Category: Short Story

  • Lovers at 7 O’clock

    Lovers at 7 O’clock

    Polleen is the daughter her Chinese mother tried not to bring up whenever she saw her relatives. ‘Is she married?’ her sister Ann would ask. Instead of answering a yes or no, she would divert her attention into thinking about her own faults. ‘You said your friend had a son looking for a wife during […]

  • The Library – 2

    The Library – 2

    This is Part 2 of ‘The Library’. Read Part 1 here if you haven’t. ‘Thanks,’ I said as I stretched my arm to take the payment receipt for my overdue books. I heaved a sigh of relief. What a morning it had been. Moments ago I had stood in front of all three librarians, stunned, motionless. […]

  • The Library

    The Library

    If you can believe it, I’ve never been in love. I’ve read about it, but I guess it’s different from really being in it, no? My bros in school tell me I need to get a girlfriend before high school is over. Kissing and having sex is fun, they tell me. It doesn’t sound that […]

  • A Pair of Shoes

    A Pair of Shoes

    In Chinese culture it is silly to give the girl you love a pair of shoes. It means you are equipping her to leave you. He gave me a pair of shoes for my birthday the first year we were together. I laughed at him. ‘This is really bad!’ I told him, punching his stomach. I […]

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