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Do I Want to Know?

Daily Prompt: Full Disclosure
A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. The catch: you can’t turn it off. Do you accept the chip?

I suppose getting a chip would be highly tempting.

If I have a feeling my brother-in-law, or sister-in-law dislike me for no reason, I will be privy to their thoughts, confirming what I suspected all along.

My husband (if he was alive) won’t be able to hide behind words. When he would say, “I love you”, I would know the real feelings, “Oh God! This woman never tires of hearing this. She is so egotistical. I’m sick of telling her day and night.”

When a friend will say to me, “You’re looking great!”
I’ll know what she is not telling me, “The sickly cow, she looks as ugly as ever.”

All the above is too awful to contemplate.

So thank you kindly sir, I don’t need your chip.

Do I Want to Know?


I saw him standing in white clothes. I am seeing him exactly after a gap of two months. Joyfully I rush forward and put my arms around him to hug him tightly. “You are not going to leave me, are you?” Smilingly, he promises,” No never.”
But he is gone and never holds on to his promise. I wake up and realize it was just a dream. Tears stream down my face whenever I think back to Aug 2, 2012 the day the sky and everything around me turned black. My husband embarked on this day on his final journey. He was suffering from Signet Ring Carcinoma of stomach, the worse type of cancer imaginable. I used to block thoughts about his impending death to hold on to sanity.
Friends and relatives say he was a person who graced any occasion with his presence there. He was always smiling but cancer took away his smile.
He is gone but in a way he is still there for me. He is there in the smile of our son, the sounding of his footsteps and his voice. He is there in how our daughter conducts herself. She is really a chip of the old block and in so many ways resembles him.
I know he will be there when I begin my final journey.

On the road to Chitral, Pakistan
Twilight outside my home