The 7 Deadly Sins Writing Contest–Sloth

The Beautiful Bride

She was old and battered by the difficult life she’d had. After all, bringing a child all by herself was not an easy deal. Now that her son was all grown up, she’d decided to finally live for herself. She’d decided to get married. Not for romance or making kids or going on vacations. Just for companionship.

She knew she needed to look a little better for W-day, 10th June. She looked fat and old and ugly right now. The advertisement on TeleBrands looked luring. No workouts, no diets. “Pop some tabs and lose your flab”, the ad went. She was too lazy to do anything anyway.

Her first visit to the doctor was a little disappointing. She felt he was too uninterested in her. She needed results, needed to look good, pronto. She tried to convince him of the same and he kept telling her he knew what he was doing.

The treatment began. She was supposed to take a pill every three hours. She started feeling better in the first couple of days itself. She looked better and her dream of finally fitting into the white wedding dress seemed quite achievable. In her ecstasy, she overlooked the fact that she was taking a pill every two hours. The pills just made her feel better, alive, young. She felt her days were more eventful. More than anything else, for the first time in years, she felt comfortable with what she was. And she wanted that feel to last, she wanted it to sustain. She kept on thinking that more pills would make her look better quickly. And she didn’t even realize that she was popping one pill an hour.

She knew she was spending too much on the pills. But, what the hell, she had to look better. She didn’t do anything except watch TV, dream of looking good and pop the pills. She was growing better looking, she knew. And she was ecstatic. She would look at herself in the mirror for hours together picturing herself in the white dress and make-up. She knew she was gonna look beautiful.

She stopped eating, she stopped stepping out of the house, she stopped talking to her son or her fiancé on the phone. All she did all day long was dream of being beautiful and pop the pills. She would sometimes talk to herself for hours, sometimes explain to her dead husband why she had to look beautiful and sometimes just go back to being sixteen in her father’s home. No one knew what was going on with her.

And finally, the W-day arrived. She woke up early. Took a long shower. Took her time with the makeup, her dress. She put on the finest perfume she had. And just sat there, staring at the beautiful bride. And she knew then that her dream had come true.

News article in the Times, 11th June:

 Woman dies of drug overdose

A 56-year-old woman was found dead yesterday by her son in her apartment due to drug overdose. It was her wedding day yesterday. When her son went to pick her up, she was lying on the dresser, with excessive red makeup and a filthy white wedding dress. An excessive supply of  the banned drug XXX was found in her apartment. The source of the large amount of narcotic is still unknown. According to a police report, the woman must have been an addict for a long time now. Source: Reuters


This post is for the 7 Deadly Sins Writing Contest held by  k8edid. The sin this time was “Sloth”.

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Boomie Bol
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 23:26:29

    Sad and such a shame


  2. Daniel
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 03:33:10

    That has one of the best, traditional horror themes, about about achieving your goal at a very high cost, and often, too late. Great job.


  3. Gina's Professions for PEACE
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 20:39:23

    What a wonderful post! And I look forward to following and checking out all your writings. I am so glad we found each other in this big world of blogging. Hugs!


    • Shalvika P
      Jun 26, 2012 @ 20:42:50

      Thank you so much, Gina! I’m so glad you like it 😀
      And yes, this is exactly what I love about blogging. Getting to know so many different people with their so many different views about things. Hugs 🙂


  4. buckwheatsrisk
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 22:06:45

    hi i just wanted to let you know that i just found the message you left for me the other day…it seems WP is sending some people to my spam and i don’t know why. thank you so much for visiting and leaving a response. i am so happy to have you!


  5. mistylayne
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 23:35:55

    Love it! I’ve written a few stories in a similar style. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by CS and I look forward to reading more of your stuff!


  6. Ritika (@ZeCountess)
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 11:00:11

    Made for an amazing read!


  7. carolynpageabc
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 13:49:13

    Great post with a great message…. 😉


  8. magsx2
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 14:13:24

    So very sad, but an interesting read as well.
    Thank you for your visit and comment over at my blog. 🙂


  9. roughseasinthemed
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 18:22:26

    What an extremely powerful piece of writing. Great work.


  10. russtowne
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 01:58:23

    Thank you for sharing this powerful story.



What do you say?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: