“Congrats, Zehra. I heard you sing, it was amazing.”
“Hey Seema, you okay now?” Ivanka asked. Seema looked confused.
“You know, you were sick and everything...”
Seema rolled her eyes and ran a hand down her face. “Listen, I’m S-I-K-H, okay? You’re Jewish, Zehra’s a Muslim and I’m Sikh. Get it?”
“Oh.” Ivanka looked dumbstruck. “Sorry...”
“It’s fine, I get it all the time. Anyways, gotta run see you around!” Seema said and ran off.
Zehra entered home and locked the door behind her.“Assalamu Alaykum, Mama,” she called out.“Wa alaykum salam, Zea,” her mother replied, emerging from the kitchen.Zehra put her sneakers away and was about to head upstairs to her room, when she noticed that something was off. She turned at the foot of the stairs and saw her mom watching her with a distant expression.“What’s up. Mama?”Her mother shrugged. “Nothing. Go and take a shower.”Zehra put her backpack down and removed her scarf. “Alright, tell me.”Her mom glared at her. “Go take a shower and pray ‘Asr, Zea,”“Not till you tell me what’s going on,” Zehra said and sat on the bottom stair, knowing that this would take some persuasion. Brown parents
Lucas plopped onto the seat next to Zehra's. She was agitated."Sup. Zehra.""Hey, Luke," she said absentmindedly."What's wrong?""Huh? Nothing. Nothing's wrong.""What happened? Another email!?Zehra sighed and shook her head. And then she told him everything. Lucas felt his blood boil as his jaw tightened and his fist curled."That son of a..." He got up suddenly walked out of the classroom. She sat confused, till she heard a commotion and rushed outside.Lucas was punching the living daylights out of Hugo.Zehra's hand flew to her mouth as they pounded at each other. Lucas' eyes had darkened and he was furious."How dare you, you conniving traitor!"Punch."I can't believe you were my friend!Punch."I trusted you!!"Kick.It took three minutes for four of their teammates to pull them apart. Ivanka rushed to Hugo and
Zehra opened her eyes and saw Nora curled up into a ball next to her, sleeping contentedly. She rubbed her eyes and looked at the time. 4:50 am.The previous night, Nora and Ivanka had refused to let Zehra return home alone. So Ivanka had gone home while Nora had accompanied Zehra and slept over at hers.Zehra brushed her teeth, took ablution and prayed. Nora woke up at 5:00 am.“Morning, sleepyhead.”Nora looked at the clock. “Five?! It’s not morning, it’s night!”She yawned and pulled the covers over her head. Zehra chuckled and waited, counting in her head.Three.Nora turned to the right.Two.She curled into a ball and then stretched out.One.Nora groaned and sat up. “My sleep ditched me!”<
“And you went?!” asked Lucas incredulously. “Are you out of your mind?!”Zehra rolled her eyes. “What was I supposed to do, sit at home like a coward?”“He could’ve harmed you. You could’ve been killed!”“Come on. Stop being so dramatic.”They were sitting on one of the benches in Central Park. She’d jogged out of the woods and run into Lucas.“Next time, please don’t be so reckless. Don’t…” he swallowed and gritted his teeth. “Don’t let your anger get the better of you.”Zehra looked at him. He’d suddenly tensed and looked agitated. “Are you okay?”He was silent for a while and then got up.“Come on,” he said. “I want you to meet someone.”Th
Zehra turned to find Lucas gazing intensely at her, and blushed. She cleared her throat pointedly."Um...?"He smiled, looking slightly starry-eyed. "Zehra I-""Luke, no."Zehra was no oblivious fool, she knew what he was going to say. "I'm sorry Lucas, but we," she gestured to the two of them, "cannot happen."He looked pained. "Zehra...""I'm sorry Luke, I see you as a brother, no less, no more."He nodded curtly and looked away. Zehra immediately felt guilty and tried to change the subject."Horrid weather, huh?" she winced as soon as the words left her mouth. The weather? Seriously?Lucas just nodded and said nothing. What had started as a lovely day was now rapidly going downhill. Zehra shifted uncomfortably as the air grew thick with tension. Suddenly, the carriage jolted and they slowly descended. She
Alpha Star descended into the poorly lit basement and found Star One pacing around."Hey, Star One.""Hey.""What did you call me here for?""I- I found the identity of our controller.""Really? Cool! Who is it?"Star One looked at him. "Max Schneider.""Who?""Max Schneider. Jewish business tycoon. Married twice and has two kids; a boy and a girl of the same age. Lives with his family here in Westbrooke. Here," she turned the laptop to face him and he stared at the screen."Oh. That's... well, unexpected. I know this guy.""He's the department head who's been giving us orders. And he's given us a new one now."Alpha Star sighed. "What now?"Star One frowned. "Don't be like that. We get paid really well and we've already had a slip-up."
“Once upon a time, there were two sisters. Riley and Rachel Heiner. They were complete polar opposites. Riley was two years older than Rachel, and was a big-time rebel. She defied her parents and partied all night. She got herself a tattoo when she was sixteen and a piercing at seventeen. She was a popular cheerleader at her school and wore shocking outfits. She could down shots quicker than she could solve sums. She was nothing but trouble. Meanwhile, Rachel was an introvert. She was a complete sweetheart and was gentle and caring. She was a straight A student, an all rounder. She never did anything against her parents’ wishes. She was the one who cleaned up after Riley’s messes, the one who drove her home when she was too drunk to drive, the one who covered up for her sister’s disappearances. Nevertheless, they always got along well. There was just one problem.“They loved the same guy.“
One push and they’d fall into the sea.Lucas and Zehra were sitting on a cliff overlooking the sea. It wasn’t very steep, so the fall wouldn’t be fatal.“You should talk to him,” Zehra said, swinging her legs and enjoying the sea breeze.“Don’t swing your legs so much, it’s dangerous.”“What’s your problem?”“What?”“Why are you so overprotective?”He shrugged. “You were saying?”Zehra smirked. “I was saying you should talk to Ryder.”“No.”Latest chapter