A Wallet
He jogged every morning. He did not do it for health or for fun. Until half a year ago, every morning, it was the time he got up and took his daughter to school.
When they grew up, they managed to find good jobs and had their own families and were soon provided with accommodation, so their living conditions improved considerably.
In the heady bouquet of Ba Than rice wine, a Phong Dien District specialty, Mr Hien, slightly tipsy, was holding forth on the ins and outs of the miracle, and the dozen or so listeners sitting around were very afraid. A few, who were still skeptical, were amazed at his storytelling skills and listening with their mouths open.
She was blessed with a good singing voice. But I knew she did not like singing when she was small. She only sang sometimes at parties with friends.
It was mid-June. The forecast for the day was over 37 degrees Centigrade for most of the region. In Binh Lang City, it was rather stuffy. Curiously, its small Cao Street seemed to belong to another world: hazy sunshine in the beginning of autumn. Sometimes, early in the morning, a cool breeze coming from the mountains swept over the city and made people wear warm clothes.
A light that is always on
An arc of light that reflected the joy and sadness of a man's life had gleamed in mother's consciousness and finally focused on the slight sadness of human existence, a sadness of one about to leave this world. A life mingled with joy and sadness about to go, an extremely simple but sacred life.
It was Sunday, so I had no school. Uncle Be asked me to go downtown with him. At a junction, under a row of towering big hardwood trees, I saw a lot of people surrounding cages with birds of every description. Immediately, Uncle Be stopped. Then he proceeded to a bamboo cage with two birds billing and cooing to each other.
A meeting
He walked softly to the back of the house. The lock on the door on the side of the house had been pried open. He became very nervous. He heard some small sounds and saw light from a torch in the front of the house.
N. and her old mother lived in one of the two adjacent ground-floor flats. The poor old woman's neighbours could hear her daughter-in-law nagging loudly all the time.
Less pain in silence
He received the news of having matriculated as a post-graduate student in Russia and had one month to prepare before flying out. It should have been a piece of good news, but he did not feel so happy. On the contrary, he was somewhat depressed. It was as though he was doing something in the eleventh hour.
Reaching our condo drive, instead of parking my vehicle inside the garage, I headed straight for my hometown to stay away from our small apartment in the huge concrete high-rise. I wanted to avoid the lonely situation that had reigned over our place for many days on end.


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