Two Lost Souls (Short Story)

Once upon a time, there lived a girl named Miranda. She was very fond of books. Wherever she saw a book, she would pick it up and start reading. She was just 18 and owned a magical library of 20,000 books that she had read all her life. She was a magical reader. Her family and friends always gifted her books on special occasions.

One day, Miranda was on her way back home from school. On the way, there was a small lake where she sometimes used to sit and read a few pages of any book that she carried in her bag.

That day she found an abandoned book on the lakeshore. Miranda’s friend Joan was very sceptical about picking up that book. But Miranda ignored her and picked it anyhow.

After dinner, Miranda sat down to explore that book. It was a love story of a girl named Ann and a boy named Myth. Ann and Myth were an adventurous couple. Miranda found the story interesting.

“Miranda, come here”, called her mother from the kitchen. Miranda hurried to the kitchen leaving the book open.

That’s when it happened.

“Shhh… Ann please keep quiet. We are not going anywhere.”

“Myth, just imagine the world outside. It would be beautiful. Please let’s get outside before Miranda comes back.”

Myth was otherwise ready to do anything for Ann but not this time. They were meant to live inside the book. Getting out of the book could be dangerous for them. But Ann was in no mood to compromise. Hence, Myth called Book Fairy for help.

Book fairy appeared. “Dear Ann, once you get out of a book, you cannot enter inside unless and until you find the same page and spot from where you jumped out. Also, you cannot physically enjoy the outer world. You cannot touch or experience anything that you see in the human world nor could humans see you. I hope you will not knowingly commit any blunder.”

Ann ignored Book Fairy’s words. All she wanted was to get out of the book. Myth was seriously upset. But he didn’t want to leave her alone in danger. He tried to convince her one last time but in vain. At last, Myth decided to accompany Ann and face the consequence.

Ann held Myth’s hand and they jumped out of the book. Book Fairy sighed and disappeared!!

Two lost souls

Meanwhile, Miranda was back in her room. She had no idea what happened in the room during her absence. She looked at the clock. It was already 10 pm and time for her to sleep. She closed the book, kept it in her bookshelf and went to sleep.

Ann and Myth wandered all the way around. Ann started to realize her mistake and now wanted to get inside the book. At least they had an identity when they were inside the book. Outside, they were nothing less than two lost souls.

They were shocked not to see the book on Miranda’s table. They waited for days and months to see if Miranda opened the same page from where they jumped out of the book. But unfortunately, she never opened that book again.

There onwards whenever Miranda opened any book, Ann and Myth tried to enter in, thinking it was their home. Years passed, generations passed, many Miranda’s came and went by. But Ann and Myth were still lost in the unknown.

Have you ever noticed, whenever you keep your books open and unattended, pages turn by themselves?

It is Ann and Myth peeping into the pages to find if it is their story. They still roam around every reader in good hope to find their lost home.

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65 Replies to “Two Lost Souls (Short Story)”

  1. Oh..What a story crafted from your imagination..Very brilliantly narrated a fictional theme. Your introductory message should prompt readers to go more for short stories. Grt

  2. What an imagination n narration of ddstory?loved every bit of it? u r a great story teller I must say.. poor Ann n myth until Wen will tey dwell in this world searching for their home…

  3. Cute…i will definitely think that Myth and Ann have turned the pages of my book and also tell my daughter the same..she is an avid reader…Heart winning story..

  4. Your post was surely worth the wait Maya. Very well written and loved your take on the prompt. Will be more careful next time I leave my books open!!!

  5. That was a beautiful story.. .my grandfather used to say. That if u leave a book open while reading and go away.. The vidya from that book goes away and nothing enters your brain.. . Your story reminded me of that

  6. I think this is the best fiction take on the prompts i have read so far! Absolutely brilliant. My daughter is also a reader and i will definitely show this one to her, the characters coming out of the book and never being able to return will surely excite her. Wonderfully crafted.

  7. I hadn’t interpreted this prompt in this way at all! Beautiful narration, Maya. I loved how simply you connected it to the fact that book pages turn when left unattended. In today’s world of ebooks Ann and Myth, poor souls, might have to wait forever for another Miranda and their magic page!

  8. Wow such a beautiful narration and I loved the way you had set the whole plot. it seems you are a great story teller and I felt that I am listening a beautiful story while reading your post. one more thing, I think it is one of the best response to prompt. whole story completely justice the picture prompt. #Vdayblogtrain

  9. What a vivid imagination, Maya! I was totally engrossed in your story and started feeling for Ann and Myth and wanted for them to enter the book somehow. Loved the end! Now, I will keep a track if the pages of the book I leave open turn or not by themselves. Kudos for this story!

  10. What a gripping story! Now I know to keep my book open for Ann & Myth to wander in their search, hope they don’t get trapped in my books ..haha


  11. Hey…a little spooky but very enticing..u have a great sense of imagination…I felt for a small sec of time that it’s like Harry Potter…lovely work of words!!

  12. Maya, do you know what have you done? You just took me with you on a nice and a gripping tale ride. You are a great story teller. From now on, I am going to think of Ann and Myth Everytime I will open a book.

  13. uuuf! what a thought. I was dumbstruck by the ending note. What if it were really true? Then I would have character souls roaming around my house and in dozens. They might be having an exile party also…haha!

  14. ohh wow… a different level … even my nani used to tell me nor to leave books open… she told me Saraswati devi will fly away… but your imagination is superb. … this freshened the mood

    1. Yes i will surely work on the grammar part. I didn’t want to want to miss the blog train, hence finished the uploading part in a hurry. Thank you so much for pointing out.

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