Caged!

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A nasty racketing noise woke me up from my sleep. I pulled myself out of the bed and snarled at parah to shut up! But parah continued making that stupid noise. Birds can get nasty i tell you! I picked out some dry peanuts from the refrigerator and forced the bowl inside the parrots cage.
"will you shut up now Parah!" I barked at the tiny creature. Parah, the parrot's eyes wandered towards me...she gave me a piercing look, as if she wanted to tell me something telepathically. Who cares! I shut the door on her little beak, and ran upstairs to get ready for my friend, Meera's Birthday party. The  racketing continued.

It was a cold winter morning, and the snow was falling fast on the chilled ground. I was wearing my best Cinderella gown and doing my final makeup touch ups, while the driver put the limousine to a halt. We had finally arrived! A happy me, got outside the car and started towards the wonderfully decorated stairs of Meera's house.
Meera greeted me at the entrance and complimented me on my dress, i blushed.
The entire house was full of women who looked stunning in their pretty gowns and men who looked suave in their party blazers. The tables were laden with every delicious dish, one could ever imagine of. My eyes wandered towards a room which looked deserted. Wonder why no one had occupied it. There in that room was a magnificent wardrobe, inside the wardrobe was an enormous pizza. Oh! how i loved pizzas!
The enormous pizza looked so delicious. I wasted no time in picking up an extra large slice and putting it in my watering mouth.....
BOOM....

I was clutching the pizza slice but God knows how, it had got larger....I looked at my tiny hands and legs, and shock took over me, I couldn't believe what had just happened- it was something crazy! Something unbelievable but whatever it was, the truth was that i had shrunk and so had my Cinderella gown. I took another bite of the deadly Pizza slice, hoping that this would help me grow back, but...
BOOM....

There was no one around...Meera's house had disappeared and so had all the guests. I was all alone in some green woods full of barbed wires and fences, still clutching the rest of the pizza slice which had brought me here,to this weird,alien land. I heard voices, and on going further, i realized that i was not alone. There were  humans, yes! humans like me, but they were caged, and being guarded by strange creatures. I stared in astonishment as hundreds of men,women, and children stuck out their necks from their cages, to see who this new girl was. As if this strange sight was not enough, i couldn't believe my eyes when i realized that those strange creatures who were guarding the cage were none other than animals. Yes! Talking animals of every kind!

As a small lion cub shifted his gaze towards me, i hid behind a wood, but too late! BAAM..
There was an insane noise and before i knew it, the cub had caged me. I screamed and tried to break the net, but another lion helped the little cub, and i was helpless.

"This girl is so cute, papa. Can i keep her as my pet? the little cub asked the huge lion.
"Sure son! She's your birthday present" replied the huge lion.

I was so scared, i started crying and screaming....but no one would hear. Mom! Dad! Where are you? help me! But they were miles away!The little cub dragged me to an extra large cage, and forced me inside it.
"You are my pet from now, and don't worry! I'll take good care of you" he told me with happiness written on his face.
Everyday he would feed me with fresh fruits and fish and also give me water, but i wasn't happy. I was caged! I wanted to go back to Ma and Pa and my friends....had they started looking for me?
I sobbed, wailed, cried but no one would understand! One day, the Lion cub and his father came to meet me and feed me.
When the cub pushed the bowl of fruits inside my cage, i heard him say to his father:
"Papa, this girl is so lucky na. She doesn't have to go hunting for food, we do that for her, and she gets free water too. This is her heaven! What more would anybody want!" his father agreed to this.

That moment, i thought of parah, my pet parrot and tears pooled out of my eyes. I had always said the same thing about her, but today when i was in her place, caged, i knew how it felt! With a sudden urge to free her, free myself, i picked up the rest of the magical pizza slice and ate it.
BOOM...
I was back into the same party. I heard people dancing and enjoying, they were free! It was time i freed Parah too! With a sudden movement i rushed towards the door, out of the party house, sat in my limousine, and i was in my way......on my way, to free Parah, my pet parrot!

Dedicated to all these lovely creatures :)
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So friends, that was how, Meera's fun party turned into an adventurous learning experience for me. Do you want to join the adventure too? Go here  :D A very Happy Birthday to ' A Rat's Nibble'.

P.S:This is a fictional work...call it my wild imagination! ;)

This post was written for the Nibble Promptly contest at A Rat's Nibble!

