Pappu and His Cupboard : Short Story

Everybody says the old monk is crazy and always talks about the same tale over and over again. But once I heard the tale from him I was able to know who he really was.

Pappu had never been to school as you all may have been thinking whether he was from poor family or having a disease let me tell you he was all normal just like you are. He was only a year short of going to school and was excited but as always he kept his feelings to himself. Pappu was scared of too much of noises as firecrackers always left him in a disturbed state as of a nightmare. Whenever he feels agitated with his annoying people he finds comfort in his cupboard. The silence it provided comfort him always. When his drunkard father beats his mother he shut himself in his cupboard away from his father’s actions and never leaves the place until his mother come to fetch him.

Pappu never talks too much nor he uttered any stories but his drawing book were always ready to tell the tales. Nobody ever knew about his world nor anybody was were welcomed. In Pappu’s world fairies were all calm and never talked, giants were friendly, butterflies lives so long that you can have them as pets, no spiders, no cockroaches nor firecrackers. Pappu’s world was filled with buried treasured that each day pappu goes for a quest across the mighty oceans, sky topped mountains and thick wild jungle to look for it. All his quest starts from his cupboard which was pappu’s time capsule that take him to his world.

The last time pappu draw his quest on his book he never knew he was supposed to save his beloved mother from the villianous father whom he may have pardoned in the end. It was his final quest. He do have freed his mother eventually but with the cost of his life. It happened on a turbulent night when pappu was in his cupboard and his drunkard doozy father was beating his mother downstairs more brutally than ever. Unable to bear the pain she ran away leaving her crazy husband with a scared and helpless child who was hiding his cupboard upstairs. In his drunkard state and anger he lit the house on fire without the knowledge that Pappu was hiding in his cupboard. The house went down in flames as old monk uttered the words his lips quivered and he went silent. The tale doesn’t end there as of Pappu who disappeared with his time capsule forever is still safely hidding himself in his cupboard waiting for his mother to return, to fetch him and take him to bed so he could draw his next quest.

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