An extraordinary girl in an ordinary town, Zehra Mahmood has led her life in the isolated and challenging way of a stoic believer. Apart from her friends Nora and Ivanka, Zehra's life was devoid of colour. Till one day, she overstepped an imaginary line and her world turned upside down. Thrown into her path were mysterious characters and unexpected twists that had her running for her life and choosing between two grueling options: fight or flight.View More
“Well well, that was fairly easy, wasn’t it? I have to say, I'm kinda disappointed,” Alpha Star said smugly.Zehra's heart thudded frantically in her chest and she couldn't help but feel like a trapped rabbit. Alpha Star and Star One were leaning casually against the door, their mask of nonchalance betrayed by the evident triumph in their voice.“I told you the phosphorescent wisps would work,” replied Star One.Zehra crossed her arms and gathered all her courage to appear calm and unruffled.“If you’re done with your little moment of victory, I’d like to leave. I’ve got better things to do.”Alpha Star stepped forward. “Oh no, darling. You’re not going anywhere. Not this time.”And then he took something out of his pocket, something that made her blood run cold. Star One did the sa
Alpha Star and Star One paced up and down."I can't believe this," muttered Star One. "Two against one and we still lost!""Who knew miss terrorist was a freakin' ninja," Alpha Star said angrily.Suddenly their pager beeped. It was a frantic voice message from their controller."How could you let us down like this? Things are going from bad to worse. This little prodigy of a terrorist has performed the unbelievable. She dug up information about us, lads. Dirty information. Terrorist has dug up filth. If that girl isn't eliminated immediately, there will be dire consequences. I don't care what you do, as long as she is no longer a concern. You will soon receive two loaded pistols. Let's just hope you won't have to use them. Make sure the whole affair is executed in the least messy way possible. There should be no traces, got that? No evidence. Make it quic
Zehra kicked, punched and clawed as hard as she could. She tried to recall all the karate moves she’d learned as she fought hard.Choodan uke. Middle punch.Star One aimed for her head.Jodan suki. Upper block.Alpha Star lunged at her from behind and she turned.Gadan uke. Lower punch.He screamed out in pain and bent over. After delivering a quick punch at Star One, Zehra fled. She ran to her car and drove off as quickly as she could.Zehra was still trembling when she parked the car in front of Nora’s home. She managed to reach the front door without falling and was about to knock, when the door opened and she was face-to-face with Mrs. Williams, who was holding a large black bag of trash.“Well, hello there, Zehra. What happened?”“I-I need to see Nora&hell
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.”
“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.“
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."
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
“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 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!”
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