~Bushra
Email: bushrablue01@gmail.com

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46 comments

  1. A nice post..along with a message...
    Way to go...and all the very best to you..:)

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks Sampat :)

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  2. i absolutely loved your adventure and the message in it too.. amazing write up. way to go dear. big hugs. all the best :)
    and am so glad to see my birthday party feature in your story. big smiles :)

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    1. Thank you so much dear :D *big hugs* :X
      :)

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  3. Beautiful message... Free the birds... same goes for the women who are tangled in the ordeals of society.
    And Bushra, this story can be made into a nice animated movie. I was imagining the same while reading. Good work.

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    1. Exactly Ashish.....women need to be freed too!
      Aww! Glad you thought this story was worth that much :D
      Thank you for this lovely comment Ashish! It just made my day! :)

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  4. Ah, a nice one, truly..... We realise others' difficulties only when we experience the same situation ourselves. :) Indeed, birds are born to fly, so therefore they should be freed :) Nice post, Bushra....But how would you find a pizza in a secluded cupboard? ;)
    I thought something fishy was going to happen!! Hahaha.....All the best for the contest !

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    1. That's true Akash :)
      Yes that's a bit spooky ;) and i have let it remain a secret :D
      :)

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  5. a very nice post . written with such a nice message .. freedom is everyone's birth right .. way to go little shayara :) All the best for contest :)

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    1. When you call me 'little shayara' out of joy, i start flying in air :D
      Thanks for liking it Ankur :)

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    2. hahaha .. r u sure .. because sometime even falling seems like flying .. if you are too happy :D .. btw on love-lorn comment i would like to mention don't judge a book by its cover :P

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  6. awesome! i just loved this.. i'm now following your blog ;)
    cheers!
    My World... My Words

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  7. This is so creative. I love only dogs n tortoises as pet. Its really cruel to keep birds caged. Loved the post. Hope u win!!!

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    1. Tortoises? Wow! That's some news! ;) and Aww! Thanks for your wishes sweety :X

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  8. great write-up with a lovely message...

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  9. Wonderful post and a great imagination. Creativity is really you, Bushra :)

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    1. Awww! So sweet of you to say that @-) Thanks a lot dear :)

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  10. Empathy and sympathy are two different things and only when you experience it do you understand what others feel. Nice role play as the person being caged, felt your frustration and the desire to be free. Appreciate your love for your pet and the kudos to your courage to set the bird free. It takes guts and a lot of in fighting before freedom comes any ones way.

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    1. Yes! Indeed...we don't know what others feel unless we are in their shoes! Truly said Athena...Thank you so much for liking it :)

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  11. Hats off!! Beautiful message! Love it.

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  12. I want to to thank you for this very good read!!
    I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you saved
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  13. Hi Bushra,

    I'm here via indiblogger and I liked your story and felt like leaving you some thoughts as a fellow writer. Anything I say here is to help you write a better story so please don't mind and sorry if anything is felt too strong.

    As a theme, this is not new one and is in fact a familiar one for many stories - something that makes it that much harder to write and points to you for crafting a nice little tale out of it. There are two main things I would note that keep this from being a great story instead of a good one:
    1) The basic English here needs improvement. I don't refer to grammer or such alone, we have enough softwares and spell-checks for that. I'm talking about the vocabulary and expression. For example, in the beginning you repeat the parrots name far too often and needlessly and the overly simple language makes it seem more akin to a childrens tale than a more mature parable.
    2) The rest of the story is mostly alright, but modifying some details would definitely help - for example if she stuff the pizza remains into a pocket or if it was a couple of small chocolates instead and she stuff the last one in the pocket and forgets it until later. You could create the ambiguity this way as to whether it was real or just a day-dream and maybe have help that by just a stray line before she eats where something in the pizza/chocolate (some ingredient) is one she casually remembers she needs to get more for as her parrot loves them.
    I hope this helps. All the best.
    Cheers.

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  14. Hi bushra, well drafted.. flow was impeccable and even more the message was so clear and it would definitely strike a chord with readers. .

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  15. Wonderful message the free spirit of these beautiful creatures shouldn't be caged for our own luxury.

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  16. How easily you have conveyed such intense thoughts, beautiful :)

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  17. Awwh ! Love reading this post. You write very well :D
    xoxo <3

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  18. Let The Birds Free.. You Have Written This so B'fully!!

    Bush, You Are One Hell of a Talented Girl!!

    And, Your DP.. Cutie Pie!

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    1. Aww! nThanks sweety :X

      ...haha :P :)

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  19. Nice entry with a good message! :) All the best!

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  21. Lovely post Bushra. I'm sure that Meera aka Rat will love this one :)

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  22. Ah! loved it Bushu... and I am feeling very nice that it had a message too :)

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  23. Nice Post with nice Message in it. . .

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  25. lovely :) all the best for the contest :)

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