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On a Hot Day

Weather forecast: There will be rain in the afternoon. The temperature for today is between 24°C to 31°C.

“Arghhh… the weather is so hot! Are they sure it is only 31°C? Maybe it is 41°C.”

Walking out from a temple, Martin can feel the scorching hot sun above his head. Today is his day off and he has been wondering where to go next. Things are not going too well for him. The air-conditioner at home is leaking water and the technician can only go to his house to check on the air-conditioner at 4 p.m. today.

Because it is hot at home, he goes out for lunch. He passes by the temple and goes in to pray for smooth life ahead. “Smooth” means no faulty air-conditioner, nice weather with some rain, more OT at the company and of course, nice colleagues at the company who will not pick on him everyday.

Maybe he can improve himself by reading some self-help books. Thus, the next destination is the library. Today is also a school holiday. Many children are in the library. A boy and a girl are discussing about their school holiday homework. They are whispering, one may wonder if they can really hear each other. Nearby the boy and the girl, is a mother who is holding a story book, muttering to her toddler.

“What am I doing at the Children’s Section? Even the library is bullying me.”

Martin goes upstairs to the Adult’s Section. There are a lot of people. The row of tables and chairs are occupied. Most of them look like students who are doing homework. Some adults are doing leisure reading. Martin ambles to the bookshelf with the label “Self-help”.

He picks up a book and starts reading. Since there is no space to sit, he just stands there and reads. He can hear some whispering now and then. But he only wants to be in a cooling environment, so what other people do does not bother him. The book is interesting, it teaches people how to take counter-action for a colleague who back-stabs you. This is what Martin needs.

Suddenly, he feels a strong vibration inside his pocket. Oh, it is 3.30 p.m. already. He must rush home to wait for the technician from the air-conditioner shop. He dashes down the staircase and borrows the book.

It is 4.45 p.m. but no sign of a single soul. Martin calls the shop.

“I am sorry, Sir. Everyone seems to have problem with their air-con because of the hot weather. The technician should be on the way already. Please be patient.”

Another 30 minutes pass by, no sign of a single soul, again.

“I am sorry, Sir. Let me call the technician and get back to you.”

Sometimes life plays a trick on you. When you need something, it wants you to wait. Save the best for last, you say. But Martin does not want to be the last one to get his air-conditioner fixed. Martin stomps up and down in the living room. He is going to shout at the technician when he sees him.

“Hello, Sir. I am calling from XYZ Electric Shop. Sorry, Sir, the technician has met with an accident and he is now hospitalized. We can only send you another technician tomorrow.”

It is a bad day. It is a hot day too.

 

 

Note to myself

1. Time spent: 45 minutes of on and off writing.

2. A bit of writer’s block and need to check out the different words to describe an action. Though I don’t usually use a lot of adverbs in my writing, today’s assignment is tough for me because I start thinking about different adverbs!

3. Learnt some vocabulary, the words have been learnt before, but they are seldom used.

4. A bit off topic, more on Martin rather than the public place.

5. Not satisfied with the writing, but I like the ending. Hope you like it too.

续蓝色系女孩 10 — 完结篇

(上集)

“语岚,是我。”

“什么事吗?”

“我只是想说对不起。。。”

“没事了,别放在心上。”

(more…)

续蓝色系女孩 9

(上集)

“科学家老豆,你快救救语岚。”

“我没办法救她。现在只有你的弟弟可以救她。你们俩的特异功能是别人看不见的,怎么你的弟弟却看见了呢?”

“你还记得吗?小时候,我救了一个跌进河里的小男孩。那时,我把一点‘异气’分给他。”

“对呀!那时,他的父母为了感谢你,还把你领养了。好了,不谈过去。现在最重要的是要让警方相信语岚没有特异功能,不然后果不堪设想。”

“我知道怎么做了。”

(more…)

续蓝色系女孩 8

(上集)

“我先警告你,我好不容易才约语岚出来。。。”

“哥,你讲了很多次了。我知道,语岚不是因为喜欢我才答应今天一起骑脚踏车的。”

“知道就好。”

我还是不知道哥哥和语岚是什么关系,还有,语岚到底有什么秘密?但是,我会继续努力的!

(more…)

续蓝色系女孩 7 — 外传

(上集)

看着君良这几天失魂落魄的样子,我真的为他感到心疼。可是,这种“结局”对君良来说是最好的。语岚做事从不喜欢拖泥带水。从一开始的冷漠就知道她希望和君良划清界限,只可惜那傻小子就是那么固执,一心一意只喜欢蓝色系女孩。语岚那么直截了当地拒绝了他,对他来说是一个很大的打击。看来我这个做哥哥的必须亲自出马才行。

“岚,我想找你帮忙一件事。”

“是你的弟弟吧?你知道我的身份特别。。。”

“我知道。但是,你那天太直接了,那傻小子到现在还接受不到。做不成情人,当朋友应该没问题吧?”

“你要我怎么帮?”

“这个星期五傍晚一起骑脚踏车,如何?”

“只是一起骑脚踏车?好吧。不过,我先说明。。。”

“我知道,不会有事的。”

“那,星期五见。”

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预告:下一集,语岚有什么特别身份?敬请期待。
 
 

~  待续 ~

本故事纯属虚构,如有雷同,实属巧合。

This story is purely fictional. Any resemblance to actual individuals or events are coincidental.

续蓝色系女孩 6

(上集)

“嗨,你好。我是君良。”

“我知道。坐下吧。我们之前已经见过面了,也算认识对方,不必那么拘束自己。你想喝点什么?”

语岚一口气讲了那么多话,看来她真的并不是一个冷漠的人。

(more…)

续蓝色系女孩 5

(上集)

“岚,那个傻瓜约我出去。”

“去吧,什么都可以说,就是不可以说出我的秘密。”

“知道了。”

(more…)