match and there was ash , black and scattered in soft friable consistency .It was smeared upon my stank site which was swollen and red. I felt lightened and slipped in sleep .
One Day I saw a bunch of AUGHAD ( saint whose residence is a graveyard ) who had smeared his whole body with ash of burnt pyres . They looked in trance creatures of another world . I still search for similarities with scorpio bite , if any, exist .
copyright @Dr Pragya Suman.