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Micro Monday: "Peace to All"

Peace to All

He looked up at me, his eyes sleepy and teeth bared in a gapped grin, uttering, “Soon-gol-yan.”

Peace to all, in the local patois. A blessing or, given the current circumstances, a plea.

“You must do what you can,” he insisted, in English this time, his eyes suddenly opening wide. “I beg you.”

“I’ll do what I can, Neya,” I assured him, or hoped I was assuring. He had every reason to suspect indifference, as I would soon be going back to the mainland, like the others--to my civilized life, with all thoughts of Martinia far from my mind.

July 24, 2006 in Fiction, Micro | Permalink