A Random Blog of Everything I like
For this time, I want to write something that sets in my homeland even though the picture from Creative writing Ink is clearly not of Indonesian Park. I emphasize more on the woman sitting on the bench.
Without much introduction, here is my 7th short 🙂
One of Them
A lady, thought Satrio, what is she doing in the rain like this? She looks like she is waiting for someone. Satrio is thinking whether to say hi or not, his mama told him not to talk to stranger, but she also told him to help people in need and that lady doesn’t look good.
“Hi…” Satrio says. He wants to help but he doesn’t know what else to say but hi. The woman with the strip umbrella is a bit surprise when Satrio said hi, she isn’t expecting anyone to say hi to her ever since she decides to sit there.
“Ow…hi!” she says. She smiles at him, “What are you doing out in the rain? Shouldn’t you be going home?”
“My house is over there! I am on my way to home,” Satrio answers, “err…do you want to come to my house? You don’t look well.”
“Ow my, you are worried about me,” the woman shows genuine happiness on her face. “What’s your name, boy?”
“That’s a nice name, it goes well with your kind heart,” she smiles, “Thank you for worrying about me, I wasn’t even expecting anyone to say hi to me let along being concerned like this. I am fine. I might look a bit pale but I never been better. You should go home now, don’t make your mom worried about you.”
“Are you sure?”
“I am sure, dear,” she can’t stop smiling at Satrio. No one has ever been so nice to her in her whole life.
After thinking for a while, he finally decides to believe that woman. “Okay…if you want anything I am sure mama won’t mind if you come to our house,” Satrio says, “bye bye.”
“Bye…” She waves at him. When Satrio is already few meters away, she suddenly remembers something. “Satrio!!” She shouts at him.
“Yeah!” Satrio replies.
“ Never talk to pale stranger like me again okay!! Promise me!!”
“err…I promise. Bye! Satrio replies half-heartedly.
“Assalamualaikum.” Satrio says when entering his house.
“Wa’alaikumsalam.” His mom replies. “You’re soaking wet. Go take a shower before you catch cold. I’ll make you a cup of hot chocolate to warm you.”
Satrio loves sitting in the window facing to the park. He is looking at the park while drinking his chocolate. The lady is still there. He looks at his chocolate and wonders if she wants a cup too. He can ask his mom to make one for her.
He goes to front door and opens it. “Where do you think you’re going young man!!” his mom suddenly stands behind him.
“I just want to ask that lady whether she wants a cup of chocolate too. It’s freezing out there. I bet she would like it.”
“Satrio!!” his mom says in higher tone, “You’ve promised not to say that thing again!!”
“But…mama, you said we should help people in need.”
“I am not talking about helping people. There is no one out there and you promised never to say anything about your imaginary people anymore. You better get inside and finish your chocolate or I take your TV privilege again!!” She means business.
Satrio looks at the lady again, she is still sitting there, waiting for something. Why can’t his mom see her? He sighs, “She is one of them.”
He looks at the woman while drinking his chocolate and thinking how long will she be there. Will it be 40 days or she has just moved there before her 40 days due is over.
Note related to the story:
Satrio is the name of my favorite nephew, his father (that makes him my brother) can see ghosts sometimes. And since I believe such ability is passed on to children, Satrio might have the same ability once he grows up.
I have been using Satrio’s picture for my Monday Movies post 🙂
Satrio means Knight in English.
Assalamualaikum and W’alaikumsalam are Islamic greeting when we come home or leave home.
Some Indonesian believes that people’s soul will linger on earth for 40 days after they died. After their 40 days is over, they will them be sent to the afterlife to wait for the final judgement. It isn’t Islamic believe but people here often mix Islam with what they believe traditionally. I don”t believe in the 40 days thing but it is fun to write about it 🙂
I know it’s not scary…but I just love ghost story whether they are scary or not.
As usual…please share me your thought and critiques, it means a lot to me. thank you