Feb 07, 2021

Asian American Creative Nonfiction Fiction

๏ปฟThe white-faced emerged from the docks of the ever-flowing ocean, anchoring as their boots; wet from the splashing sea beyond the enormous skyline, attracting powered sand on their heels as they made their way towards us. Smiling faces, beautiful, attractive blue hues lighting their restful eyes.

Their hushed breathing made my parents edge closer to inspect them further. I remained immobile, clutching my old doll against my chest, backing away until I bumped into my grandpa. His dark brows were furrowed in skepticism, his hands joined behind his back, his dull black eyes met my lively one as he held me near his torso until my parents had information about the new comers


Days drifted, I began to lose fear in the white-faced. They didnโ€™t say very much, keeping to themselves and immediate family members. Using business as a way to communicate with my people, yet only the educated had ideas on what they spoke. Their language varied from ours, but as months passed I began to recognize a few words.ย 

I hadnโ€™t gone to school, in our country girls cannot be educated. I thought it was unfair, but I continued to beg my grandpa to teach me everything he knew.ย 

He did.

โ€œYou will be a good woman one day, Maya,โ€ He said with his doe-like eyes.

I promised him, saying Iโ€™d help my country the best of my ability, because to me that was priority.


Years later,

I had been very innocent, too naive to connect the dots sooner. The white-faced hadnโ€™t come to India to โ€˜just tradeโ€™ but planned to conquer my country.

My people.

Everything.

It started with meddling in our political affairs, sneaking in money to my people who agreed out of greed to get their work done quicker.

I couldnโ€™t tolerate it, seeing my world being destroyed. Them taking charge, recklessly killing the innocent and appreciating the culprits.

It was like they had stabbed behind our backs while we blind folded thoughts of them as allies, as neighbors, as friends and family even when our bloods were different.

My country welcomed them with open arms, while they had beheaded and punished many in return.

Every day I would take a stroll towards the nearby temple. Seeing widowed women wail, children sitting in gloom, unable to venture outside and play in fright they will be caught. Men in distress over what will happen next.

ย Iโ€™d had enough.

I will avenge every tear shed, every blood poured and every life squeezed out.

Iโ€™d promised my grandfather, and I will honor his words. He died for this country, for his people, for his family, for me.

And I wonโ€™t let his sacrifice go in vain.

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โ€œMy people...โ€ With hands trembled, sweat sliding down my neck from the sun shining from the cloudless sky I stood dumbstruck on the podium amongst millions of people staring with mouths open. I began to lose courage.

What if they laugh?

What if I canโ€™t talk?

What ifโ€ฆ

Stop.

I will do this.

For everyone.

For grandpa.

And myself.

For a second I rethought my action, were they going to listen to a young woman? An uneducated woman?ย 

No, I was their only hope. Their only voice in this mission and I cannot back down.ย 

My grandfather's words echoing in my mind, I felt a slight breeze and a sudden change in the humid climate. It was as if this was the spotlight, my chance to redeem myself.ย 

I spoke, never stopping for questions or mockery, never noticing my crowds reaction as my voice carried over the wind. My grandfatherโ€™s voice was like honey in my ears, always filling in when I stumbled to get the point across.

โ€œDonโ€™t let your fears contain you, raise your voice to the challenge.โ€

Men mumbled amongst them while women nodded slightly, shielding their eyes from the raging sun.

โ€œOur country needs us, our future generations need us, and weโ€ฆ we have to save them,โ€ My breath wheezing a little, my legs aching from standing.

โ€œPleaseโ€ฆโ€ I whispered, my eyes downcast as I started to step down the podium.

โ€œSheโ€™s right,โ€ I whipped my head around, seeing a young girl ball her fists in the air, โ€œWhoโ€™s with me?โ€

A smile creeped up my tear streaked face as my audience clapped, some patting my back for my courage while others shaking my hand in acknowledgement.

My plan was in action, Iโ€™d revived our spirits back.ย 


The moon glistened against the serene bay, itโ€™s reflection rippling as I threw a stone playfully. With my hands joined in a prayer pose I flickered my eyes back to the inky sky, the stars illuminating with flashing glows. I could picture my parents looking down at me, my grandpa smiling at me from a better place.ย 

They have given their life to protecting our heritage, now itโ€™s my turn.

And I was willing to take the outcome, however so it may turn out.


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A year later,

The white-faced smirked, a pistol in hand, as he cornered me. I gasped, wincing with the pain jabbing my right knee. Blood gushing out, my clothes stained with crimson, my hands weak from an unmatched fight, I struggled to get up as he pushed me down again in an attempt to convince me to give up.

โ€œIโ€ฆ I will never let youโ€ฆ win,โ€ I rasped out, as my bone crunched underneath his massive, strong foot.

โ€œYou sure?โ€ His voice sounding foreigh, Iโ€™d began to understand them more and more as their dominance intensified.

