Genres: Science Fiction
The Last Fifth (Part 2 of 2)
by Naru Dames Sundar
Anur cradled his face in his hands, his split lip still oozing blood. It hurt, a kind of searing pain far greater than the dull ache of bruises he had suffered at the hands of the bullies at school. He tried to run when the men had exited the van, tried to get away, but he had tripped and fallen amidst the smoke and the wreckage. Bala, the man with the scraggly beard, hit him and dragged him by one arm back into the van.
The men had retrieved something from the wreckage. Anur had only caught a glimpse of it, a charred sphere the size of a soccer ball, bits of wire dangling from it. Tears welled in Anur’s eyes. He wanted to be at home, sitting on the big blue couch wrapped in a blanket while mummy fed him halwa and sweet tea with jasmine. But his tears and his wants didn’t help him, they didn’t bring him any closer to freedom.