Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Basit Khan would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Life Is...

By Basit Khan All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Adventure

Chapter 1

   In the air so calming, so soothing, the air that was moist, a little cold, but felt like that one blowing from the skies above, the heaven above, I was sitting on the edge of a cliff, staring at that one shiny award, a golden trophy in my hand, declaring my success.

  The sky that night was not natural, but supernatural. With the half moon glowing bright in the east, enlightening the whole place, and with the stars so much shiny, twinkling, each giving its very own color and brightness, the dark sky seemed nonetheless, a dark sheet of silk filled with diamonds of various sizes in it.

  It was a seaside having a vast dark sea with waves rushing here and there, collapsing into each other. The whole place that night, was giving a look of the heaven, so dark and yet, so beautiful. In that soul-soothing night, only I was the one sitting there in my solitude, all alone.

  Wearing full black, a 3-piece suit with a blue tie that was gently blowing along with that soul-calming breeze, my face fully shaved, I was 32 years old then but looked more like 28. I really felt that night that I finally succeeded, and it was true that I succeeded but even more than that, I finally achieved what I was looking for my whole life. I achieved peace, the happiness of a soul. I finally found the truth.

  The success that I gained was not something so ordinary. For the world, I was just another shining star with a name and some fame but for me, I knew the truth behind every lie 'cause I had been through the worst of mine. I could feel the breeze going through my whole body, touching my soul, taking a part of mine along with it.

  Staring at the trophy, the golden trophy in my hands, I was totally lost with no emotions. It felt like inside my head were no and all thoughts at the same time. The thoughts about the life I had spent so far, those twelve years of limitless struggles, those struggles in which I gave up at times, the happy times, the sad times, all of them were rushing through my mind like a stream of water. That was the reason that I had no emotions, no feelings at that time. I didn't know whether to cheer up at my victory or to cry for what I lost through all those years.

  In that whooshing breeze so soothing, a very fascinating and warm, a heart-calming voice pierced through the skies above and also gently touched my ears. My eyes became even much wider on hearing that voice ‘cause I was too much familiar with that but today, I had a very new, a very change perspective about that voice. Today, it really felt that He was calling me towards Himself and I was ready to go.

  My dry cheeks suddenly became wet and a few drops fell on the trophy that I was holding in my hands. Guess, it was raining but only upon me. When my eyes got blurry and all hazy, then I knew that those drops were not that of rain but were in fact tears, my very own tears, trickling down my cheeks and dripping on that trophy. It was all happening but why was I crying? Were those tears that of my success or that of my sorrows about things that I lost?

  The voice that made me burst into tears was actually azan, with the first few words,"Allah-O-Akbar! Allah-O-Akbar! (Allah is the Greatest of all! Allah is the Greatest of all!)” That very smooth and gentle voice was actually coming from a mosque far away on the same cliff.

  The mosque was so much magnificent, glittering with lights decorated everywhere in it that it seemed as if a broken star finally ended up there, gently landing down. There was something really strange about azan that day.

  Before that, it was but just a soothing breeze but when that voice touched gently my ears, I could also smell some very lively scents all of a sudden that appeared to be that of many different types of flowers containing roses, daffodils, orchids and even more. That voice all the way here, brought the fragrance of flowers, perhaps to ask me to come there.

  Azan continued and along with that, my shedding tears continued too. Even if I wanted to, I could hardly control those tears but I let those tears flow. Maybe those tears were not that of my body, but that of my real self, my souls.

  With the tears constantly shedding, I smiled, looking at that trophy from the very first moment when I came here, leaving the world behind. That smile meant a lot to me. It was the smile that of my happiness. I then realized that now, I finally achieved success. Now, I finally achieved the truth.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Alisha Tabassum: The story was so beautiful and I absolutely loved it. The only problem is the grammar and spellings. Other than that, its perfect! I think it deserves a lot more views than it currently has. Honestly, I've never read anything like this before.

carla1234: I couldn't stop reading this book once I started! it was brilliant! I loved it and I would love to buy it. Although if you could make a more eye-catching synopsis, I would suggest you please do.I loved how everything came together in this novel. everyone, even people not involved in the main stor...

Jason Phang: More, I want MORE! Your stories are keeping me from games and (gasp) even sleep! Each chapter brought fresh hooks that I willingly wolfed down (pun intended) and I just couldn't bear going to sleep not knowing what happens next to Lindsay and Wayne. I also loved how the epilogue was done. Excelle...

Alisha Banks: You have me hooked! I immediately upon finishing the first book had to start the second. It is a captivating story and I can't wait to finish the other two book! I will definitely be recommending this book to others to read!

littlebunnypoopoos: Omg this was so amazing! The ending was a little bad and predictable. But otherwise, I need a second book or I'll die :D The character development was excellent and the whole romance, action, and suspense was superb

Giuliana Cassetta: My face is full of tears, I never cried like now with a book or even a movie. I loved every single chapter. I truly don't know what to say, I'm out of words and my eyes hurt from crying. Such an bittersweet story, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites for sure. Keep it up!

rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...

aaron10905: This is undoubtedly one of the best books written on here. I actually unistalled this app until someone told me about this story. I came back not expecting much, just to be drawn into the story and the characters. I would buy this book in real life, as long as another was promised shortly after.

Olivia N J Hamel: I want this book. I love it so much. It is so enjoyable to read and to have a copy of this always, I would be very happy, to always be able to come back and look at it again.

More Recommendations

Dru83: This is the second or third time I've read this one and I just love it. It has just about everything you could ever want packed into one scifi story. It still has some parts that are a little rough in terms of grammar, punctuation, and word usage, but it's still an awesome story. I love how detai...

M. Drewery: I did think I would be reading just another Atlantis archaeological adventure story when I came across this book. However I think it's fresh and very different to other approaches to the same historical mystery. The first chapter drew me in brilliantly. I'm not great at spotting technical writing...

makaylakay: I love love this story! It's written incredibly and well thought-out plot! I love how it's a different twist in fantasy fiction, other then the usual vampire or werewolves. Love the romantics and drawn to the two characters so much already! This book will draw you in within the first chapter and ...

Flik: Hi! ^.^ huge fan of yours on ff.net! When I saw the note about this contest on The Way We Smile, I couldn't help but rush over here, create an account, and vote! XD Seriously love this story and would recommend it to anyone! :D best FT fanfiction out there. Amazing story, amazing concept that wa...

Jason Phang: The author embarked on a path less taken and focussed on the bombers instead of the fighter pilots that usually were considered the stars of the air force. An amazingly​ written book highlighting the ups and downs of war, the internal turmoil of a high ranking officer getting himself into the thi...

genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.