Illustration: Arati Kumar-Rao
Illustration: Arati Kumar-Rao

End overend

A short story

The sun eased itself into the Indian Ocean, quickening the flat horizon with crimson before leaving only shades of pink. The guests looked on from the cocktail bar in hushed silence, like visitors on a seven-star wildlife safari.

Satisfied, they turned their seats inwards, and their conversations to another evening of leisure. Another sundowner before dinner? Lobster or sushi? Visit the cinema on the beach, or maybe just relax in the private pool? The luxurious isolation of the Maldives island resorts drew them in and would hold them just long enough to keep them wanting more.

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