Ever since I published this story, I’ve been inundated with questions – “What happened to Kasturi?”, “Will there be a Part-2?”, “Why is the story open ended?”. People needed closure. But closure brings with it an air of finality. It lets you move on. And I don’t want the readers to move on. I want to leave them with knots in their stomach.
Some have proposed a happy ending – an O. Henry twist. Perhaps Kasturi came home early, started playing hide & seek, hid under the bed & dozed off. Or, she went to a friend’s house, a friend her parents don’t know about. She comes home at 11 PM, since the story ends around 10:30 PM.
Maybe. Then again, Maybe not. While these endings are possible, none of them fit the atmosphere of the story. There are no hooks in the narrative, for comic relief or for an anti-climactical ending.
Is this story really open ended? Even though I didn’t have a specific ending in mind, I knew this: This story doesn’t end pleasantly. Only 2 trains of thought are feasible. Will the main characters of the story know what happened to Kasturi? Will they get closure? Will she be found?
These questions need not be answered, to fit this story together. I’ll leave the reader with these thoughts.