โ€œMyโ€ฆ country isโ€ฆโ€ I took a stinging breath, โ€œMore important.โ€

โ€œSo youโ€™ll die then?โ€ He mocked, his gun aiming at me.

I nodded, awaiting to leave for a place Iโ€™d be free.

From sickness.

From pain.

From my country and people who depended on me to show them a path.

I was ready to sacrifice for them.

For the place that held me.

For the place I grew up.

For my mother land.

The last thing I saw before closing my eyes permanently was my grandfather, smiling as ever. His arms outstretched, as he enveloped me into a hug.


I looked back at my homeland, seeing people cheer and exchange smiles for their freedom from the British rule. My heart pounded with joy that Iโ€™d been part of all this.

After all, my first word I learned in this foreign language wasโ€ฆ

Hope.


Hi everyone! This is my shortest story yet and also I decided a different approach. Do let me know if u like it! And suggestions are always welcome:)

So this story has a interior message which is...

Be proud of who you are.

Never, ever give that up.

We are all people, no matter color, religion or gender.

We need to work together, come as one.

Anyway thank you all so much(especially my friends/followers) for reading and supporting my stories!!!

This story is dedicated to....

Maya Emerson for always supporting me and being such a sunshine!!!!!

TY!!!!

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Maya Emerson
17:47 Mar 03, 2021

Hi :) Would you like to play Skribble today at 3:30 EST, even though we haven't played for a while. Also, if you want to ask anyone else if they want to play, feel free. :)

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Sorry, I didn't see ur message maya. Maybe later. How are u btw? I see lots of people are leaving, haripriya left too:(

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Radhika Diksha
11:45 Feb 21, 2021

2 new stories would love your feedback on it.

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Radhika Diksha
05:33 Feb 16, 2021

Shout out writer โœจCookie Carla https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/cookie-carla/ โœจCherri Joanna https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/cherri-joanna/ Shout out story ๐ŸงจBy Frances https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/80/submissions/54265/ These are this weeks writers and story, in you free time please check them out.

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Radhika Diksha
02:30 Feb 13, 2021

New story out would love your feedback on it.

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22:43 Feb 08, 2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VARSHA!!!!!!! HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY/NIGHT :D (It's my bday soon too hehe)

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23:31 Feb 08, 2021

NP!!! 17th :D

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:))) Ohh, I'll def remember that!!! we have b-days in the same month lol!

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00:10 Feb 09, 2021

We do, isn't that funny lmao

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14:12 Feb 08, 2021

I loved your story Varsha!! The message at the end was so spectacular and I love the way you twisted your story for the message to make such an impact. Loved it so much!! Also, my draft, "The Broken Taillight Dilemma" has been rewritten. It's called "The Speech, My Speech". It's on my profile :DDD

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Izzie Q.
04:19 Feb 23, 2021

hi!! happy late bday!! AHHH YOUR WRITING IS SOOO GOOD VARSHA!! I love your contact pic btw! this community is so so lucky that you are a part of it!! I read your bio and LOVED IT! ๐Ÿช

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Hi Izzy! Aww, thank you so much:) Aww, I'm glad u liked my writing, means a lot to me! I'm sure your an excellent writer as well! TY! I adore animals! and puppies:) Thx for the infinitude time for reading my bio!!!!! I'm glad ur in this community as well, we need more people like u in this world to be a happy place:)

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Kate Reynolds
14:58 Feb 19, 2021

Omg I just realizedddd BUT THANK YOU SOO MUCH FOR PUTTING TEDDY'S BIRTHDAY IN YOUR BIOOOOO :DDDDDDDD

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Of courseeee!!!! Teddy's part of reedsy now LOL:)) AND..... โฃ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰โ€‚ ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰โ€‚ ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ‰โ€‚ ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚โฃ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚โ€‚ ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚โ€‚ ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚โ€‚ ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TEDDY!!!!!

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Kate Reynolds
19:06 Feb 19, 2021

XD :) AWWWWWWWWWWWW THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3333333333

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ViCtoRy Is OuRs! Apparently its a challenge where you say it to someone and then have them pass it on. I got it from luna who got it from sapphire who got it from kate who got it from jade who got it from emerald sorry this is really random XD

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Maya Emerson
01:29 Feb 19, 2021

