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Which Destiny Calls for Clara?

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.


Clara just got familiar with the university premises. She sat down in classes and listened to the lectures of professors. She was highly motivated. She had come this far to get a master’s degree. Three weeks went, and Clara started worrying. This was not what she had bargained for.

The lectures got difficult, and she was not able to follow them. While she opted for Communications Engineering, her expertise was more oriented towards Computer Science and Engineering. Life treated her harshly, and she knew she had made a mistake.

Pic: Clara, Worried and Confused

Pic: Clara, Worried and Confused

Clara Confesses to Her Mom

That very day she went back to her dorm and cried, and then she finally found the guts to talk to her Mom all the miles away at home. She felt miserable, confessing to her that she had made a mistake. Her mother asked her to talk to her guy friend, named Ivan from their home country now staying near her city.

Nevertheless, Clara went to class the next day, still unable to understand the lectures. But something queer happened.

The Professor's TA Makes Gestures of Romance

The class Professor's TA, a Ph.D. student started to lecture. All his eyes were fixed on Clara. Clara remembered the guy because he sat at the back in the Professor’s classes earlier. Today he had come to lecture – not only that, he was looking for a little romance, that also from Clara.

The Class's Reaction

Clara felt very shy and embarrassed. The whole class was watching him the way he locked his eyes with Clara’s. She could hear faint voices from the back,“Pretty, pretty – huh?” As she left the class for her dorm, she felt a little cheered up.

The Valentine's Day Comes

Now it so happened the Valentine’s Day was approaching. As usual, Clara was single and she knew Feb 14 would pass idly like any other day.

Finally, the day came. Clara wasn’t excited at all. All she wondered was how she was going to tackle all the exams, which seemed like huge lions roaring, approaching and consuming her.

Clara Is In for a Surprise

She thought she would check her letterbox for a change. She locked the dorm door and went downstairs. As she opened her letterbox, a pink colored envelope popped up.

Clara was full of surprise. Who had sent her a Valentine card? She had hardly mixed with her classmates. From whom was it? As she quickly opened the envelope carefully, from the inside came out a slip of paper, saying, "Clara, would you like to be my Valentine? Yours, Alex."

Clara Has a Realization

Clara was dumbfounded. Alex! Out of all people, Alex, the TA in the Professor's class? Would she accept Alex as her Valentine? She had liked him as a TA but never imagined that he could be her Valentine.

Being a friend or even lover with him, there could be a huge benefit. He could explain to her all the lessons. In the corner of the envelope was a telephone number. Now Clara was getting excited.

What Does Clara Do?

On second thought, she stopped herself. She didn’t like the idea of using him.

She took the envelope to her dorm room. And instead, she dialed the number to her guy friend, Ivan in the neighboring city. As she chatted with him, a thousand shattered pieces took the form of a glimmering glass puzzle in one piece, with the solution to her problem staring at her.

Pic: Clara Chatting with Ivan, Her Guy Friend

Pic: Clara Chatting with Ivan, Her Guy Friend

Clara's Solution

Yes, she would like to study Software Technology, and the offer letter from Ivan's university was resting on her table, which she didn't give much thought earlier. She would leave for the neighboring city and settle down there for her studies.

How Will Ivan Serve Clara ?

Talking to Ivan helped Clara to feel relieved. He would help her willingly because she had known him for a long time. Everything fitted, and she could happily forget Alex, the fictitious Alex whom she didn’t need to mingle with her life any longer.


Deciding that, she started singing happily like a bird, and there was no one around to hear her. Clara was blissfully happy.

Poll Time

© 2019 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on June 10, 2021:

Thank you, Denise, for your most insightful comment. Our mistakes should be remedied by ourselves only- romance can hardly rectify them. This is something significant to consider.

Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I highly appreciate it.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 10, 2021:

There is something to be said for being happy about a final decision. The feeling that you have made a mistake can't be corrected with romance.



Rosina S Khan (author) on June 10, 2021:

It's okay, Pamela. I pasted your comment here. Yes, Clara didn't know Alex at all. While talking with her longtime friend, Ivan, she realized what she ought to do in the situation, and she was so happy with her solution. It must mean she made a sensiblle decision.

Thank you for reading and your valuable comments. Truly appreciated.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 10, 2021:

From Pamela Oglesby:

This is a good story, and I am not sure if Clara made the right decision, however, the fact that she felt so happy about it may mean it is perfect. She just didn't know Alex at all, but she has to live with what she decides. I enjoyed reading this story. I could not find it in my feed.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 10, 2021:

It sure was a lightbulb moment for Clara while she spoke with longtime friend, Ivan. The solution to her problem just stared at her from the jigsaw puzzle and she knew instantly what to do.

Thank you, Peggy, for reading and your insightful comment. I really appreciate it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2021:

It was a lightbulb moment for Clara when she was speaking with her longtime friend. Sometimes things happen that way.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 10, 2021:

Clara's Intriguing Story. Comment here.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 09, 2021:

Thank you, Ankita, for your optimistic comments. It did make me happy to realize that Clara made a rational decision and Ivan helped her to see her dreams clearly. As you know, most of my stories are based on personal experiences and some are from many years ago.

Gratitude for taking the time to read and make gracious comments.

Ankita B on June 09, 2021:

Clara did make a rational decision without letting other thoughts come in between. I am sure she will be more happy after this and that happiness shall last longer. Ivan did help her to clearly see her dreams. It was a nice story, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 08, 2021:

Welcome Rawan. I appreciate your reading and commenting on the story. Thank you.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 08, 2021:

I am glad you enjoyed the story, Chitrangada. Yes, it does portray a dilemma in taking a vital life decision. Thank you for taking out the time to read and comment. I truly appreciate it.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 08, 2021:

Yes, I will try out callouts. Thank you for enjoying the story, John. I really appreciate it.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 08, 2021:

Nice and interesting story

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2021:

Nice story, Rosina! It highlights the dilemma, which many of us face in life, while taking important decisions!

Thanks for sharing!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 08, 2021:

Rosina, this isa nice story with a happy ending. I have one suggestion though, too many headings are distracting, especially if there is only one or two short paragraphs following. Why not try using callouts instead? All the best.

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 08, 2021:

I am glad, Misbah, that you like the story. Too many a time we are torn between two wishes. It is really good Clara made a rational decision in the story.

Thank you for reading and your kind comments. Truly appreciated.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 08, 2021:

Rosina, it was a short and interesting story. I enjoyed reading it. I am delighted that it ended on a happy note. It's nice that talking with Ivan helped Clara to forget Alex. Ivan was kind enough to help her. Thanks for sharing. Take care and stay safe

Blessings and Love

Rosina S Khan (author) on June 08, 2021:

Welcome. Comment here.

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