After several rainy days, the sky began clearing up and turned quite
blue. Standing by the window of his flat on the 11th floor of the condo,
the elderly photo editor of a magazine could see early yellowish
sunbeams spreading over the canopies and house roofs.
I was seven at that time. When I came home from school, I found a
strange man in the house. My mother told me he was my father. The man
rubbed my head. I rushed out and washed my hair at the well. No, I was
fatherless and I was used to living without a father.
In this whole mountainous village, Sa was the only young girl who did
not have to tender cows or work the field. She was like a silhouette on
the walls. Besides her black pet dog, she had no one by her side, as a
friend or a protector.
I shook hand with him and had a quick look. He was an elderly man
with an ascetic face. He was a hard-going man, I thought. When the man
smiled, the most prominent thing in that dead-pan look was those blue
At sixteen, my sister was the most beautiful girl in Dong Village. When
she was 26, there was still not any more beautiful girl than she in the
village. But at that age in my home village, she was regarded as being
on the shelf.
It was an early morning in summer. The sun was shining over the tree
canopies along the street. In the afternoon, the bright yellow light
began spreading on hi-rises.
Due to his impetuous temperament, he killed several people and became
a condemned prisoner. Revenge. It was what he thought. He became
resentful because the father was adamant to hand his daughter to a
homeless, vagrant and jobless guy like him.
Every morning after cooking breakfast, watering potted flowers, tidying
the house and kissing her husband James goodbye before he went to work,
she drank a glass of limonade to detox her body before resuming her
unfinished sleep for a few hours.
In this Nordic city, he could not afford this romantic autumnal wind.
Thus, the first snowflakes in the foreign land in his mind were the
coming chilly autumnal wind.
It was June. One day, a storm blew over a small rural area in the
coastal plains. It mercilessly wreaked havoc on the poor region. Among
its unlucky inhabitants, Mrs Thac's clan suffered the most.