The Broken Bride


She was happy just thinking about what she wanted. She wanted a spectacular wedding. A groom who would dote on her. A mother who would cry as she walked down the aisle. A father who would look at her with utmost affection as he walked her down the aisle. The melody of the harp soothing her nerves. And the red roses all around.

She was happy thinking about what she wanted. But she knew she could never have what she wanted. They had made sure of that. The military, the soldiers, the bombings. They had taken away all that she had. Her perfect groom, her loving parents, her best friends and everyone else who even looked familiar. All that was left was the wait. The wait for the next bombing, the next night when the hungry soldiers would come to hunt, the next time she would actually have food to eat.

But she dreamt and thought and wondered. And she was happy when she did that. She knew that her days were numbered. Until the day it all ended. The pain that was beyond tolerance, the hunger that never ceased, the darkness that never lost.

And she saw a flash. Something close to a million cameras being flashed at her. And she saw them all. The groom, the parents, the friends. And she was happy. The broken bride was happy.


This post has been written for picture it & write  by ermilia

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ericmvogt
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 21:40:30

    I love your take on this photo, Shalvika! Well done! 🙂 Eric


  2. El Guapo
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 21:54:49

    Wow! Brilliantly done!


  3. Lorna's Voice
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 23:29:03



  4. Anne Schilde
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 12:20:46

    Wow. I totally get the bombings from the red flowers now that you wrote it, but I wouldn’t have before. Great job on such a different take!


  5. Elyse
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 06:16:55

    Beautiful, Shalvika. Happy New year!


  6. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 01:50:16

    Wonderful ~ sad yet beautiful.


  7. Ermilia
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 23:59:09

    Tearing up a little. I love it when writing evokes that happy-sad bitter sweet emotion as the ending of your writing did here.


  8. Yahobahne
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 06:44:57

    I was almost in TEARS! I love this piece, so real! Thank you for posting your gift.


  9. zygerina
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 15:29:43



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