Read part one here.
Manu had never believed in magic or miracles. But, dreaming of his parents--especially his mother--meant she was, indeed, looking after him, and that was definitely some sort of magic.
His mother's pet, Manu had been devastated by her death in a fire that had engulfed their shanty 10 years ago. As a child who understood very little about life and its strange ways, he had stoically accepted the fact that his mother and father had left for the heavenly abode but would always look after him from above.
With nowhere to go, he started living with his paternal aunt and uncle and their brood of 6. Not wanting to let down his parents, he had put up with the struggle, silently, vowing to get away from it all someday and making a life for himself.
Cooking, cleaning, looking after his little cousins, doing odd jobs to help with the family income, Manu did it all just to make his mother proud of him. He did it all bravely, with his chin up, his dreams of getting out of the chaos giving him the push he needed.
Life hadn't been easy for the three years he had been put up at the tiny shack until he met the man who would change his life.
Manikchand Patel, or Manik, the Magic Man, who with his artful wiles claimed to turn even a stone into a living, breathing person had appeared in Manu's life one fine day and changed the course of it with a snap of his fingers. Just like that!
"There's magic in every breath you take, boy! The magic called, "Life"! This stone you see also has life in it. All you need to do is believe in it, in every thought that walks across your mind, and have the confidence to make it come alive. The stone and the thought!" Manik gushed as Manu watched him in awe.
The words that fell from the man's mouth did seem to have the necessary effect on him, for soon Manu was hooked onto the thought of bringing the stone to life.
I am trying my hand at fiction and am working on this story that I began writing in my last post. I hope I am able to complete it, slowly and steadily!
I would appreciate your views, opinions, and suggestions to make this a better piece.
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