First Love

by Gargi Mehra

She holds him tight and plants a kiss on his whiskery cheek. He says nothing, so she bites his ear playfully. Still he stays silent. She pulls his arm, tugging at it until it dislodges from its socket. She peers at the severed purple appendage and flings it aside. She must tell Mummy to buy her new toys.


Gargi Mehra is a software engineer by profession, but a writer at heart. Despite the best efforts of her family and friends, she writes fiction and humor pieces in a determined effort to unite the two sides of her brain in cerebral harmony. She has been published in Writers' Notes magazine, Absolute Write and prestigious Indian magazines and newspapers. Samples of her writing are available here.