Jin-sun jolted awake to the sound of the phone ringing.
“Meet me in Seoul,” his sister said. “It is time.”
The Gwangkang market in Seoul was abuzz with life. Traditional dishes were served at food stalls and shops that were handed down from one family member to another. Jin-sun and his sister entered the pork dumpling shop where their mother stood bent at the waist, leaning heavily against the counter.
“Forty years, mother. You cared well for us. It’s time now you rest,” Jin-sun said, rolling up his sleeves and filling the dumplings. His mother smiled as she hovered close.
This story was inspired by the amazing stories in the Netflix “Street Food: Asia” special and is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we are to write a 100-word story.
This week, Rochelle picked one of the photos I submitted! Even though my daughter, Sarah, didn’t want credit, I can’t help myself but to say that she took the photo. It was shot at the Gwangkang market in Seoul, South Korea where Sarah took me on a weekend getaway two years ago. We ate our way around the city and enjoyed the amazing sights of Seoul!
If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.