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          Get for me: A short story

This is a short story entitled HIS FATHER'S SON written by Raymond Han in 1999.

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HIS FATHER'S SON

Written by Raymond Han in 1999.


    The casket rolled on the conveyor belt into the furnace. Cries broke out in the hall as
Pei Wen sobbed in his thoughts. He could not allow his tears to show. He was a man 
after all though he was only sixteen years old. As he knelt next to his mother, he could 
feel the anger and frustration in her cries. Aunt Caroline was by Mother's side, holding 
his mother in her bosom and crying above his mother's head. Several metres away, bereaved
relatives of another dead man lined up in front of his coffin, ready for the cremation ceremony. 

But Pei Wen's mind was already far away.
He was thinking hard about the past few weeks. Things had been moving all too quickly for 
him and his family. His father was alive just last week. He had taken his own life exactly four days ago, on a Thursday when his mother was at the bank, sorting out her accounts 
with the bank manager. She was the first to find his body, slumped in the toilet bath on the 
ground floor and frothing at the mouth. By the time the paramedics arrived at the house, it was already too late. Andrew had stopped breathing and his wife was in a daze. There was no one else in the big house to tell her what to do next. She was lost. It was later that morning that Aunt Caroline, whom his mother had contacted, and her mother stepped into the house at 98 Tampines Road. 

"Yoke Kuen, Oh Yoke Kuen," Aunt Caroline spluttered.

"Oh Yoke Kuen, I'm so terribly sorry to hear the news."
That brought tears down his mother's face again. Her face was sallow enough but now her 
cheeks sagged as well, revealing lines of wrinkles normally kept hidden behind her makeup. 
She was all of forty-two, a cashier turned housewife after she married Pei Wen's father. He was a bank manager in the Private Banking Department of a large foreign bank based in New York.

"Caroline, thanks for coming, I ..I.really don't know what to do." sobbed his mother.
The two of them needed no more words between them. They had been bosom friends since 
young and understood perfectly how the other had felt. The tragedy brought them even closer.

Aunt Caroline was his mother's cousin. Both of them had spoken to each other on the phone 
the evening before when Aunt Caroline had advised his mother to close all her bank accounts 
immediately to avoid them being frozen by the government when his father was made a 
bankrupt. His father was sued successfully in court by his creditors, two stock broking 
companies, because he had failed to pay them for his huge contra losses in his share trading 
facilities with them. Thereafter, everything fell apart. As the banks came to know of the suits, they jumped into the bandwagon, cancelled his overdrafts, loans and credit cards. They, then, issued demands for his father to pay up his outstandings with them.

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News Flash             Today,  Wednesday 5  Jan  2000

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In Singapore

Singapore aims to import and export S$500 billion of goods every year by 2005.

Asia 

Manila: A man convicted of raping his daughter 100 times was put to death by lethal injection in the Philippines yesterday.

Manila: Briton on death row for child rape in 1998 freed after the Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors failed to prove the charge.

Around the world

London: A long-range missile, fast enough to catch any combat fighter, is being jointly developed by Russia and China, according to British Aerospace.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

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