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Keily, the Bookworm- Part 1

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.

Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

It was Saturday evening. The rain was pouring in drips until it dropped harder and harder, making the sky erupt with thunder and lightning.

Mom and Dad were having a fight as usual in the living room. Keily took a last look at her sleeping little sister and went off to her parents' bed where her school books, homework, and notebooks were lying. They were calling her to finish off the homework for the night. She had school again the next day. The weekend (over Friday and Saturday) was almost over.

Keily was in grade 1 and needed little help from her parents with her homework. She wished her parents would stop yelling. The fight was not about money unlike other families in the neighborhood, rather about cooking dishes to invite in Dad’s friends. Keily’s Mom didn’t protest about evening dinners with a family or two or birthday parties. What she disliked was cooking for an individual or a family outside of their home every single day. What fun was there in it? She had to feed four mouths including herself every day. Why would she take the extra burden?

“Okay”, thought Keily, “I get Ma’s point of view. What is Dad’s point of view? Why would he like to feed an individual or family every day? Once awhile is okay. Why every day? Dad just ordered, and Mom wouldn’t listen any longer. She has a baby child to look after. I just started school, and she has to take care of my affairs as well.”

Keily didn’t comprehend Dad’s point of view other than the fact that he got pleasure from eating and talking at home with an individual or family external to their own family.

At last, the heat of the argument died. Who won- Keily couldn’t tell. Probably neither. Because in front of her, neither of the parents showed any disappointment or agitation.

Time to sleep. Kelly finished her little bit of homework. Mom started going over it while Keily prepared herself to get to bed. She washed her face, hands, and feet. She changed to sleepwear, which was a pink flowered print flannel top and matching full pants. Mom carried the baby over to their bed and let Keily fall asleep as she dimmed the lights.

Mom and Dad would fall asleep soon. Dad had to go to the university the next day which was on the other side of the nearby river. He had to cross it by a ferry and get on a waiting bus to reach his university and teach engineering courses to students.

He was an ill-tempered man. He lost his temper with slow students and loved brilliant students and expected everyone to be brilliant like him. He held a Ph.D. from the U.S and yet, he loved his country, and therefore, he returned.

Keily slept on the next morning until the baby cried out so that the whole family woke up. Keily wanted to lie down a bit longer until Mom called out, “Get up Keily. Go and wash up.”

The school bus was waiting. Keily got dressed in her uniform- white shirt and grey sleeveless knee-long dress and white long socks and blue sneakers. Her mother helped her tie her hair to a ponytail. Keily took her tiffin and put it inside her school bag, which was already arranged by her Mom last night with books, notebooks, and lead pencils along with crayons and colored sketch pens relevant to the day's class schedule.

Mom looked over the window with the baby in her arms. Keily got safely inside the school bus, and off the bus left.

Mom sat with the baby in her arms and closed her eyes and rested a little. She wondered when her baby would grow up like Keily. After all, Keily was a sweet, obedient girl who listened to her parents’ suggestions and guidance all the time. Mom was worried if she was giving the right feedback to her elder daughter all the time. Because this was the time everything would ingrain in her brain, and she would carry them to her adult years.

She was afraid her husband was too strict and hard on Keily at times. Although he tried to be good with her, his temper always won, and he would yell at her also even for the smallest mistakes Kelly would make.

The children needed more outing. Could she convince her husband?

Sunlight and mother nature were good for children and adults alike. She loved to be outside of home soon and enjoy plenty of fresh air.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on May 14, 2020:

Thank you for your visit and kind comments. You are free to explore the next parts of the series and pour comments. I am really happy you like the beginning.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 14, 2020:


This is an excellent beginning to your new series.

Your words describe the scene well.

I hope mom gets to take them on an outing.

Can't wait to learn more about Keily.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 23, 2020:

Welcome, Liz, to my ongoing story series. I am glad you are intrigued about how the story would continue from Part 1. You are free to explore. Stay tuned.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 23, 2020:

This sets an interesting scene. I am intrigued to see how the story develops from here.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 17, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy for reading Part-1 of my story series. Yes, Keily is a bright little girl. I am glad you liked the start to the story. Hopefully you will follow the series as many are.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2020:

This is a nice start to this story about Keily and her family. She sounds like a bright little girl.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 17, 2020:

I am happy, Pamela, that you like the first part and also my style of writing. I really appreciate it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 17, 2020:

I think this is a very good first chapter for a story. i like the way you describe the characters and your writing in general.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 17, 2020:

Thank you, Bill. I am happy that you like the start of the story.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 17, 2020:

You have given us just enough to be interested in the path of this story and in the characters. Well done!

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 21, 2020:

Thank you, Lora, for your interest in my story. I am happy you are looking forward to the next part. Stay tuned until next week.

Lora Hollings on March 20, 2020:

You're doing a very good job with this story, Rosina. I'm interested in finding out if the mother finds the courage to stand up to her critical and quite demanding husband. Looking forward to part two. Keep up the good work!

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 20, 2020:

Thank you, Chitrangada for the visit and your generous compliments. I am pleased to know you are looking forward to the next part.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 20, 2020:

Nice and engaging story. You are good at story telling, as is evident from your earlier work. Looking forward to the next part.

Thanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 19, 2020:

Thank you so much, Manatita. I am pleased that you like it.

manatita44 from london on March 19, 2020:

A lovely piece, Rosina. You are definitely improving! Awesome!

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 19, 2020:

You see, Fran, Keily's father is a typical Bengali dominating man of the family. As you can and will see, Keily's mother tries her best. Wait for the next episodes and see what happens. Yes, Keily will indeed grow up. Stay tuned.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on March 19, 2020:

Well Rosina, another great story. But such a young age for one to listen to arguments all the time. I wonder why the father insists on another person at dinner? Perhaps his wife can have a heart-to-heart talk with him about his volatile temper and how it does harm to youngsters. I can't wait to see what happens. Sounds like Kelly will grow up fast.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 19, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna. I am happy that you enjoyed this part and will continue to follow Keily's journey. I am also glad you liked her photo. I am sure you will like her journey and so stay tuned.

Lorna Lamon on March 19, 2020:

I enjoyed the way your introduced each of the characters in this story Rosina, which makes it so relatable. A great write and I am looking forward to following Kelly's journey. Beautiful photo.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 19, 2020:

Thank you, John. The next part will be up next week. So stay tuned.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 18, 2020:

This is an enjoyable story so far Rosina. I look forward to the next part.

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