She Screamed

by Pervin Saket
(Pune, Maharashtra, India)

She screamed and she screamed. She fell back, her body limp and tingling.

He rolled over, still holding her waist, and grinned. “You’re welcome.”

She laughed and bounced a pillow over his head. “You wolf! I’m not a scoreboard. It hurts.”

She pulled her knees to her chest and hugged them, thin contours of perspiration rested along the crevice between her breasts.

He kissed her eyelashes and his breath warmed her face. He grazed her eyelids with his lips, moved lower and nibbled her cheek, until finally he found her lips. They were open and trembling and he wrapped them in his tongue.

Her arms enclosed him and her uneven fingernails scratched his back. He liked that, she knew. After ten years of marriage one knows a lot. Including that they never made love more than once a night. No, not even on their honeymoon. And tonight, they had already had two sessions and he seemed all geared up for another.

She bit his lips and sucked at his tongue, digging her nails deeper into his skin, but still the tear found its way down her cheek and to the corner of her mouth. She felt its salty taste on her tongue. The dam broke. Heavy drops fell on her mouth, which they both swallowed.

Why didn't he notice? She pulled her face back and stared at his wet cheeks and red eyes. He sobbed too.

She took his face in her hands and licked its wetness. Fondling, wailing, groping, hurting, they ate each other.

Neither mentioned the file in her purse signed by important-sounding men. The two words she hadn’t told him. Malignant tumour. But he knew. After ten years of marriage one knows a lot.

Pervin has published a book of poems, but this is her first published prose. Read more at

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Apr 14, 2019
Wonderful short story
by: Silvia G.Martinez

I felt delighted as the story went on. Few words describing such a situation between two suffering human beings. Excellent.

Oct 01, 2010
by: Manizeh

This was written fabulously well...

You have a great way with words.. Brilliant!

Jan 27, 2010
Well done
by: John

So much said in so few words.

Oct 10, 2009
by: Sandra B.

It's interesting how one person can read a story so differently from another! I couldn't imagine this story without a malignancy, and I certainly didn't find it funny! I found it so sad that I burst into tears at the end, even as I thought how wonderful it was that they loved each other so much. I would describe it as emotional and heartbreaking!

Oct 09, 2009
Hi Baby!!
by: Daisy


Very funny, nice and explicit - couldnt they have not had the malignancy?

Oct 07, 2009
by: Anonymous

That was great. You have a magnificent way with words.

Oct 06, 2009
Sighlent Screams
by: Anonymous

Love lavishly---- the pain will be painful.

Oct 06, 2009
superb too good.
by: sona


Oct 05, 2009
by: Suneetha


I loved this !

aha, going back to SF days? I too just did, when I read this and wanted to comment..


Oct 04, 2009
by: Jenifer

Truly your stories are mind blowing and i have always looked forward to reading them.

Oct 03, 2009
Literally mind boggling
by: Mehernosh

After reading it all over again, I still wonder how did you begin? Puts you in a state of thoughtful vagueness.Plays on the mind for long. Excellent conception.

Oct 03, 2009
She Screamed
by: Suseela

Unbelievably tender, uninhibited, raw emotion in such detail. What a job! Keep it going Pervin.

Oct 03, 2009
Love hurts
by: Sucharita

Hi. I didn;t break out of the moment, and I can still feel the hurt. Wonderful prose, Pervin.


Oct 02, 2009
by: Deepa

You broke my heart

Oct 01, 2009
by: Kshama

Very tender and touching but yet concise and crisp. Can't get it out of my mind. Hope to read more of you Pervin.

Sep 30, 2009
The rise and fall of Life
by: A.W. McKinnon

Well, I must say, you had me. I was suddenly caught up in the moment, then you dropped me like a cold potato. Ouch! Very good writing.

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