Posted by: jolantru | September 22, 2011

Path Of Kindness: Two

I feel like a heretic. Heretic. I savor the word in my mouth. Sweet, like peanut candy.


My hands go through the motions of scooping sticky batter into the curved ladle. Curved like the half-moon. The oysters go in next and I smother them with a layer of the white gooey liquid. The ladle hisses, sliding into the hot oil. Two oyster fritters float like golden-brown discs with their rims sizzling away. Sst. Silver. Sst. Silver. Sst.

I scoop them up with a wooden spoon. I know Mother is watching me. She is always watching me. I stare at the bowl of oysters swimming in brine. They smell of the sea. I know, because I have just harvested them from the oyster beds.

My hands still bear the cuts. Oysters bite back.

I want to be an oyster. Sharp shell and all.

“Watch it, Ki!” Mother speaks, startling me. The fritter is almost dark. I scoop it up, cursing softly.

Ki. My milk name. What a sour name. I hear it as Kai.

Oh now I want to shout. But I cannot. To shout is to reveal the real me: a heretic.

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Path Of Kindness by Joyce Chng is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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