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I have a surpri se for you chu he said do you wish to

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“I have a surpri se for you, Chu,” he said. “Do you wish to see it?” “What is it, Pa?” “Just come along, hijo,” he said . The two of them went down the walk and through the bamboo gate. The boy stopped and closed the gate behind him. Coming down the dirt road, the father and the boy turned on to a footpath that cut through the lawa-an woods. The path was full of pies de gallo grass, and on either side the thickets and the forest floor were covered with dry leaves. Walking along the soft and spongy path they climbed up a bluff, the small woody forest now behind them, and then came around the slope until they saw the squat nipa house on top of the bald hill. “How a re you, Ingo?” said Ñor Pedro. With the nipa house behind him, Ñor Pedro stood before a wooden, rope-twining contraption. It had a crude wheel to twirl soft rattan strands into persoga, a kind of heavy rope for trussing up carabaos and cows. “It’s well with me,” said Ingo. “And with you?” “Igualm ente ,” the other said . Ingo sat down on a boulder beside the house, his muscles twitchy with the climbing. The boy went on around the house to the orchard behind. Ñor Pedro fixeds the wheel with a bar, came around the wooden contraption, and squatted beside the farmer. “I was to bring my crops down this morning,” said Ñor Pedro, “but it became a little dark over the mountains. I was afraid it would rain.” Ingo said , “It would be difficult to go up and down the hill when it rains.” “O - o,” said Ñor Pedro. “You have to wait for a week until the way becomes dry.” Chu s father looked past Ñor Pedro and beyond the now-idle, rope-twining machine toward the orchard. He saw his son walking under the papaya and banana trees and down to the point of the granite ledge. The newly cut banana branches hanged like stumps, and their latex was still half- fresh around the ends. Below the ledge he knew was a deep ravine, and during rain the river bed would roar with water from the mountains. With his neck stretched, its thick veins swollen like roots, Ingo shouted to his son, “Don’ t go out too far on the ledge, Chu.” “You’ re lucky t o have such a buen hijo,” says Ñor Pedro. “A good son.”
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7 May Temple-Maravilles. Literatures of Mindanao. Languages Department. School of Liiberal Arts. Ateneo de Zamboanga University “Indeed, I’m lucky.” “I envy you very much, Ingo.” Ñor Pedro has no son of his own, a rare thing, for the people of the barrios were usually blessed with eight or ten children. Somewhere in the squat nipa house is his barren wife. Chu’s father said then, “That’s why I came here.” “What is it?” Ñor Pedro asked . Ingo told him, speaking slowly, although the veins in his neck swelled as though he was shouting again to his son. “I’ m quite worried about him. Really, I am .” “Es nada,” said Ñor Pedro. “He’s just a boy.” “He must have been terribly hurt,” said Ingo, “when he saw his own father being bullied in fron t of Tomas and his barcada .” The other farmer, squatting on his wiry legs, said , “Maybe it wasn’ t as bad as you see it now, Ingo.” But Ingo shook
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