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Short Story: Pinot’s war

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, November 12 2016   /  08:15 am

WORDS MAGGIE TIOJAKIN ILLUSTRATION BUDHI BUTTONNow he’s at the foot of a hill, stuck in a wetland, searching for a house which has been vacant for years and is now used as an operational base by a group of notorious armed thugs. There are hostages inside the house.

Fatima, the agency’s executive secretary in charge of the mission’s intelligence feeds, continues to guide him. Turn left from the rendezvous point. Assume position at — north latitude and — west longitude and follow the direction of the footpath. Stop behind an abandoned warehouse. Get inside. Find the first-aid box. Grab the M-16. If there are flashlights around, get your hands on them.

Beware of tripwires.

Pinot runs across the winding path and minds his coordinates. Every few minutes, he stops to observe his surroundings. The swamp is loud with insects and through the trees he sees the aba...