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Ketaki looked down at the dress chosen for the show. It looked elegant and new except for the slight yellowish stain at a corner. She pursed her lips at the thought of not having a new dress. It was always the hand-me-downs from her much older sister, Revathi. 

Revathi was the cynosure of all eyes. She was also dominating and confident unlike her- a puny and shy girl, thought Ketaki bitterly. Fighting all odds, perhaps, came to Ketaki naturally. Born prematurely at 7 months, the doctors had given Ketaki only 3 months to survive.

But she survived beyond that. She survived her birth, the frequent and unfair comparison with her sister and the skewed affection from people. She was not just a survivor but a brave fighter too. She’d show them all someday. For now, she would nibble at what was being offered to her. Life was tough at the circus.

Picture prompt for BAR

Word Count: 151

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  1. As if surviving beyond the expected time isn't enough, she has to prove again! Nice take on the prompt, Uma. I love your fictions, always! :)

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    1. Life is unreasonable at times, no? And, that's such a lovely thing to say, Vinitha..so glad you like them :-)

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  2. She's a fighter and I'm sure she will be fine...survivors...nice take on the prompt

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  3. I hate the very concept of circus and very sight of animals dancing around is appealing and cruel to me. Anyways, you have written a nice post, I enjoyed reading it :)

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    1. Same here..thanks for the read, Ankita!

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  4. A fresh take on the prompt. You chose a unique name! Ketaki

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    1. A common name around where I grew up, Red.. and thanks :-)

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  5. I love your take on the prompt!! Pure awesome from the viewpoint of the monkey...

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  6. She is brave and a fighter. i am sure she'll ace it despite the odds! Loved your take on the prompt!

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    1. Once a figther..always one, no, Shilpa? Thanks a bunch :-)

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  8. Oh my, splendid take on the prompt Uma: love it! I say that because I had forgotten it was the monkey picture and I was thinking I could SO relate to what you were saying about the sister being the cynosure (had to look that word up as I never heard it before!) and getting hand-me-downs and being born prematurely at three months! ;) <3

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    1. The idea was to add the punch in the end and I'm glad it worked, Elly..thank you, so much <3

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  9. This was heart wrenching and yet so beautiful :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Sowmya :-)

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  10. I am loving all these prompt posts. A sentimental tale that tugs at the heart's strings.

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    1. Prompts always help you think deeply, I guess. Thanks, Rachna :-)

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  11. For some life is tough, but they survive... no matter what. And that's how all the inspiring stories begin.

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  12. well not just circus life is tough as such for everyone .. lucky are the ones who are born with a silver spoon ..

    Bikram's

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    1. Completely agree, Bikram..and don't you think life is a circus in a way?!

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  13. How well you used the prompt to convey the hiccups life bears. A universal truth across species. Simply loved it.
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    1. I'm so glad you liked it, Ira..thanks for the read and welcome here :-)

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  14. That's something most of the younger siblings deal with - hand me downs and unreasonable comparisons. Brilliant take on the prompt!

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    1. True, Vinodini and thanks so much! :-)

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  15. Such a heartbreaking tale, loved your story.

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    1. Sulekha, I'm glad you liked it..thanks :-)

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  16. Its a common scenario for the younger siblings I feel. Good take on the prompt.

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    1. Thank you, Ls and welcome here! :-)

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  17. Its tough to be in the circus of life. The mightier dominate over the meek and its a rule but am confident that one day Ketki will come out of the shadow of her sister. A lovely story of sibling rivalry

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    1. Yes, the truth of life! Thank you, Kalpana :-)

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  18. Nice take there! I was wondering how you were gonna take it through and then you did it in style :D

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    1. Wow..that's so nice to hear, Keirthana..thank you!<3

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