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My Frozen Beauty By Bindu Unnikrishnan | Short Story



I kicked off my boots, my wet socks clinging to my frozen feet. The fireplace was dark and cold. Frantically, I searched for matches to ignite a fire but found none. Shivering, I paced the room, avoiding the sight of what lay before me: a transport coffin. Inside, the frozen body of my beloved wife, Mukta, lay at rest. Her still, stone-like face revealed no expressions, just as it always had. I could never read her mind or decipher the emotions behind that stoic exterior. Even when her eyes welled with tears, I was often left bewildered by her true feelings.

Yet, my love for her was boundless. Perhaps I failed to express it in the way she needed to hear. We both struggled to convey our deepest fears and desires. Despite this, I cared for her deeply and longed to protect her. She was born to soar, constantly seeking new hobbies and rugged terrains, each exploration a quest for extraordinary feelings. I could never understand her wild spirit. At times, she would scream, and I could only wonder about the pain she harbored. The absence of children left a void in her, one she tried to fill by seeking ethereal experiences, sometimes even crossing unspoken boundaries. But I forgave her transgressions with unwavering faith.

Her dream was to conquer the Alps. Lacking proper training and physical endurance, she was driven by her dreams. I couldn't leave her side. As I sat in the hotel, futilely attempting to light a fire, I heard news of a rare avalanche in the Alps. A chilling dread washed over me, knowing she had set out for a hike that very morning.

I knew nothing about hiking gear or techniques, but I knew she was the love of my life. Buried under the snow, I believed she might have called my name. I felt compelled to find her. People said it was nearly impossible to locate the bodies, with fifteen others missing. Yet, I didn't need to search. My feet moved as if guided by her. Without proper trekking shoes, my boots sank deep into the snow. I used every ounce of my strength. The oxygen was thin, the sun intense, and I began to hallucinate. I saw her, radiant and smiling, unlike her usual self. She seemed to call to me, guiding me. I shoveled the snow away and found her exactly where she led me. Her face was blue, frozen, yet I knew she had fought to stay alive until I arrived.

She left her body for me to find, but her soul had always remained elusive. Now, she lay like a sleeping princess, breathless and pulseless, serene in her icy repose. She had fulfilled her dream of summiting the Alps, along with many others. Some dreams she achieved, others were yet to come.

In her deep sleep, she looked peaceful, free from pain and mystery. My love, gone without telling me that my shoes were not right for this journey.

As I sat with torn shoes and wet socks, struggling against the cold, I spotted a lighter beneath the coffin. I lit the fire, and in its warm, golden glow, Mukta seemed to glow too. For the first time, I whispered the words she had longed to hear, "You are so breathtakingly beautiful, darling."

About the Author



Bindu Unnikrishnan is a writer and poet who has co-authored over 50 anthologies and literary magazines.Her debut book on poetry named ‘ My treasure trove of emotions ‘ won praise for it's lyrical portrayal of diverse human emotions.Her work vividly captures emotions, deeply resonating with readers and elegantly revealing her vulnerabilities and strengths. She details her feelings intricately, leaving a lasting impact. Bindu exemplifies versatility, resilience, and empowerment. She is a teacher, poet, marathoner, and beauty pageant winner. With outstanding academic achievements and two decades of teaching experience, she inspires her students to think outside the box . Her celebrated poetry explores profound thoughts and emotions. As an avid sports enthusiast, she embraces challenges and excels in marathons. In 2023, she earned the titles of 'Beauty with Brains,' 'Beauty with Purpose,' and the prestigious 'Mrs. Maharashtra 2023 (Elite),' showcasing her grace and intellect. Above all, she is a dreamer who believes in pursuing one's goals. Her journey demonstrates limitless potential and motivates others to chase their dreams with unwavering dedication.

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  1. This story unfolds with a mixture of nostalgic reflections and present-day actions, leading to a poignant conclusion.
    Bindu’s writing style is evocative, using vivid imagery to bring the narrator’s memories to life. The tone is melancholic, matching the themes of the story. Descriptive language effectively conveys the beauty and emotional weight of the narrator’s frozen memories.
    Overall, “My Frozen Beauty” is a reflective and emotionally resonant story, a must read!

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    1. Thankyou! Very thoughtful!

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  2. This story is a beautifully crafted, heart-wrenching, exploration of love, loss, and the enduring human spirit. Bindu Unnikrishnan’s skillful use of imagery, symbolism, and emotional depth makes it a compelling read that resonates long after the last word is read.

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  3. Such a beautiful story! Very touching! You have conveyed so much in this short piece! Truly impressed! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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  4. Thankyou so much Ushaji

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  5. The title of this story is, 'My Frozen Beauty', but it melted my heart and moved me to tears.

    It's a perfect pick up story, for a read, when one wishes to be with oneself, relishing a cup of one's favourite cup of coffee or maybe tea.

    Hat's off to, Bindu Unnikrishnan. πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ

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    1. Thankyou for the appreciation!

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  6. A soulful, peaceful read... I loved the way you urged the world to perform self love and wish for ones own awakening. The truth as told in Bhagwat Geeta is that we are all divine souls and the awakening is that we should look for our soul purpose. Thanks my dear Friend Bindu for brilliantly bring out the beautiful piece... May you touch many hearts...

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  7. This short story makes for a very interesting read. I enjoyedit immensely. Looking forward to more such gripping stories.

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    1. Bindu Unnikrishnan9 July 2024 at 14:32

      Thankyou so much Bharati

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  8. Shubhangi Bapat9 July 2024 at 20:33

    A beautiful description of struggle to conquer. The story is captivating and you read it more to know what will be the end.So descriptive that you get the feel of the place.Very well written.

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  9. Such a captivating, soulful and heart wrenching story. The imagery is so vivid. A compelling read.

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  10. A wonderful read! Fire and Ice! The emotions are explicitly brought forth through the beautiful play of words. Look forward to reading more of your writings.

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    1. Thankyou Shaheen.....glad you noticed the fire and ice Connection.

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