Short Story: Home

Dimuat di thejakartapost Edisi Monday, 02 October 2017
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I knew where I was, I knew the turns of the pavements, I knew each step of the stairway that led to the entrance, I knew the oak wooden door and its creaks, all of these were so familiar to me. It still bothered me, however, how I got here.

The night had been strange enough, so I readied myself to drive away when suddenly my car ran out of gas. The engine stopped whirring and the radio fell silent. The fading vestige of the stench of the smoke still lingered, and the silence crept back in, that my ear started ringing. The touch of the leather seats had itched my back while my neck was sore from all the driving; it was as if all my senses had come to life and conspired to force me to step out.

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The same senses screamed to the autumn breeze, begging my legs to take them somewhere warm, as if they were whispering to me, urging me to walk up the stairway and knock on the white door. Left with nowhere else to go and nothing else to do, I did what I had to, I knocked.

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After a while, I heard the door being unlocked from the other side, its familiar creak as it swung open, revealing her. She stood there, confused and startled — why wouldn’t she be?

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