Good Deed

Joseph pounded the wheel, glaring at the black screen on his phone. The car cost a fortune, and it breaks down in the middle of nowhere!? A man with matted hair limped towards the car from below the bridge. He’s going to ask for money, he’s even carrying a cup! The man knocked on Joseph’s…

Taken

The flower market at Lunar New Year was exquisite. Rosita held her daughter’s small hand as they glided through, admiring the brilliant exotic plants.  They chattered excitedly, making their way back to the hotel where her husband waited.  They had planned a special dinner for the last night of their vacation. A scream popped their joyful…

Chess Set

Wiping away her tears, Alina stood on tiptoe peering through the pawn shop window at her papa’s beloved chess set.  He was gone, the drink had taken him to his grave. Alina’s mama promised, “Someday, we’ll buy it back.”  But, her mama’s broken heart pulled her to the grave soon after. Winters were brutal, Alina…

The Event

Phillipe felt alive as his hand flew over the page, copying the manuscript by candlelight. He invited others to the Abbey to help copy texts that would be shared with the masses. Savoring the moment, he raised his face toward the brilliant stars peeking through the skylight. Stars made brighter by the absence of man-made light. After…

Grief

Looking over the railing, the people below appeared as specks.  He had stood on the tower for hours.  His friends told him to take each day and wake with one thing to look forward to. “What if there’s nothing to look forward to without you?”, he asked the silence. A hawk soared above the tower…

Thursday Doors: Peng Chau

A pleasurable, easy outing is to take a 20-minute ferry ride from my home to the island of Peng Chau.  Peng Chau is under one square kilometer and was formerly a hub for small industry.  Today, it is a sleepy fishing community. No cars are permitted on Peng Chau so it’s a peaceful place to get…

Haunting

Alexandra stared out the window.  “Why doesn’t anyone come around anymore?” Hugo said, “I thought you wanted them to stay away.” Alexandra shrugged. “When papa forbid our union, it was satisfying to watch him succumb to the poison you placed in his tea.  But, then I got chained up in this dreadful tower.” “Hey, the dungeon…

Remembrance

His daughter, Lilith, sang, “Today’s Remembrance Day!”  Louis’s wife peeled the pillow from his face.  “Chris set up the displays.” Louis forced a smile. “Okay, let’s go check it out.” Entering the Commons, Chris stood in front of a display of wood and shells.  He declared, “Once a year we remember.”  Lilith skipped along the display…

Thursday Doors: Flagstaff Museum

The Flagstaff House, built in 1846, was once called Headquarter House.  It served as the residence of the Commander of the British forces in Hong Kong. The building is a reminder of Hong Kong’s colonial heritage. Today, it is the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware and sits in the middle of the lovely Hong Kong…

Blurred Lines

Selina walked the halls of the hotel.  The conference room beckoned, its table laden with food. Be calm … focus.  Carefully, she approached and grabbed a roasted chicken. Pressing it close, the scene blurred and disappeared.  She woke with a start.  When her parents left them, she and her brother ate through the food in the…

Thursday Doors: The Helena May

The Helena May sits along Garden Road in Central on Hong Kong Island, across the street from the US Consulate. In 1916, Lady Helena May, the wife of the Governor, Sir Henry May, established The Helena May for the promotion of the welfare of women and girls in Hong Kong.  To this day, members are…

Inside Out

He asked, “How’d you end up here?” “The wind swirled and lifted me into a tree.” “Oh my, how long were you stuck in the tree?” “Days! What about you?” “A fly-away branch broke my arm.” “Hey, you guys think you had it bad. My insides turned outside.” The others gasped. “I know, it was…