Carousel

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“Wheeeeeee”, she shouted as the carousel spun them almost parallel to the ground.

It was her first time in an amusement park. She had never seen so many colors together. Never felt so happy. Never known that this world existed.

Her daily existence as a “boy” at the restaurant had meant seeing dirty dishes, people shouting commands, aromas of delicious food, sleeping behind the kitchen counter, cleaning tables and eating leftovers from the last meal.

Until this morning, when a young girl saw her cleaning the table and said, “It’s children’s’ day today. Would you like to celebrate with me?”

© 2015 Ankita Kala

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. micklively says:

    I assume there will be problems when she gets back to the restaurant.
    Good piece.
    p.s. “a;fnjksbfworld”?

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    1. Ankita says:

      oops.. Thanks for point out! I didn’t see this. Will just correct it 🙂

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  2. Dear Ankita,

    I assume she has been posing as a boy so she could get a job to survive. Stark contrast Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Ankita says:

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes, she had. A little girl wouldn’t be thought competent enough to work there. Thank you for your appreciation!
      Warm regards,
      Ankita

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  3. Sandra says:

    Lovely story.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you, Sandra! 🙂

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  4. Sweet story. Some happiness in her life.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Yes. What a day it must have been for her!

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  5. The story is so sad but the ending is wonderful!

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    1. Ankita says:

      I’m glad you liked it!

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  6. To have to work, and to have to pose as a boy.. I’m happy she got one day of happiness at least.. really saddened me a lot though

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    1. Ankita says:

      I felt similar while writing it. But I’m happy she got to see all these things she wouldn’t have had otherwise. 🙂

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  7. Touching story. Hopefully, some kind person will come along and help her out of her present conditions for good.

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  8. Graham Lawrence says:

    I love a happy ending even if she might be in trouble when she gets back 🙂

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    1. Ankita says:

      A beautiful thought 🙂

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  9. gahlearner says:

    Its so sad that children have to do this to get by. At least she knows one day of happiness. Sad and beautiful story.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Yes, child labour is such a sad thing, whether forced or voluntary.

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  10. ansumani says:

    If all adults showed the same empathy as the young girl in the story – everyday would be a great day for children around the world. Good story.

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    1. Ankita says:

      I hope no child has to work like this in the first place. And if the thing you said happened, it would indeed be a blessing for those children.

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  11. Dale says:

    Sweet and sad all in one. Well done.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you. Glad you liked it 🙂

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  12. Amy Reese says:

    Thoughtful piece. Every kid deserves a childhood. I hope he had some for once.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  13. Corina says:

    Very nice. It has a good feel to it.

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you. Glad you liked it 🙂

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  14. Bat Mistress says:

    I remember the 1st time i rode a carousel. It was with my family and i was on a total vacation. This is nice. ☺ I’m happy she is happy 😊

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    1. Ankita says:

      Thank you so much for reading and the follow 🙂
      And aren’t carousels fun?! I remember my first, it was also equally enthralling 🙂

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