A bird chirping

A bird chirping

“Goodbye to you, my neighbours. I’m off now!” Though old Gian had repeated his farewell three times, he still couldn’t get in the car that was waiting for him with its engine running. (Aug 04, 2019 15:14:31)

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Installation

  Mar 31, 2019 13:58:58
A photograph. A bottle of medicine capsules. A tourist bag, Samsonite brand. A shirt and a trousers hanging in the sideboard. 

That rainy night

  Mar 17, 2019 16:20:25
9:30 pm. The street, strewn with rustling dry yellow leaves coming down from the trees, was ready for a strong wind after this breeze in the small township of Phu Sa. 

For beauty's sake

  Mar 10, 2019 09:45:31
While the masseuse’s deft hands caressed Duyen’s hair and face she, with her half-closed eyes, felt very comfortable thanks to the fragrant cosmetic products on them. 

The spells of spate

  Feb 17, 2019 10:23:15
“Mum…Mum, get up…get up! The flood is over,” urged Mrs Nghiep’s son. “Now I’m back here with you.” 

The Man Who Stood On One Leg

  Jan 27, 2019 16:57:43
His name was Ananda, and Ananda means satisfaction and bliss. 

Two crabs

  Jan 19, 2019 11:33:57
Mrs Nam felt her son Teo’s forehead. It was still red hot. Her little son had been in a light coma since early morning. He cried without opening his eyes. His face was crimson, his lips dry. He was breathing heavy and quick.  

A snake crept inside

  Jan 06, 2019 13:50:17
“Last night, a snake crept onto Lam’s bed,” someone started. “Oh my god. She felt something slippery, threw off her blanket, then jumped up and down. She was very lucky. If that snake had bitten her, we would have been at her funeral today.” 

Dust

  Dec 30, 2018 13:29:18
The stormy season came late this year. Not until the 7th lunar month did the news incessantly broadcast forecasts about the first storm of the year heading in from the East Sea. 

Little Dung

  Dec 23, 2018 14:37:02
Little Dung was very slim with a small face. Her big black eyes appeared bright. Each time Mum caught a glimpse of that brightness, she whispered into my ears, "It seems to me that your daddy’s staring at me." 

The Tiger-Man

  Dec 16, 2018 16:11:14
Although the fast-food restaurant owned by Thanh was located in the outskirts of a German town, customers crowded in for lunch in great numbers as there were many offices, factories and small workshops nearby. To serve them more comfortably, one day the owner had to hire an assistant to cook and deliver food. 

Blood Transfusion

  Dec 02, 2018 16:21:04
Leaving his hometown for Ho Chi Minh City, Han brought me a lot of fried beef, fish paste and fruit. When he arrived at the dormitory of the College of Medicine, he sat outside the gate to wait for me. 

16 sq.m

  Dec 01, 2018 17:26:36
Although the rainy season had not yet arrived, the heavens were stingily concealing the sun behind an overcast sky. Early in the morning, the two rows of trees on the streets swayed lazily in the breeze. 

A note for someone who has passed away

  Nov 25, 2018 14:17:43
“New customers are coming, dad!” Demi called excitedly. Noel frowned, put a pile of bills into the drawer, rearranged his shirt collar, straightened its hems, and walked out. 

A jackpot winner

  Nov 10, 2018 11:56:39
For all of their lives, Ba and Bay, two young men of the same village, had only one dream: winning the national lottery jackpot. Within their budget, they tried to save money so that every three days they could buy a lottery ticket from a wandering vendor while having a few cups of coffee or tea at Miss Hau’s refreshment stall.