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Enjoy your work.

19 Jul

Her pleasure was an offence to her profession.

“We are watching you” Okosan said, “You must hide your passion within yourself. Your danna will get the wrong impression”.

The other women in the okiya liked her because she made them laugh. The modern girls had little respect for the traditional ways, and preferred to spend their time with the military and tourists.

She could do a wonderful impression of the English-speaking men who visited the front rooms.

“Har du yu do?”

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Put on your undies before your shoes.

17 Jul

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Get wet.

16 Jul

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Wear a white shirt.

14 Jul

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Wear colour.

11 Jul

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Keep an eye out.

10 Jul

Would she show up? Of course she would, she always did. Meanwhile the sun felt good on his skin and this was a nice place to be.

As these days passed, Armeen began to understand more and more of what the kids around him called out. The sound of them playing around the pool, splashing, laughing, shouting calmed him somehow.

“Are we ready for our lesson?” Peggy was smiling.

Yes, always!”

“I brought you something delicious. Do you know the word for this?”, she held up a donut.

All at once he was flooded with such happiness, such joy. Of course he had no idea what it was called, but he knew she would tell him and that he would learn. So much sureness, safety and calm.

“A ring-cake?” said Armeen, and they both laughed.

 

Be resolute.

9 Jul

 

She wasn’t angry precisely, just tired of being nice all day. She would never, EVER get married…ever.

“Can’t you smile a little? For your big brother?”

“No”.

“But the photographer wants a family picture. All of us.”

I’m never getting married, she said in her head. They can all go jump.

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Get some help.

8 Jul

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Be kind to yourself.

5 Jul

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Sleep.

2 Jul