D – Drip (A short fiction)

I feel something tapping my forehead, repeatedly, as I slowly regain my consciousness. I don’t know what it is and where I am, but it’s disturbing.

I try to shake my head, but I just can’t. Feel like, some object is stopping the movement and my head is stuck in one position.

As I try to open my eyes, I realize that it’s all wet around my eyes. Now I start to realize that it’s water drops dripping down drop by drop on my forehead.

I could trace the water droplets as one by one, each one of them drops on my forehead then rolls down towards my eyes and further rolls down my cheeks and into my neck. I could feel that my hair is getting wet as well.


With much difficulty, I slowly open my eyes to see that the room was fully dark. I realize that I am in a lying position. I try to move my hands, legs but I couldn’t move them. Seems my hands and legs too are tied up.

And the repeated dripping on my forehead, they are just too disturbing and I feel like I will get an headache sooner or later. And the sound of it makes me go crazy.

As I try to battle it out, I try to remember where was I and why was I there. That’s when the room lights went on.

I close my eyes in a flash owing to the sudden exposure of light. And I slowly start to open it, while still battling the water droplets.

As my eyes get adjusted to the light, I open it fully. That’s when I hear footsteps walking towards my direction from the right side. I immediately roll my eyes towards the right to see who it was.

It is a guard. Looks like a policeman.

“You bloody criminal. You got the punishment you deserved.”

That’s when I remember why was I there. I had raped a girl. It all happened at the heat of the moment, I was drunk and so was she. And besides, she was so hot at the bar, she literally asked for it. Just when I remembered that, I realize that the state had come up with a new law for convicted rapists. A new torture method, by which a criminal would be mentally disturbed and would die of it. But they didn’t tell what it was. And I was the first one to get that punishment.

As I remember all those details from the punishment reserved for me, the little droplets are still disturbing me like hell. I literally couldn’t shake my head, move my hands to wipe the water drops or do anything. I wanted to shout, but fearing that the guard will hurt me, I didn’t do it.

“You know what, whatever you are going through is getting recorded and it will be put up for public display tomorrow, so that no one has the guts to undergo what you are going through. From here on, no one should dare to rape a woman.” he points out at the camera at the top that is recording me.

As I try to speak, I also realize that my mouth is tied as well.

“Ummm… Ummm…” I saywhile trying to talk, realizing that I was in such a pathetic state with no refrain.

“Drip, drip, drip” The sound of the drops keep increasing.

By now, I am starting to feel dizzy and I have already got heavy headache. My heart had started beating faster, as I find someway to escape this slow torture. I feel irritating, so irritating that, given a chance I would break open whatever is tying me up.

But, it seems like there is no escape.

“Good luck, you son of a bitch” the guard said and he went away. He didn’t switch off the lights.

“Drip, drip, drip” I could now trace the water from it’s source. A small funnel like structure, and water is dripping through that structure. I could see the water drops getting bigger on me as it falls down, and immediately when it hits my forehead I hear a thud and I close my eyes. It’s as if I am inside a very small room where I can’t move an inch and someone is thudding on the door. It’s torterous.


It’s been a long time, or at least that’s what I think. This dripping wouldn’t stop. Now, I was breathing so heavily, my head felt like it was about to blast from the ache and I was starting to tremble in fear.

And the fact that I couldn’t do anything in return, is making me go insane. I feel so damn frustrated, that I wanted to shout, shout like hell. I just want to get out of this.


I’m afraid. I’m totally afraid. My hands are trembling with fear with the effect of the water drops so far. My head is about to get burst. Now, each drop is so loud to my ears. “Thud, thud, thud” it’s like some goddamn object falling heavy on me, that’s how loud it is to my ears.


I hear the door open. Once again, I hear the footsteps and he comes in.

“Congrats, you piece of shit” You have successfully gone through two hours.

“What? Only two hours” It felt like almost 5-6 hours.

Just when I was thinking, the guard opened the gag that was placed on my mouth.

“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…. Please leave me. Please leave me……………… You can kill me……. But I can’t take this……………… Please untie me…. Please…. I beg you……………”

I scream like hell. At least I have this outlet for now. Now, tears start rolling down my cheek, as all my emotions become unbearable and I start crying like a mad man.

He again gagged my mouth, putting my momentary relief to an end.

“Ummm… ummmm…. Ummm….” I cried in vain.

“I will see you again in another 6 hours.” said the guard and left.


By now, I had no courage to fight. I have already become insane. I feel numbness in my forehead and my heartbeat is like crazy. There is no point fighting this. It’s better to give up. Already, I am trembling. I couldn’t see the water droplets anymore. For a while, I was trying to trace it. But I no longer could. I couldn’t open my eyes and see. The simple thought of it makes me go insane. My chest is paining, now. I can’t take this all. I can’t take this. I can’t take this. If given a chance, I would never repeat my mistake.

————-Next day—————-

New news is trending in social media.

According to the recent state law, an experimental punishment was given to one who was sentenced with rape charges. It took the victim 19 hours to go completely insane and then die of chest pain. We are releasing a carefully curated footage from the punishment, here is the video.

Note : This video is not safe for pregnant woman, kids and those who are weak hearted. We recommend viewer discretion. This video is also a warning for those people who have the slightest intention of raping a woman.

The End.


What’s described in this story is called as Chinese Water Torture which was practiced as a punishment in the 15th and 16th century.  You can read more about it here.


Dear readers, please feel free to comment/critique my stories. It would be of immense help.  In case you already don’t know, I am writing this as part of the A to Z short story challenge

Here are the other stories that I have written as part of this challenge :

A – Addiction (A short fiction)

B – Bookmark (A short fiction)

C – Critic (A short fiction)

D – Drip (A short fiction)

E – Escort (A short fiction)

F – Frock (A short fiction)

G – Greed (A short fiction)

H – Hero (A short fiction)

I – Insomnia (A short fiction)

J – Jigsaw (A short fiction)

K – Kick

L – Landline (A short fiction)

M – Minute (A short fiction)

N – Novel (A short fiction)

O – Overtime (A short fiction)

P – Proposal (A short fiction)

Q – Quarter (A short fiction)

R – Revenge (A short fiction)

S – Sunlight (A short fiction)

T – Typewriter (A short fiction)

U – Useless (A short fiction)

V – Vendetta (A short story)

W – Wild (A short fiction)

X – Xylophone (A short fiction)

Y – Yogurt (A short fiction)

Z – Zoo (A short fiction)

Please do take your time to read and drop in your comments.  Thanks.


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