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Keily, the Bookworm- Part 2

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

Keily was looking over the glittering blue river. The river was calm with no ferries around. There were broad family swings behind. Mom and Dad, along with the baby, sat in one of these swings and moved to and fro slowly in the comfortable afternoon sunshine. They ordered some coke and offered to Keily. But Keily hated coke or cold drinks of any kind. She preferred moving around more and looking across the river. The family spent an hour at the open restaurant by the river.

Time to leave- Dad gestured. Mom put the baby in the stroller and the four-member family proceeded towards the walking distance from the riverside to their home.

After reaching home, the entire family washed up and changed into comfortable cotton clothes. Dad switched on the TV to watch the weekly movie. The baby was sleeping. So the rest of the trio sat down in the living room watching the black and white movie. Colored TVs were rare at this time in this part of the world. They watched at a stretch for three hours with the baby sound asleep. It seemed the sunlight and the time spent outside did the baby a lot of good.

After the movie was over, Dad asked Keily to bring her books and homework. Soon enough Keily didn’t understand something in her lessons. When Dad asked her something related to it, she couldn’t answer. There was a misunderstanding. Dad, in his usual way, lost his temper, and Keily couldn’t just say what she didn’t understand. Then Mom interfered, “You go ahead and look over your university lecture notes. I will handle Keily’s studies.”

By and by Keily was able to reveal to Mom what it was that she didn’t understand. Mom explained it, and everything became crystal clear to Keily. She continued with her lessons and homework and finished them for the day happily.

When Mom went to the bedroom, Dad asked, “So what is it that she didn’t understand?” Mom explained and told him not to bother Keily any longer.

Keily played with her dolls in her parents’ bedroom- well, that was her bedroom as well. The apartment had only one bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining space, and a bathroom.

The evening was approaching, and Keily was hungry. Before she could say it to Mom, she got busy with the baby who was crying, awaking from her sleep. After soothing her down quickly and feeding her the milk from the milk bottle, Mom rested the baby in Dad’s arms and took Keily to the dining table.

She gave Keily hot shemai to eat. Of course, she knew Keily would be hungry by now. She had become an expert Mom, and rearing up her baby daughter wasn’t so much of a surprise to her either as she had the first-hand experience raising Keily to six years old.

When it was eight o’clock at night, the trio, with the baby cozy asleep, had dinner at the dining table. Soon it was time for Keily to sleep. The next day there would be school again. And Dad would go to university. As usual, Keily would take the bus. Dad would take the ferry to cross the river and reach the university.

After Dad and Keily had left the next day, Mom decided to do some shopping. She took the baby in her arms, grabbed her handbag and started walking in the direction of the market. After she bought the necessary groceries along with baby food, she started noticing from a distance that a man was following her. She got agitated. Both Keily and her husband weren't at home, and she didn't want to let the asshole man know her exact place of residence. So she took the opportunity to go inside a neighboring shop and tell its aged male owner her problem.

The moment the man entered the shop, its owner told him softly to get out and not to follow anyone. The guy got mad. He exclaimed, looking in the direction of Mom, “Am I following you?”

The shop owner raised his voice to a higher pitch, and the man left. Mom stayed inside for a few more minutes and then attempted to go out and reach home, which was now not at all far away.

After her husband reached home later that day, he showered, and Mom fixed a late lunch for him. While he took bites of food, Mom mentioned the tale of the man following her in the morning with grocery bags and the baby in her hands and arms.

Her husband didn’t say much other than asking her to stay careful whenever she ventured out alone. Keily overheard the conversation and imagined what it would be like for someone to follow her on the streets. She would be dead scared and immediately stopped her imagination and focused back on playing with her dolls.

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Keily, the Bookworm- Part 1

Part-1 introduces Keily and her family and what a typical weekend looks like for this family. When the weekdays start, how they look like as well for Keily and her family.

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

Thanks Brenda for liking the story so far. Hope you will like the rest as well. I really appreciate your comments.

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


You are doing a great job of keeping my interest.

I so love that they got to go outside as a family together.

Dad does not seem like he's very good with keily's studies but hey he tried.

Mom seems like a very wise lady.

I am happy that Mom and Dad do communicate quite well.

I can't wait to see what else happens.

Great story so far.

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

Thank you for visiting Part-2 and for your generous comments, Liz. Stay tuned for the next part and you will know where the story is going.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 23, 2020:

Gradually you are broadening the canvas, adding more characters and spending more time outside. I am intrigued by the strange man.

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

Yes, Peggy, you are right that patience is a virtue and Mom is better at it than the Dad in the story about helping Keily with her school work. Gradually, you may want to read other parts of the story as well. I will publish Part-6 this week. Stay safe and well.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2020:

As they say, "patience is a virtue," and it would appear that the mom in this story has more patience than the dad when it comes to helping Keily with her schoolwork.