๐–๐–Ž๐•ฎ๐–™๐–”๐•ฝ๐–ž ๐•ด๐–˜ ๐•บ๐–š๐•ฝ๐–˜! ๐•ฌ๐–•๐–•๐–†๐–—๐–Š๐–“๐–™๐–‘๐–ž ๐–Ž๐–™๐–˜ ๐–† ๐–ˆ๐–๐–†๐–‘๐–‘๐–Š๐–“๐–Œ๐–Š ๐–œ๐–๐–Š๐–—๐–Š ๐–ž๐–”๐–š ๐–˜๐–†๐–ž ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–™๐–” ๐–˜๐–”๐–’๐–Š๐–”๐–“๐–Š ๐–†๐–“๐–‰ ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–“ ๐–๐–†๐–›๐–Š ๐–™๐–๐–Š๐–’ ๐–•๐–†๐–˜๐–˜ ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–”๐–“. ๐•ด ๐–Œ๐–”๐–™ ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–‹๐–—๐–”๐–’ ๐–†๐–’๐–Š๐–™๐–๐–ž๐–˜๐–™ ๐–œ๐–๐–” ๐–Œ๐–”๐–™ ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–‹๐–—๐–”๐–’ ๐–‘๐–š๐–“๐–† ๐–œ๐–๐–” ๐–Œ๐–”๐–™ ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–‹๐–—๐–”๐–’ ๐–˜๐–†๐–•๐–•๐–๐–Ž๐–—๐–Š ๐–œ๐–๐–” ๐–Œ๐–”๐–™ ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–‹๐–—๐–”๐–’ ๐–๐–†๐–™๐–Š ๐–œ๐–๐–” ๐–Œ๐–”๐–™ ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–‹๐–—๐–”๐–’ ๐–๐–†๐–‰๐–Š ๐–œ๐–๐–” ๐–Œ๐–”๐–™ ๐–Ž๐–™ ๐–‹๐–—๐–”๐–’ ๐–Š๐–’๐–Š๐–—๐–†๐–‘๐–‰

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Maya Emerson
02:41 Feb 19, 2021

Lol hehe You excited for the new prompts to come out? :)

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ViCtoRy Is OuRs! Apparently its a challenge where you say it to someone and then have them pass it on. I got it from Ame who got it from luna who got it from sapphire who got it from kate who got it from jade who got it from emerald LOL! BTW whats it for?

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ViCtoRy Is OuRs! Apparently its a challenge where you say it to someone and then have them pass it on. I got it from Ame who got it from luna who got it from sapphire who got it from kate who got it from jade who got it from emerald LOL! BTW whats it for?

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Whisper .
01:26 Feb 19, 2021

๐Ÿช

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Maya Emerson
02:38 Feb 18, 2021

Your profile picture is adorable! :D

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Maya Emerson
02:47 Feb 18, 2021

Thanks! I'm good! You? :D

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Maya Emerson
03:03 Feb 18, 2021

That's good! Do you have any story ideas for the romance prompts this week?

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Danny Dorito~
01:59 Feb 18, 2021

๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช hehehehhehehehehhehe <3

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Danny Dorito~
02:39 Feb 18, 2021

Lol no, you're the best! :D You posting a new story this week? :))

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Danny Dorito~
02:42 Feb 18, 2021

Oh yeah XDD Nice puppy pfp, btw :)) Ohhh, I just posted a new story for one of the prompts :D

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Vibes Blossom
11:15 Feb 17, 2021

First of hats off to you! It takes courage to write a story dedicated to a country this passionately. Your descriptions were bright-buttoned and powerful. Great way of writing this story. Also, I would like to join the Oasis committee.

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Thank you so much!!! This means a lot to me. Of course, you can let Radhika or Kate know. They will give u the rules.

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Vibes Blossom
05:39 Feb 18, 2021

Your welcome! Ok sure, thanks:)

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Eddie Thawne
08:30 Feb 17, 2021

Nicely written. I loved every bit of it. Well done!

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Eddie Thawne
18:27 Feb 17, 2021

You're Welcome. Kindly leave a feedback on my latest story, "Till death do us part" . Let me know what you think.

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Nainika Gupta
20:48 Feb 15, 2021

VARSHAAAA I thought I told you...but your character is outttt both part 2 and 3 have been posted!!! :):)))

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Nancy Drayce
21:30 Feb 14, 2021

Such a beautifully written story! It is a very powerful and emotional story!! I really like this part "I hadnโ€™t gone to school, in our country girls cannot be educated. I thought it was unfair, but I continued to beg my grandpa to teach me everything he knew. He did." I like this part because my great grandma was prohibited to go to school and her older brother would teach her how to write and read in secret. Amazing story and message behind it! ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŸ

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Kate Reynolds
17:23 Feb 14, 2021

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you find someone who will treat you like the Goddess you are (unless you already have)!!!!!!!!

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Happy Valentines day kate!!!! <333 Aww, TY!!! LOL(not yet:) hopefully u tooo!

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Kate Reynolds
02:30 Feb 15, 2021

Thanksss!!! Nppp XD same though Aw thank youuuuu Also I left some notes on your novel!! IT WAS SO AMAZINGGGGGG

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Kate Reynolds
20:45 Feb 15, 2021

NPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nainika Gupta
22:39 Feb 13, 2021

Hi Varsha! (for my reedsy-cast) I LOVE the name Elena, but I want a little more 'elfish' is Ellania ok?

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