Jessica Zafra: “Portents”

Zafra in The Best Philippine Short Stories of the Twentieth Century

Zafra in The Best Philippine Short Stories of the Twentieth Century

This morning, self is reading a Jessica Zafra short story in The Best Philippine Short Stories of the Twentieth Century, edited by Isagani R. Cruz:

All morning I wondered whether I should ask Wilma for her abortionist’s address.  She would give me the address, I knew, even accompany me to the place.  Probably some decrepit wooden house in the fetid alleys of Tondo, where the gangs hunted each other down with homemade revolvers.  Wilma hid nothing, she wore her brazen honesty like a soiled and rusty halo.  She had had four abortions, she told me casually while I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom; the washerwoman down her street performed the operations, she owed Wilma money.  I imagined Wilma’s insides, as torn and bloody as a battlefield.  She said she’d regretted her last abortion:  it was a girl, she’d always wanted a baby girl.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Must fly, dear ones!

Just came home from watching “Much Ado About Nothing” — fascinating, how different it is in feeling from Joss Whedon’s other work. But loved Amy Acker. And the idea of smooth-as-silk Sean Maher as villain.  Loved, too, the music.  And the trapeze artists in the garden.

Nathan Fillion completely steals the show during the last half, playing a dim-witted chief of security (Self still doesn’t know who/ why the bigshots were bigshots, why they needed all those bodyguards, etc.  But she really loved Whedon’s sly take on Shakesperean eavesdropping:  making the eavesdroppers agents, and using video surveillance to drive the point home.)

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