The king of the sea
Dina Zaman, (2004) The king of the sea. SARE (Southeast Asian Review of English) (45). pp. 77-79. ISSN 0127-046x
Silverfish New Writing
Hani, Zani's oldest sister, ran up to their neighbour's wooden blue house, to ask them to pray for their father.
"He might be going soon, please pray and if you see Awang, here are the keys," then she ran back to their brown weather beaten home in time to see their father die.
Hardly had the afternoon passed when a small funeral procession appeared on the dusty road. Kamel, the eldest brother led the procession, his witch-wife by him, smiling for now they would rule the household. Zani's other siblings — Hana and Ima — were crying while Mother and the youngest, Little One, walked stoically behind the group.
They passed the sundry store and turned left at the arthritic coconut tree at the end of the road. The procession then turned right to pass a deserted house, its door and shutters flapping in the wind, inspiring a shiver in those carrying the dead man, and walked towards the smell of a jasmine orchard, where the cemetery was.
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