Her face glowed as she undressed and stepped into the hot foaming water in the bath tub.
She sat on her knees , the water covering her breasts.
She closed her eyes. She could see her grandmother's wrinkled face , her toothless smile and soft plump body adorned in white sari. The warm water on her body felt as soothing as her Grandma's caresses.
She smiled. Her body felt light , just like a 7 year old girl."Thakuma ... Golpo bolo na ... " (Grandma .. tell me a story ...)
"And then the girl took the first dip in the river and she became as beautiful as a flower ..."She pulled her head into the water and took a dip. She felt as beautiful as a princess ....
"Then she took another dip and all her scars disappeared ...."
She took a second dip . Scars all gone .....
"With the third dip, she was dressed in the most exquisite dresses in the world .. she was now ready for the prince to marry her ... "
She dipped inside the water again ... Ah !! what a feeling ... red banarasi sari, golden jewelry ... fine gold bangles, tiara ....
"But the witch had warned her not to take any more dips ... if she did so, she would become ugly ..."
With her eyes still closed, she stepped out of the tub and dried herself with the towel and felt the dress hanging on the hook.
As soon as she opened her eyes, the dress got transformed into a faded maxi.
She looked at herself in the mirror . The scars on her face, shoulders , arms and back were red and bruised.
Her prince charming was waiting impatiently for her.
"How much time do you spend in bathing, huh ? I have been waiting for ever for my breakfast. Be quick or else you can leave the house ... " he scowled at her
"Granny, I did not take the fourth dip ! Then why .... " Her eyes welled with unshed tears.
She knew that the fairy tales were over for her.
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