The Voice

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Warning: This story has a paranormal plot. Reader’s discretion is advised.

She heard the disembodied voice calling her name. The question resurfaced Am I going insane?

The Sound of heavy breathing resonated amidst silence. A sigh escaped her lips and an echo returned with a distinctly familiar fragrance. The fragrance which she has breathed before- When? Where? She couldn’t recall. The pain in the voice reminded her of someone- just like the scar reminds of the wound.

The voice haunted her in her solitude, it followed her like a shadow. Often at midnight, she woke up by the whispering of the voice. Often she heard breathing noises just near her ears when she was around people as if to remind her of its existence. Who was it? Maybe a departed soul wanted to send across a message?

On the rare occasions when she met friends and laughed the voice in her ears became brittle- almost on the verge of crying. Neither anyone heard the voice nor they noticed her goosebumps.

Till one day… it all stopped. All the time she had prayed for it to stop and finally it did. The disembodied voice was gone. It became so quiet that she could hear her blood rushing through the veins. She wanted to rejoice yet she was scared. What if it comes back?

A couple of hours later, getting accustomed to the silence, she filled the bathtub with hot water. While happily humming, she took a scrub and rubbed on her face. The mist started to rise. She splashed water on her face, and when she looked up she saw a handprint on the fogged mirror. Without giving much thought, she wiped it clean. Long warm bath soothed her senses.

As she stepped out of the bathroom, she saw the walls smeared with bloody handprints.

The house filled with a scream. The disembodied voice had become her voice.


(c) 2018 Priya U Bajpai

‘I am taking my Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter’.
Read my previous posts for Alexa – By The Placid Lake, Come away with me…, Fear.

125 thoughts on “The Voice

    1. Thanks, Aks!
      The voice had a way of manifestation. That day it chose to manifest by becoming her voice. Who knows what happens the next day?
      Like to experiment and try my hands at different genres. Most of the genres I have tried. And each has it’s own beauty.

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    1. Thanks so much, Aditi. I hope you don’t think about it at night. If you get time, do read ‘come away with me’. It will give you something else to think about. And I am sure you will enjoy it. 😊

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  1. That was chilling. Starts off on a scary note and the continues with increasing fear quotient and finally leaves you chilled to the bone. Not a story for the weak-hearted. Loved it! #MyFriendAlexa #JaiSReads

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    1. Thanks so much, Prerna. I am glad that you enjoyed it. It is the second time that I have dabbled in paranormal story. You won’t believe but I am a scardy cat 🐈. My muse loves to scare me, I guessπŸ˜‰

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  2. You have smartly started with a soft and subtle way on the role of the mystical voice, the inner call which is like a conscience keeper. There are events and incidences which we would have faced in our earlier years keep coming and haunting us. But the question of how much realism and where to infuse the facet of magic realism is an art, and your description of the bathroom scene is tactfully done. The warning was a good way to set the tone and tenure of the story unfolding…
    πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much, Nihar. As a writer, I loved your comment. You have analysed the story wonderfully. This is the kind of comment the writers/bloggers wait for.
      I always believe that the writer ceases to exist once the story is written. It does not matter what I thought when I wrote it. The imagination of the reader takes the story to a different height. Thanks so much once again😊

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      1. Blogging is not just about writing, it is so much about the reading we do, and this is such a wonderful place where there is confluence of mind that think alike and also there is that melting pot where the differences get seamlessly ironed out…
        Priya, stories are like living beings where we can associate and establish a subtle relationship but it all depends on how we conjure up the imagery and navigate our clouded emotions that keeps our motions in tenterhooks.
        Readers are an intangible extension of our writing arm where they create a bridge that connects to our broken mind and then that becomes the defining moment in the way we think and write thereafter…
        πŸ˜€

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      2. You are every writer’s dream, Nihar. Loved your comment. I would have written a post with these awesome words and ideasπŸ˜‰. Looking forward to read your work. ‘stories Are like living beings’.. too good.
        Thanks so much.😊

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      3. Priya, I am humbled with such a delightful comment from you and your writing has so many different perspectives to simulate, it stimulates and there is a new window to look at the things around us…
        Always a pleasure to explore and engage such lovely writings.
        πŸ˜€

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  3. Hey Priya , you have mastered the art of story telling. Till the end no one would have guessed of what happened. Just when the protagonish as well as the readers are relieved that ‘All;s well ‘, now and then the chilling end. #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawdeReads

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    1. I am a scardy cat myself, Namy. I wonder how I could write it. I was on the edge of my seat while writing and a slightest sound started me. Thanks for reading and commenting 😊

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  4. I love to read horror stories but I am hell scared of them as well. I got goosebumps while reading, the end was quite intriguing, would love to read more of it. Loved your writing style!

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  5. Priya, your story left me with goosebumps. The ending was unexpected and chilling. Being a thriller writer myself, I love going through pieces that deal with such themes. Here’s to many more such stories!
    #DeepTiesReads #MyFriendAlexa

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    1. Would you believe if I tell you that I stay far from horror stuff as well? I am a scardy cat. Writing horror isn’t as scary as reading it. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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  6. Loved it! That last phase of the story where the mixed feelings of anticipation and relief bring the flow of the story a tad lower to throw it back as a crescendo ending with a scream was just BRILLIANT!!! #readbypreetispanorama for #MyFriendAlexa

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  7. Haha! For being someone who can’t stomach horror, you’ve pulled it off Priya. This was a nice bit of horror with a little psychological jiggery-pokery added in for good measure. Loved it. πŸ˜€

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    1. Lol. I know, right. I surprised myself too.
      I saw a handprint on a mirror. And I knew I had to write a paranormal story. I am glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you 😊

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