The little boy

The day passed by in a snap, gone instantly like a bubble, I was too oblivious to the breeze of time. I looked up at Mr. Clock, hanging at my pure white wall, saying it’s now 15 mins past 10 in the evening and I forgot to have dinner! I’m on a lean diet though so I shrugged but then I realized I haven’t had lunch too, occupied with work and the book I was reading. Wearing my sweat pants and comfy white shirt (my favorite), I grabbed my car keys in a haste to go on a drive thru in McDonald’s for some nuggets and fries. Oh well, shit day! I mean, cheat day!

Then this happened:

I was driving at 60, traffic is not too bad, when a shirtless little boy with a belly that is somewhat bigger than his head, probably around 4 or 5 years old, I couldn’t really ascertain, suddenly crossed the road I have nearly killled him! Thank God for my quick reflex and clear eye sight I have rapidly pressed the brake and that saved me from being a criminal. My adrenaline levels are so high I was so sure of it but at that very moment, I freezed and almost forgot to blink—I didn’t know what to do. My hands became sweaty, glued to the steering wheel, never want to let go. But i had to let go and get out. As soon as I did, I saw the little boy’s parents; his mother was scolding him while he shrieks, and his father, apologising to me.

“Is he alright?” The only three words my mouth could release.

“Yes, Ma’am.” The father replied.

I was shocked with what happened, like who wouldn’t? My body turned a little numb due to some thoughts appearing in my head: a boy that’s hurt, seeing him covered with blood and most probably… lifeless. Thoughts that have made me feel like I have stolen his chance to see the beauty of life, that feeling that I have taken away a life of an innocent being. Almost. But I didn’t. So I went back to my senses and talked to them. The father said they live under the bridge, just across the road where I almost hit his 8th child. They have nine children and they’re expecting the 10th, his wife due in three months. This is not like something new to my ears and my eyes (because homeless large families are common in the Philippines) but there was a deep pinch in my heart that came maybe from the sincerity of his voice as he speaks, and the laugh and giggles from the rest of the kids, enjoying themselves—despite the fact that they haven’t eaten, like I. But unlike me, they don’t have enough to buy for what they need. Hence I brought them to Mcdonalds a few meters from the road where we talked and gave the father a 500 peso bill before we parted ways. It felt right, although I know it wasn’t right—giving a man a fish instead of teaching him how to fish, ain’t that how the saying goes? But how can you lecture someone to work hard if he can’t even read or write, and is only limited to special skills of making tons of babies? Sigh. I wish it’s not like this but this is a freakin’ face of reality.

A few nights later, when I was driving again on the same road, I saw a red sedan, surrounded by a handful of people, a few feet away from the spot where I almost hit the little boy. I pulled over to check what’s going on and there I found the same family I encountered last night, looking naive and innocent, and the “almost victim” this time was their 7th child, a couple of years older than the one who performed the same act the other night.

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#totallyfiction

(Photo courtesy of Google)

36 Comments

  1. Orvillewrong says:

    Some people have to get by, whatever it takes!

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      That’s so true, Orville!

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  2. Very clever twist at the end. Unexpected, I thought you were going for pity for them. I’m impressed.

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      I’m glad the twist was unpredictable enough for you. Thanks Lucas!

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  3. velvetscreams says:

    This is very interesting…i loved the ending💖💖💖💖

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Apple Rae says:

      Thank you, dearie! You look really hot and gorj in that pic btw 😘

      Liked by 1 person

      1. velvetscreams says:

        Thank you😘

        Like

  4. Jay Kaushal says:

    Wow. Interesting story. Also.. It really compels us to think.. What can we do about this rampant problem of poverty stricken large families in third world countries.. So many of them in India too. Conditions are improving however with the efforts of volunteers all over the world. And kudos to you! You’re doing your bit by raising awareness. 🙂

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      That is so true. Got mixed emotions on this sad truth.
      Third world country probs 😅

      To write something like this is something new to me, so I’m really happy you appreciate it, Jay. 😉

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      1. Jay Kaushal says:

        Oh it’s great. One should explore new topics and genres. When it comes from the heart, one can tell. 🙂

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  5. rêveuse says:

    Hello. Great post, enjoyed it so much! And we just nominated you the sunshine blogger award. Here’s the link to it: https://reveuse014.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/the-sunshine-blogger-award-%f0%9f%98%8d%f0%9f%98%8d/

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Oh wow! I’m honoured, thank you Mahee! Will check that as soon as I can. 🙂

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      1. rêveuse says:

        welcome Apple ❤

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  6. You had me all over the emotional map! I just knew that the little guy had been hit.

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Aw sorry about that, Lloyd.

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      1. No worries. It just shows how talented you are 😁

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      2. Apple Rae says:

        Aw thank youuuu!!

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  7. Jokerswild says:

    Amazing Apple as always❤️. What a story, I couldn’t stop reading and I thought to myself, boy how sad and then I got to the ending and thought….a roller coaster loop.🤔! It hits you cause you still feel for the poverty and over population but the con artist technique they seemed to pull. Guess you didn’t have to teach a man to fish when he had the proper bait. Loved the story though, love reading about other countries and languages in general, your writing contains so much detail so I can appreciate it. Great job lovely!!❤️

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Your comments are so touching! Thank you always Roy. I also love learning from other countries so I feel you! I love everything that you write, especially when they rhyme! Haha! Full of wit and wisdom! ♥️

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      1. Jokerswild says:

        Likewise lovely, I adore you and all you do.❤️. Your talent is amazing when it comes to stories! 🌹❤️

        Salamat sa iyo❤️❤️

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  8. George F. says:

    #totally fiction? If so, you had me by the balls. Great writing. Moving.

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Aw you’re too nice! Thank you, George! New post about the nanos yet? Im waiting… lol

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      1. George F. says:

        New post has been up for awhile. No need to wait. Jump in!

        Like

  9. Wow, a story with a real surprise ending.

    What looked like a tragic near accident at the start of the story turned out to be part of an elaborate con game by the end.

    Very well done, Apple.

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Thanks Dracul. I’m happy you liked it!

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  10. Hyperion says:

    Awww, you had me in your grip of empathy and passion, which I am certain is not fiction. The twist at the end was first rate writing. I’m becoming a dedicated fan.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Apple Rae says:

      Yea i have that soft heart towards underprivileged people especially children, I’m glad you noticed! But it’s fiction that I have treated any to Mcdonalds and gave them that much money lol thank you, Hyperion ☺️

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      1. Hyperion says:

        You are welcome Apple. It was a pleasure to read. I think if such an event presented to you, the recipient of your kindness would never forget the experience. 🙂

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      2. Apple Rae says:

        Waiting to hear more of Alexandra btw 😉

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      3. Hyperion says:

        I think she is coming back soon with an update. 🙂

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  11. 9 children???? with kid #10 on the way…
    great story, thx God for fiction haha

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    1. Apple Rae says:

      Haha yea but that much number of children is a bit common in my country, particularly the poor or homeless ones, so that part is totally not fiction lol thanks!!!

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      1. That’s even more scary. The reality 🤔😮

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  12. Really nice stuff, Apple! 🙂
    Ended with a brilliant twist!
    Loved it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Apple Rae says:

      Hi there! Thank you for reading! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. And Thank you for writing this piece! 🙂

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