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Siva Aravindan

Tragedy


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Siva Aravindan

Tragedy


Chapter 19- Joe's Depression

Chapter 19- Joe's Depression

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He was out for the walk very early in the morning as sleep was his last nightmare. Fighting depression was something so hectic as thoughts wandered and he feared he might either end his life or turn into a serial killer. He preferred neither, hence he spent his time exercising, sipping alcohol and the rest of the time on sleeping pills. Though his revenge was accomplished thoughts about her wife’s demise and his fear for guns never left him. Depression was something that made him feel empty and drained of energy.


The next problem was his fear of guns. It is known as Hoplophobia, it was a result of his childhood encounters with a robbery in a mall where his sister was shot dead before his eyes. Ever since then he feared the sight of guns. It was exactly twenty years back the incident happened, he was eight years old. That particular night, a flood alert was declared and people were asked to buy the stocks within an hour. Their parents had not returned from their official trip. He stayed home with his elder sister who was thirteen years old. He had persuaded her sister to accompany him to the city mall one kilometre away from their place to get some snacks. She had dismissed his permission and later he pushed her to accompany him. They bought the snacks and was waiting at the bill counter. It was then that they heard a gunshot and people were running frantically.


Before he could even understand what was happening, he heard another gunshot and he saw his sister falling down. Few people dressed in black and with their faces covered in mask stepped up ordering everyone to squat down. He ran up to his sister and she was bleeding as the bullet had pierced through her chest.


Joe slowly shrugged off the old memories and increased the pace of his steps as he walked.


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