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Short story: Blue

  • By Rain Chudori-Soerjoatmodjo

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 28 2008   /  10:41 am

I forgot which summer it was, the divorce or the affair, but I had set my eyes on a pair of blue shoes that I had seen in a small store that had just opened in the U district; nanny had brought me there specifically to buy me new school shoes. My old ones were worn out and the soles were loose. Also, father thought those shoes were inadequate for a young lady of my age. The conversation between him and mother took place the day before when I was standing with 200 pairs of similar black shoes with nanny forcing every pair onto my little feet. Father was standing by the bookshelf, perusing a book he had come to pick up, while mother was reading the newspaper in the living room, pretending not to care of his existence. I had walked in after a walk with nanny to the local park, and was complaining to nanny that my feet were hurting. I was surprised by the scene ...