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The Mats

For the Angeles family, Mr. Angeles’s homecoming from his periodic inspection trips was always an occasion for celebration. But this homecoming—from a trip to...

Etymologies

Jun was squatting over a burrow hollowed out by an old acacia’s jutting roots, wary of creepers that might crawl on him as he...

Where the Sun Was

The rains have been pouring for more than seven years now. The clouds have always been dark. I can only remember of how much I...

Martika’s Kitchen

  My parents have a rather unconventional setup. They may be living separate lives now, but during the past three years or so, Dad has been...

Sometimes when shadows walk ahead

We were in front of the Aristocrat’s Restaurant, where the malignant bone of Ermita and Malate in Manila breaks into two. Traffic was like...

“Smartphone Arguments”

In a Chinese restaurant, a mother and father tapped away on their smartphones, ignoring the three children in between them. If someone was writing a...

Babaylan in playland by the sea

“Rosebud… A girl’s name? You wouldn’t think that a man in his dying breath would mention someone’s name out of the blue after fifty...

Northeastern novocaine

The lake should have been calm, but when you catch yourself at the brink of meeting Death, when everything that you are begins to...

Asymptotes

I instantly felt the void when I laid my eyes on her. I know for myself that I knew her like the back of...

Matches

Madge used to make wishes on raindrops. Lev always said that you could see more raindrops on windows than stars in the night sky...

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