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Jakarta Post

The girl who swallowed the sun

  • by O Thiam Chin

  /   Sun, January 24 2010   /  12:30 pm

I found the girl who swallowed the sun hiding at the bottom of a dried-up well, crying her heart out. Around her lay a deep pool of darkness; she had her palms to her face, and was holding back the tears and the bright light seeping through the slits between her fingers. The shadows danced around her, on the walls, flickering like an orchestra of ghosts, evasive and haunting. Her heart-choking cries filled the silence around her like a flood washing over the plains, devastating, ruinous. She didn't hear me descending on the rope or approaching her in the dark. Every step I took towards her felt like a tentative push along the edge of a precipice, a potential fall into the unknown, unfathomable. When I lay my hand on her, she jerked up and turned around to face me. The burst of light that beamed from her eyes blinded me like a sharp blade. Everything in my sight turned a glowing whit...