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

I am glad you like the second part as well. Please keep reading the next episodes so that you know where the story is going, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 17, 2020:

This is a good second chapter to this story. Now, I wonder about the man following the mother.

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

I am glad you like Keily's picture. I am pleased that you are enjoying the story.

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

You comment on mine, I comment on yours, and the world goes round and round. I'm enjoying the story. Well done. The picture of that young girl...she is adorable.

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

Thank you for reading the first two parts of the story. I am pleased that you find the tale interesting, Dora. Hopefully you will read the other parts and stay tuned.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 14, 2020:

I read the first two parts of the story. It's an interesting tale of family life and its influence on young Keily. You do a good job of enriching the story with lots of details.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 13, 2020:

Thank you for reading Part-2. Parts 3 & 4 are already up. This week I will be publishing Part-5. I am glad you find the story intriguing. Hopefully you will stay tuned.

Lora Hollings on April 13, 2020:

I think you created an intriguing story, Rosina. We are all wondering why this man is following the mother. Could it be someone that she knew in the past? You have now created some suspense which keeps people interested in reading more. There are many ways that you could go with this. I also think that you've done a very good job at showing conflict between the father and Keily. He seems to be a perfectionist and needs to give his daughter more freedom to make mistakes and enjoy the process of growing up. The mother seems to recognize this and is supportive of Keily when the father puts too much pressure on her. You've done a very good job here of making these characters more real to us. I will stay tuned and I'm really looking forward to reading the next episode!

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 26, 2020:

Thank you, Riffat.

Riffat Junaid from Pakistan on March 26, 2020:

Nice episode.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 26, 2020:

I know you have a lot of questions at this point, John. Stay tuned for the next part.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2020:

Rosina, I agree with Manatita. It isn’t clear where the story is going or why Keily is a bookworm. You needed to make it clearer why the guy was following her mother etc. I am sure you will develop it more.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 26, 2020:

Yes, your example is clear to me. I have written a few parts of my story ahead of time in the draft, so I know where I am heading. But a helping friend is always good to have all along. Thank you, Manatita.

manatita44 from london on March 26, 2020:

That would help, but I 'm saying additional things:

"Angulimal, the Dacoit, was pretty fearsome and a truly evil soul. One day, when he was out for his usual kill, he ran into the Buddha and his whole life changed."

This gives this simple paragraph momentum. We can then go on to talk about Angulimal, describe his scary persona, who he was and why his life changed. What influence did the Buddha have upon him?

I'm only doing this as I believe you had asked me for help. This is a different style of story, yes, but the plot, aim, impact and momentum must be maintained. Hari Om!

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 26, 2020:

Manatita, I know John's point is right. Maybe I should have mentioned Keily's mother looked attractive. But what Keily is trying to achieve will be clearer in the next part. Thank you for pointing out.

manatita44 from london on March 26, 2020:

Kelly and her life continues apace. I see dad getting angry sometimes and mom as any good mom would, steps in to help. Good effort.

John's point is useful, not only for what he says, but it feels that you need to be clearer in the story's sense of purpose. Why are you writing it? What is Kelly trying to achieve? Don't make it just descriptive, but embellish it to add more life. Peace.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 26, 2020:

Fran, I am glad you find the story interesting. Yes, this seems to be the question: why the man was following Keily's mother? It's simply because he found her attractive but she saved herself by going inside the shop. He won't come up again in the story haha.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 26, 2020:

John, this is not the main theme of the story: the man following Keiy's mother. He just found her attractive and started following her. The point is to show how Keily's mother is trying hard every day to keep the family going and how she keeps her wits.

Rosina S Khan (author) on March 26, 2020:

Lorna, I am glad Part-2 was an enjoyable read for you. That Keily's mother was being followed is not to be taken seriously because his part doesn't come up in the story again. It is just to show how hard Keily's mother is trying to deal with everyday difficulties. The man actually found her attractive and started following her but it goes as far as that only.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on March 26, 2020:

Interesting piece. The mother was clever to go into a shop for safety. Wonder why he was following her. It is good her mother understands the difficulties with the father. Thanks for the article.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2020:

Hi Rosina, I am interested in seeing where this story is going and why the man was following Keily’s mother.

Lorna Lamon on March 26, 2020:

Another interesting chapter in the life of Keily the bookworm. The storyline is easy to follow and shows the relationship between Keily and her father as being quite difficult. Alternatively her mother understands that her daughter is only a child and you describe the mother's patience very well. Being followed adds an extra element to the story which I wasn't expecting. A very enjoyable read Rosina. Excellent.

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