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Jakarta Post

Short Story: And God Created Nightingales

  • Rain Chudori

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 3 2016   /  08:25 am

There is a nightingale in Oliver’s room. It is a dark, gentle and curious creature. The nightingale is flying across the room, landing on top of a book of poems, on a neatly folded woman’s autumn coat, and finally on Oliver’s shoulder. Yet, however much the nightingale tries, it cannot capture Oliver’s attention, who was now carefully taking out a handful of red roses wrapped in newspapers, does not realize the predicament that the nightingale was in. What the nightingale wanted was, more than anything, Oliver’s love. But the nightingale was only a nightingale, made out of a single strand of a woman’s hair. The nightingale was almost a woman, but not quite complete.

Oliver had heard the story of the nightingales as a child. His mother had read it to him from The Book of Kindliness before he went to sleep. He knows that nightingales only come to those in need. He has s...